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Federal prosecutors claim a San Pedro train engineer intentionally derailed a locomotive near the Port of L.A in an attempt to crash into the hospital ship USNS Mercy.


What they're saying:

US Attorney's office asserts that Eduardo Moreno, age 44, a resident of San Pedro, admitted in two separate interviews with law enforcement that he deliberately derailed the train and crashed the train near the hospital ship USNS Mercy.


In an interrogation with the Los Angeles Port Police, Moreno allegedly said he "did it" and in an interview with the F.B.I, Moreno said “he did it out of the desire to ‘wake people up,’” according to the affidavit. “Moreno stated that he thought that the U.S.N.S.Mercy was suspicious and did not believe ‘the ship is what they say it’s for.’”.


The USNS Mercy arrived last week to the Port of Los Angeles to provide medical support to regional hospitals during the Coronavirs pandemic that has gripped the nation.


  • Moreno ran the train off the tracks and crashed through barriers before the toppled train stopped more than 250 yards from the navy ship.

  • No one was injured in the incident, and the USNS Mercy was not damaged.

  • The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Port of Los Angeles Police are now leading the investigation.


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According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Sen Kelly Loeffler and her spouse traded about $1.4 million worth of vulnerable stock during the #Coronavirus pandemic, Loeffler and other public officials are facing accusations of insider trading.


Details:

Senator Loeffler (R-GA) and her husband sold stocks in retail companies such as Lululemon and T.J. Maxx and invested in a company that makes COVID-19 protective garments, per a report by the AJC.


  • Loeffler is one of the wealthiest politicians in Washington, her husband Jeffery Spencer, is the CEO of the Intercontinental Exchange and chairmen of the New York Stock Exchange.

  • The biggest trades reportedly included $18.7 million in sales of Intercontinental Exchange stock in three separate deals, AJC reporting.

  • CNN reported that Loeffler and her husband bought shares in Citrix, a software company used for cloud computing and teleconferencing.

  • Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat in the Senate, is running for reelection against Republican Congressmen Doug Collins.

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What we know so far:

At roughly 2:00p.m, LBPD officers responded to reports of gunfire at MLK park. When the officers arrived, they engaged a man on a bicycle, who they suspected was involved with the reported shooting.


  • LBPD spokesperson said the suspect ran away from the officers and a foot chase transpired. During the foot pursuit the suspect, allegedly, fired a gun at the officers and the officer(s) fired back, ending in an officer-involved shooting.

  • The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his upper torso; his medical condition is unknown at this hour.

  • During the investigation, a firearm was discovered in the area of the shooting.

  • No victims from the initial shooting incident have been located at this time


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