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Trump campaign sues New York Times Co. over Russia coverage

NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump escalated his war against the press by suing New York Times Co., accusing it of knowingly publishing false and defamatory statements claiming his 2016 election campaign had an agreement with Russia to exchange positive foreign policy for help defeating his rival, Hillary Clinton.

The suit, filed in New York state court on Wednesday, alleges that the Times published a defamatory opinion piece in March 2019 that claimed the campaign had an "overarching deal" with Russian President Vladimir Putin's oligarchy to swap assistance in the race against Clinton for relief from economic sanctions imposed by Barack Obama's administration. The campaign says the piece refers to the meetings between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Trump officials in 2016, which it says ended in no agreement.

"The Times was well aware when it published these statements that they were not true," the campaign argues in the suit. "The Times' own previous reporting had confirmed the falsity of these statements."

The Times published its pieces anyway, because of its "extreme bias against and animosity toward the campaign, and the Times' exuberance to improperly influence the presidential election in November 2020," according to the lawsuit.

--Bloomberg News

 

Grandfather charged in toddler's cruise ship death reportedly accepts plea deal

The man accused of dropping his granddaughter from the 11th floor of a cruise ship window in Puerto Rico last year has reportedly accepted a plea deal.

Salvatore Anello initially didn't want a plea and maintained his innocence, but recently changed his plea to "guilty" and said he wanted to put the matter to rest, according to a report by ABC News.

Anello, of Indiana, was charged with negligent homicide after Chloe Wiegand's death aboard the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas, which was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July.

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