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    Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has tearfully sobbed that she was being harassed by conservative commentator Candace Owens who calmly asked to speak to her outside her $1.4 million Los Angeles mansion.  Owens, 33, who works for The Daily Wire, released footage of the incident calling Cullors, 38, a 'liar' as she shared the edited video of her team calmly asking last Saturday to speak with the troubled activist. In Cullors' clip, she sobs while she says she was shaken by the encounter, despite never speaking to Owens herself. The incident comes a week after Cullors, who resigned from the Black Lives Matter Global Network last year amid scrutiny over her leadership, admitted that she lied when she denied using the $6 million LA property for official business only as she continues to face a probe over how the group's funds were handled.  Cullors told the Associated Press earlier this week that she used the opulent seven-bed Studio City compound - purchased in cash by BLM in October 2020 - for her own recreation twice.   The first instance saw...
    Gaithersburg’s Novavax Inc. has submitted its long-awaited request for approval in the U.S. for its experimental Covid-19 vaccine, following several months of manufacturing delays and buildup, as well as a flurry of similar submissions and authorizations in other countries. The biotech, which has faced a ticking clock on its domestic launch since it started developing its own Covid vaccine product, said Monday that it has submitted its application to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its protein-based coronavirus vaccine candidate, called NVX-CoV2373. That means the company has completed all of the required data — from preclinical studies to clinical trials to manufacturing data — for regulators to consider making it available to U.S. patients. In a statement to the Washington Business Journal, Novavax said it couldn’t specify a timeline going forward. “While we can’t comment on how much time the FDA may take to review our request, we are confident… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    ATLANTA (AP) — A former cast member on the reality television show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for conspiracy and wire fraud related to a Ponzi scheme and related charges involving a fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loan application. U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen sentenced Maurice Fayne, also known as Arkansas Mo, to 17 and a half years behind bars and five years of supervised release. Fayne, 38, of Dacula, Georgia, also was ordered to pay restitution of nearly $4.5 million to the victims. Fayne pleaded guilty to the charges on May 11. Those also included charges of bank fraud and making false statements to a financial institution involving a loan application for the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP. “Fayne planned to use the PPP program as a cover for his long-running Ponzi scheme,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine in a news release Wednesday. “The funds the program supplies serve as a lifeline to many businesses desperately trying to stay afloat during the pandemic, and unfortunately...
    U.S. President Joe Biden meets Wednesday with corporate executives to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations for workers as infections in the U.S. surge among the unvaccinated.  Biden said Thursday the Labor Department was planning to impose a vaccine requirement on companies that employ at least 100 people. He said the companies must require workers to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative test at least once a week. About 100 million employees would be subject to the requirements, the president said. The new vaccination and testing requirements are part of a broader push by the Biden administration to contain the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus. The variant is the cause of a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. Although vaccinations are free and widely available, only 55% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Research Center. Biden and the business leaders will meet at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House. A White House official said the executives who will attend are with companies that have...
    U.S. President Joe Biden meets Wednesday with corporate executives to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations for workers as infections in the U.S. surge among the unvaccinated.  Biden said Thursday the Labor Department was planning to impose a vaccine requirement on companies that employ at least 100 people. He said the companies must require workers to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative test at least once a week. About 100 million employees would be subject to the requirements, the president said. The new vaccination and testing requirements are part of a broader push by the Biden administration to contain the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus. The variant is the cause of a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. Although vaccinations are free and widely available, only 55% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Research Center. Biden and the business leaders will meet at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House. A White House official said the executives who will attend are with companies that have...
    Former Franklin Fire Chief Ronald Garzarek was indicted for official misconduct after a Tennessee investigation found he used his city-owned truck to travel 3,350 unaccounted-for miles in 13 business days in early 2020. Garzarek resigned his post as of June 16, 2020. The investigation, conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office and released Monday, found Garzarek took his city-owned Chevrolet Tahoe to Alabama and Florida and was working remotely without permission from his supervisor between Feb. 27, 2020, and March 16, 2020. “All government entities in Tennessee must provide oversight when they authorize staff to take home vehicles,” Tennessee Comptroller Jason Mumpower said. “This would include regular monitoring of mileage and having clear policies about the acceptable use of city-owned assets.” The city provides vehicles for some employees, and the policy states “a take-home vehicle should be used primarily for commuting and city-related business.” While that policy does not define the “de minimus” use for personal driving, the investigation found the 3,350 miles used during a 13-business day period to be excessive. Staff have fuel cards to re-fuel for city business,...
