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New York AG Says She Plans to Put the Trumps on Trial in 2023

Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesNew York’s Attorney General is planning to put the Trumps and their family company on trial for business fraud next year, according to a letter the AG’s office submitted in court on Thursday. In that Thursday court filing, New York AG Letitia James’ office disclosed its intention to fast-track its new $250 million civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization, citing it as a reason why the case should remain in the hands of the New York state judge who is already intimately familiar with the investigation. “OAG intends to seek an expedited preliminary conference to set a trial date before the end of 2023. Allowing for an expedited trial schedule on an enforcement proceeding after extensive litigation over subpoena enforcement is precisely the circumstance ...

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Pensioner, 80, guilty of murdering secret lover and her young son 46 years ago

William MacDowell, 80, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years (Pictures: PA)A pensioner who murdered his secret lover and her young son nearly half a century ago faces dying behind bars. William MacDowell, 80, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years after being found guilty at the High Court in Inverness of killing Renee and Andrew MacRae in November 1976. Police have never found the bodies of the 36-year-old mum and her three-year-old son, with detectives urging the killer to reveal what he did with them so they can be ‘provided with the dignity they deserve’. The judge, Lord Armstrong, told MacDowell: ‘These murders appear to have been premediated, planned and carried out in the most calculated way – not a spontaneous event or spur of the moment. ‘The

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$5 million in state funds going to Boys and Girl Club of San Fernando Valley

Assemblywoman Luz Rivas announces that she has secured $5 million for the Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley Wednesday afternoon. The money will go toward building maintenance and safety upgrades, closing the digital divide, modernizing after school STEAM activities, increasing staffing capacity and providing after school meals.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer) Assemblywoman Luz Rivas tours the Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley after announcing that she has secured $5 million for the Wednesday afternoon. The money will go toward building maintenance and safety upgrades, closing the digital divide, modernizing after school STEAM activities, increasing staffing capacity and providing after school meals.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Phot...

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Entertainment

How Nicholas Britell’s ‘Andor’ Score Finds the Sound of Rebellion

It’s kind of weird that there hasn’t been more rock music in “Star Wars” up until now. It’s story of rebellion in a galaxy that, while long ago and far away, presumably has some analog synthesizers and drum kits to go with its giant starships and faster-than-light space travel. For so many “Star Wars” episodes on film and TV, however, the series’ mode of storytelling and the music that goes with it has been rousing adventures and orchestral epics. Much like The Force, John Williams will be with us always. But the narrative ambitions of the latest “Star Wars” story, “Andor,” are more of a b-side. The prequel series for Diego Luna’s “Rogue One” character is still a space adventure story of an unlikely hero called to oppose the evil Empire — but the show is, thrillingly, much messier in the e

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Sports

Utah football: How will Oregon State respond after tough loss to USC?

Oregon State offensive lineman Luka Vincic takes the field prior to game against USC Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. The Trojans prevailed, 17-14, but the Beavers get another crack at a ranked team when they visit No. 12 Utah on Saturday.Amanda Loman, Associated Press Last season, Oregon State was the only Pac-12 team to defeat Utah. If that’s not enough to get the No. 12 Utes’ attention Saturday (noon MDT, Pac-12 Network) when the Beavers visit Rice-Eccles Stadium, look at what OSU did last week. “We’ve got a maturity to us that they understand that losses are tough. We put a lot into this thing. I think they’ll come back ... with the approach that they’ve got to learn and improve and go back to work. There’s still a long sea

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California has fewest ‘underwater’ homeowners in US

California has the lowest level of “underwater” homeowners in the nation. CoreLogic calculated that 0.6% of California’s mortgages in the second quarter were larger than the value of the home backing the loan. Nationally, 1.8% of home loans are what industry insiders call underwater mortgages. Studies show borrowers in these situations are more likely to default on a loan in tough financial times. Helping to lower these potentially worrisome loans was California’s growth in home equity in the past year. The amount of home value above the typical California mortgage’s outstanding balance grew by $117,000 over 12 months. That’s a gain topped only by Hawaii’s $129,800 and was followed by Florida’s $100,000. Nationally, equity rose by $60,000 in a year. Here are 36 reasons why California’s so

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Entertainment

Emma Stone and Jesse Plemons Lead Yorgos Lanthimos’ Next Film ‘AND’

Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos are set to collaborate for the fourth time on a new film titled “AND” (via Deadline). Principal photography begins in New Orleans starting October 2022, but plot details have been tightly kept under wraps. After landing an Oscar nomination for “The Favourite,” Stone signed on to lead Lanthimos’ upcoming female Frankenstein dramedy “Poor Things,” which is currently in post-production. Stone also starred in Lanthimos’ short film “Bleat.” Stone’s “Poor Things” co-stars Willem Dafoe and Margaret Qualley are also set to join her in “AND” alongside “The Power of the Dog” Academy Award nominee Jesse Plemons. “AND” is the latest collaboration between Lanthimos and Searchlight Pictures, with a script developed by Element Pictures and Film4, and penned by Lanthimos a

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US sanctions traders of Iranian oil as nuclear talks stall

The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on a group of firms it says have played a critical role in shipping sanctioned Iranian oil. The State Department designated two Chinese companies, and Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control hit a network of companies based in Hong Kong, Iran, India and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. sanctions on Iran have accelerated in recent months, as administration officials try to bring Tehran back to negotiations for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Sanctions were imposed in July on a group of firms tied to the sale and shipment of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products to East Asia. “So long as Iran refuses a mutual return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the United States will continue to enforce its sanct...

