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    News Photos Slideshows - Hot Trends - Click on the image to view in augmented reality or in stereo 3D

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  • 2/64   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 3/64   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
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    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 4/64   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 5/64   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn?t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn?t do that.


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  • 6/64   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
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    ?Dear Men? explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of ?Dear Men? every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don?t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,? he said.

    ?Dear Men? explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of ?Dear Men? every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don?t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,? he said.


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  • 7/64   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 8/64   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I?m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show ?Through Her Eyes? that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show ?Through Her Eyes? that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 9/64   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago ? until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, ?We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE ? chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head ? and the role it was playing in Patrick?s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago ? until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, ?We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE ? chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head ? and the role it was playing in Patrick?s life.


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  • 10/64   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren?t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren?t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 11/64   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's?love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The?Des Moines Register editorial board?documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn?t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person?s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, ?My watch can?t be talking.?

    Jeb Bush's?love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The?Des Moines Register editorial board?documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn?t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person?s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, ?My watch can?t be talking.?


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  • 12/64   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis?s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader?s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope?s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis?s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader?s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope?s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 13/64   How to Open a 529 College Savings Plan in Less Than 10 Minutes
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    Saving for college doesn't have to be hard or time consuming. Start by opening a 529 plan.

    Saving for college doesn't have to be hard or time consuming. Start by opening a 529 plan.


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  • 14/64   Who Says Rate Moves Need to Be 25bps? Not India's New Governor
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    Instead of a conventional 25 basis point cut and announcement of a dovish, hawkish or neutral stance to give guidance on future actions, policy makers could just change the rate to the dynamics of the situation, Das said in Washington on Friday.  The Reserve Bank has delivered two back-to-back rate hikes of 25 basis points each this year to boost growth in Asia?s third-largest economy.

    Instead of a conventional 25 basis point cut and announcement of a dovish, hawkish or neutral stance to give guidance on future actions, policy makers could just change the rate to the dynamics of the situation, Das said in Washington on Friday. The Reserve Bank has delivered two back-to-back rate hikes of 25 basis points each this year to boost growth in Asia?s third-largest economy.


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  • 15/64   Trump Backs Third Summit With Kim, Says Relations `Very Good'
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    ?I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate,? Trump said Saturday in a tweet.  In remarks carried earlier Saturday by the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim said he wouldn?t welcome a repeat of the Hanoi summit in February, when Trump walked out without securing a nuclear disarmament deal.

    ?I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate,? Trump said Saturday in a tweet. In remarks carried earlier Saturday by the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim said he wouldn?t welcome a repeat of the Hanoi summit in February, when Trump walked out without securing a nuclear disarmament deal.


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  • 16/64   Boeing Crushes Airbus on Q1 Aircraft Orders Despite 737 MAX Fiasco
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    Notwithstanding the big scandal at Boeing, Airbus is the aircraft manufacturer that has racked up dozens of order cancellations this year.

    Notwithstanding the big scandal at Boeing, Airbus is the aircraft manufacturer that has racked up dozens of order cancellations this year.


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  • 17/64   AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern
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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The World Health Organization has decided that the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo is not yet a global health emergency , causing frustration among some health experts.

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The World Health Organization has decided that the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo is not yet a global health emergency , causing frustration among some health experts.


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  • 18/64   2 Simple Questions That Reveal Whether Your CEO Is Overpaid
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    Incentives and rewards can tell you a lot about a company's focus.

    Incentives and rewards can tell you a lot about a company's focus.


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  • 19/64   Poland's Kaczynski says 'no' to the euro as part of election campaign
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    Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) says 'no' to the euro and believes Warsaw should only adopt the common currency when its economy is as big as Germany's, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Saturday.  Kaczynski was speaking at a PiS convention in Lublin, eastern Poland, ahead of the European Union election in May, which is seen as a test for the party and its major opponents ahead of a general election in Poland later this year.

    Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) says 'no' to the euro and believes Warsaw should only adopt the common currency when its economy is as big as Germany's, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Saturday. Kaczynski was speaking at a PiS convention in Lublin, eastern Poland, ahead of the European Union election in May, which is seen as a test for the party and its major opponents ahead of a general election in Poland later this year.


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  • 20/64   Better Marijuana Stock: Scotts Miracle-Gro vs. Auxly Cannabis
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    Two marijuana stocks with different twists. One clear winner.

    Two marijuana stocks with different twists. One clear winner.


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  • 21/64   Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Their Tax Returns
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    With tax day nearly here, many of us just don't like how things turned out.

    With tax day nearly here, many of us just don't like how things turned out.


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  • 22/64   Is National Retail Properties a Buy?
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    This retail REIT could be a good investment, but has it become too expensive?

    This retail REIT could be a good investment, but has it become too expensive?


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  • 23/64   2 Crucial Questions Netflix Should Answer Next Week
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    The streaming-video giant expects to add 8.9 million subscribers in the first quarter, but investors also need to keep an eye out for these important details.

    The streaming-video giant expects to add 8.9 million subscribers in the first quarter, but investors also need to keep an eye out for these important details.


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  • 24/64   3 Types of Social Security Taxes That Can Affect You
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    Surprise! Even your benefits can be taxed.

    Surprise! Even your benefits can be taxed.


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  • 25/64   From Toyota Highlander to Lincoln Corsair, 9 cars to watch at New York auto show
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    Lincoln Corsair, Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Sonata among new cars at New York s

    Lincoln Corsair, Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Sonata among new cars at New York s


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  • 26/64   Building your cryptocurrency portfolio? Here?s five must read guides!
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    ? Whether you?re new to the space or you?ve been building your cryptocurrency portfolio for a while, it?s always crucial to keep up-to-date with the latest insights and market movements. The cryptocurrency market is one rife with volatility, risk, and vulnerabilities. Most of all, it?s a market that?s always changing. Having a full understanding of the market and different currencies will help you to stay ahead of bull runs, keep warm in bear markets, and to know whether it?s time to HODL or not. Below, we?ve outlined some definitive guides that make for essential reading for anyone who wants to build up their portfolio. They?re also suitable for readers who are on the lookout for deeper insights. ? 1. A The post Building your cryptocurrency portfolio? Here?s five must read guides! appeared first on Coin Rivet.

    ? Whether you?re new to the space or you?ve been building your cryptocurrency portfolio for a while, it?s always crucial to keep up-to-date with the latest insights and market movements. The cryptocurrency market is one rife with volatility, risk, and vulnerabilities. Most of all, it?s a market that?s always changing. Having a full understanding of the market and different currencies will help you to stay ahead of bull runs, keep warm in bear markets, and to know whether it?s time to HODL or not. Below, we?ve outlined some definitive guides that make for essential reading for anyone who wants to build up their portfolio. They?re also suitable for readers who are on the lookout for deeper insights. ? 1. A The post Building your cryptocurrency portfolio? Here?s five must read guides! appeared first on Coin Rivet.


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  • 27/64   Chevron Mega-Deal Shows We're Living in Age of American Energy
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    Chevron Corp.?s $33 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., announced Friday, will make the U.S. company the largest producer in the dusty plains of the Permian Basin by giving it control of an oil-rich area twice the size of Los Angeles.  The deal, the industry?s biggest in four years, is fueling speculation about what arch-rivals Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc will do next and which other Permian operators are in their sights.

    Chevron Corp.?s $33 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., announced Friday, will make the U.S. company the largest producer in the dusty plains of the Permian Basin by giving it control of an oil-rich area twice the size of Los Angeles. The deal, the industry?s biggest in four years, is fueling speculation about what arch-rivals Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc will do next and which other Permian operators are in their sights.


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  • 28/64   Fisher-Price recalls Rock 'n Play Sleepers after infant deaths
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    "Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers," said a recall summary

    "Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers," said a recall summary


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  • 29/64   Here?s the Average IRS Tax Refund Amount
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    Also find out when you can expect your tax refund.

    Also find out when you can expect your tax refund.


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  • 30/64   Mattel's Fisher Price recalls all 'Rock 'n Play' models due to reports of death
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    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday that toymaker Fisher-Price has voluntarily recalled all its 'Rock 'n Play Sleeper' products after reports of more than 30 infant deaths.  The regulator said consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday that toymaker Fisher-Price has voluntarily recalled all its 'Rock 'n Play Sleeper' products after reports of more than 30 infant deaths. The regulator said consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.


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  • 31/64   Better Buy: Kinder Morgan Canada vs. TransCanada Corporation
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    Here's a point-by-point look to see which of these two Canadian midstream companies has the edge on the other.

    Here's a point-by-point look to see which of these two Canadian midstream companies has the edge on the other.


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  • 32/64   3 Tips for Building a Consulting Business in Retirement
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    Want to get back in the workforce on your own terms? Consulting in your former field might be the best way to go.

