Archive for March 18th, 2018

Bloomberg: Kushner company reaped high returns with misleading paperwork


A absolute acreage advance startup co-founded by Jared Kushner skirted New York Burghal laws and becoming his aggregation added money than accepted back they addled the properties, according to a address by Bloomberg.In the company s first-known deal, according to Bloomberg, Cadre awash three rent-regulated barrio for $59 actor in April 2017, about an 80% exceptional over what it paid a little added than two years earlier.Kushner Cos., Cadre s operating accomplice at the property, told the burghal the barrio had no rent-regulated tenants back applying for architecture permits to amend the barrio in 2015 but tax annal filed after showed about 100 such residents, Boomberg reported, citation an beforehand adventure by the Associated Press.Additionally, Kushner, an adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, had not bald his backing in Cadre by aftermost December, according to Kushner s latest banking acknowledgment report.Tax annal filed by Cadre with New York Burghal claimed the backdrop had no association in rent-controlled units, according to the Associated Press, but after tax filings showed about 100 association active in rent-controlled units, which would accept been account beneath to -to-be buyers.

Paul vows to filibuster Pompeo Haspel


Washington Republican Sen. Rand Paul said on s State of the Union Sunday that he would booty all all-important accomplish to argue President Donald Trump s nominees for secretary of accompaniment and CIA director. I ll do whatever it takes, and that includes filibuster, Paul said. Paul, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ahead adumbrated he would argue Trump s accommodation to move CIA Administrator Mike Pompeo to the Accompaniment Department and CIA Deputy Administrator Gina Haspel to the top column at the agency.The Kentucky agent said Sunday his action came from Pompeo s abutment for administration change away and Haspel s history with CIA torture.

Graham: Trump firing Mueller would be the beginning of the end of his presidency


Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a ascetic admonishing Sunday to President Donald Trump adjoin battlefront appropriate admonition Robert Mueller. As I said in the past, if he approved to do that, that would be the alpha of the end of his presidency, the South Carolina Republican said on s State of the Union. The alone acumen that Mr. Mueller could be absolved is for cause. I see no account back it comes to Mr. Mueller, Graham said, afterwards abacus he believed the Mueller was doing a acceptable job. Graham alleged for Mueller to be able to backpack out his analysis into Russian arrest in the 2016 acclamation independent of any political influence. I agreement to the American people, as a Republican, to accomplish abiding that Mr. Mueller can abide to do his job afterwards any interference, he said. Graham s aegis of Mueller comes in the deathwatch of the President s latest attacks suggesting accessory bent on the appropriate counsel. Why does the Mueller aggregation accept 13 accustomed Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem afresh added … does anyone anticipate this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!, Trump wrote on Twitter.Trump s criticism of Mueller, a Republican, additionally came a day afterwards his claimed lawyer, John Dowd, alleged for an end to the appropriate counsel s probe.On Saturday, abstruse that Mueller had interviewed above FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and asked about the battlefront of FBI Director James Comey. McCabe was accursed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday night afterwards actuality continued derided by the President.Graham said on State of the Union that the Senate Judiciary Committee should authority a audition on McCabe s battlefront to make abiding it was not politically motivated. I anticipate we owe it to the boilerplate American to accept a audition in the Judiciary Committee, for Mr. Sessions, Attorney General Sessions, comes advanced with whatever affidavit he has about the battlefront and accord Mr. McCabe a adventitious to avert himself, Graham said. I accept back it comes to this issue, we charge as abundant accuracy as possible, to accomplish abiding that it was not politically motivated. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont issued a agnate alarm to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Saturday.

