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Michael Avenatti representing himself at trial in Stormy Daniels case after 'breakdown' with lawyers

Avenatti, 50, has vehemently asserted his innocence on the claims that he pocketed nearly $300,000 of the $800,000 advance paid to Daniels for her 2018 book “Full Disclosure.”
Former attorney Michael Avenatti arrives for his criminal trial at the United States Courthouse in New York on Jan. 24, 2022.
Former attorney Michael Avenatti arrives for his criminal trial at the United States Courthouse in New York on Jan. 24, 2022.
2h ago

Amy Schneider's historic 'Jeopardy!' win streak comes to an end at 40

Schneider, the first transgender contestant to make it to the Tournament of Champions, won close to $1.4 million in the second-longest winning streak in the quiz show’s history.
40-game champion Amy Schneider’s reign came to an end after finishing in second with $19,600.
40-game champion Amy Schneider’s reign came to an end after finishing in second with $19,600.

Hospital patient without Covid vaccination denied heart transplant

A post on the Brigham and Women’s Hospital website said the Covid-19 vaccine is one of several immunizations required by most U.S. transplant programs.
D.J. Ferguson
D.J. Ferguson

18-year-old arrested for murder after botched kidnapping plot using Snapchat

An 18-year-old charged with murder has turned herself in after being on the run for a month. NBC News’ Zinhle Essamuah explains how the teenager used the social media app Snapchat to make contact with the victim in a botched kidnapping plot. 
18-year-old arrested for murder after botched kidnapping plot using Snapchat
18-year-old arrested for murder after botched kidnapping plot using Snapchat

Body camera video captures L.A. police sergeant saving choking toddler 

Body camera video captured the dramatic rescue of an LAPD sergeant’s quick thinking and actions to save a choking toddler. NBC News’ Tom Llamas has more on the story. 
Body camera video captures L.A. police sergeant saving choking toddler 
Body camera video captures L.A. police sergeant saving choking toddler 

Stormy Daniels’ former attorney Michael Avenatti will represent himself in criminal trial

Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels, is now facing his own criminal trial. NBC News’ Tom Winter reports on how Avenatti will be representing himself during the wire fraud trial with former client Daniels. 
Stormy Daniels’ former attorney Michael Avenatti will represent himself in criminal trial
Stormy Daniels’ former attorney Michael Avenatti will represent himself in criminal trial

Women share dating stories about viral ‘West Elm Caleb’ on Tik Tok

The hashtag “West Elm Caleb” now has more than 60 million views on Tik Tok as women are accusing the unnamed man of serial dating and “love bombing.” NBC News’ Joshua Johnson is joined by New York Times Technology Reporter Taylor Lorenz to discuss how these viral campaigns can spin out of control through social media apps. 
Women share dating stories about viral ‘West Elm Caleb’ on Tik Tok
Women share dating stories about viral ‘West Elm Caleb’ on Tik Tok
3h ago

Video shows Houston patrol vehicle fatally strike 75-year-old man's car

Family members of Charles Payne have accused Houston Police Officer Christopher Cabrera of speeding.
Image: Houston police car crash
Image: Houston police car crash

Moderna starts trial on omicron-specific Covid booster in adults

The company says antibodies that can fight omicron begin to wane 6 months after a booster shot of the original vaccine.
A health worker administers a Moderna Covid-19 vaccination in Immokalee, Fla., on May 20, 2021.
A health worker administers a Moderna Covid-19 vaccination in Immokalee, Fla., on May 20, 2021.

National LGBTQ group GLSEN appoints first Black, nonbinary executive director

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers said GLSEN will continue to empower LGBTQ students as they push for safer schools amid continued culture wars.
Melanie-Willingham-Jaggers.
Melanie-Willingham-Jaggers.
4h ago

NJ political consultant pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot in the 2014 slaying of an associate, feds say

Sean Caddle admitted to exchanging thousands of dollars with co-conspirators who are alleged to have fatally stabbed his longtime associate. He was released on $1 million bond, officials say.
Police car in Jersey City, N.J., Dec. 12, 2019.
Police car in Jersey City, N.J., Dec. 12, 2019.