The United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana announced that CHRISTOPHER LORELL ROBERTS, JR., age 41, a resident of Gretna, Louisiana, was charged today in a 29-count Indictment with wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, and tax evasion, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201. According […]
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A South Florida patient recruiter was sentenced to 87 months in prison today for her role in a scheme involving approximately $1.6 million in Medicare claims for home health care services that were procured through the payment of kickbacks. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo […]
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Iraq has never been quite a peaceful land. Ever since the city-states brawling with each other 5,000 years ago, there was always a power vying for the fertile grounds. And if it weren’t the riches of the soil, it was the strategic position of the land or, in the modern times, the oil lying underneath.
These pictures peek into the daily life of Iraq, mostly Baghdad, between 1940s and 1980s. The country was struck with political turmoil every couple of years, but at least it was not at war. Well, mostly. In 1980, shortly after Saddam Hussein became the president, Iraq invaded Iran and began a war to last the next eight years.
Up until that point though Iraqis experienced a period of relative peace and prosperity-thanks to the oil exports-recovering from the World War II and shedding the British rule.
Baghdad was built in the 8th century at caliph Al-Mansur’s instance. It was known as the Round City, as it had circular layout (12 miles in diameter). It was build about 50 miles north of where the ancient city of Babylon used to lie. After Teheran, it is the largest city in the Western Asia with well over 7 million residents. The country as a whole has population of some 36 million.

How often do you hear about Nicaragua? The Caribbean republic bordered by Honduras in the north and Costa Rica in the south provides home to some 6 million people. But listing a few encyclopedic facts would hardly do it justice.
From the splendid Lake Nicaragua in the south (some 100 miles across) to the scenic Miskito Cays in the north, Nicaragua is an increasingly popular tourist destination for its beaches, abundant natural diversity, and even the picturesque charm of its cities, like of León and Granada.
People of Nicaragua are described as “warm and generous,” according to “There are many stories of expatriates or tourists having vehicle problems or other issues in the middle of nowhere and having a local Nica family with little or nothing offering their home, food and assistance,” the website states.
The culture has a strong Spanish influence, as the conquistadors subdued the native culture during the 16th century. Yet the Spaniards arrived womenless and so the settlers mixed with the native tribes. Even today, most of the population is mestizo–a mix of European and Native American.
Conquistador Gil González Dávila came up with the name Nicaragua by combining the word “Nicarao,” a name of the capital of the largest native tribe, and “aqua,” Spanish for water, for the large lakes on the west coast of the land.

For over 25 years, Hubble Space Telescope has become a staple name for bringing us the crystal-clear images of nearby galaxies as well as discovering whole scores of galaxies in seemingly empty spots of the night sky.
Yet some of the lesser known images, though perhaps less spectacular on the first sight, depict monumental stellar phenomena that spark imagination.
How about a picture of two galaxies colliding? And can you also see the dragon in the picture of the Veil Nebula? The Orion Nebula, on the other hand, seems to harbor a shape of something between a dolphin and a crocodile.
Of course, astronomers usually offer much less colorful depictions focused on dust and gasses. But sometimes even the scientists let their imagination run. Like in case of the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 that, according to NASA, “seems to be smiling.”
Despite its current exemplary reputation, Hubble Telescope actually looked more like a failure for better part of its development and early career. It was planned to launch in 1983, but got delayed until 1990, partially because of the Challenger disaster, but also due to technical and budget problems. It cost some $2.5 billion to construct, more than six times more than initially estimated.
When the Discovery shuttle finally carried it into orbit, astronomers found its optical system had a flaw. Its main mirror was too flat at the perimeter by 2.2 microns, which is less than 0.00009 of an inch. That was enough to drastically decrease its resolution. During Hubble’s first servicing mission in 1993, a device, working on a similar principle as a pair of glasses, was installed to correct for the optical imperfection.
Since then, and possibly until 2020, we’ll enjoy the sharp images for which the telescope became famous.

Bastille Day, or, as the French say, “La Fête nationale” is kind of like the 4th of July for Americans. When, on July 14, 1789, crowds of common Frenchmen stormed the Bastille, they were more than a bunch of hooligans and Bastille was more than just a prison.

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I remember, last year, when I was freezing on an early morning February assignment, my fellow in pain, incidentally working for The New York Times, complained to me about the “golden light” obsession among young photographers. It’s like there’s no other time of the day than that little window before the sunset, when the sun bathes the world in the proverbial golden light. But when everything is photographed this way, doesn’t that lead to a lack of variety?
On the other hand, if someone works with sunsets so well as Emilio Morenatti, you just can’t get enough.
Morenatti is someone I’d call the master of shadows. Many of his great photos are enveloped in darkness, yet thanks to his great work with contrast and composition, the shadows will inevitably lead you to the main subject, giving the pictures a feel of simplicity.
A Spaniard, Emilio Morenatti, studied graphic design and since 2004 works for the Associated Press, based in Barcelona. Covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories, Morenatti has quite a few stories to tell. One time he was kidnapped in Gaza City—and freed unharmed after 15 hours. A year later a fragment of a stun grenade broke his leg when he was covering a West Bank protest. In August 2009, Morenatti was injured again on assignment in Afghanistan.
Indeed, photojournalism is a strange occupation, requiring one to have a heart of a warrior and a poet at the same time.
The National Press Photographers Association awarded Morenatti for Best of Photojournalism story in 2012.