Attorney General Ferguson’s 20th legal victory against Trump Administration
OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement yesterday after a federal judge in Montana ruled that the Trump Administration illegally revoked an Obama-era moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, and must comply with a federal law requiring environmental analysis before leasing coal-mining rights on public lands:
“It’s fitting that on the eve of Earth Day, another federal judge slaps down the Trump Administration’s illegal effort to roll back basic environmental protections,” said Ferguson.
Phoenix doctor marks National Infertility Awareness Week with cautions about a popular rush to use new technology
PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) – Twenty-first-century breakthroughs in medical technology have drawn tens of thousands of young women to freeze their eggs in hopes of slowing their biological clocks, yet egg freezing remains one of the most difficult technologies for fertility clinics to master, and young women should be wary of a new wave of specialized egg freezing agencies and unsubstantiated claims of success, says the medical director of Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, a Phoenix clinic recently awarded for achieving one of the nation’s best records in frozen-egg pregnancies.
WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The US Department of State released the following statement:
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke on April 20th with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan. The Secretary condemned the Taliban’s recent announcement of a spring offensive and underscored the United States’ solidarity with the Afghan people’s pursuit of a comprehensive peace agreement that would end the suffering and destruction. He also expressed the United States’ disappointment that the intra-Afghan dialogue, planned for Doha, Qatar, had been postponed.
CHARLOTTE, NC (STL.News) – The Charlotte Division of the FBI, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Albemarle Police Department, Concord Police Department, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are seeking assistance to identify an unknown suspect believed to be responsible for robbing three banks in North Carolina. The same robber is wanted for robbing the following banks:
Wells Fargo, 13715 Conlan Circle, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 11, 2019
State Employees Credit Union, 1600 North Carolina Highway 24/27 Bypass West, Albemarle, North Carolina, March 25, 2019
BB&T Bank, 5145 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, North Carolina, April 8, 2019
The suspect did not show a weapon but told bank tellers that he had one.
Washington DC (STL.News) – The Securities and Exchange Commission Friday announced that Prosper Funding LLC will pay a $3 million penalty for miscalculating and materially overstating annualized net returns to retail and other investors.
San Francisco-based Prosper is a marketplace lender that, through its website, offers and sells securities linked to the performance of its consumer credit loans. According to the SEC’s order, from approximately July 2015 until May 2017, Prosper excluded certain non-performing charged off loans from its calculation of annualized net returns that it reported to investors.
Washington, DC (STL.News) – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Friday approved a final rule to revise a CFTC regulation that requires certain futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, introducing brokers, major swap participants, and swap dealers to provide annual privacy notices to customers. The final rule revises CFTC Regulation 160.5 to remove the requirement to provide these annual privacy notices when certain conditions are satisfied.
CFTC staff worked with staff from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to ensure that the final rule is consistent with rules recently finalized by the CFPB.
WASHINGTON DC (STL.News) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection awarded a contract Thursday to Deployed Resources LLC of Rome, New York, to construct soft-sided temporary facilities in El Paso and Donna, Texas. Valued at $36.9 million, the contract is for a four-month base period with four one-month options.
“The humanitarian and border security crisis on our Southwest border has stretched our resources and processing facilities to the breaking point,” said John P. Sanders, the senior official performing the duties of Commissioner.
LAREDO, TX (STL.News) – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended several subjects following a vehicle pursuit.
The incident occurred on April 19, at around 8:00 p.m. CST, when agents encountered a suspicious vehicle traveling on Mines Road. The agents began to follow the vehicle, which eventually led the vehicle to speed up in an attempt to abscond from agents. The vehicle eventually came to a stop and six subjects exited and fled on foot.
ATLANTA, GA (STL.News) – Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Honeywell International Inc. and International Paper Co. for cleanup of contaminated soils and sediments at the LCP-Holtrachem plant in Riegelwood, Columbus County, North Carolina.
“The environmental benefits that will result from today’s settlement are a win for the communities near this Superfund site,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Mary S. Walker. “This agreement demonstrates EPA’s commitment to hold companies responsible for contamination they caused.”
The United States brought its action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as the Superfund Law, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
WASHINGTON DC (STL.News) – The US Department of State released the following statement:
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.