Pennsylvania man and teen found in Mexico almost 2 weeks after they went missing


Nearly two weeks afterwards a 16-year-old Pennsylvania babe vanished with a 45-year-old man, the brace was begin Saturday in Mexico and the man was arrested, authorities say. Amy Yu was unharmed and in acceptable health, Allentown badge said in a statement.She and Kevin Esterly, the man badge say she agreeably ran abroad with, were escorted to Miami by US Homeland Security Investigations agents and the US Marshals Service. Amy has been cautiously alternate to her ancestors in Pennsylvania, according to a account from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security investigators.Esterly s arrest comes two canicule afterwards Mexico s Advocate Accepted issued an Amber Active for Amy. The active said Esterly was the doubtable in her dematerialization and that an analysis showed she was in Mexico with Esterly. Her well-being, the active said, was at risk. has accomplished out to Mexico s advocate accepted and the federal badge for comment, but has not heard back.Esterly was accepted to be extradited aback to Pennsylvania.The relationshipMui Luu, Amy s mother, told that Esterly knew the ancestors from church, and that she s accepted Esterly back her babe was 11. Esterly himself, she said, has four daughters and a wife.Amy was a apprentice at Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School, which accepted to that Esterly was aftermost present at the academy February 9. At some point afterwards that, academy CEO Susan Mauser said, the academy banned him from academy grounds. But Mauser said she couldn t elaborate, citation aloofness concerns. The badge were to be notified if Esterly alternate to the school, Mauser said.Allentown Badge Chief William Reinik said Esterly active Amy out of academy assorted times and that their accord had been going on for at atomic a year. Amy listed Esterly as her stepfather on her emergency acquaintance form, according to associate WFMZ. An affirmation of apparent cause, acquired by WFMZ, states Esterly active Amy out of academy 10 times. Badge said Esterly and Amy exchanged hundreds of argument messages, WFMZ reported. Amy s mother said the texts apprehend as admitting Amy was texting her boyfriend.Mauser said the academy is alive carefully with both Allentown badge and the Colonial Regional Badge Department, which has administration of the breadth area the academy is located.The academy is providing whatever advice and abetment we can to abetment them and Amy s ancestors during this difficult time, Mauser said.It was additionally about aboriginal February that Esterly and his wife, Stacy, went to Amy s house. During the interaction, Amy s mother alleged police, who warned the Esterlys to break abroad from their home. It was a affair that time, John Yu, Amy s brother, told . My neighbors were there and my accompany were there. My mom s acquaintance was there. They were babble about they anticipate that Amy and Kevin are sleeping calm and accomplishing brainless stuff. Kevin Esterly was angry, John Yu said, and denied his accord with Amy. s attempts to ability his wife, Stacy Esterly, accept been unsuccessful. On March 5, Amy s mother appear her as a delinquent afterwards she bootless to acknowledgment from academy that day, Allentown badge said. It was believed Amy boarded her academy bus that morning, but badge said they after begin out she never got on her bus.Two canicule later, Esterly was appear missing by a ancestors member, badge said.Amy s mother said money, adornment and her daughter s claimed abstracts were missing, according to cloister documents, and Esterly s wife said $4,000 forth with his claimed abstracts were missing. They apperceive or planned to do this, John Yu said. I anticipate it was both of their account because Amy is not that stupid. The age of accord in Pennsylvania is 16, according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Adjoin Rape. Those who are at atomic 16 can accurately accord to animal activity, the accumulation said, as continued as the added being doesn t accept ascendancy over them.The analysis A commuter on a Cancun-bound flight told he was close to 100% certain he saw Esterly and Amy boarding the even with him at Philadelphia International Airport on March 5.Frank Castrovinci said he saw a adolescent Asian babe with very long, beeline hair and a man in his 40s with glasses who boarded the even late. They were allurement bodies to about-face seats so they could sit together. Each had a backpack or duffle bag affectionate of thing. My antecedent thoughts were, here s a guy who adopted a babe and she looked acutely abundant younger, he said. I anticipation it was absorbing that the mother wasn t there. It was during the flight that Castrovinci says he observed, through their anatomy actions, that they weren t family. It seemed odd the way she was aptitude up adjoin him and how he was abrading her leg and it seemed like his duke was agitation a little bit, he said.When Castrovinci alternate home March 8, he said he looked at the bounded account and anon accustomed the adolescent Asian babe and middle-aged man on TV as the aforementioned bodies he saw on the plane. s Sheena Jones, Taylor Barnes, Kwegyirba Croffie and Mayra Cuevas contributed to this report.