    The newly announced Democratic House candidate in Iowa's 1st Congressional District appeared to use her official position as a state senator to secure millions of dollars in tax breaks for a client of her family-owned business. Liz Mathis, who announced on Tuesday that she was challenging freshman Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, rallied support among her fellow state senators in 2016 to secure up to $2.5 million in sales tax rebates for Prospect Meadows, an Iowa-based nonprofit that paid her husband's marketing firm tens of thousands of dollars for consulting services.  "It took a lot of hard work to get this bill to the Capitol and convince fellow legislators Prospect Meadows would be a good project for not only our area, but for the state," Mathis said after convincing several of her colleagues to reverse their votes. "People wrote off the bill to defeat, but never say never." The final approval of the $2.5 million tax rebate was given to Prospect Meadows, a complex of 17 baseball and softball fields in Marion, Iowa, in late 2018 in time for the 2019...
    The Florida doctor arrested over the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moise campaigned to replace the slain leader and claimed to have the backing of a key UN figure, DailyMail.com can reveal. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian who has lived in the US since the late 70s, is suspected of being 'one of the leaders' behind the brazen shooting of Moise and the attempted killing of his wife Martine last week.  Haitian police say he entered the strife-plagued country last month on a private jet 'with the intention of taking the Haitian Presidency' although they are yet to back their accusations with hard evidence. DailyMail.com can reveal that Sanon's ambitions to reform his poverty-stricken homeland date back to February 2011 when he launched a website entitled 'Dr Christian Sanon Leadership pour Haiti'. The site has since vanished but archived web pages from 2011 to 2016 include a portal for donations, a 'plan for Haiti', and news updates on Sanon's efforts to build clinics in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake.  Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, who was arrested in Haiti...
    GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is rumored to be considering a presidential run in 2024. Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night granted a couple a "reprieve" for citations they have received for repeatedly violating COVID-19 safety regulations in Broward County, Florida. As COVID-19 spread throughout the United States in early 2020, Broward County required gym patrons to wear masks to stop the spread of the virus. Michael Carnevale, the owner of Fitness 1440 gym in Plantation, Florida, has been arrested three times for failing to comply with county regulations. His wife, Jillian, was also arrested for violating the county ordinances. On Fox News' "Ingraham Angle," DeSantis expressed sympathy for the Carnevales. "I'm glad you have Mike and Jillian on," DeSantis told conservative host Laura Ingraham, "and I'm also glad to be on to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning I'm going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority so that will delay the case for sixty days against both of...
    US President Joe Biden speaks about the 50 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine shot administered in the US during an event commemorating the milestone in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, February 25, 2021.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images White House officials on Friday will unveil a new partnership between the administration and top business groups to help with the national Covid-19 response and vaccine rollout, a senior administration official told CNBC. The partnership will include the Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers as well as leaders in the Hispanic, African American, Asian American and other minority business organizations, the official said. The purpose of the partnership, according to the official, is to call on businesses of all sizes "to promote public health measures to help reduce barriers to vaccinations for employees, and to help amplify public health messaging around masking and vaccinations to their customers and communities." The New York Times reported on the partnership earlier. Outside of the partnership, Walgreens and Uber are launching a pilot program to offer free...
    A three-judge panel on the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has upheld the bribery conviction for Chi Ping Patrick Ho, the former Hong Kong home affairs secretary and former chairman of a think tank funded by a Chinese energy conglomerate, CEFC. DOJ OFFICIALS IN 'ONGOING DISCUSSIONS' ABOUT HUNTER BIDEN SPECIAL COUNSEL, SOME SAY IT'S 'WARRANTED': SOURCES A federal jury convicted Ho on Dec. 5, 2018, on charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ho was accused of offering bribes on behalf of CEFC China Energy, a major Chinese energy conglomerate, to officials from Uganda and Chad for oil drilling rights.  Prosecutors said that Ho and CEFC executives offered $2 million in cash stuffed in a box to President Idriss Déby of Chad during a meeting in December 2014. Meanwhile, Uganda's foreign minister, Sam Kutesa, allegedly accepted a $500,000 bribe disguised as a payment to a charitable foundation from Ho around February 2016.  Despite Ho's claim of insufficient evidence, the judges said in the ruling that evidence introduced at trial was "more than sufficient" to prove that Ho acted on behalf of a U.S....
