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Supreme Court Temporarily Shields Trump Bank Records

The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily shielded the bank records of President Donald Trump and three of his children from House Democrats. In an order signed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the House cannot enforce subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One at least until Dec. 13. Impeachment Takeaways: History Lessons, Partisan Feuds The justices are scheduled to discuss at least one and maybe two other similar cases at their private conference that day. One concerns a subpoena from the House for Trump’s financial records and the other is a demand from the Manhattan district attorney for his tax returns. The court already has blocked the House from getting the financial records while it considers what to do with the cases. The district attorney has agreed to hold off enforcing his subpoena until the justices act. A decision on whether to hear the cases could come by mid-December. Trump Calls Canadian PM ‘Two-Faced’ After NATO Open Mic Moment Trial judges and appellate panels in all three cases have ruled that the records held by the banks and Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, must be…

Accused Ringleader Pleads Guilty in $400K GoFundMe Scheme

The New Jersey man prosecutors say was in the middle of a scheme to bilk thousands of GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000 with a fake feel-good story about a homeless veteran has pleaded guilty and faces years behind bars. Mark D’Amico entered his plea to a count of misappropriation of trusted property in Burlington County court Friday morning. NJ Man in $400K GoFundMe Scheme Faces Federal Charges He faces a five-year prison team as part of the plea deal reached with county prosecutors. D’Amico still faces federal conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering charges. Not Guilty Plea in Good Samaritan GoFundMe Ruse Under the county plea agreement, any federal sentence imposed would be served concurrently, prosecutors said. D’Amico also must help repay the $400,000. Earlier this year, the two others charged in the fraud, Katelyn McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr., pleaded guilty to federal counts. NJ Man Indicted for Alleged Role in Homeless GoFundMe Scheme D’Amico, McClure and Bobbitt made up a story in late 2017 about Bobbitt giving $20 to help McClure when her car ran out of gas in Philadelphia, prosecutors said. The group…

New Images of PG&E Hooks on Camp Fire Power Line Released

The federal judge overseeing PG&E’s probation over regulatory violations has ordered the utility to answer more questions about the worn C-hook that failed and sparked the Camp Fire last year as a follow-up to PG&E’s release of damaged hooks. The company on Thursday disclosed a photo of the failed C-hook blamed for the fire by order of the judge, even though the photo had been redacted from the state’s regulatory report last week at the request of Butte County prosecutors still probing the fire. On Friday, the company released a second photo that was withheld from the state’s report at the request of prosecutors. Saudi Air Force Member ID’d in Pensacola Naval Base Shooting The photo shows a second worn hook on a tower about three miles away – a hook that did not fail but state regulators found posed an imminent safety hazard which was missed during PG&E inspections. In the state’s report, CPUC regulators determined PG&E’s “inadequate” inspections of the tower that failed “were indicative of an overall pattern of inadequate inspection and maintenance of PG&E’s transmission facilities.” 3 UPS Drivers Victimized by…

WH Rejects Invitation to Participate in Impeachment Hearings

The White House on Friday rejected an invitation to take part in impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, NBC News reported. In a brief letter to Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., White House counsel Pat Cipollone sharply attacked the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump as “completely baseless” and said House Democrats had “violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness.” Impeachment Takeaways: History Lessons, Partisan Feuds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Thursday that she had asked committee chairmen to craft articles of impeachment against the president. Photo Credit: AP

Update: Jury finds for Musk in defamation case

By Nichola Groom and Rachel Parsons | Reuters UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that the jury has found in favor of Musk. LOS ANGELES – A federal jury in Los Angeles began deliberating on Friday to decide whether Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk defamed a British cave explorer whose lawyer said the “billionaire bully” should pay at least $190 million for branding his client a “pedo guy” on Twitter. The defense countered that the plaintiff, Vernon Unsworth, had failed to show evidence of any harm, and that Musk should not be held liable for what amounted to an off-the-cuff insult that stemmed from an argument and that no one took literally. Musk, who had taken the witness stand in his own defense during the first two days of the trial but skipped the testimony of others, returned to court on Friday and sat expressionless through the closing arguments of both sides. As the closely watched trial entered its fourth day, lead plaintiff’s attorney L. Lin Wood summed up his case against Musk by saying the high-tech entrepreneuer had “dropped a nuclear bomb” on Unsworth…

Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

By BILL KACZOR and BRENDAN FARRINGTON PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning, an attack the Saudi government quickly condemned and that U.S. officials were investigating for possible links to terrorism. The assault, which left four people dead, including the shooter, was the second at a U.S. Navy base this week and prompted a massive law enforcement response and base lockdown. Twelve people were hurt in the attack, including two sheriff’s deputies who were the first to respond, one of whom killed the shooter, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. One of the deputies was shot in the arm and the other in the knee, and both were expected to recover, he said. The shooter was a member of the Saudi military who was in aviation training at the base, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference. DeSantis spokesman Helen Ferre later said that DeSantis learned about the shooter’s identity from briefings with FBI and military officials. A U.S. official who spoke to The Associated Press…

