July 1, 2018
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LeBron James is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, with his management firm confirming on Sunday night that the basketball superstar signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the team.

James, a four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP, 14-time NBA All Star, and two-time Olympic gold medalist, is leaving behind his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Instagram, the 33-year-old thanked "Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons. This will always be home." Catherine Garcia

June 18, 2018
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Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday afternoon outside of a motorcycle dealership in South Florida. He was 20.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed XXXTentacion's death. Witnesses said the rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving the dealership when a gunman ran up to his vehicle and shot him.

XXXTentacion's second album, ?, was released in March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He had been under house arrest while awaiting trial for domestic violence, but a judge let him out so he could go on tour, TMZ reports. Catherine Garcia

June 11, 2018
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President Trump tweeted from Singapore on Tuesday morning local time that Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, back in the United States, had a heart attack.

"Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack," he tweeted. "He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center." Kudlow, 70, joined the Trump administration earlier this year, replacing Gary Cohn, and often appears on the Sunday shows in support of the president's policies. Catherine Garcia

June 8, 2018
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been served with another indictment in the Russia investigation.

This time, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has charged Manafort with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Manafort's aide Konstantin Kilimnik, whom Politico says may have ties to Russian intelligence, was charged as well. These are the first known charges against Kilimnik.

Friday's indictment spells out how Manafort, with his previously indicted business partner Rick Gates, were paid by the Ukrainian government to lobby and influence politics on Ukraine's behalf and didn't disclose their Ukraine-based income to the U.S.

The document additionally details Manafort's previous charges that include conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, and being an unregistered foreign agent. It then goes on to say that earlier this year, Manafort and Kilimnik conspired to and obstructed justice by attempting to tamper with an unnamed witness. Read the full indictment here. Kathryn Krawczyk

June 7, 2018
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On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted James A. Wolfe, the Senate Intelligence Committee's former director of security, for lying to the FBI about repeated contact with three reporters.

The Justice Department said in a statement that Wolfe lied to agents in December 2017 about the contact he had with reporters, including through encrypted messaging programs. As director of security, Wolfe "was entrusted with access to classified secret and top secret information provided by the executive branch, including the U.S. intelligence community" and was "responsible for safeguarding" this information, the Justice Department said. He was arrested on Thursday, and will appear in court on Friday.

Right before Wolfe's indictment was announced, The New York Times reported that the Justice Department notified national security reporter Ali Watkins in February that it had seized her phone and email records going back several years in connection with a probe into leaks of classified information. Watkins and Wolfe were once in a romantic relationship, and Watkins had told the Times and her previous employers, BuzzFeed News and Politico, about it.

The Times said that shortly after Watkins started working at the newspaper in late 2017, she was approached by FBI agents who stated that Wolfe had helped her with articles while they were dating. She did not answer their questions, the Times reports, but she said he was never a source of classified information during their relationship. In a statement, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said "freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and communications between journalists and their sources demand protection." Catherine Garcia

June 5, 2018
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Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in what appears to be a suicide, police confirmed to The Associated Press.

The New York Daily News reported that a housekeeper found 55-year-old Spade in her Manhattan home around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. She was found hanging and left a note at the scene, police told AP.

Spade founded her namesake company in 1993 with a line of handbags. It has since expanded to sell clothes, shoes, and other accessories, and has over 140 stores in the U.S. and 175 internationally. Kathryn Krawczyk

June 4, 2018
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The White House announced Monday that President Trump has canceled a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles set for Tuesday because some players are taking a knee during the national anthem, in protest of police brutality in the United States.

The Eagles were supposed to visit the White House in celebration of their Super Bowl win earlier this year. In a statement, the White House said some members of the team "disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem, hand on heart." The White House claims that the Eagles asked to send a smaller delegation, but instead, the visit was canceled and the United States Marine Band and United States Army Chorus will perform during a "different" type of celebration. Several players had already said they would not be attending the ceremony. Catherine Garcia

May 30, 2018
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Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on Wednesday by a New York grand jury on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act.

In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said this indictment "brings the defendant closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged." Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, but the New York charges are in connection with allegations by two women — one who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his Manhattan office in 2004, and another who said Weinstein raped her in 2013 at a Manhattan hotel. Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. Catherine Garcia

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