    A three-judge panel ruled on Tuesday to uphold the bribery conviction for Chi Ping Patrick Ho, the former chairman of a think tank funded by a Chinese energy conglomerate with murky business ties to Hunter Biden. Judges on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that the U.S. government’s case against Ho, a former Hong Kong government official, was more than sufficient to warrant his conviction. “We conclude that the evidence introduced at trial was more than sufficient to prove that Ho acted on behalf of the U.S. NGO (non-governmental organization) to assist it in obtaining business for CEFC Energy,” the judges ruled. A federal jury convicted Ho on Dec. 5, 2018, on charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He was accused of offering bribes on behalf of CEFC China Energy, a major Chinese energy conglomerate, to officials from Uganda and Chad as part of a scheme to win oil drilling rights in the countries. (RELATED: Feds Obtained FISA Warrant Against Hunter Biden’s Chinese Business Associate, Records Show) Prosecutors said that Ho and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police are investigating after a Northfield Public Schools employee was fired for allegedly putting a melatonin pill into the bottle of at least one infant at a child care center without family approval. District officials say staff members at Early Ventures Childcare at the Northfield Community Education Center alerted them Monday that suspicious tablets were discovered in an infant care room. Police were informed of the situation, and two days later the employee told investigators they had put a child-sized pill into one bottle — although it’s possible more children were given the tainted bottles. Investigators believe the pills contained melatonin, a hormone that can induce sleep. The employee was fired that same day, and all parents and guardians were notified of the situation. Northfield Public Schools Superintendent Matt Hillmann described the suspect as a “rogue former employee,” and says his district is fully cooperating with the police investigation. “I am confident this is an isolated incident,” Hillmann said. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is assisting in the investigation. . More On WCCO.com: State Patrol:...
    United Airlines Boeing 767-400 ER Extended Range with 2x CF6-80 engines aircraft landing at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport AMS EHAM in The Netherlands, the Dutch capital.Economou | NurPhoto | Getty Images United Airlines has set a date for its return to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport: Feb. 1. The Chicago-based airline is taking advantage of a lull in traffic because of the coronavirus pandemic to grab some space at what is normally one of the country's most congested airports, CNBC first reported in September. The airline ended service at JFK in October 2015 after losing money there. United is planning to operate Boeing 767-300ER planes to San Francisco and Los Angeles from Kennedy Airport's Terminal 7. Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of domestic network planning, said it could expand service with more frequencies or to other airports. United serves the New York area from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport, where it dominates service, and out of New York's LaGuardia Airport. But United executives saw an opening at JFK. Airline capacity in New York state is down 65% this...
    A Department of Justice (DOJ) official confirmed Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates in 2019, focused on allegations of money-laundering, and that it remains “open and active,” according to Sinclair investigative reporter James Rosen. Rosen tweeted Thursday afternoon: EXCLUSIVE: A @TheJusticeDept official confirms that in 2019, the @FBI opened up a criminal investigation into “Hunter Biden and his associates,” focused on allegations of money-laundering, and that it remains open and active today. More very soon on your @WeAreSinclair stations. EXCLUSIVE: A @TheJusticeDept official confirms that in 2019, the @FBI opened up a criminal investigation into "Hunter Biden and his associates," focused on allegations of money-laundering, and that it remains open and active today. More very soon on your @WeAreSinclair stations. — James Rosen (@JamesRosenTV) October 29, 2020 Previously, the DOJ had confirmed to Breitbart News and other outlets that the FBI had possession of the laptop with the hard drive containing thousands of Hunter Biden’s emails where he discussed his international business dealings. Hunter Biden has been involved in at least several questionable...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. San Antonio-based Rackspace Technology Inc. made its intent to return to the publicly traded market official Friday. Rackspace filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission proposing an initial public offering of its common stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol “RXT.” The number of shares and price for the stock offering has not been determined, according to the news release. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are joint lead book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters for the proposed offering. Rackspace went public in August 2008 before becoming privately held in November 2016 when it was acquired by New York-based private equity company Apollo Global Management LLC in a deal that was worth more than $4 billion, as reported by the Business Journal. Recently, the company changed its name from Rackspace Hosting Inc. to Rackspace Technology — a move the company said is meant to reflect the end-to-end technology that it...
    An international air traveler is cleared by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer inside the U.S. Customs and Immigration area at Dulles International Airport.Paul J. Richards | AFP | Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump will suspend the entry of certain foreign workers, a senior administration official said on Monday, a move the official said would help the economy, but which business groups strongly oppose. Trump will block the entry of foreign workers on H-1B visas for skilled workers and L-1 visas for workers being transferred within a company through the end of the year, the official said. Trump will also block seasonal workers on H-2B visas, with an exception for workers in the food service industry. Businesses including major tech companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have said the visa suspension would stifle the economic recovery after the damage done by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Critics of the measure say Trump is using the pandemic to enact his longstanding goal to limit immigration into the United States. The immediate effects of the proclamation will likely be limited,...
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