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His scheme, which is now estimated to have swindled close to $20 billion, lured the rich and famous, including owners of the New York Mets and actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.

Picard’s fund has recovered more than $11.5 billion and distributed more than $9 billion to Madoff’s victims, including money from Madoff’s brother Peter, his wife Ruth and his niece Shana, who was the company’s compliance director.

Picard sued the brothers, who have always claimed they were kept in the dark about their dad’s scheme, in 2009, most recently claiming they owed investors a massive $153 million. marketwatch.com
Donald Trump’s business will be paid millions of dollars to release the owner of a Toronto hotel complex from using his name.

While no breakup fee was disclosed, the amount was at least $6 million, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

JCF Capital ULC, the closely held U.S. firm that owns the Trump International Hotel & Tower in the city’s downtown business district, reached a buyout deal to exit the contracts with the Trump Organization’s hotel unit, the companies said Tuesday in a statement.

JCF Capital acquired the tower with the Trump brand and agreements in place last year from former owner Talon International, the developer run by Russian-Canadian billionaire Alex Shnaider.

While Trump has resigned from any roles in his companies, he’s not divested his ownership stakes.

His interests were placed in a trust overseen by an independent ethics officer and managed by Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr., along with Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg. bloomberg.com
It just goes to show:You can’t get a fair trial in America, especially when you’ve spent the years immediately prior to it meticulously crafting an image of yourself as an obnoxious piece of shit.

(One juror reportedly told the defense that, “I looked right at him and, in my head, I said ‘That’s a snake.’”)

Some jurors are even blaming Shkreli for stuff he didn’t actually do: Three said they disliked him for raising the price of the Epipen, which was actually done by Mylan CEO Heather Bresch. avclub.com
Police are looking for a husband and wife who were caught on camera beating a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter after a complaint about cold chicken.

Jeanette Norris’ broken nose only tells part of the story. She said two customers at her Quik Chik stand on Thursday, June 22nd complained their food was cold. After a few minutes of back-and-forth, Norris said she refunded them.

“She went berserk. They both lost it, him and her both. Started cussing and beating on the window,” Norris said.

Norris came outside to tell them police were on the way, when the woman started punching and slapping her in the face. What Norris couldn’t see as she staggered back inside was her daughter getting out of the truck to help.

“One of my employees yelled, ‘He’s got her. He’s got her.’ And that’s when I realized he had hit her. Who does that? Who punches a child like she’s a grown man standing there? ” Norris said.

The suspects in the case, Eric and Latasha Smith, face several felony warrants. fox6now.com
The United States has admitted that at least 105 Iraqi civilians were killed in an air strike it carried out in Mosul in March.

US Central Command (CentCom) said it had targeted two snipers from so-called Islamic State (IS) with what it called a "precision-guided munition".

However, the strike detonated explosives that militants had placed in the building, CentCom said.

Civilians sheltering in the lower floors were killed when it collapsed.

In another incident, 35 civilians were killed on Thursday in US-led coalition air strikes in an eastern Syrian town, monitors said.

The strikes targeted the IS-held town of Mayadeen in the province of Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, families of IS fighters, including children, were among those killed, it added. bbc.com
President Donald Trump told leaders of the NATO alliance on Thursday that the Manchester bombing that killed 22 earlier this week demonstrates the depths of the evils of terrorism.

After leading a moment of silence at the NATO headquarters in Brussels for victims of Monday night's bombing, Trump said that attacks will continue unless steps are taken to counter terrorism strikes.

He said that the United States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the Manchester attacks 'savage' and 'barbaric'. 

Meanwhile he called the alleged US intelligence leaks 'deeply troubling' and called for US officials to launch a full investigation hours before British authorities announced they were once again sharing information with the US. 

'Terrorism must be stopped or ... the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever,' Trump said, referring to Monday's suicide bomb in the northern English city that killed 22 people, including children. 

His comments came after he unveiled a memorial to the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington at the NATO headquarters. dailymail.co.uk
President Donald Trump is ready to fight Germany in an auto battle according to Germany’s Der Spiegel.

Trump got a chilly reception at the NATO summit in Belgium after attacking fellow members, but he was caught pledging a battle with German automakers as part of his anger with “back dues” he feels the country owes to NATO.

As CNN’s Jake Tapper noted Thursday, “Trump seems to think it’s like a country club.”

In a discussion about the country’s trade surplus, Trump said. “The Germans are evil, very evil.”

“Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US, and we’ll stop that,” sources told Der Spiegel.

According to the report, EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker took up for Germany explaining that “free trade is good for all.” rawstory.com
Californians have a lot on the line in the next congressional debate about America’s gun laws.

Two bills stacked with legislative sponsors — HB 38 in the House, SB 446 in the Senate — would override our state’s longstanding rules governing who is allowed to carry a concealed, loaded firearm in public.

These bills, both called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would dictate that if a person can carry a concealed weapon in any state, that person could carry it everywhere in America.

Twelve states do not require any permit to carry hidden, loaded guns within their borders.

Our laws require good cause for the issuance of a concealed weapon permit and applicants must undergo a comprehensive background check.

No one with a serious criminal conviction may receive a permit, nor may subjects of temporary or permanent domestic violence restraining orders. latimes.com