Warriors’ top draft pick will provide options in rebuild

CHICAGO — Despite having the worst record in the NBA, the 4-19 Warriors know, a year from now, their outlook will be very different. With a healthy Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson expected to join Draymond Green, D’Angelo Russell and surprise building block Eric Paschall, the Warriors will have two tools with which to supplement a championship-level core. The Warriors, having won only two of their last 16 games, are on track to land a top pick in June’s draft, when they’ll be in position to select a potential franchise player. The last time the Warriors drafted in the lottery was in 2012, when they took Harrison Barnes with the seventh overall pick. Barnes helped lead the Warriors to their first championship during their dynastic era. At the top of most draft boards now are guards LaMelo Ball, of the Australia-based National Basketball League, Georgia’s Anthony Edwards and North Carolina’s Cole Anthony, as well as Memphis center James Wiseman. Warriors general manager Bob Myers went to Oregon in November to scout Wiseman, and is expected to take a trip overseas to look at Ball and…

San Jose High School locked down after unfounded threat

SAN JOSE — San Jose High School was placed on lockdown for about an hour on Friday afternoon after an unfounded report of an active shooter on campus, according to San Jose police. At around 12:17 p.m., the high school received a call that there was a shooter at the school, said public information officer Gina Tepoorten. The school went into lockdown mode as officers investigated the threat and surrounded the scene. But the report was determined to be unfounded, Tepoorten said, and officers began clearing the site and lifting the lockdown by about 1:30 p.m. District spokesperson Lili Smith referred all questions about the incident to police, but said that safety of students and staff is the district’s top priority. Related Articles Silver lining from a school ceiling’s partial collapse? Board finally OKs the money to replace it Why you won’t find Stanford’s secret sapling of the famed Newton gravity tree 49ers’ Richard Sherman pays off students’ lunch debt Letter: Families lucky to have Academy of Alameda Custodian arrested after alleged threat to Northern California high school; weapons cache found “We immediately act on…

Meet the candidates running for a San Jose City Council seat in March

In just a few short months, San Jose voters will have the opportunity to reshape the city council — a diverse group of representatives increasingly split between business and labor interests. By the filing deadline on Friday, 17 candidates had filed for one of the five even-numbered districts that are up for grabs in the March 2020 election. Although its too early to predict any possible winners, all of the races provide an opportunity for a power shift on the council during a time of big changes in San Jose. Over the next few years, the council members will be making historic decisions that could have long-lasting impacts on the city — from reaching a development agreement on Google’s transit village project to signing off on designs for a new Diridon Station to finding new ways to address the city’s ongoing housing and homeless crisis. The current council is pretty evenly divided between members who are favored by the labor unions and those favored by the Chamber of Commerce — the two traditional strongholds of influence in the city. Four of the current councilmembers are running…

FBI Identifies Both Suspects in Deadly UPS Cross-County Car Chase and Shooting

The FBI has identified the two suspects who carried out a robbery in Coral Gables and then engaged in a high-speed car chase all the way to Miramar, where a shootout left the suspects and two others dead.  On Twitter, @FBIMiamiFL wrote that the two deceased suspects had been identified as Lamar Alexander, 41, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, both of Miami-Dade County.  A criminal history search revealed that both Alexander and Hill have lengthy criminal histories and have served time behind bars, including charges for robbery, battery, grand theft and resisting arrest.  The incident began with a robbery and shootout at Regent Jewelers at 386 Miracle Mile just after 4 p.m. Thursday, Coral Gables Police said.  Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak said Alexander and Hill, both armed, exchanged gunfire with a jewelry shop worker. She was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Shortly after the shootout, Alexander and Hill abducted a UPS driver at gunpoint and fled in the driver’s truck. Authorities began a pursuit, which sped up Interstate 75 into South Florida’s Broward County.  When the truck stopped in traffic at a light…

Return of Dee Ford Could Be a Big Plus vs. Drew Brees

Drew Brees has been a terrific quarterback for a long time in the NFL, and he still ranks as one of the league’s best even at age 40. Though he missed several games earlier this season, Brees has won three of his four starts since regaining his health, including his past three against the Falcons, Panthers and Bucs as he leads the 10-2 Saints against the visiting, 10-2 49ers Sunday. Saudi Air Force Member ID’d in Pensacola Naval Base Shooting Now in his 19th NFL season, Brees is completing 73.8 percent of his passes, has 12 touchdown passes vs. four interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 104.4. He’s also got a dangerous group of receivers. So, if the 49ers want to slow down a Saints offense that averages more than 361 yards and 24 points per game, San Francisco likely will need to put pressure on Brees, who has been sacked just nine times in seven games. Overall, the Saints offensive line has given up just 21 sacks, fifth fewest in the NFL. 3 UPS Drivers Victimized by Armed Robbers in San Jose: PD…

