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    More than a month after welcoming her first child, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore is sharing Brooklyn Doris Daly with the world. Moore, 47, shared the first photo of her “miracle baby” in the latest issue of People, which she also posted on her Instagram page. >> Read more trending news  “I finally have everything I’ve dreamed of,” Moore told the magazine. “She’s so perfect in so many ways. This little angel … so beautiful. I feel so blessed. It’s all been so worth it.” The journey to get pregnant was not an easy one for the former Miss USA, who married New York restaurateur Marc Daly, 48, in St. Lucia in June 2017. “There were so many scares along the way,” Moore said. “We held our breath every time we went to the doctor.” With Moore being over the age of 40, her pregnancy was high-risk. People reported that doctors worried she had a false pregnancy when they couldn’t see the baby’s skeleton at the first ultrasound. She had pre-eclampsia in late October, which caused her to have extreme fluid retention and high blood pressure. Her condition worsened, and she was induced for labor. “They told me, ‘Your condition is worsening so get your bags and go straight to the hospital, you’re delivering today,’” Moore said. Daly flew in from New York and was by his wife’s side. Twelve hours after being hospitalized, Brooklyn was delivered via cesarean section, but the process took three hours. “They couldn’t get the baby out,” she said. “There were all these complications and they knew if they cut into a fibroid, I could potentially bleed out and die. So they ended up cutting me vertically, too, to just get the baby out and make sure I survived the surgery. They were so scared they were going to lose me.” Though her daughter was born six weeks premature, Moore says it was all worth it. “Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, but she’s such a tough baby; so determined,” Moore said. “And every step of the way, she kept surviving and getting stronger. She’s my miracle baby. There’s no other way to describe it. She’s my miracle baby.” Brooklyn is the couple’s first child together.
  • A Muppet character that was introduced in 2011 has a new story line shining a light on a tragedy that affects many children in our country -- homelessness. Lily was introduced to the PBS neighborhood seven years ago. She had food insecurity, meaning her family didn’t have enough to eat.  At the time, Lily had the same story that nearly 17 million households experienced, The New York Times reported. Now, her story has evolved.  Lily, who is said to be 7 years old, has been reintroduced and is living with friends, telling the Elmo character, “Now we don’t have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever have our own home,” USA Today reported.  Elmo reassures Lily, telling her, “We got this,” adding her friends will be there for her. >> Read more trending news  Lily and her family are also staying in shelters, or staying with a person named Sofia, who works at a community center, the Times reported. Sesame Workshop gave Lily the new story line to give hope to children who watch the show and also don’t have a home of their own,  USA Today reported. It’s part of the group’s initiative called Sesame Street in Communities. For more on Sesame Street in Communities, click here.  Homelessness impacts every state, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  A recent report by the HHS division Administration for Children and Families found that in 2015, a third of all people in shelters were families with children and half of the children who were helped by emergency or transitional housing were 5 or younger. From 2014 to 2015, 1,211,348 children-- or 1-in-20 -- in the U.S. under the age of 6 were homeless, according to government researchers.
