Criminal charges brought against Trump family business

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The Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, the former president’s long-serving chief financial officer, have been charged with a “sweeping and audacious illegal payment scheme” of tax-related crimes.

It marks the first criminal charges against the former president’s family business after a three-year investigation by New York prosecutors.

Weisselberg, who worked for the Trump family for nearly 50 年, appeared in court on Thursday after surrendering to the authorities and was charged by the Manhattan district attorney with failing to properly report company perks, including school fees, rent-free apartments and cars.

Weisselberg, who surrendered his passport to the court, and a lawyer for the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty.

A wildfire has destroyed a village in British Columbia, 加拿大, after days of record-breaking heat. The blaze tore through Lytton, 95 miles north-east of Vancouver, so fast that officials did not have time to issue an evacuation order, 报告 Leyland Cecco.

After seeing the thick black smoke, residents grabbed a few possessions and escaped. Hours later most of the village’s buildings were on fire.

The US attorney general has issued a moratorium on all federal executions while the justice department carries out a review of capital punishment policies and procedures.

Merrick Garland ordered a pause on scheduling executions, citing its disproportionate impact on people of colour and controversy over the drugs used.

“The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system is not only afforded the rights guaranteed by the constitution and laws of the United States but is also treated fairly and humanely,“ 他说.

The US military has left Bagram airfield in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years during which it became the centre of the US’s war to oust the Taliban and find the al-Qaida perpetrators of 9/11.

Two US officials told the Associated Press on Friday that the airfield had been entirely handed over to the Afghan National Security and Defense Force.

But one of the officials said that Gen Austin S Miller, the US top commander in Afghanistan, “still retains all the capabilities and authorities to protect the forces”.

According to two reports by California’s attorney general, there was a 31% surge in hate-based crimes overall in the state. The reports say the increase in anti-Asian crimes – which rose 107% 从 43 在 2019 到 89 在 2020 – was fueled by rhetoric, including from Donald Trump, blaming Asian communities for the spread of coronavirus. Of the total 1,330 hate crimes reported in California in 2020, 456 were against Black people. Erin McCormick, 报告.

Every year, 关于 4 million people visit Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, to see its most famous geyser, Old Faithful, which shoots tens of thousands of litres of boiling water into the air multiple times a day. But if temperatures rise by 10F by the end of the century, as predicted, it could stop erupting and the ramifications could be huge, writes Adam Pompescu.

估计 1.3 million adults are subject to guardianship in the US. When Britney Spears testified in court last week about the alleged control her father has on every element of her life through conservatorship, she put the issue back in the spotlight. Sam Levin 报告 on the disability rights activists and lawmakers pushing to overhaul the system.

After giving up boyband life, the JLS singer JB Gill retreated to a 15-acre turkey farm. Jazz-rock guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter pivoted to become a US military consultant. 同时, as well as being a neo-soul pioneer, Erykah Badu also works as a doula (under the name Badoula) and has delivered more than 40 babies. Martin Horsfield charts 这 10 best popstar career changes.

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