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Ken Starr, Robert Ray and Alan Dershowitz joining Trump impeachment trial legal team
Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr and former Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz are joining President Dona;d Trump impeachment trial legal team.
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One-armed Canadian golfer shoots 'inspirational' 151-yard hole-in-one at PGA Tour event
A one-armed amateur golfer stunned onlookers during the PGA Tour’s pro-am event in California this week after making a 151-yard hole-in-one in the competition’s opening round. 
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Cops Surround and Shoot Coyote Dead After It Bites Fellow Officer
Coyotes are common in Ohio during breeding season, which lasts until the end of March.
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Datebook: A Venice Beach artist shows four decades of work at USC
Openings in Los Angeles and beyond, including four decades of work by Charles Arnoldi and plays on color by Hank Willis Thomas
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Rare coin sells for record $1.3 million
A rare coin featuring Britain's King Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, has sold for a record £1 million ($1.3 million).
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Climate change or poor policy? As Australia’s wildfires see some relief, blame game ascends
The sky finally cracked open atop much of the fire grounds in NSW, Australia this week – the welcome deluge slashing the number of burning fires to below 100 for the first time in more than a month. But the challenge is far from over as the finger-pointing game ignites.
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Gwyneth Paltrow makes everyone cry in Netflix’s ‘The Goop Lab’
The patron saint of rich lady things is at it again.
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Having less sex could trigger early menopause, study finds
Women who have an active sex life are less likely to enter early menopause, according to a new study.
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‘Vanderpump Rules’ fans call show fake after noticing Ariana Madix shot same scene twice
"Come on Bravo editors....you can do better!" one fan commented.
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More Than Eight in 10 Black Americans Think Donald Trump Is A Racist, Poll Shows
According to the poll, 90 percent of black Americans disapprove of Trump's job performance as president.
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Driver does nothing as 5-year-old is viciously attacked on school bus
Audrey Billings of Dallas, Texas, was outraged when she learned of her 5-year-old daughter, Alexis, being violently bullied on her school bus. After paying $600 to the district to obtain the security footage, Billings was horrified to watch her young child be slapped, pinched, and pushed by three much older students. The attack lasted more...
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Cops charge 19-year-old with murder for fatal Bronx stabbing
The victim, Giovanny Pimentel, was found with multiple stab wounds in front of Bronx Community College around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 21, police said.
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The Jonas Brothers lose their pants in new ‘What a Man Gotta Do’ music video
Nick, Joe and Kevin all end up in their tighty-whities.
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It's Michelle Obama's birthday. And her husband wants you to know it
On Friday, Barack Obama continued his streak of heart-felt posts for his wife with a photo collage, wishing her a happy birthday. He posted it on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
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Judge Jeanine: Dems are about as solemn on impeachment as 2nd graders 'passing gas'
Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and top Democrats, expressing doubt about their claims that the impeachment of President Trump has been a solemn and "prayerful" process.
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Groom Matthew Aimers gets probation for allegedly sexually assaulting waitress at wedding reception
A New Jersey groom accused of sexually assaulting a teen waitress in a bathroom at his wedding reception copped a wrist-slap plea deal over the incident that spares him prison time. Prosecutors agreed to drop charges of indecent assault, imprisonment of a minor and harassment against Matthew Aimers in the November 2018 incident at the Northampton...
