‘Fat Leonard’ may be Venezuela’s bargaining chip, experts say

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who claims to have incriminating sex photos of US Navy brass could become the latest bargaining chip in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to win official recognition from the Biden administration, according to experts. . But it’s unclear how hard the US government will … Read more

Tom Brady’s TB12 Method is in schools. Experts have doubts.

In some Tampa Bay-area schools, students use foam rollers and vibrating spheres to massage their muscles as they work toward goals for strength and flexibility. It’s all part of a new physical education curriculum from quarterback Tom Bradywhose vision for healthy living is fueling a fitness empire. The arrangement with schools in Pinellas County, Florida, … Read more

Fed attacks inflation with another big hike and expects more

WASHINGTON (AP) – Intensifying its fight against high inflation, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday by a substantial three-quarters of a point for a third straight time and signaled more large rate hikes to come – an aggressive pace that will heighten the risk of an eventual recession. The Fed’s move boosted … Read more

EXPLAINER: R. Kelly acquitted on rigging trial. Why?

CHICAGO (AP) – Federal prosecutors this week scored multiple convictions against R. Kelly at the singer’s trial in Chicago, but they lost on the headline charge — that Kelly obstructed justice by rigging his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted him. Kelly co-defendant and longtime business manager Derrel McDavid was also acquitted … Read more

Biden approval rises sharply ahead of midterms: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden’s popularity improved substantially from his lowest point this summer, but concerns about his handling of the economy persist, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Support for Biden recovered from a low of 36% in July to 45%, driven in large part by … Read more

Biden: Tentative railway labor deal reached, averting strike

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden said Thursday that a tentative railway labor agreement has been reached, averting a potentially devastating strike before the pivotal midterm elections. Railroads and union representatives had been in negotiations for 20 hours at the Labor Department on Wednesday to hammer out a deal, as there was a risk of … Read more

R. Kelly convicted on many counts, acquitted of trial fixing

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal jury on Wednesday convicted R. Kelly of several child pornography and sex abuse charges in his hometown of Chicago, delivering another legal blow to a singer who used to be one of the biggest R&B stars in the world. Kelly, 55, was found guilty on three counts of child pornography … Read more

Jury gets R. Kelly’s child pornography and trial-fixing case

CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Tuesday at R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago, sorting through a month of evidence and arguments on charges accusing the singer of producing child pornography, enticing minors for sex and rigging his 2008 child porn trial. Standing at a podium a few feet in front of jurors, Kelly attorney … Read more