Raiders Have Pair of Home Games to Get Back on Track

As the Raiders get ready for a must-win game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, they know they have one big, positive point in their favor. They’ll be playing in Oakland. Saudi Air Force Member ID’d in Pensacola Naval Base Shooting The 6-6 Raiders have been two different teams in 2019. As Evan Groat of SB Nation pointed out this week, the Raiders have been awful on the road and good at home. The team is 1-5 on the road with a minus-six turnover differential in away games and 5-1 in home games (including the designated home field in London vs. the Bears) with a plus-four turnover margin. So even though the Raiders host a 7-5 Titans team that has won three straight and five of its past six games, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden is excited his team has home games this weekend and next (Jacksonville) to get back on track before finishing on the road against the Chargers and Broncos. 3 UPS Drivers Victimized by Armed Robbers in San Jose: PD “We are 6-6,” Gruden told reporters. “We’ve had some ups and downs, obviously, especially…

Lori Loughlin is ‘proud’ of Olivia Jade’s cleavage and puppies return to social media

Olivia Jade Giannulli this week made her return to her social media influencer ways, by posting a YouTube video and Instagram posts that showcased her cleavage, featured her playing with her dogs and let her talk about missing her fans. Oliva Jade, daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli returned to YouTube after an absence of almost nine months. (Olivia Jade/YouTube)  With these posts, it looks like Olivia Jade is back to stay, and her embattled mother, Lori Loughlin, couldn’t be more “proud” that her daughter is “brave” to “put herself out there,” according to a report. The former “Full House” actress understands that her 20-year-old daughter faces a lot of hostility because she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were indicted on fraud, bribery and money laundering charges and face long prison sentences for their alleged roles in the college admissions scandal, Hollywood Life reported. Still, “Lori is incredibly proud of Olivia for making the decision to return to YouTube despite everything going on right now,” a source told Hollywood Life. “She gave Olivia her full blessing.” Certainly, Olivia Jade’s return to social media, after nine…

Jacob Evans (hip) likely to return Monday against Grizzlies

CHICAGO — Warriors guard Jacob Evans is likely to return for Monday’s game against the Grizzlies, head coach Steve Kerr said Friday morning. Ruled out for Friday night’s game against the Bulls, Evans will have missed 21 games with an adductor strain in his left hip before returning. Following the returns of center Kevon Looney and guard D’Angelo Russell this week, the Warriors have 11 available players for Friday. Should Evans come back, as expected, the Warriors could have 12 players for the first time since opening night by next next week. Evans, who averaged 6.0 points on 41.7% shooting, including 50% from 3-point range in three games before getting hurt, will immediately be inserted into the rotation upon his return. His minutes may come at the expense of rookie guard Jordan Poole. Poole, who is averaging nearly 25 minutes per game this season, could be assigned to the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz to continue his development with additional playing time. Evans traveled with the team and was anticipated to return to the lineup at some point during the Warriors’ five-game trip…

At least 15 dead as unknown assailants open fire in Baghdad

By Samya Kullar and Murtada Faraj | Associated Press BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say 15 people have been killed in Baghdad’s Khilani Square as unknown assailants fired live ammunition from cars. Security and medical officials say at least two of the dead were policemen. Protesters fearing for their lives ran from the plaza to nearby Tahrir Square and mosques to take cover. Protesters are occupying part of Jumhuriya, Sinak and Ahar bridges in a standoff with security forces. All bridges lead to or near the heavily-fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq’s government. The attacks come one day after a string of suspicious stabbing incidents left at least 13 wounded in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Iraq’s leaderless protest movement. The attacks by unknown perpetrators occurred as demonstrators supporting political parties and Iran-backed militias withdrew from the Square on Thursday evening. The incidents fueled paranoia among protesters, who immediately implemented self security measures to uncover saboteurs within the square. Iraq’s highest Shiite religious authority called Friday for the formation of a new government within the allotted deadline, and without foreign interference, as the clock…

Stephens: Brain-dead or not, NATO is essential

With the conclusion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 70th anniversary summit in London, it’s fair to say that Donald Trump thinks that most alliance members, starting with France and Canada, are a bunch of ungrateful and unhelpful freeloaders. Fair to say, also, that most of those members see Trump as an erratic, pompous, dangerous simpleton. There’s no reason they both can’t be right. The tone of the summit was set several weeks ago, when Emmanuel Macron gave an interview to The Economist, warning of the “brain death” of NATO and wondering whether the alliance’s mutual defense commitments still meant anything. “If the Bashar al-Assad regime decides to retaliate against Turkey, will we commit ourselves under it?” the French president wondered, imagining a scenario in which Ankara could demand that other NATO members play a supportive role in its barbaric adventure in northern Syria. Macron was widely rebuked for the remarks, most of all by Trump, who this week called them “very disrespectful,” “very, very nasty,” and “insulting to a lot of different forces.” Yet they were also very true. Trump announced his withdrawal from…

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