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Yes, the UK media’s coverage of Meghan Markle really is racist
Meghan Markle visits Cardiff Castle in January 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. Markle has faced racist attacks from the press since joining the royal family. | Ben Birchall-WPA Pool/Getty Images The UK press’s continued denial of racism just shows how entrenched these attitudes are. Not agreeing with the concept of a hereditary monarchy in a country where it’s celebrated is an odd place to be. Stranger still is spending your time defending particular members of the royal family after coverage of them turns hostile. But this is where I’ve found myself this past week. Part of my job as an academic is to examine how racism functions in the UK. Ever since Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry announced they were stepping back from their “roles” as senior royals, there’s been a debate in British media about whether the coverage of Markle has been racist. A debate that has — in a sad but predictable turn of irony — reproduced racism while denying it is prevalent. The royal family is historically a white institution. And so when Markle, a biracial woman, became a member, some heralded it as “progress.” But in late 2016, the same year it was announced she and Prince Harry were dating, the prince put out a statement condemning the “wave of abuse and harassment” Markle had already been subjected to. That included “the racial undertones of comment pieces” and “the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.” Three years later, Markle talked about the difficulty of dealing with tabloid coverage more broadly, saying it had been “hard,” and that adopting “this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip” was difficult. For example, the press has talked about her “exotic DNA”; described her as “(almost) straight outta Compton”; attacked her for the very things that Kate Middleton, Prince William’s white wife, has been praised for; and compared the couple’s son to a chimpanzee. But in TV studios around the country, commentators seem to have peculiarly missed all of this. The coverage of Markle has been welcoming and warm, they say. And when confronted with the evidence that shows that certainly hasn’t always been the tone of reporting, they ask: Is it really racism, though? Not all racism is overt. Much of it is subtle, quietly shaping the way people are seen, talked about, and treated. Some, like Piers Morgan, have argued it’s not racist to talk about Markle’s DNA as “exotic,” but this term has colonial roots, long working as a form of othering. Acknowledging this would mean really grappling with the insidious ways racism operates in the UK, undermining the notion that it is fundamentally a “tolerant” and “progressive” country. In the days following the Sussexes’ announcement that they would be “leaving” the royal family, the racist — not to mention, sexist — attacks continued. One poll suggested a significant proportion of people thought it was Markle’s decision, not one made jointly or by Prince Harry. We don’t know, and might never discover, all the ins and outs of what prompted their departure from their frontline “duties.” But in this telling, Prince Harry’s previous admission that he didn’t want to be a “traditional royal” disappears, and all the power, responsibility, and blame seems to lie with Markle. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty ImagesAFP via Getty Images Front-page headlines on the news that the Sussexes plan to step back as “senior” members of the royal family, on January 9, 2020. This was best encapsulated when one radio host launched into a tirade against her post-announcement. Although he’d never met Markle, he admitted, he thought her “awful, woke, weak, manipulative, spoilt and irritating…I look at her and I think, ‘I don’t think I would like you in real life.’” Black British rapper Stormzy pinpointed in a characteristically salient way why someone would have this kind of unencumbered hatred for a person they’ve never met and who, for the most part, has done little that can really be considered offensive: “she’s just black.” So much of the reaction to Markle and the couple’s decision reads as a belief that she should be grateful for what she gets. That women of color — in particular black women — should know their place. Because really, so much of the comment around the Harry and Meghan saga isn’t about them at all. It’s about how poorly racism is understood, and how even beginning to grapple with it is deprioritized and ignored. This lack of interest in combating, or even challenging, racism has obvious political implications. The UK’s current prime minister, Boris Johnson, has compared Muslim women wearing burqas to letterboxes and described black people as “picanninies” with “watermelon smiles.” Diane Abbott, the UK’s first black woman MP, receives more abuse than any other politician in the UK. And in the wake of the referendum vote on the UK leaving the European Union, there was a spike in hate crimes. These forms of aggression don’t even get us to the insidious structural racism that produces material inequality, which risks being overlooked in all this talk of the royals. Studies have shown that to get a job interview, people with African- or Asian-sounding surnames have to send in twice as many CVs as those with white British-sounding surnames — even where they have the same qualifications. While homelessness has risen across the UK over the past 10 years, ethnic minorities have been disproportionately impacted. And since the 1980s, unemployment rates among women of color have been consistently higher than for white women. Still, we debate: Is racism a problem in the UK? The coverage of Meghan Markle and the recent fallout is just another reminder that it certainly is. Maya Goodfellow is an academic and writer. She holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London, and she is the author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats.
