Prosecutors Say Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Investigation Not Over

Jeffrey Epstein, who died in an apparent suicide Saturday morning, they said in a statement. “Today’s events are disturbing, and we are deeply aware of their potential to present yet another hurdle to giving Epstein’s many victims their day in Court,”  “To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you, and our investigation of the conduct charged in the Indictment — which included a conspiracy count — remains ongoing.” While the criminal charges against Epstein cannot proceed, accusers may pursue civil litigation against his estate. Any potential conspirators could also be charged. Just one day before he …

Why America still can’t face up to Trump’s racism

(CNN)The Unite the Right riot in Charlottesville in 2017 was the largest eruption of white supremacist violence in the United States in a generation, if only the most visible of thousands of incidents that followed the 2016 election. August 11 and 12, 2019, mark the second anniversary of the violence, which claimed the life of the anti-racist protestor Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others. Two police officers died in a helicopter crash. The partial disintegration and discrediting of the alt-right was one positive outcome of Charlottesville; there have been others. The violence of August 2017 helped galvanize a broad anti-racist political coalition that has achieved some notable successes in the past two years, from the 2018 opening of the …

Sturgeon points to ‘growing urgency’ for independence

Sturgeon: Indyref2 ‘more essential than ever’ Could Boris Johnson break up the UK? How the BBC reports polls On Monday, the poll by Lord Ashcroft put independence in the lead, with 46% saying they would vote for it and 43% saying they would oppose it. Excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote, it would give the Yes side a lead of 52% to 48%. Discussing the poll at an Edinburgh Festival event, Ms Sturgeon said she was confident that opinion was swinging behind her side. She told her host, LBC presenter Iain Dale: “I think there is growing support for independence in Scotland and I think there is, accompanying that, a growing sense of urgency …

House Democrats File Lawsuit To Enforce Don McGahn Subpoena

Don McGahn after the White House McGahn was a key witness in special counsel The White House ordered McGahn in May In a statement Wednesday following the filing of the complaint, he reiterated this decision. According to McGahn’s testimony in the Mueller report, Trump asked McGahn to fire Mueller during the investigation, an incident the report outlined as one of 10 potential instances of obstruction of justice. McGahn threatened to quit rather than carry out the order, Mueller reported. telling ABC News, “I don’t care what he says, it doesn’t matter.” Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ;

Disruption as torrential rain causes flooding

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA determined cyclist makes it through flood water in Edinburgh A major clear-up operation is under way following torrential rain in various parts of Scotland. The main rail line from Edinburgh to Glasgow was shut after flooding at Winchburgh tunnel in West Lothian resulted in passengers on five trains being trapped for several hours. ScotRail has tweeted that there are still severe problems there with water sitting two feet above the rails. The issue is continuing to affect rail services across the central belt. ScotRail said engineers had been working through the night to pump water from the tunnel following the deluge on Wednesday. Report End of Twitter post by @ScotRail Report …

Eight-death arson murderer jailed for life

The family were asleep in their home in Osborne Road, Birkby, when petrol was poured through the letterbox and petrol bombs were put through the window in the early hours of 12 May 2002. Mohammed, who was extradited to the UK last year, claimed he had “only been the lookout” for the attack throughout his five-week trial. But the court heard he carried out the petrol bombing because of a row over his sister Shahida Younis being in a relationship with Saud Pervez, of whom her family did not approve. The eight family members who died in the fire: Nafeesa Aziz, 35 Her five daughters – Tayyaba Batool, three, Rabiah Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeeba …

Harry and Meghan want to know whom to follow on Instagram

London (CNN)Stop what you’re doing: Harry and Meghan are trying to decide whom to follow on Instagram, and they need your help. “For the month of August we look to you for help. We want to know who YOUR Force for Change is,” Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wrote in a message on their official Instagram account. “Over the next few days please add your suggestions into the comments section: someone you look up to, the organisation doing amazing work that we should all be following, an account that inspires you to be and do better (or that simply makes you feel good), or the handle that brims with optimism for a brighter tomorrow.” The message said that …

Belgian woman survives after spending 6 days trapped in crashed car

Corine Bastide, 45, disappeared near Liège, Belgium on July 23 after her vehicle swerved into a ditch in an isolated location; she injured her spine and was rendered her helpless. The crashed happened just two days before temperatures hit 107 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP) Every time Bastide moved her arms to try to escape, she would lose consciousness. Eventually, after mustering enough strength, she managed to use her foot to open the car door. “The most difficult thing was lying on pieces of glass,” she said. “I tried to hoist myself up but I had the impression that my back was being torn.” Without food or drink in the vehicle, Bastide survived by drinking rainwater in an empty chewing gum box. She …

Administrators appointed to Harland and Wolff

After the administrators were appointed on Monday, workers said their protest would continue. At a press conference, trade unionists representing staff warned they will stand against the DUP in a forthcoming general election if the party does not do more to support workers. Image caption DUP MP Gavin Robinson said government intervention would conflict with state aid rules The MP said Harland and Wolff had asked the government for shortfall funding of £650,000, which would have given the company “breathing space” for the month of August “so that they could explore other options”. But he added: “The official advice is that it cannot be done for three reasons: there is no order book at present so the money would be …

5 things we learned from Billie Eilish’s interview with Rolling Stone

Singer Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell a.k.a. Billie Eilish is seen on February 20, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images) KATY PERRY, MORE STARS ATTEND GOOGLE SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN PRIVATE JETS, MEGA YACHTS Her dancing days soon came to a crashing halt, when she injured herself by rupturing a growth plate in her hip. This forced Eilish to quit dancing altogether, which took a toll on her mental health. Fortunately, she claims to be in a much better place since then. “I haven’t been depressed in a minute, which is great,” she confessed. “Seventeen has probably been the best year of my life. I’ve liked 17.” SHE LOVES HORSES Billie’s parents sat down with Rolling …

High-end retailer Barneys files for bankruptcy

New York (CNN Business)Barneys, an icon of America’s luxury clothing world for decades, has filed for bankruptcy. The company said it will continue to operate five flagship locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as Barneys.com and BarneysWarehouse.com. However, it said it is shutting down stores in Chicago, Las Vegas and Seattle. The company is also shutting down five “concept stores” and seven of its nine Barneys Warehouse stores. The move was not unexpected. Reuters reported last month that filing for bankruptcy protection could help alleviate the pressure of expensive leases. The company traces its history to 1923, according to its website, when Barney Pressman pawned his wife’s engagement ring. The company indicated he used …

PM urges NI parties to ‘seal power-sharing deal’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: “I am committed to Good Friday Agreement” Boris Johnson has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to step up their efforts to restore devolved government, during talks in Belfast. The PM held a series of meetings with the five main Stormont parties, in which Brexit was also discussed. NI has been without a government since January 2017, when the power-sharing DUP/Sinn Féin coalition collapsed. On Tuesday, Mr Johnson held a private meeting with senior DUP figures, whose support he relies on in Parliament. What is direct rule? Q&A: The Irish border Brexit backstop Q&A: What is happening at Stormont? Who’s calling the shots on NI policy? The prime minister left …