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Attorneys Representing Trump and Cohen File to Move Stormy Daniels Lawsuit to Federal Court, Claim She Could Owe $20M

In Friday’s filing, the Trump and Cohen attorneys say that since Clifford agreed to pay $1 million for “each breach,” she could owe as much as $20 million if an arbitration judge sides with Trump’s and Essential Consultants’ attorneys. The court document also says Essential Consultants plans to file a “petition to compel arbitration.”
Following the filing, Clifford’s attorney Michael Avenatti posted a series of tweets about the potential damages, calling the new filing “another bullying tactic from the President and Mr. The move marks the first time attorneys for Trump himself have joined the legal action in the Daniels matter. Cohen.”

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“They are now attempting to remove this case to federal ct in order to increase their chances that the matter will be decided in private arbitration, thus hiding the truth from the public,” he tweeted. He then added: “The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20M in bogus ‘damages’ against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is remarkable. 40.712775

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Porn Star Stormy Daniels Offers to Return $130K Hush Payment to Trump’s Lawyer to Speak Freely About Alleged Affair Cohen has said Trump “vehemently denies” any affair took place. Clifford’s attorney said Cohen has continued to intimidate his client into keeping silent. We are NOT going away and we will NOT be intimidated.”
Clifford and Trump allegedly had an affair in 2006, which is the focus of the nondisclosure agreement, according to her lawsuit against Trump. The initial complaint filed by Clifford’s attorney in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Trump claims the nondisclosure agreement is not valid because Cohen signed it on behalf of Trump — instead of Trump signing it himself. Attorney Charles Harder — best known for representing Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker, which resulted in its bankruptcy — is handling the case on the President’s behalf. Attorneys defending President Donald Trump and the company of his personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients by porn star Stormy Daniels to federal court and are claiming she could owe as much as $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement. In the court filing Friday, attorneys for Trump as well as Cohen’s company, Essential Consultants, LLC, stated that “EC is aware of at least twenty (20) violations by Clifford of the confidentiality provisions of the Settlement Agreement.”

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Daniels’ real name is Stephanie Clifford. They allege that Daniels as many as 20 times violated the confidentiality provisions of a settlement agreement in which Cohen paid the adult film actress $130,000 through a private LLC. Likely unprecedented in our history.

Pastor Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assaulting Girl: San Bernardino Police

Anyone with information about the investigation can call 909-387-3545. The alleged vicim was interviewed and Harold Dien, a pastor at a Seventh Day Adventist Church, was identified as the suspect. An investigation began on Feb. The case was turned over to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office who filed criminal charges against Dien on Thursday, officials said. Dien, of Colton, is affiliated with a church in Upland and in Orange County, officials said, without elaborating. 5 when officials were alerted of a possible child abuse case. A 57-year-old pastor has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl, and San Bernardino police believe he may have more victims. No details were released about the alleged victim or the crimes, but officials said they didn’t occur in the church. 34.073902
-117.313655 Harold Dien is shown in a photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department on March 16, 2018. KTLA’s Matt Phillips contributed to this story.

‘Skid Row Marathon’ Documentary Chronicles L.A. Judge’s Journey From Courtroom to Weekly Run With Homeless People

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“Skid Row Marathon,” a documentary about a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who started a running club on Skid Row, premieres in downtown. Judge Craig Mitchell and the runners will participate in the L.A. Marathon on Sunday. Elizabeth Espinosa reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on March 16, 2018. 34.040713

In California’s Rural, Conservative North, There Are Big Dreams for Cleaving State

Outside, vehicles bore bumper stickers supporting President Trump and the 2nd Amendment. Someone else won a lamb, still in its mother’s womb, that should be born in time to be butchered for Easter. An auctioneer rattled off bids. Someone offered $350 for a state of Jefferson belt buckle. Hundreds of people packed into the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9650 hall on this chilly Saturday night, ready to crack open wallets to help fund their dream of carving — out of California’s northernmost reaches — a brand new state. 40.451788
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In California’s Rural, Conservative North, There Are Big Dreams for Cleaving State

Candace Smith holds a shotgun and a bottle of whiskey during a fundraising auction last month in Anderson, about 10 miles south of Redding. Above the stage in the banquet hall hung a green flag for the 51st state of Jefferson, with its pair of Xs called a “double-cross” representing a sense of rural abandonment. Candace Smith holds a shotgun and a bottle of whiskey during a fundraising auction last month in Anderson, about 10 miles south of Redding. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The two young, blond women in figure-flattering ball gowns hoisted whiskey and shotguns.