  • The nominees for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles by Laverne Cox and Awkwafina, and “A Star Is Born” leads the pack in film. Variety reported that the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga movie has four nominations, including best actor, best actress, best ensemble and best supporting actor. Other notable nominees include Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman,” Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us,” Robin Wright for “House of Cards,” “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” >> Read more trending news  The awards are given annually by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to recognize outstanding performances in film and prime time TV. The show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Jan. 27. The full list of nominees is below. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:Christian Bale, “Vice”Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”Glenn Close, “The Wife”Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleMahershala Ali, “Green Book”Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleAmy Adams, “Vice”Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”Emma Stone, “The Favourite”Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture“A Star Is Born”“Black Panther”“BlacKkKlansman”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“Crazy Rich Asians” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAntonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”Bill Pullman, “The Sinner”  Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAmy Adams, “Sharp Objects”Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”Emma Stone, “Maniac” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesJason Bateman, “Ozark”Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesJulia Garner, “Ozark”Laura Linney, “Ozark”Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”Robin Wright, “House of Cards” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”Bill Hader, “Barry”Henry Winkler, “Barry” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Alison Brie, “GLOW”Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series“The Americans”“Better Call Saul”“The Handmaid’s Tale”“Ozark”“This Is Us” Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series“Atlanta”“Barry”“GLOW”“The Kominsky Method”“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series“Glow”“Marvel’s: Daredevil”“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”“The Walking Dead”“Westworld” Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture“Ant-Man and the Wasp”“Avengers: Infinity War”“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”“Black Panther”“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
  • Things got a little hot for 98 Degrees on Tuesday, but a U.S. senator from Connecticut quickly jumped in to cool down the controversy. >> Read more trending news  The band -- known for the songs “I Do (Cherish You),” “Because of You” and “What Christmas Means to Me” -- was in Norwalk preparing for a Wednesday concert. Tuesday afternoon, the band’s tour buses were kicked out of a grocery store parking lot in Norwalk, WVIT reported. The buses were there because the hotel the band was staying at -- ironically, named Zero Degrees -- did not have room for the vehicles, the Albany Times-Union reported. Lauren De Bruijn, who was shopping at the grocery store, told the newspaper that, “The buses look nefarious and the whole thing is so mysterious and weird.” The buses were finally evicted, but U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy heard about it and tweeted that the treatment of the band was “unacceptable.” “98 Degrees should be treated like the kings they indisputably are,” Murphy tweeted. The band responded with a tweet, joking that they were looking for “less nefarious tour buses.” The group -- brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons -- are playing Wednesday night at the Ridgefield Playhouse. In their tweet, they invited Murphy to the show and for tea in the afternoon backstage.
  • Robert Caro's next book isn't his fifth and final volume on Lyndon Johnson or like anything he has done before. 'Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing,' to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in April, combines personal reflections and professional guidance as Caro looks back on his singular history as a writer and reporter. The book includes previous lectures and interviews, but also new material. In the introduction, the 83-year-old Caro writes that the 240-page 'Working' is not a 'full-length memoir,' which he still hopes to write, but a more informal gathering of 'thoughts' and 'experiences' behind such prize-winning books as his Johnson biography 'Master of the Senate' and his classic book on municipal builder Robert Moses, 'The Power Broker.' 'Here we have ... some scattered, almost random glimpses of a few encounters I've had while doing the research on the Moses and Johnson books, encounters both with documents and with witnesses,' he writes. 'It includes also a few things I've learned or discovered, or think I've learned or discovered, about the writing of biography and indeed nonfiction in general which I'd like to share or pass along.' Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said this week that Caro had been thinking about the book for a long time and that it 'opens a window' into his career. Caro does have disappointing news for those waiting for the next Johnson book: The author remains 'several years' from completion. The fourth Johnson biography, 'The Passage of Power,' came out in 2012, and ended in the initial months of Johnson's presidency, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The fifth book is expected to cover the rest of his time in the White House, which he left in 1969, and continue to his death four years later. Caro began writing about Johnson in the mid-1970s and over the decades has built a large and obsessive following, somehow keeping readers in suspense as if he were writing installments for a novel. His Johnson biographies, which also include 'Means of Ascent' and 'The Path to Power,' each run several hundred pages or more and have contained extensive sections on everything from rural electrification to the passing of a Senate bill. The books have brought Caro the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize and made him among the world's most famous and influential historians. In his introduction to 'Working,' Caro raises an obvious question. 'Why am I publishing these random recollections toward a memoir while I'm still working on the last volume of the Johnson biography, when I haven't finished it, while I'm still — at the age of 83 — several years from finishing it?' he writes. 'The answer is, I'm afraid, quite obvious, and if I forget it for a few days, I am frequently reminded of it, by journalists who, in writing about me and my hopes of finishing, often express their doubts of that happening in a sarcastic phrase: 'Do the math.' 'Well, I can do that math. I am quite aware that I may never get to write the memoir, although I have so many thoughts about writing, so many anecdotes about research, that I would like to preserve for anyone interested enough to read them. I decided that, just in case, I'd put some of them down on paper now.
