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The Department of Justice has identified a former business associate of ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as an "upper-echelon [associate] of Russian organized crime."
As NBC News reports, the declaration came in a 115-page filing as part of the government's case against Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch once involved in a failed multimillion-dollar deal to buy New York's Drake Hotel with Manafort, and an important player in the Ukrainian political party for which Manafort worked.
In 2008, according to court records, Manafort's firm was involved with Firtash in a plan to redevelop the Drake Hotel for $850 million. Firtash's company planned to invest more than $100 million, the records say.
One of the other partners working with Manafort on the deal was the former exclusive broker for Fred Trump's properties, Brad Zackson. Fred Trump is the late father of Donald Trump.
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What can be expected from the health care bill? More debating. Senate leaders are expected to have 20 hours debate before a final vote.
When the debate is done, the Senate moves on to what is unofficially called the "Vote-a-Rama," possibly as early as Thursday. During this period, senators from both parties can offer an unlimited number of amendments which are voted on without debate.
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As Ciara Hadrick rested in her hospital bed, Travis Siuta allegedly walked into her room and hand-delivered her a lethal dose of fentanyl that ultimately led to her death, Montgomery County officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
“Ciara Hadrick died from being poisoned while in a hospital, surrounded by people trying to help her,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said. “And this dealer hand-delivers poison to her bedside five times, including in the middle of the night.”
Passengers at all U.S. airports will soon face new measures for screening electronic devices bigger than a cellphone.
Security officers will ask travelers in regular lanes to take all larger devices out of their bag and put them in a bin by themselves, similar to the screening of most travelers' laptops.
Officials say it gives X-ray screeners a clearer picture of the devices.
The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out new and stronger screening methods for carry-on baggages at airports across the United States.
A man who robbed a Fort Lauderdale bank then ran down a street naked throwing the cash in the air after a dye pack exploded on him told investigators he was trying to "begin his career as a comedian," according to court documents released Wednesday.
The complaint said Sperber approached a teller, said he had a gun and demanded that money be put into a bag. The teller placed $7,500 in the bag, along with the dye pack and a bait bill, the complaint said.
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The U.S. Education Department has not approved any applications for student-loan forgiveness in cases of possible fraud since President Donald Trump took office, according to records sent to an Illinois senator.
Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin released the records Wednesday and blasted the department for its inaction and for a June decision to delay and rewrite Obama-era rules that would have made it easier for students to get loans forgiven if they were deceived by their schools.
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A group of Iowa businessmen has filed a lawsuit against United Airlines over the death of a giant rabbit after a flight from London to Chicago.
The businessmen filed the lawsuit Wednesday, more than three months after airline workers found the continental rabbit named Simon dead.
Authorities say 3-year-old twin brothers have died after they were pulled from a backyard swimming pool on Long Island, New York. Suffolk County police says the mother, who had just awakened, looked out the window and saw one of the boys floating in the pool Wednesday morning. The fire department eventually found the second boy, still in the pool, which was murky and difficult to navigate.
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The Trump administration hit Venezuela with new sanctions Wednesday targeting 13 current or former top officials in President Nicolas Maduro's government, and threatened more penalties if he goes through with efforts to rewrite the beleaguered country's constitution.
The fresh sanctions were intended to dissuade Maduro from holding a controversial election, scheduled for Sunday, for a constituent assembly charged with overhauling the country's charter, Trump administration officials said.
Soon after President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military "in any capacity," elected officials from Connecticut are condemning the ban and Gov. Dannel Malloy said he signed an executive order reinforcing the state's nondiscrimination policies within the Connecticut Military Department.
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House Republican allies of President Donald Trump are intent on giving him a long-sought victory in Congress by finally making a down payment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
They just don't want to risk an up-or-down vote on the idea that might risk an embarrassing loss on the House floor. The $1.6 billion cost will be covered by taxpayers, not Mexico, as Trump promised over and over during the campaign. Action this week comes about three months after Democrats blocked an earlier attempt to deliver a down payment on Trump's project.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they've identified the men seen in a social media video that appears to show a shark tied to the back of a boat being dragged across water at high speeds.
FWC isn't releasing their names to the public and no arrests have been made, officials said in a statement Wednesday.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended a new Trump administration policy banning transgender service members from the military, saying it was an "expensive and disruptive" policy.
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A new package of financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea has a hit a snag in the Senate, where the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee has objected to the House's decision to include penalties targeting Pyongyang in the legislation.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters Wednesday that he preferred to keep the North Korea sanctions in a separate bill that would be considered by the Senate. The last-minute hurdle may prevent passage of the measure before Congress breaks for its August recess.
But Corker insisted House and Senate Republicans would come up with a solution that ensures the bill becomes law.