ICE, DOJ announce indictments of poultry plant executives related to 2019 Mississippi immigration raid

Federal officials on Thursday announced the indictments of four poultry plant executives in Mississippi in relation to a major 2019 worksite enforcement raid that resulted in the detention of hundreds of illegal immigrants. The four managers, supervisors and human resource personnel face charges including harboring illegal aliens, assisting in representing false citizenship and obtaining false […]

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Washington impasse on coronavirus relief threatens US economy

White House officials and Democratic leaders ended a week of negotiations without a deal on the next coronavirus aid package, or even a clear path forward, amid growing concerns that talks may collapse altogether. “We’re still a considerable amount apart,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Thursday after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, House […]

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With City Hall hit hard by pandemic, big TIF balances could be a tempting source of cash

This office building is rising at Fulton Market and Sangamon Street. City officials have used projects funded by tax-increment financing to encourage development in the former meatpacking district. | Pat Nabong/ Sun-Times The city’s 140 tax-increment financing districts held $1.79 billion at 2019’s end. Will Mayor Lori Lightfoot tap some of that to help balance […]

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Iran Envoy Brian Hook, a ‘Survivor’ on Trump’s Team, to Quit

Brian Hook, the State Department’s special envoy for Iran and one of the few national security officials to survive the turmoil in the foreign policy team through most of President Trump’s term, plans to announce Thursday that he is resigning his post. The departure of Mr. Hook, 52, appears to bury any remaining chance of […]

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White House and Congress Remain Far From Any Stimulus Deal

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats and White House officials on Wednesday remained nowhere close to an agreement for a new rescue package to address the coronavirus’s toll on the economy, growing increasingly pessimistic that they could meet a self-imposed Friday deadline as President Trump again threatened to act on his own to provide relief. Even as […]

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Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rules for California Jail Over Virus Measures

WASHINGTON — By a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with officials at a California jail in a dispute over the adequacy of its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The court’s brief order was unsigned and gave no reasons, which is typical when it acts on emergency applications. The four more liberal justices […]

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Beirut explosion: Pompeo says US is ready to help, Australia donates $1.4M as international community responds

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of a number of high-ranking international officials to offer help to Lebanon in the wake of a devastating explosion that tore through Beirut on Tuesday, leaving at least 100 people dead and injuring thousands more. “We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they […]

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Pentagon calls for sea-launched nuclear missiles, but China condemns US ‘military hegemony’

U.S. security officials have said that the development of sea-launched nuclear missiles is necessary to combat Russia, which has been developing their tactical nuclear weapons. According to a July report by the State Department, Russia has continued to expand it’s “low-yield theater and tactical nuclear weapons,” while the U.S. retired it’s last sea-launched nuclear cruise missile (SLCM-N) […]

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Carolyn Maloney declared winner in New York congressional race marred by mail-in ballot problems

Election officials in New York finally declared winners late Tuesday in two congressional elections that were held back on June 23, but were mired by thousands of missing and uncounted mail-in ballots. Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney defeated Suraj Patel in the 12th Congressional District, and city council member Ritchie Torres beat a slew of Democrats competing for […]

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Probe of Kentucky barbecue cook’s fatal shooting completed

State officials say the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Louisville barbecue cook has been completed and handed over to prosecutors By The Associated Press August 3, 2020, 9:59 PM 2 min read LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky State Police investigation into the fatal shooting of a Louisville barbecue cook during street protests against […]

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Maryland Gov. Hogan overrules county mandate for private schools to go virtual

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday revoked the authority of county officials to mandate schools close amid a clash with local health officials. Local health officials in Maryland’s Montgomery County last week made the decision to keep private and parochial schools closed through October for in-person learning, arguing that having students in the classroom would present […]

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Illinois logs another 1,298 new coronavirus cases; positivity rate creeps past 4%

On Aug. 3, Illinois Department of Public Health Officials revealed another 1,298 people tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. | Sun-Times file The state also logged another nine deaths, bringing the total number of those who’ve died from the virus to 7,526. The state has seen a steady uptick in new cases, pushing totals back […]

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Maryland Gov. Hogan clashes with officials over county mandate for private schools to go virtual

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and officials in the state are at odds over a county’s decision to mandate private schools to begin virtual-only learning this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Health officials in Montgomery County last week made the decision to keep private and parochial schools closed through October for in-person learning, arguing that having students in […]

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Trump campaign re-launches ads with focus on critical early voting states

