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This is how the Smollett investigation went down, according to Chicago police

Edward Wodnick, commander of the area central detective division, detailed the Chicago police department's extensive investigation into Jussie Smollett's hate crime allegations. Here's a brief timeline:. - Morning of Jan. 29 : Jussie Smollett reports he was the victim of a hate crime. - The allegations : Police interview him at the hospital. He says two people yelled racial, homophobic and political statements at him, beat him, put a noose on ... Full story

Singer's bail set at $1m after sex abuse charges - BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Kelly has faced, and denied, accusations about abuse for decade. A judge in the US has set R Kelly's bail at $1m (£766,500) after the singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced decades of sexual abuse claims. He has never been convicted and has previously denied other allegations. He turned ... Full story

Glenn Hoddle says he is 'lucky' to be alive after cardiac arrest

Former England midfielder Glenn Hoddle says he realises how "lucky" he is after surviving a cardiac arrest. Full story

US Coast Guard officer Hasson 'planned terror attack' News

Image caption Guns and ammunition were found at the home in Silver Spring, Maryland. A US Coast Guard officer has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack, court documents show. Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at the Maryland home of Christopher Paul Hasson. The self-proclaimed white nationalist had drawn up a list of targets including prominent Democratic politicians, according to prosecutors. He is said to have ... Full story

Man charged over racist graffiti at Salford flats News

Image caption The graffiti was painted on three doors at the block of flats. A man has been charged after racist graffiti was daubed on doors at a block of flats. Vaughan Dowd, 54, has been charged with criminal damage and racially aggravated criminal damage, police said. David Yamba, 10, found "No Blacks" painted on three doors in his block in Salford on 8 February, five days after his family had moved in. Mr Dowd, of Irlam Square, Salford, is ... Full story

New York City to repay $5.3m in hurricane relief fraud News

Image caption Engineers from New York's Department of Environmental Protection assess the damage. New York City will return $5.3m (£4m) to the US government after admitting in a settlement to fraudulently billing damage charges after Hurricane Sandy. Wednesday's settlement states that the city falsely claimed a number of Department of Transportation vehicles were damaged by the 2012 storm. Many of the vehicles had in fact been out of commission ... Full story

Soubry protester James Goddard charged with harassment News

One of the protesters involved in an incident outside Parliament with Tory MP Anna Soubry has been charged with harassment. James Goddard, 29, has also been charged with two public order offences, the Crown Prosecution Service said. He will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 19 March. The CPS said it had received a file of evidence from the Met Police relating to two incidents outside Parliament on 19 December and 7 January. The details ... Full story

ACLU sues Trump over emergency declaration

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday became the latest entity to sue the Trump administration over its move to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the U.S. southern border. The civil rights organization in a statement announced it had filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition in the Northern District of California. “The president is using a bogus ... Full story

Small Heath murder probe after boy, 16, stabbed to death

Image caption The 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Sara Park, Small Heath. A murder investigation is under way after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a park. The boy was found with stab wounds in Sara Park in Small Heath, Birmingham at about 20:00 GMT on Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene. Another boy, 15, suffered minor injuries during an assault, West Midlands Police said. A cordon has been put in place at the park but ... Full story

States file federal lawsuit claiming Trump’s national emergency declaration is unconstitutional

A coalition of 16 states went to federal court on Monday, seeking a preliminary injunction to thwart President Trump’s attempt to circumvent Congress and shuffle federal money to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, a court that has ruled against other Trump policies in the past. This is a developing story. It will be updated. Full story

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