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House Oversight Plans Vote to Hold Kellyanne Conway in Contempt Unless She Testifies

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee on Monday said the panel will vote to hold White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in contempt of Congress later this month unless she agrees to appear to testify in a hearing. Despite a subpoena to testify last month, Conway did not appear at the committee’s hearing Monday. Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, said the committee will hold a contempt vote on July 25, but implored Conway to testify before then to “help us avoid that situation.” A letter sent to Cummings from White House counsel Pat Cipollone ahead of the hearing Monday said Conway would not appear at the direction of President Donald Trump. “The President has directed Ms. Conway not to appear at the Committee’s scheduled hearing on Monday, July 15, 2019,” the letter said. “The long-standing principle of immunity for senior advisers to the President is firmly rooted in the Constitution’s separation of powers and protects the core functions of the Presidency.” The White House also released a statement calling the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena a “purely political campaign.” Last month, the US Office of Special…

Greek Man Confesses to Killing American Scientist Suzanne Eaton on Crete

A 27-year-old man has confessed to killing US scientist Suzanne Eaton on the Greek island of Crete, a police spokesperson told CNN Monday. The local man had been detained by police for questioning, after the 59-year-old molecular biologist went missing July 2 while attending a conference. More details are expected to be announced Tuesday, Crete police said. Eaton was attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy when she disappeared, apparently during a run. Last Monday, her body was discovered by two locals deep inside a cave, according to Crete’s Chief of Police Konstantinos Lagoudakis. She was found nearly 200 feet inside the cave, beneath an air shaft that had been covered by a large wooden pallet. The underground caverns had been turned into a bunker by Nazi soldiers during the Second World War. The police said that Eaton had been asphyxiated. Minor stab wounds were also found on her body, but police said they were not believed to be the cause of her death. The police believe the body was dumped inside the cave, because it was found face down. Lagoudakis told CNN on Thursday that he had never…

Trump Moves to Effectively End Asylum for Most Migrants at U.S.-Mexico Border

Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president’s most forceful attempt to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in America. The new rule, expected to go into effect Tuesday, would cover countless would-be refugees, many of them fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. It is certain to face legal challenges. According to the plan published in the Federal Register , migrants who pass through another country — in this case, Mexico — on their way to the U.S. will be ineligible for asylum. The rule also applies to children who have crossed the border alone. The vast majority of people affected by the rule are from Central America. But sometimes migrants from Africa , Cuba or Haiti and other countries try to come through the U.S.-Mexico border, as well. There are some exceptions, including for victims of human trafficking and asylum-seekers who were denied protection in another country. If the country the migrant passed through did not sign one of the major international…

Car Plunges 100 Feet Off Road, Starts Fire In Angeles National Forest

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST (CBSLA) — A car plunged one hundred feet off a mountain road in the Angeles National Forest Monday, starting a small vegetation fire. Courtesy LA Sheriff’s Department LA County fire fighters put the fire out and the LA Sheriff’s Department sent a tactical medical team to the site and they airlifted the driver to a trauma center. The person’s condition is unknown at this time. The accident occurred on Glendora Mountain Road bear Monroe. Please check in with cbsla.com for more updates. Courtesy Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department  

Brush Fire Spreads to Structure in East Santa Clara County

Fire crews responded to a brush fire that spread to at least one structure late Monday in eastern Santa Clara County, according to Cal Fire. The fire had burned about 4 acres, and the burning structure posed a challenge to firefighters trying to contain the flames, Cal Fire said. 47-Acre Brush Fire Destroys 2 Buildings in East SJ Foothills Photo Credit: Cal Fire

3 Arrested For Stealing From Deceased Former Deputy

LOOMIS (CBS13) — Three people are in jail for breaking into the home of a dead former sheriff’s deputy and stealing his identity. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says the burglary happened in Loomis last May. On top of stealing credit cards and checks, the suspects are also accused of stealing personal memorabilia from the victim, a former member of law enforcement. The signs say “stay away” in front of the victim’s house in Loomis, but in May, three people reportedly broke through the gate to his home and stole his identity. Rick Pipes, a neighbor, says, “He had been there for 20 or 25 years.” Pipes said the victim, Bob, died just a few weeks before the break-in. READ ALSO: Sheriff’s Office Looking For Owners Of Abandoned Trailer In Stockton “He had lung cancer, six-months later, he was gone,” Pipes said. The Sheriff’s Office isn’t releasing the victim’s identity, but we’re told these suspects somehow knew he died, and took advantage. Angela Musallam with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said, “They took that as a crime of opportunity to break into the home and steal…

