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Adam Schiff

Watchdog investigates seizure of Democrats’ phone data

The US justice department’s internal watchdog launched an investigation on Friday after revelations that former president Donald Trump’s administration secretly seized phone data from at least two House Democrats as part of an aggressive leaks inquiry related to the Russia investigation into Trump’s conduct.

Capitol Riots

Intelligence failures left police officers exposed to a violent mob of Trump supporters

The deadly insurrection at the US Capitol was “planned in plain sight” but intelligence failures left police officers exposed to a violent mob of Trump supporters, a Senate investigation has found. The Capitol police intelligence division had been gathering online data since December about plots to storm the building on 6 January, including messages such as: “Bring guns. It’s now or never.” But a combination of bad communications, poor planning, faulty equipment and lack of leadership meant the warnings went unheeded, allowing the insurrectionists to overrun the Capitol and disrupt certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. Five people died.

Wirecard

Insolvenzantrag im Milliardenskandal

Der in einen Milliardenskandal verstrickte Zahlungsdienstleister Wirecard ist am Abgrund. Das Unternehmen reichte wegen Überschuldung und drohender Zahlungsunfähigkeit Insolvenzantrag ein, wie das Münchner Amtsgericht mitteilte.

Wirecard

Haftbefehl für Ex-Manager: Ermittler suchen Jan Marsalek

Nach der Verhaftung des ehemaligen Wirecard-Chefs will sich die Staatsanwaltschaft Zugriff auf den langjährigen COO Marsalek sichern. Der könnte sich auf den Philippinen befinden.

How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man

Trump family tries to block publication of book by president's niece

Donald Trump’s family has gone to court to try to block publication of a tell-all book by the US president’s niece, Mary Trump, the New York Times reported.

Election 2020

Trump 'played' by K-pop fans and TikTok users

K-pop fans and users of TikTok claimed tickets to Donald Trump’s Saturday night rally in Tulsa then did not use them, as part of a coordinated effort which helped to leave hundreds of seats empty in a 19,000-capacity venue.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Ägypten vor Kriegseinsatz gegen Libyen

«Seid bereit für jegliche Mission innerhalb unserer Grenzen - oder wenn nötig außerhalb unserer Grenzen», sagte Al-Sisi beim Besuch einer Luftwaffenbasis nahe der libyschen Grenze.

Spendenaffäre

Jörg Meuthen: Hat der AfD-Chef an Eides Statt gelogen?

Der Druck auf AfD-Parteichef Jörg Meuthen wächst. Nachdem Meuthen in den vergangenen Wochen versucht hatte, den rechtsextremen Brandenburger Landeschef Andreas Kalbitz aus der Partei zu werfen, belastet nun eine eidesstattliche Versicherung Meuthen und bezichtigt ihn der Lüge. Das Schreiben könnte ihm schwer schaden.

Corruption

“Barr lied and something really stinks”

US attorney general William Barr announced the resignation on Friday of an influential attorney who oversaw key prosecutions of allies of Donald Trump and an investigation into Rudy Giuliani – but it appeared the attorney in question had other ideas.

LOBBYAFFÄRE PHILIPP AMTHOR

Investoren fragen: Wie kriminell ist Augustus Intelligence?

In der Lobbyaffäre um den CDU-Politiker Philipp Amthor gerät das mysteriöse New Yorker Start-up Augustus Intelligence zunehmend unter Druck. Am Freitag teilte das Unternehmen mit, dass Gründer und Vorstandschef Wolfgang Haupt sein Mandat als CEO vorübergehend aussetzt. Ihn ersetze übergangsweise Chefjustiziar Ramsey Taylor, bis der Vorgang um Amthor durch eine unabhängige Untersuchung aufgeklärt sei.

Berlin Tiergarten

Mordprozess gegen Russen - und gegen Putins Regierung

Die Bundesanwaltschaft macht die russische Regierung für den Mord an einem Georgier in Berlin verantwortlich. Damit stellt sie die deutsch-russischen Beziehungen auf eine neue Belastungsprobe.

COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns of 'anti-science bias'

The White House coronavirus task force has been out of public view as President Donald Trump has shown an urgency to move past the pandemic, downplay recent surges in Covid cases in some states, and get Americans back to work. But the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been warning Americans about the risk of further spread of the virus.

Nach Hausdurchsuchungen

Hackerangriffe auf DKB und andere Banken aufgeklärt

Ein 16-Jähriger aus Soltau in Niedersachsen und ein 20-Jähriger aus Calw in Baden-Württemberg sollen die Computernetze von Banken und Telekommunikationsanbietern in Schleswig-Holstein, Niedersachsen, Berlin und anderen Bundesländern angegriffen haben. Das teilten die Staatsanwaltschaft Itzehoe, das Landeskriminalamt (LKA) Schleswig-Holstein und das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) mit.