Trump Admin Fills Wildlife Protection Panel With Trophy Hunters, Drawing Rebuke From Conservation Groups

Members selected as their chairman Bill Brewster, a former Democratic congressman from Oklahoma. Members of a new Trump administration pro-hunting council met Friday for the first time, drawing objections from other conservation groups that say hunting is not the answer to saving big game species. She spoke during a portion of the meeting reserved for public comment; her group is not represented on the council. Employees Report Being Harassed in Past Year: Survey The issue of trophy hunting was cast in the spotlight in November, when the Fish and Wildlife Service under Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke decided to overturn an Obama-era ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia to the U.S. citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting.”
Several members spoke in favor on Friday of trophy hunting in certain regions of Africa and Central Asia, saying it provides important funding for conversation efforts. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, March 13, 2018. The department has not yet issued any trophy permits under that policy, Zinke told Congress at a hearing this week. The group is a “really strange way to focus on conservation,” he said. “Noticeably missing from this council are qualified representatives of the broader conservation community with scientific credentials and direct experience with the management of successful conservation programs,” said Masha Kalinina of Humane Society International. “Hunting is the crux of all of this. Peter LaFontaine, of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said he had nominated a member for the council who was not accepted. 38.907192

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35% of Interior Dept. “There is a conspicuous conflict of interest concern hanging over this council,” Kalinina said. A 2014 profile of Brewster in the NRA publication American Hunter notes he has hunted in all 50 states. The businesses of many members, she said, would benefit from relaxed regulations on hunting, such as imports of trophies like African elephants and lions. “The messaging is what’s poor. To me, hunters haven’t done a very good job of it.”
Conservationists who oppose trophy hunting say the panel is one-sided. Without hunting, there is no other industry there,” said member Cameron Hanes, a member of the council who’s a bow hunter. (Credit: Win McNamee / Getty Images)
Hunters and supporters of trophy hunting hold nearly every seat on the International Wildlife Conservation Council, which Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke created to advise him on “the conservation, wildlife law enforcement, and economic benefits that result from U.S. Most appointees belong to Safari Club International, a pro-hunting group that gives awards for trophy animal kills, and the National Rifle Association, according to the Associated Press, with one even serving as president of the Safari Club. After the issue made headlines, President Donald Trump announced he was putting the decision “on hold” to review the “conservation facts.” He later called trophy hunting a “horror show.”
Earlier this month, the Department of Interior reacted to a court order by saying it will consider big game trophy imports from several African countries on a “case-by-case” basis.

O.J. Simpson Has a Lot to Say About Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick

Simpson Released From Prison After Serving Sentence for Kidnapping, Robbery “I really appreciate what he was trying to say. “Probably not, but I only know two of my friends I’d vote to be president. “Somebody asked me if I’d have voted for him,” Simpson said. 42.886447