    Want to get back in the workforce on your own terms? Consulting in your former field might be the best way to go.


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  • 33/64   Can the U.S. compete with China on 5G?
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    Can the U.S. compete with China on 5G?

    Can the U.S. compete with China on 5G?


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  • 34/64   Better Buy: Amazon vs. Google
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    Two tech giants face off for your investment dollars.

    Two tech giants face off for your investment dollars.


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  • 35/64   Hillary Clinton: Assange must 'answer for what he has done' in wake of arrest
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    Clinton says at New York event: ?I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it?s not about punishing journalism?Hillary Clinton said the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website published hacked emails from her 2016 presidential campaign, must ?answer for what he has done? in the wake of his dramatic arrest on Thursday.Her comments came hours after Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and taken into custody by London?s Metropolitan police and charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network.Assange is accused of working with Chelsea Manning, then a US army intelligence analyst, to break into the defense department network in March 2010 to obtain classified documents.The US confirmed it would seek the extradition of Assange from the UK, prompting immediate concerns over journalistic protections under the first amendment.?I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it?s not about punishing journalism,? Clinton said at an event in New York.Clinton said the issue was not one of press freedom, but ?about assisting the hacking of a military computer to steal information from the United States government?.After 2,487 days in the embassy, the 47-year-old was arrested after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and invited police officers inside their Knightsbridge premises, where he has stayed since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations which Assange has always denied.Later on Thursday, he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court and faces up to 12 months in a British prison.?Look, I?ll wait and see what happens with the charges and how it proceeds, but he skipped bail in the UK,? Clinton said. ?The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it?s been charged.?Clinton also took a swipe at Donald Trump, stating of her former rival: ?I do think it?s a little ironic that [Assange] may be the only foreigner that this administration would welcome to the United States.?Clinton has long pointed to Russian interference in the 2016 election as a major factor in her defeat to Trump, citing in particular the impact of hacked emails published on WikiLeaks at pivotal moments in the campaign.The website first leaked the contents of internal emails stolen from Democratic National Committee servers just ahead of the party?s convention in July. WikiLeaks then published thousands of hacked emails in October from Clinton?s campaign chairman, John Podesta, which were released just hours after the release of an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump had bragged about groping and kissing women without their consent.Despite hailing WikiLeaks as a ?treasure trove? during the 2016 campaign, Trump feigned ignorance about the website and its activities in the wake of Assange?s arrest.?I know nothing about WikiLeaks,? the president told reporters at the White House. ?It?s not my thing.?After WikiLeaks disseminated the hacked DNC emails in 2016, then candidate Trump infamously declared: ?WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks.?Vice-President Mike Pence defended Trump in an interview with CNN on Friday, stating his prior comments were ?in no way an endorsement of an organization that we now understand was involved in disseminating classified information by the United States of America?.?The justice department is now seeking extradition and we?re going to bring Julian Assange to justice,? Pence said, while adding Assange?s work with Manning was ?one of the greatest compromises of classified information in American history?.Manning, a former US soldier, was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage and theft. She was released in 2017 after a seven-year stint in prison, but sent back to jail in March of this year after refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.While the narrow charge against Assange of violating computer hacking laws was not widely in dispute, academics and advocacy groups were alarmed by the justice department?s accusatory tone toward journalistic activities that include protecting the anonymity of sources and sharing government information and records in the public interest.Assange?s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, said his arrest ?sets a dangerous precedent for all media organizations in Europe and around the world?.?It?s called conspiracy,? added WikiLeaks?s editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson.?It?s conspiracy to commit journalism.?

    Clinton says at New York event: ?I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it?s not about punishing journalism?Hillary Clinton said the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website published hacked emails from her 2016 presidential campaign, must ?answer for what he has done? in the wake of his dramatic arrest on Thursday.Her comments came hours after Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and taken into custody by London?s Metropolitan police and charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network.Assange is accused of working with Chelsea Manning, then a US army intelligence analyst, to break into the defense department network in March 2010 to obtain classified documents.The US confirmed it would seek the extradition of Assange from the UK, prompting immediate concerns over journalistic protections under the first amendment.?I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it?s not about punishing journalism,? Clinton said at an event in New York.Clinton said the issue was not one of press freedom, but ?about assisting the hacking of a military computer to steal information from the United States government?.After 2,487 days in the embassy, the 47-year-old was arrested after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and invited police officers inside their Knightsbridge premises, where he has stayed since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations which Assange has always denied.Later on Thursday, he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court and faces up to 12 months in a British prison.?Look, I?ll wait and see what happens with the charges and how it proceeds, but he skipped bail in the UK,? Clinton said. ?The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it?s been charged.?Clinton also took a swipe at Donald Trump, stating of her former rival: ?I do think it?s a little ironic that [Assange] may be the only foreigner that this administration would welcome to the United States.?Clinton has long pointed to Russian interference in the 2016 election as a major factor in her defeat to Trump, citing in particular the impact of hacked emails published on WikiLeaks at pivotal moments in the campaign.The website first leaked the contents of internal emails stolen from Democratic National Committee servers just ahead of the party?s convention in July. WikiLeaks then published thousands of hacked emails in October from Clinton?s campaign chairman, John Podesta, which were released just hours after the release of an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump had bragged about groping and kissing women without their consent.Despite hailing WikiLeaks as a ?treasure trove? during the 2016 campaign, Trump feigned ignorance about the website and its activities in the wake of Assange?s arrest.?I know nothing about WikiLeaks,? the president told reporters at the White House. ?It?s not my thing.?After WikiLeaks disseminated the hacked DNC emails in 2016, then candidate Trump infamously declared: ?WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks.?Vice-President Mike Pence defended Trump in an interview with CNN on Friday, stating his prior comments were ?in no way an endorsement of an organization that we now understand was involved in disseminating classified information by the United States of America?.?The justice department is now seeking extradition and we?re going to bring Julian Assange to justice,? Pence said, while adding Assange?s work with Manning was ?one of the greatest compromises of classified information in American history?.Manning, a former US soldier, was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage and theft. She was released in 2017 after a seven-year stint in prison, but sent back to jail in March of this year after refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.While the narrow charge against Assange of violating computer hacking laws was not widely in dispute, academics and advocacy groups were alarmed by the justice department?s accusatory tone toward journalistic activities that include protecting the anonymity of sources and sharing government information and records in the public interest.Assange?s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, said his arrest ?sets a dangerous precedent for all media organizations in Europe and around the world?.?It?s called conspiracy,? added WikiLeaks?s editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson.?It?s conspiracy to commit journalism.?


