Overstock CEO Resigns Amid “Deep State” Comments and Affair With Russian Spy

first_imgThe founder and CEO of Overstock is resigning after admitting an affair with a Russian spy Maria Butina, a Russian citizen convicted of crimes associated with the 2016 election and for talking about the deep state investigation. Patrick Byrne resigned yesterday after 20 years with the online discount retailer.Byrne told Fox News’ Martha Maccallum that he was involved in an FBI probe into investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Overstock chairman Jonathan Johnson has been named interim CEO.last_img

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Daytona veteran arrested for threatening mass shooting online

first_imgAn Army veteran from Daytona Beach is behind bars after posting a comment on a YouTube video threatening to murder as many people as possible, police say.According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Leo Arong was arrested Thursday after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement notified the sheriff’s office of threats posted on YouTube during a PBS News Hour Livestream.Deputies say he made anti-Semitic comments and compared himself to the El Paso shooter.Deputies also say he made comments criticizing the state’s Red Flag Law.According to the sheriff’s office, after multiple agencies interviewed Arong’s neighbors, he was found at his home where he admitted posting the comments but said he didn’t mean what he wrote and that he was spoofing another user.A search warrant was obtained for his home, which included his cell phone and laptop, but no guns were found. During the investigation, detectives learned that he is a U.S. Army veteran and that there have been concerns for his well-being and signs that he could be in need of veterans services.He was charged with making written threats to kill or harm in a mass shooting or act of terrorism, which is a second-degree felony. He is currently being held without bond at the Volusia County jail.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

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Miami Police: Man Kills Wife, Takes Children Hostage in SWAT Standoff

first_imgA domestic standoff ended tragically in Miami on Saturday night.According to Miami-Dade police, investigators received a call around 9 p.m. in reference to a person being shot at a home near NW 60th Street and 23rd Avenue.Upon arrival, they discovered that a man had shot and killed his wife, then had taken his two children hostage and barricaded himself with the kids, while he was armed with a rifle.Miami Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta says officers attempted to make contact, but were unsuccessful.Special Response Team officers rescued the children through a window, and their father was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the police report. He was taken to the hospital where his condition is currently unknown.last_img

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Drops Out of Presidential Race

first_imgMassachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is suspending her presidential campaign. The Democrat has not finished above third place in any of the states to vote so far. She finished third in her home state on Super Tuesday, behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Her campaign has not indicated if she will endorse one of the remaining candidates.last_img

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108-Year-Old New Jersey Woman Survives 1918 Flu, Coronavirus

first_imgSylvia Goldsholl calls herself a “survivor.”The 108-year-old New Jersey resident has lived through both the 1918 flu pandemic and the current coronavirus pandemic.Goldsholl, who lives at a nursing home in Allendale, New Jersey, has recovered from the virus, after being diagnosed last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said at a press conference on Thursday. “A tremendous life, a tremendous spirit, and a tremendous show of strength,” the governor wrote in the tweet about Goldsholl.Meanwhile, she told a television station, “I survived everything because I was determined to survive.”Rather than discussing the virus, she focused on her family.“The oldest of four children and I was the smartest one from the bunch,” she said. “I am a survivor. I’ve got to come out on the top of every list.”The staff at Allendale Community for Senior Living shared her story on Facebook, describing her as the “model of positive perseverance.”last_img read more

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Steelers tender offers to 4 restricted free agents

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—The Pittsburgh Steelers have tendered offers to four restricted free agents, including running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman.The Steelers also made qualifying offers to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and nose tackle Steve McLendon. The offers give the Steelers the right to match any offer sheet the players may receive from other teams during free agency.All four are expected to remain in Pittsburgh. Dwyer and Redman will likely battle for the starting running back spot next season. Veteran running back Rashard Mendenhall, a free agent, will almost certainly not return to the Steelers. Dwyer and Redman combined for 1,033 yards rushing and four touchdowns in 2012 but struggled staying healthy.Sanders will move to the team’s No. 2 receiving spot if free agent Mike Wallace leaves. SHOPPING—In this October 2012, photo, Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) hauls in a catch for a touchdown as Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty defends during a game in Nashville, Tenn. On Tuesday, with all 32 teams under the $123 million salary cap, the checkbooks open up. Some clubs, most notably Green Bay and Pittsburgh, barely will participate, while likely letting top receivers Greg Jennings and Wallace leave for huge paydays elsewhere. That’s just their style, and building from within surely has paid off: each team has won a Super Bowl in the last five seasons. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)last_img read more

