The Daily Populous

Friday March 8th, 2019 morning edition

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A federal judge on Thursday sentenced President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to serve 47 months in prison, a far shorter length of time than prosecutors in the case had argued for.

Both cases were brought on charges lodged by special counsel Robert Mueller in his ongoing probe of Russia's election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Manafort is expected to serve only 38 more months of the 47-month sentence because of time he has already spent incarcerated.

"The last two years have been the most difficult for my family and I," Manafort said in his plea for compassion from the judge.

Before delivering his sentence, Ellis said that Manafort has "been a good friend to others, a generous person.".

Manafort had been convicted in the Virginia court last summer on eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to file a foreign bank account report.

Manafort was not convicted on 10 other criminal counts in that case, which were deadlocked by the 12-person jury. »

Documents: State trooper shot by 11-year-old son because video games were taken away

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That was the scene February 22 after police got a call that an 11-year-old boy allegedly shot his father, Indiana State Trooper Matthew Makowski.

Court documents obtained by WSBT 22 state the boy was angry because his parents took his video games away.

Makowski told police that his son shot him and that "he must have retrieved his firearm from his parked vehicle outside of the home.". »

Bills and Melinda Gates sue company that was paid $30million to develop a pneumonia vaccine

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation granted PnuVax up to $30million to develop a pneumonia vaccine for children in developing countries but is now suing the for-profit company for mismanaging the funds.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first became involved with PnuVax in 2014 when it awarded the company $6million and then another $3million in 2015.

The foundation is now suing for damages and demanding PnuVax pay back all funds that were not used on the vaccine. »

Sex outside of marriage may soon be legal in Utah

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The Utah State Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that repealed the misdemeanor crime of fornication, making sex outside of marriage legal within the state.

The bill is headed to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk for his signature or veto.

The Utah Legislature previously passed a bill removing adultery and sodomy among consenting adults as punishable crimes in the state, the station reported. »

Fake warnings on e-cigarette ads distract kids from truth

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently requires a prominent warning about the dangers of nicotine for e-cigarettes.

But just before that mandate, a 2017 campaign by e-cigarette maker blu included fake warnings in precisely the place the real warnings would eventually appear.

Messages such as “IMPORTANT: Contains flavor” and “IMPORTANT: Less harmful to your wallet” appeared atop the ads in large print inside a box, mimicking the format of the then-upcoming federally mandated message – “WARNING: This product contains nicotine. »