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GOP-led states ask SCOTUS to temporarily block Biden's student loan handout program

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Three GOP-led states are asking the Supreme Court for emergency intervention to temporarily block the implementation of President Biden’s latest effort to provide a student loan handout to millions of borrowers.

The time-sensitive appeal was sent to Justice Neil Gorsuch, who could make the decision himself or ask his colleagues to weigh in.

Most likely, the court will ask the government to file a response brief, and an order from the court could be issued in the days or weeks that follow.

On Sunday, a federal appeals court in Denver issued a temporary stay to a lower court ruling against the Biden administration on the matter.

AFTER URGING RESPECT FOR JUSTICE SYSTEM, BIDEN CLAIMS SCOTUS’ TRUMP CASE RULING IS ‘ATTACK’ ON ‘RULE OF LAW’

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Alaska, Texas and South Carolina are asking the Supreme Court for emergency intervention to temporarily block implementation of the Biden administration’s latest effort at a student loan handout. (Fox News)

The states filing the emergency application — Alaska, Texas and South Carolina — are now asking the high court to lift the stay.

The Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan announced by the administration last year would help millions of borrowers enrolled in a federal student loan program to lower their monthly debt payments and provide a path to debt forgiveness.

The lower payments were expected to kick in July 1 for an estimated 8 million borrowers enrolled in the SAVE program.

BIDEN URGES RESPECT FOR LEGAL SYSTEM AFTER TRUMP CONVICTION WHILE PUBLICLY FLOUTING SCOTUS RULINGS

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President Biden speaks about student loan debt at Madison College April 8, 2024, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

In the application to Gorsuch, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor said because of the administration’s “intransigence,” the court must “unfortunately step in again.”

“Time is of the essence. Not only do the States and the public at large need to know as soon as possible whether the SAVE Plan is lawful, but the Biden Administration is not done,” the attorneys general wrote. “On April 17, 2024, the Department announced yet another rule to spend hundreds of billions of dollars waiving student debt. 89 Fed. Reg. 27654. 

“That Proposed Rule is expected to be final well before this litigation concludes absent intervention from this Court. Legal certainty from this Court is essential whenever hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake, but it is particularly critical where, as here, commentators across the political spectrum have observed that federal government is flouting this Court’s decision in Nebraska.

“The Court should thus grant review and summarily reject the SAVE Plan or set the case for briefing and argument to ensure that federal law retains its integrity and to prevent the Department from unilaterally giving away hundreds of billions of dollars.”

BIDEN SLAMS SCOTUS PRESIDENTIAL IMMUNITY RULING, IGNORES QUESTIONS ABOUT DROPPING OUT

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Student loan borrowers stage a rally in front of the White House to celebrate President Biden canceling student debt. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, Biden announced the SAVE plan that cancels debt for enrolled borrowers who have been in repayment for at least 10 years and have $12,000 or less in student loan debt. Those with larger debts will receive relief after an additional year of payments for every additional $1,000 they borrowed.

In June 2023, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that federal law does not allow Biden’s Secretary of Education to cancel more than $430 billion in student loan debt.

Biden promised at the time that his administration would continue to push for his student debt relief plan.

Shortly after the court’s ruling, Biden said, “I think the court misinterpreted the Constitution.”

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Woodland Hills home burglarized, suspect escapes

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Woodland Hills home burglarized, suspect escapes

An upscale Woodland Hills home was burglarized late Friday night, according to authorities.

Police said the burglary was reported at 10 p.m. on the 4500 block of Del Moreno Drive. The suspect took an unknown amount of property.

According to stringer service RMG News, jewelry, cash and designer bags were taken from the home.

The suspect was seen leaving on foot. They were wearing black pants and a black hoodie with blue gloves, police said.

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No other descriptors for the suspect were made available.

It’s unknown if any residents were home during the burglary.

Del Moreno Drive is located in an upscale Woodland Hills with homes valued in the multi-million dollar range.

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Alec Baldwin 'Rust' trial: Jury will hear actor urge wife to visit for a 'good time' just after shooting

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Jurors will learn that Alec Baldwin urged his wife and kids to visit him in Santa Fe for a “good time,” hours after he accidentally shot Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza on a movie set, according to a ruling Thursday.

Baldwin, 66, hadn’t yet learned that Hutchins was dead but knew that she and Souza had been taken to a hospital when he called his wife, Hilaria, from a New Mexico sheriff’s office Oct. 21, 2021.

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“He’s speaking to his wife, and he has her on FaceTime so we can actually hear her. We can hear her responses. And then he’s speaking to another person,” prosecutor Kari Morrissey told the judge during a hearing outside the earshot of jurors. 

“And he is explaining that he wants that person to try to convince his wife to still come to New Mexico because they can’t get their money back for the plane tickets, and they’d like to go ahead and have a good time.”

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Alec Baldwin attends his manslaughter trial in Santa Fe, N.M., Thursday, July 11, 2024, for the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during filming of the Western movie “Rust.” (Ramsay de Give/Pool Photo via AP)

Hilaria and their kids had previously planned to visit Baldwin one day after the tragic accident.

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But rather than call off their trip after the shooting, Baldwin urged them to visit.

Morrissey argued the statement should be allowed after defense attorney Alex Spiro elicited testimony about Baldwin’s state of mind from Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Lefleur.

Spiro had asked whether Baldwin appeared upset after the accidental shooting, which the deputy confirmed.

