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‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could bring …

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Duke star Williamson limps off after shoe appears to break

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson left top-ranked Duke’s rivalry game against No. 8 North Carolina 36 seconds in after his shoe appeared to break. The issue with Williamson’s Nike shoe emerged during the Blue Devils’ opening possession Wednesday night, which ended with him on the floor near the free-throw line. He walked off with a slight limp …

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Feds: Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers. Christopher Paul Hasson is due to appear Thursday in federal court in Maryland after his arrest …

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Democrats’ resolution against Trump emergency coming Friday

Donald Trump, Sebastian Kurz

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution’s separation of powers. Though the effort seems almost certain to ultimately fall short — perhaps …

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Lawyer likens R. Kelly to Beethoven to explain studio move

R. Kelly

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly is moving out of his Chicago recording studio because a judge has stymied his creativity by barring him from working there overnight due to building-code violations, his lawyer said Wednesday. Cook County Judge Patrice Ball-Reed has effectively ordered the Grammy Award-winning artist “not to be creative between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.,” attorney …

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Khloe Kardashian bestie Malika Haqq fierce on cheating front

NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s the best wing woman on the planet? That would be Malika Haqq. The Khloe Kardashian bestie has taken to social media amid a swirl of rumors that Tristan Thompson has cheated again, this time reportedly making out at a Los Angeles house party last weekend with Jordyn Woods. The 21-year-old Woods is — was? — …

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The Latest: Smollett’s lawyers vow ‘aggressive defense’

Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say they will mount an “aggressive defense” of the “Empire” actor after he was charged with making a false report that he was attacked in Chicago last month. Attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson say in a statement: “Like …

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The Latest: Lawyer says woman who joined IS a US citizen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria and now wants to return to the U.S. with her child (all times local): 8:55 p.m. The lawyer for an Alabama woman denied return to the U.S. after joining the Islamic State group in Syria says he has evidence she’s …

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Muslim group seeks congressional probe on terror watchlist

Gadeir Abbas

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group called for a congressional investigation Wednesday after its lawsuit revealed that the U.S. government has shared access to parts of its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Congress should look into why the FBI has given such wide …

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As US pushes to ban Huawei, UK considers softer approach

LONDON (AP) — Britain can handle the security risks involved with using mobile networks made by China’s Huawei, the cybersecurity chief said Wednesday, adding to a growing debate among countries on whether the company should be banned, as the U.S. wants. Ciaran Martin, the CEO of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre, said it was important to have “sustainable diversity” …

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