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  • 36/64   A Celebrity Beauty Blogger, a Paraplegic, and a Mystery Client: Here Are the People Michael Avenatti Stole From, Feds Say
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    Spencer Platt/GettyCelebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti has been indicted by a federal grand jury in California on 36 counts, including fraud, tax dodging, and embezzlement. The latest charges come about two weeks after federal prosecutors in New York and California accused Avenatti of trying to extort millions from Nike, Inc., and of stealing from clients and forging tax returns to defraud a bank.Avenatti has denied the charges, tweeting on Thursday, ?I intend to fully fight all charges and plead NOT GUILTY. I look forward to the entire truth being known as opposed to a one-sided version meant to sideline me.?The new indictment names five clients whom Avenatti allegedly scammed?and they include cases The Daily Beast has previously reported on, from a disabled man and a YouTube beauty mogul to a client who has accused Avenatti of running his business like a ?Ponzi Scheme.?  Client 1In January 2015, Avenatti negotiated a $4 million settlement on behalf of ?Client 1,? Geoffrey Johnson, a paraplegic man who sued Los Angeles County over his emotional and physical injuries from a stay in jail.Johnson?s story is tragic. According to his now-settled lawsuit, Los Angeles police encountered him at 6:30 a.m. on April 24, 2011, when he was ?completely naked, praying in the middle of the street outside his apartment building.?The lawsuit alleges Johnson was suicidal when transported to a local hospital. His intake form, according to the civil suit, said he ?believed that the only way to escape the plot of others to kill him was to commit suicide.?Johnson would be transferred from hospital to jail cell, after he allegedly lunged at a doctor. He was taken to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility and placed in a cell with a violent prisoner, despite his father and sister warning the jail of his mental illness and suicidal thoughts. After being released and then re-arrested, Johnson was kept in a cell where inmates were known to spit and throw feces. Johnson attempted to hang himself but landed on his head, resulting in a permanent disability from a spinal cord injury.According to the indictment, Avenatti ?falsely represented to Client 1 that the settlement agreement had to remain confidential,? and that Los Angeles County couldn?t pay the $4 million in one lump sum. Avenatti also allegedly said the county needed to approve a Special Needs Trust for Johnson before he could receive the funds.Yet Avenatti received millions from the county and failed to disclose the payment to Johnson, prosecutors allege. From Jan. 26, 2015 to March 30, 2015, Avenatti transferred $3.12 million of Johnson?s money to an Eagan Avenatti account, before transferring ?substantial portions? to an account for his law firm Avenatti & Associates, then to other bank accounts controlled by Avenatti, including his personal bank account and accounts associated with ?GB Auto.?By July 6, 2015, the indictment states, Avenatti ?had drained all of the settlement proceeds? out of Johnson?s client-trust account, using much of it to pay his own personal expenses.Avenatti then made 69 payments of $1,000 to $1,900?totaling at least $124,000?to Johnson from July 2015 to March 2019, prosecutors say. The lawyer also paid assisted living facilities for Johnson?s rent, and ?falsely represented? to Johnson that these payments were ?advances? on the settlement owed to him.In 2017, Johnson told Avenatti he wanted to purchase his own residence, and Avenatti allegedly agreed to find him a real estate broker.According to prosecutors, Avenatti promised Johnson he?d received the settlement proceeds to buy a house, but after Johnson was in escrow on the purchase, Avenatti falsely informed him there was no money, because the county still hadn?t approved the Special Needs Trust.Avenatti also caused Johnson to lose his Social Security benefits, prosecutors say.In November 2018, Avenatti informed Johnson he would help him provide documentation to the Social Security Administration, which was evaluating Johnson?s eligibility for Supplemental Security Income benefits. ?Knowing full well that the requested information could lead to inquiries that could reveal that defendant Avenatti had embezzled [Johnson?s] portion of the settlement proceeds, defendant Avenatti failed to provide the requested information to SSA, which resulted in [Johnson?s] SSI benefits being discontinued? in February 2019, the indictment alleges.Last month, facing questions over Johnson?s settlement at a judgment-debtor exam, Avenatti falsely told Johnson that the county had finally approved the Special Needs Trust and Johnson would receive his settlement.Avenatti then had Johnson sign a document claiming he was ?satisfied? with Avenatti?s representation of him. Avenatti claimed the signature ?was necessary to effectuate the settlement agreement,? the indictment states. Client 2Avenatti negotiated a settlement for the unidentified ?Client 2? on Jan. 7, 2017, with ?Individual 1? agreeing to make an initial payment of $2.75 million by Jan. 28. An additional payment of $250,000 was due Nov. 1, 2020 under the agreement.Prosecutors say Avenatti, who was owed 33 percent of the total $3 million, didn?t provide a copy of the settlement agreement to the client.Instead, Avenatti falsely represented that ?Individual 1? would make an initial lump-sum payment that would go to Eagan Avenatti?s fees. The individual would then make 96 monthly payments over the next eight years, Avenatti allegedly told his client. Still, Avenatti allegedly concealed the $2.75 million settlement, and transferred $2.5 million of it to the attorney-client trust account for another law firm. The same day, prosecutors allege, Avenatti had this law firm transfer the money to Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, so Avenatti could purchase a private jet through his company, Passport 420. (The remaining $250,000 was transferred from an EA account to an A&A; account.)To appease the client, Avenatti made 11 payments totaling $194,000 to the client from March 2017 to June 2018, the indictment states.After that, Avenatti stopped paying the client, claiming Individual 1 was not complying with the settlement agreement.On March 24, 2019, the client met Avenatti at his Los Angeles residence, where Avenatti claimed the client would soon receive a payment to make up for the missed monthly payments?monthly payments to which Individual 1 never agreed. Client 3In December 2017, Avenatti negotiated a $1.6 million settlement on behalf of a client, which appears to be Gregory Barela, who previously accused Avenatti of stealing his payout and running his firm like a ?Ponzi scheme.?In May 2015, Barela filed a lawsuit against a Colorado-based company over an intellectual property dispute. The civil complaint said Barela was ?the inventor of a product which can be summarized as a paving system for paving or flooring.?Under the settlement agreement, Barela was owed $1.6 million by January 10, 2018, followed by three payments of $100,000 by Jan. 10 of 2019, 2020, and 2021, according to the indictment. Avenatti was owed $760,000 in attorney?s fees, or 40 percent of the total $1.9 million payout.During a Dec. 28, 2017 meeting at Eagan Avenatti?s offices, Avenatti gave Barela an ?altered copy? of the settlement, which forged a new payment deadline of March 10, 2018.Meanwhile, Avenatti pocketed Barela?s money and used $1.59 million of it to pay his own expenses related to his coffee company, Global Baristas, prosecutors say.From March 2018 through November 2018, court papers allege, Avenatti lied to Barela, saying the company hadn?t paid the settlement. Avenatti claimed he was working on obtaining the money Barela was owed.In April 2018, Avenatti began providing Barela multiple payments totaling $130,000?calling them ?advances? on the unpaid $1.6 million settlement. Client 4 and 5In September 2017, Avenatti negotiated a ?Common Stock Repurchase Agreement? with a company on behalf of Client 4 and Client 5. Based on the payment deadlines and figures listed in the indictment, these clients appear to be famous beauty vlogger Michelle Phan and a business associate, Long Tran.As The Daily Beast reported, Phan launched her own makeup brand, EM Cosmetics, in 2013. Four years later, she announced she was leaving Ipsy, a beauty subscription service she co-founded, and that she?d acquire EM from the company.According to prosecutors, an unnamed company agreed to repurchase Phan?s shares for about $27.47 million, followed by additional shares for about $8.14 million. The total repurchase amount was about $35.62 million, court papers state.On Sept. 18, 2017, the company wired $27.41 million to Avenatti?s client-trust account. About $2.79 million was designated for Avenatti?s attorney?s fees, which was 7.5 percent of the total payout.Yet in March 2018, Avenatti withheld Phan?s $8.14 million payment. Between March 15, 2018 and May 4, 2018, Avenatti used about $4 million of Phan?s money for his own purposes?including using $2.82 million to pay his debts to the Internal Revenue Service. The feds claim Avenatti also transferred the money to bank accounts associated with his other companies: Global Baristas, Avenatti & Associates and Passport 420.And to prevent Johnson from discovering that Avenatti embezzled his $4 million payment from Los Angeles County, Avenatti used Phan?s money to provide Johnson with about $1,900, prosecutors say. Avenatti also used Phan?s settlement to pay Client 2 about $34,000, the indictment alleges.From March to May 2018, Avenatti allegedly failed to disclose to Phan and Tran that he?d used about $4 million of Phan?s money for his own purposes. He told them he?d give them their money at a later date and that to do so, he needed to visit the bank to fill out paperwork for wire transfers.On May 4, 2018, Avenatti paid Phan $4 million and $146,288, authorities say. But Avenatti allegedly failed to transfer the remainder of the $8.14 million to Phan.From May 4 to June 4, 2018, Avenatti and another unidentified attorney told Phan and Tran that the entire $8.14 million had already been transferred to Phan in three separate wire transfers. According to the indictment, Avenatti falsely presented a wire transfer document document that supposedly showed a second $4 million wire transfer to Phan.Instead, Avenatti had already used the remaining $4 million for his own purposes, prosecutors say, and the wire transfer document he showed Phan related to the first wire transfer she already received on May 4, 2018.After Avenatti?s arrest last month, Phan posted on Twitter: ?When karma finally comes through. You never disappoint.? She followed up with, ?I?m so grateful.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

