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California Storms Persist, 1.7 Meters Of Snow and Deluge Expected

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CALIFORNIA — The latest in a run of storms turned rivers into flood zones and prompted hundreds of people to abandon towns with a history of fatal mudslides in California on Tuesday. At least 14 people have perished in the last week.

The storm caused a few tornado warnings early Tuesday and dumped up to 14 inches (36 cm) of rain at higher elevations in central and southern California.

Miles of Sierra highways were closed due to avalanche warnings in the backcountry. The Eastern Sierra’s Mammoth Mountain ski resort recorded 1.4–1.7 meters of snow.

After a little respite, another storm was predicted to hit portions of California on Wednesday, adding to the suffering and further saturating areas already prone to floods.

According to the website, which analyzes utility data, the storms threatened coastal and riverbank towns and knocked out power to almost 200,000 homes and businesses early Tuesday.

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Wildfires Getting Worse In California

The National Weather Service has a flood warning for the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the Sacramento Valley and Monterey Bay, until Tuesday. Recent wildfires left areas vulnerable to mud and debris rolling from denuded hillsides that had yet to fully reestablish their protective layer of vegetation.

Forecasters predicted that the storm, the latest extreme weather event to begin in 2023, will deliver enough rain to aggravate existing flooding and increase the risk of mudslides.

Forecasters also cautioned that the storm’s peak wind gusts might reach 60 mph (97 kph), with some locations receiving up to 3 millimeters of rain per hour.

The storm’s death toll rose from 12 to 14 on Monday, according to state officials, after two individuals were killed by falling trees.

California state traffic authorities announced late Monday that portions of U.S. and state highways were closed due to flooding, mudslides, heavy snow, car spinouts, and truck wrecks. The restrictions included the northbound lanes of U.S. 101, a major coastal road.

Storms in California brought down large trees in Sacramento.

Local Clean-up Crews On the Scene

On Monday,  California officials and locals were cleaning up and evaluating the damage caused by torrential rain and severe winds that toppled down huge trees throughout the state Capitol, crushing homes and vehicles.

Santa Cruz County issued evacuation orders for over 32,000 persons who live near rain-swollen rivers and creeks. The San Lorenzo River reached flood stage, and drone footage showed multiple residences submerged in dirty brown water, with the top halves of automobiles poking out.

On Monday, a 5-year-old kid drowned in the flooding. The boy’s mother was driving a truck when it became stranded. Bystanders were able to rescue her, but the youngster was swept out of the truck and taken away, most likely into a river.

A seven-hour search for the missing kid yielded just his shoe before officials called it off because water levels grew too unsafe for divers, officials said. According to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tony Cipolla, the youngster has not been certified deceased.

Santa Barbara County, roughly 130 miles (209 kilometers) to the south, was told to evacuate 10,000 people.California

Celebrities Forced To Evacuate

The whole seaside village of Montecito was forced to vacate on the fifth anniversary of a mudslide that killed 23 people and destroyed more than 100 homes.

After water and a sinkhole damaged up to 15 homes in the Orcutt neighborhood, county officials ordered the evacuation of 20 dwellings.

Ellen DeGeneres posted a video of herself standing in front of a roaring creek near her Montecito home. She stated in her article that they were ordered to shelter in place because they were on high ground.

The Ventura River in Ventura County reached its highest level on record on Monday, reaching more than 25 feet (8 meters). Firefighters using helicopters rescued individuals stuck on an island in the raging seas. Overnight, the water level decreased to a minor flood stage.


Many People Stranded

The storm also dumped 1 meter of mud onto State Highway 126, stranding lines of cars and big-rig trucks. Crews worked all night to free them.

A sinkhole in Los Angeles’ Chatsworth neighborhood swallowed two cars Monday night. Two people escaped on their own, while firemen rescued two more who had minor injuries.

The Weather Service warned of a “relentless parade of atmospheric rivers” stretching out into the Pacific that can drop massive amounts of rain and snow. The precipitation forecast over the next few days follows storms that knocked out power, flooded streets, and pounded the shoreline last week.

Monday, President Joe Biden made an emergency declaration to help more than a dozen counties get back on their feet.

Even though the storms have helped fill up empty reservoirs, a lot of California is still in a severe to exceptional drought.


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Judge Rules Donald Trump Defrauded Banks And Insurers While Building Real Estate Empire

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency, and he ordered that some of the former president’s companies be removed from his control and dissolved.

