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A New Hampshire man joined his wife in pleading guilty to federal charges for their role in a sex trafficking operation that coerced Chinese women into prostitution in New England. Shou Chao Li, of Concord, and his wife, Derong Miao, appeared in court Thursday after first being indicted on several charges in 2018, the Portland Press Herald reported. According to court documents, the couple admitted to renting two Portland properties that were used for commercial sex, and that they were involved in transporting at least four women between New Hampshire and Maine for prostitution.
As far as titles go, you can’t accuse Jeremy Elkin’s “All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip-Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997)” of false advertising. Tracing the two youth cultures as they dance around one another and finally intersect on the streets of New York City throughout the decade, the director gathers an astonishing amount […]
Two organizations tapped by the Biden administration to recommend which migrants should be allowed into the United States to seek humanitarian protection said Friday that they are halting their work with the government and demanding an end to the Trump-era ban on asylum imposed during the coronavirus pandemic. The withdrawal of the International Rescue Committee and HIAS from a consortium of groups assisting the Biden administration is a blow to the government's effort to join advocates in helping those deemed particularly vulnerable as they wait in Mexican border cities, including women with children and LGBTQ people. Both groups had been part of a consortium chosen to refer a limited number of migrants to U.S. authorities to exempt from a public health order that former President Donald Trump introduced in March 2020.
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The MLB trade deadline was extremely active on Friday, and some of these deals could shape how the rest of the season transpires.
Screen actor Bob Odenkirk, best known as the sardonic, morally conflicted criminal defense lawyer on television's "Better Call Saul," said on Friday he was recovering from a mild heart attack after collapsing on the set of his show earlier this week. Odenkirk, 58, fell ill in New Mexico on Tuesday during production of the sixth and final season his darkly humorous AMC cable network series, and was taken to a hospital in Albuquerque for treatment. Representatives for the performer issued a statement the next day saying he was listed in stable condition "after experiencing a heart-related incident."
The month of July ended with a whimper on Wall Street as earnings jitters took the wind out of investor sentiment.The Dow fell 149 points Friday. The S&P 500 dropped 23. The Nasdaq lost 105. Laila Pence, president, of Pence Wealth Management isn't deterred by Friday's weakness – stocks are up six months in a row – and she's buying this market on the dip."We're buying. I mean, we just think anytime there's declines, it's a buying opportunity, especially some of those great companies that have really great growth potential. There is this lull that always happens in July and August. And if these great companies I mean, this week, it's just not something that we worry about on a short term basis." Amazon set the downward tone one day after it missed sales forecasts and guided sales estimates lower. Shares of Amazon were down 7-1/2 percent. It was much worse for Pinterest. The social media app lost more than 18 percent after it posted disappointing subscriber numbers and warned fewer people were clicking now that they are spending more time outdoors. Caterpillar added to the gloom. It beat profit forecasts thanks to a booming global economy, but warned rising costs will dampen profits in the current quarter. Shares of the economic bellwether fell nearly 3 percent. Procter and Gamble was a different story. It topped sales and profit forecasts and gave an upbeat full-year outlook. Shares of the consumer products giant rallied roughly 2 percent. In other earnings news: ExxonMobil posted its biggest quarterly profit in more than a year boosted by higher oil prices, but shares fell 2.3 percent. Chevron announced its highest profit in six quarters but investors weren't impressed with that either and pushed that stock down by less than a full percent. In the latest economic update: a measure of consumer inflation favored by the Federal Reserve showed its biggest annual gain in 30 years. Meanwhile, consumer sentiment fell to a five-month low amid inflation worries.
The Oscar season may not have officially begun, but three talented leading men — Nicolas Cage (“Pig“), Matt Damon (“Stillwater“) and Winston Duke (“Nine Days“) — are all delivering awards-worthy performances in three very unconventional movies. Likely to face an uphill battle on the awards circuit, the right campaign and support from critics could help […]
Tesla CEO Elon Musk not only asked Apple CEO Tim Cook to buy his company in 2016, he also demanded he become the new chief executive of Apple if the deal were to go through, according to a book excerpt released on Friday. Cook’s response? “F— you,” before immediately hanging up. That’s according to a passage in “Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century” from Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins, which was shared in a Los Angeles Times book review. It’s a juicy story, but both
(Reuters) -Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday blocking mask mandates in the state's schools, saying parents had the right to decide if their children would wear face coverings. The move by DeSantis, a Republican who has opposed strict COVID-19 rules on residents and businesses, overrules a requirement by two Florida counties, Broward and Gadsen, that students cover their faces when they return to class next month. “In Florida, there will be no lockdowns, there will be no school closures, there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said in announcing his executive order during a speech in southwest Cape Coral.
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A combination of high vaccination rates and renewed masking appears to have significantly slowed growth of the Provincetown cluster just as that cluster was making national news.
The notion among many leaders around the sport: Why allow ESPN access to the most valuable set of rights around the sport without other bidders to drive up the price?
Scarlett Johansson’s bombshell lawsuit against Disney over the dual theatrical-streaming release of “Black Widow” could open the floodgates for other stars and producers to pursue legal claims against studios whose shift in release strategies impact monetary bonuses based on box office performance. “Profit participation suits are nothing new, but this angle of testing day-and-date releases based on COVID is uncharted territory, and I think it will cause many actors, actresses and producers to ex
According to director João Manoel Pinho de Mello, central bank digital currencies can expand financial inclusion and reduce the cost and time of cross-border transactions.
The first import to break through China’s nearly two-month political moratorium on foreign films apparently won’t be “Black Widow” or “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Instead, Beijing is opening its doors to an unlikely contender for August: a little-known British Christmas film about a cat. “A Christmas Gift From Bob” — a seasonal, feel-good sequel […]
According to a source familiar with the matter, a Lionsgate documentary about Bill Cosby is not moving forward. The documentary had been in the works for years, and gained attention since Cosby’s release from prison in late June. But now, the company has killed it. A spokesperson for Lionsgate did not respond to Variety’s request […]
A changing of the guard is underway at the production company formerly led by Georgia Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff. The London-based outfit, historically known as Insight TWI (The World Investigates), is rebranding as Insight Films, with producers Clive Patterson and Hugh Davies taking ownership as co-directors of the business, which specializes in hard-hitting documentary fare. […]
Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel & SI's Pat Forde reflect on Texas and OU heading to the SEC and the greater ramifications on the sports we love. Hear the full conversation on the College Football Enquirer. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.