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US sanctions traders of Iranian oil as nuclear talks stall

The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on a group of firms it says have played a critical role in shipping sanctioned Iranian oil. The State Department designated two Chinese companies, and Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control hit a network of companies based in Hong Kong, Iran, India and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. sanctions on Iran have accelerated in recent months, as administration officials try to bring Tehran back to negotiations for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Sanctions were imposed in July on a group of firms tied to the sale and shipment of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products to East Asia. “So long as Iran refuses a mutual return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the United States will continue to enforce its sanct...

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Kayaker Rescues Desperate Florida Couple After Dramatic Escape From Floodwaters

Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Reuters/Courtesy of Julie HittleAs Hurricane Ian hammered Florida Wednesday night, Julie Hittle remained glued to her phone, desperately waiting for updates on how her brother and his girlfriend were faring in the devastating storm. “As the water started to rise, he would text me, ‘The water is about 2 feet from the window sill,’” Hittle told The Daily Beast on Thursday. “Then he would send another, ‘The water is 1 foot.’ Then, ‘Now the water is in the apartment.’” The next update was even more dire: Hittle’s brother, Chip Aldridge, his girlfriend, Suzanne Merlot, their cocker spaniel, Kobie, and a friend were all climbing through a window to escape the rising stormwaters in the one-story Naples home. As they waited for help on top of t...

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Luke Richardson teaching Blackhawks new systems in straightforward way: ‘It helps everybody’

Luke Richardson’s lessons in Blackhawks training camp have been straightforward and easy to understand.Michael Reaves/Getty Images The Blackhawks will make plenty of mistakes this season. Players will be in the wrong place, cover the wrong man, choose the wrong option with the puck or even mess up while trying to do the right thing. That’s inevitable. But new coach Luke Richardson has focused in training camp on teaching his systems — and breaking down the individual assignments in his systems — in such a way that at least every Hawks player knows, in theory, what he should do in any given situation. Indeed, players have frequently mentioned how straightforward and easy-to-understand Richardson’s coaching has been. “It really is awesome,” Riley Stillman said. “When you know, coming t

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Photos, videos show more flooding, wind damage and rain as Ian blows through Florida

Images of flooding Thursday morning from St. Augustine’s bayside and nearby neighborhoods filled social media channels and we showed it to you live on News4JAX.com and Channel 4. Northeast Florida’s coastline faced strong winds and heavy rain, while Central Florida saw flooding, power outages and damage as Ian pushed across the state and into the Atlantic Ocean. LATEST UPDATE: Ian moving away from Florida, still bringing 60+ mph winds, heavy rain to St. Johns County A TV station in Ft. Myers flooded on the first floor, a line of ambulances outside Naples, flooding in downtown Orlando, flooding in downtown St. Augustine and in Nassau County, trees down in Jacksonville -- below are some of the more interesting and shocking videos and pictures from Ian: Storm surge got into our WINK studios

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Entertainment

‘Vesper’ Review: A Feat of Low-Budget Sci-Fi World-Building

Set in “the new dark ages” — a ruined tomorrow in which the engineered viruses and organisms that humanity created in order to stem the planet’s ecological crisis have escaped into the wild and remade life on Earth into a dreary (but awesome) Cronenbergian wasteland full of fleshy droids, bioluminescent critters, and trees whose spores try to suck out your internal tissue while you sleep — Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper’s “Vesper” has already drawn several comparisons to the likes of “Stalker” and the Andrei Tarkovsky-inspired “Annihilation.” It’s easy to see why. Told at the somnambulant of a European art film but plotted with the simplicity of a fairy tale, the filmmaking duo’s first feature since 2012’s “Vanishing Waves” offers a dramatically uneven but imaginatively vivid feat of po

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Blue Cloth Bandit suspect, 29, may be responsible for 68 armed robberies across LA County

LOS ANGELES — A man dubbed the Blue Cloth Bandit for his alleged habit of using a cloth to cover a handgun during a string of more than five dozen robberies over a span of nearly two years in now in custody, police said. Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie, 29, of Quartz Hill was arrested at his residence on Saturday, and he was being held on $1.4 million bail, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Since October 2021 there have been 68 armed robberies of businesses “attributed by investigators to the same suspect,” an LAPD statement said. “The robberies have occurred throughout Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles,” police said. “During their investigation … detectives discovered that the suspect commonly used a blue cloth to cov...

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UCLA faces No. 15 Washington in toughest challenge yet

On paper, UCLA is 4-0. But in the court of public opinion, the jury is still out on whether the Bruins have taken the next step following its best season under Chip Kelly. Only three voters considered the undefeated Bruins worthy of a Top 25 ranking in the AP Poll this week. After Friday night’s matchup of the unbeatens against No. 15 Washington at the Rose Bowl, the picture should be more clear. To date, UCLA (4-0, 1-0) got through a light nonconference schedule and had a dominant win over a struggling Colorado team to open Pac-12 action. But the going is about to get a lot tougher. The Huskies (4-0, 1-0) are the first of three consecutive ranked opponents the Bruins will face, with No. 12 Utah and No. 13 Oregon looming.  Washington may have been seen as a likely win before the season, bu

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