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Rudy Giuliani claims ‘no reason to believe’ his Ukraine contact is a Russian spy despite sanctionsNEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani claimed Friday he has seen “nothing” to back up the Trump administration’s conclusion that he worked alongside a seasoned Russian spy as part of his Ukraine-obsessed smear campaign against Joe Biden.President Donald Trump’s own Treasury Department sanctioned ex-Ukrainian politician Andrii Derkach on Thursday for being “an active Russian agent” pushing “false and unsubstantiated” corruption claims about Biden in a bid to influence November’s election — but Giuliani begged t...
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Two former child welfare workers in AJ Freund case arrested, charged with child endangerment
CHICAGO — Two former state child welfare officials who were involved in an abuse investigation four months before 5-year-old AJ Freund’s tragic death were arrested Thursday, both facing felony charges.Carlos Acosta, an elected McHenry County board member, and his former supervisor, Andrew Polovin, are charged with endangering the life of a child and reckless conduct, records show.Bail was set at $20,000 for each, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office. Acosta, 54, of Woodstock, posted bond hours after his arrest. Polovin, 48, of Island Lake, had also bonded out by Friday morning, a s...