  • A new series about slain Tejano icon Selena Quintanilla is heading to Netflix in 2020, the streaming service announced Tuesday. According to a Netflix press release, the scripted drama, produced by Campanario Entertainment, is 'a coming-of-age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family and music.' The singer's family is 'fully involved in the project and will be executive producers,' the release said.  >> Read more trending news  'Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory,' the singer's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, said in a statement. 'With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.' Quintanilla, who was killed in 1995 by her fan club's president, gained international fame before her death at age 23, selling more than 65 million albums, NBC News reported. Read more here.
  • A Star Is Born' led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper's romantic revival as this year's Academy Awards front runner. In nominations announced in West Hollywood, Calif., the actors guild — one of the most predictive bellwethers of the Oscars — threw cold water on the awards campaigns of numerous contenders while elevating others. But 'A Star Is Born' fared the best of all, landing nominations for Cooper (best male actor), Lady Gaga (best female actor) and Sam Elliott (best supporting male actor). The other nominees for the group's top award, best ensemble, were: 'Black Panther,' ''Bohemian Rhapsody,' ''BlacKkKlansman' and 'Crazy Rich Asians.' That category is the most closely watched because only once in the last two decades has the eventual Oscars best picture winner not been nominated for best ensemble at the SAG Awards. The one aberration, though, was last year, when Guillermo del Toro's 'The Shape of Water' overcame the SAG omission on its way to winning best picture. Unless a new trend is forming, that's worrisome news for Oscar hopefuls like 'Vice,' Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic (which led last week's Golden Globe nominations); Alfonso Cuaron's Netflix drama 'Roma' (the overwhelming choice of critics groups); and the 1962 road trip 'Green Book.' 'Vice' still scored SAG nods for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, just as 'Green Book' won nominations for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. But 'Roma' was shut out entirely, as was Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong drama 'First Man' and Barry Jenkins' Harlem love story 'If Beale Street Could Talk.' Most expected Regina King of 'Beale Street' to be among the supporting female actor nominees. Instead, Wednesday's nominations gave an unlikely boost to 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' the Freddie Mercury biopic that has been a hit with audiences but was slammed by critics. Despite being widely viewed as a riveting one-man show by Rami Malek, the film ended up nominated for its ensemble cast. Malek was also nominated for best actor. The screen actors appeared to favor big ticket sellers over smaller independent ensembles. Ryan Coogler's comic-book sensation 'Black Panther' also landed a nomination for its stunt ensemble team. Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' scored nods for both John David Washington and Adam Driver. 'Crazy Rich Asians' co-star Awkwafina, a presenter Wednesday morning, has the unusual pleasure of announcing the hit romantic comedy's ensemble nomination. 'It was all me,' she joked. Yorgos Lanthimos' period romp 'The Favourite' failed to crack best ensemble, but its three leads — Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone — were all nominated, as expected. Stone added a second nod for her performance in the Netflix miniseries 'Maniac.' Emily Blunt also scored two nominations herself: one for her lead performance in 'Mary Poppins Returns' and one for her supporting role in 'A Quiet Place.' The other best female performance nominees alongside Blunt, Lady Gaga and Colman were Glenn Close ('The Wife') and Melissa McCarthy ('Can You Ever Forgive Me?') Blunt's nomination for 'A Quiet Place' was among the nominations' many surprises, as was Margot Robbie's supporting turn as Queen Elizabeth in 'Mary Queen of Scots.' Timothee Chalamet ('Call Me By Your Name') scored his second straight SAG nomination for his supporting performance in the addiction drama 'Beautiful Boy.' Rounding out the category alongside Ali, Driver and Elliott was Richard E. Grant for 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Usually, about 15 of the SAG's 20 individual acting nominees line up exactly with the eventual Oscar field. In television categories, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' and 'Ozark' led with four nominations each. 'Barry,' ''GLOW,' ''The Handmaid's Tale' and 'The Kominsky Method' trailed close behind with three nominations each. Up for best ensemble in comedy are 'Atlanta,' ''Barry,' ''GLOW,' ''The Kominsky Method' and 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.' The drama series ensemble nominees went to: 'The Americans,' ''Better Call Saul,' ''The Haidmaid's Tale,' ''Ozark' and 'This Is Us.' Though Netflix was nearly shut out on the film side (its lone nomination was for the stunt ensemble of 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'), it dominated the television categories with 15 total nods. The SAG Awards will be held Jan. 27 and broadcast live by TNT and TBS. This year's show will honor Alan Alda with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP
