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U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi scheme
Federal prosecutors have accused three men of portraying themselves as investment professionals and using a phony portfolio of consumer debt to defraud hundreds of unwary investors out of tens of millions of dollars as part of a $364 million Ponzi scheme. Kevin Merrill of Maryland, 53, Jay Ledford of Texas and Nevada, 54, and Cameron Jezierski of Texas, 28, misused millions of dollars to maintain a lavish lifestyle, according to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday in a federal court in Baltimore.
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:15:34 -0400
Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas
HAVELOCK/WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday promised that North and South Carolina would have strong federal support as they recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Florence, whose floodwaters continue to threaten the region. "We're going to be there 100 percent," Trump told officials at a briefing shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina. Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power.
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:00:48 -0400
Trump defends court nominee Kavanaugh, wants to hear from accuser
President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defense of his U.S. Supreme Court pick, saying it is hard to imagine Brett Kavanaugh committed a sexual assault and that it would be unfortunate if the nominee's accuser does not testify before the Senate. Trump made his remarks a day after lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, said she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee only if the FBI first investigates her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:30:43 -0400
Elizabeth Smart says prison release of her captor poses danger
One of Smart's captors, Brian David Mitchell, was sentenced to life imprisonment. "I do believe she's still a danger," Smart, now 30, said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" that aired on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the interview, Smart described Barzee, who she said would encourage Mitchell to rape Smart, as "evil and twisted." Smart characterized an apology letter Barzee, which the woman wrote to her as part of her plea deal, as insincere.
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:28:40 -0400
Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll
The Sept. 11-17 poll found that 36 percent http://polling.reuters.com/#!response/TM1519Y18/type/day/dates/20180801-20180918/collapsed/true of adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court, up 6 points from a similar poll conducted a month earlier. Only 31 percent of U.S. adults polled said they were in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment. If support for his nomination remains this weak, Trump's pick would rank among the lowest-supported Supreme Court nominees to later be confirmed, according to historical data from Gallup.
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:12:51 -0400
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