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According to a new report from BuzzFeed, President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
The report, published late Thursday evening, cited two federal law enforcement officials involved in investigating the matter. NBC News has not independently confirmed the report.
Cohen, who served for years as Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump real estate project in Russia and the extent of the president's involvement in and knowledge of that deal. The project never came to fruition.
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A wayward cat is safe after it was rescued from a dam in Indiana.
The Huntington County Sheriff's Department writes on Facebook that a fisherman spotted the feline stranded on the spillway at the J. Edward Roush Lake dam.
Officers could not reach the animal, so Army Corps of Engineers workers decided to help.
A typo in an email address connected total strangers — and will result in an unlikely guest at a party in Vermont this weekend.
“I try to be open to things in life,” said Will Novak of Arizona, who was accidentally invited to the bachelor party of a man he never met.
A typo meant the invitation went to Will instead of to Bill Novak of Brooklyn, because their email addresses — like their names — are just a single letter off from one another.
“He’s a really nice guy,” Bill Novak said of Will Novak.
Monday's observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eyeing the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues in American politics: race.
At least a half dozen declared or potential presidential candidates will attend events and talk about what King's legacy means to Americans in 2019.
Among them is former Vice President Joe Biden, who, amid intense speculation over whether he'll seek the presidency, will make his first public appearance of the year at the National Action Network's annual King breakfast in Washington with its founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Martin Luther King III.
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Harvey Weinstein is recasting his legal team a month after losing a hard-fought bid to get his sexual assault case thrown out.
Weinstein and high-profile defense attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a statement Thursday that they "have agreed to part ways" and that new lawyers would be introduced next week.
The disgraced movie mogul's trial is tentatively scheduled for May 6.
He is charged with raping an unidentified female acquaintance in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. A conviction could put him in prison for the rest of his life.
Johnsonville LLC has recalled more than 48,000 pounds of raw ground frozen pork patties that may be contaminated with materials including black rubber.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday by the company based in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped, calling himself an "honest guy" even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience.
Jake Patterson is charged in an Oct. 15 home invasion at the Closs home near Barron in northwestern Wisconsin. According to a criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators that he broke into the house in the middle of the night, gunned down Jayme's parents and made off with the teen, hiding her in a remote cabin for nearly three months. Jayme escaped Jan. 10, and deputies arrested Patterson minutes later relying on her description of him and his car.
Patterson, 21, graduated from Northwood High School in Minong in the spring of 2015.
A fireball erupted at the site of a fuel pipeline leak after it appeared to be ruptured by thieves.
Striking teachers and the nation's second-largest school district are set to continue renewed negotiations Saturday following a fifth day of passionate protests in Los Angeles.
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A British art dealer says he has bought a mural stenciled by street artist Banksy on a garage wall in Wales for more than 100,000 pounds ($129,000).
The artwork in Port Talbot shows a child playing in falling ash from a dumpster fire, an apparent reference to the steel town's air pollution.
Security guards were hired to protect the work after it appeared in December on a steelworker's garage.
She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad.
The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinkmanship, with both flexing their political powers from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled.
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Saying the road ahead was "very difficult," Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the company would be cutting its staff by about 7 percent.
The electric car and solar panel maker notified its employees about the staff cuts and other plans in an email posted on Tesla Inc.'s website.
Musk said Tesla hopes to post a "tiny profit" in the current quarter but a 30 percent expansion in its workforce last year was more than it can support.
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Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday addressed news coverage and criticism regarding his wife’s decision to return to teaching at a Virginia elementary school that explicitly bars LGBTQ employees and students, NBC News reported.
“My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite a while, we're used to the criticism,” Pence said in an interview with EWTN, a cable network that offers “news from a Catholic perspective." But, he added, “to see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us.”
“We have a rich tradition in America of Christian education, and frankly religious education broadly defined,” he continued. “We'll let the other critics roll off our back, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”
National news outlets, including NBC News, reported Wednesday on the publicly available employment application and parent agreement of Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, where Karen Pence is now teaching art twice a week.
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It seems likely that thousands more migrant children were split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government watchdog said Thursday.
It's unclear just how many family separations occurred at the U.S.-Mexico border; immigration officials are allowed under longstanding policy to separate families under certain circumstances.
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A woman who says she had an affair with the notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman testified against him on Thursday at his U.S. trial.
Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, a former legislator in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, told a New York City jury that the relationship mixed business with pleasure in a way that caused discomfort.
"Until this day, I'm confused because I thought we were in a romantic relationship," she said.
At another point, she said, "Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn't."