EXCLUSIVE: The Trump campaign resumed airing national ads on Monday with what officials called a “smarter, more strategic” approach focused on early voting states, after hitting pause in order to review their tactics. The campaign last week took a brief hiatus from the airwaves, as new campaign manager Bill Stepien conducted a review of where and when […]

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Relief Package Deal Remains Elusive as Impasse Over Jobless Benefits Persists

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration officials and lawmakers cautioned on Sunday that a deal over a new relief package to help people and businesses weather the coronavirus crisis remained elusive even as the debate over the details of the aid was set to take center stage in the coming week. A meeting on Saturday in […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: $600-a-Week Lifeline for Jobless Expires as Officials Convene on Capitol Hill

Here’s what you need to know: Top officials work to break impasse over jobless benefit. The virus picks up dangerous speed in the Midwest, and in areas that had seen success. Thousands in Berlin protest Germany’s coronavirus measures. Maryland contact-tracing data offers clues as to where people may have gotten the virus. Another U.S. lawmaker […]

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Russia plans mass vaccinations by October, doctors and teachers will be first, health officials said

Russian health officials say a potential coronavirus vaccine has finished clinical trials in a Moscow lab and there could be mass vaccinations by October. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said state research facility Gamaleya Institute is one step closer to registering the vaccine, according to Interfax news agency. RUSSIA’S ELITE GIVEN EXPERIMENTAL CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FOR MONTHS: REPORT Medical workers wearing […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Officials Meet on Capitol Hill After $600-a-Week Lifeline for Jobless Expires

Here’s what you need to know: Top officials work to break impasse over jobless benefit that helped keep afloat millions of unemployed Americans. Three key developments in the U.S. on Friday that you may have missed. South Korea arrests the leader of a church where the virus spread rapidly. A school opened in Indiana. It […]

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States eager to expand broadband, wary of CARES Act deadline

Fearful of losing federal pandemic dollars, officials from states across the country are rushing to finish projects by the end of the year aimed at expanding broadband internet into underserved areas. To comply with the current CARES Act rules, states must have the broadband projects, which can typically take months if not years of planning […]

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Marine vehicle deep under sea, complicating rescue search

Officials say a military seafaring assault vehicle that sank off the coast of Southern California is under hundreds of feet of water, complicating efforts to reach the landing craft as crews search for eight missing troops By JULIE WATSON Associated Press August 1, 2020, 12:16 AM 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this […]

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Hong Kong postpones legislative elections over coronavirus fears

Hong Kong has decided to postpone its legislative elections by one year, after officials say coronavirus has worsened in recent months, dealing a blow to pro-democracy candidates over the delay. HONG KONG BARS PRO-DEMOCRACY CANDIDATES FROM ELECTION, SIGNALS INTENT TO UPHOLD NEW CHINA LAW Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference […]

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Covid-19 Tests Are in Short Supply. Should You Still Get One?

First, health officials said you should not get tested for the coronavirus unless you had symptoms. Then the message shifted: Mass testing was essential to trace and contain the pandemic. Now there is more confusion as public health officials warn of shortages of testing supplies, soaring demand and long wait times for results, which have […]

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Convicted felon with family mob ties accused of defrauding investors

Federal officials say a convicted felon with mob ties and his wife fraudulently raised more than half a billion dollars from investors for their company, which loaned cash to small businesses at interest rates as high as 400 percent. Convicted felon Joseph LaForte, who goes by the name Joe Mack, and his wife Lisa McElhone […]

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Ex high-ranking Mexican officers charged in drug scheme

Federal prosecutors say two former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement officials have been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel By Associated Press July 30, 2020, 11:32 PM 2 min read NEW YORK — Two former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement officials have been accused of taking […]

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US frowns upon Iranian supermarket in Venezuela’s capital

U_S_ officials frowned upon the opening of an Iranian supermarket in Venezuela’s capital, saying any presence of Iran in the Western Hemisphere is “not something we look very favorably on.” By Associated Press July 30, 2020, 11:02 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NEW YORK — U.S. officials frowned upon […]

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Phillies cancel team activities after two more staffers test positive for coronavirus

For the first part of this week, officials at Major League Baseball talked about a one-team coronavirus outbreak. Half of the Miami Marlins’ roster is infected, but the league said Tuesday that there had been “no new positives of on-field personnel from any of the other 29 clubs” over the previous five days. That changed […]

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