CA Fair Political Practices Commission To Investigate Adult Film Industry Donations

LOS ANGELES–(Business Wire)–California’s Fair Political Practices Commission’s (FPPC) Enforcement Division will be opening an investigation to look into allegations of foreign donations to the adult film industry’s failed 2012 ‘No on Government Waste, No on Measure B’ campaign seeking to block passage of Measure B. In a July 17, letter, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission […]

Navy To Commission Submarine John Warner

Norfolk, VA–The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS John Warner (SSN 785), during a Saturday morning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, VirginiaVa. John Warner, designated SSN 785, honors Sen. John W. Warner for a lifetime of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the United States of […]

Cruz Hires Additional Early State Staff

Houston, TX–U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), announced the hire of Jake Dagel as Iowa senior field director and Steven Wright as South Carolina low country field director. They both join their respective state directors, Bryan English in Iowa and LaDonna Ryggs in South Carolina, to support and continue building a strong, grassroots coalition in the […]

Governor Brown Ask World’s Mayors To Fight Against Climate Change

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VATICAN CITY–Speaking on the first day of the Vatican’s symposium on climate change and modern slavery hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, California Governor Jerry Brown urged the world’s mayors to “light a fire” and join California in the fight against climate change. “We have fierce opposition and blind inertia. And that […]

Texas Man Faces Life Term In Prison In Child Pornography Case

Beaumont, TX–A registered sex offender from East Texas faces a mandatory life term in federal prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to producing child pornography, said U.S. Attorney John Bales, Eastern District of Texas. Jose Stephen Gracia, 45, from Galveston, Texas, pleaded guilty to producing child pornography July 27 before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. […]

Florida Resident Charged With Attempting To Use Weapon Of Mass Destruction

Miami, FL–A Florida man was charged Monday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States, according to Miami federal agents. According to feds, 23 year-old Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, of Key West, is a self-professed ISIL adherent, who attempted to use a backpack bomb. “Stopping […]

Massachusetts Man Charged In Connection With Plot To Engage In Terrorism Plot

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WASHINGTON–An Adams, Massachusetts, man has been charged in an indictment in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIL. Alexander Ciccolo, aka Ali Al Amriki, 23, was charged by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms […]

Captured Predator Pleads Guilty To Manufacturing Child Pornography

New Bern, N.C.–A Raleigh man arrested after a public campaign to identify a child predator led to his arrest pleaded guilty July 16 to one count of manufacturing child pornography. William Akers, 46, was arrested by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) hours after law enforcement made a public […]

Sushi Chef Charged With Fatally Stabbing Woman In Mexico City Cab

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrests Julio Cesar Reyes-Rodriguez. Photo: ICE

LOS ANGELES–A Mexican chef who allegedly used one of his sushi knives to fatally stab a female companion in the backseat of a Mexico City taxi earlier this year was handed over to Mexican law enforcement officials by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tuesday less than two weeks after his capture in Los Angeles. […]

Two New York Salesmen Sentenced In Business Opportunity Fraud Scheme

NEW YORK–A federal judge in the Eastern District of New York sentenced two sales representatives to prison for their roles in a vending machine business opportunity fraud scheme, the Department of Justice said Thursday. Howard Strauss, 66, of Jericho, New York, was sentenced to serve 28 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Joan M. […]