    Spencer Platt/GettyCelebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti has been indicted by a federal grand jury in California on 36 counts, including fraud, tax dodging, and embezzlement. The latest charges come about two weeks after federal prosecutors in New York and California accused Avenatti of trying to extort millions from Nike, Inc., and of stealing from clients and forging tax returns to defraud a bank.Avenatti has denied the charges, tweeting on Thursday, ?I intend to fully fight all charges and plead NOT GUILTY. I look forward to the entire truth being known as opposed to a one-sided version meant to sideline me.?The new indictment names five clients whom Avenatti allegedly scammed?and they include cases The Daily Beast has previously reported on, from a disabled man and a YouTube beauty mogul to a client who has accused Avenatti of running his business like a ?Ponzi Scheme.? Client 1In January 2015, Avenatti negotiated a $4 million settlement on behalf of ?Client 1,? Geoffrey Johnson, a paraplegic man who sued Los Angeles County over his emotional and physical injuries from a stay in jail.Johnson?s story is tragic. According to his now-settled lawsuit, Los Angeles police encountered him at 6:30 a.m. on April 24, 2011, when he was ?completely naked, praying in the middle of the street outside his apartment building.?The lawsuit alleges Johnson was suicidal when transported to a local hospital. His intake form, according to the civil suit, said he ?believed that the only way to escape the plot of others to kill him was to commit suicide.?Johnson would be transferred from hospital to jail cell, after he allegedly lunged at a doctor. He was taken to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility and placed in a cell with a violent prisoner, despite his father and sister warning the jail of his mental illness and suicidal thoughts. After being released and then re-arrested, Johnson was kept in a cell where inmates were known to spit and throw feces. Johnson attempted to hang himself but landed on his head, resulting in a permanent disability from a spinal cord injury.According to the indictment, Avenatti ?falsely represented to Client 1 that the settlement agreement had to remain confidential,? and that Los Angeles County couldn?t pay the $4 million in one lump sum. Avenatti also allegedly said the county needed to approve a Special Needs Trust for Johnson before he could receive the funds.Yet Avenatti received millions from the county and failed to disclose the payment to Johnson, prosecutors allege. From Jan. 26, 2015 to March 30, 2015, Avenatti transferred $3.12 million of Johnson?s money to an Eagan Avenatti account, before transferring ?substantial portions? to an account for his law firm Avenatti & Associates, then to other bank accounts controlled by Avenatti, including his personal bank account and accounts associated with ?GB Auto.?By July 6, 2015, the indictment states, Avenatti ?had drained all of the settlement proceeds? out of Johnson?s client-trust account, using much of it to pay his own personal expenses.Avenatti then made 69 payments of $1,000 to $1,900?totaling at least $124,000?to Johnson from July 2015 to March 2019, prosecutors say. The lawyer also paid assisted living facilities for Johnson?s rent, and ?falsely represented? to Johnson that these payments were ?advances? on the settlement owed to him.In 2017, Johnson told Avenatti he wanted to purchase his own residence, and Avenatti allegedly agreed to find him a real estate broker.According to prosecutors, Avenatti promised Johnson he?d received the settlement proceeds to buy a house, but after Johnson was in escrow on the purchase, Avenatti falsely informed him there was no money, because the county still hadn?t approved the Special Needs Trust.Avenatti also caused Johnson to lose his Social Security benefits, prosecutors say.In November 2018, Avenatti informed Johnson he would help him provide documentation to the Social Security Administration, which was evaluating Johnson?s eligibility for Supplemental Security Income benefits. ?Knowing full well that the requested information could lead to inquiries that could reveal that defendant Avenatti had embezzled [Johnson?s] portion of the settlement proceeds, defendant Avenatti failed to provide the requested information to SSA, which resulted in [Johnson?s] SSI benefits being discontinued? in February 2019, the indictment alleges.Last month, facing questions over Johnson?s settlement at a judgment-debtor exam, Avenatti falsely told Johnson that the county had finally approved the Special Needs Trust and Johnson would receive his settlement.Avenatti then had Johnson sign a document claiming he was ?satisfied? with Avenatti?s representation of him. Avenatti claimed the signature ?was necessary to effectuate the settlement agreement,? the indictment states. Client 2Avenatti negotiated a settlement for the unidentified ?Client 2? on Jan. 7, 2017, with ?Individual 1? agreeing to make an initial payment of $2.75 million by Jan. 28. An additional payment of $250,000 was due Nov. 1, 2020 under the agreement.Prosecutors say Avenatti, who was owed 33 percent of the total $3 million, didn?t provide a copy of the settlement agreement to the client.Instead, Avenatti falsely represented that ?Individual 1? would make an initial lump-sum payment that would go to Eagan Avenatti?s fees. The individual would then make 96 monthly payments over the next eight years, Avenatti allegedly told his client. Still, Avenatti allegedly concealed the $2.75 million settlement, and transferred $2.5 million of it to the attorney-client trust account for another law firm. The same day, prosecutors allege, Avenatti had this law firm transfer the money to Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, so Avenatti could purchase a private jet through his company, Passport 420. (The remaining $250,000 was transferred from an EA account to an A&A; account.)To appease the client, Avenatti made 11 payments totaling $194,000 to the client from March 2017 to June 2018, the indictment states.After that, Avenatti stopped paying the client, claiming Individual 1 was not complying with the settlement agreement.On March 24, 2019, the client met Avenatti at his Los Angeles residence, where Avenatti claimed the client would soon receive a payment to make up for the missed monthly payments?monthly payments to which Individual 1 never agreed. Client 3In December 2017, Avenatti negotiated a $1.6 million settlement on behalf of a client, which appears to be Gregory Barela, who previously accused Avenatti of stealing his payout and running his firm like a ?Ponzi scheme.?In May 2015, Barela filed a lawsuit against a Colorado-based company over an intellectual property dispute. The civil complaint said Barela was ?the inventor of a product which can be summarized as a paving system for paving or flooring.?Under the settlement agreement, Barela was owed $1.6 million by January 10, 2018, followed by three payments of $100,000 by Jan. 10 of 2019, 2020, and 2021, according to the indictment. Avenatti was owed $760,000 in attorney?s fees, or 40 percent of the total $1.9 million payout.During a Dec. 28, 2017 meeting at Eagan Avenatti?s offices, Avenatti gave Barela an ?altered copy? of the settlement, which forged a new payment deadline of March 10, 2018.Meanwhile, Avenatti pocketed Barela?s money and used $1.59 million of it to pay his own expenses related to his coffee company, Global Baristas, prosecutors say.From March 2018 through November 2018, court papers allege, Avenatti lied to Barela, saying the company hadn?t paid the settlement. Avenatti claimed he was working on obtaining the money Barela was owed.In April 2018, Avenatti began providing Barela multiple payments totaling $130,000?calling them ?advances? on the unpaid $1.6 million settlement. Client 4 and 5In September 2017, Avenatti negotiated a ?Common Stock Repurchase Agreement? with a company on behalf of Client 4 and Client 5. Based on the payment deadlines and figures listed in the indictment, these clients appear to be famous beauty vlogger Michelle Phan and a business associate, Long Tran.As The Daily Beast reported, Phan launched her own makeup brand, EM Cosmetics, in 2013. Four years later, she announced she was leaving Ipsy, a beauty subscription service she co-founded, and that she?d acquire EM from the company.According to prosecutors, an unnamed company agreed to repurchase Phan?s shares for about $27.47 million, followed by additional shares for about $8.14 million. The total repurchase amount was about $35.62 million, court papers state.On Sept. 18, 2017, the company wired $27.41 million to Avenatti?s client-trust account. About $2.79 million was designated for Avenatti?s attorney?s fees, which was 7.5 percent of the total payout.Yet in March 2018, Avenatti withheld Phan?s $8.14 million payment. Between March 15, 2018 and May 4, 2018, Avenatti used about $4 million of Phan?s money for his own purposes?including using $2.82 million to pay his debts to the Internal Revenue Service. The feds claim Avenatti also transferred the money to bank accounts associated with his other companies: Global Baristas, Avenatti & Associates and Passport 420.And to prevent Johnson from discovering that Avenatti embezzled his $4 million payment from Los Angeles County, Avenatti used Phan?s money to provide Johnson with about $1,900, prosecutors say. Avenatti also used Phan?s settlement to pay Client 2 about $34,000, the indictment alleges.From March to May 2018, Avenatti allegedly failed to disclose to Phan and Tran that he?d used about $4 million of Phan?s money for his own purposes. He told them he?d give them their money at a later date and that to do so, he needed to visit the bank to fill out paperwork for wire transfers.On May 4, 2018, Avenatti paid Phan $4 million and $146,288, authorities say. But Avenatti allegedly failed to transfer the remainder of the $8.14 million to Phan.From May 4 to June 4, 2018, Avenatti and another unidentified attorney told Phan and Tran that the entire $8.14 million had already been transferred to Phan in three separate wire transfers. According to the indictment, Avenatti falsely presented a wire transfer document document that supposedly showed a second $4 million wire transfer to Phan.Instead, Avenatti had already used the remaining $4 million for his own purposes, prosecutors say, and the wire transfer document he showed Phan related to the first wire transfer she already received on May 4, 2018.After Avenatti?s arrest last month, Phan posted on Twitter: ?When karma finally comes through. You never disappoint.? She followed up with, ?I?m so grateful.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here


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  • 37/64   Comey on Barr?s ?Spying? Claim: ?I Have No Idea What He?s Talking About?
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    Former FBI director James Comey took issue Thursday with Attorney General William Barr's recent claim that U.S. intelligence agencies ?spied? on the Trump campaign.Comey, addressing a cybersecurity conference in California, drew a distinction between ?spying? and the authorized surveillance that was conducted on the Trump campaign.?I have no idea what he?s talking about so it?s hard for me to comment,??Comey?said. ?When I hear that kind of language used, it?s concerning, because the FBI and the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance. I have never thought of that as spying.?Comey was responding to Barr's Wednesday testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, in which the attorney general surprised Democratic lawmakers by stating that the surveillance conducted on the Trump campaign in order to identify possible links to Russia qualified as ?spying.??I think spying did occur,? Barr told the panel. ?But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I am not suggesting that it wasn?t adequately predicated. . . . I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that. And I am not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly.??I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal ? it?s a big deal,? he added.Congressional Democrats have chastised Barr for insinuating that the surveillance conducted on the Trump campaign, which relied in part on a FISA warrant supported by the unsubstantiated Steele dossier, was in some way politically motivated, as many of their Republican colleagues have long alleged. They contend that the counterintelligence investigation, which also relied on confidential informants, was an appropriate response to the threat of Russian election-meddling.Comey on Thursday acknowledged that, as a two-time attorney general with decades of government experience, Barr is entitled to the benefit of the doubt, but expressed surprise that he would accuse U.S. intelligence agencies of ?spying? on a presidential campaign.?If the attorney general has come to the belief that that should be called spying, wow,? Comey said. ?That?s going to require a whole lot of conversations inside the Department of Justice. But I don?t know what he meant.?Barr told lawmakers Wednesday that he has formed a team to investigate whether the counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign was tainted by bias. The team will likely examine the degree to which FBI and Department of Justice officials misled the FISA court about the origins of the Steele dossier, which was commissioned by a firm contracted by the Clinton campaign, in order to obtain a warrant to surveil Carter Page. Page had left the Trump campaign by the time the surveillance began, but the warrant likely entitled authorities to surveil his prior communications with fellow Trump campaign officials.

