California Fines Unpermitted Luxury Hotel $15.6 Million

Sending a message about the value of maintaining affordable visitor accommodations along California’s coast, the state’s Coastal Commission on Wednesday issued its largest fine ever — $15.58 million — to a luxury hotel owner that demolished two affordable motels in Santa Monica to build a high-priced property near the world-famous pier.

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Denied Bail, Accused Mar-a-Lago Intruder Pleads Not Guilty

The Chinese woman charged with misleading Secret Service agents to gain entry into President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club was denied bail Monday moments after federal prosecutors back-tracked on testimony that she carried an insidious computer virus with her onto the property.

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Fourth Circuit Appears Skeptical of Trump Emoluments Case

Lawyers for President Donald Trump asked a sympathetic Fourth Circuit panel Tuesday to reject a lawsuit accusing him of violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, which ban the president from receiving gifts from foreign or state governments while in office without congressional consent.

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Facebook Blamed for Trafficking of Tennessee Girl

The mother of a Tennessee girl sued Facebook on Wednesday, claiming the social media giant allowed her then-15-year-old daughter to be groomed and extorted by human traffickers who kidnapped her and sold her to hundreds of sexual predators while she was locked in a hotel bathroom for 10 days.

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