SXSW bomb threat forces cancellation of The Roots concert


A bomb blackmail at South by Southwest on Saturday acquired Bud Light to abolish a concert featuring The Roots. Austin badge arrested Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, in affiliation with the threat. He was arrested on accuse of authoritative a terroristic threat.The adventure began Saturday about 4:30 p.m. back a Live Nation Music adumbrative contacted badge to address a bomb blackmail accustomed by email was fabricated to the Fair Market accident area area Bud Light x The Roots & Friends Jam was appointed to booty place, badge said. Officers responded to the area and begin no explosives. As a aftereffect of the threat, Bud Light canceled the event. The aggregation said in a account on Twitter that the assurance of all admirers at SXSW is our best important priority. SXSW additionally fabricated a account on Twitter, answer for the inconvenience. A little afore midnight Saturday, badge said they articular Ingram as a suspect. The bomb blackmail comes bristles canicule afterwards abstracted incidents in which two bales exploded at Austin homes. Austin badge said the March 12 explosions and addition on March 2 were connected. The explosions dead Anthony Stephan House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17, and acutely afflicted a 75-year-old Hispanic woman. House and Draylen were African-American. Badge accept not absitively if these are abhorrence crimes, but said that s a achievability because of the victims ethnicities. The Roots is a Philadelphia-based hip-hop band.

Reported explosion in Austin authorities say


Austin badge and EMS on Sunday black accepted a appear access on Dawn Song Drive. Two males in their 20s were transported to a hospital with serious, but non-life aggressive injuries, Austin EMS said via Twitter. The latest access comes beneath than a anniversary afterwards badge said three amalgamation explosions that happened over 10 canicule were connected. Those explosions dead a man and boyish boy and acutely afflicted an aged woman. It s not bright if Sunday s access is accompanying to the antecedent events.Developing adventure – added to come

Massachusetts AG to investigate Facebook Cambridge Analytica


Massachusetts Attorney Accepted Maura Healey appear Saturday that her appointment is aperture an analysis into Facebook and the abstracts close Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to the Trump campaign. Massachusetts association deserve answers anon from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. We are ablution an investigation, Healey tweeted.Healey s appointment did not anon acknowledgment to s appeal for added animadversion on the investigation. The move comes afterward Facebook s abeyance of the close over apropos it had abandoned the amusing media platform s policies.On Friday, Facebook s carnality admiral and agent accepted counsel, Paul Grewal, said in a abundant account that a University of Cambridge attitude professor, Aleksandr Kogan, had provided Facebook user abstracts he acquired through an app to third-parties, including Cambridge Analytica — a aperture of the amusing media site s behavior on attention people s information.Although Cambridge Analytica told Facebook the abstracts was destroyed, the amusing media site s account said it afresh accustomed letters that adumbrated contrarily and was suspending the abstracts firm, its ancestor aggregation Strategic Advice Laboratories, Kogan, and addition being he aggregate the advice with, Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies Inc.A agent for Cambridge Analytica denied that the alignment is in abuse of Facebook s agreement and said it is in advice with the amusing media site.Cambridge Analytica was assassin in summer 2016 as allotment of the Trump campaign s three-pronged abstracts operation. s Sophie Tatum and Donie O Sullivan contributed to this report.

Flake: Hope GOP colleagues stand up for Mueller


Washington Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a arch GOP analyzer of President Donald Trump, said Sunday he expects pushback from his colleagues over Trump s added attacks on appropriate admonition Robert Mueller. We can t in Congress acquire that, Flake said on s State of the Union, adding, I would apprehend to see ample pushback in the abutting brace of days. Trump over the weekend tweeted that the Mueller delving into Russian meddling in the 2016 acclamation never should accept begun, and on Sunday morning, connected to abuse adjoin the advancing investigation. Trump advocate John Dowd said in a account on Saturday that he hopes Deputy Advocate General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the appropriate counsel, will end the investigation.Asked if he absolutely acquainted GOP leaders, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, would appear to Mueller s defense, Flake said, I achievement so. I mean, talking to my colleagues all forth it was, you know, already he goes afterwards Mueller, again we ll booty action, Flake said.

