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Chicago police pursue claims Jussie Smollett attack may have been faked

Chicago police pursue claims Jussie Smollett attack may have been fakedA police source tells USA TODAY that investigators are attempting to interview Jussie Smollett again about an attack on the Empire actor.



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Ilhan Omar Clashed With Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Over Washington's Role in Latin America. Here's the History Behind Her Claims

Ilhan Omar Clashed With Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Over Washington's Role in Latin America. Here's the History Behind Her ClaimsThe Iran-Contra Affair and the El Mozote massacre were among the darkest chapters of U.S. intervention in the region



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Virginia leader accused of rape will have to resign if claims are true: governor

Virginia leader accused of rape will have to resign if claims are true: governorIn a CBS interview to be broadcast on Monday, Governor Ralph Northam said he had learned from the controversy that erupted on Feb. 1 when a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook, and that as a former pediatrician he could help Virginians heal. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass,” Northam told CBS “This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “And that’s why I’m not going anywhere.” According to excerpts of the interview provided on Sunday by CBS, Northam was asked about allegations of sexual crimes, including rape, that have been made by two women against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, a fellow Democrat and the state’s second-highest elected official.



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The Latest: Ocasio-Cortez claims good rapport with Pelosi

The Latest: Ocasio-Cortez claims good rapport with PelosiWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional Democrats and proposals to address climate change (all times local):



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Feds investigating Jeff Bezos' claims, examining agreement that shielded AMI from criminal charges

Feds investigating Jeff Bezos' claims, examining agreement that shielded AMI from criminal chargesProsecutors with the Southern District of New York are investigating the claims and reexamining an agreement that has protected the Enquirer's parent company.



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PG&E files for bankruptcy amid California wildfire lawsuits, citing billions in claims

PG&E files for bankruptcy amid California wildfire lawsuits, citing billions in claimsThe utility filed bankruptcy documents despite investigators determining last week that its equipment was not to blame for a 2017 fire that killed 22.



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Russia claims no knowledge of plane sent to Venezuela 'to extract 20 tonnes of gold' from national bank

Russia claims no knowledge of plane sent to Venezuela 'to extract 20 tonnes of gold' from national bankRussian authorities have moved to quash suspicions that 20 tonnes of gold are about to be moved from the Venezuela’s national bank to Moscow. Allegations that a Russian jet which landed in Caracas was due to load an $ 840 million portion of the country's gold reserves surfaced early on Wednesday. Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament, sidelined by the Maduro regime, said in a tweet that they received information from the Bank of Venezuela that a plane from Moscow arrived to Caracas to “extract at least 20 tons of gold” - 20 per cent of the bank’s holdings. “We are demanding the Bank [to reveal] details of what is happening. That gold does not belong to Calixto Ortega, [head of the Bank]. It belongs to the Venezuelan people,” the tweet read.  Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, said on Wednesday that he is not aware of any plans to bring gold to Moscow.  Hyperinflation in Venezuela “Russia is prepared to help resolve the political situation [in Venezuela] in any way possible, without interfering into the country’s internal affairs,” Mr Peskov was quoted as saying by the RBC news outlet.  On Monday, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that an empty passenger plane departed from Moscow to Caracas.  The Boeing 777, with space for some 400 passengers and belonging to Russia's Nordwind Airlines, was parked by a private corner of the airport after flying direct from Moscow, according to flight tracking data and Reuters photos. It was the first time it had made the route, the data showed. Novaya Gazeta said that the plane carried two crew teams and suggested there was no obvious reason for it to fly there: Russian tourists are officially recommended not to visit Venezuela, sales of package tours to the country have stopped long ago, and Russia’s Foreign Ministry hasn’t announced plans to evacuate Russian citizens from the country.  Venezuelan social media was alive with theories, including that the place had brought mercenaries, or was there to escort Maduro into exile. Venezuela's Finance Minister Simon Zerpa claimed there were no Russian planes in the Caracas airport, despite the pictures. Responding to questions about the gold, Peskov urged journalists "to be careful with different hoaxes."  Maduro claims he is facing a Washington-backed coup attempt led by opposition leader Juan Guaido, who last week proclaimed himself president and was recognized by the United States as the legitimate head-of-state. Russia has accused US President Donald Trump's administration of trying to usurp power in Venezuela and warned against any military intervention. The Kremlin on Tuesday condemned new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela's vital oil sector as illegal interference in the OPEC member's affairs. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russian government “will do anything” to support Maduro.  Guaido is currently petitioning the Bank of England to prevent Mr Maduro getting his hands on $ 1.3 billion (£1 billion) in gold held in London vaults. Venezuela, which is struggling to provide basic services, has some $ 8 billion in foreign reserves around the world. On Monday the US placed sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil company – a move designed to cripple Maduro’s regime financially, and sway the military to defect.



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AP Explains: Anti-assimilation claims haunt Latinos, Asians

AP Explains: Anti-assimilation claims haunt Latinos, AsiansALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — NBC's Tom Brokaw drew strong criticism for saying that Hispanics needed to work harder at assimilating and learning English. Megan Neely, a Duke University graduate studies director, also sparked anger for warning international Asian students in an email against speaking Chinese in public.



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Paul Manafort’s First Sentencing Postponed Over Claims He Lied

Paul Manafort’s First Sentencing Postponed Over Claims He LiedSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have accused Manafort of breaching the cooperation agreement he struck with them in September to avoid a second trial following his Alexandria jury trial conviction in August.



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'I don’t gotta go to work no more': Truck driver claims $298.3 million Powerball jackpot

'I don’t gotta go to work no more': Truck driver claims $  298.3 million Powerball jackpotDavid Johnson of Brooklyn has claimed a $ 298.3 million Powerball jackpot, the New York State Gaming Commission announced Friday.



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