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Epic Cover-Up. The Men Who Killed Bin Laden Were Setup To Die

HBO invests in its own cinematic take on Bernie Madoff, but it still doesn’t pay off

Something about the Bernard Madoff investment scandal, which occurred almost nine years ago alongside the near-unraveling of the American economy, is still too big to fathom or, at least, remains too raw to produce a satisfying TV movie.<p>Now we have two attempts to compare and contrast: Barry …

Robert DeNiro

A Rich Coverup ▶ Social Current See

Yes, it is a year later, but why is this alleged "botched robbery" case resulting in the death of a former <b>DNC staffer</b> still unsolved? There appears …

Wells Fargo may have created 1.4 million more unauthorized accounts than we thought, attorneys say

Wells Fargo & Co. may have opened as many as 3.5 million unauthorized checking, savings and credit card accounts over the last 15 years — far more than originally reported by the bank and federal regulators, according to a new estimate from attorneys representing bank customers.<p>For months, the …

Banking

Where worship was prohibited until 1978

Union College is investigating racy, 'inappropriate' scavenger hunt

A women’s athletic team at Union College in N.Y. is being investigated for the proliferation of a “profane scavenger hunt” in which points were awarded for committing racy acts, according to the student newspaper, <i>The Concordiensis</i>.<p>Having sex on the campus ice rink, for example, earned a participant …

College & University

NASA audit: New spacesuit years from ready despite $200M investment

CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA is years from having a new spacesuit ready for deep space exploration missions despite spending nearly $200 million on the project over the past decade, space agency auditors reported Wednesday.<p>The total includes nearly $81 million of unclear value to future spacesuit designs, …

Galaxies

A Chilling Threat of Political Violence in Portland

Activists threatened to drag local Republicans off a parade route if they weren’t excluded from a local celebration. Organizers cancelled the entire event in response.<p>On the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, perhaps 3 million Americans took to the streets in peaceful protest to register their …

Republican Party

Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is threatening to pull out of the Organization of American States as the socialist government's response to political unrest that has been blamed for 27 deaths in recent weeks draws rebuke from the hemisphere's major powers.<p>Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said …

Latin America

What North Korean Defectors Think Of North Korea (Part 1)| ASIAN BOSS

California politics updates: The rush to push back against Trump's offshore drilling directive

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>California has been building up regulations and legislation for decades that could dash Trump's offshore drilling hopes.<p>Here's where California's GOP members of Congress …

Audits

New York Towns, Cities Follow AG’s Order to Adopt Illegal Alien Sanctuary Laws

APRIL 18, 2017<p>Email Print Text Size<p>Weeks after the chief law enforcement official in New York State issued “legal guidance” to help municipalities …

Immigration

U.S. bank regulator was suspicious about Wells Fargo's sales practices but did little about it

The nation’s top bank regulator knew about problems with Wells Fargo & Co.’s sales practices as far back as 2010, but did little to put an end to the bank’s abuses, an internal agency review has concluded.<p>The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said its oversight of the San Francisco bank was …

Man dragged off United flight has concussion, will file suit, lawyer says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The passenger forcefully removed from a United Airlines flight this week has a concussion and broken nose, his attorney told reporters Thursday, adding that the 69-year-old physician will file a lawsuit.<p>Already, attorneys have filed a chancery motion asking that all evidence in the case be …

Policing

Here's how Wells Fargo workers created fake accounts

ISIS claims responsibility for Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt

<b>(CNN) —</b> Egypt's President says he will declare a state of emergency after two deadly bombings targeted Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday.<p>ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were aimed at a vulnerable religious minority on one of the most important days on the Christian …

Terrorism

Beaten to death for being a dairy farmer

<b>An Indian Muslim died of his injuries after a group of men transporting cattle were attacked by members of a suspected cow protection vigilante group. BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava travelled to the victim's village in the northern Indian state of Haryana.</b><p>Villagers jostle to get a glimpse of the …

India

Chattanooga bus driver to be arraigned in crash that killed 6 children

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Tennessee school bus driver involved in a bus crash that killed six children last year will be arraigned Friday.<p>Six children between ages 6 to 10 died while more than a dozen others were injured in the crash in Chattanooga in November.<p>Driver Johnthony Walker faces various charges, …

Crime

Five bodies found and hundreds feared dead as migrant boats sink off Libya

Five migrants were found dead in the sea off Libya on Thursday after the boats they were travelling in sank, likely carrying hundreds more to their deaths, a Spanish aid organisation said on Thursday.<p>Proactiva Open Arms, one of several groups operating in the area, said it was notified that an …

Refugees

Russian Agent Killed Lawmaker in Kiev, Ukraine Officials Say

The assassin who gunned down a prominent Russian opposition figure on a sidewalk in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was identified by Ukrainian officials on Friday as a 28-year-old Russian agent.<p>Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the country’s interior minister, identified the agent as Pavel Parshov, …

Russia

Harvard-educated lawyer gets 40 years for bizarre kidnapping

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Muller was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for a kidnapping so elaborate and outlandish that investigators first thought his victims were carrying out a bizarre hoax.<p>The Harvard University-trained lawyer and former Marine who meticulously planned his attack …

Federal insider trading trial begins for ex-Angel player Doug DeCinces

BY SEAN EMERY / STAFF WRITER<p>SANTA ANA – An ex-Angel star who made more than a $1 million in investments related to a friend’s medical-device company …

Compassion: Why We’re Leaving India, But Still Have Hope

In two weeks, Compassion International will be out of India.<p>The child development ministry confirmed today that after 48 years, its final day of …

India

Venezuela is down to its last $10 billion

Caracas is running out of cash.<p>Venezuela only has $10.5 billion in foreign reserves left, according to its most recent central bank data.<p>For rest of the year, Venezuela owes roughly $7.2 billion in outstanding debt payments.<p>In 2011, Venezuela had roughly $30 billion in reserves. In 2015, it had $20 …

Venezuela

Ex-Clinton volunteer slammed, loses job, after swipe at widow of fallen SEAL

A former Hillary Clinton volunteer drew swift condemnation -- and lost his job -- after mocking the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL who was honored by the president during his congressional address Tuesday night.<p>Dan Grilo, who said in his Twitter profile that he was a former volunteer for both Hillary …

Donald Trump Jr

Julian Assange Lawyer Fears Wikileaks Founder Could Be Evicted From Embassy Shelter

A lawyer acting for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told NBC News there is "great concern" among his team that a new Ecuadorian president could force him out of the country's London embassy and warned his health was deteriorating.<p>Ecuador's presidential race will be decided in a run-off election, …

Julian Assange

Magician's death by hanging in Hollywood ruled accidental by coroner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death of a world-class magician found hanged in his dressing room at a popular Hollywood nightclub called the Magic Castle was ruled an accident on Saturday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Department, an agency official said.<p>Daryl Easton, 61, touted on his …

Second Accuser May Testify Against Bill Cosby In Criminal Case

Prosecutors had asked for permission to call 13 accusers as witnesses.<p>A Pennsylvania judge ruled Friday that a second woman who’s accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct may testify in the comedian’s upcoming trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee in 2004.<p>The …

Law

Founder of popular “$4 smartphone company” arrested for fraud

Photo by Gadgets 360<p>Last year, an Indian company called Ringing Bells released the world’s cheapest smartphone called the Freedom 251. The budget device was priced at just 251 rupees, which is less than $4. It now looks like the company’s founder, Mohit Goel, has gotten himself into trouble with …