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    A man who tricked a venture capitalist into believing he was an ex-CIA spy is about to head to jail for embezzling over $2million of the billionaire's cash to run 'off the books' private paramilitary missions.   Matthew Marshall, 51, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion last November as part of the case for his supposed action on behalf of venture capitalist Michael Goguen, who himself has numerous accusations of sexual impropriety on the books, as well as a civil suit involving Marshall.   Goguen, 57, allegedly sent Marshall over $2million for multiple missions between 2013 and 2015.  Among Goguen's assignments for Marshall, who served as Goguen's head of security: a plan to lead assault teams on rescue missions and according to court filings, to 'strike Syrian terrorist leaders.'   Marshall, according to court filings, embezzled the cash for himself and used it on 'loans and gifts to friends and family.'  Michael Goguen, founder and managing partner of Two Bear Capital, stands for a photograph in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The billionaire claimed Matthew...
    A Texas man has sued the US Drug Enforcement Agency after an agent and a Nevada Trooper seized his life savings of $87,000 in February, claiming a dog smelled drugs on the money.  Stephen Lara, 39, a Marine, was on his way to visit his daughters in North California on February 19 when he took his entire life savings out of the bank because he 'doesn't trust banks.' A Nevada State Highway Patrol officer pulled him over for driving slowly and confronted Lara about the cash, who denied it was for any criminal purpose.  Although Lara was never charged with a crime, a DEA agent helped the officer seize the cash as part of its 'adoption' policy, which allows them to take property connected to criminal activity without ever levying criminal charges.  The DEA immediately returned the money following the lawsuit and a report from the Washington Post. The Institute for Justice (IJ), which helped Lara file the lawsuits in September, said they would continue to pursue them. 'If this could happen to me, as combat veteran who served overseas...
    (CBS4) – The raising of the flag on Iwo Jima is considered one of the most iconic images from World War II. A 96-year old former Marine in Westminster spent 36 days on the island and witnessed that historic moment. View of members of the United States Marine Corps 5th Division as they raise an American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945. (credit: Joe Rosenthal/Photo 12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Don “Whip” Whipple grew up on a farm in Kansas but knew he wanted to serve in the military. With his parents’ permission, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 just a month shy of his 17th birthday. “I had eight brothers,” Whipple said. “And four of my brothers were in the Navy and I thought I could do a little better than that. I can be in the Marine Corps.” He immediately started training in amphibious landing drills in San Diego. “We knew we were training for something big,” he said. “They told us they were training us to land...
    Tampa Bay, Florida — Beaches near Tampa have been littered with dead sea creatures, killed by a massive algae bloom that marine scientists say has been worsened by pollution.  Tyler Capella, who runs a fishing charter business, took CBS News out on Tampa Bay to see what he calls his nightmare. Dead fish are everywhere, killed by a red tide that has turned Tampa Bay toxic.  "This just goes forever," Capella said. "It's devastating. My worst fears have come true. I mean, this is an absolute nightmare."  Capella is documenting the fish kill to pressure elected officials to help. He even covered himself in dead fish.  "Dead fish as far as you could see in every direction, big ones, small ones," he said. "Looked like a bomb had gone off."  Red tides do naturally occur off the coast of Florida — but scientists say they're now happening more frequently and humans are making them worse.  Trending News Why fully vaccinated people get breakthrough COVID infections CBS Weekend News, July 25, 2021 Surfside condo recovery mission ends Seagull who bonded...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – Researchers with California State University Long Beach are working this summer to educate the public about sharks. A “Shark Shack” in Santa Barbara, Calif. July 2021. (KEYT-TV) The CSU Long Beach Shark Lab is hosting “Shark Shacks” at beaches up and down Southern California. The events, put on by undergraduate students and lab staff, are designed to provide information about sharks and other marine life. Researchers say shark sightings are becoming more common in our coastal waters and educating the public on shark habitats is more crucial than ever. The goal of the Shark Shacks is to build an appreciation for sharks and inform the public about the marine life they may encounter at the beach. The next ‘Shark Shack’ in the Los Angeles metro area will take place Wednesday, July 14 on the Huntington Beach Pier. A teenage boy was bitten by a shark last week while kayaking off Catalina Island. He was airlifted to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to undergo surgery for a hand injury. Last month, another teen captured video of very close encounter he...
    (CNN)Ever since she was a child, Kerstin Forsberg has been fascinated by the ocean. After finishing her degree, the Peruvian biologist began working on a sea turtle protection project in the north of the country. Two years later, in 2009, Forsberg founded "Planeta Océano," an organization that aims to empower local communities to look after the ocean. Its work with giant manta rays led to Peru's government granting the species legal protection. Through Call to Earth, CNN is reporting on the environmental challenges facing our planet, together with the solutions. Forsberg will be guest editor for Call to Earth as the series explores themes around the ocean, lending her expertise and commissioning features on the subject.CNN spoke to Forsberg about her passion for the ocean, its importance for humankind and the steps we must take to keep it healthy.The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.Read MoreForsberg's organization Planeto Océano involves local fishermen in scientific research. CNN: Where does your passion for the ocean come from?Kerstin Forsberg: I have always lived close to the coast. I'm from Lima,...
