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*The Los Angeles Rams have settled three lawsuits connected to companies that owned seats or PSL's in The Dome and lost wages when the team left St. Louis.  The filing says that the two parties have come to an agreement but the actual details were not revealed.  However, this lawsuit has nothing to do with the current lawsuit between the City of St. Louis and the NFL.

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PAUL MANAFORT: Lied to FBI After Guilty Plea

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's one-time campaign chairman, pleaded guilty to several felonies and then lied to the FBI. That's according to a new filing by the special counsel's office.

The new filing says, "After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel's office on a variety of subject matters."

Because of this violation, special counsel Robert Mueller said that there's no reason to put off the sentencing of Manafort.

Back in August, he was convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion in connection to his work in the Ukraine as a political consultant. He also pleaded guilty to other charges in Washington. 

Source: Los Angeles Times


The Camp Fire Death Toll Has Climbed - 

The death toll in the Camp Fire north of Sacramento is up to 88.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea revised the number because of new forensic information in remains they previously recovered. No new remains were found yesterday too. Authorities are making progress in identifying the remains. Over 200 people are still missing.

The Camp Fire is now fully contained, but it burned over 153-thousand acres. The Fire also scorched over 18-thousand buildings, most of which were homes.

Source: KSBY


Trump Disapproval Rating Climbs - 

Most Americans aren’t thrilled with how the president does his job.

More than ever before, Americans might dislike the job President Donald Trump is doing for the country. A new Gallup poll found that Trump's disapproval rating rose to 60-percent, tying his all-time high and besting his midterm election rate of 54-percent.

His approval rate has also dropped to 39-percent, only a few points above his all-time low of 35-percent. The poll's findings, which included 15-hundred adult participants, follow a House win for Democrats in the midterm election. 

Source: CNN


Chicago Officers Accused Of Killing Laquan McDonald Go On Trial Today - 

An Illinois court is set for the trial of three Chicago officers accused of covering up another officer's involvement in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney face charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and misconduct in a bench trial two months after Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated battery for the boy's death. The officers alleged that McDonald was an immediate threat during the incident, but dashcam footage showed him turning away before Van Dyke fired 16 shots at the teen.

The October 2014 shooting was only one of several fatal confrontations between the law and African-Americans which spurred a national conversation on policing and brutality. Van Dyke’s conviction was the first time a Chicago police officer was found guilty of murder while on duty in more than 50 years.

A guilty verdict would force changes in the way the CPD conducts business according to experts.

Source: Chicago Sun Times


Woman Pleads Guilty For Laundering ISIS Money Through Bitcoin - 

A Long Island, New York woman is pleading guilty to using Bitcoin to launder money for ISIS.

In court yesterday, 27-year-old Zoobia Shahnaz [[ Sheh - NAZ ]] admitted to wiring over 150-thousand-dollars to efforts that were fronts for ISIS in Pakistan, China and Turkey back in 2017. Authorities say Shahnaz got six credit cards which were used to purchase over 62-thousand dollars in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies then she converted them to cash for the ISIS groups.

Shahnaz is believed to have hooked up with the terrorist group when working with an aid group helping Syrian refugees in Jordan. She was taken into custody last December when trying to leave the U.S. to go to Syria. The woman faces up to 20 years in prison upon sentencing. 

Source: CNBC


Lifestyle

Babysitter Vetting App Predictim Is Under Fire From Social Media Sites 

An app that helps you find the perfect babysitter is not sitting well with social media sites.

Facebook is investigating an app that claims to vet babysitters, and Twitter is blocking it altogether. Predictim offers a service that digs through a prospective babysitter's social media activity, looking for posts about violence, drugs, or other undesirable content.

Critics say trusting algorithms to give advice on whether to hire someone is a bad idea. Earlier this month, Facebook revoked most of Predictim's access to users after deciding it was violating the social media giant's policies on using personal data. It's now investigating whether to block the app permanently. Twitter says it already has blocked the app.

Source: BBC


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