Carlos Lehder

Escobars rechte Hand nach Deutschland ausgeliefert

Die USA haben einen der bekanntesten Drogenhändler der Welt, der jahrelang als rechte Hand Pablo Escobars und Co-Chef des berüchtigten Medellin-Kartells fungierte, nach Deutschland ausgeliefert.

Augustus Intelligence

Dubiose Geschäfte: CDU-Jungstar Philipp Amthor in Not

Die Tätigkeit des CDU-Bundestagsabgeordneten Philipp Amthor für ein US-Unternehmen sorgt nun auch parteiintern für deutliche Kritik. Hinter vorgehaltener Hand fällt das Wort "Korruption".

Russland

Paul Whelan: 16 Jahre Straflager wegen Spionage

Wegen Spionage für die USA hat ein Gericht in Moskau den seit fast eineinhalb Jahren inhaftierten US-Bürger Paul Whelan zu 16 Jahren Straflager verurteilt.

Prokon

Knast für Carsten Rodbertus wegen Steuerhinterziehung

Gegen den früheren Prokon-Chef Carsten Rodbertus (59) hat das Amtsgericht Itzehoe einen Strafbefehl von zehn Monaten Freiheitsstrafe «wegen Steuerhinterziehung in großem Ausmaß» erlassen.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

112 million for migrants: This is what really happened

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) used money meant for food, medicine for dirt bikes, ATVs, says GAO. "Instead of helping migrants," said a top House Democrat, CBP "broke the law by spending this taxpayer money on things that were not authorized."

International Criminal Court

E.U. has ‘serious concern’ about U.S. sanctions against ICC

Donald Trump’s decision to authorize sanctions against the International Criminal Court is "a matter of serious concern," the EU's top diplomat said.

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann suspect investigated over two other missing children

German prosecutors are investigating whether the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was involved in a similar case of a five-year-old girl who went missing in Germany in 2015.

Fall Madeleine: Verteidiger legen das Mandat nieder

Die Verteidiger des Tatverdächtigen im Fall Madeleine McCann haben ihr Mandat niedergelegt. Dies sei der zuständigen Ermittlungsbehörde angezeigt worden, teilten die Anwälte Jan-Christian Hochmann und David Volke mit. Eine Begründung für die Rückgabe des Mandats wollten sie nicht abgeben.

Wirecard

Spuren führen nach Indien: Wirecard steckt jetzt in einem Hacker-Skandal

Auftragshacker haben laut IT-Experten kritische Journalisten und Spekulanten ins Visier genommen. Der Konzern bestreitet, mit der Sache etwas zu tun zu haben. Doch Zweifel werden laut.

Shortnews

Deadly DUI Crash

Ex-Astronaut going to prison for 4 years

An ex-astronaut who killed two young Alabama girls while driving under the influence will spend at least four years behind bars after pleading guilty to manslaughter. James Halsell, 64, of Huntsville, was a Space Shuttle commander who flew five missions. Ten years after retirement, he crashed into another car in Tuscaloosa, leaving Niomi Deona James, 11, and Jayla Latrick Parler, 13, dead.

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Deadly DUI Crash

Ex-Astronaut going to prison for 4 years

An ex-astronaut who killed two young Alabama girls while driving under the influence will spend at least four years behind bars after pleading guilty to manslaughter. James Halsell, 64, of Huntsville, was a Space Shuttle commander who flew five missions. Ten years after retirement, he crashed into another car in Tuscaloosa, leaving Niomi Deona James, 11, and Jayla Latrick Parler, 13, dead.

“There are clearly no winners here. It’s a horrible thing for the family. You have a man who has done very good things, who in this case did a very, very, very bad thing,” Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb said, according to AL.com.

“It just shows how thin the line is, and how fast and how far people can fall.”

The girls’ family prayed outside the courthouse.

“My daughters were amazing, beautiful, smart, strong little girls that could have been anything in this world if they had the opportunity to grow up, but that was taken from me and all of everyone else in this world,” their mother, Latrice Parler, told WAFF.

Colonial Pipeline

Gasoline demand spikes in several states after pipeline hack

A growing number of gas stations along the East Coast are without fuel as nervous drivers aggressively fill up their tanks following a ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, a critical artery for gasoline. The panic-buying threatens to exacerbate the supply shock."Panicked buying" is "running stations in the region dry," Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, told CNN Business.

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Colonial Pipeline

Gasoline demand spikes in several states after pipeline hack

A growing number of gas stations along the East Coast are without fuel as nervous drivers aggressively fill up their tanks following a ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, a critical artery for gasoline. The panic-buying threatens to exacerbate the supply shock.

