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Trump denies he 'directed' Michael Cohen to break the law as prosecutors contend. Image credit - ABC

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"He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel,' and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid," Trump said in an early morning series of tweets on Thursday.

In his first reaction since his longtime personal -- and now former-- attorney and fixer was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for him, President Donald Trump again attempted to distance himself, repeating legal arguments and saying he "never directed Michael Cohen to break the law," contrary to what federal prosecutors contend.

National Enquirer publisher AMI strikes deal in Cohen probe. Image credit - CNN

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Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate, signed a $150,000 deal with AMI in August 2016 that transferred to the company the rights to her story of an alleged 10-month romantic affair with Trump in 2006.

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York announced Wednesday they have reached an agreement with American Media Company, Inc. (AMI), the publisher of the National Enquirer, in connection with a payment made during the campaign meant to silence a woman who claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

Michael Cohen, right, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, accompanied by his children and wife, arrive at federal court for his sentencing in New York, Dec. 12, 2018.

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In addition to his imprisonment, Cohen will have to pay $1.39 million in restitution plus $500,000 in forfeiture for the financial and campaign finance crimes. He will face an additional fine of $50,000 for lying to Congress.

A federal judge in Manhattan has sentenced Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, to three years in prison for various crimes including campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and lying to Congress.

Man pushes random passerby in front of oncoming truck in Los Angeles

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Boldt was also accused of two other "random and unprovoked" attacks last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Friday.

A man who was accused of pushing a pedestrian in front of an oncoming truck in downtown Los Angeles last week was charged Friday for that crime in addition to two other "random and unprovoked attacks," ABC News reported, citing prosecutors.

FILE PHOTO: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen stands behind Trump as a group of supporters lay hands on Trump in prayer during a campaign stop at the New Spirit Revival Center church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

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The documents turned up the heat on Trump by confirming prosecutors’ belief of his involvement in a campaign finance violation, while adding to a growing list of contacts between campaign aides and Russians in 2015 and 2016, legal experts said.

U.S. prosecutors said on Friday President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer to make illegal hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 election, and also detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help the Trump campaign.

California school district to pay $8.5M over child sex claim. Image credit - Loop

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Over the past seven years, the district has paid more than $30 million to students who alleged they were molested by teachers or staff members.

A Southern California school district has agreed to pay $8.5 million to four students who allege they were sexually abused by a former teacher.

In these 2018 photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York.

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Federal prosecutors said Cohen made the payments in “coordination with and the direction of” Trump.

Court filings Friday from prosecutors in New York and special counsel Robert Mueller laid out why Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, and Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, deserve prison time.

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A woman said she was a 14-year-old student at the W.C. Moffett School on Maryland's Eastern Shore when she was raped at the school.

A 90-year-old former Maryland private school principal was arrested Monday after investigators say he is suspected of raping two young female students in the late 1960s.

Three of the fleet of 600 Waymo Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid self-driving vehicles are parked and displayed during a demonstration in Chandler, Arizona, November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin O’Hara

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The company has been testing its driverless cars for a decade. Its fleet, now numbering 600 vehicles, has logged more than 10 million miles on public roads in and around 25 U.S. cities.

Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Waymo on Wednesday launched a significant development in its costly, decade-long quest for autonomous transportation: self-driving taxis that actually generate fares.

Large earthquake rocks Anchorage, Alaska, causing 'major infrastructure damage': Officials - ABC News photo

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Those caught in the tremblor described ferocious shaking that "just didn't stop." It was not immediately clear if there were injuries, but Anchorage police said damage was extensive.

A massive earthquake -- registering 7.0 magnitude according to the U.S. Geological Survey -- rocked Anchorage, Alaska Friday, sending debris crashing to the ground, damaging buildings and causing "major infrastructure damage," officials said.

Black Man Killed by Officer in Alabama Mall Shooting Was Not the Gunman, Police Now Say - New York Times

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Jewell said her nephew was in the Army and was home for Thanksgiving.

The aunt of a 21-year-old man shot dead at an Alabama mall said her nephew was killed by police "for no reason at all."

A Chicago police officer and several other people were wounded after a shooting attack at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Nov. 19, 2018.

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"The City of Chicago lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love," Emanuel said.

Three people have died - including a police officer - after a shooting at a hospital on Chicago's South side, according to officials.

Chris Watts appears in court in Colorado for his sentencing on Nov. 19, 2018.

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Chris Watts' father-in-law called him 'heartless monster' during sentencing for killing pregnant wife, young daughters

The Colorado man convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters was called a "heartless monster" by his father-in-law at Monday's sentencing hearing.

Michael Bloomberg donates $1.8 billion to John Hopkins University to boost financial aid for low-income students. Image credit - CNN

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“My Hopkins diploma opened up doors that otherwise would have been closed, and allowed me to live the American dream,” he wrote

Billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg is donating a record $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, to offer more financial aid to low- and middle-income students.

Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt appear on TV to talk about how Bobbitt helped McClure when her car broke down on an exit ramp in Philadelphia.

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Every shred of the trio's story, including the part that Bobbitt used his last $20 to help McClure out of a roadside jam when she ran out of gas, was all bogus, Coffina said.

The "heartwarming tale" of a New Jersey couple helping drug-addicted homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt took a stone-cold twist Thursday when a prosecutor said it was "predicated on a lie" designed to dupe thousands of people into contributing to a GoFundMe campaign.

A Washington County Sheriff's dash cam shows Luis Cobos-Cenobio shooting at police after he was pulled over, Nov 11, 2018, in Washington County, Ark.

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In dashcam footage released by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, ... leaning out of his car and firing his gun directly at the officer’s vehicle parked behind him.

An intense shootout between a sheriff’s deputy and a suspect in Arkansas was caught on video.

File image - Jamel Roberson, killed by police as he tried to stop a shooting.

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A black security guard was shot dead by a police officer as he held down a gunman at the bar where he worked.

Shooting victim mom: 'I don't want prayers, I want gun control'

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I don't want thoughts. I want gun control, and I hope to God nobody sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns," she said.

 The mother of one of the victims killed in the shooting that erupted at a Thousand Oaks bar said she was done receiving thoughts and prayers and pushed for better gun control.

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