U.S. prosecutors said Thursday that they had charged a Long Island, New York woman with laundering more than $85,000 in fraudulently obtained money through Bitcoin to help Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was arrested Wednesday on charges of bank fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. Shahnaz pleaded not guilty on Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Tomlinson in New York. Prosecutors said that between March and July of this year, Shahnaz obtained a loan and multiple credit cards by making false representations to financial institutions, and used them to buy Bitcoin. A lawyer for Shahnaz, Steve Zissou, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences. The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service.
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The Los Angeles Angels filled a big hole at second base, acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers for two minor leaguers Wednesday night. Detroit received 18-year-old right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and 23-year-old outfielder Troy Montgomery in the trade. The 35-year-old Kinsler hit .236 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs in 139 games last season for the Tigers. He is due to earn $11 million next season in the final year of his contract.
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic will be sidelined as a result of pulmonary emboli in both lungs, Bucks officials announced Thursday, December 14th. According to the Bucks, Teletovic’s condition was discovered when consulting with Bucks team physicians after he experienced unusual fatigue earlier this week. Following a 10-day rest period, Teletovic will begin his supervised rehabilitation program and updates on his condition will be provided when appropriate.
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Kacey Musgraves has just announced that her brand new album, Golden Hour, will be released in early 2018. Describing her next project as “trippy,” the 29-year-old revealed in a recent interview that the album will represent several characters including the “lonely girl,” “blissful girl,” “the new wife,” “the sarcastic girl,” and more. The country singer’s new album follows her Grammy-nominated Pageant Material which was released in 2015. Musgraves will hit the road in 2018 as a supporting act on Little Big Town’s The Breakers Tour.
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Gwen Stefani and her beau Blake Shelton came back to reprise a rendition of the tune “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” on her NBC special of the same name. Directly following the results of The Voice, Stefani’s one-hour holiday program offered up their collaboration Shelton also made some funny cameos aside from the duet. “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” is the title song of Stefani’s new Christmas album, which was released Oct. 6. The album also features other new songs sung by Stefani, as well as holiday classics including “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” “Silent Night” and “Santa Baby.”
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The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday it will acquire entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock. As part of the all-stock purchase, Disney will acquire the 20th Century Fox film and television conglomerate and assume nearly $14 billion in Fox debt. The total value of 21st Century Fox’s assets is estimated at $66.1 billion, Disney said. Under the agreement, the Fox Broadcasting Network and its stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports 1 and 2, the Big Ten Network and Fox’s Hollywood film lot will spin off into a separate company, which is expected to have revenues totaling about $10 billion.
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Talk show host and broadcast journalist Tavis Smiley is the latest high profile man to be accused of sexual misconduct involving women that they’ve worked with or associated with professionally. PBS issued a statement on Wednesday in which they claim to have received “credible allegations” of misconduct following an investigation launched earlier this year. The investigation ultimately led the network to the decision to suspend Smiley and his program indefinitely. Shortly after news of his suspension broke, Smiley took to social media to respond to the allegations. Addressing the public in a video, he denied the allegations and criticized PBS for “overreacting” and running “a sloppy investigation.”
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Coachella is known for reuniting big acts for the festival, and if you believe the rumors it looks like they may have secured another one for 2018. We already know that Beyoncé is headlining the event (following her cancellation earlier this year due to her pregnancy.) Now fans are speculating that she’ll reunite with Destiny’s Child for the performance, and believe she is hinting at a reunion after she shared on her official website a picture of herself. In the snap, Bey was seen teaming up her denim jacket with an AC/DC T-shirt, and it didn’t take too long for fans to notice that the superstar only showed the “DC” part in the pic. It eventually led fans to believe that Bey hinted at the highly-anticipated reunion as “DC” is the initials of Destiny’s Child. Meanwhile, Bey’s team declined to comment on the possible Destiny’s Child reunion at Coachella in April next year.
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Music and film producer Russell Simmons faced new accusations of sexual misconduct from nine woman in incidents dating back to 1983, including four who alleged that he raped them, according to separate reports in two U.S. newspapers. The 60-year-old co-founder of Def Jam Records in an email statement on Thursday denied the accusations from the nine women reported on Wednesday by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual,” Simmons said in the statement.
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