    Former FBI director James Comey took issue Thursday with Attorney General William Barr's recent claim that U.S. intelligence agencies ?spied? on the Trump campaign.Comey, addressing a cybersecurity conference in California, drew a distinction between ?spying? and the authorized surveillance that was conducted on the Trump campaign.?I have no idea what he?s talking about so it?s hard for me to comment,??Comey?said. ?When I hear that kind of language used, it?s concerning, because the FBI and the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance. I have never thought of that as spying.?Comey was responding to Barr's Wednesday testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, in which the attorney general surprised Democratic lawmakers by stating that the surveillance conducted on the Trump campaign in order to identify possible links to Russia qualified as ?spying.??I think spying did occur,? Barr told the panel. ?But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I am not suggesting that it wasn?t adequately predicated. . . . I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that. And I am not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly.??I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal ? it?s a big deal,? he added.Congressional Democrats have chastised Barr for insinuating that the surveillance conducted on the Trump campaign, which relied in part on a FISA warrant supported by the unsubstantiated Steele dossier, was in some way politically motivated, as many of their Republican colleagues have long alleged. They contend that the counterintelligence investigation, which also relied on confidential informants, was an appropriate response to the threat of Russian election-meddling.Comey on Thursday acknowledged that, as a two-time attorney general with decades of government experience, Barr is entitled to the benefit of the doubt, but expressed surprise that he would accuse U.S. intelligence agencies of ?spying? on a presidential campaign.?If the attorney general has come to the belief that that should be called spying, wow,? Comey said. ?That?s going to require a whole lot of conversations inside the Department of Justice. But I don?t know what he meant.?Barr told lawmakers Wednesday that he has formed a team to investigate whether the counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign was tainted by bias. The team will likely examine the degree to which FBI and Department of Justice officials misled the FISA court about the origins of the Steele dossier, which was commissioned by a firm contracted by the Clinton campaign, in order to obtain a warrant to surveil Carter Page. Page had left the Trump campaign by the time the surveillance began, but the warrant likely entitled authorities to surveil his prior communications with fellow Trump campaign officials.


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  • 38/64   Son of sheriff's deputy charged with burning three Louisiana black churches
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    Holden Matthews, 21, a white resident of St. Landry Parish, the county where the fires occurred, was charged with three counts of simple arson on religious buildings, each count of which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years, Louisiana Fire Marshal H. 'Butch' Browning said.  'We are extremely, unequivocally confident that we have the person who is responsible for these tragic crimes on these three churches,? Browning told a news briefing in Opelousas, Louisiana, about 60 miles (97 km) west of Baton Rouge.  Matthews, the son of Deputy Roy Matthews of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, was taken into custody late Wednesday, about 12 hours after he was identified as a suspect, Browning said.

    Holden Matthews, 21, a white resident of St. Landry Parish, the county where the fires occurred, was charged with three counts of simple arson on religious buildings, each count of which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years, Louisiana Fire Marshal H. 'Butch' Browning said. 'We are extremely, unequivocally confident that we have the person who is responsible for these tragic crimes on these three churches,? Browning told a news briefing in Opelousas, Louisiana, about 60 miles (97 km) west of Baton Rouge. Matthews, the son of Deputy Roy Matthews of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, was taken into custody late Wednesday, about 12 hours after he was identified as a suspect, Browning said.


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  • 39/64   Satanic Temple challenges Missouri abortion law that forces women to wait three days
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    The Satanic Temple has launched a legal challenge to Missouri laws requiring women to wait three days before undergoing an abortion.An appeal filed in the Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday on behalf of a member of the group, named only as “Judy Doe”, claims rules in the state infringe on First Amendment rights to religious freedom.Missouri operates a so-called “Informed Consent” abortion process, where women are forced to wait at least 72 hours after requesting the procedure before it is carried out.In that time, laws require patients are given a booklet which states: “the life of each human being begins at conception”.They must also be offered the opportunity to listen to the foetal heartbeat and view an ultrasound before an abortion can take place.A federal judge initially dismissed the case in March, ruling the laws were not discriminatory on religious grounds.But the temple has now requested the appeals court adjudicate on whether life begins at conception and whether a matter of “religious opinion” can be imposed by law.“Our appeal presents a challenge for judges who want to defy the law to promote an agenda because the Eighth Circuit will have to overrule itself to deny our claims,” said Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.“It is laughable for theocrats to obviously impose their religious viewpoint into law only to claim that their actions are not discriminatory by virtue of the fact that everybody is equally burdened by the restrictions they’ve created. We are confident that reason will prevail upon appeal.”A similar lawsuit filed by a Satanic Temple member was rejected by the Missouri Supreme Court in February this year.In that case, a woman known as “Mary Doe” argued the temple taught a woman’s body is “inviolable and subject to her will alone”.She also stated it was her sincerely-held religious belief a foetus was not part of her body and was not a human being.However, the court ruled Informed Consent did not violate religious freedoms because parts of it only “happened to coincide” with certain religious tenets on abortion, rather than being based on them.A spokesman for Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt at the time said the law was “designed to protect women from undue pressure and coercion during the sensitive decision of whether or not to have an abortion.”The Satanic Temple, which has 13 chapters across the US and Canada, is a non-theistic moment founded in 2013, which promotes egalitarianism, civil liberties, secularism and reproductive rights.Adherants do not believe in a literal Satan, but consider the literary Satan a metaphor for questioning authority and promoting scepticism.It is also known for its use of satire to challenge Christianity, an action for which its members have faced accusations they do not hold sincere Satanist beliefs and are instead just attempting to prank or “troll” targets. In August last year, the group unveiled an eight-foot bronze statue of the goat-headed devil figure Baphomet outside the Arkansas state capitol building in protest against a Ten Commandments monument on the site.In 2016, the temple sought to establish “After School Satan” clubs, in protest against evangelical Christian Good News Clubs, which it considers an erosion of the separation of church and state in public education.Additional reporting by AP

    The Satanic Temple has launched a legal challenge to Missouri laws requiring women to wait three days before undergoing an abortion.An appeal filed in the Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday on behalf of a member of the group, named only as “Judy Doe”, claims rules in the state infringe on First Amendment rights to religious freedom.Missouri operates a so-called “Informed Consent” abortion process, where women are forced to wait at least 72 hours after requesting the procedure before it is carried out.In that time, laws require patients are given a booklet which states: “the life of each human being begins at conception”.They must also be offered the opportunity to listen to the foetal heartbeat and view an ultrasound before an abortion can take place.A federal judge initially dismissed the case in March, ruling the laws were not discriminatory on religious grounds.But the temple has now requested the appeals court adjudicate on whether life begins at conception and whether a matter of “religious opinion” can be imposed by law.“Our appeal presents a challenge for judges who want to defy the law to promote an agenda because the Eighth Circuit will have to overrule itself to deny our claims,” said Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.“It is laughable for theocrats to obviously impose their religious viewpoint into law only to claim that their actions are not discriminatory by virtue of the fact that everybody is equally burdened by the restrictions they’ve created. We are confident that reason will prevail upon appeal.”A similar lawsuit filed by a Satanic Temple member was rejected by the Missouri Supreme Court in February this year.In that case, a woman known as “Mary Doe” argued the temple taught a woman’s body is “inviolable and subject to her will alone”.She also stated it was her sincerely-held religious belief a foetus was not part of her body and was not a human being.However, the court ruled Informed Consent did not violate religious freedoms because parts of it only “happened to coincide” with certain religious tenets on abortion, rather than being based on them.A spokesman for Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt at the time said the law was “designed to protect women from undue pressure and coercion during the sensitive decision of whether or not to have an abortion.”The Satanic Temple, which has 13 chapters across the US and Canada, is a non-theistic moment founded in 2013, which promotes egalitarianism, civil liberties, secularism and reproductive rights.Adherants do not believe in a literal Satan, but consider the literary Satan a metaphor for questioning authority and promoting scepticism.It is also known for its use of satire to challenge Christianity, an action for which its members have faced accusations they do not hold sincere Satanist beliefs and are instead just attempting to prank or “troll” targets. In August last year, the group unveiled an eight-foot bronze statue of the goat-headed devil figure Baphomet outside the Arkansas state capitol building in protest against a Ten Commandments monument on the site.In 2016, the temple sought to establish “After School Satan” clubs, in protest against evangelical Christian Good News Clubs, which it considers an erosion of the separation of church and state in public education.Additional reporting by AP


