FEMA Asks PG&E To Repay Nearly $4B In Aid Given To Fire Victims

Watch Video After negotiating a settlement fund for victims of several California wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, is now facing off with FEMA. The agency is trying to get back a portion of the money it spent helping fire victims from 2015 to 2018. Last year, PG&E reached a $13.5 billion settlement with the victims of wildfires that were sparked by its equipment. FEMA is reportedly asking PG&E to reimburse nearly $4 billion it spent on aid and other expenses. That $4 billion would have to come from the settlement fund. If PG&E doesn’t pay, FEMA believes it may have to recoup money from people who try to… Read More

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Seattle’s New Contribution Ban May Blunt Political Spending By Amazon

Watch Video The City of Seattle is seeking to keep multinational companies from dumping money into local political races in a move that appears directed at one company in particular — Amazon. The online retail giant, headquartered in Seattle, is the city’s largest private employer and the third biggest in the Pacific Northwest behind Boeing and Microsoft. Last year, Amazon spent a record $1.5 million in City Council races. On Monday, the Seattle City Council took aim at those contributions. It unanimously passed a measure to block local political contributions from corporations that have at least 5% foreign ownership, or a 1% ownership share from a single foreign investor. Reuters… Read More

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Explosive new documents and text messages show Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian associate’s central role in aiding Trump’s pressure campaign

The House Intelligence Committee released a slew of explosive documents on Tuesday, related to Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas’ role in President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. One document, a handwritten note by Parnas, reads, “get [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky to announce that the Biden case will be investigated.” Parnas’ text messages with associates also alleges surveillance conducted on former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Giuliani also reached out to Zelensky as Trump’s personal lawyer to discuss a private matter, likely involving the Bidens and Burisma Holdings. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The House Intelligence Committee released a slew of explosive documents, related to Rudy Giuliani… Read More

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NIH Doctor Says Vaccines ‘Not A Very Good Match’ For Common Flu Strain

Watch Video The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is reporting that this year’s flu vaccine is “not a very good match” for children. That’s according to the agency’s director, Dr. Anthony Fauci. According to CDC data, the vaccine is only a 58% match for the influenza strain B/Victoria, which most often affects children. This means that a child who has received this year’s flu vaccine still has a pretty decent chance of getting the virus — at least 42%. However, Fauci said the vaccine could still help protect kids from developing other complications. He has also advocated for the development of a “universal flu vaccine” that could potentially… Read More

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The Knicks were roasted by fans when a fan hit a half-court shot was rewarded with $1,000 in scratch-off lottery tickets

Anthony Peterson made a half-court shot at a New York Knicks game over the weekend to win $1,000 in scratch-off lottery tickets. Fans online called out the Knicks for the prize, which looked diminutive compared to the $100,000 the Los Angeles Lakers awarded a fan the previous week. YouTuber MrBeast offered to send him $10,000 as congratulations for his half-court make. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Half-court shootouts are nothing new to the NBA world. As a quirky bit of in-arena entertainment, teams will often invite fans onto the court to try and sink a shot from half-court. Just a week ago, one lucky Los Angeles Lakers fan… Read More

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