$260000 Reward Offered for Safe Return of Missing University of Iowa Student

  1. $260000 Reward Offered for Safe Return of Missing University of Iowa Student  Yahoo News
  2. Mollie Tibbetts went missing three weeks ago. Here’s how her family is trying to cope  CNN
  3. Mollie Tibbetts Update: Neighbor Saw Black SUV  Heavy.com
  4. ‘We will find you’: Mollie Tibbetts’ mother speaks out as search efforts continue  KCCI Des Moines
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Tony Podesta offered immunity to testify against Paul Manafort

  1. Tony Podesta offered immunity to testify against Paul Manafort  Fox News
  2. Robert Mueller offers Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort: Report  Washington Examiner
  3. Mueller reportedly grants Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort  Washington Times
  4. Mueller Examining Emails between Manafort and Former Sanders Chief Strategist  National Review
  5. Mueller evidence list focuses on Manafort’s lavish lifestyle  ABC News
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Russian spy offered sex for access and was praised for 'upstaging Anna Chapman', US prosecutors claim

Russian spy offered sex for access and was praised for 'upstaging Anna Chapman', US prosecutors claimA flame-haired female Russian student was a Kremlin spy who offered sex as she sought to make influential connections in the US political system, a court heard. Maria Butina, 29, took part in a “years-long conspiracy” to secretly advance the interests of the Russian government in America, it was alleged. Butina appeared in court in Washington on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, and acting as a foreign agent, which carry a possible 10-year jail term. Dressed in an orange jump suit, and pink training shoes, she showed little emotion and said nothing, taking copious handwritten notes during a lengthy hearing. Judge Deborah Robinson denied bail, saying there was no other way to prevent Butina seeking diplomatic refuge at the Russian Embassy. Maria Butina in a picture from her Facebook page  The court was shown an FBI surveillance photograph of Butina having dinner with a Russian intelligence officer at a restaurant called Bistro Bis in Washington. Prosecutors said there were also photographs of her with Sergey Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador. For several years Butina had been studying at American University in Washington, and she also became a high profile pro-gun activist, telling how she learned to hunt wolves and bears in Siberia. In a 29-page complaint, which read like an extract from a spy novel, prosecutors alleged that was a cover story. At one point she had been praised by her Kremlin handler for “upstaging” the former Russian spy Anna Chapman, it was alleged. Maria Butina in a picture from her Facebook page  Ms Chapman, a red-haired Russian intelligence agent, was expelled from the US in 2010 and has since become a celebrity in Russia. After a series of news articles were published about Butina’s gun activism a Russian official wrote to her: “Good morning! How are you faring there in the rays of the new fame? Are your admirers asking for your autographs yet? “You have upstaged Anna Chapman. She poses with toy pistols, while you are being published with real ones.” Through her gun activism Butina had her photograph taken with a string of high profile Republican figures including state governors Scott Walker, Rick Scott and Bobby Jindal, Senator Rick Santorum, and National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre. A courtroom sketch depicts Maria Butina, in orange suit listening to her attorney Robert Driscoll  as he speaks to Judge Deborah Robinson during a hearing in federal court in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Credit: Dana Verkouteren/AP She also asked Donald Trump a question about Russia following his speech at a National Prayer Breakfast event in February last year. In another message she was praised by a Russian official for being a ”daredevil” after she shared a photograph of herself near the US Capitol on Mr Trump’s Inauguration Day. Butina wrote back: “Good teachers!” Prosecutors alleged Butina developed a relationship with a 56-year-old American. He was named in court only as “Person 1” but US media reported that he was a Republican strategist.  In papers seized by the FBI, Butina allegedly “complained about living” with the older man and “expressed disdain for continuing to cohabitate” with him, according to prosecutors. Maria Butina in a picture from her Facebook page  It was also alleged that Butina offered another person “sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organisation”.  The FBI also allegedly found a hand-written note with the words “How to respond to FSB offer of employment”. The FSB is the successor to the KGB.  In her communications Butina repeatedly referred to a billionaire Russian oligarch as her “funder,” prosecutors alleged. Butina was arrested after the FBI suspected she might trying to leave the country. Robert Driscoll, Butina’s lawyer, told the court she denied wrongdoing. He said: “There’s a completely innocent explanation. She’s accused of having dinner at Bistro Bis.  She’s accused of going to political events. She’s accused of going to the Capitol on Inauguration Day.”


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Maria Butina offered sex for power and cohabited with influential American, court papers allege

Maria Butina offered sex for power and cohabited with influential American, court papers allegeAlleged Russian foreign agent Maria Butina “cohabited” with a politically influential American and offered “sex in exchange for a position with a special interest organisation”, a pre-trial detention memo has claimed. The Justice Department released new details revealing how Ms Butina embedded herself into a guns rights organisation and circles of conservative leadership in Washington, in its attempt to keep the 29-year-old in custody until her trial date. In its memo, the Justice Department said Ms Butina was a clear flight risk due to her connections with billionaire Russian oligarchs, and that she would likely appeal to Russians who could help her flee the country.


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Harvey Weinstein Was Quoted As Saying He Offered Jobs In Exchange For Sex

  1. Harvey Weinstein Was Quoted As Saying He Offered Jobs In Exchange For Sex  BuzzFeed News
  2. Harvey Weinstein admits he ‘offered acting jobs for sex’ in interview  Page Six
  3. Harvey Weinstein says in new interview: ‘Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex’  AOL
  4. Harvey Weinstein: ‘I offered acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so does everyone – they still do’  Spectator USA
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North Korea may have offered its clearest view yet of denuclearization

  1. North Korea may have offered its clearest view yet of denuclearization  Washington Post
  2. Japan’s Abe praises Pompeo after Pyongyang’s ‘gangster-like’ accusation  Reuters
  3. North Korea pans ‘gangster-like mindset’ of US as Pompeo signals ‘progress’ in talks  CNN
  4. What now? Pompeo exits North Korea emptyhanded, leaving US with three options — all of them bad  Fox News
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A commonly offered add-on treatment for IVF fails to provide any benefit in a large randomized trial

An add-on treatment commonly offered to female IVF patients to improve their chance of success has been shown in a large randomized trial to be of no value. ‘Endometrial scratch,’ a technique whereby a small scratch or tissue biopsy is made to the lining of the uterus prior to IVF, was associated with no improvements in pregnancy or live birth rates, and should, say an international team of investigators, be abandoned as a procedure by fertility clinics.
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Trump Jr. met Gulf princes' emissary in 2016 who offered campaign help

Trump Jr. met Gulf princes' emissary in 2016 who offered campaign helpThe meeting was first reported by the New York Times on Saturday and confirmed by an attorney representing Trump Jr. The meeting was a chance for the envoy to offer help to the Trump presidential campaign, according to The New York Times. The newspaper said the meeting, held on Aug. 3, 2016, was arranged by Erik Prince, the founder and former head of private military contractor Blackwater, who attended the meeting. Joel Zamel, a co-founder of an Israeli consulting firm, was also in attendance.


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