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  • 40/64   Fox mentions Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 days running ? 3,181 times
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    Democrat receives 3,181 mentions on Fox News and Fox BusinessFigures suggest media obsession with congresswoman   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to have replaced Hillary Clinton as conservatives? bete noire. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters  Fox channels have mentioned the US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 consecutive days, a study has found. The 29-year-old liberal star received at least 3,181 mentions in six weeks from Fox News or its sister Fox Business, according to research by Media Matters for America, a not-for-profit media watchdog. The finding will reinforce perceptions that Fox, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is obsessed by Ocasio-Cortez, portraying her as a radical socialist who threatens the American way of life.   Sign up for the US morning briefing  She tweeted in response on Friday: ?Fox News brought me up 3,000+ times in *6 weeks.* That?s how hard they?re fighting against dignified healthcare, wages, & justice for all; and turning their firepower on the youngest Congresswoman in history to do it. Too bad for them, cause we don?t flinch. #ForThePeople.? Ocasio-Cortez, who has promoted ambitious leftist policies such as a Green New Deal , has supplanted Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi as the favoured target of many conservatives.  Courtney Hagle, a researcher at Media Matters for America, said: ?Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her, as with the recent terror attacks in New Zealand. Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez?s agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism.? Hagle added: ?Fox figures go on extended, aggressively angry rants about her. They?ve repeatedly attacked her intelligence, used her age to discredit her, and dismissed her as a ?little girl?.? After only three months in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has attracted outsized coverage in general, including a Time magazine cover and a huge social media presence. She has nearly 4 million followers on Twitter. Media Matters searched Grabien transcripts for ?AOC? and ?Ocasio? between 25 February and 7 April.

    Democrat receives 3,181 mentions on Fox News and Fox BusinessFigures suggest media obsession with congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to have replaced Hillary Clinton as conservatives? bete noire. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters Fox channels have mentioned the US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 consecutive days, a study has found. The 29-year-old liberal star received at least 3,181 mentions in six weeks from Fox News or its sister Fox Business, according to research by Media Matters for America, a not-for-profit media watchdog. The finding will reinforce perceptions that Fox, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is obsessed by Ocasio-Cortez, portraying her as a radical socialist who threatens the American way of life. Sign up for the US morning briefing She tweeted in response on Friday: ?Fox News brought me up 3,000+ times in *6 weeks.* That?s how hard they?re fighting against dignified healthcare, wages, & justice for all; and turning their firepower on the youngest Congresswoman in history to do it. Too bad for them, cause we don?t flinch. #ForThePeople.? Ocasio-Cortez, who has promoted ambitious leftist policies such as a Green New Deal , has supplanted Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi as the favoured target of many conservatives. Courtney Hagle, a researcher at Media Matters for America, said: ?Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her, as with the recent terror attacks in New Zealand. Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez?s agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism.? Hagle added: ?Fox figures go on extended, aggressively angry rants about her. They?ve repeatedly attacked her intelligence, used her age to discredit her, and dismissed her as a ?little girl?.? After only three months in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has attracted outsized coverage in general, including a Time magazine cover and a huge social media presence. She has nearly 4 million followers on Twitter. Media Matters searched Grabien transcripts for ?AOC? and ?Ocasio? between 25 February and 7 April.


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  • 41/64   Former Vikings minority owner Irwin Jacobs, wife found dead in murder-suicide
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    Former Minnesota Vikings part-owner Irwin Jacobs and his wife Alexandra werefound dead on Wednesday in what police called an apparent murder-suicide,according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Former Minnesota Vikings part-owner Irwin Jacobs and his wife Alexandra werefound dead on Wednesday in what police called an apparent murder-suicide,according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune


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  • 42/64   Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry
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    A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by the Israeli army Friday during renewed clashes on the Gaza border, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.  A ministry spokesman said Maysara Abu Shaloof, 15, was 'shot in the stomach by the (Israeli) occupation east of Jabalia,' referring to a demonstration site in northern Gaza.  At least 48 others were taken to hospital with a variety of injuries from clashes at several spots along the border, the ministry said without elaborating.

    A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by the Israeli army Friday during renewed clashes on the Gaza border, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said. A ministry spokesman said Maysara Abu Shaloof, 15, was 'shot in the stomach by the (Israeli) occupation east of Jabalia,' referring to a demonstration site in northern Gaza. At least 48 others were taken to hospital with a variety of injuries from clashes at several spots along the border, the ministry said without elaborating.


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  • 43/64   Disney CEO Bob Iger: 'Hitler would have loved social media'
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    Accepting an award for his humanitarian work Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger attacked social media for its role in spreading hate. ?Hitler would have loved social media," said Iger.

    Accepting an award for his humanitarian work Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger attacked social media for its role in spreading hate. ?Hitler would have loved social media," said Iger.


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  • 44/64   How Assange Could Beat the U.S. and Stay Out of Jail
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    Jack Taylor/GettyJulian Assange?s arrest in London begins what is likely to be a months or years-long battle in the UK courts as the 47-year-old WikiLeaks founder challenges U.S. extradition on any number of grounds, potentially including political persecution and health issues, according to lawyers who?ve worked both sides of similar cases.On Thursday morning Ecuadorian officials ushered in UK police to haul Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he?s been holed up for nearly seven years. Prosecutors in the U.S. immediately unsealed a year-old indictment charging Assange for allegedly conspiring with Chelsea Manning to crack a password during Manning?s 2010 leaks of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The U.S. issued a provisional extradition warrant for Assange and has 65 days to follow up with a more detailed affidavit laying out its case. Prosecutors say Assange faces up to five years in prison on the indictment.But Assange?s extradition is by no means a forgone conclusion. The UK courts are more skeptical of U.S. extradition requests than you might think, and Assange has several defenses open to him. One expert said that includes an argument that years of voluntary confinement has worked such violence to his mental health that shipment to the U.S. would be inhumane.?He?s been in one room for the last seven years effectively on his own,? said Karen Todner, a UK human rights lawyer who?s won several high-profile extradition battles against the U.S. ?I would think he would try to run some kind of mental health defense. I wouldn?t be surprised.?Similar arguments, with the facts behind them, have swayed the UK courts in favor of some of Todner?s prior clients. Todner separately represented Gary McKinnon, a Scottish conspiracy buff who cracked Pentagon computers, and Laurie Love, who allegedly siphoned data from NASA and the Defense Department. The courts ultimately rejected extradition of both men, partly on a diagnosis that they suffered Asperger?s Syndrome.With or without a medical condition, Assange could also make a serious argument that he would face inhumane conditions in U.S. custody. Manning, his alleged co-conspirator, would be Exhibit A in that argument. Manning spent nearly a year under solitary confinement during her Army court martial, locked in a cell for 23 hours a day and often forced to give up her prison jumpsuit at night. A military judge later ruled that Manning had been ?illegally punished? and awarded her an extra 112 days off her sentence because of the mistreatment.?You have high-security places Assange might be considered a candidate for,? Todner said, citing the ADX Florence supermax prison in Colorado that?s already been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights. ?That was a key factor in the success of the Lauri Love case? Isolation is one of the issues. Access to daylight is an issue.? Freedom of speech is not a defense in the UK courts, so Assage won?t be directly helped by his argument that WikiLeaks? wholesale document dumps represents the protected ?speech of a journalist. But he could argue that the indictment is politically motivated. ?If you can show that the reason for extradition is political rather than just legal, that?s a defense,? Todner said. ?I think that?s how you tie in the issue of free speech,? Todner said.If there?s a downside to contesting the extradition, it?s that the U.S. is free to revise or extend the charges right up to the point Assange is shipped out. After that, the charges are carved in stone under a principal called ?specialty protection.??Once he is extradited on specific charges, they are stuck with those,? former Justice Department prosecutor Christopher Ott told the Daily Beast. ?There is a whole art to that process best typified by the multi-year effort to extradite El Chapo.?That means that the U.S. can?t grab Assange on a hacking charge and then slam him with an espionage indictment when he lands in the states--any new charges would require the U.S. go through the UK courts all over again, even if he?s already in a U.S. ?jail.?He has to face the charge that?s on the affidavit,? said Todner. ?The charges that he faces in the U.S. have to be reflected in the affidavit. Anything else he?s charged with when he gets there would be a breach of specialty protection.?If the U.S. violates that protection, it would damage international relations and harm American prospects in future extradition bids. And Assange would be able to challenge the new charges in U.S. court as an abuse of process, said Todner.New York defense attorney Arkady Bukh, who specializes in defending extradited Russian hackers in the U.S., said prosecutors were smart to stick with a relatively simple hacking indictment, a charge with a direct equivalent in UK law.?They?re just limiting it to conspiracy in order to successful pass the extradition process,? said Bukh. ?I?ve seen that a lot with these requests. Some places, particularly the British, may refuse extradition if the penalty is too harsh.?He says that regardless of who prevails in the UK courts, the extradition battle will leave at least one clear winner. ?On cases like that, they have thousands of billable hours, millions of pounds of salary,? Bukh said. ?It?s a gold mine for the lawyer.?Read more at The Daily Beast.

