Former director of California's largest union taken into custody on tax, embezzlement charges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The former executive director of California's largest labor union and her husband were taken into custody Friday on charges including tax fraud, embezzlement, perjury and failure to pay unemployment insurance taxes. Alma Hernández and her husband, Jose Moscoso, appeared in Sacramento Superior Court and then were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail. The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9. Hernández and Moscoso allegedly underreported their income by $1.4 million over the span of five years, according to a complaint filed Oct. 4 by the attorney general's office. He...
The Sacramento Bee
NY attorney general’s investigation into love triangle shooting begins as accused NYPD killer remains hospitalized
NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James launched her investigation Friday into the Brooklyn love-triangle shooting where an NYPD officer wounded her ex-girlfriend and executed a romantic rival with her service weapon. New York’s top prosecutor will handle the probe into Officer Yvonne Wu’s lethal and unprovoked Wednesday shooting spree inside the Bensonhurst home she once shared with shooting victim Jenny Li, whose new love interest was shot repeatedly and killed by the officer, authorities said. Wu, 31, remained hospitalized Friday after telling police that she was suicidal. She wa...
New York Daily News
Dieter Kurtenbach: MLB needs to change the rules after umpires robbed the SF Giants
SAN FRANCISCO — There are plenty of important things for Major League Baseball to figure out this offseason. There is a collective bargaining agreement to be hammered out, after all. But amid all the big negotiations set to come over the coming weeks and months, Major League Baseball should add another: Define the swing. Let the way Game 5 of the Dodgers-Giants National League Division Series be the impetus. The two best teams in baseball were battling down to the wire of an exceptional elimination game, only for the contest to end on an incorrect check-swing call against Wilmer Flores. I say ...
The Mercury News
Gymnasts ask Congress to dissolve US Olympic Committee over Nassar scandal
WASHINGTON — Four world-class gymnasts are asking Congress to dissolve the the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over the organization's mishandling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. In a letter to two U.S. senators, Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney and NCAA gymnast Maggie Nichols said they are making the request after "years of patience, deliberation and unrequited commitment to learn from our suffering and make amateur sports safe for future generations." "We believe the board's past actions demonstrate an unwillingness to confront the endemic proble...
The Detroit News
Feds say gang member bought car used in slaying of Chicago rapper FBG Duck, then returned it
CHICAGO — A reputed Chicago gang member used his own name to purchase a car used in the slaying of Chicago rapper FBG Duck, then returned the vehicle less than two hours later when the dealership accused him of lying on a financing application, prosecutors said in a detention hearing Friday. Tacarlos Offerd, 30, was one of five alleged members of the South Side’s O-block gang charged this week with racketeering conspiracy, alleging they opened fire on FBG Duck, whose real name was Carlton Weekly, as he stood in line outside a Gold Coast clothing store on Aug. 4, 2020. In asking that Offerd be ...
San Diego police officers who watched transit officers pin man, with knee on neck, now face wrongful death lawsuit
SAN DIEGO — The mother of a 24-year-old man who died after being pinned by two trolley security officers — one of whom kneeled on his neck for roughly six minutes — has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two San Diego police officers who were summoned as backup. The lawsuit, filed in San Diego federal court Friday, comes about six months after the mother reached a $5.5 million settlement with Metropolitan Transit Authority and its security contractor, Allied Universal, in the death of her son, Angel Zapata Hernandez. The complaint accuses the police officers, Jordan Belchamber and Christin...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sen. Raphael Warnock’s record-breaking fundraising sends national message
ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock amassed another record-breaking fundraising haul, while GOP donors egged on by Donald Trump came off the sidelines to boost Republican Herschel Walker’s challenge. The fundraising reports filed Friday were yet another indication that the battle for Warnock’s seat in Georgia will attract enormous attention and money, as both parties battle over a seat that could determine control of the U.S. Senate next year. Warnock raised more than $9.5 million during the three-month quarter, an impressive sum that highlights the extensive fundraising infrastructure the Dem...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ahmaud Arbery murder trial begins Monday amid a burning question
ATLANTA — Almost 20 months to the day Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed, the trial for the three men charged in his death begins Monday. Up to 1,000 Glynn County residents summoned for jury duty are scheduled to appear at Selden Park, a large recreation center in Brunswick, to enable social distancing. Twelve people ultimately chosen from this enormous pool will be tasked with deciding whether Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan are guilty of malice murder, false imprisonment and other charges. Arbery, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by Travis McMic...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
New, unplanned blackouts aim to prevent California wildfires. But has PG&E 'gone too far'?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Under investigation for the second-largest wildfire in California history, PG&E Corp. has dialed up the circuit breakers on vast stretches of its grid, enabling automatic shutoffs the instant something goes awry. The result: More than 400 blackouts since late July, many lasting several hours, triggering a new wave of anger among customers and elected officials as California's largest utility labors to reduce the risk of big wildfires. An estimated 460,000 homes and businesses have been affected, including those that have been hit more than once, said PG&E spokeswoman Mayra...
The Sacramento Bee
Chicago police union also heads to court over vaccine mandate, hours after city sues FOP over threats to ignore today’s reporting deadline
CHICAGO — Hours after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she’s gone to court against the local Fraternal Order of Police over its refusal to comply the city’s vaccine mandate, the police union announced its own legal filing. Lightfoot is asking the courts to intervene after the union chief told members to disobey Friday’s deadline to report their vaccine status. The FOP announced on Twitter it had filed its own request for a judge to hear the case, in the form of a lawsuit against the city, mayor and police Superintendent David Brown. “As Chicago’s Mayor, I cannot and will not stand idly by whi...