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Shark Bites Surfer 'to the Bone' Before He Makes Lucky Escape: 'You Can See the Chunk in His Foot'
"I think his whole foot was in the shark's mouth, and you could see the bite mark on the top and bottom of his foot," said a friend of the victim. "Must have been maybe a five or six-foot shark."
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"The Fixer": A look at people who "created" President Trump
"The Fixers" is a new book that details the tight circle of associates including Roy Cohn, David Pecker and Michael Cohen who helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. Co-authors Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo joined CBSN to discuss their findings.
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Ken Starr, Dershowitz join Trump’s impeachment defense team
President Trump’s impeachment defense team will include former independent counsel Ken Starr and attorney Alan Dershowitz, Fox News confirmed Friday.
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'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and a crowd of some 10,000 protesters marched in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday before many of them head to Davos next week to challenge political and business leaders to combat the climate crisis.
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Trump's impeachment legal team to include Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz
The team includes Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr and Robert Ray.       
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Barack Obama Shares Happy Birthday Message for Michelle: 'In Every Scene, You're My Star'
The former first lady turns 56 today.
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Family behind popular Twitter account 'I've Pet That Dog' adopts new pup, Cookie
The family lost their dog, Walter, in July 2019, and adopted three-year-old Cookie on New Years Eve.       
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Grocery Store Hours 2020: When Publix, Whole Foods, Target and More Are Open
As the country celebrates the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., we look at the operating hours of some of the popular grocery stores on the national holiday.
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Former Iraqi refugee trying to unseat Ilhan Omar: She is doing 'irreparable harm' to the country
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is doing "irreparable" damage to the United States, Minnesota Republican U.S. congressional candidate Dalia Al-Aqidi said Friday.
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Gap ditches plan to spin off Old Navy
The Gap apparel conglomerate has ditched plans to spin off Old Navy into a separate company following the surprise departure of its CEO. Gap’s board determined splitting off the budget brand would be too costly and complex to make sense, particularly in light of “softer business performance,” interim chief executive Robert Fisher said. “We have...
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Review: Why Americans walk a 'Tightrope' between hope and despair
"Tightrope" authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn saw despair across the U.S., so they began shifting through statistics and solutions.
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Impeachment déjà vu: Ken Starr added to Trump's trial defense team
Alan Dershowitz, a longtime Democrat who often defends the president on television, is also joining the team.
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Rob Lowe: '9-1-1: Lone Star' spinoff charts its own path, but keeps 'those OMG TV moments'
Fox's '9-1-1: Lone Star' spinoff features Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler handling emergencies as they try to rebuild a devastated Austin, Texas, firehouse.       
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Stephen King’s Comments About the Oscars Explain the Oscars
It started, as it so often does, with a series of tweets from someone famous enough to need a social-media manager. Early Tuesday morning, the author Stephen King logged onto the platform to share his thoughts about the fact that the Oscar nominees, announced the day before, included no female directors and a single actor of color. “As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue—as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway—did not come up. That said,” King added, “I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”And thus the usual forces were set into motion: Twitter responses from disappointed peers and moviegoers alike, and an apparent backtracking of the ill-conceived comments within the same day. “You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game,” King wrote, acknowledging the structural challenges that many creators face. For those who have followed the industry’s responses to widespread calls for greater diversity, especially since the #OscarsSoWhite campaign began five years ago, cycles like this are a familiar part of the awards season. After a Golden Globes that featured many presenters of color but a primarily white set of winners, this year’s Oscar and BAFTA Awards nominations didn’t deviate much from a well-worn script either. (Cynthia Erivo, the only Oscar-nominated actor of color this year, stars in HBO’s adaptation of King’s The Outsider and offered an implicit critique of the author’s tweets when asked about them on Wednesday.). For those