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  • Attorney Michael Avenatti attends the 2019 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 26, 2019 in Las Vegas. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Michael Avenatti Charged With Bank and Wire Fraud, Extortion: Federal Prosecutors

    Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity. Avenatti, who was also accused of embezzling a client’s money to pay his own expenses, was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California. He was arrested at […]

  • William Barr arrives on Capitol Hill for a meeting with Sen. Bill Cassidy on Jan. 29, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    President to Let AG William Barr Decide Release of Mueller Report: White House

    Special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. That brought a hearty claim of vindication from Trump but set the stage for new rounds of political and legal fighting. The battle began Monday as White House aides and allies blanketed television news broadcasts to trumpet the findings and claim that Trump has been the victim in a […]

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    Sacramento Man Arrested on Hoax Charges After Allegedly Mailing Letters Containing White Powder, Threatening to Kill Officials

    A California man has been arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on charges of mailing letters containing a white powder and threatening to kill police and government officials, federal authorities said Monday. Darnell Ray Owens, 32, of Sacramento, was arrested Friday and will be returned to California to face charges of making interstate threats and a biological weapons hoax in an apparent attempt to get back at his father. He does not yet have an attorney. He sent one hoax letter with […]

  • A woman smokes a marijuana joint at Hempfest on Aug. 21, 2004, in Seattle, Washington. (Credit: Ron Wurzer/Getty Images)

    More Aging Americans Using Marijuana to Soothe Ailments

    The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland. There they board a bus for a quick trip to a building that, save for the green Red Cross-style sign in the window, resembles a trendy coffee bar. The people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, pass […]

  • Attorney Mark Geragos stands with his clients during an arraignment hearing at the downtown Los Angeles criminal courts building on March 16, 2018. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

    Celebrity Attorney Mark Geragos Is Co-Conspirator in Avenatti Extortion Case: Source

    A person familiar with details of the Michael Avenatti extortion investigation tells The Associated Press that celebrity attorney Mark Geragos is a co-conspirator in the case. Prosecutors say in court papers that an unnamed attorney joined Avenatti in demanding that Nike pay millions of dollars, or risk being embarrassed by a scandal involving its sponsorship of an amateur basketball team. They described the attorney as a co-conspirator but didn’t charge him with a crime. The person knowledgeable about the case […]

  • Protesters hold placards aloft as they march during the Stand Against Racism and Islamophobia: Fraser Anning Resign! rally on March 19, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. The protesters are calling for the resignation of Sen. Fraser Anning, following the statement he issued within hours of the Christchurch terror attacks, linking the shootings at two mosques to immigration. (Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

    ‘This Egg Has United People,’ Says Teen Who Cracked Egg on Anti-Muslim Australian Senator’s Head on Live TV

    An Australian teen known around the world as “Egg Boy” conceded on Monday that egging a far-right senator was not the right thing to do, but said the gesture united a world reeling from a white supremacist’s alleged massacre of 50 Muslims in New Zealand. Will Connolly, 17, gave his first television interview since becoming an online hero among many for cracking an egg on Sen. Fraser Anning’s head as the maverick legislator spoke at a news conference after a […]

  • Donna Heinel, left, former senior associate athletic director at USC for her arraignment at Boston Federal Court on March 25, 2019 in Boston. (Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

    Athletic Coaches, Others Charged in College Admissions Scam Plead Not Guilty

    Athletic coaches charged in a sweeping college admissions scam pleaded not guilty Monday to taking bribes from wealthy parents in exchange for helping students get into elite universities such as Georgetown. They appeared in Boston’s federal court nearly two weeks after they were arrested in what authorities have described as the biggest college admissions scheme ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department , which also ensnared prominent parents like actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Authorities say the coaches were paid tens […]

  • Dr. Brad Jacobs holds up a silicone implant gel (L) and a saline implant gel (R) inside of his office in New York City. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    FDA Reviewing Breast Implant Safety Amid New Concerns

    U.S. medical authorities are revisiting the safety of breast implants used by millions of American women, the latest review in an ongoing debate about their potential health effects. An expert panel assembled by the Food and Drug Administration opened a two-day meeting Monday to discuss the latest evidence about the risks of illness and complications with the devices, which have been sold since the mid-1960s. Breast augmentation is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the U.S., with roughly […]

  • President Donald J. Trump listens to remarks from Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (unseen), before signing an order recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli territory, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House Trump signed an order recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli territory. (Credit: Michael Reynolds - Pool/Getty Images)

    Trump Goes on Offensive on Mueller Report, Says Critics Have Done ‘Evil Things … Treasonous Things’

    For President Donald Trump, the fight over the “witch hunt” is only just beginning. Now that special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into Trump’s campaign is over, it’s being transformed into a rallying cry and a weapon for the president’s re-election campaign. The pall of the two-year probe lifted Sunday, when Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Mueller’s findings that said the wide-ranging investigation found no evidence of collusion by Trump’s 2016 campaign with the Russian government. Barr’s four-page letter was immediately […]

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