  • The National Film Registry is turning 30 and will bring in a new crop of films ranging from dinosaurs' return from extinction, a cowboys-in-love drama and stories showcasing Native Americans. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films 'Jurassic Park,' ''Brokeback Mountain' and 'My Fair Lady' are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year. 'These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams,' Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, said in a statement. The national library chose a few more memorable titles such as 'The Shining,' ''Eve's Bayou' ''Hud' and 'Broadcast News.' Others on the list include 1898 film 'Something Good - Negro Kiss' and 'Smoke Signals' from 1998, along with animated films 'Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People' (1984) and 'Cinderella' (1950). The library selected movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic and artist importance since the registry began in 1988. This year's picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. 'Brokeback Mountain,' released in 2005, is the newest film on the registry. The Oscar-winning film delved into the tragic tale of two cowboys who fall in love and starred Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. Ang Lee, director of the film, said he never intended for 'Brokeback Mountain' to make a statement, but simply wanted to tell a love story. 'To my great surprise, the film ended up striking a deep chord with audiences; the movie became a part of the culture, a reflection of the darkness and light — of violent prejudice and enduring love — in the rocky landscape of the American heart,' Lee said in a statement. Steven Spielberg's 1993 original 'Jurassic Park' was a blockbuster and the top public vote-getter to make its way into the registry this year. Several films showcased the ethnic diversity of American cinema: 'Smoke Signals' (1998) and 'Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency' (1908) explored the culture of Native Americans. Other additions include 'Days of Wine and Roses' (1962), 'Bad Day at Black Rock' (1955), 'The Girl Without a Soul' (1917), 'Hearts and Minds' (1974), 'The Informer' (1935), 'The Lady From Shanghai' (1947), 'Leave Her to Heaven' (1945), 'Monterey Pop' (1968), 'The Navigator' (1924), 'On the Town' (1949), 'One-Eyed Jacks' (1961), 'Pickup on South Street' (1953) and 'Rebecca' (1940). ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31
  • Oprah Winfrey was in town to praise one of her idols, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. 'It's impossible to actually imagine the American literary landscape without a Toni Morrison,' Winfrey said Tuesday night during a dinner gala in downtown Manhattan hosted by the Center for Fiction, which named Morrison the winner of a lifetime achievement award. 'She is our conscience, she is our seer, she is our truth-teller.' The 87-year-old Morrison was unable to attend, but she and her longtime publisher Alfred A. Knopf were the evening's clear guests of honor. The Center for Fiction, a nonprofit which supports the reading and writing of literature, also gave a lifetime achievement prize to Alfred A. Knopf Editor-in-Chief Sonny Mehta. And an award for best first novel was given to Knopf author Tommy Orange for 'There There.' The event also featured a brief clip from the upcoming documentary 'Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,' which premieres next month at the Sundance Film Festival. Winfrey and Morrison have known each other for more than 20 years, dating back to when Winfrey was so determined to learn the author's unlisted phone number that she called the local fire department. When Winfrey started her book club, in 1996, she was thinking of Morrison. She considered making one of her books the first pick, but wondered if 'the audience was ready.' After choosing Jacquelyn Mitchard's 'The Deep End of the Ocean,' Winfrey turned to a personal favorite, Morrison's 'Song of Solomon,' a novel that each time she reads, she 'finds surprises on every page — a turn of phrase, or a sentence that's so good you just want to spoon-feed every word to yourself.' Winfrey has since made Morrison an unofficial laureate of her book club, choosing her work a record four times, with later selections including the novels 'Sula,' ''The Bluest Eye' and 'Paradise.' On Tuesday night, she said Morrison shows both intellect and a 'primal' power in how she 'both receives and reflects out pain: The pain of being a woman, the pain of being a young brown girl obsessed with having blue eyes, the pain of yearning to be someone you're not, the pain of loving a man who's not worth it, or losing a man who is. The pain of our history.' Morrison is 'the empress supreme of doing language,' Winfrey said. 'And I'm here tonight simply to say ... Long. May. She. Reign.
