Manhattan DA Subpoenas Trump Organization in Probe Into Stormy Daniels Hush Payment

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization as part of an investigation into the hush money paid to two women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump, according to a lawyer for the company. Marc L. Mukasey, attorney for the Trump Organization, said on Thursday, “This is a political hit job. It’s just harassment of the President, his family and his business, using subpoenas and leaks as weapons. We will respond as appropriate.” The subpoena, which was sent on Thursday, is seeking communications between the company and representatives for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, the women who alleged they had affairs with Trump more than a decade ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. A spokesman for District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined comment. The new investigation by state prosecutors was first reported by The New York Times. It comes after federal prosecutors announced they had closed their investigation a few weeks ago. This is the second time Vance has stepped into an investigation swirling around the President after federal prosecutors completed their own investigation. In March, Vance’s office announced a 16-count indictment charging Paul Manafort,…

Trump Takes Aim at Cities Run by Democrats During Cincinnati Rally

President Donald Trump opened a revved-up rally Thursday in Cincinnati by tearing into the Democrats he has been elevating as his new political foils, with attacks on four liberal congresswomen of color and their party’s leadership of cities. The president, who faced widespread criticism for not doing more to stop the chants of “Send her back” about Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar at a rally two weeks ago, did not mention Omar or her three colleagues by name in the opening moments of his Ohio gathering — but the target of his attacks was unmistakable. “The Democrat party is now being led by four left-wing extremists who reject everything that we hold dear,” Trump said of Omar and her fellow House Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. But the fleeting mention did not lead to further chants. Nor did an extended attack on Democratic leaders of urban areas, which Trump has laced into in recent days as part of his incendiary broadsides against Rep. Elijah Cummings and the majority-black city of Baltimore. “No one has paid a…

Bicyclist Killed by Suspected DUI, Hit-and-Run Driver in Ontario Identified as Pomona Man

Julio Tapia, 31, of Ontario, pictured in a photo released by the Ontario Police Department following his arrest on July 31, 2019. Authorities on Thursday released the identity of a 22-year-old Pomona man who was struck and killed by an alleged drunken, hit-and-run driver in Ontario early Wednesday. Thomas Shane Pinto died in the collision, which took place about 1:10 a.m. on Mission Boulevard, just west of Baker Avenue, San Bernardino County coroner officials said. Julio Tapia, 31, of Ontario was at the wheel of a car that struck Pinto, the San Bernardino Police Department said in a written statement. He fled the scene, but was soon found nearby. A report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot along Baker Avenue, just south of Mission Boulevard, led police to Tapia, who found with a vehicle that had damage consistent with the collision, officials said. He was bleeding from minor injuries and determined to be drunk. Tapia was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and hit-and-run. Bail was set at $250,000 pending his initial court appearance, which was scheduled Friday.    

Man And Woman Found Shot Inside North Highlands Business

NORTH HIGHLANDS (CBS13) — Deputies are investigating a shooting that injured two people at a business Thursday afternoon. Responding deputies found a male and female shot inside the business. The condition of the pair is not known at this time. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s office said deputies responded to the business on the 5300 block Auburn Boulevard just after 4 p.m. Deputies do not believe a suspect is at large. This is a developing story. Check back for more details.   

Family Of Fallen Officer Tara o’Sullivan Hosted At San Francisco 49ers’ Practice

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The family of fallen officer Tara O’Sullivan was hosted at a San Francisco 49er practice Thursday. Had the honor of meeting the family of officer Tara O’Sullivan who lost her life protecting and serving my community of Sacramento. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the O’Sullivan’s. Hope that today was small bright spot in such a rough time. — Arik Armstead (@arikarmstead) August 1, 2019 O’Sullivan’s mother Kelley, father Dennis, and sister Krista were greeted by coaches and players, including Sacramento-native and 49er defensive end Arik Armstead, who offered condolences to the family. READ: Fallen Officers’ Family Members Throws First Pitch At Giants Game O’Sullivan was shot and killed on June 19 when suspected shooter Adel Ramos opened fire in what police are calling a police ambush. READ: Father Of Fallen Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan Praises Department A flag honoring first responders was signed by the entire team and given to the family.

