WASHINGTON | The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

WASHINGTON — The Latest on U.S. election security (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month’s midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It’s believed to be the first federal case alleging Russian interference in this … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

DOJ News: Former Lobbyist, Christopher Petrella, Indicted for Obstruction of Justice

SOUTH CAROLINA – A former lobbyist was charged in an indictment with obstructing justice in connection with an ongoing federal investigation and proceedings concerning a multi-million dollar high-yield investment fraud scheme, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Christopher Petrella, 51, of Greer, South Carolina, was arrested yesterday and … Continue reading DOJ News: Former Lobbyist, Christopher Petrella, Indicted for Obstruction of Justice

NEW DELHI | Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 58 dead

NEW DELHI— A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the state governing Congress … Continue reading NEW DELHI | Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 58 dead

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Trump: I do find Saudi explanation credible

ANKARA, Turkey  — The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 4:15 a.m. Asked whether he thought Saudi Arabia’s explanation for the death of Jamal Khashoggi was credible, President Trump said “I do. I … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Trump: I do find Saudi explanation credible

DOJ News: Universal American Mortgage Company LLC Agrees to Pay $13.2 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Loan Guarantees

WA – Universal American Mortgage Company LLC (UAMC) has agreed to pay the United States $13.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance requirements in connection with certain loans, the Department of Justice announced today.  UAMC is a … Continue reading DOJ News: Universal American Mortgage Company LLC Agrees to Pay $13.2 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Loan Guarantees

ISTANBUL | For 1st time, Saudis say Jamal Khashoggi killed in consulate

ISTANBUL — Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a “fistfight” in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom claimed early Saturday, admitting that the writer had been slain at its diplomatic post for the first time. Authorities said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody for his slaying and intelligence officials had been fired. The … Continue reading ISTANBUL | For 1st time, Saudis say Jamal Khashoggi killed in consulate

SEATTLE | US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

SEATTLE — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Chief Justice John Roberts signed an order freezing the trial that was set to start in 10 days … Continue reading SEATTLE | US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

NEW YORK | The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures

NEW YORK  — Sitting in my suburban American kitchen, it is easy to feel that Saudi Arabia is a world away, that events at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — as gruesome as they now seem to have been — have little to do with me. Except for one thing. Almost 25 years ago, Jamal … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures