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June 9, 2020

Cops, the long-running show that follows police officers on patrol, was canceled by the Paramount Network on Tuesday.

The move comes as protests against police brutality continue across the United States. The network said in a statement it already pulled reruns of Cops from the air, and "we don't have any current or future plans for it to return." Old episodes are still running on WGN America, but the network is not expected to renew its contract at the end of this month, The Hollywood Reporter says.

The show's 33rd season had been scheduled to premiere on Monday. Cops, which launched on Fox in 1989, moved to Spike TV in 2013 and remained on the channel when it was rebranded as the Paramount Network in 2018. The show has been criticized for the way it depicts suspects, and the "Running From COPS" podcast has reported on officers coercing people into signing releases and the film crew carrying weapons and assisting officers. Catherine Garcia

March 23, 2020

The 2020 Summer Olympics are looking more and more like they'll be the 2021 Games.

The International Olympic Committee conceded Sunday that it was considering pushing this summer's competition in Tokyo until next year and would announce its decision within four weeks. And in a Monday interview with USA Today, veteran IOC member Dick Pound said "on the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided."

Pound has been on the IOC for more than 40 years, and told USA Today he expects an official announcement from the IOC soon. "It will come in stages," Pound said of the IOC's decision-making process moving forward. "We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense," he continued. "The Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know."

After previously ruling out a postponement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Japanese lawmakers Monday that "if it is difficult to hold (the Games) in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable." Canada's Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee announced Sunday it would not send athletes to the games if they're held this summer and called for a postponement. Australia later joined the pledge. Kathryn Krawczyk

September 9, 2019

Sarah Palin's husband, Todd Palin, has filed for divorce, citing "incompatibility of temperament" and the fact they "find it impossible to live together as husband and wife," NBC News reports.

The Palins have been married for 31 years and have five children. The paperwork was submitted on Aug. 29, and in a filing made Friday in Anchorage, Todd Palin requested the dissolution of the marriage. Only initials were used in the filing, but the details match the Palins' marriage date and the birthday of their youngest son. Todd Palin is asking for equal separation of their assets and debts.

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, rose to national prominence in 2008, when the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) brought her on board as his running mate after he secured the Republican presidential nomination. Catherine Garcia

March 12, 2019

Michael Avenatti announced on Tuesday that he is no longer representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had a sexual encounter with President Trump in 2006.

Avenatti did not provide any details, beyond saying that after many long discussions, he notified Daniels in February that he would be terminating their agreement. He began representing her in February 2018, and was a regular on the cable news circuit defending his client and criticizing Trump.

Daniels announced on social media that she has hired a new attorney, Clark Brewster, and he will "review all legal matters," The Associated Press reports.

Just before the 2016 presidential election, Daniels received $130,000 in exchange for her silence on the alleged affair, as part of a deal set up by Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. She sued to get out of the nondisclosure agreement, and when a federal judge tossed her case out last week, he found that the agreement was invalid. Catherine Garcia

February 5, 2019

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had an affair with President Trump, officially withdrew her lawsuit against attorney Michael Cohen on Tuesday, reports The Washington Post.

Daniels sued Trump last March over a nondisclosure agreement that said Daniels couldn't discuss the alleged affair, and later added the president's ex-lawyer to the suit. Daniels claimed Cohen signed the agreement, not Trump, meaning it was invalid, and alleged that Cohen defamed her when he suggested she was lying.

U.S. District Court Judge James Otero agreed to dismiss the case at Daniels' request in November, but the terms of the dismissal weren't yet arranged, NBC News notes. The California judge ruled Tuesday that Daniels could officially drop the lawsuit and did not have to pay Cohen's legal fees. Daniels cannot sue Cohen again over this matter, the judge also ruled.

In November, Daniels said she never wanted to sue Trump for defamation, adding that her lawyer Michael Avenatti did it "against my wishes." Kathryn Krawczyk

July 2, 2018

Former Republican National Committee official Elliott Broidy is no longer making hush payments to a Playboy model he had an affair with, his lawyer told The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

Broidy, a married businessman, former deputy finance chairman of the RNC, and top GOP fundraiser, admitted that he had an affair with Shera Bechard. Last year, President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, negotiated an agreement with Bechard, guaranteeing $1.6 million from Broidy in exchange for Bechard's silence regarding their relationship. The $1.6 million was to be paid in eight installments, with the third payment due Sunday.

Broidy's lawyer, Chris Clark, told the Journal he didn't make the payment because Keith Davidson, Bechard's lawyer at the time she signed the agreement, allegedly improperly discussed the matter with another lawyer, Michael Avenatti, who is representing Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who signed a $130,000 agreement brokered by Cohen in exchange for her keeping quiet about an affair she said she had with Trump in 2006.

"Elliott specifically was paying for confidentiality that would shield his family from the embarrassing mistake he made," Clark said. "We can prove there was an intentional breach that renders the contract null and void." Davidson's spokesman said he did nothing wrong, and Avenatti is encouraging Bechard "to disclose everything she knows about this situation to the public." In April, FBI agents raided Cohen's office, home, and hotel room, and people familiar with the matter said he's being investigated over whether these agreements violated campaign finance or other laws. For more on Broidy and Bechard's relationship, and the tangled web that connects all these attorneys, visit The Wall Street Journal. Catherine Garcia

January 3, 2018

President Trump has disbanded his voter fraud commission, citing the refusal of many state election officials to hand over voter data due to privacy concerns.

In a statement attributed to Trump on Wednesday, the White House said that "despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action." The White House did not provide any examples of evidence showing voter fraud.

Trump established the commission in May, and its leaders wanted states to share personal information on voters, including their birth dates and partial Social Security numbers. Its vice chairman, conservative Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, would not go on record saying Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, and in an email to the Justice Department prior to his appointment, member Hans Von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation said he didn't think any Democrats, moderate Republicans, or academics should be allowed on the panel. Catherine Garcia

August 8, 2017

Disney announced Tuesday that it's dumping Netflix. In 2019, Disney will end its streaming deal with Netflix as it launches its very own streaming service later that year.

Disney and Netflix struck their deal back in 2012, though The Verge noted it "only kicked into effect last year." It appears Netflix will retain the Disney movies that it already has in its repertoire, though it won't get any more movies once the deal ends.

Disney's new streaming service will host its latest movies, starting with its planned 2019 releases like Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4, and Disney said it also intends to make a "significant investment" in developing movies and TV programs exclusive to its streaming platform. The platform will be based on technology developed by BAMTech — a video company founded by MLB — in which Disney announced Tuesday it is acquiring a majority stake.

In addition to its theatrical streaming service, Disney in 2018 will launch an ESPN streaming service. Becca Stanek

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