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December 7, 2018

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart on Thursday night said he will not host the 2019 Oscars, just days after it was announced he had the gig.

His decision to step down came as he faced backlash after homophobic tweets he made in 2009 and 2010 resurfaced. Hart said he does "not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. I'm sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so." He also gave his "love" to the Academy, adding, "I hope we can meet again."

Earlier in the night, Hart posted a video on Instagram saying the Academy asked him to apologize for his tweets, but he refused. "I've addressed it," he said. "I've spoken on it. ... I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different place in my life." Catherine Garcia

December 6, 2018

On Thursday night, CNN's New York offices were evacuated after someone called and said five bombs had been placed inside the building, the network said.

The evacuation took place shortly after 10:30 p.m. ET, during Don Lemon's CNN Tonight. "We were told to evacuate the building and to do it as soon as possible," Lemon said, adding that employees "grabbed what we could and got out of the building." The network briefly aired taped segments, then went live to Lemon on the street outside the Time Warner Center.

The New York Police Department gave the all-clear at around 11:50 p.m. In October, the offices were evacuated after a package containing a pipe bomb addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan was found in the mail room. Catherine Garcia

December 4, 2018

In a sentencing memo filed Tuesday night, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said because former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn provided "substantial assistance" with his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, he is recommending Flynn receive little or no prison time.

Flynn pleaded guilty late last year to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the days before President Trump's inauguration. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18. Under his plea agreement, Flynn agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, and the memo states that he gave 19 interviews to Mueller's team and other Justice Department offices, and handed over documents.

This isn't the only Mueller filing to come this week — the special counsel will submit sentencing memos for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen by Friday. Catherine Garcia

November 27, 2018

After President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in September, his attorney continued to brief Trump's lawyers on Manafort's discussions with investigators, Rudy Giuliani and two other people familiar with the matter told The New York Times on Tuesday.

Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, told the Times that the information passed along gave Trump's legal team insight into where the Mueller probe was headed; one tidbit Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing told Giuliani is that prosecutors asked Manafort repeatedly about whether Trump knew about the meeting Donald Trump Jr. had at Trump Tower in June 2016 with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

On Monday, prosecutors said in a court filing that Manafort had breached his plea agreement and lied multiple times to investigators and FBI agents. Experts told the Times they believe Manafort was likely trying to secure a presidential pardon while at the same time get a lighter sentence. Speaking to the Trump legal team did not violate any laws, but it did fracture the relationship between Mueller's team and Manafort's attorneys, the Times reports. Catherine Garcia

November 26, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is accusing Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, of breaching his plea deal by repeatedly lying to FBI agents and prosecutors during recent interviews.

In a court report filed late Monday, Mueller's office that said because Manafort violated the agreement, they do not have to hold up their end of the deal, and it's now possible Manafort will face a harsher prison sentence. In August, Manafort was convicted of eight counts of financial fraud, and before he could face a second trial on additional charges, he signed a plea agreement in mid-September and pleaded guilty to two conspiracy counts.

As part of his plea agreement, Manafort promised to answer all questions "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly." Manafort's defense attorneys said he "believes he has provided truthful information" and attempted to "live up to his cooperation obligations." Prosecutors did not reveal what Manafort lied about, saying they will soon file a sentencing memo describing "the nature of the defendant's crimes and lies." Catherine Garcia

November 19, 2018

In 2017, Ivanka Trump used her personal email account to send hundreds of emails to White House aides, her assistants, and Cabinet officials, several people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.

Many of these emails were in violation of federal records rules, they said, and White House ethics officials found out about her personal email use while responding to a public records lawsuit. Nearly 100 of the emails were about government policies and official White House business, and hundreds were related to her work schedule and travel, the Post reports.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump made Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state a major issue. A spokesman for Ivanka Trump's attorney Abbe Lowell told the Post she did not know about records rules when she sent the emails, and none of her messages contained classified information. "While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who stared before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family," Peter Mirijanian said.

Using a personal email account to conduct government business could violate the Presidential Records Act, which requires all White House communications and records be preserved. People close to Trump said she never received reminders sent to White House staffers telling them not to use private email. For more on Trump's use of private email and some of the messages that she sent, visit The Washington Post. Catherine Garcia

November 14, 2018

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her case against President Trump, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony domestic violence.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department told The Hollywood Reporter a report about the alleged abuse was filed on Tuesday.

A law enforcement official told TMZ Avenatti's estranged wife filed the report, and her face was "swollen and bruised." The official also said there was a confrontation between the two on Wednesday, which led to the police getting involved. The couple married in 2011.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m. EST: An attorney for Avenatti's wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, told BuzzFeed News that TMZ's story saying she was injured is false. "Ms. Storie-Avenatti was not subject to any such incident on Tuesday night," the attorney said in a statement, adding that she was also not at his apartment on Wednesday. "My client states that there has never been domestic violence in her relationship with Michael and that she has never known Michael to be physically violent toward anyone." Catherine Garcia

November 8, 2018

A gunman entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night and killed at least at least 12 people, including Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said early Thursday. Many other people were wounded in the crowded bar, and the gunman is also dead. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has been sent to the country music bar.

According to Borderline's social media accounts, the bar was hosting an event aimed at college students on Wednesday night. Pepperdine University is in nearby Malibu, and the student newspaper says students from campus were believed to be in the bar when the shooting started. The bar is also popular with students at Moorpark College.

This is a breaking story, and it will be updated as new developments come in. Peter Weber

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