Feds charge Rikers Island guard with smuggling drugs to jail

NEW YORK – Federal authorities have charged a Rikers Island correctional officer with smuggling drugs into the New York City jail. Court records unsealed this week show 23-year-old Simon Gordon faces bribery and drug charges following an investigation by the city’s Department of Investigation. Gordon was released Monday on $25,000 bail. His defense attorney declined to comment Wednesday. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Lady Gaga Performs ‘Shallow’ Without Bradley Cooper At Grammys And Delivers

Lady Gaga’s performance at the The singer took the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday night to showcase her duet from the hit romance “A Star Is Born.” Gaga performed sans co-star Bradley Cooper, but the number was all the more extra for it. picked up three awards for her album “Joanne” and the record-breaking song from the film. a surprise appearance with Michelle Obama was certainly a highlight for all the Little Monsters at home, nothing could compare to a solo Gaga gig, especially considering her outrageous dance moves. Gaga is set to perform the duet live with Cooper at the Academy Awards later this month, where she’s nominated in multiple categories. manage to impress an audience …

Virginia Lawmaker Backs Off Plan To Seek Impeachment Of Lt. Gov. Fairfax

Democratic Del. Patrick Hope had said he wanted to introduce articles of impeachment Monday against Fairfax after two women recently accused the Democrat of sexual assault in the 2000s. Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate. said on Twitter early Monday that he had circulated a draft of the impeachment action with his colleagues and received what he called “an enormous amount of sincere and thoughtful feedback.” Hope now says “additional conversations … need to take place before anything is filed.” Impeachment was always unlikely to happen during this legislative session, but lawmakers could revisit it later this year if the political crisis continues.

Brandi Carlile Recalls Coming Out Struggle In Emotional Grammys Speech

Brandi Carlile emerged triumphant from the 2019 Grammy Awards Sunday, but she made it clear her early struggles coming to terms with her sexuality continue to influence her music.  By the Way, I Forgive You” and Best American Roots Performance for that LP’s first single, “The Joke.” Her most poignant remarks came after picking up the award for Best American Roots Song for “The Joke,” which “Americana music is the island of the misfit toys [and] I am such a misfit,” Carlile, who wore Libertine’s “Chandelier” suit, told the crowd. “I came out of the closet at 15 years old, when I was in high school, and I can assure you that I was never invited to any parties.” Watch Carlile’s full speech below.  …

ISIS has stashed away millions to fund new wave of attacks against the West, UN experts warn

This frame grab from video posted online Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, by supporters of the Islamic State group, purports to show a gun-mounted Islamic State group vehicle firing at members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour, Syria. (Militant Photo via AP) On Monday, Kurdish-led coalition forces battled to clear the village of Baghouz, where the remaining jihadis are holed up in fortified positions. TRUMP: ISIS COULD LOSE REMAINING TERRITORY WITHIN WEEK But the operation was slowed by landmines and sniper fire as fighters desperately battled to hold off the onslaught. A U.N. Security Council report into the threat posed by ISIS warned the group still has up to 18,000 armed terrorists ready to …

Nearly 60 percent of Virginia’s African-Americans want Gov. Northam to remain in office: poll

This image shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. (Eastern Virginia Medical School via AP) “He’s been a good governor, and he’s been good, as far as I know, to black people,” Butler said. In an interview Saturday, Northam said he wants to heal the wounds that some feel after the racist photo emerged. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity. … There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entre­pre­neur­ship,” he said. “And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia. It has really raised the …

New Pentagon report warns of Russian and Chinese laser threats to US satellites

(CNN)A new Pentagon report on threats in space warns that China and Russia are both developing capabilities to threaten the US’ preeminent position, including lasers that could target and destroy US satellites. They also house sensors involved in detecting enemy missile launches. The report comes as the Chinese government has been increasingly stepping up its space program, becoming the first nation to land a probe on the far side of the moon in January. The growth of China’s space capabilities and the need to help safeguard US satellites have been cited by the Trump administration as a reason why the US needs a Space Force. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to respond to the new US report. Anti-satellite …

Woman stabbed to death ‘was caring sister’

