Border Patrol 'welcomes' investigation into birth at Calif. station
SAN DIEGO — Customs and Border Protection pushed back Thursday on a complaint from a Guatemalan woman who gave birth at a Border Patrol station in Chula Vista.The woman's complaint, filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish Family Service, asked the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General to investigate what happened since Border Patrol's account of the situation at the time was so different from the woman's version of events.CBP disputed the woman's story on Thursday in a statement, saying that Border Patrol agents follow the agency's detention s...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Grand Princess passengers sue cruise line, alleging negligence in coronavirus handling
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Passengers of a Princess cruise ship filed a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging the cruise line demonstrated negligence in its response to the coronavirus outbreak by operating cruises that led to the sickening of dozens of people and at least three deaths, including a Placer County man.Plaintiffs in the case were passengers on the Grand Princess, which departed San Francisco on Feb. 11 for a round trip to Mexico. At least four passengers became ill and started showing symptoms, according to the lawsuit, “likely exposing dozens of other passengers to the virus.”The lawsuit was fi...
The Sacramento Bee
California court rules gang enhancements can carry life without parole terms
SAN FRANCISCO — A gang enhancement murder case that carries a life without parole sentence is not a violation of the United States’ prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, a California appeals court ruled this week.In its 33-page partially published opinion, the 1st District California Appeals Court ruled that a life without parole sentence for 30-year-old David Arce was not an affront to the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Arce was convicted of special circumstances gang charges in the 2014 shooting of Earl Hamilton Jr., which a jury found was committed to benefit a San Pablo ...
The Mercury News
Washington University launches clinical trial on controversial drug to treat coronavirus
ST. LOUIS — Washington University School of Medicine announced Thursday that it is launching a clinical trial to investigate the controversial drug chloroquine to treat the new coronavirus.The drug gained prominence last month after President Donald Trump recommended it as a treatment, despite concerns leveled by health officials across the world. They warned that chloroquine and derivative hydroxychloroquine were unproven against the coronavirus, and can be dangerous. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned that the evidence in favor of ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Former Venezuelan attorney general implicated in US bribery case in Miami
MIAMI — A former Venezuelan attorney general has been implicated in a major U.S. corruption case accusing a one-time oil contractor of using South Florida banks to funnel bribes to her to block criminal charges against his companies in Venezuela.Although the former high-ranking official is not named in a Miami criminal case, sources familiar with the U.S. investigation say Luisa Ortega Diaz is “Venezuela Official 1” in a charging document and is suspected of accepting bribes from Carlos Enrique Urbano Fermin. His companies did business with subsidiaries of the national oil company, PDVSA, and ...
Trudy Rubin: Brutal propaganda war over coronavirus means facts matter more than ever
Rarely has accurate information been more vital than at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.Yet a global disinformation war is being waged at full force.China and Russia push conspiracy theories worldwide about the origin of the virus. Autocrats from Cambodia to Saudi Arabia to Turkey censor reporting on the virus.Meantime, President Donald Trump blasts journalists who question his misinformation, while far-right pundits and social media promote reckless claims about the outbreak.Here’s the good news, however: For those of you who seek solid information while sheltering at home there is a surpri...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: COVID-19 'Shock Doctrine' has begun
In some places, the need for a collective response to the coronavirus crisis is bringing out the best of humanity, as people and mutual aid groups work to help and protect others.Unfortunately, some people are already using this crisis to push through devastating changes that will enrich polluters and harm public health.Take the $2 trillion relief package Congress passed to provide emergency aid to people and businesses facing an economic downturn from the crisis.There are commendable elements of the bill, such as its expansion of unemployment benefits and its direct cash payments. But while o...
Tribune News Service
Former Outcome Health execs can't access $10.3 million in frozen funds to pay lawyers, judge rules
Former Outcome Health CEO Rishi Shah and former president Shradha Agarwal wanted to access $10.3 million the government froze as part of a $1 billion fraud case playing out in Chicago federal court. A federal judge has denied the request.Judge Thomas Durkin ruled Wednesday that the money was “indisputably derived” from Agarwal and Shah’s alleged fraud, and therefore would remain frozen.Court documents filed by the former executives’ attorneys in February listed Shah and Agarwal’s assets and argued they cannot pay their attorneys’ fees without the frozen $10.3 million. Shah and Agarwal need “at...
McDonald's executives take pay cuts as COVID-19 pandemic causes March sales to plunge
CHICAGO — McDonald’s president and CEO Chris Kempczinski will cut his base salary by half as restaurant sales plunged last month due to COVID-19, the fast food giant said Wednesday in a regulatory filing.Sales declined significantly starting mid-March as many governments instituted stay-at-home orders and banned restaurants from dine-in service. While 99% of McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. remain open for delivery, drive-thru and pickup, globally only 75% remain open in some capacity as a result of complete closures in several markets including Italy, France and Spain.Sales at U.S. restaura...
'If they call me, I'm coming:' Former Cardinals first baseman Mark Hamilton set to graduate med school — in New York
As a student at Tulane University, with one eye on professional baseball and the other trained in the distance on medical school, Mark Hamilton huddled with teammates to outlast one hurricane and was there, packing for evacuation, as Katrina roared toward New Orleans. Almost 15 years later, he sensed a familiar tone in class emails, in warnings, and in the stockpiling of supplies at the hospital, his school, and his New York City neighborhood.It was clear “the storm is brewing,” he said.This time, he’s ready to walk out into it.On Friday, nearly nine years after he last played for the Cardinal...
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