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O.J. “The one thing I can say about The Donald is The Donald is fun,” Simpson said. Simpson addressed several topics in the story published Friday, including his opinion on football player Colin Kaepernick and on his onetime buddy and now president, Donald Trump. “The flag shouldn’t be disrespected because of what cops do. O.J. The flag represents what we want America to be.”
Simpson was in prison during the 2016 presidential election, but he said Trump was not his preferred candidate. Simpson Banned From Las Vegas Hotel After Reports He Was Behaving Unruly
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O.J. “I grew up at a time when deacons were in the KKK. “I think Colin made a mistake,” Simpson told the paper. (Credit: Jason Bean / Getty Images)
In a rare interview after his release from prison in October, Simpson spoke to The Buffalo News, the hometown paper of the NFL team he once played for. Simpson is sharing his thoughts on some of the nation’s most controversial figures. Some of my best, best besties I would not vote to be president.”
Simpson did, however, offer another kind of endorsement. O.J. Simpson attends a parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, July 20, 2017. I don’t disrespect the Bible because of those guys,” Simpson said. He was acquitted in 1995, but his trial sparked years of debate over race and justice. On Kaepernick, Simpson said he’s not a fan of his continuous kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. So much so, Trump criticized the NFL last year, saying athletes who kneel during the national anthem should be fired. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag.”
Kaepernick’s decision to kneel has become a political flashpoint nationwide. Simpson spent a lifetime in the limelight — first for his athletic prowess, then as a suspect in the 1994 killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Simpson Gives ‘Hypothetical’ Account of What Happened to Nicole Brown Simpson in ‘Lost’ Interview
O.J. Simpson said such players disrespect the flag. In October, he was released from prison after serving nine years for kidnapping and armed robbery in Las Vegas. “Well, for a dude — and I consider myself a dude — Donald is a man’s man.”
Trump has said he was once friends with Simpson, but ditched the former running back when he was accused of murder.

$455M Jackpot Powerball Drawing Held Saturday Night; Mega Millions Stakes Continue to Grow

Erin Myers reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 7 on March 17, 2018. Patrick’s Day on the $455 million Powerball jackpot Saturday night, with the winnings in a Mega Millions prize that would be decided on Tuesday growing to $377 million. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
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Topanga Canyon Blvd. Remains Closed Saturday Following Mudslide


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Marathon Weekend Kicks Off With L.A. Big 5K at Dodger Stadium

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Facebook Suspends Data Firm With Trump Campaign Ties That Reportedly Harvested Private Info of More Than 50M Users

CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on Sept. In a statement, a spokesperson for Cambridge Analytica denied that the organization is in violation of Facebook’s terms and said it is in communication with Facebook following the news it had been suspended from the platform. Facebook was aware that more than 50 million accounts had been affected but did not inform those users or the public, according to the newspaper. CNN reported that no one from the Trump campaign was copied on the email, the sources said. (Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images)
The firm scammed Facebook by paying a third party to leak the data in 2014, when Cambridge Analytica was trying to amass information that would make it a power player in the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reported. “We worked with Facebook over this period to ensure that they were satisfied that we had not knowingly breached any of Facebook’s terms of service and also provided a signed statement to confirm that all Facebook data and their derivatives had been deleted.”
But the New York Times reporting sharply refutes this claim. Facebook has announced it is suspending Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, over concerns about violations of the social media site’s policies. “We will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens. We will take legal action if necessary to hold them responsible and accountable for any unlawful behavior.”
Wylie, who helped found the company, once described it as an “arsenal of weapons” meant to fight a “culture war,” according to the Times. Nix sent the email in the summer of 2016, two sources said, but it is not clear whether he sent it before or after Cambridge Analytica was brought onto the campaign. While he was part of Cambridge Analytica, Bannon and other board members and investors had to be cautioned by their lawyers that it was illegal to employ foreign nationals in political campaigns, the Times reported. CNN previously reported in October 2017 that the firm had contacted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016 regarding thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails kept on a private server while she was secretary of state, according to four sources familiar with the outreach. 19, 2016. Cambridge Analytica CEO Aleander Nix sent an email that said he had reached out to Assange in attempt to access emails from Clinton’s private server in hopes to create a searchable database of the emails for the campaign or a pro-Trump political action committee, according to two sources. Related stories

