The Mar-a-Lago search warrant might be released, but the judge wants to see it first. A star quarterback settled with the NFL over sexual misconduct allegations. And a gigantic moth was seen in the U.S. for possibly the first time ever.
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Judge orders DOJ to redact Mar-a-Lago affidavit for possible release
A federal magistrate Thursday set up the possible release of a heavily-edited version of the Justice Department affidavit authorizing the search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, ordering government lawyers to provide him with a redacted copy by next week. U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart said he would decide after receiving the redacted copy of the detailed document that the government used as the basis for its search. Here's the latest.
Top Trump exec pleads guilty in tax fraud scheme: Allen Weisselberg, Trump Organization CFO, pleaded guilty to 15 criminal tax fraud charges Thursday in a deal that could potentially make him a star witness against the company at a trial this fall. Here's the story behind the plea deal.
Trump says Mar-a-Lago documents were 'declassified.' Experts reject that argument.
Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million
The NFL and Deshaun Watson have reached a settlement. The Cleveland Browns quarterback will serve an 11-game unpaid suspension, pay a $5 million fine and undergo professional evaluation and treatment as part of a settlement with the NFL following accusations of sexual misconduct, the league said Thursday. The agreement overrides an Aug. 1 ruling that Watson should serve a six-game suspension — but falls well short of the NFL's proposed yearlong ban. Watson was sued by 24 women who said he sexually harassed and coerced them during massage therapy sessions during his time with the Houston Texans. Keep reading.
'I have always stood on my innocence': What Watson said after the settlement.
Nancy Armour column: Browns owners' enthusiastic support of Watson hurts women.
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Mass killings: High-profile shootings are only part of the story
Uvalde. Sandy Hook. Virginia Tech. Horrific public mass shootings often take over the news, but these tragedies are only a small part of mass killings in the U.S. An analysis of every mass killing since 2006 shows that victims are usually killed by someone they know, often in their own homes. Most mass killers use handguns, not assault-style rifles. USA TODAY partnered with the Associated Press and Northeastern University to publish a comprehensive database that has tracked every mass killing resulting in four or more victim fatalities since 2006. Explore the database here.
Stats show guns don't make you safer. Marketing says otherwise. Could the FTC crack down on gun ads?
Alarming critics, changing laws: A look at the ads drawing complaints.
What happens when you can't hear the sounds of war?
The sounds of war are almost inescapable in Ukraine. But for thousands there who are deaf or hard of hearing, those danger signals just don't exist. Off-The-Grid Missions, a U.S-based nonprofit, is now providing that community with tools to stay alert, such as solar-powered lights, cellphone chargers and drinking water filters. The group also provides evacuations run exclusively by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It reflects a growing understanding that the needs of people with disabilities must be considered in disaster preparation plans. Read more about how they're helping.
Lives upended: The effects of years of conflict on Ukraine's children.
Zelenskyy meets with Turkish president, U.N. chief as fighting rages near power plant. Thursday's updates from Ukraine.
White House speeds up monkeypox response with 1.8M more vaccine doses.
'Extremely rare' brain-eating amoeba suspected in Nebraska child's death.
Wendy's worker charged with murder after customer hit in the head dies.
Man sentenced for 'grandparent scam' that stole thousands from elderly.
Remains of 2 children found in suitcases bought at New Zealand auction.
He kidnapped a school bus of children and buried them alive. This week, he was granted parole.
Giant moth spotted in US for the first time
Welcome to America, moth! The atlas moth, which can have a wingspan up to 14 inches, was found in the U.S. for the first time last month, Washington state officials said. The massive moth usually lives in tropical regions, so sightings of the creature in the U.S. are extremely rare – and were thought to be nonexistent. On July 7, a University of Washington professor reported spotting an atlas moth, which is now believed to be the first confirmed detection ever reported in the U.S. Read more about the atlas moth here.
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