  • In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all. The bride, Isha Ambani, is the Ivy League-educated daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, thought to be India's richest man. Forbes estimates his net worth at over $43 billion. The groom, Anand Piramal, is the relative pauper. His father, industrialist Ajay Piramal, is thought to be worth $10 billion. The wedding is being held in Mumbai on Wednesday but festivities began weeks ago, starting in September with an engagement party at a lakeside Italian palace. Over the weekend, thousands attended pre-wedding parties at a 16th century palace in the Indian desert city of Udaipur, where videos shot by partiers showed Hillary Clinton dancing with Shah Rukh Khan, one of India's biggest movie stars, as former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry danced just a few feet away. A highlight was a performance by Beyonce, who sang 'Crazy In Love,' among other hits, with a band backing her up and a series of costume changes that included at least one India-inspired outfit. 'Beyonce Lights Up Udaipur,' the Times of India shouted in a Tuesday headline. Indian weddings are famously elaborate, driving many families into debt with expectations that they invite hundreds or thousands of people, and arranging professional song-and-dance shows. Among India's rich, weddings are displays of almost unimaginable wealth, with guests flown in on chartered jets from around the world and celebrities paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for brief appearances. In 2004, a daughter of Indian steel baron Lakshmi Mittal held her engagement party at Versailles. The Indian media noted that the actual Ambani wedding, in Mumbai, was expected to be a relatively small affair, with just 600 or so people in attendance. More parties will follow the marriage ceremony. Antilla, the Ambanis' 27-story Mumbai home, has been strung with lights for the wedding, looking like a small skyscraper at night. The family is said to have reserved hundreds of hotel rooms for their guests. Indian grooms traditionally ride to their weddings on horses, but Piramal arrived at the Ambani home in a classic Rolls Royce, with marching bands playing in the procession and scowling bodyguards scattered through the crowds. Near the family home, Mumbai resident Kashyap Sompura said he wasn't bothered by the extravagance. 'People, even when they don't have money, they take loans and do lavish weddings,' said Sompura, 50. For someone of Ambani's wealth, 'I don't think there is anything wrong with him sparing money for that.' Mukesh Ambani controls the conglomerate Reliance Industries, which has businesses ranging from petroleum to chemicals to mobile phones. The Piramal family businesses include pharmaceuticals and real estate. The competitiveness of India's wintertime wedding season is growing more extreme, according to Archana Dalmia, a social activist in New Delhi. 'A farmer might commit suicide because he can't save enough money to get his daughter married,' she said. The wedding of Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas earlier this month — which included palace parties, lots of celebrities, an appearance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and fawning coverage — has been quickly overshadowed by the Ambani festivities. While opulence has always been a feature of Indian weddings, families used to hand down bridal saris as heirlooms. No more, Dalmia said. 'This generation is very different. Priyanka Chopra will never be able to wear it again and she won't be able to pass it down,' Dalmia said.