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Facebook Asks Some Users to Upload Their Intimate Photos to Combat Revenge Porn Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon served as vice president and secretary of Cambridge Analytica until he stepped down to run the Trump campaign in August 2016. On Friday, Facebook’s vice president and deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal, said in a detailed statement that a University of Cambridge psychology professor, Aleksandr Kogan, had passed Facebook user data he gained through an app on to third-parties, including Cambridge Analytica — a breach of the social media site’s policies on protecting people’s information. The firm is also facing pressure from the British Parliament over its involvement in the “Brexit” campaign. Grewal said in the statement that after the discovery of this violation in 2015, Facebook “demanded certifications from Kogan and all parties he had given data to that the information had been destroyed.”
Despite telling the company that the data was destroyed, the Facebook statement said it recently received reports that indicated otherwise and was suspending Cambridge Analytica, its parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories, Kogan and another person he shared the information with, Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies Inc. The spokesperson said that in 2014, Cambridge Analytica contracted with Kogan’s company Global Science Research (GSR) “to undertake a large scale research project in the United States,” obtaining data and seeking “the informed consent of each respondent.”
“When it subsequently became clear that the data had not been obtained by GSR in line with Facebook’s terms of service, Cambridge Analytica deleted all data received from GSR,” the spokesperson added. The newspaper said its reporters “viewed a set of raw data from the profiles Cambridge Analytica obtained.”
The spokesperson also said “no data from GSR was used by Cambridge Analytica as part of the services it provided to the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign.”
Cambridge University acknowledged they knew of Kogan’s company, Global Science Research (GSR), but said they do not believe “he used University data or facilities for his work with GSR, and therefore that there is no reason to believe the University’s data and facilities were used as the basis for GSR’s subsequent work with any other party.”
“It is important to make clear that, despite its name, Cambridge Analytica has no connection or association with the University whatsoever.”
Cambridge Analytica was hired in summer 2016 as part of the Trump campaign’s three-pronged data operation. “We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information,” Grewal’s statement reads.

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On Heels of Top FBI Officials’ Firing, Trump Lawyer Calls for End of Mueller Probe

How many lies? Comey knew it all, and much more!”
Comey responded to Trump with a tweet Saturday afternoon: “Mr. “With all of the chaos at the WH someone forgot to put the safety lock on the play pen when they left for the weekend.”
“PS-Some advice: change the channel from Fox News to basketball and stop putting yourself in even more legal jeopardy,” he tweeted. (Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)
“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier,” Dowd told CNN in a statement, reacting to the news of McCabe’s firing. Jill McCabe,” he added. However, he denied those allegations in a statement Friday night. “The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired,” Trump wrote. Dowd told CNN he was speaking on his own behalf, although he had earlier told the Daily Beast, which first reported the statement, that he was speaking on behalf of the President. “How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? “In the last few hours the President’s personal attorney has called for the Justice Department, without even an arguably legitimate basis, to prematurely shut down the special counsel’s Russia investigation,” the Vermont Democrat said in a statement. Dowd’s comment wasn’t authorized by the President, a person close to the Trump told CNN. President Donald Trump’s attorney John Dowd called for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling Saturday, just a day after the Justice Department announced the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, is overseeing the Russia investigation after Sessions recused himself from the probe last year. Sen. Trump tweeted about McCabe’s firing early Saturday morning, calling his dismissal “a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI.”
Trump tweeted later Saturday, “As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. Patrick Leahy, meanwhile, again called on the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to hold a hearing on what he called the politicization of the Justice Department. Shameful.”
McCabe had been regularly taunted by Trump and besieged by accusations that he had misled internal investigators at the Justice Department. “I have spent my life supporting women and @realDonaldTrump has spent is [sic] life sexually harassing women. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State. The President suggested in January that the department was part of a shady government “deep state” conspiracy against him. “And the attorney general, in a clear violation of his promised recusal under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee, fired a career civil servant days before he could retire, following months of the President’s relentless and outrageous prodding.”
Leahy later added: “I believe the Judiciary Committee will fail to fulfill its core oversight responsibility if it does nothing in this moment.”
Leahy sent a letter to Grassley in late January asking the Iowa senator to hold a hearing on the attacks on FBI and its leaders, writing: “Never before have I been more concerned for the institutions we rely on to maintain our government’s integrity than I am today.”
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CNN has learned that McCabe wrote memos documenting his conversations with the President, much as fired FBI Director Comey did, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. “For the record- I was proud to support a great woman candidate for VA Senate-Dr. Dowd’s comments, which prompted a strong reaction from Democratic leaders in Congress, come after Trump celebrated McCabe’s firing on Twitter, writing that Comey, whom Trump fired last May, “made McCabe look like a choirboy. Dowd’s comments are yet another indication that the first instinct of the President and his legal team is not to cooperate with special counsel Mueller, but to undermine him at every turn,” the New York Democrat said in a statement. “Delusional Donald at it again,” McAuliffe wrote. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”
McAuliffe reacted to Trump with a series of tweets Saturday afternoon in which he also called on Congress to protect Mueller’s Russia probe. But a person familiar with the matter says the memos, which Mueller has, detail what Comey told McCabe about his interactions with Trump and are seen as a way to corroborate Comey’s account in Mueller’s obstruction of justice probe. #DrainTheSwamp.”
Minutes later Trump tweeted a reference to McCabe’s wife Jill’s failed Virginia state Senate run in 2015, for which she received almost $470,000 from a PAC affiliated with then-Virginia Gov. “This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” McCabe said. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”

