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NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general says investigators have uncovered evidence that former President Donald Trump’s company used “fraudulent or misleading” appraisals of its golf clubs, skyscrapers and other assets for loans and tax benefits. In a filing late Tuesday, attorneys for Attorney General Letitia James told a judge they had not decided whether to pursue legal action in relation to the allegations, but that investigators should be allowed to question Trump. and her two eldest children under oath as part of the civil investigation. The Trump Organization released a statement on Wednesday calling the investigation “baseless” and politically motivated.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major international airlines canceled flights to the United States or changed the planes they use on Wednesday, the latest complication in a dispute over fears that the new phone service 5G mobile could interfere with aircraft technology. Carriers have taken starkly different approaches to the brewing crisis affecting international travel, from Middle Eastern airline Emirates slashing its US-bound flights to Air France, saying it would fly as normal. It was not immediately clear why the airlines had made these decisions – or whether they had taken into account that mobile operators AT&T and Verizon had agreed this week to suspend the roll-out of the new nearby high-speed wireless service. from major airports.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday urged Western nations to stand united in the face of what he called “relentless” Russian aggression against Ukraine and reassured the Ukrainian leader of his support while calling on Ukrainians to stay strong. Blinken told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a visit to Kyiv that the United States and its allies were committed to supporting his country and its democratic aspirations amid growing fears of a potentially imminent Russian invasion. Blinken said Russia plans to boost its military presence by some 100,000 troops along the Ukrainian border and suggested that number could soon double.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, all Americans can log on to a government website and order free COVID-19 home tests. But the push from the White House may do little to mitigate the omicron’s surge, and experts say Washington will need to do much more to fix the country’s long-troubled testing system. The website, COVIDTests.gov, allows people to order four home tests per household and have them delivered by mail. But testing won’t arrive for seven to 12 days, after omicron cases are expected to peak in many parts of the United States. The White House also announced on Wednesday that it would begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free at pharmacies and community health centers. .
Although the FBI initially said the man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was focusing on an issue “not specifically related to the Jewish community,” the kidnapper expressed a belief that Jews control the world and had the power to arrange a prisoner’s release, survivors said after their escape. The shooter’s words were all too familiar to Jewish leaders and terrorism experts, who viewed the attack on Congregation Beth Israel as yet another element in the growing number of anti-Semitic hate crimes, a sign of the continued need for vigilance. and interfaith solidarity. The hostage taker – identified by authorities as Malik Faisal Akram – “thought he could walk into a synagogue, and we could talk on the phone with the ‘Chief Rabbi of America’ and he would get what he needed,” Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker told The Forward, a Jewish news site.
The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people who say they were sexually assaulted by a former sports doctor during his nearly four-decade career at the school, the report said Wednesday. university and those involved in the settlement. The university said 1,050 people will share in the settlement, which was reached through mediation. The individuals and their attorneys will determine how to divide $460 million, without any contribution from the university, the school said in a statement. An additional $30 million will be set aside for future claims. “We hope this settlement will start the healing process for survivors,” said Jordan Acker, chairman of the University of Michigan board of trustees.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to resign in a spirited performance in parliament on Wednesday — but that may be too little to prevent pressure from his Conservative Party lawmakers to ousting him over a series of government parties flouting the lockdown. The pressure on the Prime Minister increased when a Tory lawmaker defected to the opposition Labor Party and a former Tory Cabinet minister told him: “In the name of God, go ahead!” Former Brexit Secretary David Davis’ request came during a combative Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Commons, where Johnson defended his government’s record of handling the economy, fighting crime and fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
CRAIG, Colo. (AP) — In a quiet valley away from Colorado’s bustling ski resorts, far from his hometown in northern Mexico, Trinidad Loya has found a way to support his family’s American dream: coal . He, his son and grandson – all named Trinidad Loya – worked for the coal-fired power plant in Craig, Colorado, with the eldest Loya starting more than 30 years ago. The factory currently employs 180 people, paying higher wages and providing far greater job security than most other jobs in the area. But everything is about to change. The coal plant is closing, along with the mine that powers it and has nearly 115 additional employees, and all workers will lose their jobs over the next decade, according to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first year in office, President Joe Biden followed through on a number of his key campaign promises, from rebuilding U.S. alliances globally to distributing vaccines across America and the world. But others remain work in progress or depend on Congress to address them. This is especially true of his promises to reform the country’s immigration system, where Biden is caught between the demands of his Democratic base and Latino voters and the realities of a large influx of migrants into the United States. A look at Biden’s stance on some of his key promises as he completes his first year: COVID-19 – Reaching some semblance of normalcy by Christmas 2021.
SYDNEY (AP) — Three of Tonga’s smaller islands suffered severe damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a larger picture begins to emerge of the destruction wrought by the tsunami. eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation. Communications have been broken across Tonga since Saturday’s eruption, but a ship visited the outlying islands of Nomuka, Mango and Fonoifua on Wednesday and reported few homes left standing after settlements were hit by 15 meters (49ft) – high waves, said Katie Greenwood, head of delegation in the Pacific for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, who had two people on board the ship to help to assess the damage.