May 9 News Briefs

Porn star’s lawyer says Russian paid Trump attorney Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says he has information showing that President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney received $500,000 from a Russian billionaire within months of paying hush money to Daniels. Daniels is a porn star who claims she had a tryst with Trump. Lawyer Michael Avenatti released no documents to support the claim and did not reveal the source of his information. But he released a memo Tuesday detailing what he said were wire transfers going into and out of the account Michael Cohen used to pay Daniels $130,000. The memo states Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian billionaire, and his cousin routed the money to Cohen’s company between January and August 2017. Avenatti speculated without proof that the money may have been used to replenish Cohen’s account.

Excavation resumes in Michigan for remains of 7 missing girls

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) Authorities have resumed excavating a wooded area in southeastern Michigan, hoping to uncover the remains of a 12-year-old girl and up to six other girls reported missing decades ago. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer says crews are digging Wednesday morning at the site in Macomb Township for the remains of Kimberly King. The FBI and other agencies spent Tuesday at the site outside Detroit. King was last seen in 1979 in Warren. Police began searching the site after interviewing a man serving life in prison for killing another girl whose body was found buried nearby. Dwyer says four to six other girls could be buried there.

US to decide best site option for nuclear weapons production

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal agency that oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile is expected this week to release a report on the best site option for the United States as it looks to ramp up production of the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear warheads. New Mexico’s U.S. senators have pushed to keep the work at Los Alamos National Laboratory — the northern New Mexico site where the atomic bomb was developed decades ago. The other contender is the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Hundreds of jobs and billions of dollars in federal funding needed to either revamp existing buildings or construct new factories. The core production mission has been based at Los Alamos for years but not a single core has been produced since 2011. The lab has been dogged by safety lapses and accountability issues.

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