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Dowd’s remarks are the latest in a string of attacks by the President and his associates on the leaders of Trump’s own Justice Department, with the President repeatedly going after the FBI and agents working with Mueller on the investigation into whether members of his presidential campaign colluded with Russia in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat and longtime confidante of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”
Congressional response
Dowd’s remarks were met with swift rebuke from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic senators. “Every member of Congress, Republican and Democrat, needs to speak up in defense of the Special Counsel. CNN reported Friday that McCabe said he spoke to the President several times while serving as acting FBI director in May, and Trump berated him about his wife’s failed Virginia state Senate campaign. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. “Mr. President Donald Trump waves after the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon on Capitol Hill, March 15, 2018. How many leaks? It remains unclear exactly what McCabe said in the memos and what span of time they cover. On Friday evening, the Justice Department announced that Sessions had fired McCabe just days before he was set to receive his pension. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also called for defending the Russia probe, retweeting a link to the Daily Beast story on Dowd’s remarks. “The President, the administration, and his legal team must not take any steps to curtail, interfere with, or end the special counsel’s investigation or there will be severe consequences from both Democrats and Republicans.”
Sen. “It is part of this administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation, which continue to this day.

3 Bodies Recovered as 2 Vehicles Dug Out From Rubble of Florida Bridge Collapse; 4 Victims ID’d

The reason behind Thursday’s collapse remains a mystery, and the company has said it will conduct a full investigation. Counseling services will be available for students, faculty and staff, the school said. Workers covered the crumpled cars with tarps and placed them onto flatbed trucks, which then took them away. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department personnel and other rescue units work at the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built over southwest Eighth Street at Florida International University on March 15, 2018, in Miami. Accetta said a crack in the bridge “does not necessarily mean that it is unsafe.”
Sen. Workers hoped to free them by Saturday night, Perez said. While one family identified one of the dead as 18-year-old FIU student Alexa Duran, authorities have not named any of the victims, and some families have desperately waited for word on their loved ones. “It’s going to be a long process” to remove the remaining vehicles, Perez said, “because (of) the … weight and size of the structure that is laying on top of these vehicles.”
Late Saturday morning, officials said four vehicles remained smashed under the rubble. The FIU student was driving under the bridge Thursday when it crashed down. “We’ve taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done,” Pate said. We don’t know exactly his whereabouts.”
Engineer reported crack 2 days before collapse
The bridge was supposed to enhance safety and keep pedestrians safe from traffic on busy Southwest Eighth Street, where a vehicle fatally struck an FIU student in August. The call from W. The university used Accelerated Bridge Construction technology to build the bridge. In Tuesday’s voice mail, Pate said the cracking on the north end of the span should be repaired. The university’s Student Government Association is planning to hold a vigil for the victims Wednesday morning at a campus facility. FIU has been on spring break this week, but classes will resume as scheduled on Monday. Records show the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited MCM for 11 violations involving construction projects in Miami and Hialeah, Florida, between 2014 and 2017. “They saw the car — his Cherokee. Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp cautioned Saturday that the final death toll won’t be known until all the vehicles are removed. Denney Pate of FIGG Bridge Engineers went unanswered, and the voice mail he recorded unheard — until Friday, the day after the span fell. Original story: 
Three bodies were removed Saturday from the site of this week’s collapse of an unfinished pedestrian bridge in South Florida, and workers who’ve toiled day and night to find them hope to recover the rest by the end of the day, officials said. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Searching for loved ones
Authorities have said crews may find more people as they dig through the rubble. A friend traveling with Duran tried but couldn’t pull her out. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa confirmed Alexa Duran’s death in a tweet and said she was the “daughter of an Ecuadorian father.”
