(Houston, TX) – The trial of a former Houston 911 operator is over with a jury finding Crenshanda Williams guilty of misdemeanor interference with emergency telephone calls.Prosecutors say the 44-year-old hung up on hundreds of callers during her year and a half with the agency. She was sentenced Wednesday to serve ten days in jail and 18 months on probation.
(Chaska, MN) — Investigative documents are providing a narrative of Prince’s last days. The documents released yesterday concerning the superstar’s health first surfaced in the fall of 2015. Singer Sinead O’Connor talked to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office about Prince’s drug use in 2016.
He didn’t see a doctor until April 7th, 2016, when he complained of numbness in one leg, tingling in both arms and vomiting the night before. He was treated with I-V fluids and prescriptions for vitamin D and an anti-nausea medicine. His plane made an emergency landing on April 14th and he was treated with Narcan for an opioid overdose. The singer refused further treatment and returned home. The documents show that Prince had sought assistance with a confidential treatment program for opioid addiction during the last week of his life. He was found dead a week after the first overdose, the victim of a massive, accidental dose of fentanyl.
(New York, NY) – The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels strongly believes that within the next 90 days, an indictment will be unsealed against Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen for a host of serious offenses.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Michael Avenatti says Cohen is radioactive and the investigation won’t end well. Avenatti believes this is going to be a significant domino effect, as Cohen could be indicted for bank and wire fraud along with campaign finance violations. Cohen’s office was raided last week by the FBI reportedly in connection to payments made to Daniels.
According to Avenatti, Daniels will be in court with Cohen on Monday afternoon in New York. This is to send the message that this is a very serious matter for her and she wants to make sure the American people know she’s behind efforts to bring to light as much information and documents as possible. Avenatti said Daniels wants to ensure that she’s heard and represented at the hearing and this has nothing to do with getting into Cohen’s head at all.
(Washington, DC) – President Trump’s lawyers are going before a judge to try to block federal prosecutors from reviewing documents seized in a raid on his lawyer’s office.
The lawyers posited that the Justice Department can’t fairly evaluate the materials seized from Michael Cohen’s office and home.
In a letter to the judge, the lawyers asked that Trump and Cohen be allowed to identify privileged communications before a extensive review.
(Washington, DC) – Former FBI director James Comey says President Trump is not fit for office. In his first televised interview since being fired, Comey told ABC’s “20/20,” that someone who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat and who lies constantly, doesn’t have the temperament to be President of the United States.
He also said Trump may have obstructed justice when the President pressured him to drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Comey also compared Trump to a mafia boss who values personal loyalty first and foremost.
(Boston, MA) – Today marks five years since the deadly Boston Marathon bombings that left three people dead and hundreds of others injured. The anniversary is dubbed “One Boston Day,” and has become a day of service in the community to celebrate the city’s resilience after the 2013 terror attacks.
A wreath-laying ceremony at the finish line this morning is set to be followed by a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. Eastern, the time when the first explosion went off. Other events taking place in the city include blood drives, sneaker drives and school cleanups.
Thousands of runners will hit the pavement for the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon tomorrow.
(Washington, DC) – Joe Biden is giving himself until the end of the year to decide whether to run for President in 2020. In an interview on MSNBC, the former vice president says he would decide by the end of the year whether to seek the Democratic nomination.
The Delawarean noted he has favorable polling on his potential candidacy, and is waiting to see whether Democrats will field a viable winner before making his choice. The 75-year-old Biden didn’t run in 2016 after the death of his son, Beau, from brain cancer.
He will weigh a possible run against the impact it might have on his family.
(Washington, DC) – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island says the Republican tax bill is lining the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of workers. In the weekly Democratic address, Whitehouse said the Koch brothers, who are one of the Republican party’s biggest donors, reaped billions of dollars off the GOP tax bill.He said they even threw a 500-thousand-dollar tip to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political fund as a “gesture of appreciation.” Whitehouse says corporations are using the large sums of money they’re getting to buy back their own stocks. He said this is great for big shareholders and the CEO’s compensation, but it’s not doing much help to workers. Whitehouse said this week the nonpartisan congressional budget office estimated the deficit will balloon to almost one-trillion-dollars, next year.
He added that the GOP tax bill, alone, will add nearly two-trillion-dollars to the nation’s deficit over the next decade.
(Washington, DC) – Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. is warning that there will be consequences for the U.S.-led military strikes on Syria. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov called the strikes an insult to Russian president Vladimir Putin, and said insulting the president of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible. Antonov said Friday that the U.S. has the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons and has no moral right to blame other countries. He said Russia is being threatened by the strikes, and that “such actions will not be left without consequences.”
On Saturday, Russian lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov said Russia was likely to call for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss U.S., British and French air strikes on Syria. The lawmaker told Russian news, “the situation is being analyzed right now.”