Iguana smuggler admits guilt

A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man today admitted falsely labeling as “Toys” a package containing 10 live rhinoceros iguanas that was destined for Hong Kong. Jason Ksepka, 44, of Farmingdale, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Zahid Quraishi in Trenton federal court to an information, charging him with one count of violating theContinue reading “Iguana smuggler admits guilt”

Bernie Sanders slams Pallone panel’s failure to pass drug cost reduction

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders last week issued a statement lambasting the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee for failing to include a critical provision allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices during a markup of reconciliation legislation. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) said he was “disappointed that we wereContinue reading “Bernie Sanders slams Pallone panel’s failure to pass drug cost reduction”

Jersey City police officer catches baby

A New Jersey police officer is being hailed a hero after he caught a baby who was tossed from a second-floor balcony on Saturday. Officer Eduardo Matute caught the 1-month-old baby who was dropped from a second-story balcony, according to Mayor Steve Fulop and Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. While officers responding to an emergency report of aContinue reading “Jersey City police officer catches baby”

Democrats try to prevent two crises: stop shutdown & suspend debt limit

Republicans obstruct White House with financial disaster House and Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a measure that would fund the government through December while preventing a potential default on U.S. debts until next year, setting up a last-minute scramble ahead of key fiscal deadlines on Capitol Hill. Government funding expires at the end of September,Continue reading “Democrats try to prevent two crises: stop shutdown & suspend debt limit”

Biden lets LGBT veterans forced out of service receive Veterans Affairs benefits

Tens of thousands of LGBT veterans forced out of the military and given other-than-honorable discharges over their sexual orientation will be able to receive full Veterans Affairs benefits under a new move from the Biden admin set to be announced Monday. While gay service members can now serve openly in the military, veterans kicked outContinue reading “Biden lets LGBT veterans forced out of service receive Veterans Affairs benefits”

Senators demand probe into Amazon’s treatment of pregnant employees

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and four of their colleagues, sent a letter to the to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Charlotte Burrows requesting an investigation into allegations that Amazon denies reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees at its fulfillment centers. The senators requested that the EEOC investigate Amazon’s allegedContinue reading “Senators demand probe into Amazon’s treatment of pregnant employees”

Feds charge 138 suspects in $1.4 billion in health-care fraud schemes

The Department of Justice on Friday announced criminal charges against 138 defendants, including 42 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, in 31 federal districts across the United States for their alleged participation in various health care fraud schemes that resulted in approximately $1.4 billion in alleged losses. The charges target about $1.1 billion inContinue reading “Feds charge 138 suspects in $1.4 billion in health-care fraud schemes”

Firefighters struggle to save massive ancient trees in Sequoia National Park

With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters on Thursday fought fire with fire. Using firing operations to burn out flammable vegetation and other matter before the wildfire arrives in the Giant Forest is one of several ways firefighters can use their nemesis as a tool toContinue reading “Firefighters struggle to save massive ancient trees in Sequoia National Park”

Catholic Diocese of Metuchen defending multiple sex abuse lawsuits

A new lawsuit against disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick filed under the landmark New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill that allows those assaulted as adults to use the civil courts for justice is one of three filed against the Diocese of Metuchen. One lawsuit accuses McCarrick of sexual battery against the man, who was in hisContinue reading “Catholic Diocese of Metuchen defending multiple sex abuse lawsuits”

Pathetic turnout at rally supporting 600 charged as Trump-loving terrorists

There was scant turnout for the rally in support of the hundreds of people who were charged with crimes after storming the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, which took place one block away from the scene of the crime, which the Architect of the Capitol estimated had caused about $1.5 million worth ofContinue reading “Pathetic turnout at rally supporting 600 charged as Trump-loving terrorists”

Mixed economic news reveals need for bold progressive government action

Claims that pandemic benefits have slowed job growth are false, but while promising data on retail sales and inflation offered some hope for an improving economy, Wall Street remained uncertain which direction markets will head as concerns about the coronavirus delta variant linger, dulling any major optimism among investors. The federal government ended its enhancedContinue reading “Mixed economic news reveals need for bold progressive government action”

Goldman Sachs: Evictions are coming

Some 750,000 US households could be evicted across the United States before the end of the year, global investment firm Goldman Sachs estimates. As Hurricane Ida barrelled towards the southeast coast of the United States in late August, 23-year-old Vashante Gray, her two children aged two and six, and her mother, Kristi Brown, 45, foundContinue reading “Goldman Sachs: Evictions are coming”

Defense leaders honor POWs & Missing at ceremony at the Pentagon

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, provided remarks at a POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes today. Hyten spoke of service members still missing in action and thanked the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for itsContinue reading “Defense leaders honor POWs & Missing at ceremony at the Pentagon”

Abortion fight remains violent

As Republicans seek to eradicate the right to privacy in gerrymandered state legislatures and stacked courtrooms around the country, a federal grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, returned an indictment charging an man for trying to deprive women of their right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy the old fashioned way: threatening to bomb aContinue reading “Abortion fight remains violent”

Another Trump-loving terrorist pleads guilty in Jan 6 coup d’état attempt

A 20-year Marine veteran and former marksmanship instructor from Florida became the second defendant in the largest Jan. 6 Oath Keepers conspiracy case to plead guilty and agree to cooperate fully with prosecutors in hopes of reducing his prison term. Jason Dolan, 45, of Wellington, Florida pleaded guilty yesterday to crimes related to the attemptedContinue reading “Another Trump-loving terrorist pleads guilty in Jan 6 coup d’état attempt”

East Windsor man indicted for New Brunswick shooting

An East Windsor man has been indicted in connection with a September 2, 2020 shooting. On September 15, 2021, a Middlesex County Grand Jury indicted Kyale Simonson, 33, of East Windsor with one count of first-degree Attempted Murder, one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault, and one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm forContinue reading “East Windsor man indicted for New Brunswick shooting”

Biden’s grounding sky-high fares at Newark-Liberty International Airport

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued a notice to the Federal Register of its intention to identify a single low-cost or ultra-low cost carrier to operate 16 peak afternoon and evening runway timings at Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR). The action comes on the heels of a DC Circuit Court ruling and President JoeContinue reading “Biden’s grounding sky-high fares at Newark-Liberty International Airport”

Postal worker admits to stealing checks + credit cards & COVID-19 loan fraud

An Essex County woman today admitted stealing checkbooks and credit cards from the mail while employed as a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) clerk and filing fraudulent applications for loans intended for small businesses experiencing disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Janel Blackman, 42, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D.Continue reading “Postal worker admits to stealing checks + credit cards & COVID-19 loan fraud”

Poll says a majority of Americans support mask & vaccine mandates

A majority of Americans support the vaccine mandates announced by President Joe Biden last week amid rising concerns about the chance of catching Covid. According to the Monmouth University Poll, the public also supports instituting guidelines for masking and social distancing in their state as well as requiring people to show proof of vaccination forContinue reading “Poll says a majority of Americans support mask & vaccine mandates”

Democrats weigh tax hikes on wealthy Americans, corporations & investors

A powerful panel of House Democrats on Sunday circulated a draft plan that would raise $2.9 trillion in new taxes and revenue predominantly targeted toward wealthy Americans, corporations and investors, as party lawmakers continued to spar in public over the size and scope of their new tax-and-spending package. “If you’re not super-rich, these tax-hike proposalsContinue reading “Democrats weigh tax hikes on wealthy Americans, corporations & investors”