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Emboldened, Trump defends right to interfere in criminal cases

U.S. President Donald Trump departs for travel to Florida from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has "the legal right" to interfere in criminal cases, capping a tumultuous week that raised questions about whether he is eroding the independence of the U.S. legal system.  Full Article 

Attorney Michael Avenatti exits the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti is found guilty in Nike extortion case

NEW YORK - A U.S. jury on Friday found Michael Avenatti guilty in a criminal trial accusing the celebrity lawyer of trying to extort Nike Inc out of millions of dollars and defraud a youth basketball coach he represented.  Full Article 

Green pills wait to be tested by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with an infrared machine at the International Mail Facility at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 29, 2017. Picture taken November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

U.S. states reject $18 billion proposal to settle opioid lawsuits, discussions ongoing: sources

Twenty one states have rejected an $18 billion settlement proposal from three major U.S. drug distributors to resolve lawsuits over their alleged role in the opioid crisis, but discussion are still active, according to three sources familiar with the matter.  Full Article 

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R. Kelly accused of sex with teen girl in 1990s as indictment is updated

2020欧洲杯体育投注网站Singer R. Kelly, already facing trial in three states on sexual abuse, child pornography, kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges, has been hit with an updated indictment in Chicago stemming from a newly-identified victim, court documents showed on Friday.

EPA consulting White House over biofuel waiver program: source

2020欧洲杯体育投注网站The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking White House guidance on the future of its controversial biofuel waiver program after a court ruling cast doubt over its legitimacy, and aims to announce a decision by early next month, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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AFSCME challenges DOL rule privatizing job-placement services

The largest government-employee union has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. seeking to strike down a U.S. Department of Labor rule allowing states to contract with private companies to provide job-placement services for recipients of unemployment insurance.  Read more 

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