Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will pay $5 million to the federal government to settle allegations that he defrauded taxpayers by cheating his way to multiple Tour de France titles under the sponsorship of the U.S. Postal Service. The government sought up to $100 million from Armstrong after he admitted to doping in 2013. Armstrong has also agreed to pay another $1.65 million to cover former teammate Floyd Landis’ legal costs. Landis turned whistleblower against Armstrong after being stripped of his own 2006 Tour de France title for doping, making him eligible to receive up to 25 percent of the settlement Armstrong paid to the government. “I am glad to resolve this case and move forward with my life,” said Armstrong, who recently listed his Austin home for sale at $7.5 million.
The pop superstar Prince probably didn’t realize the opioid painkiller pills he was taking were laced with the far more powerful painkiller fentanyl, Minneapolis authorities have concluded after a two-year investigation into his overdose death. Officials won’t bring criminal charges in connection with the death because they could not determine who sold Prince the tainted pills. Prince’s personal physician, Michael Schulenberg, helped Prince obtain prescriptions for other opioid painkillers, like Vicodin and Percocet, authorities said. But Prince had no prescription for the pills that killed him. “We simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince’s death,” said Carver County Attorney Mark Metz.
Shania Twain apologized for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump in 2016 if she were a U.S. citizen. The Canadian country music star triggered a fierce online backlash among many of her fans after telling The Guardian, “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.” Twain, who is promoting her first album in 15 years, backpedaled when fans said they would boycott her tour. “I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context,” Twain said. “I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current president.”