    Jack Taylor/GettyJulian Assange?s arrest in London begins what is likely to be a months or years-long battle in the UK courts as the 47-year-old WikiLeaks founder challenges U.S. extradition on any number of grounds, potentially including political persecution and health issues, according to lawyers who?ve worked both sides of similar cases.On Thursday morning Ecuadorian officials ushered in UK police to haul Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he?s been holed up for nearly seven years. Prosecutors in the U.S. immediately unsealed a year-old indictment charging Assange for allegedly conspiring with Chelsea Manning to crack a password during Manning?s 2010 leaks of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The U.S. issued a provisional extradition warrant for Assange and has 65 days to follow up with a more detailed affidavit laying out its case. Prosecutors say Assange faces up to five years in prison on the indictment.But Assange?s extradition is by no means a forgone conclusion. The UK courts are more skeptical of U.S. extradition requests than you might think, and Assange has several defenses open to him. One expert said that includes an argument that years of voluntary confinement has worked such violence to his mental health that shipment to the U.S. would be inhumane.?He?s been in one room for the last seven years effectively on his own,? said Karen Todner, a UK human rights lawyer who?s won several high-profile extradition battles against the U.S. ?I would think he would try to run some kind of mental health defense. I wouldn?t be surprised.?Similar arguments, with the facts behind them, have swayed the UK courts in favor of some of Todner?s prior clients. Todner separately represented Gary McKinnon, a Scottish conspiracy buff who cracked Pentagon computers, and Laurie Love, who allegedly siphoned data from NASA and the Defense Department. The courts ultimately rejected extradition of both men, partly on a diagnosis that they suffered Asperger?s Syndrome.With or without a medical condition, Assange could also make a serious argument that he would face inhumane conditions in U.S. custody. Manning, his alleged co-conspirator, would be Exhibit A in that argument. Manning spent nearly a year under solitary confinement during her Army court martial, locked in a cell for 23 hours a day and often forced to give up her prison jumpsuit at night. A military judge later ruled that Manning had been ?illegally punished? and awarded her an extra 112 days off her sentence because of the mistreatment.?You have high-security places Assange might be considered a candidate for,? Todner said, citing the ADX Florence supermax prison in Colorado that?s already been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights. ?That was a key factor in the success of the Lauri Love case? Isolation is one of the issues. Access to daylight is an issue.? Freedom of speech is not a defense in the UK courts, so Assage won?t be directly helped by his argument that WikiLeaks? wholesale document dumps represents the protected ?speech of a journalist. But he could argue that the indictment is politically motivated. ?If you can show that the reason for extradition is political rather than just legal, that?s a defense,? Todner said. ?I think that?s how you tie in the issue of free speech,? Todner said.If there?s a downside to contesting the extradition, it?s that the U.S. is free to revise or extend the charges right up to the point Assange is shipped out. After that, the charges are carved in stone under a principal called ?specialty protection.??Once he is extradited on specific charges, they are stuck with those,? former Justice Department prosecutor Christopher Ott told the Daily Beast. ?There is a whole art to that process best typified by the multi-year effort to extradite El Chapo.?That means that the U.S. can?t grab Assange on a hacking charge and then slam him with an espionage indictment when he lands in the states--any new charges would require the U.S. go through the UK courts all over again, even if he?s already in a U.S. ?jail.?He has to face the charge that?s on the affidavit,? said Todner. ?The charges that he faces in the U.S. have to be reflected in the affidavit. Anything else he?s charged with when he gets there would be a breach of specialty protection.?If the U.S. violates that protection, it would damage international relations and harm American prospects in future extradition bids. And Assange would be able to challenge the new charges in U.S. court as an abuse of process, said Todner.New York defense attorney Arkady Bukh, who specializes in defending extradited Russian hackers in the U.S., said prosecutors were smart to stick with a relatively simple hacking indictment, a charge with a direct equivalent in UK law.?They?re just limiting it to conspiracy in order to successful pass the extradition process,? said Bukh. ?I?ve seen that a lot with these requests. Some places, particularly the British, may refuse extradition if the penalty is too harsh.?He says that regardless of who prevails in the UK courts, the extradition battle will leave at least one clear winner. ?On cases like that, they have thousands of billable hours, millions of pounds of salary,? Bukh said. ?It?s a gold mine for the lawyer.?Read more at The Daily Beast.


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  • 45/64   This Sci-Fi Plan To Beat Rising Seas Could Change The Way We Live ? If It Works
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    The world's first floating farm will soon welcome aboard 40 cows

    The world's first floating farm will soon welcome aboard 40 cows


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  • 46/64   Italy says military intervention 'cannot be a solution' in Libya
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    Italy's prime minister has said any foreign military intervention in Libya would not resolve the latest conflict in its former colony, warning that it might trigger a refugee exodus across the Mediterranean.  Eastern-based Libyan forces led by Khalifa Haftar are advancing in a push to seize the capital, Tripoli, but troops loyal to Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj's internationally recognized government have so far kept them at bay.  'A military option cannot be a solution,' Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told daily Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.

    Italy's prime minister has said any foreign military intervention in Libya would not resolve the latest conflict in its former colony, warning that it might trigger a refugee exodus across the Mediterranean. Eastern-based Libyan forces led by Khalifa Haftar are advancing in a push to seize the capital, Tripoli, but troops loyal to Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj's internationally recognized government have so far kept them at bay. 'A military option cannot be a solution,' Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told daily Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.


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  • 47/64   German village could become EU's geographic midpoint post-Brexit
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    With the clock ticking down to Brexit, a tiny German village is preparing to take center stage as it becomes the new geographical center of the European Union when Britain leaves the bloc.  It takes about an hour to drive the 55 kilometers from the current midpoint, in the municipality of Westerngrund, in southern Germany, to Gadheim.  A sign proudly reading the 'future center of the EU' already greets visitors outside the hamlet.

    With the clock ticking down to Brexit, a tiny German village is preparing to take center stage as it becomes the new geographical center of the European Union when Britain leaves the bloc. It takes about an hour to drive the 55 kilometers from the current midpoint, in the municipality of Westerngrund, in southern Germany, to Gadheim. A sign proudly reading the 'future center of the EU' already greets visitors outside the hamlet.


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  • 48/64   Mexican, U.S. business leaders unite to rebuke 'disastrous' Trump border closure threats
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    Mexican and U.S. business leaders on Friday pushed back against President Donald Trump's threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border and urged him to drop steel tariffs that have hindered the ratification of a trade deal brokered last year.  At a meeting in the eastern Mexican city of Merida attended by government officials from both countries, business lobbies united to call on Trump to drop his threats to disrupt border trade after days of hold-ups on the frontier.  Describing the U.S.-Mexico relationship as a top priority, U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue told a news conference the United States should exempt Mexico and Canada from steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by Trump last June before its Congress approves the deal struck to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    Mexican and U.S. business leaders on Friday pushed back against President Donald Trump's threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border and urged him to drop steel tariffs that have hindered the ratification of a trade deal brokered last year. At a meeting in the eastern Mexican city of Merida attended by government officials from both countries, business lobbies united to call on Trump to drop his threats to disrupt border trade after days of hold-ups on the frontier. Describing the U.S.-Mexico relationship as a top priority, U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue told a news conference the United States should exempt Mexico and Canada from steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by Trump last June before its Congress approves the deal struck to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.


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  • 49/64   Qatar seeks to transform diabetes care with 'whole nation' project
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    In an unremarkable office in a Doha hospital, a study is taking place which could transform the way Qatar deals with one of its most persistent health issues -- diabetes.  A small team led by professor Khalid Hussain has since last year been entering youngsters aged up to 18 with diabetes into a nationwide database, something he claims is unique in the region and possibly the world.  'What we want to do is recruit every child with diabetes in Qatar into our research project,' says Hussain, who runs the project out of his office in the capital's Sidra medical complex.

