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Court documents reveal federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in late 2017, NBC News reports, more than two months earlier than the indictment disclosed when he was arrested last week.
Assange was taken into custody April 11 after spending more than six years under the protection of Ecuador's embassy in London. A federal indictment unsealed after his arrest accused him of trying to help a U.S. Army private crack an encrypted password to hack into a Pentagon computer and steal classified documents.
But charges for the same offense were actually filed in secret on December 21, 2017, in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. The 26-page affidavit accompanying the charges listed what it said were hundreds of online exchanges between Assange and Chelsea Manning, the former Army private who provided hundreds of thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks, many of them classified.
Despite filing the criminal charges, the Justice Department sought a grand jury indictment only a few months later in order to make a stronger case for extradition in the event Assange was arrested, an administration official said Monday.
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One of the most anticipated athletic events in Boston is finally here as the 123rd Boston Marathon is underway.
Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men's elite race, barely edging out two-time winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia. Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia won the women's elite race. She pulled ahead early on and ran the last 20 miles alone.
First the men, then the women wheelchair competitors left Hopkinton on their way to Boston's Back Bay shortly after 9 a.m. The elite men's and women's runners started the race around 10 a.m. Heavy rain and thunderstorms forced marathoners to take shelter for a time on Monday morning, but the weather settled down in time for the race to start on time.
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The sex scandal. The mugshot. The debilitating injuries.
Tiger Woods certainly didn't plan it this way.
That only made his 15th major title all the more rewarding.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday and were recognized along with the Capital Gazette of Maryland for their coverage of three horrifying mass shootings in 2018 at a high school, a synagogue and a newsroom itself.
The Florida paper received the Pulitzer in public service for its coverage of the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and for detailing the shortcomings in school discipline and security that contributed to the carnage.
A New Jersey woman accused of taking part in a scheme with her then-boyfriend along with a homeless man from Philadelphia to scam GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000, pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court.
Katelyn McClure, 29, will serve a four-year term in New Jersey state prison in exchange for pleading guilty to second degree theft by deception, under the terms of an agreement with the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. She will be sentenced on June 3.
The guilty plea comes after co-defendant Johnny Bobbitt, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was sentenced to five years probation last week.
Five things to know ahead of the annual Lyrid meteor shower.
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It’s only April, but already this year more store closures — nearly 6,000 — have been announced than in all of 2018.
That surely isn’t helping mall owners.
Foot traffic at some of the best shopping centers across the country peaked around August 2018 and has since started to fall, after rebounding for much of last year, according to a new report from data analytics firm Thasos, which uses more than 100 million mobile phones to track when consumers enter and leave certain trade areas.
Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It has to stop."
Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and the speaker's call for Trump to take down the video.
Soon after Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.
And Trump further escalated the standoff Monday morning, tweeting that, "Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made"
A massive fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, toppling its spire and sending thick plumes of smoke high into the sky.
A Carnival cruise ship helped the U.S. Coast Guard rescue almost two dozen Cubans who had been adrift at sea for a week in the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said Monday.
After a Coast Guard aircrew spotted the stranded Cubans at about 8:40 a.m. Sunday about 130 miles off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, it radioed for any nearby help, officials said and NBC News reported.
The Carnival Fantasy — while en route from Cozumel to Mobile, Alabama — heard the Coast Guard's distress call and raced to meet the 23 people stuck on a sports fishing vessel at about 10:47 a.m., according to a company statement.
The harrowing journey began a week ago when 22 people boarded a wooden boat in Cuba, headed for Mexico, when its engines lost power and became adrift at sea for three days, the Coast Guard said. Those original 22 travelers were picked up by a Cuban-Mexican national in his sports fishing vessel before that craft also lost power, and was adrift at sea for another three days, according to the Coast Guard.
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The man charged with throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America told police he was angry at being rejected by women at the Minnesota mall and was "looking for someone to kill" when he went there last week, according to a criminal complaint Monday.
Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, is charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder in Friday's attack . The child plunged almost 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones.
Aranda has two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him something. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.
Top administration officials have been discussing ways to increase pressure on countries with high numbers of citizens who overstay short-term visas, as part of President Donald Trump's growing focus on immigration heading into his re-election campaign.
The administration could introduce new travel restrictions on nationals from those countries, according to two people familiar with the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.
The idea, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is just one of many under discussion by an administration that is increasingly desperate to satisfy a president who has been angry about the influx of migrants at the border as he tries to make good on his 2016 campaign promises and energize his base going into 2020.
President Donald Trump says he will present Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Woods won his fifth Masters title Sunday, overcoming personal and professional adversity to once more claim the green jacket.
Trump tweeted Monday that he spoke to Woods and congratulated him on "the great victory" and "to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!"
Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist's dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation.
The candidates are spending too much time talking about esoteric issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court and not enough time speaking the language of workers, several union officials said. Those ideas may excite progressive activists, they said, but they risk alienating working-class voters.
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The number of llamas in the United States has cratered, dropping from nearly 1450,000 in 2002 to fewer than 40,000, according to a Department of Agriculture census.
Farmers, auctioneers and experts told NBC News that the llama market quietly crashed after people realized that the uses for the animal native to South America, like providing fiber, working as pack animals or guarding sheep, aren't particularly lucrative.
"Once the industry got beyond the novelty and breeding aspects, the question became: what do you do with them?" said llama and alpaca expert Robert Van Saun, a professor of veterinary science at Penn State University.
After years of growth in llama prices, the bubble burst soon after the crash of the real estate market in 2007, leading many farms to abandon llama raising entirely.
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