It’s unclear whether Duran’s body has been recovered. The family of FIU student Alexa Duran has said that she was killed in the collapse, but police have not named her as being among the dead. Authorities have said they believe at least six people were killed in Thursday’s collapse near Florida International University, including the three recovered Saturday and one who died in a hospital. The bridge was scheduled to open to foot traffic in 2019. Bridge was to connect campus to neighborhood
The pedestrian bridge was meant to connect the FIU campus to a neighborhood in Sweetwater, home to more than 4,000 of its students. Unlike traditional methods of construction, it streamlines the building process so that bridge projects can be completed quicker and more cost effectively. Among the six killed is Alexa Duran, her father told el Nuevo Herald. However, he added, there were no safety concerns on the project. But Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp cautioned Saturday that the final death toll won’t be known until all the vehicles are removed. That leaves at least two people who authorities believe are still in the rubble. They were, according to the Miami-Dade police:
• Rolando Fraga Hernandez
• Oswald Gonzalez, 57
• Alberto Arias, 53
• Navarro Brown
The bodies of Fraga Hernandez, Gonzalez and Arias were recovered from crushed vehicles that workers extracted from the rubble on Saturday morning, police said. At least one MCM project resulted in a lawsuit concerning safety. On Tuesday, two days before the span fell, an engineer for the company that designed it called a Florida Department of Transportation employee, warning of “some cracking.”
The state employee was out on assignment that day. (Credit: Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Crews were “paying respect with a moment of silence” before sending them to the medical examiner’s office, Miami-Dade police Director Juan Perez said. 25.761680
-80.191790 Fraga Hernandez was in one vehicle, and Gonzalez and Arias were in another, police said. The OSHA violations included citations for employees not receiving proper hazardous-chemicals training before handling concrete, not removing water from excavations and not wearing safety glasses and protective gloves, documents show. Documents show it was involved in bridge projects nationwide. Authorities have said they believe at least six people were killed in the collapse, including the three recovered Saturday and one who died in a hospital Thursday. The 174-foot main span had been assembled on the side of the road, allowing traffic to continue. On March 10, a rig moved the span into position over the street as community members gathered to watch. FIU is the second-largest public university in Florida, with about 50,000 students. Safety concerns
Munilla Construction Management, or MCM, a construction firm building the bridge, and FIGG Bridge Engineers said they are cooperating with investigators
A spokesman for MCM told CNN the company has had $152 million in federally funded government projects in the past five years. But the span collapsed Thursday, months ahead of its completion, crushing the cars below and trapping an unknown number of people and injuring others. “I want to find out for sure if it’s him out there,” Fraga told CNN affiliate WPLG. Breaking news update:
Police have released the names of four people who were killed in Thursday’s collapse of an unfinished pedestrian bridge near Florida International University. Bill Nelson is asking the US Department of Transportation for documents related to the “engineering, design, construction, safety and inspection.”
“In light of the fact that there were multiple agencies and companies involved, we’re going to need a clear understanding of who had what role in this horrible tragedy,” Nelson said in a statement Friday. Jorge Fraga has visited a local hospital, called the Red Cross and tried to get close to the debris looking for his 60-year-old uncle. The process took about six hours. Federal contract data show that since 2013, MCM has been awarded about $130 million worth of contracts from the Army and Navy for construction, maintenance and repair projects. “My little girl was trapped in the car and couldn’t get out,” Orlando Duran said. “But from a safety perspective, we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective, although obviously the cracking is not good and something’s going to have to be, ya know, done to repair that.”
It’s too early to tell whether the bridge failed when construction workers were applying post-tensioning force to strengthen the beams, said Robert Accetta of the National Transportation Safety Board. The three bodies were in two crushed vehicles that workers extracted Saturday morning. Workers stand near a crushed vehicle as law enforcement and members of the National Transportation Safety Board investigate the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built, March 16, 2018, in Miami, Florida.

