Posts Tagged ‘U.S.’

FIFA corruption is ‘rampant, systemic, deep-rooted’ says US attorney

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has promised to kick corrupt officials ‘out of the game’ after U.S. prosecutors today laid bare widespread allegations of rampant corruption at football’s governing body.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has promised to kick corrupt officials ‘out of the game’ after U.S. prosecutors today laid bare widespread allegations of rampant corruption at football’s governing body.

Blatter described it as a ‘difficult time for football’ after officials today lined up to detail a case in which they claim to have exposed complex money-laundering schemes, found millions of dollars in untaxed incomes and tens of millions in offshore accounts held by FIFA officials.

In a statement released this evening, Blatter said: ‘This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation. We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.

‘As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the U.S. and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.

‘Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game.

‘We will continue to work with the relevant authorities and we will work vigorously within FIFA in order to root out any misconduct, to regain your trust and ensure that football worldwide is free from wrongdoing.’

His comments came after U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch claimed that bribery and corruption had dogged football’s world governing body at the highest levels for at least 24 years.

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Breaking News: Takata air bag recall becomes biggest ever in United States

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.

Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags. It will be the largest recall in the agency’s history.

Many of Takata’s air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.

Ten automakers, including Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., have recalled 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide because of the problem. Those numbers will grow by millions because of the agreement, but it’s unclear which manufacturers will be most affected by the expanded recalls.

Automakers must conduct recalls even if they are for defective parts.

The Takata recall dwarfs last year’s highly publicized recall of 2.6 million General Motors small cars for defective ignition switches.

For the full list of all cars involved in the recall Click Here

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Texas Attacker Tweeted With Overseas Terrorists

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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U.S. officials are probing connections between terrorists abroad and the two men shot dead as they were trying to attack a free speech event in Texas over the weekend.

The authorities want to determine to what degree the attack was directed from abroad. One U.S. official told CNN, that the shooting was “certainly more than just inspiration” by ISIS but that assessment does not mean that the terror group gave the gunmen specific instructions.

The gunmen, who have since been identified as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were roommates in Phoenix. They were foiled in their apparent plot after they drove to Texas and tried to attack a free speech event that was displaying cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. They wounded a security guard before police shot and killed them.

Rapper Nelly arrested in Tennessee on drug charges

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

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Hip-hop star Nelly has been arrested on drug charges in Tennessee after a state trooper pulled over the private bus in which he was traveling, authorities said.

The 40-year-old rapper from St. Louis, who shot to fame 15 years ago with the track “Country Grammar,” has been charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security said.

The state trooper stopped the bus carrying Nelly and five other people on Interstate 40 in Putnam County on Saturday because it wasn’t displaying U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association stickers, according to Tennessee authorities.

The trooper was about to conduct an inspection of the bus, a Prevost motor coach, when he “noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” authorities said in a statement.

Two troopers then searched the bus, finding “five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia,” the statement said.

The search also turned up several handguns and 100 small Ziploc bags, which the statement said are commonly used for selling drugs. The guns included a gold-plated .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a .45-caliber Taurus pistol and a .500 Smith & Wesson magnum.

Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was taken to the Putnam County Jail along with another passenger. He later posted bond and left the jail, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.

CNN couldn’t immediately reach Nelly’s representatives for comment Saturday.

America’s Next Top Model Contestant Murdered

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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A contestant on the last year’s season of American’s Next Top Model has been found killed in a triple homicide in North Carolina.

Mirjana Puhar, 19, her boyfriend, Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and a friend, Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, were found shot inside a home in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday.

Puhar, who moved to the U.S. from Serbia with her family to escape the Kosovo War when she was five, appeared on the 21st cycle of the reality TV show but was eliminated in the 10th episode.

Emmanuel Jesus Rangel, 19, has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths, which police say were drug related, the Charlotte Observer reported.

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US Issues Global Travel Warning After Terror Attacks

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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The United States has issued a global travel warning after recent terror attacks in France, Australia and Canada.

The alert comes hours after French police killed three hostage-takers in a pair of incidents. Two of the men are believed responsible for Wednesday’s attack on a satirical magazine in Paris. Twelve people were killed in that assault, France’s deadliest terror incident in decades.

The State Department’s warning says attacks against Americans are becoming increasingly prevalent. It also cites an increased risk of reprisals against U.S. and Western targets for the U.S.-led intervention against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

The warning also cited last month’s hostage standoff at a Sydney cafe and the October killing of a soldier near Canada’s parliament.

It’s official: AT&T and Verizon are feeling the heat from T-Mobile and Sprint

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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In AT&T’s case, CFO John Stephens told an investors conference Tuesday that AT&T has had to cut some prices this year in responsive to aggressive moves by rivals and he said that this competition is part of the reason why the carrier will report a churn rate this quarter that’s higher than it was in the same quarter last year. AT&T traditionally has low churn, which means that it tends to keep the customers it adds, so it’s not clear yet how much impact a more competitive wireless market is having, but it’s definitely making a difference.

Verizon, meanwhile, said that its EPS this quarter could be negatively impacted by a “highly competitive and promotion-filled” market that has forced the carrier to respond in kind. Verizon is still on track to have strong customer additions on the quarter and post solid earnings, of course, but the company is having to work harder and spend more money to get and keep customers than it has in the past.

All of this really makes you wonder where we’d be right now if AT&T had been allowed to buy T-Mobile, which would have essentially left AT&T and Verizon as the only two major choices for consumers and would have put Sprint in an impossible competitive position. While the wireless industry in the U.S. is far from perfect, it’s now at the very least competitive and for that consumers can be thankful.

Must See Video What Are McDonald’s Food Made Of?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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Is it real pork? Why is it that shape? Some of the biggest questions about our food revolves around the McRib, so Grant Imahara and a McDonald’s skeptic are going to Lopez foods, one of our U.S. pork suppliers, to find answers. Watch to see what goes into a McRib patty.

Ebola Patient Dr. Martin Salia Has Died in Nebraska

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment, has died, hospital officials said Monday.

Salia, 44, became the second person to die of the disease in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia and traveled to Dallas, died last month.

Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the hospital’s biocontainment unit. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

The hospital planned to release further details later Monday.

Salia, a native of Sierra Leone and a legal U.S. resident, was living in Sierra Leone and working at a hospital when he was diagnosed last week. The Ebola outbreak, the worst in recorded history, has killed more than 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Salia has a wife and two children who live in the Washington suburb of New Carrollton, Maryland. A son, Maada, told NBC News last week that Salia knew the risk of working in West Africa but wanted to do his part.

“Even though he knows the sickness is already out, he decided to still go and help his people because he wanted to show that he loves his people,” the son said. “He’s really, really a hero to me.

ISLAMIC STATE GROUP BEHEADS US AID WORKER

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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BEIRUT — The Islamic State group released a video Sunday of a masked, black-clad militant standing over a severed head it claimed is American aid worker Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger, as well as the mass beheadings of a dozen Syrian soldiers.

The White House confirmed the authenticity of the video. In a statement issued as he flew back to Washington after a trip to the Asia Pacific region, President Barack Obama said the group “revels in the slaughter of innocents, including Muslims, and is bent only on sowing death and destruction.”

With Kassig’s death, the Islamic State group has killed five Westerners it was holding. Britons David Haines, a former Air Force engineer, and Alan Henning, a taxi driver from northwest England, were beheaded, as was U.S. reporter James Foley and American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff.

Unlike previous videos of slain Western hostages, the footage released Sunday did not show the purported decapitation of the American or the moments leading up to his death.