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Kamala Harris Blasts, and Takes Money from, Jeffrey Epstein’s Law Firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said their former law firm’s work on behalf of the financier accused of sexual abuse “calls into question the integrity of our legal system.”

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks to the media during a campaign event at the Unity Freedom Presidential Forum Friday, May 31, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man’ Wins a Weekend Full of Flops

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie “Crawl” and the action-comedy “Stuber” barely made a dent in the web-slinger’s earnings, although there is a glimmer of hope in the independent world.


Ortiz: CBO Report Should Spike $15 Minimum Wage Legislation

Based on a CBO report, the proposed raising of the federal minimum wage to $15 would cost up to 3.7 million jobs and seriously weaken the first rung of the career ladder. Legislators should instead work on ways to match low-wage workers with the millions of available jobs that pay middle-class wages:

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R. Kelly Arrested in Chicago on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

CHICAGO (AP) — Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested Thursday in Chicago on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts, including sex crimes and obstruction of justice.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 22: R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at the 1st District-Central police station on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced today that Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, at least three between …

Hemingway: Who Will Clean Up America’s Voter Rolls?

Mark Hemingway writes at RealClearInvestigations that thirty-eight states have counties wherein voter registration rates exceed 100%, in violation of federal law. But the Justice Department has largely abdicated its responsibility to deal with the problem.

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Emmy-Winning Actor Rip Torn Dead at 88

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theater, television, and movies and win an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy turn on TV’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” has died. He was 88.

Actor Rip Torn is seen, Feb. 28, 1984. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer Riza Aziz Arrested on Money Laundering Charges

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — “The Wolf of Wall Street” producer and stepson of Malaysia’s former prime minister pleaded not guilty on Friday to laundering $248 million from a state investment fund, becoming the third person in his family charged in the 1MDB scandal that helped end Najib Razak’s government last year.

US producers Riza Aziz (L) and Joey McFarland (R) with US actor Leonardo DiCaprio (C) arriving on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

MTV to Air Raunchy Nicki Minaj Concert in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will perform in the ultraconservative kingdom as it sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Man Sues Kevin Spacey over Alleged Groping at Island Bar

BOSTON (AP) — A young man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a resort island bar in 2016 filed a lawsuit against the actor, who is also fighting a criminal charge stemming from the alleged assault.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Kevin Spacey in the audience during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_014 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images )