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December 19, 2018


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Attorney General’s Office says it blocked President Donald Trump’s foundation from voluntarily going out of business because the charity wanted to do so without oversight.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Barbara Underwood says the Trump Foundation only sought to dissolve after it found itself under investigation two years ago.

The sides agreed yesterday to a court-supervised plan for the foundation to fold and distribute its remaining $1.7 million in assets to other charities.

Underwood alleged in a lawsuit last spring that Trump operated the foundation as an extension of his businesses and political campaign.

Trump Foundation lawyer Alan Futerfas says the foundation had been seeking to dissolve since Trump’s presidential election victory in 2016.

The attorney general’s office says doing so without supervision would have been unacceptable.


NEW YORK (AP) — Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints that they featured blackface-style imagery.

The controversy began last week when a New Yorker complained in a viral Facebook posting after walking past a Prada boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district and noticing what she described as a “racist and denigrating” caricature in the storefront.

The Italian fashion house had recently launched a series of luxury keychains and trinkets, including one showing a character with dark brown skin and exaggerated red lips.

Prada Group released a statement saying that it “abhors all forms of racism” and that the imaginary creatures were not intended to “have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface.”

The statement said it was withdrawing the characters in question from display and circulation.


CHICAGO (AP) — The largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found is ready to go back on display at Chicago’s Field Museum in a new exhibition space.

The skeleton — which is named Sue after her discoverer, Sue Hendrickson — is now in a second-floor gallery near other dinosaurs. It opens to the public Friday.

The Chicago Tribune reports the 40.5-foot skeleton shares the gallery with the skull of a triceratops and dozens of plant and animal fossils from Sue’s era.

Peter Makovicky, the museum’s curator of dinosaurs, says the second floor gallery was always intended to be Sue’s home, but it ended up near the main north door of the museum before being disassembled earlier this year. That space is now filled by a 122-foot-long cast skeleton of a titanosaur.


BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — The attorney for a man at the center of a controversy in a disputed North Carolina congressional race said he hasn’t broken any campaign laws and ongoing investigations will prove it.

Attorney Cynthia Adams Singletary said in a statement Tuesday that any speculation regarding McCrae Dowless and the 9th District election is premature and unwarranted. Singletary said Dowless was “a highly respected member of our community who is routinely sought after for his campaign expertise.”

Republican candidate Mark Harris said in an interview last week that it was his decision to hire Dowless, who is the focus in an investigation into how absentee ballots were handled.

The state elections board has declined to certify the election results in light of mail-in absentee ballot irregularities in Bladen County and other issues in Robeson County.


HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea.

Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman, changing it to the union of “two people ... with absolutely equal rights and obligations.”

That change drew protests from evangelical churches and ordinary citizens in public meetings on the new constitution.

Cuba’s National Assembly announced on Twitter yesterday that a powerful commission responsible for revising the constitution has proposed eliminating the language from the new charter “as a way of respecting all opinions.”

The constitution would instead be silent on the issue, leaving open the possibility of a future legalization without specifically promoting it.


LAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The world can get a glimpse of the daily activities of a pair of nesting bald eagles through a video camera set up at Arizona’s Lake Pleasant outside Phoenix.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the livestream of the nest was made available to the public starting yesterday.

Records show bald eagles have inhabited Lake Pleasant since 1979, with the first documented nesting attempt in 1984. No young were born until 1993, but 28 birds have since survived to fly.

Arizona’s bald eagle population has increased significantly in recent years.

It is the fourth species Arizona wildlife officials have brought to the public through streaming video. They also livestream sandhill cranes in southeastern Arizona, a bat roost at Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area and pupfish through an underwater camera.

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