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The Latest: Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in document-leak case

The Latest: Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in document-leak caseST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former FBI agent in Minnesota who pleaded guilty to leaking classified documents to a reporter (all times local):



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The Republican who shocked the world 4 years ago could lose because of redistricting

The Republican who shocked the world 4 years ago could lose because of redistrictingVirginia Rep. Dave Brat, a member of the conservative Republican House Freedom Caucus, smiles before the vote on the House farm bill, which failed to pass, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018. When Dave Brat shocked the political world in 2014, beating the man who was set to become the next speaker of the House in a Republican primary, his congressional district was more favorable to Republicans than it is now. The outcome of Brat’s contest against Democrat Abigail Spanberger will speak volumes on election night — less than three weeks from now — about how big a potential Democratic wave could be.



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Philadelphia crime boss gets 2 years in prison

Philadelphia crime boss gets 2 years in prisonNEW YORK (AP) — A notorious Philadelphia mob boss sentenced to two years in prison for illegal betting quipped outside court Wednesday that President Donald Trump was right to suggest cooperators or flippers should be outlawed.



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Exclusive: U.S. Steel workers set to get biggest pay raise in years – sources

Exclusive: U.S. Steel workers set to get biggest pay raise in years - sourcesWages were frozen in the last contract, which ended on Sept. 1, as the Pittsburgh-based company was suffering losses from a slump in the domestic steel prices. Trump’s restrictive trade policy, coupled with a strong economy, has sent domestic steel prices soaring, helping U.S. Steel post a near 60 percent increase in pretax profits in the June quarter. The deal, which needs to be ratified by 16,000 workers across the country, comes days after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called steelmakers to share the profits from high steel prices with their workers.



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How The Khashoggi Scandal Looks When You've Been Bombed And Starved By Saudi Arabia For Years

How The Khashoggi Scandal Looks When You've Been Bombed And Starved By Saudi Arabia For YearsGlobal media and international decision-makers, right up to the president of



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Germany deports man convicted over 9/11 terror attack 17 years after atrocity

Germany deports man convicted over 9/11 terror attack 17 years after atrocityGermany has deported a Moroccan man who acted as a “book-keeper” for the 9/11 terrorists, 17 years after the deadly attacks. Mounir el Motassadeq, a member of a terrorist organisation known as the called “Hamburg cell”, was imprisoned in 2006 after he was convicted of aiding lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and two other al-Qaeda extremists by paying their tuition and rent to keep the pretence that they were students. Almost 3,000 people were killed when two hijacked planes were flown into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001.



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GM Adds Optional Extended Warranty That Lasts Up to Six Years

GM Adds Optional Extended Warranty That Lasts Up to Six YearsBut buyers get only one chance to add the extra coverage.



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US pastor Andrew Brunson freed from from prison in Turkey after two years

US pastor Andrew Brunson freed from from prison in Turkey after two yearsUS pastor Andrew Brunson has been freed two years after he was imprisoned over allegations he was helping to plot a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A Turkish court sentenced the preacher to three years and one month in prison on charges related to terrorism and espionage, but suspended the rest of his jail time based on his time already served. Mr Brunson was charged with links to Kurdish militants and supporters of Fethullah Gülen, the cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup attempt in 2016.



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Andrew Brunson: Turkey releases US pastor after two years in prison

Andrew Brunson: Turkey releases US pastor after two years in prisonAndrew Brunson is escorted by Turkish officers on 25 July in Izmir, Turkey. The American pastor at the centre of a bitter diplomatic rift between Washington DC and Ankara is flying back to the US after a Turkish court ordered his release following two years in detention. Witnesses in the courtroom in the western town of Izmir said Andrew Brunson wept as the decision was announced on Friday.



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Fyre Festival organiser jailed for six years after pleading guilty to fraud over disastrous event

Fyre Festival organiser jailed for six years after pleading guilty to fraud over disastrous eventThe entrepreneur behind a luxury music festival in the Bahamas that collapsed in chaos in 2017 was sentenced to six years in prison by a US judge on Thursday after admitting fraud. Billy McFarland, 26, was the force behind the Fyre Festival, which billed itself as the ultimate upscale getaway amid a fast-growing market for music events. Hundreds of partygoers headed to the Bahamas, some paying more than $ 100,000 each, but instead found tents that wouldn't have looked out of place in relief camps and cuisine that was just rudimentary sandwiches. "Today, McFarland found out the hard way that empty promises don't lead to jet-setting, champagne and extravagant parties – they lead to federal prison," said US Attorney for Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman. The New Yorker admitted wire fraud, bank fraud and making false statements in a two-pronged plea in March and July. Had he gone to trial and been convicted, he could have faced 20 years in prison. In addition to his jail time, he was ordered to forfeit $ 26 million. Prosecutors said McFarland repeatedly misrepresented himself to build his Fyre Media tech company and the ill-fated festival. Tents and mattresses being set up for the festival Credit: Jake Strang He falsified statements to show investors that his company earned millions of dollars from April 2016 and February 2017 through talent bookings, which in reality has grossed just $ 57,443, prosecutors said. The US Attorney's office said that at least 80 investors fell victim to his scheme, losing more than $ 24 million. McFarland also falsely boasted about Magnises, a credit card and private club geared at millennials, prosecutors said. He told investors that he sold Magnises for $ 40 million while in truth no sale had taken place, they said. In the first damages awarded, a judge in North Carolina earlier this year handed two fans each $ 1.5 million in compensation, plus $ 1 million each in punitive damages, far more than the minimum sought. Seth Crossno and Mark Thompson said that they shelled out $ 13,000 with a promise of exclusive accommodation on a private island but instead wound up in a relief camp-style tent and left when they felt unsafe. Numerous festival-goers posted pictures on social media of shambolic scenes, leading to online mockery of the high prices many had paid. The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dressing. #fyrefestivalpic.twitter.com/I8d0UlSNbd— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017 The Fyre Festival was abruptly canceled and attendees evacuated, leading to online mockery of many of the young fans who had bought into the advertising of the event as a uniquely high-end music party. The government of the Bahamas, a country of more than 700 islands where tourism is the largest industry, apologized and assisted in evacuations – but stressed it was not involved directly in the event.



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