An ex-business partner of Hunter Biden, in a news conference organized by the Trump campaign, alleged that former Vice President Joe Biden was part of discussions around his son’s efforts to form an investment venture with a Chinese oil company. The Biden campaign denied Joe Biden had any involvement in the venture or stood to gain by it. In a statement to reporters Thursday, Anthony Bobulinski said that in 2017 Hunter Biden consulted his father about a planned venture with Chinese oil company CEFC China Energy Co. to invest in the U.S. and elsewhere. Corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden. “Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever.
Source:Wall Street Journal
October 23, 2020 02:48 UTC
A Connecticut man is accused of locking his stepson in a small room for months and torturing him by forcing him to kneel on tacks and drink hot sauce until he vomited, police say. The Naugutuck Police Department arrested Kevin Grant, 31, and Kaitlin Elizabeth Baptiste, 29, last Friday for allegedly keeping him in a laundry room for four months and torturing him. Police did not release the juvenile victim’s name, and his age was redacted in the warrant application. CONNECTICUT DUMPSTER BABY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL; SUSPECT IN CUSTODYHe “was being made to kneel on sharp tacks and eat extremely spicy hot peppers,” according to the warrant. Baptiste’s charges include risk of injury to a child, conspiracy to commit intentional cruelty, conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.
October 23, 2020 02:15 UTC
Home surveillance video shows the suspects surprising a friend of Pacheco’s in the driveway before pushing him inside, where a group was watching the game. But another camera shows Pacheco in a bedroom. Pacheco told Miami FOX affiliate WSVN-TV that the suspects opened fire. Pacheco told local outlets that she did not know the suspects, and they remain at large. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP“They could’ve killed me,” Pacheco told WSVN.
October 23, 2020 02:03 UTC
OAKLAND, Calif. — Uber and Lyft must treat their California drivers as employees, providing them with the benefits and wages they are entitled to under state labor law, a California appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision points to growing agreement between the state courts and lawmakers that gig workers do not have the independence necessary for them to be considered contractors. The state and city agencies sued the ride-hailing companies in May to enforce a new state labor law that aimed to make gig workers into employees. “Every other employer follows the law,” Matthew Goldberg, deputy city attorney with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, told the appeals court during arguments last week. “This is dollars and wages and money that is being stolen from drivers by virtue of the misclassification.”
Source:New York Times
October 23, 2020 00:37 UTC
The next day Trump claimed he was "asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen." The Trump administration is nearing 400 miles of new border wall system, but has not surpassed that benchmark yet. In 2018, the Trump administration announced the so-called "zero tolerance" policy, in which the Justice Department initiated criminal prosecutions of every adult illegally crossing the border. However, under the Trump administration the "cages" became associated with overcrowding and illness during a migrant surge at the border. Just to clarify, would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?"
October 23, 2020 00:34 UTC
(CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not answer questions about his health Thursday, only saying there were "no concerns" after reporters asked him about what appeared to be bruises and bandages on his hands in recent days. "Of course not," McConnell told reporters in the Capitol when asked if he had any health issues people should know about. McConnell, who is up for reelection, later said there were "no concerns" when asked directly by CNN about the apparent bruises or if he had any other problems. An aide to McConnell also declined to provide any additional details when asked multiple times about the majority leader's health. The hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are seen as he talks to the media after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on October 20, 2020.
October 23, 2020 00:33 UTC
Joe Biden has a problem, and his name is Hunter. Because the former vice president hasn’t had to answer any questions on this topic, that problem could soon become America’s. Mr. Bobulinski says he was also alarmed by a September report from Sen. Ron Johnson that “connected some dots” on the CEFC deal, causing him now to believe the Bidens sold out their U.S. partners. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMr. Bobulinski’s text messages show he was recruited for the project by James Gilliar, a Hunter associate. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM KIMBERLEY STRASSEL
October 23, 2020 00:22 UTC
A closely-watched congressional district in southwestern Pennsylvania could be a bellwether for whether President Trump wins a second term on Nov. 3. The 17th congressional district encompasses Beaver County and parts of Allegheny and Butler counties. That November, Democrat Conor Lamb won election to represent the newly-fashioned 17th district, defeating GOP incumbent Keith Rothfus. Mackey added that Trump's policies could swing the district in favor of Parnell and the GOP. Several miles down I-81, observers also see a close race in the 10th district between incumbent Republican Scott Perry and the state's Democratic auditor general Eugene DePasquale.