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  • A federal judge in New York sentenced President Donald Trump’s former long-time attorney Michael Cohen to 36 months imprisonment on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to several charges earlier this year. >> Read more trending news Cohen, 52, admitted to lying last year to Congress in connection to a Trump real estate deal in Russia after prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team charged him with making false statements. >> Michael Cohen pleads guilty to making false statements to Congress He also pleaded guilty in August to eight charges including multiple counts of tax evasion and arranging illicit payments to silence women who posed a risk to Trump's presidential campaign. >> Trump was implicated in two felonies: What does that mean? Update 12:45 p.m. EST: U.S. District Judge William Pauley said Wednesday that Cohen’s cooperation with prosecutors 'does not wipe the slate clean' of his crimes. Pauley sentenced Cohen to serve three years in prison for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress and arranging illicit payments to silence Daniels and McDougal. Cohen’s former attorney, Lanny Davis, said in a statement released Wednesday that Cohen “continues to tell the truth about Donald Trump’s misconduct over the years.” “Mr. Trump’s repeated lies cannot contradict stubborn facts,” Davis said. “Michael has owned up to his mistakes and fully cooperated with Special Counsel Mueller in his investigation over possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian meddling in the 2016 election.” Trump has accused Cohen of lying to authorities in order to get a lighter sentence and denied any wrongdoing. >> Cohen pleads guilty to 8 charges, says Trump told him to pay off Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal Update 12:15 p.m. EST: Cohen will be required to surrender to authorities on March 6 to serve the 36-month sentence handed down Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported. U.S. District Judge William Pauley III also required Cohen forfeit $500,000 and pay $1.4 million in restitution and $50,000 in fines, the news site reported. >> More on Robert Mueller's investigation Update 12:05 p.m EST: U.S. District Judge William Pauley III sentenced Cohen to 36 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to eight charges in New York over the summer, Newsday reported. He was sentenced to two months for lying to Congress. The sentence will run concurrent with the New York sentence. “Cohen pled guilt to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct,' Pauley said before handing down the sentence Wednesday, according to CNN.  Pauley credited Cohen for his cooperation with Mueller's team, however, he added that as an attorney, 'Mr. Cohen should have known better,' Newsday reported. Update 11:50 a.m. EST: Cohen said he takes “full responsibility” for the charges he's pleaded guilty to while addressing the court Wednesday. “This may seem hard to believe but today is one of the most meaningful days of my life,” he said, according to CNN. “I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired.' Update 11:45 a.m. EST: Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Nicolas Roos said Wednesday that Cohen's crimes carried a 'tremendous societal cost,' CNN reported. “In committing these crimes, Mr. Cohen has eroded faith in the electoral process and compromised the rule of law,” Roos said. Update 11:35 a.m. EST: Jeannie Rhee, an attorney for special counsel Robert Mueller's team, said in brief comments in court Wednesday that Cohen provided investigators with 'credible information' related to the investigation into Russian election meddling, Newsday reported. 'Mr. Cohen has sought to tell us the truth, and that is of utmost value to us,' Rhee said. Update 11:15 a.m. EST: Cohen's attorney, Guy Petrillo, said in court Wednesday that Cohen cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office 'knowing that he'd face a barrage of attack by the president,' according to the Courthouse News Service. Petrillo said Cohen “offered evidence against the most powerful person in our country,” CNN reported. Update 10:55 a.m. EST: Cohen arrived at the federal courthouse in Manhattan early Wednesday ahead of an 11 a.m. sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge William Pauley III. Original report: Federal prosecutors in New York have asked that Cohen receive a “substantial prison term” of around four years, saying in a court filing last week that he'd failed to fully cooperate with investigators and overstated his helpfulness. Cohen’s attorneys have argued for leniency, arguing that some of Cohen's crimes were motivated by overenthusiasm for Trump, rather than any nefarious intent. >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: Feds: Manafort lied to prosecutors, Cohen should get jail time The president has denied that he had affairs with either McDougal or Daniels, but prosecutors said Cohen orchestrated payments to the women at Trump’s direction. On Monday, the president wrote in a tweet that the payments were “a simple private transaction,” and not a campaign contribution. Trump said that “even if it was” a campaign contribution, Cohen should be held responsible. “Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me,” Trump wrote. “Cohen (is) just trying to get his sentenced reduced. WITCH HUNT!” >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: Denouncing Cohen, Trump disputes campaign link to payoff of women A sentence of hard time would leave Cohen with little to show for his decision to plead guilty, though experts told The Associated Press that Wednesday's hearing might not be the last word on his punishment. Cohen could have his sentence revisited if he strikes a deal with prosecutors in which he provides additional cooperation within a year of his sentence, said Michael J. Stern, a former federal prosecutor in Detroit and Los Angeles. 