Possibly Most Prolific Serial Killer in U.S. History Linked to Arkansas Woman’s 1994 Slaying

Authorities are investigating whether possibly the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history is behind the death of an Arkansas woman in 1994. Police in Pine Bluff are reviewing the case of Jolanda Jones’s death after Samuel Little confessed to her killing, which had been determined to be drug-related. Investigators have linked 79-year-old Little to more than 60 killings in at least 14 states dating back to the 1970s. He said he killed 93 women as he crisscrossed the country over the years. He told investigators he targeted women who wouldn’t be missed right away, such as street people or prostitutes, and whose necks appealed to him for strangulation as that gave him sexual gratification. According to a police memo, when Little was in custody in Dallas, Texas, in October 2018, he indicated that he killed Jones, the Pine Bluff Commercial reported . The memo also said that Little painted a picture of Jones as he had of many of his previous victims. Deputy Pine Bluff Police Chief Terry Hopson said Little described details of how he killed Jones on a Pine Bluff road. Those…

Police Searching for Long Beach Road Rage Suspect Accused of Beating Other Driver With Tire Iron

Police are searching for a driver who beat another driver with a tire iron in a road rage incident in Long Beach on May 10. An illustration of a man involved in a road rage incident in Long Beach is seen in this sketch provided by California Highway Patrol. The incident happened on Interstate 605 southbound, south of Spring Street, around 7:55 p.m. on May 10, California Highway Patrol said in a news release. A white Chevrolet Silverado was in a crash with an unknown model Nissan sedan. After the crash, both drivers exited the freeway at Willow Street and got out of their vehicles. The driver of the Nissan (the suspect depicted in the sketch), approached the driver of the Chevy Silverado, who was standing outside her vehicle, CHP said. The suspect then began beating the woman in the arms, chest, and face with a tire iron and his fists. The victim sustained major injuries and is now in the recovery process, CHP said. The suspect then got back in the Nissan and fled the scene west on Willow Street. The Nissan is described…

Trump Admin Orders Taxpayer-Funded Clinics to Immediately Cease Abortion Referrals

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women’s rights groups. The head of a national umbrella group representing the clinics said the administration is following “an ideological agenda” that could disrupt basic health care for many low-income women. Ahead of a planned conference Tuesday with the clinics, the Health and Human Services Department formally notified them that it will begin enforcing the ban on abortion referrals, along with a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions. Another requirement that both kinds of facilities cannot be under the same roof would take effect next year. The rule is widely seen as a blow against Planned Parenthood, which provides taxpayer-funded family planning and basic health care to low-income women, as well as abortions that must be paid for separately. The organization is a mainstay of the federally funded family planning program and it has threatened to quit over the issue. Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said…

Huntington Beach Woman Who Vanished Near Inyo County Campground Found Alive

A Huntington Beach woman who vanished four days ago while camping with her husband in Inyo County has been found alive, and her family says she got lost while trying to hide from a man who threatened to rape her. Sheryl Powell, 60, was located near the Montenegro Springs area, roughly 2 and a half miles from where she disappeared in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Inyo County sheriff’s officials said in a news release. Rescuers described her as “resilient and strong but exhausted after being lost in an extremely remote area” within the national forest east of Bishop, authorities said. She was being taken to a nearby hospital for medical clearance. Just two and a half hours before, search crews announced they had found Powell’s 4-pound Yorkie-poo. The pooch was in an area just above where her owner was found, officials said. Powell disappeared with her dog Miley after taking out the pet while her husband moved their Jeep near their remote campsite in the Bristlecone Pine Forest area, according to the Sheriff’s Office. “This took 5 minutes or less but when he got…

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