Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to give a form of immunity to five potential witnesses against former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
Mueller did not name the witnesses but said they have not been identified publicly in connection with the case. He requested that his immunity motions be sealed and remain that way unless they testify, citing the risk of "undue harassment" or "reputational harm" if their identities are disclosed.
The motions he filed seek "use immunity" for the witnesses, which means prosecutors would not be able to employ their testimony against them.
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Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven lawmakers have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide.
Voters' response? Mostly, keep them in office.
Of the five lawmakers up for re-election this year, three easily made it through their party primaries and are favored to retain their seats in November. The other two chose not to run.
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An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space.
The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit.
Dozens of village residents were evacuated to higher ground last week due to concerns the 11 million-ton iceberg might break apart and produce waves large enough to wash away low-lying buildings.
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Facebook announced several new hires of top academics in the field of artificial intelligence Tuesday, among them a roboticist known for her work at Disney making animated figures move in more human-like ways.
The hires raise a big question — why is Facebook interested in robots, anyway?
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The writer and political activist who was forcibly removed from a room where U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were about to give a joint news conference said Tuesday he wasn't trying to protest.
Sam Husseini, a contributor to The Nation magazine, told The Associated Press that he held up a piece of paper with "Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty" printed on it to get attention so he could ask a question "on Syria's nuclear policy" and the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia.
"I wasn't doing a protest," Husseini said in an AP interview. "I simply wanted to hold up a sign so that they would call on me.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he misspoke during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Trump said he does "accept" the intelligence community's conclusion...
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If you find yourself frequently sending the heart or face with tears of joy emojis, you’re in good company. Those two are among the most commonly sent emojis on Facebook and Twitter.
The social media networks revealed the emojis shared in posts and messages most often Tuesday, which is World Emoji Day. The day is celebrated on July 17 because that date appears on the calendar emoji for iPhone and Android users.
Facebook users are posting the heart emoji twice as much as they are last year, the network said in an email to NBC, and more than 2,800 emojis are used on Facebook and its Messenger app each day.
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MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.
The company argues in lawsuits filed Friday in Nevada and California that it has "no liability of any kind" to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
At least three people are dead after two small planes collided and crashed in the Florida Everglades in Miami-Dade Tuesday. Officials said the total number of people on board the planes was unknown.
The crashes were reported near 22700 Southwest 8th Street, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Miami Herald that three people were killed when the planes collided in midair.
Footage showed the badly damaged planes in a grassy area of the Everglades. Crews responded to the scene by helicopter and airboat.
The wreckage of both planes had the name of local flight school Dean International on their sides. The school has been involved in a number of incidents involving planes, most recently a crash in the Everglades in May that left two hospitalized.
Petco is trying to Amazon-proof its business. Time will tell if the strategy really works.
The privately held pet-goods retailer has just opened a new service-focused store that aims to give shoppers something they can't buy online. A pilot location opened this past Friday in San Marcos, California. Called PetCoach, it offers grooming, training, veterinary care, dog walking and more to pet parents, in addition to a limited assortment of products.
The company said it plans to open more of these spaces in the future, using the San Marcos location as a testing ground. Part of this experiment also includes a new membership option.
A raging wildfire in Blythe, California, spun up a waterspout in minutes in footage captured by Chris Mackie on July 15, 2018.
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You don’t have to be awake at work as a Mattress Firm intern.
The mattress store is hiring a “snoozetern” to help the company’s social media team tease product launches and assist customers in selecting the ideal bed, it announced in a news release Tuesday.
The intern, who will be based at Mattress Firm’s headquarters in Houston, will be responsible for testing beds and creating written and video reviews for the store’s website, hosting Facebook Lives to give sleeping tips and generating videos that highlight Houston residents’ sleeping habits.
“We are excited to hire our first ever Snoozetern,” said Scott Thaler, Mattress Firm’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. “It’s not every day that an intern is hired to sleep on the job, but that’s just one of many perks.”
Former President Barack Obama condemned the current state of American politics while not mentioning President Donald Trump by name during a speech to honor the late Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
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A Florida woman is accused of beating her 85-year-old mother to death after learning she wouldn't be receiving an inheritance from her.
After Luisa Perero died from her injuries, police charged her daughter Gabriela Perero, 53, with premeditated murder and aggravated battery on a person over 65. She was denied bond on Monday.
Gabriela Perero told investigators she'd become enraged after learning that her siblings would receive an inheritance and she would not, even though she'd been taking care of their mother, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported
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A group of former wrestlers is suing Ohio State University in federal court, claiming its administrators knew about team doctor Richard Strauss sexually abusing athletes more than 20 years ago and did nothing to stop it, NBC News reported.
The class-action lawsuit alleges Strauss subjected male athletes in 14 sports to "excessive and medically unnecessary fondling, touching, and groping" during routine examinations. That claim echoes what several former wrestlers told NBC News in the past month, after Ohio State announced an investigation into the alleged misconduct of the late doctor.
Ohio State coaches and administrators were allegedly repeatedly informed of Strauss's sexual abuse, including in 1978 and in the mid-90s. Strauss was allegedly allowed to "quietly retire" in 1997 after a hearing on allegations against him.
Ohio State did not immediately respond to requests for comment and has not yet filed a formal response to the complaint.
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