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A former West Virginia official who was ousted after calling Michelle Obama an ‘ape in heels’ admitted to defrauding FEMA out of $18,000

“A former West Virginia official who lost her job after calling Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of more than $18,000″ writes Kelly Mclaughlin for businessinsider.com. Pamela Taylor, 57, last week admitted to falsely registering for more than $18,000 in FEMA disaster relief benefits after historic flooding devastated Clay County, West Virginia, in June 2016, according to a Department of Justice press release.Stealing from FEMA is a manmade disaster,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a statement published…

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Police arrest eight employees of mining company

“Police also carried out 14 search warrants as part of the investigation, prosecutors in the mining state of Minas Gerais said” writes Reuters In S for theguardian.com. Brazilian police have arrested eight employees of mining company Vale SA as part of a criminal investigation into the causes of a deadly dam disaster, prosecutors said on Friday.The arrests and search warrants targeted employees of Vale as well as employees of German auditing firm TÜV SÜD, which had certified the dam as stable.The Vale employees arrested on Friday were responsible for the…

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Lawmakers fear that President Trump will use an expected national emergency declaration to redirect disaster funds toward a wall on the southern border.

“If Trump were to order the diversion of disaster funds for his border wall, it would almost certainly be challenged in court” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Lawmakers fear that President Trump will use an expected national emergency declaration to redirect disaster funds toward a wall on the southern border.The White House is also believed to have weighed pulling funds from two California-related disaster aid projects for the border wall.When asked whether the president would try to transfer a portion of those funds toward his promised border wall with Mexico, Rep.Rubio added that…

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DRC election: a defeat for democracy, a disaster for the people

“They show that Martin Fayulu, the opposition coalition candidate, won the presidential election, not by a whisker, but by a landslide” writes Mo Ibrahim for theguardian.com. The major players in the international community have accepted the outcome of January’s elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the name of stability.The results compiled by the independent national election commission (CENI), leaked to the press, confirm those of the Catholic church, which fielded 40,000 observers across the country.It is not too late to insist on the publication of CENI’s…

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Disaster in the Australian outback

“The Guardian reporters Anne Davies and Lorena Allam discuss the devastating impact this has had on wildlife and residents” writes India Rakusen for theguardian.com. Anushka Asthana talks to the Guardian Australia investigative reporter Anne Davies who discusses the environmental impact, while Lorena Allam, Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor, talks about how it is affecting the 46 Indigenous communities who live in the region. Source: theguardian.com

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Leonard: Giants must right this wrong to avoid another Eli Manning disaster

“Gettleman signed free agent Nate Solder at left tackle and drafted left guard Will Hernandez in the second round out of UTEP to team with new center Jon Halapio” writes Pat Leonard for nydailynews.com. But the GM’s decision to retain Ereck Flowers as right tackle with little insurance and his signing of free agent Patrick Omameh at right guard devastated the unit. Source: nydailynews.com

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Five arrested in wake of Vale dam disaster that may have killed hundreds

“Three employees of Vale and two other engineers working on behalf of the Brazilian mining company were arrested on Tuesday, state prosecutors said, deepening a crisis for the company after another deadly disaster at one of its mines” writes Reuters News Agency for telegraph.co.uk. Vale said on Twitter it was cooperating with investigators, who are examining a mining catastrophe that is likely to leave a death toll of more than 300 people. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Lawmakers worry that only a disaster will force a shutdown deal

“Some lawmakers believe the pressure point comes down to politics for both sides” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Republican and Democratic lawmakers are increasingly worried that only some kind of disaster will be enough to force Congress to strike a deal to end the partial government shutdown, which has lasted nearly five weeks.Now, some lawmakers say it might take some kind of catastrophe to force congressional action. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Cardiff City will not be given more time to make emergency signings despite Emiliano Sala plane disaster

“The Premier League has told Cardiff City it cannot offer the club more time to make emergency signings in the wake of the Emiliano Sala plane disaster” writes Sports News Correspondent for telegraph.co.uk. While footballing matters come a distant second to the tragic events of recent days, Ken Choo, the chief executive, recognised the club were now facing a severe striker shortage as the closure of transfer window neared.Richard Masters, the interim Premier League chief executive, is believed to have told Choo the league is powerless to offer special dispensations…

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