who have followed the industry’s responses to widespread calls for greater diversity, especially since the #OscarsSoWhite campaign began five years ago, cycles like this are a familiar part of the awards season. After a Golden Globes that featured many presenters of color but a primarily white set of winners, this year’s Oscar and BAFTA Awards nominations didn’t deviate much from a well-worn script either. The Academy’s perceived snubs—of actors such as Us’s Lupita Nyong’o and Hustlers’ Jennifer Lopez, along with directors such as Little Women’s Greta Gerwig and The Farewell’s Lulu Wang—are as unfortunate as they are predictable. And comments like King’s reveal a major reason why: “Diversity” is too often discussed as something separate from, or even in conflict with, artistic virtue. It is treated as an abstract concept meant to materialize without industry gatekeepers and Oscar voters, such as King, challenging their own possibly narrow views and instituting different practices. Put more plainly, the lack of representation is regularly talked about as a problem, but one for someone else to solve and for other institutions to address.Consider, for example, the equivocal responses that prominent white filmmakers have given throughout the years when asked about the glaring demographics of their industry—and of their own works. In 2016, at the height of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign’s first awards season, the industry veterans Joel and Ethan Coen answered a question about diversity with “matching groans,” with Joel telling The Daily Beast the complaints overestimated the awards’ impact. “I don’t think they even matter much from an economic point of view,” he said, before adding, “Diversity’s important. The Oscars are not that important.” This is, of course, demonstrably false: Oscar nods and wins often influence what kinds of films get financed in the future and can even lead to “stratospheric increases in salary” for actors in particular. At the time of the interview, the Coen brothers had won four Oscars and been nominated for 10.Perhaps the most pernicious factor contributing to such deflections is the oft-repeated belief that the industry is an impartial adjudicator, or that things just pan out the way they do by chance. King is hardly alone in his views. In 2016, the second in a row that saw the Academy nominate only white actors, the director Quentin Tarantino answered a question about the Hateful Eight actor Samuel L. Jackson not receiving a nomination with a mealy-mouthed assessment. “My only guess, frankly, is that [voters] take him for granted. That would be my only guess," Tarantino said, later adding that his own films actually represented racial progress within the Western genre. Tarantino’s latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which isn’t a Western, has been nominated for 10 Oscars this year and was criticized for casting an all-white ensemble.Tim Burton, who directed Jackson in another racially homogenous film, compared concerns about all-white casts to the existence of genres created precisely because of Hollywood exclusion: “I remember back when I was a child watching The Brady Bunch and they started to get all politically correct. Like, OK, let’s have an Asian child and a black,” he said in a 2016 interview with Bustle. “I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies."So often, though, even Hollywood gatekeepers who’ve expressed a theoretical wish for a more inclusive entertainment landscape seem resigned to maintaining the status quo within their own field of influence. Martin Scorsese, who in 1993 wrote a letter to The New York Times arguing that “diversity guarantees our cultural survival,” rejected a question last year about the lack of prominent roles for women in his films. “That’s not even a valid point,” he said while promoting his latest, The Irishman, which received 10 Oscar nods. “It’s a question I’ve had for so many years. It is a waste of everybody’s time,” later adding that his films did include these sorts of roles “if a story calls for a female lead.” It’s a commonly raised point—that storytellers should put the needs of the story first—but one that often frames diversity as a chore, or in clinical terms rather than considering its narrative possibilities through an imaginative lens. “You don’t sit down and ... say, ‘I’m going to write a story that involves four black people, three Jews, and a dog,’—right?” Joel Coen said in 2016.There are, of course, ways to shift the Hollywood landscape without radically changing one’s own art, and many Hollywood heavyweights do use their cachet to open doors for others. But the seeming reluctance of men such as King, Tarantino, and Burton to conceive of themselves as figures of influence obscures their responsibility to the broader entertainment community. Despite often being arbiters of both financial resources and soft power, these artists continue to place industry-wide concerns at arm’s length. As my colleague David Sims wrote, “Academy members themselves have the power to expand what kinds of movies are considered Oscar contenders. One step would be to reject the preemptive hand-waving doled out to so many acclaimed films, many of them artsier or smaller-scale, that supposedly will never play with Oscar voters for little reason other than tradition.” Until Oscar voters acknowledge—and reconfigure—their circumscribed visions of artistry, the rest of Hollywood (and the moviegoing public) will be subject to the same wearying cycles.
