China announces new drills in Taiwan during US delegation visit

Taipei, Taiwan– China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the island’s president met members of a new US congressional delegation on Monday, a further sign of support from US lawmakers for the self-governing island that Beijing claims as the his. The visit came less than two weeks after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip … Read more

Ricky Shiffer: A gunman attempted to enter the FBI office in Cincinnati and was fatally shot after a chase and confrontation with law enforcement. Here’s what we know

CNN — A gunman suspected of trying to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati field office on Thursday was killed after an hour-long standoff with law enforcement, authorities say. The suspect has been identified as Ricky Shiffer, according to three federal law enforcement sources. A separate federal law enforcement source told CNN the suspect is believed … Read more

Suspected IS ‘Beatles’ member charged with terrorism in UK

LONDON — A suspected member of an Islamic State cell dubbed ‘The Beatles’ who tortured and killed Western hostages was charged with terrorism offenses in Britain on Thursday after being deported from Turkey. Aine Davis, 38, was arrested at Luton Airport in north London on Wednesday evening after arriving on a flight from Turkey and … Read more

Trump’s tax returns must be given to Congress, court says

Former President Donald Trump’s federal income tax returns and those of Trump’s business entities must be turned over to the House Ways and Means Committee, a federal appeals court panel said in a ruling on Tuesday. The 3-0 ruling is the latest legal blow to Trump, who has repeatedly lost efforts in federal and state … Read more

3 dead in shooting at Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Florida

EDGEWATER, Florida — A man went to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Florida and shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her friend before turning the gun on himself, police said Tuesday. Quinton Hunter brandished the gun shortly after entering Monday night’s meeting, Edgewater Police Chief Joseph Mahoney said at a news conference on Tuesday. About … Read more

Gregory and Travis McMichael receive second life sentences for federal hate crimes in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery

CNN — Gregory and Travis McMichael, the white father and son convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, were sentenced to life in prison on Monday after their federal convictions this year for interference with rights – a hate crime – as well as charges attempted kidnapping and the use of weapons. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan … Read more

North Carolina Sheriff’s Stocking Schools with AR-15 Rifles

MARSHALL, North Carolina — When schools in one North Carolina county reopen later this month, new safety measures will include stockpiling AR-15 rifles for school resource officers to use in the event of an active shooter. Spurred on by the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers in May, … Read more

Officer charged in Freddie Gray case promoted

BALTIMORE– One of six police officers charged in the fatal 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray has been promoted from lieutenant to captain. The Baltimore Sun reports that Alicia White will serve as captain of the department’s performance standards section, which conducts audits and inspections to ensure the agency is following its policies correctly. She held … Read more

GoFundMe scammer who used homeless vet’s story gets 5 years

A New Jersey man who made up a story about a homeless veteran helping his then-girlfriend and used the story to solicit more than $400,000 in online donations was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday. ‘State. Mark D’Amico had pleaded guilty in December 2019 and admitted to concocting the feel-good story in late … Read more

US employers add 528,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%

WASHINGTON– US employers added 528,000 jobs last month despite runaway inflation and anxiety over a possible recession, restoring all positions lost during the coronavirus recession. Unemployment fell to 3.5%, the lowest level since the pandemic hit in early 2020. There were 130,000 more job creations in July than in June, and the most since February. … Read more