Produced by Susan Mallie, Judy Rybak, Ryan Smith and Claire St. Amant [This story first aired on Oct. 17, 2017. It was updated on Nov. 17, 2018.] Moataz Azzeh, a decorated former U.S. Army soldier who pretended to take on a hit job for two Houston area doctors in a murder-for-hire plot speaks out about the shocking case to 48 Hours. Valerie McDaniel, a veterinarian, and Leon Jacob, a surgeon, quickly fell in love and even talked of marriage. Jacob was an up-and-coming doctor with plenty of confidence. She was newly single after getting a divorce from her ex-husband Marion "Mack" McDaniel. But there were some problems. The McDaniels were in the midst of an ugly custody battle, while Leon Jacob was facing felony charges for stalking an ex-girlfriend. If found guilty on those charges, it could have upended his medical career. Houston Police say that's when Leon Jacob sought the help of someone he thought was a hit man to eliminate the problems. DELIVERING BAD NEWS It's 3 a.m. … [Read more...] about Houston doctor charged in murder-for-hire plot goes to trial
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Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY EXXONMOBIL Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Monday morning. SCOOP — Big lobby move to start your week: Playbook hears of another big move in the ongoing press gallery reshuffle. Word is the Sun’s Westminster correspondent Harry Cole has been poached by the Mail on Sunday and will join as deputy political editor later this year. Cole, a veteran of the Guido Fawkes blog, has spent three highly successful years at the Sun since joining after the 2015 election, breaking a succession of big stories including the Westminster sexual harassment scandal and the killing of “White Widow” terrorist Sally Jones. He will be the No. 2 in a new-look Mail on Sunday team following the promotion of veteran deputy Glen Owen to political editor. DRIVING THE DAY BIG WEEK FOR BREXIT: Parliament is in recess, MPs are in their constituencies, and the … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by ExxonMobil: Lobby reshuffle scoop — Big week for Brexit — Conference countdown
1. ARE HEARTS GENUINE TITLE CONTENDERS? Keith Jackson : They may not go the distance but they have set an almighty pace. Craig Levein’s men sit at the top of the table on merit and the more momentum they build the more realistic their chances will become. Anthony Haggerty : Yes. Welcome back Craig Levein. The Hearts boss has been a breath of fresh air and worked wonders since he reluctantly took the helm again. The men in maroon are beginning to believe something special is about to happen under Levein and it could you know. In the meantime lets just applaud and admire what is happening at Tynie. It is early days but credit where it is due. Craig Swan : Five matches is one thing. A full campaign of 38 games over 10 months is quite another and they won’t win it. However, given the return of an early League Cup Final last season, it opens a big door for the Jambos to use their current form and snatch a trophy. That’s a real target. Euan McLean : They are top of … [Read more...] about Are Hearts genuine title challengers after bright start to season?
Ask most any smart investor what could cause the next crisis in markets and the likely answer would be a sharp rise in borrowing costs brought on by a selloff in the bond market. But the thing about markets is that the pain usually originates in places where it's least expected. That may be the case now with emerging markets. The fact is, investors have had a few years now to prepare for the inevitable rise in bond yields that is currently underway. That's seen in the record bets against U.S. Treasuries. What hasn't been expected is the big slump in EM, which attracted a record $315 billion in non-resident portfolio debt flows in 2017, as measured by the Institute for International Finance. At one point on Tuesday, an MSCI index of EM currencies was down 1.07 percent, the most since June 2016, and bringing its decline so far this quarter to 2.83 percent. Losses in MSCI's EM index of equities are almost 50 percent greater than the global market for stocks since January. A … [Read more...] about Emerging Markets Face Their Moment of Truth
A Republican candidate for governor of Georgia is driving a “deportation bus” around the state, promising to fill it with undocumented immigrants and “send them back to where they came from”. Michael Williams –a Georgia state senator and, according to his website, the first elected official in the state to endorse Donald Trump – announced this week that he would drive a bus around the state to raise awareness of the “overwhelming problem of illegal immigration”. “Throughout his bus tour of sanctuary cities, Williams will expose how dangerous illegal aliens ruin local economies, cost American jobs, increase healthcare costs, and lower education standards,” a statement on his Facebook page reads. Read more Georgia candidate who aimed gun at teenager in ad says 'get over it' A campaign video announcing the tour shows Mr Williams descending from the bus, which appears to be a refurbished school … [Read more...] about Republican gubernatorial candidate drives ‘deportation bus’ around Georgia