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Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ruled prosecutors could introduce his conversations with Hilaria, which were captured on video hours after the accident as Baldwin sat alone in a police interview room.

Later that evening, Baldwin told Det. Alexandria Hancock, “You live a very, very difficult but ultimately very narrow life.” 

Sommer said that statement can also be disclosed to jurors.

ALEC BALDWIN’S CLAIM HE DIDN’T PULL TRIGGER ON ‘RUST’ SET QUESTIONED BY SHERIFF: ‘GUNS DON’T JUST GO OFF’

Marissa Poppell attends Alec Baldwin's manslaughter trial

Crime scene technician Marissa Poppell attends Alec Baldwin’s manslaughter trial in Santa Fe, N.M., Thursday, July 11, 2024, for the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during filming of the Western movie “Rust.” (Ramsay de Give/Pool Photo via AP)

The third day of Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter trial in the First Judicial District Court kicked off with cross-examination of the state’s fourth witness, forensic technician Marissa Poppell. 

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During the brutal hours-long questioning by Spiro, Poppell admitted she didn’t conduct an exhaustive search for live ammunition at a warehouse for the film’s prop supplier after having stated the opposite on direct examination.

The defense has argued investigators zeroed in on Baldwin rather than focus on who supplied the live rounds to the set, which remains a mystery. 

Alex Spiro attends Alec Baldwin's manslaughter trial

Attorney Alex Spiro attends Alec Baldwin’s manslaughter trial at First Judicial District Courthouse July 11, 2024, in Santa Fe, N.M. (Ramsay de Give/Pool/Getty Images)

Spiro showed jurors photos of stacked boxes and tubs in Seth Kenney’s PDQ Arm and Prop’s warehouse, where Poppell and other officers unsuccessfully searched for live rounds that matched the one that killed Hutchins.

Poppell admitted they didn’t go through every box but instead shook some of them and listened for a rattle.

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“At the search being conducted to find the source of the lethal round, law enforcement is doing the very same thing that you’re complaining about the armorer doing on the set, right?” Spiro asked.

“Yes,” she replied.

The film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was convicted of the same charge Baldwin is facing for loading a live round into the revolver that killed Hutchins, previously told investigators she checked to confirm a bullet was a dummy “most of the time.”

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Burglary suspects arrested after crashing during Orange County pursuit

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Burglary suspects arrested after crashing during Orange County pursuit

Four burglary suspects were arrested after crashing their car during a pursuit and fleeing from officers in Fountain Valley.

The theft crew is accused of burglarizing a home near the 16000 block of Galaxy Drive in Westminster on Thursday when police spotted their vehicle on the street.

Officers tried pulling the suspects over near the 405 Freeway and Beach Boulevard, but they refused to stop and continued speeding away.

While driving on surface streets, the suspects crashed at a busy intersection near Bushard Street and Heil Avenue in Fountain Valley. The collision left multiple vehicles with severe damage.

Cell phone video captured four suspects immediately ditching the totaled car and running away from police on the streets.

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One officer sprinted closely behind a fleeing suspect as the man hopped over a brick wall.

  • Several cars were left with severe damage after burglary suspects crashed during a pursuit in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024. (Fountain Valley Police Department)
  • Several cars were left with severe damage after burglary suspects crashed during a pursuit in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024. (Fountain Valley Police Department)
  • Four burglary suspects were seen sprinting away after crashing their car during a pursuit in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024.
  • A police officer chasing after a burglary suspect in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024.
  • Several cars were left with severe damage after burglary suspects crashed during a pursuit in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024. (Fountain Valley Police Department)
  • A handgun and ammunition were located during the arrest. (Fountain Valley Police Department)
  • Four burglary suspects were seen sprinting away after crashing their car during a pursuit in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024.
  • Four burglary suspects were seen sprinting away after crashing their car during a pursuit in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024.
  • Four burglary suspects were seen sprinting away after crashing their car during a pursuit in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024. (Fountain Valley Police Department)
  • Several cars were left with severe damage after burglary suspects crashed during a pursuit in Fountain Valley on July 11, 2024.

The officer who was chasing that suspect also happened to be a former wide receiver for the University of Missouri football team.

“He’s amazing,” said Cameron Knauerhaze, Westminster Police deputy chief. “He stays fit and has quite a reputation of not being the guy to run from.”

The four men were eventually taken into custody on multiple charges including:

  • Residential burglary
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Conspiracy to commit a crime
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Felony evading

A handgun and items believed to be stolen from the Westminster home were also recovered during the arrest.

Police said the suspects, who were wearing construction worker vests, were attempting to disguise themselves to fool potential victims.

“We’ve investigated quite a few burglaries where they’re becoming a little bit more brazen and actually trying to blend into the community better because they know that we’re doing undercover operations,” Knauerhaze explained. “They know that the community is aware, so disguising themselves as city workers, construction workers, pizza delivery, DoorDash, any type of ruse they can to get access to somebody’s home and blend into the neighborhood.”
The four male suspects sustained minor injuries during the chase and were transported to local hospitals before they were taken into custody.

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Police said the burglary crew may be an international theft group responsible for multiple residential burglaries in the area. Investigators are searching through evidence to locate more possible victims.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective David Ramirez at 714-548-3805.

Anonymous tips can be provided to OC Crime Stoppers at 1-855-847-6227 or online at occrimestoppers.org.

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