Trump keeps up attacks on Mueller McCabe Comey


President Donald Trump started his Sunday morning by lashing out at appropriate admonition Robert Mueller s team, above FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and above FBI Director James Comey.Just a day afterwards account that Mueller had interviewed McCabe and asked him about Comey s firing, Trump attacked the appropriate counsel s team, appearing to advance it has a accessory bias. Why does the Mueller aggregation accept 13 accustomed Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem afresh added…does anyone anticipate this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!, Trump wrote on Twitter.Trump s criticism of Mueller, a Republican, additionally came a day afterwards his claimed lawyer, John Dowd, declared for an end to the appropriate counsel s delving into Russian acclamation meddling. I adjure that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will chase the ablaze and adventuresome archetype of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and accompany an end to declared Russia bunco analysis bogus by McCabe s bang-up James Comey based aloft a counterfeit and base dossier, Dowd told in a statement, reacting to the account of McCabe s battlefront on Friday night by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Dowd told he was speaking on his own behalf, although he had beforehand told the Daily Beast, which aboriginal appear the statement, that he was speaking on account of the President. Dowd s animadversion wasn t accustomed by the President, a being abutting to Trump told .The President additionally declared into catechism account that McCabe had accounting memos about their interactions. A antecedent told Saturday that Mueller s aggregation has those memos. Spent actual little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took addendum back he was with me, Trump tweeted. I don t accept he fabricated memos except to advice his own agenda, apparently at a after date. Same with lying James Comey. Can we alarm them Fake Memos? McCabe told that he had three in-person interactions and one buzz alarm with Trump. Trump s attacks on the appropriate admonition aggregation will acceptable reinforce demands by Democrats to assure Mueller s investigation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Mark Warner, the carnality administrator of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued calls to avert the delving afterward Dowd s comments. s Pamela Brown, Laura Jarrett, Gloria Borger, Veronica Stracqualursi, and Sophie Tatum contributed to this report.

Africa s only female president will resign over expense claims


Lagos, Nigeria The admiral of Mauritius will abandon this anniversary over claims she acclimated a acclaim agenda provided to her by an NGO for claimed expenses, her advocate said. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Africa s alone changeable arch of state, submitted her abandonment for the stability of the country, her lawyer, Yousouf Mohammed, said in an account with bounded account bureau ION. Mohammed added she would leave appointment on March 23. She s been admiral back 2015.The admiral was larboard angry for her political career afterwards bounded media appear a address that she had paid for claimed costs on a acclaim agenda accustomed to her by the London-based alms Planet Earth Convention (PEI) in 2016. Gurib-Fakim was accused of spending up to $26,000 on jewelery and accouterment application a acclaim agenda provided by the NGO, which was founded by an Angolan broker with business interests in Mauritius. It had beforehand been appear that she would abandon but Gurib-Fakim banned to abandon adage she had done annihilation wrong.A account appear Friday by the president s appointment explained that she had aback acclimated the acclaim agenda accustomed to her by the Planet Earth Convention because she had a agnate agenda and anon repaid the money to the PEI back the absurdity was discovered. Gurib-Fakim was appointed to the PEI lath in 2015, but accommodated two years after in 2017. Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has never accustomed any gifts, bacon or favors from the Planet Earth Institute. She is actual afraid to be the accountable of these atrocious and agitated attacks one year later, the account added. The PEI additionally acquaint a account on their website adage that the PEI accustomed the abandonment of Prof. Gurib-Fakim on 20th March 2017. She had repaid our Mauritian sister foundation for sums allegedly aback acclimated on a acclaim agenda issued to her to awning logistical costs whilst travelling to advance African science, technology and innovation. The convention is accepted to the United Nations Environmental Program and its mission is the scientific ability of Africa. A scientist by training, Gurib-Fakim was the almsman of a L Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.