    Pollution is affecting marine on a chemical level, scientists have confirmed, after finding high concentrations of plastic in the muscles of loggerhead sea turtles. Researchers analysed the remains of 44 turtles found washed up dead on coastlines in eastern Spain — finding traces of plastics in each one. Marine animals like sea turtles often fall foul to fishing nets, waste in the oceans, and other plastics that they can end up eating — often with fatal results. Loggerhead sea turtles are listed as 'endangered' in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Pollution is affecting marine on a chemical level, scientists have confirmed, after finding high concentrations of plastic in the muscles of loggerhead sea turtles (like that pictured) The study — led by chemist Ethel Ejarrat of the Spanish National Research Council — focussed on 44 loggerhead sea turtles, or 'Caretta caretta', that were found dead on the Catalan coast and in the Balearic Islands between 2014–2017. The turtles, whose diet mainly consists of jellyfish, sardines and squids, also consume such waste as plastic bags, bottle tops...
    PRINCE Philip has been one of the hardest-working royals over his ten decades of service. The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history. Here, we look at his life in pictures after sad news broke of his passing at the age of 99... 2021 51The Duke - seen here earlier this year - was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years 2020 51Duke of Edinburgh during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle on July 22, 2020 in Windsor, EnglandCredit: Getty Images 2019 51Prince Philip at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's ChapelCredit: Splash News 2018 51Duke of Edinburgh during the Royal Windsor Horse Show Sunday, May 13, 2018 2017 51Prince Philip greets guests at a garden party held at Buckingham Palace on May 16, 2017Credit: AFP 2016 51Prince Philip, Duke of Cambridge tours Queen Mother Square on October 27, 2016Credit: Getty - Contributor 2015 51Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrives ahead of the racing...
    (CNN)A suspected toxic spill along a beach on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula has killed 95% of marine life on the surrounding seabed, local scientists have said, following a weeks-long campaign to investigate the mysterious incident.Local surfers were the first to spot that something was wrong at Khalaktyr beach after about 20 people in a surf camp experienced severe retina burns and symptoms similar to food poisoning.In early September, the water changed color to a greyish-yellow, with a thick milky foam on the surface, and a strong foul smell filled the air. A few days later, octopuses, seals and other sea creatures began to wash up on the beach.The local authorities at first dismissed the reports. But amid mounting pressure, Russia's Investigative Committee Wednesday launched a criminal probe into suspected violations in the use of environmentally hazardous substances and waste and marine pollution. In a meeting with Kamchatka Governor Vladimir Solodov, local scientists reported that the majority of marine life on the seabed was dead.Read More"On the shore, we did not find any large dead sea animals or birds," scientist Ivan Usatov...
    Many fishing operations are ignoring bans on drift nets, which is leading to an excess of dolphins, whales, and other marine life getting trapped. In many cases, getting stuck in these nets can be deadly. These nets are called “walls of death” because of the brutal impact on marine life. In Italy, the coast guard has taken over 62 miles of drift nets in 2020, a huge increase from 2019. Experts say those are just estimates and could be much higher. Carmelo Isgrò, a marine biologist and director of the Museum of the Sea in the Sicilian town of Milazzo, told the Guardian that the Italian coast guard called him to help free a sperm whale that was caught in the illegal nets, “It was a very difficult operation because the whale was so powerful, and if you are struck by its tail you could be killed.” Drift nets are mesh nets designed to catch small fish. These “nets” can be up to 50km in length and 50m in depth. Even though they have been banned since 2002 for use...
    An invasive species of sea lamprey, sometimes called a 'vampire fish,' has taken up residence in a freshwater lake in Vermont, hundreds of miles away from its natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean. The sea lampreys are described as a 'nuisance species' by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife, and survive by parasitizing other fish, attaching to their bodies and sucking out blood and other body fluids for sustenance. State officials say they have contained the most threatening sea lamprey population in Lake Champlain near the Canadian border. The sea lamprey has been seen in Vermont's lakes and rivers, prompting fears the parasitic fish will overrun the local fish populations A second species of less threatening sea lamprey has also been documented more widely around the state, especially in the Connecticut River and its tributaries, according to a Miami Herald report. State officials say that unlike the Lake Champlain lampreys, the lampreys found in the state's rivers pose no real threat to other fish population and actually play an important role in maintaining the state's ecosystems. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1...
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