In a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers, and others by grossly overvaluing his assets and inflating his net worth on documents to secure agreements and loans.

As punishment, Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be revoked, making it difficult or impossible for them to conduct business in New York, and he stated that an independent monitor would continue to supervise Trump Organisation operations.

Without a successful appeal, the order would revoke Trump’s authority to make strategic and financial decisions regarding several of his most valuable properties in the state.

Trump railed against the decision in several statements, labeling it “un-American” and part of an ongoing plot to harm his reelection campaign.

He wrote on his Truth Social site, “My civil rights have been violated, and a federal or state appellate court must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.” He asserted that his company had “done a magnificent job for New York State” and “conducted business flawlessly,” describing the event as “A very sad day for the New York State System of Justice!”


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, stated that an appeal would be filed, labeling the decision “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law.”

A few days before starting a non-jury trial in James’ lawsuit, Engoron’s ruling is the strongest rejection of Trump’s carefully manicured image as an affluent and intelligent real estate magnate turned political powerhouse.

Engoron discovered that Trump, his company, and key executives repeatedly lied about his wealth in his annual financial statements, garnering benefits such as favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums.

The judge stated that these tactics crossed the line and violated the law, refuting Trump’s argument that a disclaimer on the financial statements absolved him of wrongdoing.

“In the world of the defendants, rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can vanish into thin air; a disclaimer by one party casting blame on another party exonerates the other party’s lies,” Engoron wrote in his 35-page ruling. This is a fantasy world, not the actual universe.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

Manhattan prosecutors considered filing criminal charges for the same conduct but ultimately decided against it, leaving James no choice but to sue him and seek penalties designed to impede his and his family’s ability to conduct business.

The summary judgment rendered by Judge Engoron resolves the primary claim in James’ lawsuit, but several others remain. In a trial beginning on October 2, he will deliberate on these claims and James’ request for $250 million in penalties. Trump’s attorneys have requested a postponement from the Court of Appeals.

“Today, a judge ruled in our favour and found that Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation engaged in years of financial fraud,” James said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the rest of our case at trial.”

In their motion for summary judgment, Trump’s attorneys argued that there was no evidence that their client’s actions had injured the public. They also argued that the statute of limitations prohibited many of the lawsuit’s allegations.

Noting that he had previously rejected these arguments, Engoron compared them to the narrative of the film “Groundhog Day.” He fined five defense attorneys $7,500 each as punishment for “engaging in repetitive, frivolous” arguments but denied James’ request to sanction Trump and other defendants.

James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against him and the Trump Organisation a year ago, alleging them of routinely inflating the value of his assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses, and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, by billions.

Engoron discovered he consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, exaggerating its value by up to 2,300% on one financial statement. Additionally, the judge reprimanded Trump for misrepresenting the size of his Manhattan apartment. Trump asserted that his three-story Trump Tower penthouse was nearly three times larger than it was and valued it at $327 million.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

“A disparity of this magnitude, by a real estate developer calculating his own living space over decades, can only be considered fraud,” wrote Engoron.

Eric Trump insisted on X following the ruling that his father’s claims about Mar-a-Lago were accurate, writing that the Palm Beach estate is “estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars, making it arguably the most valuable residential property.” He described the decision and the lawsuit as “an attempt to destroy my father and evict him from New York.”

Under the terms of the ruling, the limited liability companies that control some of Trump’s most valuable properties, such as 40 Wall Street, will be dissolved, and a receiver will assume control over their operations. Trump would lose the authority to recruit or fire employees, rent office space, and make other crucial decisions.

Kise stated after the decision, “The decision seeks to nationalise one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property despite the fact that there is no evidence of any default, breach, late payment, or complaint of harm.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for next year’s election faces several legal issues, including James’ suit. In the past six months, he has been indicted four times: in Georgia and Washington, D.C., for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss, in Florida for stockpiling classified documents, and in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money paid on his behalf.

In a separate criminal case last year, the Trump Organisation was convicted of tax fraud for assisting executives to evade taxes on perks such as apartments and vehicles. The company received a $1.6 million sanction. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime finance chief, pled guilty and served five months in prison.

James’ office previously charged Trump with misusing his charitable foundation to advance his political and business interests. As a penalty, Trump was ordered to donate $2 million to charity, while his charity, the Trump Foundation, was dissolved.


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Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.


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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.


Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”



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