'Few things spark a defendant's renewed interest in cooperating faster than trading in a pair of custom Italian trousers for an off-the-rack orange jump suit,' he said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • According to court documents filed on Friday by New York prosecutors and the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump not only knew about hush money being paid to two women whom he allegedly had affairs with but also directed his personal attorney to pay the women for their silence. The allegations implicating Trump surfaced last week in sentencing recommendations filed in criminal cases against Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney. The filings indicated that Mueller and prosecutors from the Southern District of New York believe that Trump was an accomplice in the payments to the two women, payments that are felony violations of federal election laws. >>Who is Michael Cohen, personal attorney for Donald Trump? How can money spent to quiet someone rise to the level of a federal felony? Here’s a look at the two portions of Friday’s filings that implicate Trump in unlawful activity. What do the filings in the Cohen case say? Prosecutors are alleging that violations of federal campaign finance law took place when Cohen made payments to silence porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both women alleged they had extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied their claims. According to prosecutors: Cohen negotiated an agreement with American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, to pay McDougal $150,000 to keep quiet about an alleged 10-month relationship with Trump. According to the plea, McDougal transferred the rights to her story to the Enquirer which did not publish the story. Cohen paid AMI to compensate the company for payments made to McDougal.  Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Daniels, also over an alleged affair with Trump, was made with funds drawn on a home equity line of credit he took out. The plea said Cohen paid Daniels “by making and causing to be made an expenditure, in cooperation, consultation, and concert with, and at the request and suggestion of one or more members of the campaign (identified as Trump, though not by name) … to ensure that she not publicize damaging allegation before the 2016 presidential election and thereby influence that election.' Cohen said during the plea that he “participated in this conduct for the principal purpose” of influencing an election and did it at the “direction of a candidate for federal office.”  What are the violations? The crimes include a charge of making a campaign contribution in excess of the $2,700 individual limit set by federal campaign law and unlawful corporate contributions. The violation of the $2,700 contribution limit came when Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about the alleged affair with Trump. The unlawful corporate contribution charge refers to Cohen’s promise to pay the parent company of the National Enquirer which purchased the rights to McDougal’s story of an affair with Trump but never published it. How does money paid to keep someone quiet become a campaign contribution? Under federal campaign finance law, individual campaign contributions are limited to $2,700 per individual, or $5,400 for a couple, for each election cycle. Federal law bars direct corporate contributions to federal candidates. The money paid to Daniels – $130,000 – was moved through a limited-liability company called Essential Consultants. Cohen created the company a few weeks before the election. The payment to Daniels was a campaign contribution, according to Cohen, who said in court that when he paid Daniels off, he was acting on behalf of the campaign with the aim of helping Trump win the presidency. In McDougal’s case, Cohen paid AMI to compensate the company for payments made to McDougal.  Cohen testified at his August plea hearing  that he orchestrated payments to McDougal and made payments to Daniels weeks before the 2016 presidential election so that the affairs would not become public, and that he did so “for the principal purpose of influencing the election.” He also said Trump knew about the payments. Both of those payments far exceed the $2,700 limit. Trump, on the other hand, said the payments were “simple private transactions” not campaign contributions, and that the payments were meant to spare his family embarrassment, not influence an election. If Trump were to be charged, prosecutors would have to prove that he knew certain campaign finance laws prohibited what he was doing and that he then willfully violated those laws. Cohen originally said he acted on his own and had not been reimbursed by the Trump Organization, or by the campaign for the payments. He recanted that statement in August, saying he was reimbursed for the payments by Trump who had directed him to make them. “I used a company under my control to make the payment (to Daniels)” Cohen told the judge, adding that “the monies used were later repaid by the candidate.”  