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Man sentenced 26-years to life in brutal hammer death of 'Bridalplasty' reality star

Man sentenced 26-years to life in brutal hammer death of 'Bridalplasty' reality starJackie Jerome Rogers was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison for killing Lisa Marie Naegle with a hammer and burying her body in his back yard.



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'Desperate Housewives' star: I'm guilty

'Desperate Housewives' star: I'm guiltyFrom shake-ups at the Department of Homeland Security to Allison Mack pleading guilty in a sex cult case, here's Monday's top news.



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Trump set for star turn in Netanyahu re-election campaign

Trump set for star turn in Netanyahu re-election campaignUS President Donald Trump’s role in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral campaign gets its star turn this week when the two allies meet in Washington ahead of Israeli polls. The billionaire president has already been featured on giant campaign billboards in Israel shaking hands and smiling with Netanyahu, and the premier has shared video of Trump calling him “strong” and a “winner”. On Thursday, after new opinion polls showed Netanyahu losing ground to his electoral rivals, Trump took to his beloved Twitter account to present the Israeli leader with what many analysts saw as a campaign gift.



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Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill was reportedly being investigated for incidents of battery against his 3-year-old

Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill was reportedly being investigated for incidents of battery against his 3-year-oldKansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill was reportedly being investigated for incidents of battery against his 3-year-old son. The investigation reportedly comes after Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, filed multiple police reports where their three-year-old son was listed as the victim.



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Australia bans tour by alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos over New Zealand massacre remarks

Australia bans tour by alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos over New Zealand massacre remarksAustralia — home of the suspected gunman in the killing of at least 50 people at a New Zealand mosque — has banned right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos from touring over his social media response to the  massacre.



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Lori Loughlin: 'Full House' star surrenders to FBI after being charged in 'college bribery' case

Lori Loughlin: 'Full House' star surrenders to FBI after being charged in 'college bribery' caseLori Loughlin has surrendered to the FBI after being charged in what authorities have described as a large-scale college admissions bribery scheme. Loughlin, who rose to fame on the sitcom Full House, turned herself in on Wednesday morning and was scheduled for a court appearance in the afternoon, a spokeswoman said. Prosecutors allege that Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $ 500,000 to have their two daughters labelled as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither is a rower.



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Empire Star Jussie Smollett Arrested After Being Charged With Falsifying a Police Report

Empire Star Jussie Smollett Arrested After Being Charged With Falsifying a Police ReportEmpire star Jussie Smollett was arrested in Chicago after being charged with filing a false report for his claim he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.



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Empire star Jussie Smollett arrested after being charged with lying to police over race hate attack

Empire star Jussie Smollett arrested after being charged with lying to police over race hate attackActor Jussie Smollett has been arrested after he was charged with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, Chicago police said on Thursday on Twitter. Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor on the hip-hop TV drama Empire, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on Jan. 29 that two men had struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him. Smollett turned himself in at central booking, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was scheduled to hold a Thursday morning news conference to announce Smollett's arrest and Smollett was expected to appear in court later in the day. The whispers about Smollett started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked. Then detectives in a city bristling with surveillance cameras could not find video of the beating. Later, two brothers were taken into custody for questioning but were released after two days, with police saying they were no longer suspects. Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report, a charge that could bring up to three years in prison and force the actor, who is openly gay, to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a Jan. 29 beating. In less than a month, the 36-year-old changed from being the seemingly sympathetic victim of a hate crime to being accused of fabricating the entire thing. People attend a rally in support of actor Jussie Smollett in the Manhattan borough of New York City Credit: Reuters The felony disorderly conduct charge emerged on the same day detectives and the two brothers testified before a grand jury. Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and police, but it was unknown what they discussed or whether Smollett attended the meeting. In a statement, attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said Smollett "enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked." The announcement of the charges followed a flurry of activity in recent days, including lengthy police interviews of the brothers, a search of their home and their release after officers cleared them. Investigators have not said what the brothers told detectives or what evidence detectives collected. But it became increasingly clear that serious questions had arisen about Smollett's account – something police signaled Friday when they announced a "significant shift in the trajectory" of the probe after the brothers were freed. Interview with actor Jussie Smollett on ABC's "Good Morning America" Credit: Getty Smollett, who plays a gay character on the hit Fox television show Empire, said he was attacked Jan. 29 as he was walking home from a downtown Subway sandwich shop. He said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled "This is MAGA country" – an apparent reference to Donald Trump, the US president, and his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again" – before fleeing. Earlier Wednesday, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television issued a statement saying Smollett "continues to be a consummate professional on set" and that his character is not being written off the show. The series is shot in Chicago and follows a black family as they navigate the ups and downs of the recording industry. The studio's statement followed reports that Smollett's role was being slashed amid the police investigation. After reviewing hundreds of hours of video, detectives did find and release images of two people they said they wanted to question and last week picked up the brothers at O'Hare Airport as they returned from Nigeria. Police questioned the men and searched their apartment. The brothers, who were identified by their attorney as Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, were held for nearly 48 hours on suspicion of assaulting Smollett. The day after they were released, police said the men provided information that had "shifted the trajectory of the investigation," and detectives requested another interview with Smollett. Attorney Gloria Schmidt speaks to reporters at the at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago Credit: Reuters Police said one of the men had appeared on Empire, and Smollett's attorneys said one of the men is the actor's personal trainer, whom he hired to help get him physically ready for a music video. The actor released his debut album, "Sum of My Music," last year. Smollett was charged by prosecutors, not the grand jury. The police spokesman said the brothers appeared before the panel to "lock in their testimony." Speaking outside the courthouse where the grand jury met, the brothers' attorney said the two men testified for about two and a half hours. "There was a point where this story needed to be told, and they manned up and they said we're going to correct this," Gloria Schmidt said. She said her clients did not care about a plea deal or immunity. "You don't need immunity when you have the truth," she said. She also said her clients received money from Smollett, but she did not elaborate. Kim Foxx, Chicago's top prosecutor, recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett  Credit: AP Smollett has been active in LBGTQ issues, and initial reports of the assault drew outrage and support for him on social media, including from Sen. Kamala Harris of California and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Referring to a published account of the attack, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that "it doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned." But several hours after Smollett was declared a suspect and the charges announced, there was little reaction from celebrities online. Former Cook County prosecutor Andrew Weisberg said judges rarely throw defendants in prison for making false reports, opting instead to place them on probation, particularly if they have no prior criminal record. Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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Push to honor black tennis star comes amid blackface scandal

Push to honor black tennis star comes amid blackface scandalRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A movement to rename a Richmond, Virginia, thoroughfare for groundbreaking black tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr. is cresting just as the state finds itself in turmoil over a blackface scandal involving the governor and attorney general.



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Texas councilman in crossfire for calling Democratic star a 'bimbo'

Texas councilman in crossfire for calling Democratic star a 'bimbo'A councilman who called new Democratic US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “bimbo” on Twitter has unleashed a firestorm of criticism. Scott Dunn of Richardson, Texas also slammed Ocasio-Cortez, a social media savvy star of the Democratic Party’s left wing, saying she had “nothing between her ear (sic)” for criticizing President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.



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