Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti is accused of embezzaling nearly $2 million from the ex-girlfriend of Miami Heat star Hassan Whiteside after negotiating a settlement between the two, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
According to the paper, Whiteside agreed to pay Alexis Gardner $3 million after their breakup, with Avenatti, who represented Gardner at the time, entitled to $1 million in legal fees.
A federal court indictment claims Whiteside wired Avenatti $2.75 million in January 2017 and was scheduled to pay the remaining $250,000 in November of 2020. But instead of deducting his fee and giving Gardner the remainder of the payment, Avenatti allegedly took $2.5 million and bought a share of a private jet, prosecutors allege in an April 10 indictment of the lawyer by a federal grand jury in California.
An aquarium in Maryland has been looking to build a refuge in the tropics for its captive dolphins. But it's having trouble finding the right location because of pollution and warming waters from climate change.
The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, stepping up pressure on Iran in a move that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea, Turkey.
President Donald Trump made the decision as part of the administration's "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran that aims to eliminate all of its revenue from oil exports that the U.S. says funds destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and beyond.
"This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue," the White House said in a statement.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services.
The vision sketched out Monday during an event at Tesla's Silicon Valley headquarters requires several leaps of faith — something that the zealous investors and consumers who view Musk as a technological genius often are willing to take.
Police in San Diego have identified the woman accused of walking into a school auditorium with a baby and a weapon and threatening churchgoers attending an Easter service there.
She was identified as Anna Conkey, 31, a former intern and freelance digital producer for NBC San Diego, police said. Conkey is a graduate of San Diego State University and was in the U.S Navy.
Inside Mount Everest Academy's auditorium, a non-denominational church was having an Easter service when Conkey appeared and began making threats, witnesses said.
An Easter miracle was captured on camera as good Samaritans raced against time to rescue a driver trapped inside a rapidly submerging SUV in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
The dramatic scene played out around 4 p.m. Sunday near Kelly Drive between the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and Columbia Railroad Bridge.
Jennifer Kelly told NBC10 she was walking with her husband and two teen sons when they spotted a woman inside an SUV in the parking lot. The vehicle accelerated and crashed into the river, according to Kelly.
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President Donald Trump on Easter morning offered condolences to the people of Sri Lanka, continued his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and attended service at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea near his Florida estate.
The president tweeted happy Easter to his many followers earlier in the morning, adding "I have never been happier or more content because your Country is doing so well."
But Trump followed with several others in which he sought to frame the report as his vindication, though he was clearly bothered by its details. Soon after tweeting about his happiness, he was tweeting again, calling the report "nothing but a total 'hit job.'"
A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV has won the Ukranian presidential runoff vote in a landslide, in what was seen as a reaction against the country's entrenched corruption and low standard of living.
The Central Election Commission says Monday that Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won 73% of the vote while the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko got just 24% support with more than 95% of the ballots counted.
Unlike in most of the elections in Ukraine's post-Soviet history, Zelenskiy appears to have won both in Ukraine's west and east, areas that have been traditionally polarized.
It’s an especially beautiful Easter Sunday for one local family after a group of Chicago police officers helped deliver a healthy baby girl outside of an area police station.
Just after 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, area resident Johnny Stokes was driving toward the nearest hospital, his daughter in active labor in the passenger seat.
“When I got to 79th Street, she reached out and said she felt the baby’s head,” Stokes said.
That’s when the grandfather-to-be made a fateful decision: instead of driving to a hospital, he drove to the third district police station on Cottage Grove, and when he arrived, several police officers came outside and helped to deliver the impatient infant.
Family, friends, teachers and survivors look back twenty years after Columbine, in an anniversary made tougher by a threat from a South Florida high schooler.
Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago.
Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the blasts as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Wijewardena said most of the bombings were believed to have been suicide attacks.
The explosions — mostly in or around Colombo, the capital — collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshippers and hotel guests in one scene after another of smoke, soot, blood, broken glass, screams and wailing alarms. Victims were carried out of blood-spattered pews.
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A Parker County, Texas, pizza restaurant was closed for the weekend after an employee reportedly put laxatives on a pizza Friday, causing a coworker to get sick, police say.
The incident happened at Mr. Jim's Pizza in the 400 block of East State Highway 199 in Springtown, Texas, according to the city's police department.
Springtown police said someone notified them around 8 p.m. Friday that a Mr. Jim's employee posted on social media that they put Miralax on pizzas.
Three employees at the restaurant put Miralax on at least one pizza, which was eaten unknowingly by a coworker, police said. The employee who ate the food got sick.
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Authorities in Northern Ireland released two teenagers arrested in connection with last week’s fatal shooting of journalist Lyra McKee, police said and NBC News reported Sunday.
The two unidentified men, ages 18 and 19, were set free without charge after their arrest Saturday, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.
Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy pleaded for witnesses with cell phone footage to come forward, saying in the statement, “I know there will be some people who know what happened but are scared to come forward but if you have information, no matter how small, please contact detectives.”
McKee, 29, had been reporting on a riot in the city of Londonderry on Thursday when she was shot dead.
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A dog found abandoned in Colorado has been returned to its family, nearly two years after it was stolen in Florida as a puppy.
Animal charity organization Wings of Rescue says the German Shepherd named Cedar was covered with snow in a rural Colorado ditch, apparently malnourished with an injured leg when a deputy marshal found her. The pet was identified thanks to its microchip.
The youngest of four dogs in the Peterson family, Cedar was stolen from their backyard in May 2017 in the town of Southwest Ranches, north of Miami. At the time, other signs for missing pets were going up around the community.