As of 4 pm ET Tuesday, 8.5% of gas stations in North Carolina and 7.7% in Virginia didn't have gasoline, according to outage figures reported by GasBuddy, an app that tracks fuel prices and demand. The Virginia figure was flat from 11 am ET, while North Carolina was up from 5.8% previously.

Rising outages are also being reported at gas stations in Georgia (5.8%), Florida (2.8%) and South Carolina (3.5%), according to GasBuddy, which collects user reports and shares the information with the government during emergencies.

"Panicked buying" is "running stations in the region dry," Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, told CNN Business.
He warned that the "irrational behavior" could prolong supply issues "for weeks."

Tiffany Wright of AAA Carolinas criticized what she described as "irresponsible behavior at the pump."

The far right conspiracy

New York AG sues Jacob Wohl for $2.75 million over robocalls

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that her office has filed a lawsuit against bumbling right-wing conspiracy theorists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman over robocalls the pair allegedly made to suppress the Black vote ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

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The far right conspiracy

New York AG sues Jacob Wohl for $2.75 million over robocalls

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that her office has filed a lawsuit against bumbling right-wing conspiracy theorists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman over robocalls the pair allegedly made to suppress the Black vote ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

“Hi, this is Tamika Taylor from Project 1599, the civil rights organization founded by Jack Burman and Jacob Wohl,” the automated recordings told the targeted voters.

“Mail-in voting sounds great, but did you know that if you vote by mail, your personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts? The CDC is even pushing to use records for mail-in voting to track people for mandatory vaccines. Don’t be finessed into giving your private information to the man, stay home safe and beware of vote by mail.”

James says 5,500 New Yorkers were affected; she’s asking for Wohl and Burkman to pay $500 for each violation and forfeit all profits. If successful, they will be on the hook for $2.75 million, in addition to the felony charges they face in other states for the alleged scheme.

Wohl and Burkman have a history of failed schemes, including an attempt to pin false sexual assault allegations on now-U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, former special counsel Robert Mueller, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Caron Nazario

Police Chief: No apology needed for pepper-spraying

After a video of Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario being pepper-sprayed by Windsor, Virginia cops during a traffic stop went viral last week, Police Chief Rodney D. Riddle said he didn’t feel Nazario was owed an official apology. “My guys missed opportunities to verbally de-escalate,” Riddle admitted of the incident late last year that saw two officers with guns drawn barking at Nazario to get out of his car for allegedly not having a rear license tag.

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Caron Nazario

Police Chief: No apology needed for pepper-spraying

After a video of Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario being pepper-sprayed by Windsor, Virginia cops during a traffic stop went viral last week, Police Chief Rodney D. Riddle said he didn’t feel Nazario was owed an official apology. “My guys missed opportunities to verbally de-escalate,” Riddle admitted of the incident late last year that saw two officers with guns drawn barking at Nazario to get out of his car for allegedly not having a rear license tag.

They pepper-spraying Nazario in the face, before realizing he did in fact have his license tag taped to the rear window of the new car. Riddle went so far as to partially blame Nazario, saying that he wished he’d “complied a whole lot earlier.” The incident is now the subject of a $1 million lawsuit against the officers involved, one of whom was fired earlier this week after an internal investigation.

Fox & Friends

Harry and Meghan cause for Prince Philip's death

Minutes after the British royal family announced that Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, had died at the age of 99, the sleuths at Fox & Friends blamed their inevitable culprits: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Host Brian Kilmeade immediately linked the death of the extremely old and sickly Duke of Edinburgh to Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired last month and contained shocking claims of racism and cruel treatment against Meghan by royal family members.

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Fox & Friends

Harry and Meghan cause for Prince Philip's death

Minutes after the British royal family announced that Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, had died at the age of 99, the sleuths at Fox & Friends blamed their inevitable culprits: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Host Brian Kilmeade immediately linked the death of the extremely old and sickly Duke of Edinburgh to Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired last month and contained shocking claims of racism and cruel treatment against Meghan by royal family members.

Kilmeade said on Friday’s show: “There are reports that [Philip] was enraged after the interview and the fallout from the interview with Oprah Winfrey, so here he is trying to recover and he’s hit with that.”

Kilmeade then went on to cite Piers Morgan, of all people, as evidence that Philip’s health was hit by the Oprah interview. Morgan resigned in disgrace from his show, Good Morning Britain, after thousands of people complained about his repeated attacks on Meghan. The low point came when he said didn’t believe her admission that she felt suicidal.

The Fox & Friends host said: “Piers Morgan was saying on his morning show, which he famously walked off of, is like ‘Really? Your grandfather is in the hospital, you know he’s not doing well, is this really the time you have to put out this interview?’ Evidently, it definitely added to his stress.”

Philip left his London hospital after a month-long stay for treatment of an unspecified infection. He also underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition in that time. He was also 99 years old.