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Kobe Bryant's body, 8 others recovered from copter that lacked key terrain warning system

Kobe Bryant's body, 8 others recovered from copter that lacked key terrain warning systemFederal investigators are collecting evidence to try to understand what caused the helicopter to crash, killing all nine aboard

Lev Parnas’ Lawyer Set To Attend Senate Impeachment Trial

Lev Parnas’ Lawyer Set To Attend Senate Impeachment TrialLev Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy is set to attend the Senate impeachment trial tomorrow during the first day of the question-answer period. His co-counsel Stephanie Schuman is also expected to appear, The Daily Beast has learned.“Like many other New York constituents, Mr. Bondy reached out and asked for gallery tickets, and we said yes,” said Justin Goodman, a spokesperson for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Minority Leader.Bondy told The Daily Beast Tuesday that his client was also trying to attend tomorrow’s proceedings in the Senate trial but would be unlikely to be able to enter the chamber because he wears an ankle monitor. Senate rules bar individuals from bringing any electronics into the chamber during the trial. Tuesday evening, U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken indeed modified Parnas' pretrial release to allow him to travel to Washington, but denied the removal of his monitor.Lev Parnas Dishes on Kushner, Maduro, and SorosParnas, a Florida businessman, worked with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate a company linked to former Vice President Joe Biden. He was charged with election-related crimes in October and has pleaded not guilty. Parnas’ work with Giuliani is a core part of Democrats’ arguments to remove the president for abuse of power.Parnas has provided materials, including phone records, to House investigators over the last several weeks. Bondy has publicly lobbied for lawmakers to bring his client in for questioning on his interactions with Giuliani, President Donald Trump, and others caught up in the U.S.-Ukraine scandal. Bondy’s appearance tomorrow comes as senators debate whether to allow former National Security Adviser John Bolton into the chamber for questioning or whether to allow lawmakers to view his manuscript in a classified setting.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Italy Establishment Has Upper Hand Again After Salvini Loss

Italy Establishment Has Upper Hand Again After Salvini Loss(Bloomberg) -- The Democratic Party, the main establishment force in Italy’s government, roared back to life on Sunday with a convincing victory in a key regional vote that shut down talk of a snap election. Italian bonds surged.In retaining control over the center-left stronghold of Emilia-Romagna, the Democrats signaled a power shift in Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s coalition, rejuvenating a four-month-old government that’s struggled under the weight of populist demands from its partner, the Five Star Movement.The center-left bloc led by Democratic Party candidate Stefano Bonaccini won the regional election with 51.4% of votes, according to final results published on the website of Italy’s Interior Ministry. Lucia Borgonzoni from the center-right grouping led by Matteo Salvini’s League got 43.6%.Just two years after losing power and seeing their party reduced to near-irrelevance, the Democrats are now turning things around -- at least partly at Five Star’s expense. The anti-establishment Five Star’s main candidate polled just 3.5% in Emilia-Romagna.Though nominally the senior partner based on number of seats in parliament, Five Star risks losing its influence in the coalition.“The choice is now between two main contenders,” the Democrats’ leader, Nicola Zingaretti, told reporters, referring to his party and the League. “Five Star will find itself facing this dilemma.”Five Star is also setting up for a leadership battle following the resignation of Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio as party leader. More than 20 lawmakers have abandoned Five Star or been expelled from the party since Conte’s second government took office in September.Italy’s benchmark yield fell the most since August, as markets signaled relief over reduced prospects of early elections. Ten-year yields dropped 19.5 basis points to 1.04%, on the fading risk of a new government led by the League, whose euroskeptic lawmakers regularly make comments that rile markets.“The most feared event didn’t materialize,” Paolo Pizzoli, senior economist at ING in Milan, said in an interview. “The risk of a political crisis in the short term has been eliminated for now. There’s an increased perception of government stability and a reduced risk of anti-Europe rhetoric resurfacing.”For the markets, the defeat for Salvini coupled with the poor showing by Five Star appears to be a win/win, with the anti-establishment movement no longer in position to call the shots in government and agitate for policies that are unpopular with investors.“Part of the yield reduction could be due to the poor showing from Five Star,” Pizzoli said. “It could reduce the level of conflicts within the government. Some requests from Five Star could be scaled back and a strengthened Democratic Party could impose its own agenda.”The Five Star collapse in Emilia-Romagna may, for example, give the insurgent movement less clout in a tussle over whether to strip the country’s main toll-road operator, Atlantia SpA’s Autostrade per l’Italia, of its licenses after a deadly bridge disaster.“It’s right to use this result to change the political axis of the government,” Andrea Orlando, the Democrats’ deputy secretary, told Radio Capital. “Five Star should give up on demands which make things difficult for the government.”The Democrats’ post-election posturing suggests they’ll want the final say on a new program Conte plans to draw up in the aftermath of the weekend vote.Conte’s Agenda 2023, the program he hopes will see the government through to the end of the parliamentary term, will likely include tax cuts, a boost for private and state investment and a faster judicial system.After bringing down Conte’s first coalition over the summer in a doomed bid to spark new elections, Salvini has now failed twice to push Italy to a snap vote. Speaking to reporters in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna’s capital, Salvini said “only God knows” when the next general elections will be.(Updates with final voting figures in third paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: John Follain in Rome at jfollain2@bloomberg.net;Flavia Rotondi in Rome at rotondi@bloomberg.net;Marco Bertacche in Milan at mbertacche@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Jerrold Colten, Dan LiefgreenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.2020 Bloomberg L.P.

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, paymentsA Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China's Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China. Lieber was arrested early Tuesday at his office at the Ivy League university, officials said.

Hunter Biden has agreed to pay child support to the Arkansas woman he fathered a child with while he was also dating his brother's widow

Hunter Biden has agreed to pay child support to the Arkansas woman he fathered a child with while he was also dating his brother's widowBiden agreed to backpay child support to November 2018. The amount is not know, and was redacted in the court order on Monday.

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