FBI report reveals new details about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s 2016 plane incident

Angelina Jolie accused Brad Pitt of injuring her and verbally abusing their children during a heated encounter aboard a private jet in 2016, according to an FBI report provided to CNN by a source. …read more

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/18/entertainment/angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-fbi-report/index.html

Olaf Scholz calls Israeli PM to slam Abbas’ Holocaust remark

The German chancellor told his Israeli counterpart that the Palestinian president’s remarks were “intolerable and completely unacceptable.” …read more

https://www.dw.com/en/olaf-scholz-calls-israeli-pm-to-slam-abbas-holocaust-remark/a-62853279?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

Labor Day 2022 appliance sales are already here—save big on Samsung, LG and Whirlpool

Upgrade your home essentials with these early Labor Day 2022 appliance sales on washers, dryers, microwaves and refrigerators at major retailers.

     

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DeSantis announces 20 arrests tied to voter fraud charges

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced that the state is in the process of arresting 20 ex-felons — mostly in South Florida — for voter fraud tied to the 2020 election, the first round of what he promises will be a wave of voter fraud arrests.

The investigation was led by the DeSantis-championed Office of Election Crimes and Security, an office created during the 2022 legislative session to focus on election fraud investigations and prosecutions. The first round, announced during a press conference in Broward County, was focused on felons who illegally voted in 2020 by either not properly applying to have their voting rights restored or were ineligible because of the severity of their crimes.

DeSantis said those arrested were convicted of crimes like murder and sexual assault, but provided no details about the defendants. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement later provided the names of the 20 individuals, who are facing third degree felony charges related to voting violations.

“This is just the first step. There are many more in the pipeline,” DeSantis said. “We are not just going to turn a blind eye to this. The days of that happening in Florida are over.”

DeSantis said that the office is actively investigating people who have voted in two states and undocumented immigrants who he says may have voted illegally in Florida. He provided no specific details about those ongoing investigations.

Voting rights groups, most of whom opposed the creation of the election’s investigation office, pushed back hard against the announcement.

Florida Rising Executive Director Andrea Mercado said the announcement is a sign that his administration is undermining people’s access to voting, and noted a DeSantis’ drawn congressional redistricting map erased a North Florida congressional district that has long performed for Black voters.

“No one has done more to violate the integrity of Florida’s elections and make it harder for Floridians to be part of our democracy than Ron DeSantis,” she said. “If we had a real election integrity department, they would be arresting the governor for erasing Black districts and threatening neighbors helping neighbors cast their ballot.”

“What today shows is not that democracy is working in Florida, it’s that the offices that are trying to turn our state into one-man rule will do whatever they can to distract and deflect from how they have reduced Floridians’ ability to vote and have their voice heard,” she added.

In 2018, state voters passed Amendment 4, which set up a process where most felons could get their voting rights restored. Some severe convictions, like murder or felony sexual assault, did not qualify under the constitutional language.

During the press conference, DeSantis was flanked by police officers, Election Crimes and Security office director Pete Antonacci, Secretary of State Cord Byrd and Attorney General Ashley Moody.

“As elected leaders, it is incumbent on us to ensure free and fair elections and instill confidence in the voting process,” Moody said. “No voting system can stand without the backing and confidence of the people it serves.”

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https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/18/ron-desantis-voter-fraud-arrests-florida-00052753

Analysis: The twist no one saw coming for Bed Bath & Beyond

This summer is all about sequels. We’ve had Top Gun, Jurassic World, Thor… and now we’re all buying tickets for GameStop Part 2: Bed Bath & Beyond. …read more

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/18/business/nightcap-bbby-meme-stock/index.html

Federal officials announce $310 million in funding to combat ‘megadrought’

U.S. Rep. Katie Porter and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced funding Thursday for California drought resiliency and clean drinking water.

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https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-18/funding-announced-for-drought-and-clean-drinking-water

Little progress reported after Zelenskyy meets with Turkish president, UN chief: Ukraine live updates

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hosted U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Live updates.

     

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150 immigrants discovered in tractor-trailer in Mexico — just two months after fatal truck horror

Another 150 immigrants were found stashed inside a tractor-trailer in Mexico — almost two months after 53 immigrants died inside a sweltering truck in Texas. …read more

https://nypost.com/2022/08/18/150-immigrants-in-tractor-trailer-rescued-before-entering-us/

‘Scenes of devastation’ as deadly wildfires ravage Algeria

Algerian firefighters battled Thursday to rein in forest fires that have ravaged large parts of the drought-hit North African country, killing almost 40 people including 12 who died in a bus trapped by the flames.  …read more

https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20220818-scenes-of-devastation-as-deadly-wildfires-ravage-algeria

New NYPD watchdog loses job over series of sexual harassment allegations

Charles Guria sexually harassed at least seven prosecutors and interns during his tenure at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, according to nine former and current prosecutors. …read more

https://nypost.com/2022/08/18/nypd-watchdog-loses-job-over-sexual-harassment-allegations/