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Bombing suspect targeted more people in Los Angeles, sources say

The Florida man accused of sending bombs to top Democrats, Trump administration critics and the media across the United States kept lists and other information that suggest he had more than 100 potential targets for his campaign of terror, including at least 15 in the Los Angeles region.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have begun reaching out to potential Southern California targets of Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr., 56, who is accused of mailing 14 explosive devices to formerPresident Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, senators, actor Robert De Niro and CNN.

Law enforcement sources declined to identify anyone on the list. It’s possible other packages containing pipe bombs were sent to Los Angeles but officials don’t believe there could be many, said a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

So far only one package linked to Sayoc has been found in Los Angeles. It was addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles) and was intercepted by authorities at Los Angeles’ central postal facility last week. Packages also were sent to Sen. Kamala Harris in Sacramento and anti-Trump activist Tom Steyer in Burlingame.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-accused-bomber-hit-lists-20181029-story.html

Feds Want $97M in Cash Forfeited by Ex-Backpage.com Owners (also owned Village Voice and OC Weekly)

Six months after obtaining a 93-count federal indictment against two Arizona businessmen who once owned a national media empire that included OC Weekly and the Village Voice, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking permanent forfeiture of more than $100 million in cash and real estate that belonged to the men and members of their management team.

Inside U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, prosecutors claimed the seized assets derived from the illegal conduct of Michael Lacey, 70, and Jim Larkin, 69, while they operated the adult-services website Backpage.com.

The April indictments, part of a multiyear onslaught by government officials to destroy that highly profitable business, claim Lacey and Larkin conspired to facilitate prostitution across state lines and committed money laundering.

If convicted after a potential Jan. 2020 trial, the business partners could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

Read more: https://ocweekly.com/feds-want-97-million-in-cash-forfeited-by-ex-backpage-com-owners/

Bid to ban state funds for abortions tests open Oregon laws

PORTLAND — Teenage girls in Oregon don't need their parents' consent to end an unwanted pregnancy, women in the country illegally have coverage for the procedure and private insurers will soon be required to cover the full cost of an abortion under a new law.

Oregon has the least restrictive laws on abortion access in the U.S., making it a political standard-bearer for the abortion rights movement. But a dozen years after voters last rejected a measure to reduce women's ability to get an abortion, a question on the Nov. 6 ballot is asking a new generation to amend the Oregon Constitution to ban the use of state funding for abortion.

If Measure 106 passes, low-income women insured by Oregon's Medicaid program would pay out of pocket for the procedure. Its language also would likely mean public employees — such as teachers, government officials, firefighters and police — would no longer receive abortion coverage through insurance.

The emergence of the ballot measure amid an especially divisive U.S. political climate — and on the heels of rightward shift of the U.S. Supreme Court — has alarmed abortion rights advocates.

Read more: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/29/bid-ban-state-funds-abortions-tests-open-oregon-laws/1811640002/

Multnomah GOP challenges legality of Eudaly's voting drive

The Multnomah County Republican Party said Monday it is seeking an investigation of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's plan to allow city workers to conduct a voter turnout drive while on the job.

Eudaly last week invited city employees to join a door-knocking effort in city precincts where fewer than half of voters have cast ballots in recent elections.

"To protect the integrity of our democracy, we must recognize this plain fact and commit ourselves to action," Eudaly said in her email invite, adding that the canvassing event is "voluntary, non-partisan and content-neutral."

The low-voting precincts are predominately in East Portland, according to data provided by Eudaly's office. Those areas all went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, but are much more favorable to Republican candidates than the deep-blue areas of close-in Portland neighborhoods.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/10/multnomah_gop_challenges_legal.html

Occupy ICE protesters plead not guilty to misdemeanor charges

Seven Occupy ICE protesters Monday pleaded not guilty in federal court to misdemeanor charges alleging they created disturbances and failed to comply with federal officers' orders to leave the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Southwest Portland.

The seven appeared separately with defense lawyers before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo.

A three-day trial is set for March 11.

The defendants are Cameron M. Cruscial, Lauren M. Halcomb-Hudson, MacKenzie G. Hilmes, Emma C. Mavros, Anna V. Moklayk, Kathryn A. Pyland and Stuart W. Tanquist.

They initially appeared in federal court facing citations stemming from the June 28 demonstrations outside the ICE office that started on Father's Day.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/10/occupy_ice_protesters_plead_no.html

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Donald Trump Loves Talking About the Space Force


While things are unpleasant here on earth, Donald Trump says there's a 'good chance' the Space Force could be up and running sometime next year. Trump loves to talk about this 'Space Force.' It's almost as if when he says it he's waiting for us to laugh.

Jimmy Kimmel Sits with Stupid Matt Damon at World Series (Video)

There were a lot of Red Sox fans at Dodger Stadium for the last game of the World Series, including an obnoxious jerk that Jimmy was forced to sit next to. Not only was Jimmy at that game, he was also at the longest game in postseason history on Friday night where he noticed a couple of things that explain why the Dodgers didn't win the World Series.

Mason Williams - Classical Gas

In final push, Hallquist targets rural voters and hopes for blue wave

Passing through North Wolcott, riding shotgun in an orange Jeep Renegade, Christine Hallquist pointed to a run-down general store on an empty thoroughfare.

Bound for a campaign event in Newport, Hallquist, the Democratic nominee for governor, noted that the internet connection in this rural area was “practically non-existent.”

“Every time it rains it knocks out,” she said. “You could never run a business up here.”

With less than a month until the election, Hallquist says she has been spending a lot of time on the road, crisscrossing the state, making her pitch to voters in Vermont’s most rural communities.

Read more: https://vtdigger.org/2018/10/28/final-push-hallquist-targets-rural-voters-hopes-blue-wave/

White TriMet bus driver denied man ride because he is black, lawsuit alleges

A 54-year-old Portland man filed a complaint in federal court Thursday alleging a TriMet bus driver violated his civil rights by refusing to let him board a bus because he is black.

Willie Taylor is asking for a federal jury trial to determine whether his rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution were violated when he says a white bus driver refused to let him board a bus July 30.

"I had never experienced anything like that," Taylor, who has lived in Portland since he was 12, said in an interview. His lawsuit includes pictures of his valid ticket from that day.

TriMet declined to comment on the case citing active litigation.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2018/10/white_trimet_bus_driver_denied.html
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