García Luna, 54, is the highest-ranking current or former Mexican official ever tried in the United States. In his regular morning press conferences, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has regularly released updates on the process, often presenting sophisticated video reports produced by his government. Following the verdict, a spokesman for López Obrador tweeted: “Justice has come for the former squire of @FelipeCalderon. Mexico is also filing a civil lawsuit against García Luna in Florida courts to recover hundreds of millions of dollars allegedly embezzled by the former official. López Obrador — widely known by his initials AMLO — regularly claims that his leadership has largely eliminated the institutional manipulation that has long plagued Mexico.
Woody Harrelson, who has spread COVID-19 conspiracy theories in the past, has been criticized for appearing to denounce pandemic safety measures and vaccines during his “Saturday Night Live” monologue this weekend. While hosting the latest episode of “SNL” with musical guest Jack White, Harrelson kicked off a lengthy story about a film “script” he was given in 2019. When this week’s episode of “SNL” aired on NBC, Harrelson’s opening remarks sparked a Twitter backlash. “I do not get it.”“F— you for giving this guy a platform to spread this anti-vax [BS]” @drosslmyers tweeted. It’s worth noting that the ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘True Detective’ star has a history of spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.22 days ago USTimesPost
What lessons has Carter’s tenure taught Biden, who was already considering running for president? “Nixon had his enemy list and President Carter had his friend list. I guess I’m on his friends list and I don’t know what’s worse.”When Carter ran into trouble, he was left with few allies. In his first two years as president, Biden focused on managing recalcitrant Democratic majorities in Congress, passing key bills on climate change, infrastructure spending and semiconductor manufacturing. If Biden runs for a second term, as he says he intends, Carter’s life may offer another lesson: Voter judgment isn’t always the final word — win or lose.22 days ago USTimesPost
The creator of the Dilbert comic faced a backlash from rejections on Saturday as he defended remarks describing black people as members of a “hate group” that white people should “get away from”. Various media publishers in the US denounced Dilbert creator Scott Adams’ comments as racist, hateful and discriminatory and said they would no longer provide a platform for his work. Andrews McMeel Syndication, which distributes Dilbert, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday. But Adams defended himself on social media against those he said “hate me and quit me.”Dilbert is a long-running comic poking fun at office culture. “But you should also avoid any group that doesn’t respect you, even if there are people within the group who are fine,” Adams said.23 days ago USTimesPost
Companies are feeling the heat of war, according to a 2022 report by TechUkraine, an organization that supports startups in the country. And more than 90 percent of Ukrainian startups said they would need more financial support to survive the war. But despite promising signs, the broader outlook for Ukrainian companies is bleaker. Several funds have emerged in support of Ukrainian tech companies, both in the private sector and governments. Some private investors are bolstered by the fact that many Ukrainian startups are selling their software in the US.23 days ago USTimesPost
It was four days after Los Angeles Bishop David G. O’Connell was found dead from five gunshot wounds at his home in Hacienda Heights. On Ash Wednesday, I visited some of the stops on O’Connell’s LA journey to answer this question: how did he come to embody the best that LA can be? He would minister from there and other churches in South LA for the next 27 years. The charismatic priest organized with other neighborhood groups against gun violence and environmental racism, and helped rebuild South LA after the 1992 riots. Instead of overseeing a few parishes in south LA, O’Connell was now in charge of 66.23 days ago USTimesPost
What followed was the second-highest scoring game in NBA history, a 176-175 fever dream of points and pace with an unlikely Sacramento Kings win, two overtimes and a defense absent in Sunday’s All-Star game would have been out of place. The Kings (34-25) remain third in the West, two places ahead of the Clippers (33-29), but they are now separated by 2½ games. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)Clippers guard Russell Westbrook (right) celebrates after scoring in the second half on Friday. Clippers forward Paul George, left, and Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox go after a loose ball in the second half Friday. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, celebrates after scoring in the second half on Friday.23 days ago USTimesPost
Bird flu, also known as avian flu, is usually spread between sick birds but can sometimes be spread from birds to people. PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A top official from the World Health Organization, responding to the death of an 11-year-old girl in Cambodia infected with bird flu, said on Friday that the global spread was recent. Bird flu, also known as avian flu, is usually spread between sick birds but can sometimes be spread from birds to people. According to the World Health Organization, there were 56 human cases of bird flu in Cambodia between 2003 and 2014 and 37 deaths. In the majority of cases, infected people have spread it directly from infected birds.24 days ago USTimesPost