Stacks of guns belonging to Brent Nicholson, seen in a police shipping corner, in Pageland, South Carolina, November 10, 2015. As sheriff’s investigators threaded past the battered cars, cast-off tires and rusted farm equipment cluttering Brent Nicholson’s front yard, there was no hint of the sinister stockpile hidden behind his windowless front door. Inside, the guns were everywhere: rifles and shotguns piled in the living room, halls and bedrooms; handguns littering tables and countertops. Outside, when they rolled up the door on the pre-fab metal garage, more arms spilled out at their feet. "This has completely changed our definition of an ass-load of guns," said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. Six weeks after the discovery, officers are still cataloging the weapons, many of which have proved stolen, and the final tally is expected to be close to 5,000. "I don’t know if there’s ever been (a seizure) this big anywhere before," Brooks says. The … [Read more...] about Man’s hoard of nearly 5,000 guns shows ease of amassing arms in U.S.
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NEW YORK, Jan 20 (AFP) - US law enforcement agentsarrested more than 100 alleged Cosa Nostra mobsters in raids around New York in the biggest such operation on record against the Italian-American mafia. More than 800 officers took part in the early morning roundup in New York City, New Jersey and Rhode Island, Attorney General Eric Holder told a press conference. The sweep, featuring "unprecedented" cooperation between the FBI, local police and other bodies, netted 127 alleged mafia members and associates, he said. One of the arrests took place in Italy. "Today's arrests and charges mark an important step forward in disrupting La Cosa Nostra's illegal activities," said Holder, who took the unusual move of traveling to Brooklyn personally to announce the arrests. He hailed "the largest single-day operation" against the organized crime families. The suspects included minor associates, "soldiers," "captains" and a host of high-ranking bosses, wiping out much of the leadership of the … [Read more...] about FBI pummels NY mafia in mass arrests
More than 110 suspects, including organized crime members and associates, were arrested on Thursday in one of the largest such operations ever in the United States, officials said. United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference to announce the arrests of 110 Mafia suspects in the Northeast, in Brooklyn, New York January 20, 2011. More than 800 federal and local law-enforcement officials rounded up the suspects in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island in the early morning hours, targeting New York's five Mafia "families" and an additional one in New Jersey. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo) The crimes they were charged with ranged from murder and narcotics trafficking to extortion, illegal gambling, arson, loan sharking, and labor racketeering. "We are pleased to announce an important step forward in our nation's ongoing fight against the organized crime families of La Cosa Nostra -- the mafia," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters at the Department of … [Read more...] about FBI, police arrest more than 110 mafia suspects in northeastern U.S.
Trump put Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge of his White House transition team, while demoting his former transition chief, tarnished New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, to one of the six vice-chair posts.Daughter Ivanka and sons Eric and Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner accounted for a fourth of the 16-member executive committee, which was filled with politicians and advisers who stuck with Trump during his rollercoaster first run for public office.Aides huddled in the real-estate mogul's Trump Tower in New York City to begin prioritizing policy changes and considering Cabinet picks and other candidates for the 4,000 positions he will need to fill shortly after he takes the reins of the White House.A member of the Trump transition team told Reuters there were more than 100 people now involved in developing "white papers" on what regulations to roll back after Jan. 20. Some environmental measures and a rule requiring retirement advisers to act in their clients' … [Read more...] about Trump packs transition team with loyalists and family
This summer, Dursun Yildirim found himself jobless for the first time in a long time.Seated beneath a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh in a pink cotton Oxford, the veteran school principal stroked his square jaw and sipped a cup of red tea.Outside, a December sun shined on the technicolor-painted campus of the Horizon International Bilingual School—a kindergarten to grade-12 private academy set in an overgrown corner of Ho Chi Minh City’s tawny Thao Dien Ward.The campus had emptied ahead of Christmas break, creating a silence that allowed bird song to fill the Turkish principal’s office.“I don’t want to go back to Turkey right now,” he said. “I’m happy in Vietnam; this is a peaceful country.”In the weeks that followed, bombers attacked an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve following the daylight assassination of the Russian Ambassador—killings both associated with the bloody war raging on the Syrian border.None of those … [Read more...] about Turkey’s targeted teachers find refuge in Vietnam
NEW YORK, United States - Voters in New York have picked Bill de Blasio to be the city's first Democratic mayor in a generation, in one of a handful of elections seen as having considerable national importance. New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday handily defeated his Democrat challenger, earning a second four-year term in a race some pundits said would serve as a platform for a future presidential bid. Another key race, for the governorship of the southern state of Virginia, turned out to be be a nail-biter, with media reports declaring businessman Terry McAuliffe victorious by the narrowest of margins. President Barack Obama warned against making early election calls. "Never predict elections," he said. "That's a losing proposition." That word of caution proved wise in Virginia, where McAuliffe, a Democrat, had been predicted to make short work of his Republican opponent, State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, in a race that turned out to be far … [Read more...] about New York ends Bloomberg era, elects liberal de Blasio as mayor