Earthquake shakes Los Angeles

Earthquake shakes Los Angeles

A minor earthquake shook the City of Angels on Friday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency reported a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale with an epicenter in Carson, Calif., which is Los Angeles County. The 15-second-long temblor caused a Marathon Petroleum refinery to lose power and resort to dramatic flaring, … Read more

How a real estate conman gained control of a $2 million brownstone

How a real estate conman gained control of a $2 million brownstone

When convicted fraudster Joseph Makhani allegedly hatched a plan to steal a $2.2 million Harlem brownstone in 2012, the home was dilapidated, with a hole in the roof and an elderly owner who spent her days collecting cans on the street. The owner, Veronica Palmer, might have been vulnerable personally, but Makhani enhanced his chances … Read more

DCCC buys flight ticket weeks before boss’ vacation

DCCC buys flight ticket weeks before boss' vacation

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dropped $813 for an Air France ticket on June 21, 2021 — just weeks before the committee chairman jetted off for a fabulous vacation in France and Italy. New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) began posting photos of his vacation with husband Randy Florke to Instagram in mid-August. … Read more

Beaver to blame for wildfires in Oregon

Beaver to blame for wildfires in Oregon

A tree-chomping beaver is to blame for a wildfire in Oregon, authorities suspect. Firefighters on Thursday responded to a two-acre wildfire in a state park, not far from the Multnomah Falls, according to oregonlive.com. After putting down the flames, they determined the fire was sparked after a tree fell against power lines — and that … Read more

Cops and protestors gather at US Capitol for ‘Justice for J6’ rally

Cops and protestors gather at US Capitol for 'Justice for J6' rally

A massive police response mobilized outside a fenced-off US Capitol Saturday morning to greet a group of right-wing protesters who insist their noon demonstration won’t descend into violence. Advocates at the “Justice for J6” rally in Washington, DC, plan to denounce what they call the “inhumane treatment” of dozens of Jan. 6 rioters who remain … Read more

Haitian migrants continue to pour across US border

Haitian migrants continue to pour across US border

Haitian migrants continued to stream into the US overnight — despite U.S. promises that they will be quickly expelled and flown home — with dramatic images capturing the darkened crossing over the Rio Grande River into Texas. Many carried children and whatever belongings they could hold as they trekked through the murky water. One woman … Read more

Coyotes falsely promise migrants cushy travel to border

Coyotes falsely promise migrants cushy travel to border

EL PASO, TEXAS — They are the “worst travel agents” on Earth. The human smugglers or coyotes who charge up to $15,000 per migrant to bring them thousands of miles through Central America and Mexico promise comfortable rides in air-conditioned buses and stays in clean hotels. They also tell them that the Biden administration is … Read more

Flames reach Giant Forest, threatening world’s largest tree

Flames reach Giant Forest, threatening world's largest tree

Flames from a growing wildfire reached the Giant Forest, the most famous grove of giant sequoias in California, late Friday night. Mark Garrett, a fire information officer, told The San Francisco Chronicle the fire crossed the General’s Highway in Sequoia National Park and neared the Giant Forest. Some of the crews trying to prepare the … Read more

Last Afghan Jew Zebulon Simantov divorces wife after fleeing country

Last Afghan Jew Zebulon Simantov divorces wife after fleeing country

In his first official act after leaving Afghanistan, the country’s last Jew, Zebulon Simantov, will be divorcing his wife — who has been living in Israel without him for some two decades, his handlers say. After initially refusing to leave Afghanistan, Simantov ultimately consented to going with a rescue team organized by Israeli-American businessman Moti … Read more