Victims Recall Deadly Shooting During California Festival

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two gunshot victims who survived a deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California say they saw the shooter from an obstacle course and were running away when they were hit. Brynn Ota-Mathews said Thursday a bullet is lodged in her liver. Her friend Gabriella Gaus said she felt like she was being pinched or burned when she was shot. Authorities say they are still working to determine the motive of gunman Santino William Legan, who was killed by police about a minute after opening fire at the festival. Three people, including two children, died and a dozen others were wounded. Several remained hospitalized. The young women spoke at a news conference at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose before Ota-Mathews is discharged.

Rocklin Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Child Pornography Distribution

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Cameron Fox, 35, of Rocklin, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for the distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott. After meeting a young victim online for sexual purposes, Fox had sent her child pornography, according to court documents. The case was brought forth as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in 2006 to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Brush fire blackens open terrain in Otay Mesa off the 5300 block of Airway Road

OTAY MESA (KUSI) – A fire of unknown origin charred rolling open hills near Brown Field airport Thursday, burning near apartments and a high school but causing no reported structural damage or injuries. There are mandatory evacuations south of St. Andrews / west of La Media / east of Cactus Rd. and for a majority of the businesses in these areas. The blaze erupted shortly before noon off the 5300 block of Airway Road, near Caliente Avenue in Otay Mesa, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Ground crews and personnel aboard four water-dropping helicopters fought the eastward-moving flames, which began spreading just east of San Ysidro High School. As of early afternoon, the fire had grown to about 110 acres, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. State and federal firefighters were helping city crews extinguish the blaze, Munoz said. Categories: Wildfires

Hard-won budget, debt deal clears Senate, advances to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Donald Trump’s endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The legislation passed by a 67-28 vote as Trump and his GOP allies relied on lots of Democratic votes to propel it over the finish line. Passage marked a drama-free solution to a worrisome set of looming Washington deadlines as both allies and adversaries of the president set aside ideology in exchange for relative fiscal peace and stability. The measure, which Trump has promised to sign, would permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all its bills and would set an overall $1.37 trillion limit on agency budgets approved by Congress annually. It does nothing to stem the government’s spiraling debt and the return of $1 trillion-plus deficits but it also takes away the prospect of a government shutdown in October or the threat of deep automatic spending cuts . The administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., played strong hands in the talks that sealed the agreement last week, producing a pragmatic…

San Diego City Council’s rules committee approves March 2020 ballot measures

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council’s Rules Committee voted Wednesday to send roughly a half-dozen proposed March and November 2020 ballot measures to a second committee review session. The committee considered 16 proposed initiatives during the meeting. Approved proposals will be drafted by the city attorney’s office and then brought back to the Rules Committee, save for one, and then sent to the full council for final approval to place them on the ballot. The committee voted 3-2 in favor of one of the highest-profile proposals, a $900 million bond proposed by the San Diego Housing Federation to build affordable housing for military veterans, homeless families, seniors and disabled people. The housing federation initially planned to put the bond on the 2018 ballot but elected that June to push it 2020. The proposed bond initiative as approved by the committee would be placed on the November ballot. “The only way we can effectively address homelessness is to build more supportive housing,” said City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, who voted in favor of the initiative. “This is housing the private sector can’t build, doesn’t…

Better Biking Experts host rolling press conference to celebrate region’s new protected bike lanes

LITTLE ITALY (KUSI) – In the wake of criticism, much of it aired on KUSI, along with some confusion, involving the new protected bike lanes in Downtown, the San Diego County Bike Coalition held what it called an “informational ride” today. It was no coincidence that people who believe two-wheeled mobility needs to be part of both San Diego’s near and long-term future, invited the media to Beech Street in Little Italy, where one of the new protected bike lanes has just been put in. The consensus of the gathering is that change can be difficult, but that the confusion that accompanied the early days of the first phase of a three phase downtown mobility plan involving a 9 square mile network,  has lessened considerably. Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw told us, “There’s been a lot of reporting about confusion because it was new.  This plan was passed back in 2017, it’s now coming to fruition.”  Hanshaw’s reference to 2017 addresses criticism, from businesses and business associations, including those in North Park, where there’s a similar plan for such lanes, that all of this wasn’t…

