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Russian spy poisoning: police confirm Skripal was given nerve agent

Russian spy and daughter given nerve agent

The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was deliberately poisoned with a nerve agent in a case that police are now treating as attempted murder, Scotland Yard’s assistant chief commissioner has confirmed this afternoon.

Mark Rowley said the police officer who was first to the spot where the pair were found in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon was now “seriously ill” in hospital. His condition had deteriorated, Rowley said, adding: “Wiltshire police are providing support to his family.”

Describing the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia, as a major incident Rowley said that scientists had identified the toxin used. He refused to reveal the poison.


Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Was Investigated for Sexual Assault in 2011

Markk Cuban arrested for assault in 2011

In May 2011, a woman contacted the Portland Police Bureau to make an allegation against Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and one of the most visible figures in entertainment and sports.

Her complaint? That Cuban had sexually assaulted her late one night at an Old Town nightclub.

The woman told police she encountered Cuban in late April at the Barrel Room, at 105 NW 3rd Ave., and asked him to pose with her for a photograph. While they smiled for the camera, she claimed, he thrust his hand down the back of her jeans and penetrated her vagina with his finger.


Former workers tell AP that Kansas ranch held immigrants in type of servitude to repay cost of smuggling them into US

Fuller Cattle Co.Immigrants working on a remote Kansas ranch toil in type of servitude to pay back their employer for the cost of smuggling them into the country.

That's according to five people who worked at Fuller Cattle Co. One former worker shared a pay stub with The Associated Press showing that he took home a little over $200 for two weeks of nearly constant work, or just over $1 an hour. The company deducted a $1,300 cash advance repayment.


Israel's 'creeping annexation' of West Bank continues

Israel's creeping annexation of West Bank

There is much talk these days about Israel's "creeping annexation" of the occupied West Bank, from both critics and proponents alike.

Critics say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, dominated by right-wing nationalists in both the Likud and Jewish Home parties, has been advancing various laws designed to prepare the ground for Israel to annex portions of the occupied territory.

The Knesset passed legislation on February 12 that applies Israeli law to settler academic institutions in the occupied West Bank, such as Ariel University, founded in an Israeli settlement of the same name near the Palestinian town of Salfit.



Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says ‘hush agreement’ invalid because he never signed

Stormy Daniels sues Trump, saying hush agreement was invalid

Adult film star Stormy Daniels sued Donald Trump Tuesday, alleging that he never signed the nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer had arranged with her.

The civil suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by NBC News, alleges that her agreement not to disclose her "intimate" relationship with Trump is not valid because while both Daniels and Trump's attorney Michael Cohen signed it, Trump never did.

Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, signed both the agreement and a side letter agreement using her professional name on October 28, 2016, just days before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen signed the document the same day. Both agreements are appended to the lawsuit as Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2.


Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel

George Nader testifies before Mueller panel and Grand JuryAn adviser to the United Arab Emirates with ties to current and former aides to President Trump is cooperating with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and gave testimony last week to a grand jury, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Mueller appears to be examining the influence of foreign money on Mr. Trump’s political activities and has asked witnesses about the possibility that the adviser, George Nader, funneled money from the Emirates to the president’s political efforts. It is illegal for foreign entities to contribute to campaigns or for Americans to knowingly accept foreign money for political races.


Top economic adviser Gary Cohn leaves White House in wake of tariff rift

Gary Cohn resigns as top economic adviser to TrumpPresident Donald Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Cohn, who had been rumored just weeks ago as a potential next chief of staff, will leave the White House in the wake of his fierce disagreement with the President's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Cohn is expected to leave in the coming weeks, the White House said.
"Gary has been my chief economic adviser and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again. He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people," Trump said in a statement.

Trump to consider elephant trophy imports on 'case-by-case' basis

Trump to allow ivory on case by case basisThe Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last week that it will now consider all permits for importing elephant trophies from African nations on a “case-by-case basis," breaking from President Trump's earlier promises to maintain an Obama-era ban on the practice.

In a formal memorandum issued on Thursday, FWS said it will withdraw its 2017 Endangered Species Act (ESA) findings for trophies of African elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia, “effective immediately.”


HUD employee accuses Carson of conducting 'witch hunt' on whistleblower

Ben Carson's witch hunt on whistle blower

A HUD employee has accused Secretary Ben Carson of conducting a "witch hunt" against a whistleblower and painted a picture of chaos and mismanagement that could hinder a congressional investigation into the agency.

In a Tuesday email to Carson and other HUD officials, Marcus Smallwood defended Helen Foster, who has accused Carson of seeking to mismanage agency funds.

"I have participated in the silencing of employees trying to protect them from the malicious activities of senior leadership at HUD," wrote Smallwood, director of records and information management at HUD. He accused Carson of launching a "smear campaign" against Foster.



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