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At Women For Trump Event, Lara Trump Mocks Joe Biden's Speech: 'Joe, Can You Get it Out? Let's Get The Words Out Joe'
Lara said she felt sad for Biden, which she claimed showed how poorly it was going for him because she should want him to fail.
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Trump signs declaration of disaster for Puerto Rico 9 days after request
President Trump officially signed a declaration of disaster for Puerto Rico earthquake damage nine days after Governor Vazquez submitted her request. It also comes one day after the Trump administration released $8.2 billion in heavily restricted aid to the island. Filmmaker and writer Andrew Padilla joined CBSN to discuss the impact and how to responsibly help the island.
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Prominent lawyers Starr, Dershowitz join Trump impeachment team
Former independent counsel Ken Starr, who paved the way for the impeachment of Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz will join President Donald Trump's impeachment trial defense team, Trump's legal team and a source said on Friday.
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Groom accused of sexually assaulting underage server at his wedding gets probation
A South Jersey man will serve six years of probation after admitting to indecent exposure and simple assault at his wedding venue.        
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Feeling robbed by Astros cheating scandal, Dodgers fans demand justice
While Dodgers fans agree the Houston Astros should vacate their World Series title, not all believe L.A. should be awarded the championship.
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Toddler separated from twin for first time after rare cancer diagnosis: 'It's been really hard'
The twins have been separated for the first time in their young lives after Fox was diagnosed with rare form of cancer just after Christmas.
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Stray dog nicknamed ‘Subway Sally’ visits local Subway every night for food
A video, which has gone viral, shows a Subway employee giving food to the dog, nicknamed “Subway Sally,” who patiently waits by the entrance door.
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Pompeo claims he was unaware of any surveillance on Yovanovitch
The secretary of state also told radio host Hugh Hewitt he'd never met indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas
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'Sex Education' Season 2 Soundtrack: All the Songs from the New Season of the Netflix Show
"Sex Education" Season 2 features classic tracks and more from Ezra Furman, who gave the Netflix show's first season its signature sound.
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Wiggles singer Greg Page collapses on stage at Australia fires relief concert
Australian kiddie band The Wiggles' original lead singer, Greg Pace, suffers from orthostatic intolerance.
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Geraldo Rivera: Ukraine call was 'tacky and inappropriate' but not an impeachable offense
As the Senate impeachment trial begins, Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera weighed in on Friday that though President Trump’s Ukraine phone call is “tacky and inappropriate, it is not an impeachable offense.”
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Eminem’s Ariana Grande lyric about Manchester Arena bombing sparks fan fury
No surprise here, people are offended by Eminem’s surprise 2020 album, “Music to be Murdered By.” But not the ones you’d expect. Ariana Grande’s die hard fans are steaming mad over lyrics they say make light of the Manchester Arena bombing. The 2017 terror attack that killed 23 people happened during one of the “thank...
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Strong data, earnings drive Wall Street to new highs
U.S. stock indexes edged higher to hit fresh record highs on Friday on optimism over corporate earnings, economic data and indications of resilience in a Chinese economy battered by a prolonged trade war with the United States.
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Trump says Bloomberg skips debates because he is a ‘terrible speaker’
President Trump took a swipe at Mike Bloomberg on Friday for not taking part in televised Democratic debates because “he is a terrible speaker” — and slammed his ads as “purposely wrong.” “Mini Mike Bloomberg doesn’t get on the Democrat Debate Stage because he doesn’t want to — he is a terrible debater and speaker,”...
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Former NBA Player Jim Farmer to Plead Not Guilty to Human Trafficking Charge
The charges include attempted solicitation of a minor and attempted patronizing of a prostitute
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Antonella Barba prison interview: Her fall from 'American Idol' glory
Antonella Barba was one of the most Googled people in the world. Now the former "American Idol" singer sits in jail.        
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