Kent Covington
Associated Press/Photo by Tim Boyle/Chicago Sun-Times

Trump grants clemency to white-collar convicts

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/19/20, 11:44 am

President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the 14-year sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who would have remained in prison until 2024. A jury convicted Blagojevich, a Democrat, of corruption in 2011 for attempting to sell President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat and shake down a hospital. Critics such as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot denounced the commutation as unjust.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Jose Luis Magana (file)

T-Mobile, Sprint merger clears major hurdle

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/12/20, 10:35 am

Two national cellphone carriers may soon merge to create a new wireless giant. A federal judge has cleared the path for T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint. The merger still needs a few more approvals, but T-Mobile expects to close the deal as early as April 1.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune

Coast Guard nabs millions of dollars of cocaine

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/11/20, 10:38 am

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday unloaded about 20,000 pounds of cocaine it seized while pursuing drug runners in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It took the drug haul—which has an estimated street value of nearly $340 million—to Naval Base San Diego.

Read more