LBN – Saturday, September 17th

*Teen Suspect Arrested in London Subway Attack

British authorities say they have arrested an 18-year-old male in Dover in connection with Friday’s London subway attack. The suspect’s identity has not been revealed but Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu said Saturday it’s a “significant arrest” in the investigation. “Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” Basu said. Police also raided a home near London on Saturday afternoon as part of their ongoing investigation. Twenty-nine people were wounded in the blast at Parsons Green station during morning rush hour on Friday. Investigators say many likely would have been killed if the bomb had fully detonated rather than only partially exploding. The arrest comes after Prime Minister Theresa Mayannounced that the country’s threat level is now at “critical,” with British soldiers to be deployed throughout the country to assist police in patrolling public areas.

*Money-Laundering Prosecutor Joins Trump-Russia Probe

Attorney Kyle Freeny has reportedly transferred from the Justice Department’s highest profile money laundering case to join special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between Moscow and President Trump’s campaign. Freeny was spotted at a Washington courthouse Friday along with other members of Mueller’s team as Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testified before a grand jury. It’s not clear when exactly Freeny became involved in the Russia probe, but court records cited by Politico said she withdrew from a Justice Department case against the “Wolf of Wall Street” producers onJune 26. She is the 17th lawyer known to be working for Mueller’s ongoing probe. Mueller’s office confirmed Freeny’s involvement in the investigation but did not provide further details, according to Politico. She has been working for the Justice Department’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section since last year.

*California Lawmakers Vote to Become Sanctuary State

California lawmakers on Saturday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make the state a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants by limiting local law enforcement’s cooperation with immigration authorities. The measure, approved by California’s legislature during its last session of the year Friday, will take effect Jan. 1 if Brown signs it. Brown expressed support for the measure after it underwent several rounds of amendments that align the legislation with the state’s Trust Act, an anti-deportation law. The law pits California authorities against theTrump administration, which continues to push for a crackdown on undocumented immigrants and has threatened to withhold federal funding for any cities or states using “sanctuary” policies. A federal judge in Chicago issued a nationwide temporary injunction late Friday blocking the administration from withholding funding to sanctuary cities, however.

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*Dozens Arrested in Violent St. Louis Protests

At least 32 people were arrested in St. Louis after protests against a former police officer’s acquittal in the 2011 shooting death of a black man turned violent late Friday. Protesters blocked highways, surrounded the mayor’s house, and threw bricks at police officers, leaving at least nine police officers injured, one of them seriously. Police deployed tear gas and pepper spray against demonstrators in a bid to regain control. “Many of the demonstrators were peaceful, however after dark, many agitators began to destroy property and assault police officers,” Acting Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said early Saturday. Several buildings were damaged, including a public library and several restaurants. The chaos erupted after a judge found 36-year-old Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Smith died after Stockley, then a police officer, shot him five times following a high-speed chase in 2011.

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