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Immigrant accused of killing Iowa student pleads not guilty

Immigrant accused of killing Iowa student pleads not guiltyCristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old farm worker from Mexico accused of stabbing 20-year-old Tibbetts, appeared in a black-and-white striped jumpsuit at his arraignment in Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa. “Mr. Rivera pleads not guilty,” his lawyer Chad Frese told the judge as Rivera listened through black headphones to a translator.



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Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort pleads guilty and agrees to co-operate with Russia probe to avoid second trial

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort pleads guilty and agrees to co-operate with Russia probe to avoid second trial  Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to “fully” cooperate with the Russian election meddling investigation in a plea deal to avoid a second criminal trial.  Manafort will have to conduct interviews and debriefings with the probe’s prosecutors, hand over documents and testify in future cases as part of the agreement, a judge said on Friday.  It means that a member of the Trump campaign’s inner circle has now agreed to tell Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation, what really happened behind closed doors during the presidential race.  Paul Manafort is a former campaign chairman for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential bid Credit: AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN Manafort pleaded guilty to two criminal charges – one for conspiracy against the United States and another for conspiracy to obstruct justice – but saw five other charges dropped as part of the deal.  It brings the total number of Trump aides who have pleaded guilty to crimes to five. The others are his former attorney Michael Cohen, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.  The White House attempted to put distance between Mr Trump and Manafort, whose crimes relate to his business dealings in Ukraine as a political consultant before he joined the campaign.  Profile | Paul Manafort Sarah Sanders, Mr Trump’s press secretary, said: "This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign. It is totally unrelated." Manafort, who served as campaign chairman during the summer of 2016 and helped guide it through a turbulent Republican National Convention, has repeatedly refused to co-operate with the Mueller probe in the past.  But last month he was found guilty of eight counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to report a foreign bank account. He was expected to face a prison term of up to a decade.  Mr Trump praised him shortly after the convictions as being "brave" for not ‘flipping’ – agreeing to hand over information to prosecutors in turn for leniency.  There were reports that the US president had discussed using his executive powers to pardon Manafort in private with aides. In public he did not rule out such a move.  However with Manafort facing a second criminal trial – jury selection was due to take place on Monday – reports begun to surface that the former aide was considering a deal.  On Friday morning, Mr Mueller’s team filed a new document outlining two criminal charges, down from an original seven – the first solid indication a plea agreement was coming.  The first charge related to money laundering, tax fraud, foreign bank accounts, lobbying and making misrepresentations to the Justice Department. The second was linked to witness tampering.  Donald Trump, left, and Paul Manafort at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking Appearing in court in Alexandria, Virginia – just across the river from Washington DC – Manafort pleaded guilty to the crimes.  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that as part of the plea deal he would have to cooperate "fully and truthfully" with Mr Mueller's investigators.  It remains unclear exactly what information Manafort has that was deemed of value to the prosecutors. It is also unclear whether the information relates to Mr Trump or other campaign figures.  Kevin Downing, Manafort’s lawyer, said that his client cut a deal with prosecutors "to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life”. He added that Manafort has "accepted responsibility".  Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's attorney, said: "The president did nothing wrong. Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign."          



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Taylor Smith Pleads Not Guilty to Reckless Endangerment After Pushing Friend Off 60-Foot Bridge

Taylor Smith Pleads Not Guilty to Reckless Endangerment After Pushing Friend Off 60-Foot Bridge'All I can do is hope for the best,' the teen has said.



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GOP offers muted response after jury convicts Manafort and Cohen pleads guilty

GOP offers muted response after jury convicts Manafort and Cohen pleads guiltyRepublicans on Wednesday reacted to the legal drama involving Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, and Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer, with what seemed to be a collective shrug.



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Hoops coach pleads not guilty for punch that killed tourist

Hoops coach pleads not guilty for punch that killed touristNEW YORK (AP) — A rising college basketball coaching star accused of throwing a punch that killed a New York City tourist who had apparently mistaken him for an Uber driver pleaded not guilty Thursday to an assault charge.



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Alex Jones pleads with Donald Trump to fight 'censorship' after Infowars host is banned by YouTube and Facebook

Alex Jones pleads with Donald Trump to fight 'censorship' after Infowars host is banned by YouTube and FacebookFar-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has appealed to Donald Trump to pursue an end to “censorship” after the InfoWars host was banned from all but one of the West’s major content platforms.



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Missing Iowa student's mother pleads with potential abductor

Missing Iowa student's mother pleads with potential abductorIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The mother of a missing Iowa college student pleaded Thursday with anyone who may know the whereabouts of her daughter, and begged for any potential kidnapper to let her go, noting the reward for her safe return had ballooned to $ 172,000



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Woman accused of leaking US secrets pleads guilty

Woman accused of leaking US secrets pleads guiltyAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A woman accused of leaking U.S. secrets to a news outlet pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Georgia.



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Reality Winner, National Security Agency Leaker, Pleads Guilty To Espionage Charge

Reality Winner, National Security Agency Leaker, Pleads Guilty To Espionage ChargeReality Winner, the former government contractor for the National Security



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Manafort's ex-son-in-law pleads guilty, cooperating with feds

Manafort's ex-son-in-law pleads guilty, cooperating with fedsRachel Maddow reviews the unusual financial entanglements of former Donald Trump campaign manger Paul Manafort and reports breaking news that Jeffrey Yohai, Manafort's former son-in-law with some overlapping business.



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