Entries in United State (4)


Rosie Rivera to Oversee Jenni Rivera's Finances

Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mexican-American banda singer Jenni Rivera, who was laid to rest last week following the fatal plane crash that killed her and six others, has left her considerable fortune -- estimated at 25 million dollars -- to her five children.

In addition, a handwritten note left by the late singer named her younger sister, Rosie, in charge of managing Rivera's finances as the CEO of Jenni Enterprises should anything happen to her. Rosie's new title puts her in change of not only the late performer's finances, but also of her brand and of continued sales of her music and merchandise.

In addition, the letter grants Rosie, 31, responsibility over the children Jenni left behind: Janney "Chiquis" Marín Rivera, Jacqueline Marín Rivera, Michael Marín Rivera, Jenicka Lopez Rivera, and Johnny Lopez Rivera.

According to one of Jenni's brothers, Pedro Rivera, Jr., the singer had "prepared a letter about a month and a half ago, and Rosie has that letter." Jenni "always had advisers who helped her work and to make things right," he adds.

The "Jenni Rivera Official" Facebook page notes, in an announcement addressed to Rivera's fans, that, in an effort to keep readers abreast of what's to come, "we are now in charge of her [online] accounts." The note concludes by thanking the singer's fans for "making of my sister una gran señora [a great woman]."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


US Seeking to End Loan Guarantee Program for Israel?

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- As gridlock continues in Washington over the debt crisis, an Israeli newspaper has uncovered a U.S. report that is raising new financial concerns all the way in Jerusalem.

Israel has long relied on U.S. loan guarantees worth billions of dollars to raise money cheaply overseas and grow its economy.  But a new internal State Department report is recommending that the $9 billion loan guarantee program be terminated at the end of 2011.

The recommendation came in a report from the State Department's Office of Inspector General which Israel's Haaretz newspaper has obtained.  The comptroller's report argues that Israel no longer needs the United States' help since it has become a stable, self-sufficient economy and a new member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

This is the first time that Israel's economic prowess -- and not its politics -- could change the status of these loan guarantees.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


US Increases Outreach to Syrian Opposition

Victoria Nuland. US Dept of State(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department says its embassy in Damascus, while denied meetings with the Syrian government, has stepped up its outreach to the country’s opposition as well as figures in exile.
“We're also beginning now to increase our own contacts with those brave Syrians who are standing up for change and their universal rights, those inside Syria and those outside Syria,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Thursday.
“I don't think I want to go any further than that at this point, because the talks are obviously confidential, and we want to be able to continue to broaden and deepen those conversations,” she added when pressed for details.
Earlier, a senior administration official told ABC News that in recent months the U.S. had stepped up its efforts to provide training and equipment to Syrian democracy activists to get around government controls of the Internet, allowing the opposition to organize and communicate safely online.
“Syrians from all walks of life, from all professions, from all confessions are starting to come together and demand their rights. So we are interested in supporting them. We're interested in supporting that struggle,” Nuland said Thursday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


U.S., China 'Restart' Military to Military Talks

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- High level Chinese military officials were at the Pentagon Friday for what are known as the Defense Consultative Talks in the first high-level U.S.-Chinese military to military contact since the relationship froze after the U.S. announced an arms deal to Taiwan.   That situation’s now getting better, given Friday's talks and the upcoming visit by Secretary Gates to China next month.

There was an opportunity to talk about current global issues like: North Korea, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.  But the issues discussed Friday mainly focused on strategic policies, specifically the Nuclear Posture Review, the Ballistic Missile Defense Review and the Space review -- they did not touch on cyberspace.

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy described the meeting as very frank and candid and there wasn’t always agreement, for example, about maritime international law issues -- there have been incidents where U.S. and Chinese ships have had close encounters on the high seas.

She said that the U.S. presented the Chinese with the same briefing on missile defense that they’ve provided to America’s closest allies and that in turn, the Chinese presented a briefing about the role they believe their military plays in the world.   She said conversations like these helped to “move the ball forward” in the U.S.-Chinese relationship.

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