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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 …

Crime

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 …

Lawsuits

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 …

Religion

Venezuela is down to its last $10 billion

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> 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 …

Markets

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

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 …

Entertainment

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 …

Lawsuits

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 …

Fraud

HSBC hit by loss of more than $4 billion

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> The hangover from the murky past of HSBC's private banking business is still lingering.<p>HSBC on Tuesday reported a net loss of $4.2 billion for the fourth quarter of 2016. The biggest single hit to its battered bottom line came from a $2.4 billion writedown of the value of its …

Banking

Publisher cancels Milo Yiannopoulos book deal

Milo Yiannopoulos, the conservative provocateur known for brusque and controversial political commentary, just had his book deal canceled by publisher Simon & Schuster.<p>"After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions have canceled publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo …

Bigotry

Restaurant Employees Fired for Participating in ‘Day Without Immigrants’

The business is now getting blasted on Yelp<p>Last Thursday, immigrants across the country stayed home from work and school to protest a recent spate of deportations and demonstrate their importance to the U.S. economy. While it’s impossible to say exactly how many people participated, scores of …

Employment Law

Feminists Shame Emily Ratajkowski for Sticking Up for Melania Trump

Being a woke celebrity is, apparently, a very difficult calling.<p>Last week, model Emily Ratajkowski called out <i>New York Times</i> reporter Jacob Bernstein …

Ex-Stanford professor: I was pushed out after reporting sexual harassment

Exclusive: Michelle Karnes says administrators retaliated against her as a researcher describes a ‘culture of intimidation’ facing women at the university<p>Stephen Hinton wouldn’t leave her alone. After Michelle Karnes politely rejected the Stanford professor and former dean, according to her …

Misogyny

Burlington Drops Ivanka Trump's Brand Online

ivanka<p>Add them to the list.<p>The hits keep coming for Ivanka Trump's namesake clothing line. Burlington is the latest store to have seemingly dropped Ivanka's label from their online offerings.<p>According to <i>Racked</i>, as of November 23, Burlington's website featured 18 different products by Ivanka, but …

Ivanka Trump

Police investigate alleged fraud involving former footballer

Charity Commission report found Kingsway International Christian Centre lost most of £5m invested by the former Charlton footballer Richard Rufus<p>The City of London police are investigating an alleged fraud involving a former Premier League footballer who lost £3.9m from one of Britain’s richest …

Fraud

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▶Discover the dirty secrets of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, how the Pennsylvania government chose to cover up his repeated murdering of mothers & …

Patriots fan charged with pulling alarm at Steelers' hotel early Sunday morning

A Boston man described by his lawyer as a “die-hard Patriots fan” has pleaded not guilty to pulling a fire alarm that roused the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers from their hotel beds ahead of their playoff game against New England.<p>Dennis Harrison was released on personal recognizance at his …

NFL

Jobs lost and broken relationships: legacy of the Southern rail crisis

The collateral damage for commuters grows ever more devastating after ten months of disputes between unions and Southern over staffing<p>The Southern rail staff handing out information leaflets at London Victoria station this weekend were cheerful: “Strikes called off next week, service back to …

Trains

Only 12 miles connect massive ice chunk to Antarctic shelf

A giant rift in the Larsen C ice shelf has advanced more than 6 miles since January 1st, the MIDAS project announced on Friday.<p>January 20, 2017 —What …

Man Burglarizes FedEx Truck In Chicago, Ditches Getaway Car With Baby Inside

Bombmaker Bill Ayers Celebrates Obama’s Clemency For Bombmaker Oscar López Rivera #Infowars

Facebook's Zuckerberg sues hundreds of Hawaiians to force property sales to him

Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly is suing hundreds of Hawaiians to compel them to sell the billionaire small plots of land they own that …

Facebook

Over half of world’s apes and monkeys in danger of extinction

The world's apes and monkeys are in serious trouble.<p>About 60% of Earth’s non-human primate species, including apes, monkeys, gorillas, gibbons and lemurs, are threatened with extinction and about 75% have declining populations, according to a study published Wednesday.<p>"This truly is the 11th hour …

Biodiversity

Corruption and a lack of accountability have plagued the VA for years—resulting in poor health care for veterans.

How the University of California exploited a visa loophole to move tech jobs to India <br>Look who's the President.

California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns

California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.<p>A confidential Federal Railroad …

California

Cubans will no longer receive the preferential treatment they've enjoyed for more than two decades.