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Avenatti seeks trial delay amid effort to prove Nike claims

Aug. 22, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti hopes to show that charging Nike $25 million to probe corruption at the sportswear giant was a bargain rather than extortion, his lawyer told a judge Thursday. Avenatti was seated and quiet as attorney Scott Srebnick asked that a trial for his outspoken...

Today in History

Aug. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2019. There are 132 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 21, 2000, rescue efforts to reach the sunken Russian nuclear submarine Kursk ended with divers announcing none of the 118 sailors had survived. On this date: In 1609,...

Michael Avenatti blames arrest on 'vindictive' prosecutors

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to dismiss criminal charges that he extorted Nike, and he is blaming his arrest on what he calls vindictive prosecutors as he releases material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes. Avenatti's attorneys...

Manhattan DA subpoenas Trump Org over hush money payments

Aug. 2, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Just weeks after federal prosecutors revealed they were through investigating hush money paid to protect President Donald Trump from allegations of adultery, the probe has been picked back up by state prosecutors in New York City. The president's family business, the Trump Organization,...

Police in probe that led to Stormy Daniels arrest charged

Aug. 1, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Five officers associated with an undercover investigation that led to Stormy Daniels' arrest at a strip club last year face discipline, the Columbus police department announced. The department said Wednesday that the officers could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to firing....

The Latest: Documents give details of charges against police

Aug. 1, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on officers facing discipline for strip club investigation that led to Stormy Daniels' arrest (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Columbus police have released documents detailing departmental charges against officers associated with an undercover operation that led to Stormy...

Avenatti: Trump aims Justice Department at political enemies

Jul. 23, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti told reporters President Donald Trump is the real criminal after the California attorney appeared at a New York hearing on criminal charges he cheated porn star Stormy Daniels of book proceeds. Avenatti called Trump a "third-rate mobster" who has unleashed the U.S. Justice...

Why no hush-money charges against Trump? Feds are silent

Jul. 19, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When special counsel Robert Mueller closed the books on the Russia investigation, he produced a report of more than 400 pages, and Attorney General William Barr held a news conference outlining the reasons the Justice Department didn't charge President Donald Trump. But in stark contrast to...

The Latest: House panel asks Hope Hicks to clarify testimony

Jul. 18, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the unsealing of court records related to the Michael Cohen investigation (all times local): 8 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee is asking former White House aide Hope Hicks to clarify her June testimony to the panel after federal prosecutors in New York released documents...

Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump

Jul. 18, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Court records released Thursday show that President Donald Trump took part in a flurry of phone calls in the weeks before the 2016 election as his close aides and allies scrambled to pay porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The documents detailing calls and text...