But first, read the fine print: A Georgia schoolteacher won $10,000 for finding a secret contest in the fine print of her insurance policy.
Manafort gets nearly four years in prison
Donald Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort will spend nearly four years in prison, a federal judge ruled Thursday. (A jury previously found him guilty of tax and bank fraud charges related to years of illicit lobbying work.) It was a dramatic fall for the longtime political operative who helped guide Donald Trump to the presidency, and it’s not over: Manafort, 69, could face another decade in prison when he is sentenced in a related case next week in Washington.
Hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren’t doing it.
Hospitals blame moms often when childbirth turns deadly. It’s not that simple: Billing data from 7 million births reveals about one in eight hospitals have complication rates double that of the norm or more. Yet, in the U.S. – the most dangerous country for giving birth in the developed world – childbirth complication rates at maternity hospitals are a well-guarded secret. Lots of hospitals know them. So do many state agencies, insurance companies and researchers. But they worry that complication rates are too complex for regular people to understand. A USA TODAY investigation into women’s catastrophic deliveries at one hospital found claims of missed warning signs, delayed treatment and disjointed care.
A little girl’s last words: ‘Daddy, no!’
Gruesome details surfaced Thursday on Christopher Watts, the Colorado father serving three life sentences after admitting to killing his pregnant wife and two daughters last year. Investigators released five hours of audio from an interview with Watts, in which he describes strangling his wife, Shanann, in their Colorado home and killing his daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, at an oil site where he dumped their bodies. To spare your souls, I won’t go into the details, but they are here.
A warrant. A dead sheriff. A manhunt.
A sheriff’s deputy died of gunshot wounds after trying to serve a warrant Thursday, sparking a manhunt in the town of Rockford, Illinois. The suspect shot the officer with a rifle, fled the scene and led police on a 150-mile chase before his car crashed off an Illinois interstate. The suspect, Floyd Brown, 39, was wanted on multiple warrants, including parole violations. The slain officer, Jacob Keltner, was a McHenry County sheriff’s officer and a 12½-year veteran of the department.
Presidents can pay hush money. Right?
President Trump’s no longer being hush about money paid to an alleged ex-mistress (aka Stormy Daniels) that’s now under investigation. Trump tweeted Thursday that the money is unrelated to campaign finance laws – and seemed to acknowledge payments he had said he didn’t know about. “It was not a campaign contribution, and there were no violations of the campaign finance laws by me. Fake News!” Trump said. Trump has denied an affair with Daniels, the adult film star, and had denied knowing about the payments to her, referring questions to Michael Cohen – the former attorney who says Trump reimbursed him for $130,000 to Daniels to keep her quiet ahead of 2016.
R. Kelly: ‘People have been stealin’ my money’
This R. Kelly saga never seems to end: The singer addressed financial struggles Thursday in a second part to his Gayle King interview on “CBS This Morning” (not another network, as we errantly said yesterday). Kelly said people connected to his bank account “have been stealin’ my money,” adding he had about $350,000 left in the bank. The singer’s now behind bars (again) after a child support hearing on Wednesday where he was charged with failure to pay $161,000 in back support. Kelly will stay in jail until he pays it all, a judge said.
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