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1st Black heavyweight champ’s family wants pardon

first_imgTRAILBLAZER–Boxer Jack Johnson is shown signing contracts in this undated photo. (AP Photo/file) by Ramit Plusnick-MastiHOUSTON (AP) — Relatives and hometown supporters of the nation’s first Black heavyweight boxing champion are turning to YouTube to convince President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon him of a 1913 conviction for accompanying a White woman across state lines.Jack Johnson, nicknamed the “Galveston Giant” after his Texas hometown, was at the center of racial tensions after winning the title in 1908. When he defended his title by defeating White boxer Jim Jeffries in 1910, dubbed the “Fight of the Century,” the victory sparked deadly race riots across the county.Three years later, Johnson was convicted by an all-White jury for violating a Jim Crow-era law that made it illegal to transport White women across state lines for “immoral purposes.” He was sentenced to a year in prison.His family and other supporters say he did nothing wrong and that the century-old conviction continues to tarnish Johnson’s image. Lawmakers have asked for a pardon three times in the past decade, most recently in March, though none has been successful. The Justice Department has said its general policy is not to process posthumous pardon requests, and the White House declined to comment on the most recent congressional resolution.So on March 31, to mark what would have been Johnson’s 135th birthday, his relatives and supporters gathered in Galveston to honor him and record a video to go straight to Obama.Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston County Coalition for Justice, which helped spearhead the effort, told The Associated Press on April 2 the video adds another layer of support.“Not only is it coming from Congress, but it will be coming from the citizens of the United States if we can just get everyone to click on that like button,” he said. “President Obama’s father could have been convicted of the same thing because he was married to a white woman and they traveled all over the world and from state to state.”Johnson’s great-great niece, Linda Haywood, said Johnson was “railroaded” by authorities.“I didn’t know the man was my uncle until I was 12 years old, that’s how ashamed my family was of the fact that he went to prison. A pardon would erase the shame and the stigma and allow us to hold our heads up high because we know what a great man he was,” Haywood said in the video.“I’m asking President Obama as the first Black, African-American president to give my uncle a pardon,” she said. “A lot of times when he would come to his sister’s house or his mother’s house he had to sneak at night with his White girlfriend or his wife because of the times that they lived in.”Authorities first targeted Johnson’s relationship with Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife, but she refused to cooperate. They then turned to his former mistress, a prostitute named Belle Schreiber, to testify that Johnson had paid her train fare from Pittsburgh to Chicago, for immoral purposes.Johnson skipped bail and fled the country following his conviction, but in 1920 he agreed to return and serve his sentence.So far, the YouTube video hasn’t had too many hits. But Haywood and other relatives are determined to get a pardon to clear Johnson’s name.“The color of your skin should not determine who you, or how you, love,” Haywood said in the video.Plushnick-Masti can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RamitMastiAPYouTube video: http://bit.ly/10tPj7Elast_img read more

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Pirates savoring another playoff push

