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Ex-Brooklyn pol busted in Medicaid scam hit with more charges

A former Brooklyn state assemblyman previously busted for his role in a Medicaid and painkiller scam was slapped with additional charges Wednesday, authorities said. Alec Brook-Krasny, 59, an ex-rep whose district covered Coney Island, surrendered to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor to face additional charges in connection to a scheme in which three Brooklyn clinics acted as pill ...

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Will Aaron Judge win the Triple Crown and more betting odds

ANAHEIM — The Yankees placed their bets on Aaron Judge as their starting right fielder out of spring training. So far, it has paid off in a big way. And now, you too can bet on Judge if you’d like. Bovada.lv released some betting lines on Wednesday: Will Judge win the Triple Crown? Yes 33/1 Will he lead the majors ...

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U.S. may send more troops to Afghanistan to stop Taliban

More soldiers could be heading to Afghanistan after President Trump authorized his defense secretary to set troop levels, opening the door to an escalation, according to reports. “We are not winning in Afghanistan right now,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier on Tuesday. “And we will correct this as soon as possible.” ...

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Sessions says he can't recall more Russia meetings in testimony

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had “no recollection” of any additional meetings with Russian ambassadors and strongly defended his role in firing James Comey on Tuesday while repeatedly refusing to answer questions from senators in a contentious hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee. “The scope of my recusal, however, does not and cannot interfere with my ability ...

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Five more years of MERKEL: German Chancellor set to glide to victory ahead of Schulz

In one conducted by polling institute infratest-dimap, in conjunction with German public broadcaster ARD, Mrs Merkel scored her highest approval rating since the beginning of the refugee crisis in 2015. A mammoth 64 per cent of those surveyed say they are satisfied with the way she carries out her job, making her the most popular politician in the country. Gains ...

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Saif al-Islam: Gaddafi's son 'released by captors after more than five years of detention'

A statement by the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion said Saif al-Islam was released on Friday, but gave no details of his whereabouts. Officials of the group in Zintan, a town south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, confirmed he had been released but refused to disclose his whereabouts over fears for his safety. The Battalion said his release was decided as ...

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As Cabrera commits more errors, Twitter begs Rosario to join Mets

ATLANTA – Someone in Las Vegas seems to be getting anxious. Minutes after Mets veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera committed back-to-back errors in the first inning of Saturday’s win over the Braves in first game of a doubleheader, the organization’s top prospect, shortstop Amed Rosario started answering fans’ Twitter pleas for him to take over. A Mets fan with the Twitter ...

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Japanese MPs call for nuclear bunkers as Kim Jong-un carries out more missile tests

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party also wants to run television and media campaigns to increase public awareness of the need to run to robust buildings or underground shopping centres in the event of a ballistic missile attack. The measures were outlined in a proposal submitted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shortly after North Korea’s crackpot dictator Kim Jong-un carried out ...

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Bronx pol pitches bill giving parent boards more power

ALBANY — The head of a breakaway group of state Senate Democrats introduced his own legislation to extend mayoral control over the New York City school system for another two years while also giving more power to community parent boards. Under the bill by Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx), community education councils would be given the ability to sign off on ...

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China must do more to contain North Korea demands US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

North Korea has become a security priority for Washington since Pyongyang vowed to accelerate its nuclear and missile programmes and to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.  President Donald Trump’s administration has been pressing China aggressively to rein in its reclusive neighbour, warning all options are on the table if North Korea persists with its pursuit ...

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