Dec 212017
 

No one denied that Sholom Rubashkin’s

crimes were serious. The former chief executive of what was once the country’s largest kosher meatpacking plant was convicted of more than 80 counts of financial fraud in 2009, following a massive immigration raid on the family-owned facility in northeastern Iowa. Prosecutors said he had profited off the labor of hundreds of undocumented immigrants, some of them children, and had bilked lenders out of more than $26 million.

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Dec 102017
 

President Donald Trump is embroiled in another row with the press, calling for a Washington Post journalist to be fired after the reporter admitted tweeting a inaccurate image of an empty arena the President was due to speak at.

Journalist Dave Weigel apologised on Twitter and deleted the photo of Mr Trump’s Florida rally, saying he had been “confused”.

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Dec 092017
 

A day after X-Men director Bryan Singer was sued for the alleged rape of a 17-year-old boy in 2003, the filmmaker’s ex-boyfriend has come forward to describe a relationship fueled by drugs, group sex and empty promises.

Bret Tyer Skopek told Deadline he met Singer, 52, at a Halloween party in October 2013 shortly after arriving in Los Angeles as a fresh-faced 18-year-old from Arizona. By December, the aspiring singer was sleeping with the director. Their relationship ended in December 2014.

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Dec 092017
 

A freight train derailed in New Jersey Friday afternoon, forcing officials to suspend NJ Transit service on parts of the Raritan Valley line and snarling the evening commute for thousands of people.

The 141-car CSX freight train was headed to Selkirk, New York, when at least two dozen mostly empty rail cars came off the tracks near Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey, about 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to a company spokeswoman.

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Dec 092017
 

The U.S. Marshals Service tightened its dragnet Friday for a con man dubbed “Seattle’s mini Madoff” after the 55-year-old escaped a federal prison where he was serving an 18-year sentence.

Darren Berg, who was convicted of swindling investors out of more than $100 million, walked away from a minimum-security work camp next to a penitentiary in Atwater, Calif. On Wednesday, The Seattle Times reported.

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Nov 202017
 

It’s the very definition of Orwellian: a panel titled “Anti-Semitism and the Struggle for Justice” that’s actually meant to promote Israel-bashing.

Co-sponsored by The New School’s Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism program, the Nov. 28 event bills itself as “a discussion on how to combat anti-Semitism.” But it quickly reveals its true goal.

“When anti-Semitism is redefined as criticism of Israel,” reads the description, “critics of Israeli policy become accused and targeted more than the growing far-right.”

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Nov 162017
 

The editor of the Gay Times has been fired just weeks after taking up the role after anti-Semitic and misogynistic tweets were uncovered.

Josh Rivers sent a series of tweets between 2010 and 2015 which made offensive comments about women, Jewish people, Chinese people, lesbians, transgender people, and people he thought were overweight or ugly.

The magazine said that all of his articles have now been removed from the website and he has been dismissed from his post.

Among the offensive messages was one which said an actor cast as a Jewish person had a “f——- ridiculously larger honker of a nose” and another which tweeted approvingly a quote from US animation Family Guy:  “Jews are gross. It’s the only religion with ‘ew’ in it.”

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