first_imgA Pittsburgh Pirates fan holds up a towel handed out at a Pirates pep rally in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The Pirates face the San Francisco Giants in the wild card game in Pittsburgh Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Clint Hurdle greeted each member of the Pittsburgh Pirates as they walked off the field in Cincinnati on Sunday, telling them he “liked the fight” even after their chances of winning the NL Central evaporated in a loss to the Reds.It was Hurdle’s way of saying thanks to mish mashed roster of stars and role players who have produced another unlikely postseason run.“That’s who we are,” Hurdle said. “We’re all in this together. We’re all one-minded. We’re ready to go.”A punchline for a generation, it’s back to Buctober once again.The Pirates host San Francisco on Wednesday night in the NL wild card game. A year ago, Pittsburgh capped a remarkable turnaround season by winning 94 games and beating Cincinnati in the same round before falling to St. Louis in five taut games in the division series.The victory over Reds was a watershed moment for a franchise that spent two decades in baseball purgatory while setting a North American professional sports record by reeling of 20 straight losing seasons. Andrew McCutchen won the MVP. Hurdle was named NL manager of the year and the Pirates captivated the city for the first time in a generation.Edinson Volquez, left, is congratulated by teammate Russell Martin after throwing a complete baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals July 10, in St. Louis. The Pirates won 9-1. Volquez will be the Pirates starting pitcher in Wednesday’s National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Their run this time around might have been even more impressive. Pittsburgh watched A.J. Burnett sign elsewhere in free agency and nibbled at the open market, the marquee signing – if it can be called that – the decision to take a $5 million flier on reclamation project Edinson Volquez, a former All-Star who washed out in San Diego and Los Angeles in 2013.The right-hander repaid the Pirates by starting going 13-7 with a 3.09 ERA in a team-high 32 starts. He was even better down the stretch, going 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA since Aug. 1. His renaissance is symbolic of a team that kept finding ways to win despite a restructured lineup that hardly looks like the group Hurdle sent out on opening day six months ago.Josh Harrison evolved from 25th man to an All-Star who replaced erratic slugger Pedro Alvarez at third base. Rookie rightfielder Gregory Polanco provided a jolt after his call-up in June only to head back to the bench after Travis Snider rediscovered the power stroke that had seemingly disappeared.Starting pitchers Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton made multiple trips to the disabled list. Slumping closer Jason Grilli was shipped to the Los Angeles Angels, replaced by the stoic Mark Melancon. Vance Worley began the spring in Triple-A only to thrive in the heat of a pennant race, shutting out Milwaukee for eight crisp innings on Sept. 21 to virtually assure Pittsburgh of a second straight playoff berth.The team that started 12-20 finished 88-74, catching the fading Brewers and taking St. Louis all the way to game 162 before ceding the division title.It wasn’t as emotional as 2013. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been any less special, though last fall’s success gave them valuable experience they relied on after slogging through April and May.“When we have somebody go down, we have someone to take their place who’s been there,” McCutchen said. “In years past we didn’t have that. We had guys that could take their place but they were young guys, first-year guys who haven’t been here. It’s the same nucleus of guys. These guys all know what to expect. They all know what to do and that’s why we’ve been doing what we’re doing this year.”Pittsburgh relied heavily on a pitching staff that overachieved a year ago. The rotation patchwork at times this summer, the Pirates became a better offensive team. They finished second in the NL in on base percentage (.330) led by the electric McCutchen and the relentless Harrison.Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison (5) drives in two runs with a double off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jacob Turner during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Harrison provided a needed shot of adrenaline atop the batting order. He hit .315 to finish a close second to Colorado’s Justin Morneau in the NL batting race and thrived wherever he worked defensively, be it right field or second base or third, where he moved permanently as the errors and strikeouts piled up for Alvarez.Harrison is an unlikely success story on a roster filled with them. Yet he brushes off the idea Pittsburgh’s rise to respectability is a combination of a mediocre league in which only six teams finished above .500 and some aberrational years by average players.“We don’t listen to any of that,” Harrison said. “In this clubhouse, we know what we have. We always expected to be here.”The Pirates will be there once again on Wednesday night when they face one of baseball’s marquee franchises, one with designs on its third World Series title in five years.That’s fine by Hurdle, who took over one of MLB’s toughest jobs in December 2010 and has orchestrated a revival no one saw coming.“I like our team,” he said. “I like the fight. I like the grit. These guys love to play for one another and they love to celebrate each other’s successes. So it’s going to be an exciting time for us (on Wednesday).”It always is in Buctober.___AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this reportlast_img read more

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