    In an unremarkable office in a Doha hospital, a study is taking place which could transform the way Qatar deals with one of its most persistent health issues -- diabetes. A small team led by professor Khalid Hussain has since last year been entering youngsters aged up to 18 with diabetes into a nationwide database, something he claims is unique in the region and possibly the world. 'What we want to do is recruit every child with diabetes in Qatar into our research project,' says Hussain, who runs the project out of his office in the capital's Sidra medical complex.


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  • 50/64   Picture was clear, but black hole's name a little fuzzy
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    WASHINGTON (AP) ? The newly pictured supermassive black hole is a beast with no name, at least not an official one. And what happens next could be cosmically confusing.

    WASHINGTON (AP) ? The newly pictured supermassive black hole is a beast with no name, at least not an official one. And what happens next could be cosmically confusing.


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  • 51/64   Chinese scientists put human brain genes in a monkey
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    Everything we know about evolution tells us that humans have primate ancestors, and that the development of our complex brains is what allowed ancient humans to forge the path that we're on today. Determining what changes in primate brains prompted our fork of the evolution tree to take shape is something scientists in China are tackling in a revolutionary -- and scary -- way.A new study led by researchers at the Kunming Institute of Zoology combined human brain genes with modern macaque monkeys, creating transgenic specimens that demonstrate more advanced problem-solving skills than their unmodified brethren. If you think this sounds like the plot of a bad sci-fi movie, that's because it does.Geneticists have identified many genes which differ between humans and primates, but determining which of the genes may have led to changes in brain chemistry has proven incredibly challenging. Some genes are thought to be linked to advanced speech, while others appear to be associated with overall brain size.As MIT Technology Review reports, the Chinese research team focused on a gene called MCPH1 which, when damaged, produces babies with smaller brains than is typical. Adding the human version of MCPH1 to monkey embryos resulted in 11 specimens, but six of them died before any tests could be performed.The remaining five, which the scientists confirmed have multiple copies of the human gene, were tasked with completing memory tests and were subjected to MRI scans. Interestingly, the researchers noted that the monkey's brains weren't actually any larger than their unmodified peers, but they did perform better with short-term memory exercises.Obviously there's a whole heap of ethical concerns here, not least of which is whether or not scientists should even be tampering with the makeup of primate brains. The research has received plenty of criticism, and some fellow researchers have written about the dangers and ethical pitfalls of toying with complex brains in the name of science.Nevertheless, the researchers involved in the brain modification study intend to continue their work and may begin experimenting with different human brain genes in the future.

    Everything we know about evolution tells us that humans have primate ancestors, and that the development of our complex brains is what allowed ancient humans to forge the path that we're on today. Determining what changes in primate brains prompted our fork of the evolution tree to take shape is something scientists in China are tackling in a revolutionary -- and scary -- way.A new study led by researchers at the Kunming Institute of Zoology combined human brain genes with modern macaque monkeys, creating transgenic specimens that demonstrate more advanced problem-solving skills than their unmodified brethren. If you think this sounds like the plot of a bad sci-fi movie, that's because it does.Geneticists have identified many genes which differ between humans and primates, but determining which of the genes may have led to changes in brain chemistry has proven incredibly challenging. Some genes are thought to be linked to advanced speech, while others appear to be associated with overall brain size.As MIT Technology Review reports, the Chinese research team focused on a gene called MCPH1 which, when damaged, produces babies with smaller brains than is typical. Adding the human version of MCPH1 to monkey embryos resulted in 11 specimens, but six of them died before any tests could be performed.The remaining five, which the scientists confirmed have multiple copies of the human gene, were tasked with completing memory tests and were subjected to MRI scans. Interestingly, the researchers noted that the monkey's brains weren't actually any larger than their unmodified peers, but they did perform better with short-term memory exercises.Obviously there's a whole heap of ethical concerns here, not least of which is whether or not scientists should even be tampering with the makeup of primate brains. The research has received plenty of criticism, and some fellow researchers have written about the dangers and ethical pitfalls of toying with complex brains in the name of science.Nevertheless, the researchers involved in the brain modification study intend to continue their work and may begin experimenting with different human brain genes in the future.


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  • 52/64   California governor proposes fund to pay for wildfire liabilities; PG&E shares rise
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    The creation of a fund that would allow utilities to pay for wildfire damage claims sent PG&E Corp shares soaring nearly 12 percent before closing 3.95 percent higher on Friday.  'PG&E is a textbook example of what happens when a utility does not invest in safety after numerous deadly reminders to do so over many years,' a report released by Newsom said.  PG&E said in a statement that it is 'embracing the calls for change,' and committed to resolving wildfire victims' claims fairly and expeditiously.

    The creation of a fund that would allow utilities to pay for wildfire damage claims sent PG&E Corp shares soaring nearly 12 percent before closing 3.95 percent higher on Friday. 'PG&E is a textbook example of what happens when a utility does not invest in safety after numerous deadly reminders to do so over many years,' a report released by Newsom said. PG&E said in a statement that it is 'embracing the calls for change,' and committed to resolving wildfire victims' claims fairly and expeditiously.


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  • 53/64   Male Scientist Claps Back at Trolls Who Tried to Discredit Female Colleague's Role in Black Hole Photo
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    Scientist Slams Trolls Who Tried to Discredit Woman's Role in Black Hole Pic

    Scientist Slams Trolls Who Tried to Discredit Woman's Role in Black Hole Pic


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  • 54/64   'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' sees return of emperor Palpatine
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    Disney showed fans attending the 'Star Wars Celebration' convention in Chicago the first footage from the movie, which will be released in theaters in December and will conclude the story that began in 1977.  A villainous cackle was heard at the end of the trailer, and the actor who played Palpatine in previous films, Ian McDiarmid, walked onstage to loud applause from an audience of roughly 10,000 fans, many waving colorful lightsabers.  Director J.J. Abrams, speaking alongside a handful of cast members, said the movie takes place some time after the events of the 2017 film 'The Last Jedi.'  The footage showed a hug between Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, and Rey (Daisy Ridley).

    Disney showed fans attending the 'Star Wars Celebration' convention in Chicago the first footage from the movie, which will be released in theaters in December and will conclude the story that began in 1977. A villainous cackle was heard at the end of the trailer, and the actor who played Palpatine in previous films, Ian McDiarmid, walked onstage to loud applause from an audience of roughly 10,000 fans, many waving colorful lightsabers. Director J.J. Abrams, speaking alongside a handful of cast members, said the movie takes place some time after the events of the 2017 film 'The Last Jedi.' The footage showed a hug between Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, and Rey (Daisy Ridley).


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  • 55/64   6 Common UTI Symptoms Women Need To Know About
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    Pelvic pain and a strong need to pee are just some of the warning signs.

    Pelvic pain and a strong need to pee are just some of the warning signs.


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  • 56/64   PHOTOS: The power of poo: How biogas has become a cleaner alternative fuel in Rwanda ? but is still out of reach for most
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    Even human waste can be put to use this way. All of Rwanda?s prison kitchens reuse waste from inmates, mixed with cow dung.

    Even human waste can be put to use this way. All of Rwanda?s prison kitchens reuse waste from inmates, mixed with cow dung.


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  • 57/64   Lori Loughlin's Daughters Are All Grown Up and Look Exactly Like Their Mom
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    The Fuller House star's daughters are influencers and YouTube stars.

    The Fuller House star's daughters are influencers and YouTube stars.


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  • 58/64   Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy Definitely Have the Sweetest Love Story In Hollywood
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    The couple is celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.

    The couple is celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.


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  • 59/64   Steve Irwin's Wife Reveals the Real Reason Why She Hasn't Dated Since He Died
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    It's been 10 years since her late husband's fatal accident.

    It's been 10 years since her late husband's fatal accident.


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  • 60/64   Cute and Easy Easter Cakes You Can Make with Your Kids
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    Grab some Easter candy and baking supplies, and get ready to be inspired!

    Grab some Easter candy and baking supplies, and get ready to be inspired!


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  • 61/64   Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
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    A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Ore., and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 53 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, Wa...

    A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Ore., and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 53 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, Wa...


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  • 62/64   Does Coconut Oil Actually Help You Lose Weight?
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    There are some red flags to this saturated fat.

    There are some red flags to this saturated fat.


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  • 63/64   Why are Americans in so much pain?
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    Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby.  Whitfield says he still can?t pinpoint why he felt so intensely depressed or abandoned in those moments.  The chaos began about five years before, in 2011, when Whitfield visited multiple doctors for pain from knee and back injuries he had sustained while serving in the Marine Corps several years earlier.

    Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby. Whitfield says he still can?t pinpoint why he felt so intensely depressed or abandoned in those moments. The chaos began about five years before, in 2011, when Whitfield visited multiple doctors for pain from knee and back injuries he had sustained while serving in the Marine Corps several years earlier.


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  • 64/64   What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
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    If you won?t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...

    If you won?t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...


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