A prison worker at the time of Jeffrey Epstein's death was offered a plea deal, sources say
- The initial plea offer made by prosecutors is considered an initial step in negotiations between prosecutors and attorneys representing federal workers at the New York facility where Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, one source said.
- At the time, The New York Times reported that the two prison staff members who'd been guarding the unit where Epstein died by apparent suicide failed to check on him that night for about three hours.
- Guards are supposed to check on detainees in the special housing unit every 30 minutes, a source with knowledge of Epstein's time at the prison previously told CNN.
- Epstein was awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of operating a sex trafficking ring from 2002 to 2005 at his Manhattan mansion and his Palm Beach estate.
Military leaders are worried that Trump pardoning troops accused of war crimes will impair the justice system and undermine overseas bases
- President Donald Trump is expected to grant clemency in the cases of three military members accused or convicted of war crimes, but military officials fear that his actions could undermine the military justice system.
- All three were accused of war crimes; Gallagher was acquitted of murdering a young ISIS fighter and shooting at Iraqi civilians; Lorance was convicted of ordering his troops to fire at three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, killing two; and Golsteyn awaits trial for allegedly killing an unarmed man in Afghanistan and burning his body.
- Pardons or other interference could also deteriorate command influence; in all cases, the men Trump may grant clemency to were accused of heinous crimes committed under their own influence, not ordered by a superior.
13 mind-blowing facts that show just how expensive New York City really is - Business Insider
- New York is the third-most expensive city in the world to rent a two-bedroom apartment.
- It costs $606.37 a month to park a car long-term in New York City, according to SmartAsset, citing a report from Parkopedia.
- Billionaire hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin purchased the three-floor, 23,000-square-foot penthouse in a skyscraper at 220 Central Park South, reported Business Insider's Katie Warren, citing The Wall Street Journal.
- New York City penthouses are so expensive that they're not selling — so real estate companies are splitting them into smaller, cheaper units to get them off the market, Warren reported.
- Hedge-fund managers, celebrities, and tech millionaires send their kids to Avenues: The World School, which costs $56,400 a year, reported Business Insider's Katie Warren.
- According to a new SmartAsset study, New York is the No. 1 state rich millennials are moving from — and it's likely partly due to expensive housing in the city.
Timeline of events between Trump's two Ukraine phone calls
- Here's a timeline of key events between that first call between the two and their July 25 call, during which Trump pressured Zelensky to open investigations that could damage former Vice President Joe Biden heading into the 2020 election.
- May 1: The New York Times publishes a report on Hunter Biden and Burisma and Giuliani's push for Ukrainians to investigate the two.
- June 21: Giuliani tweets that Zelensky was "still silent on investigation of Ukrainian interference" in the 2016 US presidential election.
- July 24: Special counsel Robert Mueller testifies to Congress about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which Trump has called a witch hunt.
- In September, the White House will release a rough transcript revealing that Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Economic growth is close to zero for the fourth quarter, according to Fed gauges
- With some recent data coming in below expectations, both the Atlanta and New York Fed's trackers have lowered their expectations for the last three months of 2019.
- According to the Atlanta Fed's GDPNow, growth is likely to come in at just 0.3%.
- Both projections have come on the heels of recent news that took down previously meager expectations to just above negative territory.
- Friday releases indicating lackluster retail sales and production growth took the Atlanta tracker down from 1% a week ago and the New York measure from 0.7% earlier this week and as high as 2% back in September.
- Economic data has largely remained a bit better than expectations but has dipped lately compared with Wall Street estimates.
- The Citi Economic Surprise Index, which compares actual readings to consensus estimates, is still positive but at its lowest level since early September.
A British woman was sentenced to just a year in prison for performing an illegal butt injection that caused a 34-year-old American woman's death
- A 39-year-old British woman was sentenced to a year in jail on Thursday for causing the death of a 34-year-old Maryland woman with a botched butt injection she was not licensed to give.
- Francis, who was neither a licensed nurse nor doctor, injected Mayhew with silicone she bought from eBay, and when Mayhew started reacting to the injection, she fled the house without calling 911, prosecutors said.
- Francis fled to her native UK a day later, and was tracked down by NBC New York reporters in London in 2017.
- But the British judge who eventually signed off on her extradition in August required that American prosecutors agree to only sentence her to a maximum of one year and that her sentence be served at a county jail instead of a prison.
I tried Wegmans' sushi and was surprised that it was better than the sushi at many restaurants
- One doesn't expect much from a box of supermarket sushi.
- Along with gas stations and convenience stores, supermarkets don't inspire much confidence when it comes to the quality of their raw fish.
- But Wegmans is all about shattering expectations of what a supermarket can offer.
- I'm no sushi expert, but I do love a nice hunk of raw fish on some vinegary rice now and then.
- This is the review of a sushi lover who can't really afford to love sushi.
- I recently made my first sojourn to the family-owned supermarket chain Wegmans, a New England cult favorite that opened its first New York location in September.
- After traipsing through aisles filled with affordable quality goods, I ended my trip with a five-course food court fiesta culminating in, of course, sushi.
- At most American sushi restaurants, the "wasabi" isn't made out of Japanese horseradish.
Rudy Giuliani said he has 'insurance' if Trump tries to throw him under the bus in the impeachment process
- President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, hinted that he had "insurance" should the president abandon him amid the impeachment probe.
- The House of Representatives is probing claims Trump abused his office in waging a pressure campaign, in which Giuliani played a key role, for Ukraine to announce a probe into Joe Biden.
- As pressure on Trump continues to grow amid the first impeachment inquiry in two decades, reports are emerging that senior Republicans are considering using Giuliani as a fall guy.
- He said had spoken to him after the first day of the impeachment hearings Wednesday, in which the top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, and a top State Department official, George Kent, said Giuliani played a pivotal role in the campaign to pressure Ukraine to open the Biden probe, and to start a second probe into a conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.
Rudy Giuliani is reportedly under federal investigation for possible campaign violations
- President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is being probed by federal investigators over possible campaign finance violations, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
- Three US officials told Bloomberg that investigators are looking at possible campaign finance violations and whether Giuliani failed to register as a foreign agent.
- The New York Times previously reported that investigators were looking into whether Giuliani broke any foreign lobbying laws.
- Giuliani is named dozens of times in the complaint, and testimony from witnesses in the impeachment inquiry also highlights the former New York mayor's apparent role in Ukraine.
- On Monday, a lawyer for Giuliani's former associate, businessman Lev Parnas, told The New York Times that he was sent to Ukraine by Giuliani to broker a quid pro quo arrangement with the Ukrainian government so that they would investigate the Bidens.
AOC rips late presidential bids: Focus should be on state legislatures - Business Insider
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York called out late entries into the 2020 presidential race in a tweet on Thursday.
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick officially announced his campaign in a video on Thursday, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has yet to formally declare his candidacy but has reportedly filed to have his name on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama.
- Both had initially floated and subsequently declined to run earlier this year (Bloomberg) and in 2018 (Patrick), before both recently made an about face.
- Patrick and Bloomberg entered the already-crowded 2020 race with less than 90 days to the Iowa caucuses.
- Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the 2020 presidential primary, isn't the only one criticizing the late presidential entrances.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sanders jabbed billionaire Bloomberg after reports of his filing to run.