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Bloomberg gets second extension on personal financial disclosure

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WASHINGTON -- Michael Bloomberg requested and received a second extension for filing a personal financial disclosure report, meaning the public likely won't see details about his assets until after the March 3 primaries that are the focus of his Democratic presidential campaign strategy.

In requesting the delay from the Federal Election ...Read more

Delta cited by air quality regulators after jet dropped its fuel over LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Air quality regulators in Southern California slapped Delta Airlines with a formal notice of violation after one of its jets dumped 15,000 gallons of fuel over multiple schools while making an emergency landing this week at Los Angeles International Airport.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District accused Delta of causing...Read more

College scam parents may be tried in 3 groups, judge says

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A federal judge recommended holding as many as three separate trials this year for the remaining parents in the U.S. college admissions scandal.

Magistrate Judge Page Kelley on Friday asked prosecutors and defense attorneys to suggest possible groupings of defendants and proposed that five parents per trial might be best. Married defendants ...Read more

More documents released in alleged surveillance of ambassador; Robert Hyde says he'll stay in race

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Documents released Friday night by the House Judiciary Committee shed more light on Connecticut landscaper Robert Hyde's purported surveillance of the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine, even as Hyde continued to deny any involvement in the scandal at the heart of the impeachment of the president.

Hyde, of Simsbury, told The ...Read more

FAA orders ground-stop at O'Hare as winter storm hits Chicago

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CHICAGO -- As a winter storm barreled into the Chicago region, the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground-stop at O'Hare International Airport on Friday evening, halting all takeoffs and landings.

The stop did not immediately affect Midway Airport, said city Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride. It was unclear how long the ...Read more

Iran's leader talks tough, but the knives are out for him

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Despite defiance and fiery rhetoric during a rare Friday sermon, Iran's supreme leader is facing multiplying dangers: Protesters again in the streets, Europe's threat of new economic sanctions and President Donald Trump's drone strike on a top general have shaken a regime that for decades has stayed in power by repressing its people and sowing ...Read more

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Kodak Black claims abuse in Miami prison

MIAMI -- Kodak Black has caused another social media storm as he posted a tell-all on Instagram about his few months of time in a federal prison. He alleges that the Federal Detention Center in Miami has abused him.

Bill Kapri, better known as Kodak Black, 22, was sentenced to almost four years in ...Read more

'They are strategically killing me slowly.' Kodak Black claims abuse in Miami prison

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MIAMI -- Kodak Black has caused another social media storm as he posted a tell-all on Instagram about his few months of time in a federal prison. He alleges that the Federal Detention Center in Miami has abused him.

Bill Kapri, better known as Kodak Black, 22, was sentenced to almost four years in prison in November for lying on a background ...Read more

Trump tried to call Kris Kobach during his meeting with Roger Marshall, sources say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump initially tried to call Kansas Republican Kris Kobach while he was meeting in the Oval Office with Kobach's GOP rival Rep. Roger Marshall, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.

Both Marshall and Kobach are vying for the GOP nomination to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas.

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Adam Schiff takes on Trump, calling him an 'erratic hothead.' Now he's feeling the heat

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WASHINGTON -- Not during the fierce competition of Harvard Law School, or the rough-and-tumble of life as a federal prosecutor. Not when he convicted the first FBI agent accused of spying for a foreign government. Not even when he won one of the most furious campaigns for a seat in the House of Representatives, defeating a Republican who had ...Read more

4 LA teachers sue Delta after jet fuel dump over elementary school

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LOS ANGELES -- Days after a Delta airliner dumped jet fuel over an elementary school in Cudahy, four teachers are suing the company, saying they've suffered emotional and physical distress because the pilot didn't follow protocol.

"Without any true necessity, the Delta pilot of Flight 89 caused the plane to release what are believed to be ...Read more

Trump adds celebrity lawyers — and their baggage — to impeachment defense team

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WASHINGTON -- As he heads into a fraught Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump boosted his defense team Friday by adding a bevy of high-wattage outside lawyers who carry considerable political baggage but are practiced in the arts of legal theatrics and comfortable in the glare of TV lights.

Chief among them were Alan Dershowitz, who...Read more

Former Rep. Chris Collins gets 2 years in federal prison for insider trading

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WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Chris Collins was sentenced to two years and two months in federal prison Friday for insider trading crimes he committed, ending a legal process that evolved from him calling the charges "meritless" shortly after he was indicted to him pleading guilty and proclaiming embarrassment for his actions.

Collins, a Republican...Read more

Mother and daughter psychics get prison time in fraud case

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- They claimed they were "white squaw Cherokee Indian" spiritual healers, and used eggs filled with snake embryos to convince their victims that they were cursed, authorities say.

One woman forked over almost $1.5 million before realizing it was a scam.

But on Friday, the mother-daughter pair of Annie Marie Vwanawick, 74...Read more

Hillary Clinton chides Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for tweet calling voting a 'privilege'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting some heat for a tweet calling voting a "privilege," including a rebuke from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The remark was posted after the Florida Supreme Court sided with DeSantis in a legal dispute over when felons should be able to cast ballots.

"Voting is ...Read more

A hit man shot a pregnant woman dead. Her husband set up the murder, prosecutors say.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Prosecutors are preparing to tell a jury that Euri Jenkins, 33, hired a hit man to kill the mother of his children -- with greed the likeliest motive.

They should have been celebrating Makeva Jenkins' 34th birthday.

Instead her family stood with a Palm Beach County sheriff's detective on Aug. 9, 2017, and asked the ...Read more

Bill in Kentucky would force those asked by cops to identify themselves or be detained

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A bill pending in the Kentucky Senate would give police new powers to stop people on the street and demand that they identify themselves and explain their actions, drawing criticism from civil rights lawyers who say that would be an unconstitutional device likely used against minority groups.

Under Senate Bill 89, if a police ...Read more

Amid Ukraine probe, prosecutor asks judge to revoke Robert Hyde's bail in Mass. stalking case

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Massachusetts prosecutor has asked a judge to jail Robert F. Hyde, a Connecticut man tied to an apparent surveillance operation of Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

In the Massachusetts case, pending in District Court in Malden and unrelated to the Ukraine controversy, Hyde is accused of violating a ...Read more

Ken Starr, who led drive to impeach Clinton, will help defend Trump in Senate trial

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WASHINGTON -- Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who led the drive to impeach President Bill Clinton over a sex scandal a generation ago, will now argue for dismissing impeachment charges against President Donald Trump over his pressuring of Ukraine to investigate his leading presidential rival in the 2020 election.

Starr brings to the task...Read more

Supreme Court to decide if 'faithless electors' can select their candidate of choice

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to resolve an issue that could tip the outcome of a very close presidential election and decide whether electors have a right to defy their state's choice for president by casting a vote for the candidate of their choice.

The justices agreed to review a surprising decision from the 10th U.S. Circuit...Read more