October 23, 2020 00:22 UTC
HUNTER BIDEN BUSINESS ASSOCIATE'S TEXT MESSAGES INDICATE MEETING WITH JOE BIDEN"At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night we discussed the Bidens' history, the Bidens' family business plans with the Chinese, with which he was plainly familiar, at least at a high level," Bobulinski said. WHO IS TONY BOBULINSKI, HUNTER BIDEN'S FORMER BUSINESS ASSOCIATE? "In that email, there is no question that 'H' stands for Hunter, 'big guy' for his father, Joe Biden, and Jim for Jim Biden," Bobulinski said. On numerous occasions, it was made clear to me that Joe Biden's involvement was not to be mentioned in writing but only face-to-face. In fact, I was advised by [James] Gillier and [Rob] Walker that Hunter and Jim Biden were paranoid about keeping Joe Biden's involvement secret."
October 23, 2020 00:12 UTC
New York (CNN Business) Walmart on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the federal government asking a court to clarify that the company and its pharmacists were not responsible for the distribution of improper opioid prescriptions. The retailer said the suit is in response to threats of legal action by the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency to hold Walmart pharmacists responsible, in part, for the opioid crisis, according to a press release from. "Walmart and our pharmacists are committed to helping address the opioid crisis that has affected so many," the company said in the release. Walmart says its pharmacists have, in fact, "refused to fill hundreds of thousands of problematic opioid prescriptions" and the company has blocked "concerning" doctors from filling opioid prescriptions at its pharmacy, according to court documents. "We need a court to clarify the roles and legal responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacies in filling opioid prescriptions."
October 22, 2020 23:37 UTC
As Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman prepared to launch their streaming service Quibi, the powerhouse executives pitched it as a happy home for filmmakers to bring their short-form shows and movies. AdvertisementBarely more than six months after its April launch, Quibi told investors on Wednesday that is will shut down and sell off assets. It is also unclear if Quibi will be able to sell its content library of shows to other companies. “It was very difficult to pinpoint what the voice of Quibi was, other than the man at the top,” Shapiro said. They also launched without functions to let viewers share clips and screenshots of Quibi shows, which might’ve helped people discover its programming through social media (Quibi later added sharing options).
Source:Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2020 23:36 UTC
Joe Biden has a problem, and his name is Hunter. Because the former vice president hasn’t had to answer any questions on this topic—and continued to refuse to do so in Thursday’s debate—that problem could soon become America’s. That’s the reality now that a former business partner of Hunter Biden’s has come forward to provide the ugly details of the “family brand.” Tony Bobulinski, a Navy veteran and institutional investor, has provided the Journal emails and text messages associated with his time as CEO of Sinohawk Holdings,...
Source:Wall Street Journal
October 22, 2020 23:35 UTC
Existing home sales rose for a fourth straight month in September, and that's likely benefiting ... [+] retailers including Home Depot. The latest tallies from American consumers’ housing purchases suggest those sales bonanzas may not be going away anytime soon. Existing-home sales rose for the fourth straight month in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.54 million, up nearly 21% from a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Consumer products giant P&G reported this week that its home-care product sales surged more than 30% in the most recent quarter, led by increased demand for cleaning products. Fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle said Wednesday that its third-quarter sales from online orders had more than tripled to represent 49% of sales as more consumers work at home and dine-in service remains limited.
October 22, 2020 23:31 UTC
An evangelical megachurch in Los Angeles that has defied L.A. County public health orders and held indoor worship services for the last several weeks has been struck with an outbreak of the coronavirus, public health officials confirmed Thursday. Grace Community Church in Sun Valley has seen three confirmed cases, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Public health officials are investigating the outbreak and said they will work closely with the church to help limit transmission of the coronavirus in the church, which has an estimated attendance of 7,000. AdvertisementThe conservative megachurch announced in late July that it would restart indoor services — despite a county public health order barring any house of worship from doing so. County officials said the vast majority of religious institutions continue to hold services either online or outdoors with public health safeguards in place.
Source:Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2020 23:28 UTC
(CNN) Three people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 and 46 others have contracted the coronavirus after a fellowship event at a church in a small town in Maine, according to the state's top health official. A total of 49 cases have been linked to an outbreak at the Brooks Pentecostal Church in Waldo County, the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah said at a news conference Thursday. "We expect that number to increase over the next days," Shah said. Seven of the cases are associated with the Lighthouse Christian Academy, a church-affiliated school on its property in the town of Brooks. The pastor of the church on Facebook expressed his sadness over the outbreak.
October 22, 2020 23:23 UTC