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President Donald Trump's personal attorney said Tuesday he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a porn actress who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.
Michael Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times that he was not reimbursed by the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign for the payment to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
Cohen wrote, "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone."
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Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom Donald Trump's attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with the man who is now president, her manager told The Associated Press Wednesday.
At the same time, developments in the bizarre case are fueling questions about whether such a payment could violate federal campaign finance laws.
All attention turned to the men’s halfpipe final. After yesterday’s qualifying round posted monster numbers, everyone was expecting an epic final, and epic it was. Shaun White reclaimed his Olympic title, winning Team USA’s 100th all-time Winter Olympic gold. White is now the first snowboarder to ever become a three-time Olympic champion. Japan’s Ayumu Hirano claimed silver, while Australia’s Scotty James earned bronze. More on the competition below. The women’s slalom was supposed to highlight Primetime but was postponed due to high winds. This is the second time Mikaela Shiffrin’s PyeongChang debut was delayed. She is slated to compete in the giant slalom later tonight. After a day off, figure skating was back. The pairs’ field took to the ice to perform their short programs. Reigning world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong from China led the day.
President Donald Trump's two grown sons arrived at this tranquil, rural upstate New York hamlet with a bang.
A company tied to Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump owns a 171-acre hunting preserve in Wingdale that is being used as a private shooting range, where the sound of rifle fire from a wooden tower and exploding targets has riled nearby residents, neighbors told The Associated Press.
One neighbor complained that it rattles the windows of his home; another said it ruins the serenity of the surrounding woods. A third confronted the property's representative over the summer.
"It's like you're in a war zone," said Elisabetta Berghold, who lives on 42 acres down the road from the Trumps' land.
Flynn the bichon frise won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, a choice that seemed to surprise almost everyone in the crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision.
No matter, the white powder puff was picked and walked off as America's top dog.
Guided by expert handler Bill McFadden, Flynn beat out Ty the giant schnauzer, Biggie the pug, Bean the Sussex spaniel, Lucy the borzoi, Slick the border collie and Winston the Norfolk terrier.
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The chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing immigrants' identities.
Raphael A. Sanchez, who resigned from the agency effective Monday, faces one count of aggravated identity theft and another of wire fraud in a charging document filed Monday in U.S. District Court.
An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg after four men armed with AK-47s stormed a Fort Worth game room and robbed people inside early Wednesday morning, police said.
The four men opened fire inside the business in the 3200 block of North Beach Street and robbed several people inside the game room.
An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg and transported to a hospital, a MedStar spokesman said. Her condition was not immediately released.
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U.S. stocks opened lower on Wednesday after a data release showed inflation rose more than expected last month, CNBC reported.
The Dow Jones industrial average declined 127 points at the open. The S&P 500 fell 0.4 percent, with energy as the worst-performing sector. The Nasdaq composite pulled back 0.3 percent.
The consumer price index rose 0.5 percent in January. Economists polled by Reuters expected a gain of 0.3 percent. Investors also digested weaker-than-expected retail sales for last month.
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A French court has acquitted a man charged with harboring Islamic extremists after they carried out the 2015 Paris attacks, in the first trial related to the country's deadliest extremist violence since World War II.
The presiding judge said the Paris court found Jawad Bendaoud, an outspoken 31-year-old confirmed street criminal, not guilty of providing lodging to two of the attackers and helping them hide from police when they were the most-wanted criminals in France.
Bendaoud had denied knowing the identity of his renters. One of the two men he hid was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks.
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A Kim Jong Un impersonator calling himself only Howard from Australia made an appearance at the Korea-Japan women's ice hockey game at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Wednesday.
He briefly walked in front of a North Korean cheering section waving a unification flag and smiling Wednesday before being moved away to his seat nearby.
Security then came to take him out of the arena as a crowd began to form. Police later took over, surrounding him in a hall outside the seating area and preventing him from going back into the game.
The impersonator wore a long black overcoat and glasses and sported the North Korean dictator's trademark haircut.
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A United Airlines plane was able to land safely in Hawaii Tuesday afternoon after experiencing engine trouble over the Pacific Ocean during its flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.
According to an FAA spokesperson, Flight 1175, a Boeing 777 out of San Francisco International Airport, declared an emergency due to a vibration in its right engine. The plane landed on the runway at Honolulu International Airport on Tuesday afternoon without incident, the FAA said.
An FAA official told NBC News that it appears the engine cowling or casing came off during the flight. The engine does not appear to have come apart and appears to still be operating normally.
The day's drama at the Pyeongchang Games on Wednesday (Tuesday night in the United States) came in men's snowboarding as Shaun White reclaimed his halfpipe gold in spectacular style. The U.S. men's curling team scored a win, but high winds once again kept skiers off the slopes. Here's a look at the 2018 Winter Games by the numbers.
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A father-of-three in Washington state who called 911 simply to report a trespasser was “hand-delivered” by local police into the custody of federal immigration officials, his lawyer charged on Tuesday.
Wilson Rodriguez, 32, called police early last Thursday morning after he saw someone trespassing on his property and looking into his car and house in Tukwila, Washington, attorney Luis Cortes told NBC News.
After arriving, police said they discovered "an outstanding warrant issued" by ICE when "during our normal process of verifying identities." They then drove Rodriguez to an ICE field office, Cortes said, adding that "they hand delivered him right to their office" and took him "to the Northwest Detention Center, one of the largest in the country. He’s being held there now without bond. ICE has refused to release him.”
Cortes said Rodriguez is now facing deportation. He has no criminal record after coming to the United States in 2004 after fleeing violence in Honduras, he said. The Tukwila Police Department said it was later determined that the warrant was "was administrative in nature."
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It's a scenario many feared in the fog of Syria's multi-front war: a confrontation in which U.S. forces, responding to a provocation, kill Russian soldiers or mercenaries on a crowded battlefield.
Russian news reports Tuesday described just such a scenario, with an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a ferocious U.S. counterattack last week. But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other U.S. officials said they had no such information on casualties, and the Kremlin did not confirm any Russian deaths. U.S. officials also said the Russian government had lodged no complaint about its citizens being killed.
What is not disputed is the fast-changing, often confusing nature of a battlefield in which forces of multiple countries are bumping up against one another, raising the prospect of violent collisions. Whether by accident or intention, such clashes risk plunging Washington and Moscow into a situation they studiously avoided even during some of the darkest hours of their relationship: their forces directly warring with each other.
Chipotle, hoping to rebuild its business after a series of food safety scares, has named an executive from fast-food chain Taco Bell as its next CEO.
Brian Niccol, chief executive at Taco Bell chain for three years, will start at Chipotle next month. He'll be tasked with helping turn around the burrito chain, which has long positioned itself as a step up from fast food.
Chipotle has been trying to win back customers since 2015, when its sales plunged after an E. coli outbreak. Earlier this month, the chain said a key sales figure rose in the fourth quarter, but mostly because it raised menu prices and paid less for avocados. Fewer customers came to its restaurants during the quarter, the company said.