Verdict: Katy Perry, Collaborators Must Pay $2.78M in ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Case

Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied a Christian rap song, a jury decided Thursday. It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus Gray, a relatively obscure artist once known as Flame whose 5-year-old lawsuit survived constant court challenges and a trial against top-flight attorneys for Perry and the five other music-industry heavyweights who wrote her song. But the amount was less than the nearly $20 million sought by attorneys for Gray and his two co-writers on the 2009 song “Joyful Noise” but they said they were pleased with the decision. “These defendants have made millions and millions of dollars from their infringement of the plaintiff’s copyright,” Gray’s attorney, Michael A. Kahn, told the jury. Perry herself was hit for just over $550,000, with Capitol Records responsible for the vast majority of the money. Defense attorneys had argued for an award of about $360,000 after the jury decided earlier this week that “Dark Horse” copied “Joyful Noise.” Perry’s attorney, Christine Lepera, said they plan to vigorously fight the decision.…

Lot Where Nipsey Hussle Was Gunned Down Now Surrounded by Chain-Link Fence

Construction crews erected a chain-link fence on Thursday around the L-shaped strip mall in South L.A. where Nipsey Hussle lived out his dreams — and where those dreams ended when he was gunned down on March 31. The 8-foot-high fence is around the parking lot and Hussle’s store, The Marathon Clothing, which has turned into a tourist attraction but has been closed since his death. On Instagram, the lot’s owner explained that the decision was to start the “early development stages of the forthcoming Nipsey Hussle Tower.” However, there also have been concerns about safety. The Los Angeles Police Department has increased patrols at the lot, and has been working with the property owner to install lighting and other measures after some tourists were robbed and officers made several arrests for gun possession. Read the full story on

Sen. Lindsey Graham Overrides Senate Rules to Push Forth Bill Extending Family Detentions

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee upended the rules Thursday for immigration legislation that would extend family detentions as chairman Lindsey Graham muscled the measure forward over the objections of Democrats. It’s one last battle, led by a top ally of President Donald Trump, before senators break for a long August recess and the start of 2020 campaigning with immigration at the forefront of the debate. Graham gaveled open the hearing saying he wasn’t going to wait any longer to address the crisis at the southern border. He acknowledged that his outreach to Democrats has failed to reach a compromise on detention policies for children and families. In pushing the bill forward, the chairman skirted committee rules allowing for amendments and requiring minority participation in certain actions, including to end debate. “What am I supposed to do?” asked the South Carolina Republican. “We have a right to vote.” Democrats have protested the bill and refused to attend a panel session last week, setting off the battle Thursday. They voted against the measure, decrying what Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called an “illegitimate process.” Ripping up a copy…

Man Allegedly Tries to Sexually Assault 84-Year-Old Woman, Stabs Nurse at O.C. Retirement Community

A burglary suspect was arrested after allegedly trying to sexually assault an 84-year-old woman and stabbing a nurse with scissors at a retirement community in Aliso Viejo, authorities said Tuesday. The crime, described as “brazen” and “violent,” took place in the 24000 block of Moulton around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A nurse received a report of a resident in destress and responded, along with a security guard. At the residence, the pair encountered a 20-year-old man holding a pair of scissors, and a partially undressed 84-year-old woman lying in bed, a sheriff’s news release stated. The man then tried to flee, stabbing the nurse in her hand as he left the residence, according to the department. She was taken to a hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening injury. A responding deputy noticed a man matching the description of the burglary suspect several blocks from the retirement community and detained him. After being positively identified as the suspect, Jorge Hernandez Saucedo Jr. was arrested on suspicion of burglary with the intent to commit sexual assault, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Authorities…

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