Arkansas Student Says He Was Paddled as Punishment for Participation in Gun Control Walkout

“I would encourage people not to harass anybody about what happened, especially not the administration,” Greer said. Greer said taking the paddling “was the noble and right thing to do in this scenario.”
“In my mind, the in-school suspension was essentially conceding to sitting down and shutting up, which is what the admin and school wanted to happen, to keep it quiet almost,” Greer said. The 17-year-old senior discovered he had a choice of discipline: two days of in-school suspension or two swats with a wooden paddle. “Greenbrier prides itself on being a clean, straight-laced place,” he said. I was walking out against violence or hatred and I don’t want to see that brought upon anybody.”


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Granada Hills Students Spell Out ‘Enough’ on Football Field for National Walkout Wylie Greer told CNN that only he and two other students walked out, and while they were sitting outside the school building, the principal approached and asked if they knew “there would be consequences” for their action. “Nobody kneels during the National Anthem here.”
Greer’s mother, Jerusalem Greer, praised her son for taking a stand. Greenbrier Schools Superintendent Scott Spainhour did not identify affected students, but told CNN affiliate KARK they were disciplined for walking out of class, which violates policy. “He lightly gave me two swats and told me to go about my day,” Greer said. They said yes, Greer said, and returned to class. Wylie Greer, a student at Greenbrier High in Arkansas, is seen in a photo he provided to CNN. The school district did not return CNN’s calls for comment. We believe that it is important to empower our kids, in mature and developmentally appropriate ways, to be their own persons. Corporal Punishment of students should not be legal in any form.”
Wylie Greer said he’s not angry at the administrators. It was nothing more than a temporary sting on my thighs.”
Still, he hopes paddling will be done away with. It said paddling in public schools is legal in Arkansas. “Protest, vote, but don’t attack people verbally or physically over this. I don’t think that they expected me to take the corporal punishment.”
The dean of students emphasized that Greer was being disciplined for cutting class, not because of his opinion, Greer said. It was implied that he didn’t hit me as hard as he could have.”
‘Strait-laced place’
Greenbrier is a town of about 5,000 people about 45 miles north of Little Rock. “He could have sensationalized his experience, but he didn’t. “The ‘swats’ were not painful or injuring. “The idea that violence should be used against someone who was protesting violence as a means to discipline them is appalling.”
He also hopes the school system is not criticized. Students across the United States are serving detention or in-school suspension as discipline for walking out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence. But a student at Greenbrier High in Arkansas says he was punished a different way. Those choices surprised him, Greer said, but he picked the paddle with the support of his parents. “He also explained that not all corporal punishment sessions ended like that. “Wylie’s father and I are so proud of his courage, his conviction, and his honesty,” she said to CNN. Students who broke the rules chose between in school suspension or a swat with a paddle, he said, according to the affiliate. “I believe that corporal punishment has no place in schools, even if it wasn’t painful to me,” he said in the statement. “I felt if I stood up and took the punishment in an honorable way, that it was better than doing what they wanted me to do which is shut up and go on with our lives. “They were merely doing their job as the school board and school policy dictated,” he said. His father signed papers to allow the punishment to be administered, the student said.

ICE Arrests 115 in Large San Diego Immigration Sweep

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ICE Arrests 115 in Large San Diego Immigration Sweep

U.S. Many of the arrests were concentrated in North County, according to Greg Archambeault, field officer director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in San Diego. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents make an arrest in Los Angeles in a photo released by the federal agency on Feb. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers working out of the San Diego field office arrested 115 people over a large, three-day operation that ended Thursday, officials said. “We will continue to conduct similar operations, while seeking to ultimately deport at-large criminal targets and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety.”
Read the full story on after being deported, Archambeault said. Officers from other parts of the country came to San Diego to help find a targeted list of immigrants who were in the country illegally who had criminal convictions or had been arrested on criminal charges, had been ordered deported by an immigration judge or had returned to the U.S.