Press Release Category: US News

Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of UCLA Grad Student Arrested in Pasadena

LOS ANGELES—The man suspected of fatally stabbing a 24-year-old UCLA graduate student in the Hancock Park boutique furniture store where she worked was arrested on Jan. 19 in Pasadena. Pasadena Police Lt. William Grisafe confirmed the arrest of Shawn Laval Smith, 31, to City News Service. A short time later, the Los Angeles Police Department…

Wells Fargo Beats Profit Estimates on Uptick in Loan Demand, Cost Cuts

Wells Fargo & Co. on Friday beat analysts’ estimates for fourth-quarter profit as a rebound in U.S. economic growth encouraged more customers to take loans and the bank kept a tight lid on costs. Profit jumped 86 percent to $5.8 billion, or $1.38 per share, flattered by a $943 million gain from the sale of…

Contradicting the DHS, DOJ Repeats Unfounded Claim of Rising School Board Violence

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen said during the Jan. 11 congressional hearing on domestic terrorism that there has been an increase in violence against educators—directly contradicting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data. The Jan. 11 congressional hearing captured headlines due to Department of Justice (DOJ) officials refusing to answer questions about Ray Epps, the controversial…

800,000 Noncitizens Allowed to Vote in NYC Elections

New York City mayor Eric Adams allowed a bill to become law Sunday, making about 800,000 noncitizens in the city eligible to vote in municipal elections. “I believe that New Yorkers should have a say in their government, which is why I have and will continue to support this important legislation,” Adams said in a…

Volunteers Helping Volunteers in Some of the Poorest Countries of the World

Mercy Ships currently operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, staffed “mostly by volunteers,” said David Warner, 67, a two-decade, full-time volunteer with the organization that started in 1978. Warner, a U.S. Navy veteran, found a natural home in the maritime mission after his military service and 12-year stint as an Amazon river…

Ex-Chabad of Poway Rabbi Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison for Tax Fraud

SAN DIEGO—Former Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Jan. 4 for engaging in a series of fraudulent schemes, most notably a tax fraud in which supposed charitable donations made to the synagogue were funneled back to donors. Goldstein, 60, was also ordered to pay nearly $3 million in restitution to victims,…

2-time US Champion Bradie Tennell Withdraws From Nationals

Bradie Tennell of the USA performs during the Ladies Short Program at the Figure Skating World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 24, 2021. (Martin Meissner/AP Photo) NASHVILLE, Tennessee—Two-time U.S. champion Bradie Tennell, a favorite to make the Olympic team, has withdrawn from next week’s nationals. Tennell, who has missed the season’s main competitions on…

China’s Seizure of Another Canadian Draws Protests From Parliamentarians

Canadian parliamentarians are calling for the release of another Canadian citizen who has been arbitrarily seized by the communist-led authorities in Hong Kong. Denise Ho, a popular singer and prominent pro-democracy activist, was taken from her residence by the Hong Kong national security police at around 6 a.m. local time on Dec. 29, according to…

Sales for New Homes Underperform in New Report by Census Bureau

Sales numbers for new homes in November have shown a fall of about 14 percent compared to the previous year. The rising prices are attributed to low inventories of existing homes, a shortage of building materials, and persistent supply chain disruptions. Although the sales for new homes have risen 12.4 percent from October, it is…

San Diego Housing Commission Awarded 50 Supportive Housing Vouchers for Homeless Veterans

San Diego, Calif., on July 7, 2016. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times) SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Housing Commission was awarded 50 additional Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help pay rent for veterans experiencing homelessness in the city, it was announced Dec. 23. Those veterans will also receive supportive services…

Virginia Gov.-Elect Youngkin Picks Next Education Secretary

Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin on Monday announced his first Cabinet pick, naming Aimee Rogstad Guidera as secretary of education. The appointment continues his promised commitment to reform education, including ending mask mandates for children at schools, removing sexually explicit books from school libraries, and removing critical race theory from school curricula. Home to some of…

States Face Shortage of Snowplow Drivers as Winter Storms Approach

A nationwide shortage of plow drivers is causing several state transportation departments to rethink their snow removal operations and recruitment efforts. Transportation officials say factors causing the shortage include more drivers approaching retirement age, difficulty in filling vacancies, long hours, comparatively low wages, and competition from the private sector offering better pay. Washington state Department…