FBI agent arrested, charged with exposing himself in public

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A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent working for the field office in Buffalo, New York (NY) has been arrested and charged with exposing himself in public. The alleged incident, only now becoming public knowledge, allegedly occurred on Friday, December 7 at about 9:00 p.m on Interstate 90, also known at this part of its length as the New York State Thruway, between exits 57 and 57A in the town of Eden.

John A. Yervelli Jr., 48, was arrested and charged with public lewdness. He was later released and issued a ticket to appear in Eden Town Court on December 18. According to police, a truck driver was driving eastbound on the expressway when Yervelli pulled up to his window. According to the truck driver, Yervelli was naked from the waist down and making “lewd gestures” to him. The truck driver called police who stopped Yervelli’s car at the Hamburg toll plaza and detained him. Yervelli denies the charges.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you may do for a living. If you are suspected of committing a crime, and we have enough reasonable cause to do so, we are going to do our job and make an arrest,” said Lieutenant David Denz of the New York state police department to WGRZ‘s ‘2 On Your Side.’

Maureen P. Dempsey, public affairs specialist for the FBI said the Bureau considers the incident “an internal administrative matter” and “the FBI is not commenting on the matter beyond that.”

According to NY state law, individuals charged with public lewdness in New York could spend up to 30 days in prison and face fines up to Read More$500.

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Business Brief for December 16, 2005

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General Motors and Ford are laying off workers by the thousands and analysts predict a decline in housing production yet according to a CNN Money article labor experts and executives say there is already a shortage of workers. Retiring baby boomers plus a growing economy expected in 2006 may move the labor market in favor of job seekers.

“I would say by the end of next year, it could take 12, 13, maybe 14 weeks to fill a spot, and that’s when you’ll see upward pressure on wages,” said Jeff Joerres, chairman and CEO of Manpower.

Deloitte Consulting and the National Association of Manufacturers have conducted a survey finding that more than 80% of surveyed manufacturers say they are experiencing a shortage of qualified workers. 90% say they have a moderate to severe shrortage of qualified skilled workers. 83% say these shortages are affecting their production.

“They’ve been getting lean and pushing the efficiency envelope for a decade,” Dick Kleinert, a principal with Deloitte who conducted the NAM survey, said “So in this latest survey, when we asked what was the most important factor in their success, being a low cost producer status ranked only No. 3 on the list. What ranked as No. 1 attribute was having a high performance wo … Read More

Qatari diplomat detained on Las Vegas bound flight

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A man tried to ignite his shoes during a flight from Washington, DC to Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday. Air Marshals subdued the Qatari diplomat on board the airplane before it landed safely at Denver International Airport in Colorado. The airplane was United Airlines Flight 663, a Boeing 757 with 157 passengers and 6 crew members on board.

A search concluded that there were no explosives on the plane. NBC News reports that there was smoke coming from a restroom which led to an air marshal subduing the suspect.

The diplomat was reportedly smoking a cigarette in the plane’s lavatory. He also reportedly stated, jokingly, that he wanted to light his shoe on fire. It is unlikely that he will face charges due to his diplomatic immunity.

After the incident was reported by the pilot, military jets scrambled and escorted the airplane safely to Denver. The TSA and law enforcement agencies took the suspect into custody and are currently investigating the incident.

This incident occurs just as many countries are trying to lift their airplane restrictions caused by a Nigerian man who tried to detonate explosives in his … Read More

Costello sparks new Liberal leadership speculation

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Former Australian Treasurer Peter Costello has again created media speculation of a Liberal leadership challenge with reports claiming he is weighing up challenging for the leadership of the Liberal party against a position outside of politics with the Macquarie Bank.

Costello is reported to have told friends that opposition leader Dr Brendon Nelson will not last out the year as Liberal leader, and that he believes Prime Minister Kevin Rudd can be beaten at the next election. The Syney Morning Herald article notes that, at 50, even if Costello spends three more years in politics, only to lose the next election, he will still have time for a meaningful career in the private sector.

Peter Costello’s spokesman dismissed both possibilities as “wild speculation,” but refused to explicitly rule out either.

Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen, member of the governing Labor party, challenged Costello to clear up the speculation, saying, “If Mr Costello wants to kill off the rumours of instability in the Liberal Party he needs to come out and rule out a challenge.” Bowen also alleges, “[Costello] created 11 years of destabilisation in the former government and appears he’s up to it again in the new Opposition.”

A spokesman for the opposition leader said Bowen’s comments were not worth dignifying with a … Read More

IAEA Iran report leaked

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The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, has issued a new report titled “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran” and distributed it to members of the United Nations Security Council and the Agency’s member states, but notes that the report is to remain secret, stating that “unless the IAEA Board of Governors and Security Council decide otherwise, the Agency cannot authorise its release to the public.”

Iran is presently neither a member of the UN Security Council nor of the IAEA Board of Governors.

As of 20:52, 29 April 2006 (UTC) or earlier, the report was made available on the Internet on the website payvand.com, dated April 28, 2006. It is unknown whether or not the release was authorised by the United Nations Security Council or the IAEA.

The report’s concluding paragraphs summarise the IAEA’s findings: “33. All the nuclear material declared by Iran to the Agency is accounted for. Apart from the small quantities previously reported to the Board, the Agency has found no other undeclared nuclear material in Iran. However, gaps remain in the Agency’s knowledge with respect to the scope and content of Iran’s centrifuge programme. Because of this, and other gaps in the Agency’s knowledge, including the role of the military in Iran’s nuclear programme, the Agency is unable to make progress in its efforts to provide assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran. … 37. The Agency will pursue its investigation of all remaining outstanding issues relevant to Iran’s nuclear activities, and the Director General will continue to report as app … Read More

Fire kills six in Baltimore, United States

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A fire in a two-story house killed six people — three children and three adults — in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning. The fire also spread to three adjacent houses.

According to a Baltimore Fire Department official, Kevin Cartwright, the fire was reported just before 5 am local time (1000 UTC). Firefighters arrived on the scene and entered the building to extinguish the flames, however gusty winds of 30–40 miles per hour fueled the fire and forced them to exit.

Cartwright said that once the fire was extinguished, firefighters reentered the building and found five bodies. Further searches revealed a sixth body. Cartwright was unsure of the victims’ ages or identities, but neighbors revealed that the occupants were an elderly husband and wife, their granddaughter and their three great-grandchildren. A neighbor, Karen Lane, identified the couple as Richard and Eleanor Satterfield and the granddaughter as Tiara.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire. The cause of death is suspected to be smoke inhalation, however the Coroner’s Office has not disclosed the official cause of death. It is also unclear whether the house had smoke … Read More

Documents show Fred Thompson worked for Pro-Choice group

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Billing records uncovered by the New York Times show that Fred Thompson was paid for about 20 hours of work as a Washington, DC lobbyist on behalf of a group to ease restrictive federal rules on abortion counseling in the 1990s. Recently Thompson “flatly denied” the charge and said he “did not recall doing any work for the organization.”

The records show that Thompson worked part-time from 1991 to 1994 for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and earned about US$5,000 for work he did in 1991 and 1992.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “a new Thompson spokeswoman, Burson Snyder, did not return calls for comment on the billing records … Read More