Reality TV’s Chrisleys face hefty fines in a fraud case
ATLANTA (AP) – Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms after being convicted of charges including bank fraud and tax evasion earlier this year. News outlets are reporting that US District Judge Eleanor Ross has sentenced Todd Chrisley to 12 years in prison, while Julie Chrisley has been sentenced to seven years behind bars. The Chrisleys rose to fame with their show “Chrisley Knows Best,” which follows their close-knit, boisterous family. Federal prosecutors said the Chrisleys engaged in a massive bank fraud scheme and then hid their assets from tax authorities while flaunting their lavish lifestyles.
‘It’s the reflex’: Veteran helped disarm gunmen at gay club
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An Army veteran who helped subdue the gunman at a Colorado Springs gay club credits his military training and instinct with helping him disarm the attacker. Rich Fierro told reporters Monday how he grabbed the gunman’s body armor and began punching him. Authorities say Fierro and another man, Thomas James, stopped the gunman after he began spraying bullets at Club Q on Saturday night. Five people were killed and 17 injured in the killing spree. His daughter’s boyfriend, Raymond Green Vance, was among those fatally shot.
Elton John is racing towards retirement at Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John was racing towards retirement at Dodger Stadium. He played the last of three nights in Los Angeles at a Sunday night concert and turned up for his encores in a dazzling Dodger-style robe. It was a throwback to the sequined Dodgers uniform he wore to his historic 1975 stadium concerts. The two-hour show ended with a rousing rendition of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” that brought tears to some in the crowd of more than 50,000. John brought his husband and two young sons onto the stage before the final song, telling the audience that spending time with them “is the reason I’m retiring.”
Elon Musk’s Twitter reinstates Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene
Elon Musk’s Twitter has restored the personal account of far-right MP Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was suspended in January for violating the platform’s COVID misinformation guidelines. Greene’s reinstatement follows the return of Donald Trump’s account to Twitter, although the former president did not tweet and said he would not. Musk has frequently expressed his belief that Twitter has become too restrictive. Ahead of this month’s US midterm elections, he urged his “independent-minded” Twitter followers to vote Republican.
Bob Dylan publisher apologizes for replica autographs of $600 book
NEW YORK (AP) – Bob Dylan’s publisher is offering refunds on a $600 special edition of his new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song. Simon & Schuster admitted on Sunday that the allegedly “hand-signed” copies were not individually labeled. The statement came after days of complaints from customers who took to social media to compare their copies and found the autographs suspiciously similar. The books had arrived with a letter from Jonathan Karp, CEO of Simon & Schuster, vouching for the authenticity of the signature. Dylan’s book, in which he reviews songs from Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” to Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender,” was released on November 1. A Dylan spokesman declined to comment.
Power Rangers star Jason David Frank has died aged 49
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason David Frank, who played Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver on the 1990s children’s series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” has died. He was 49 years old. Justine Hunt, Frank’s manager, confirmed in a statement that Frank has passed away. She did not give the cause of death or the time of death, but asked for his family and friends’ privacy. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, about five teenagers tasked with saving the earth from evil, debuted on Fox in 1993 and became a pop culture phenomenon. At the start of the first season, Frank’s Tommy Oliver was brought into the group as the Green Ranger.
Biden at 80: A ‘respect of fate’ is considering second White House bid
WASHINGTON (AP) – The oldest president in US history is celebrating a milestone birthday. Biden turns 80 on Sunday, and questions are swirling about whether he has the acuity and stamina to run for president again if he chooses to do so. He says he intends to run but omits it, saying he is “a great respect for fate.” He has a record as a campaign winner and has enjoyed great legislative success in recent months. But polls of voters show he’s concerned. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision at age 82 to step down from leadership and let a new generation rise could spill over into Biden’s thinking
Musk restores Trump’s Twitter account after online poll
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk has restored Donald Trump’s account on Twitter, reversing a ban that has kept the former president off the social media site since a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, 2021, hit the US attacked the Capitol, as did Congress ready to certify Joe Biden’s election victory. Musk made the announcement after conducting a poll asking Twitter users to click “yes” or “no” on whether Trump’s account should be restored. Whether Trump would actually return to Twitter is unclear. Trump has said in the past that he would not rejoin even if his account were restored. He has relied on his own much smaller social media site, Truth Social.
Judges asked to hear dispute over dog toys. will they bite
WASHINGTON (AP) – The company that makes Jack Daniel’s is howling furiously over a squeaky dog toy that parodies the whiskey’s signature bottle. Now the liquor company is barking at the door of the Supreme Court. Jack Daniel’s has asked the judiciary to hear its case against the maker of the plastic toy Bad Spaniels. The Supreme Court could say as early as Monday whether the judges will agree. A slew of big companies, from the makers of Campbell Soup to outdoor brand Patagonia to jeans maker Levi Strauss, have asked judges to take on what they believe is an important trademark law case. The toy maker says Jack Daniel’s doesn’t take a joke.
Parts of New York are digging up after potentially ‘historic’ snowfalls
NEW YORK (AP) — Parts of New York are finally taking a break after a storm dumped snow for days on towns and communities east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Many businesses in the hardest-hit areas remained closed on Sunday, but highways have reopened and travel bans have been lifted in many areas. Snow began to fall in cities south of Buffalo on Thursday. On Saturday, the National Weather Service recorded 77 inches at Orchard Park, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Multi-day storms have brought greater snowfall totals than in the past, but the intensity of Friday’s snowfall could threaten the state’s 1966 record for most snowfall in a 24-hour period.
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