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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives home in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after his release from Colorado prison late Tuesday. Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
February 19, 2020 - 3:41 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. Blagojevich landed at O’Hare airport hours after walking...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. Avenatti, a lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, has been convicted Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, of trying to extort the apparel company Nike. The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
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February 14, 2020 - 6:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-...
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February 14, 2020 - 11:21 am
CHICAGO (AP) — An updated federal indictment against R. Kelly filed Friday in Chicago includes sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser, adding to the jailed jailed singer's mounting legal challenges across three states. The 26-page superseding indictment does not add more charges against...
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FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. A grand jury revived criminal charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, just weeks before an election in which Foxx's opponents are using her handling of the Smollett case against her. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)
February 13, 2020 - 4:56 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The decision to restore charges against Jussie Smollett could bedevil the reelection bid of the first black woman to hold Chicago's top law enforcement job and potentially alter the trajectory of a prosecutor once seen as a rising star in Illinois politics. The charges drew a...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. A special prosecutor decided to prosecute Smollett again, 11 months after county prosecutors dropped charges that the “Empire” actor hired two men to fake the attack to further his career. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
February 13, 2020 - 5:32 am
CHICAGO (AP) — When a grand jury revived the criminal case against Jussie Smollett, the indictment for many people called to mind two nights on two different streets in the same big city. On one Chicago street was a wealthy, famous black man who claimed he was a victim of a racist, anti-gay attack...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)
February 12, 2020 - 3:10 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — He's disappeared from Twitter, his last Instagram post was eight months ago, and his acting and singing careers appear to be at a standstill. Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has all but vanished from public view in the year since Chicago detectives accused him of paying two...
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The Michael Kors collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
February 12, 2020 - 11:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Kors is so over leggings and sports bras. He used Wednesday’s fall collection as a reminder that staying in and cozying up by the fire can still be chic and glamorous. Blake Lively, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Issa Rae and Anna Wintour sat in the front row at the star-studded event...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)
February 11, 2020 - 2:40 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury returned a six-count indictment accusing actor Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police when he reported a racist and homophobic attack last year, a special prosecutor announced Tuesday. Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct, special prosecutor Dan Webb said...
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February 10, 2020 - 6:12 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A former Army medic stationed in Hawaii was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison Monday for the 2014 stabbing of his wife in a case involving porn, sex charges and a love triangle. Michael Walker , 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September, about a week before his...
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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017 file photo Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Mike Bolsinger, left, walks off the mound as Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Houston. Bolsinger sued the Astros on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 claiming their sign-stealing scheme contributed to a poor relief appearance August 2017 that essentially ended his big league career. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, file)
February 10, 2020 - 1:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former major league pitcher Mike Bolsinger sued the Houston Astros on Monday, claiming their sign-stealing scheme contributed to a poor relief appearance in August 2017 that essentially ended his big league career. Bolsinger’s suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeks...
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