California sees penalties for oil companies’ large profits

California sees penalties for oil companies’ large profits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California could become the first state to fine oil majors for making too much money, a reaction to the industry’s big profits after a summer of record high gas prices in the nation’s most populous state. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his Democratic allies in the state legislature introduced the proposal Monday … Read more

What is at stake as the Trump Org. the court proceedings continue

What is at stake as the Trump Org.  the court proceedings continue

NEW YORK (AP) – It’s a ballot that former President Donald Trump would rather not be associated with: the verdict in his company’s tax fraud lawsuit. Deliberations are set to run into a second day Tuesday as jurors weigh charges that the Trump Organization helped executives evade personal income taxes on perks such as Manhattan … Read more

Former U.S. Representative for Miami, David Rivera, arrested in investigation in Venezuela

Former U.S. Representative for Miami, David Rivera, arrested in investigation in Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP) – A former Miami congressman who signed a $50 million consulting contract with Venezuela’s socialist government was arrested Monday on charges of money laundering and representing a foreign government without registration. David Rivera, a Republican who served from 2011 to 2013, was arrested at the Atlanta airport, said Marlene Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for … Read more

Supreme Court accepts conflict between religion and gay rights

Supreme Court accepts conflict between religion and gay rights

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday hears the case of a Christian graphic designer who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, a dispute that is the latest clash between religion and gay rights to land at the highest court. That’s what the designer and her followers say that a ruling against … Read more

Athena Strand: Texas school districts urge students to wear pink in honor of 7-year-old after FedEx driver charged in her kidnapping and killing

Athena Strand: Texas school districts urge students to wear pink in honor of 7-year-old after FedEx driver charged in her kidnapping and killing

CNN — Several school districts across Texas are encouraging students to wear pink Monday in honor of Athena Strand, the 7-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped outside her home and killed last week. More than 20 school districts, including the Paradise Independent School District in the county where Strand disappeared, are taking part in the … Read more

Moore County: FBI joins investigation into North Carolina power outage caused by ‘intentional’ attacks on substations as officials work to determine a motive and suspect

Moore County: FBI joins investigation into North Carolina power outage caused by ‘intentional’ attacks on substations as officials work to determine a motive and suspect

CNN — With no suspects or motives, the FBI is joining the investigation into power outages in a North Carolina county believed to be caused by “intentional” and “targeted” attacks on substations that left about 40,000 customers in the dark Saturday night, prompting a curfew and emergency declaration. The mass outage in Moore County turned … Read more

The US intelligence chief thinks “optimistically” for the Ukrainian forces

The US intelligence chief thinks “optimistically” for the Ukrainian forces

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – The head of U.S. intelligence says the fighting in Russia’s war in Ukraine is running at a “reduced pace” and suggests that Ukrainian forces may have a brighter outlook in the coming months. Avril Haines alluded to earlier claims by some that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisers could shield him from … Read more

A power outage in North Carolina is being investigated as a ‘criminal incident,’ authorities say

A power outage in North Carolina is being investigated as a ‘criminal incident,’ authorities say

CNN — A widespread power outage affecting about 40,000 customers in North Carolina’s Moore County is being investigated as a “criminal incident” after crews found signs of potential vandalism at several locations, authorities said. Several communities throughout the county began experiencing power outages just after 7 p.m. Saturday, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said in … Read more

Russia rejects $60-a-barrel cap on its oil, warns of cutoffs

Russia rejects -a-barrel cap on its oil, warns of cutoffs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian authorities rejected a price cap on the country’s oil put by Ukraine’s Western supporters and threatened on Saturday to stop supplying the nations that supported it. Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, the United States and the 27-nation European Union agreed on Friday to cap what they would pay for Russian … Read more

Athena Strand abduction: Texas man arrested for kidnapping and killing of 7-year-old girl who disappeared from her home’s driveway this week

Athena Strand abduction: Texas man arrested for kidnapping and killing of 7-year-old girl who disappeared from her home’s driveway this week

CNN — A driver who works for FedEx was arrested and charged Friday in the kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl who disappeared from the driveway of her home in Texas earlier this week, police said. Athena Strand’s body was found Friday night, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said at a news conference. “It … Read more