What does the law say about this case? What we know is that prosecutors believe Trump directed Cohen to violate campaign finance laws. What we don’t know is if Trump knowingly violated the law. According to the Federal Election Campaign Act, while individuals are limited to making donations of $2,700 to presidential candidates, candidates can use or loan their personal funds for campaign use. While those contributions are not subject to limits, they must be reported on campaign finance forms filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Companies may not make campaign contributions, and it is a felony to conspire to make a campaign contribution that exceeds $25,000. What is the statute of limitations for these crimes? For the violations cited in the filings, there is a five-year statute of limitations. Will Trump be charged? Trump will not likely be charged with crimes while he is a sitting president.Legal opinions that have directed Justice Department procedure say a sitting president will not be indicted because criminal charges would undermine the job he or she does. A president could be charged after he leaves office as long as the statute of limitations on the crimes the person is alleged to have committed have not expired. Will he be impeached? Bringing articles of impeachment and impeaching a president are two different things. The U.S. House drafts articles of impeachment, but the U.S. Senate, with the chief justice of the Supreme Court presiding, holds a trial to examine the charges and votes on whether a president is impeached. It requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate for impeachment. It is possible that the House could start impeachment proceedings against Trump. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, has suggested that Trump’s actions, according to what was revealed in the filings, would rise to the level of an impeachable offense. “Until now, you had two different charges, allegations, whatever you want to call them,” Nadler of New York, the incoming Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in an interview on Saturday. “One was collusion with the Russians. One was obstruction of justice and all that entails. And now you have a third — that the president was at the center of a massive fraud against the American people.” The House Judiciary Committee would be the committee that would draft impeachment charges against Trump if it came to that. What does the White House say?  The White House said Friday's news has nothing to do with them. Trump said “thank you” in a tweet on Friday, saying he had been exonerated concerning campaign finance.
  • Mayport-based USS Fort McHenry is leaving for a seven-month deployment in support of maritime security operations in Europe and the Middle East.  A spokesperson for Naval Station Mayport says more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines serving in the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will deploy next week.  The 22nd MEU is comprised of approximately 2,500 Marines and Sailors.  It includes a command element, ground combat element, aviation combat element and logistics combat element.  The Kearsarge ARG consists of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 2 and FST 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, components of Naval Beach Group 2 and the embarked staff of Amphibious Squadron 6.
  • People in the Southeast were woken up by an earthquake early Wednesday.  >> Visit WSBTV.com for complete coverage of this developing story The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake happened about 4:15 a.m. near Decatur, Tennessee. It had a magnitude of 4.4. A 3.3-magnitude aftershock followed happened about 15 minutes later. Atlanta’s WSB-TV received dozens of phone calls in the minutes following the quake. >> Read more trending news  The earthquake happened along the New Madrid Fault Line, which is along the Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi state lines.  The earthquake was the second strongest on record in east Tennessee, according to the USGS. The strongest was a magnitude 4.7 near Maryville in 1973. There have been several small earthquakes in northwest Georgia over the past few years, including a 1.9-magnitude quake near Villanow, in Walker County, in August.  A 2.7-magnitude quake was reported in Catoosa County, near Fort Oglethorpe, in January, and a 2.3 hit Trion, in Chattooga County, in November 2017. In July 2017, a 2.2-magnitude quake was registered just north of LaFayette in Walker County.
  • After another cold morning in NE Florida with an inland freeze and frost all the way to the beaches, we’re beginning a warming trend. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says temps are in the mid-60’s this afternoon, and into the 70’s for Thursday and Friday.  Mike is tracking a storm system that brings rain by late Thursday and much of Friday.  We could see some isolated strong storms but very heavy rainfall is the greatest threat. 

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