‘A wonderful heart’ In a statement issued through police, Ms Mendes’ sister said: “My sister was lovely, always thinking about everyone but mostly her children. “She had a wonderful heart and there was no one else like her. She was a caring sister and worried about everyone. “She was always making sure everyone was OK.” A fundraising campaign has raised more than £26,000 to support Ms Mendes’ family and her children. Image caption Ms Mendes died at the roadside where she was attacked Appealing for witnesses to come forward, he asked anyone who had dashcam or helmet footage to review it in case they had anything to help police piece together a timeline of what happened. Related Topics Ewell Original …

Border Towns ‘Safer Than Any City Trump Has Lived,’ Says Texas Congressman

Donald Trump’s fake narrative that U.S. border towns are lawless frontiers, declaring that they’re in fact “safer than any city the president has ever lived in.” McAllen, Texas (population 145,000), in Gonzalez’s district didn’t have a single homicide last year, the congressman pointed out in an interview Saturday on MSNBC. He added: “I can assure you McAllen is safer than any city the president has ever lived in. It’s much safer than New York City, it’s much safer than Washington, D.C. I could walk around the middle of the night in the city of McAllen without a single threat … this campaign rhetoric that has continued for two years really needs to stop. People need to look at FBI stats and …

Broadcaster Warner Wolf arrested for damaging ‘racist’ sign

The sheriff’s office says Wolf long complained about his community’s name, Classics Plantation Estates. Deputies say surveillance video shows Wolf removing the letters Nov. 30. They say he gave the letters to a security guard, telling him to pass them to the property manager. Damage is estimated at $1,100. Wolf declined comment Saturday and his attorney didn’t immediately return a call. Wolf announced baseball, football, and the Olympics for ABC in the 1970s and did sportscasts in Washington, D.C., and New York.

‘The Six Octave Man’ Astounds With His Range On ‘The World’s Best’

Dimash Kudaibergen, dubbed “ The 24-year-old singer said in his intro video that when his voice deepened as he got older, he was able to retain his high pitch. “If I closed my eyes, I would’ve thought there were at least eight to 10 people singing,” judge according to Entertainment Tonight. “One minute you’re Queen, and the next minute you’re Pavarotti, and I’m like, how is this all happening out of one person?” well known in his native Kazakhstan and has sung internationally, may have just broadened his fan base on Wednesday. RELATED COVERAGE 'The Miracle Violinist' Aces 'The World's Best' Premiere Magician Shin Lim Is Even More Mind-Blowing On 'America's Got Talent: Champions' Susan Boyle Competes Again On 'Got …

Assault Accusation And Blackface Scandal Entangle Virginia’s Top 3 Elected Officials

With Gov. Ralph Northam’s career already hanging by a thread over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, the day’s developments threatened to take down all three of Virginia’s top elected officials, all of them Democrats. Herring — who had previously called on Northam to resign and was planning to run for governor himself in 2021 — apologized for his “callous” behavior and said that the days ahead “will make it clear whether I can or should continue to serve.” AP Photo/Steve Helber In this Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 file photo, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring takes the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Herring, admitted Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, to putting …

Jeff Koons artworks go on display

Who is Jeff Koons? Koons became widely recognised for contemporary sculptures after a solo exhibition in 1980. He is best known for his stainless steel sculptures of balloon animals, as well as using ready-made and found objects in his work. His art has been shown in major galleries throughout the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. His giant floral sculpture Puppy is permanently installed outside the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. He honours include the French Légion d’Honneur and the US State Department’s Medal of the Arts. Image copyright Jeff Koons Image caption A reflective glass sphere is displayed on top of a replica of Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault Asked …

Germany Orders Crackdown On Facebook’s Data Collection Practices

Facebook said it would appeal the landmark ruling on Thursday by the Federal Cartel Office, the culmination of a three-year probe, saying the watchdog underestimated the competition it faced and undermined Europe-wide privacy rules that took effect last year. The findings follow fierce scrutiny of Facebook over a series of privacy lapses, including the leak of data on tens of millions of Facebook users, as well as the extensive use of targeted ads by foreign powers seeking to influence elections in the United States. That includes tracking visitors to websites with an embedded Facebook ‘like’ or share button – and pages where it observes people even though there is no obvious sign the social network is present. Wolfgang Rattay / …