Trump’s lawyers reportedly given 24 hours to say why business should not face charges

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New York prosecutors have reportedly given Donald Trump’s lawyers 24 hours to respond with final arguments for why the Trump Organization should not face criminal charges, with a deadline set for Monday.

According to sources quoted in the Washington Post, the deadline is a strong indication that the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, and New York attorney general, Letitia James, are considering criminal charges against Trump’s family business.

It comes after it was reported on Friday that Vance could announce charges against the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, its chief financial officer, within a week.

Members of the neo-Confederate organization Sons of Confederate Veterans include serving military officers, elected officials and public employees, leaked data reveals.

The membership data, seen by the Guardian, also includes a national security expert whose CV claims to have “Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance” and people who took part in and committed violent acts at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, reports Jason Wilson.

The group has recently made headlines for its aggressive campaigns against Confederate monuments being removed – including legal action against cities and states and Confederate flag flyovers at Nascar races.

Officials in Florida have said there is still hope of finding survivors in a collapsed Miami condominium as the death toll rose to nine.

Four more bodies were found in the ruins of the Champlain Towers South apartments in the suburb of Surfside and were identified by police as: Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74, Luis Bermudez, 26, Leon Oliwkowicz, 80, and Anna Ortiz, 46. One hundred and 52 people are still unaccounted for, reports Richard Luscombe.

The Miami-Dade mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, said: “My deepest condolences to the families, the friends, the communities of those who have lost their lives, and my prayers are with the families and the whole community as they mourn this tragic loss.”

The US carried out airstrikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria on Sunday in response to drone attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq.

The Pentagon said the “defensive” strikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at one location in Iraq and two in Syria.

The Pentagon press secretary, John Kirby, said: “The United States took necessary, appropriate and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation – but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message.”

Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first drug for the disease – Aducanumab (also known as Aduhelm) – in 18 years. But Han Yu, a professor of science communication at Kansas State University and author of Mind Thief: The Story of Alzheimer’s, argues that it is not necessarily a cause for optimism.

As men’s soccer teams take centre stage in the Euros and Copa América, LFG, a documentary on HBO catalogues the fight for equal pay in the US women’s national team. “The beautiful game has an unsightly underbelly,” writes Lisa Wong Macabasco.

In a series about chronic pain and long Covid, Lisa Geddes explores how pain can be a disease in itself and how the pandemic could be making it worse.

Describing the inspiration behind her Flinstones-themed house, featuring sculptures inspired by the 1960s cartoon, Florence Fang told the Guardian in 2019: “I wanted to decorate with the past and the future combined together in harmony.” But the retired publisher and her local authorities did not see eye to eye. Fang was accused of creating “a highly visible eyesore” by the town of Hillsborough, in the San Francisco suburbs, which called her William Nicholson-built home a “highly visible eyesore” and sued her. Fang countersued and now the town has reportedly settled and agreed to pay her $125,000.

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