News Daypop Archives

Christine Blasey Ford Has Not Been Contacted By FBI Regarding Brett Kavanaugh Investigation

Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team said Sunday they have not yet been contacted by the FBI — despite the short timeframe for the investigation into assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which President Donald Trump ordered Friday. Trump ordered the agency to reopen the background check into Kavanaugh with the stipulation that it be completed within a week. The Senate Judiciary Committee requested the president make the request for a “supplemental” investigation. Ford testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh, in his testimony following Ford’s, categorically denied the allegations. ...Read more

3 Dead After Car Explosion; Perpetrator ‘Probably Killed’

A car explosion in downtown Allentown left three men dead, including the likely “perpetrator,” officials said Sunday. Federal authorities who are leading the investigation planned on conducting autopsies, saying “we know there’s been a criminal incident.” District Attorney James Martin told reporters at a news conference Sunday that “we have a high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed in the incident.” No further information about the possible cause of Saturday night’s blast, including whether it was a bomb, but Martin said, “Loads of us in law enforcement” are confident “this was A. an isolated incident and B. there’s no continuing threat.” The FBI, state police, and city and county authorities are investigating along with the ATF. Autopsies were planned Monday on the three males found dead after the 9:30 p.m. explosion, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Sunday afternoon. Grim said he would probably be able to release the names Monday once their identities are confirmed and their families are notified. ...Read more

President Trump Supports Brett Kavanaugh After He And His Accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, Testify Before Senate

After a full day of testimony from Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused the judge of sexually assaulting her, President Donald Trump reinforced his support of Kavanaugh. In a tweet on Thursday evening, the President said, “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”  Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all of her allegations, as well as the allegations made against him by two other women. Both Ford and Kavanaugh sat through hours of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as an outside prosecutor who Republicans hired to ask questions on Thursday. Ford spoke emotionally when describing her allegations. Kavanaugh began his testimony with anger in his voice, but also became very emotional during his opening statement. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh for Friday, but Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats have called for the vote to be delayed. ...Read more

President Trump And Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Delay Meeting To Next Week

The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have agreed to delay their planned meeting on Thursday until next week, so as not to interfere with the Senate hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump had expected to meet with Rosenstein, who oversees the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, to discuss a news report that he had suggested secretly recording the president and recruiting Cabinet members to remove him from office. The meeting between the president and deputy attorney general was originally scheduled in the wake of a flurry of conflicting reports Monday, saying Rosenstein had either quit or was set to be fired. At the time, Trump was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.  ...Read more

Federal Reserve Hikes Rates For Third Time This Year

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the third time this year. Policymakers under Chairman Jerome Powell unanimously agreed to raise the federal funds rate a quarter percentage point, to a range of 2% to 2.25%. The rate helps determine rates for mortgages, credit cards and other consumer borrowing. “Our economy is strong,” Powell said at a press conference on Wednesday. “These rates remain low, and my colleagues and I believe that this gradual returning to normal is helping to sustain this strong economy.” Central bankers raised expectations for a fourth rate hike in December, with a majority now in favor of such a move. In June, policymakers were split on whether the Fed should raise rates four times this year or three. Looking ahead to 2019, Fed officials expect at least three rate hikes will be necessary, and one more in 2020. The Fed raised its expectation for economic growth this year to 3.1% from 2.8%, but for 2019, Fed officials expect growth to slow to 2.5% amid worries about the growing trade rift between the United States and China.  ...Read more

Democrats Want Kavanaugh’s Nomination Withdrawn After Third Sexual Misconduct Allegation

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that Democratic attacks on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over allegations of sexual misconduct were “disgraceful,” and would backfire on the party in November. “If the Democrats are playing this game that is disgraceful. It is a disgrace to the country. And I think you are going to see it in the midterms,” Trump said in New York, where he was meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during the United Nations General Assembly. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination. In a letter, all 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee called on Trump to either withdraw Kavanaugh from consideration, or order an FBI investigation “into all allegations.” Kavanaugh was accused on Wednesday by another woman of engaging in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s. The allegation came from Julie Swetnick, 55, who said she observed the future Supreme Court nominee at parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched, made “disoriented” with alcohol or drugs and “gang raped.” Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward women.  ...Read more

President Trump Addresses The United Nations

President Donald Trump delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday in which, among other things, he touted his Administration’s accomplishments, spoke about the importance of American sovereignty and patriotism, and criticized “the ideology of globalism.”  Mr. Trump opened his annual address by boasting that his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” which was met with laughter by the other world leaders at the assembly. “Didn’t expect that reaction,” President Trump said, “but that’s O.K.”  Trump said in part, “Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, a rich history and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition and the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on earth. That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control and domination.”  The President added: “The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.” ...Read more

Michael Kors Buying Versace In Deal Worth More Than $2B

Michael Kors is buying the Italian fashion house Versace in a deal worth more than $2 billion. The deal Tuesday comes just 14 months after the New York handbag maker spent $1.35 billion adding to its portfolio Jimmy Choo. Michael Kors remains the chief creative director at Kors, but the expanding company will be renamed Capri Holdings Ltd., with $8 billion in projected annual sales. Gianni Versace founded the Versace brand in 1978, becoming a major force bringing to prominence Milan ready-to-wear; with Versace’s murder 21 years ago, his sister, Donatella Versace, took over creative direction and his brother Santo continued on the business side. The Versace family still controls 80 percent of the company, with the investment firm Blackstone owning the remaining 20 percent. Donatella Versace presented her latest collection for next spring and summer last Friday during Milan Fashion Week. “This is a very exciting moment for Versace,” she said. “It has been more than 20 years since I took over the company along with my brother Santo and daughter Allegra.” Donatella, who holds a 20 percent stake in the business, will stay onboard as creative director and the family will become shareholders in the larger business. Kors said Tuesday that it plans to open 100 new Versace stores (there are 200 in operation) at the same time that it amplifies online sales of the brand. ...Read more

Dallas Police Officer Accused In Neighbor’s Death Fired After Manslaughter Charge

The Dallas police officer who fatally shot her neighbor inside his own apartment was fired Monday, the same day the man was buried in his Caribbean homeland. Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to a statement posted on Twitter. According to Dallas police, Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead, and she was fired because of her arrest. Guyger claims she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home when she shot Jean.  She turned herself in three days later , and is currently out on bond. A statement from police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter.” Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell later said that when an officer has been arrested for a crime, “adverse conduct” is often cited in the officer’s termination. ...Read more

Evacuations Advised Ahead of Florence River Flooding In South Carolina

More than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, officials in South Carolina are advising thousands of people to evacuate amid an imminent threat of river flooding. Record flooding is expected in Georgetown County, where residents received a pre-recorded phone message alerting them about the threat on Saturday. The message explained that even areas that aren’t predicted to flood are at risk because they could become isolated if roadways flood. “If you’ve received a message from your county emergency management office telling you to evacuate due to flooding … you need to do exactly that: leave,” the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) tweeted.  The SCEMD has also designated multiple shelters for both residents and their pets, which were set to open at 7:00 a.m. EDT on Monday. Ahead of the anticipated cresting of the Waccamaw River, the SCEMD advised residents who weren’t ordered to leave to prepare to evacuate if needed, avoid flooded roads and limit unnecessary travel. Flooding from four rivers in South Carolina were the primary concerns for the National Weather Service (NWS), sparking flood warnings for multiple counties. ...Read more