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8 individuals indicted for exploiting the US student visa system

By R. Mitchell – Three indictments were unsealed Wednesday, charging eight individuals from around the country with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and harboring aliens for profit, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Six of the defendants were arrested in metro Detroit. Two others were arrested in Lake Mary, Florida; and Culpeper, ...

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Navy to Commission Submarine South Dakota > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > News Release View

By R. Mitchell – The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS South Dakota (SSN 790), during an 11 a.m. (EST) ceremony Saturday, Feb. 2, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota. The submarine’s sponsor is Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, wife of the ...

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Former Airline CEO Gets Nearly Eight Years in Massive Scheme to Steal Passenger’s Money

By R. Mitchell – The former chief executive officer of a now-bankrupt public air charter operator was sentenced to 94 months in prison on Jan. 11 for her role in a scheme to steal millions of dollars in passenger money for future travel from an escrow account, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division ...

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President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Thursday, January 31, 2019

By R. Mitchell – President Donald Trump will meet with U.S. manufacturers and sign an executive order. In the afternoon, the president will receive his daily briefing as prepared by the intelligence community then meet with the Vice Premier of China. Keep up with Trump on President Trump’s Schedule Page. President Trump’s schedule for 1/31/19 All Times EST 11:45 AM Meet with American manufacturers ...

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CBP Officers Seize Heroin Valued More Than $750K at the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge

By R. Mitchell – LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry intercepted a significant narcotic load with an estimated street value of more than $750,000 in one enforcement action over the weekend. Packages containing 28 pounds of heroin seized by CBP officers at Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge. ...

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TMZ Lied: Chicago Police Say Attackers Didn’t Shout “This is MAGA Country” at ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett

By Andrew Aleksi-Lankinen – ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett (New York Times) Chicago Police did confirm that “Empire” Actor Jussie Smollett has been hospitalized after a possibly racially motivated attack at a Subway store at 2:00 AM. TMZ reported that “sources close to the Actor” said “he was walking to Subway to get something to eat at 2 AM when 2 ...

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DOD Official Describes U.S. Missile Defense Strategy

By David Vergun – James H. Anderson, the assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities, spoke about the 2019 Missile Defense Review at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Jan. 29. He noted that the strategy covers the Defense Department’s three lines of effort: lethality, partnership and reform. Here are his main points: The Threat China and Russia are ...

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President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Wednesday, January 30, 2019

By R. Mitchell – President Donald Trump will receive his daily briefing as prepared by the intelligence community. There are no other public events on his schedule for Wednesday. Keep up with Trump on President Trump’s Schedule Page. President Trump’s schedule for 1/30/19 All Times EST 11:30 AM The President receives his intelligence briefing – Oval Office White House Briefing Schedule None Content ...

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Pentagon: ISIS Crippled in Syria

By C. Todd Lopez – Meeting with the reporters for the first time since assuming office Jan. 1, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan touched on the Syria withdrawal, success in Afghanistan, the U.S. Space Force, and his role as the head of the U.S. Department of Defense. Shanahan, who had served as deputy defense secretary until the first of ...

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Fifth Defendant Sentenced to Prison for Sophisticated International Cellphone Fraud Scheme

By R. Mitchell – A former West Palm Beach, Florida resident who was extradited to the United States from the Dominican Republic was sentenced to 65 months in prison today for multiple criminal charges in connection with a sophisticated global cell phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cellphone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent international calls. Assistant ...

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CBP Field Operations Seizes over $3 Million in Narcotics and $1 Million in Unreported Currency at Rio Grande Valley International Bridges During Recent 35-Day Period

By R. Mitchell – HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry remained vigilant during the temporary lapse in appropriations and seized $3,118,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine and seized $1,153,135 undeclared U.S. currency in separate, unrelated incidents. Stacks of bills totaling more than $1 million in unreported currency were seized by ...

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Meth Smugglers Caught by CBP Officers at Port of San Luis

By R. Mitchell – TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen over the weekend for separate alleged attempts to smuggle almost 90 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis. Officers discovered meth within the rear seats Officers referred the driver of a Ford SUV, later identified as a ...

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Additional Charges Filed in Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

By R. Mitchell – A federal grand jury sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania charged a Pennsylvania man with additional federal hate crimes and firearms offenses for his conduct during the Oct. 27, 2018, shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division, United ...

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U.S. Voices Concern Over Sentencing of Wang Quanzhang

By R. Mitchell – The United States is deeply concerned by the sentencing of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang in Tianjin, China on January 28 to four-and-a-half years in prison on charges of “subverting state power.” Wang was among the first individuals detained during the Chinese government’s July 9, 2015 (“709”) crackdown on legal advocates for rule of law and ...

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CBP, FURA Seize Cocaine Worth $10 million inside Abandoned Vessel in Northern Puerto Rico

By R. Mitchell – SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol and Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA) agents seized Monday 884 pounds (401 Kilos) of cocaine found inside an abandoned vessel on the coast of the town of Loiza.  The estimated value of the seized narcotics is $10 ...

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