U.S. Secretary of State Blinken postpones high-stakes trip to China after U.S. discovers suspected spy balloon
U.S. Secretary of State Blinken attends the Freedom of Expression Roundtable, in New York, U.S., September 19, 2022. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will postpone his trip to China next week following a suspected Beijing-operated spy balloon looming over parts of Montana, Bloomberg reports. Blinken was slated to visit Beijing next week to meet his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang, as well as possibly Chinese President Xi Jinping. Earlier on Friday, Chinese authorities said that the balloon operating over U.S. airspace was a civilian weather balloon intended for scientific research. "The airship comes from China and is of a civilian nature, used for scientific research such as meteorology," according to a Google translation of a statement on the foreign ministry's website.cnbc.com
On this day in history, Feb. 3, 1870, 15th Amendment is ratified, granting Black males the right to vote
On this day in history, Feb. 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified, declaring that all citizens had voting rights and could not be denied based on "race, color or previous condition of servitude."foxnews.com
As James nears record, Tuesday's Lakers game moved to TNT
The NBA has further adjusted the schedule of nationally televised games with LeBron James closing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the league’s scoring record. James is on pace to break the record Tuesday at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. TNT was supposed to show Atlanta at New Orleans, followed by Minnesota at Denver.news.yahoo.com
NBC is closing down 'The Blacklist' after decade on the air
The NBC series “The Blacklist” is closing down. NBC said Wednesday that the James Spader drama will end after its upcoming season, its 10th on the air. Spader has played the character Raymond Reddington, an FBI informant on old criminal colleagues.news.yahoo.com
Cohen says DA took phones for renewed Trump hush-money probe
Donald Trump’s long-estranged former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, says Manhattan prosecutors recently took his cellphones to preserve evidence related to a hush-money payment he made to porn actress Stormy Daniels in the waning weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Cohen says DA took phones for renewed Trump hush-money probe
Donald Trump’s long-estranged former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, says Manhattan prosecutors recently took his cellphones to preserve evidence related to a hush-money payment he made to porn actress Stormy Daniels in the waning weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign. The payment to Daniels, which Cohen says was intended to buy her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, has been the subject of law-enforcement scrutiny for years, but a new grand jury is giving it a fresh look by a new grand jury. Cohen said Wednesday that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office asked for the phones because it wants to extract voice recordings of conversations he had with a lawyer for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, as well as emails and text messages.news.yahoo.com
Hochul's $227B budget helps NYC transit, migrant response
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed dramatic spending to help New York City handle a wave of international migrants and to stabilize its reeling public transit system with her $227 billion state budget Wednesday, even as she warned of tougher economic times ahead.
Trump repeatedly takes the 5th in video deposition released by NY attorney general
The New York Attorney General's office has released video of a deposition given by Donald Trump last August in its civil fraud investigation against the former president in which Trump declined to answer all questions. (Jan. 31)news.yahoo.com
Excerpts of Donald Trump's deposition in New York attorney general's fraud investigation
Video obtained by CBS News provides the first look at former President Donald Trump's deposition last summer in the New York attorney general's civil fraud investigation. Trump sat for questioning under oath on Aug. 10. After preliminary procedural questions from state Attorney General Letitia James, Trump makes an opening statement calling the probe "very unfair." In these excerpts, he then repeatedly takes the Fifth Amendment, refusing to answer any questions at all, including about his and his company's finances.news.yahoo.com
Trump repeatedly takes the Fifth in deposition, calls New York fraud probe "very unfair"
Video obtained by CBS News provides the first look at former President Donald Trump's deposition in the New York attorney general's civil fraud investigation. Trump sat for questioning under oath on Aug. 10, and citied his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer. CBS News investigative reporter Graham Kates and legal contributor Rebecca Roiphe have more on what the excerpts from the video show.news.yahoo.com
Will Smith, Martin Lawrence reteaming for 'Bad Boys' sequel
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are reteaming for a fourth “Bad Boys” movie, in one of Smith's most high-profile new projects since the slap. In a video posted on Instagram, Smith filmed himself driving to Lawrence's house. Development on the “Bad Boys” sequel, which follows 2020's “Bad Boys for Life,” was reportedly put on hold after Smith hit Chris Rock at last March's Academy Awards.news.yahoo.com
Nursing home owners drained cash while residents deteriorated, state filings suggest
As the U.S. government debates whether to require higher staffing levels at nursing homes, financial records show some owners routinely push profits to sister companies while residents are neglected.npr.org
Video of Trump deposition in New York fraud probe shows former president taking the Fifth, repeating "same answer"
Exclusive: CBS News obtained video of a portion of the deposition, which includes Trump saying, "Anyone in my position not taking the Fifth Amendment would be a fool."cbsnews.com
What Trump’s Legal Perils Mean for His Candidacy
Former President Donald Trump embarked on another White House run while facing a slew of legal troubles. They now include a recommendation from lawmakers that Trump be charged in connection with the violent attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 election. The cases could pose distractions and produce unflattering revelations that no presidential candidate would welcome. Trump is no normal politician, though, and the legal scrutiny could fewashingtonpost.com
New York should pay Cuomo's legal fees in suit, judge rules
New York state should pay former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legal bills as he defends himself against a lawsuit accusing him of sexually harassing a state trooper, a judge ruled Friday. Cuomo, who resigned in 2021 amid sexual harassment allegations, filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Letitia James in August arguing she violated state law by denying him public assistance for his defense. Cuomo said the trooper's allegations stem from a time when “he was acting within the scope of his employment or duties.”news.yahoo.com
FEC wants answers on Rep. Santos' chaotic treasurer switch
Rep. George Santos’ campaign committee is facing new questions from federal regulators after submitting paperwork listing a new treasurer who says he never took the job. The Federal Election Commission sent a letter Thursday to the Devolder Santos for Congress campaign seeking clarity on the switch. The letter said the first-year Republican’s campaign “may have failed to include the true, correct, or complete treasurer information” on paperwork Wednesday listing Thomas Datwyler as its new treasurer and custodian of records.news.yahoo.com
New York's AG says MSG lawyer ban may violate anti-bias laws
New York’s attorney general says Madison Square Garden may be violating anti-bias laws with its practice of barring lawyers from firms involved in litigation against MSG from its venues including Radio City Music Hall and the Garden itself.
Feds: Offshore wind not to blame for East Coast whale deaths
Federal environmental and energy officials say there is no evidence that work done by the offshore wind power industry is killing whales in the northeastern U.S. On Wednesday, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management addressed the controversy surrounding a spate of whale deaths on the East Coast that some groups suspect may have been caused by site preparation work for offshore wind farms.