Trump Organization settles lawsuit over DC hotel payments tied to inauguration

NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s family business and his 2017 U.S. presidential inaugural committee will pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit by Washington, D.C.’s attorney general claiming that the committee funneled excessive amounts of charitable funds to the Trump International Hotel. The payment is nearly three-quarters of the $1.03 million that Attorney General Karl Racine said the nonprofit inaugural committee “dramatically” overpaid to rent event space at the hotel, including for a private party for…

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Firebrand U.S. Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene faces ‘insurrectionist’ challenge

WASHINGTON – Republican U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene will face a challenge in a Georgia court on Friday by a group of voters trying to block her from the ballot, citing a post-Civil War policy aimed at keeping insurrectionists from serving in office. In a novel legal challenge filed with the office of the Georgia secretary of state, the voters said Greene, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, has violated a provision of the…

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U.S. Supreme Court snubs challenge to state and local tax cap

– The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by four Democratic-leaning states to lift a cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes put in place as part of a 2017 tax overhaul under Republican former President Donald Trump. The justices turned away an appeal by New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey after a lower court threw out their lawsuit. The lower court held that the U.S. Congress had broad authority…

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Cuomo attorney says sheriff leaked grand jury secrets in sex crime probe

LOS ANGELES – An attorney for Andrew Cuomo on Saturday suggested the county sheriff’s office that has filed a misdemeanor sex complaint against the former New York governor leaked secret grand jury testimony to the press. In a letter to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, attorney Rita Glavin served formal notice demanding that all records related to the sheriff’s office investigation of Cuomo be preserved, in a probe Cuomo described on Saturday as “rogue”. On…

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Abortion providers urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade landmark

WASHINGTON – Abortion rights advocates on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide – a 1973 landmark imperiled in the legal fight over Mississippi’s attempt to ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “The fallout would be swift and certain. As abortion bans are enforced – or the threat of enforcement looms – large swaths of the South and Midwest would likely be…

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As Hungary’s anti-LGBT law takes effect, some teachers are defiant

BUDAPEST – When Hungary passed legislation last month curbing children’s access to discussion of homosexuality, transgender chemistry teacher Floris Fellegi-Balta was not sure he would be able to continue teaching at all. Hungary’s new anti-LGBT law, which comes into force on Thursday, has caused anxiety in the LGBT community and added uncertainty to life under nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which has stepped up its campaign against LGBT people ahead of elections next year.…

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British street artist destroys own mural to create crypto-artwork

PETERBOROUGH, England – British street artist Nathan Murdoch contemplates the mural he has just spray-painted, a giant image of two hands wearing rainbow-coloured gloves and joined in prayer, then hurls a large dollop of white paint straight at it from an open tin. The destruction of the freshly created mural is part of an artistic project straddling the physical and virtual worlds. The original image will not survive, but two versions will, one a print…

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Be patient, says Spanish gallery investigating possible Caravaggio

MADRID – Art lovers eager to know whether a mysterious painting discovered in Spain is the work of Italian master Caravaggio must wait a few more months, said the gallery entrusted with establishing who the artist is. The oil painting of an agonized Christ, currently attributed to an unknown peer of 17th century Spaniard Jose de Ribera, was slated for auction in Madrid earlier this month with a guide price of 1,500 euros ($1,815). But…

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Cheaper cellphone charges to weigh on BOJ’s inflation forecast

TOKYO – The Bank of Japan’s new price forecast due later this month will likely come under significant downward pressure due to cuts in cellphone charges, sources said, adding to doubts about when it will achieve its elusive 2% inflation target. Such renewed weakness in prices would contrast with recent rises in U.S. inflation that is complicating the Federal Reserve’s communication with financial markets, and add pressure on the BOJ to maintain its massive stimulus…

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