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Joe Percoco, former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, is denied bail and is expected to start his six-year prison term for bribery.

A federal appeals court has ordered Joseph Percoco, the former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to report to prison by next Thursday. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday deni…

Trials of Paul Manafort

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is sentenced to 47 months in federal prison for eight counts including tax fraud and bank fraud.

A judge said the government's recommended sentence was "unwarranted" and "excessive," saying Manafort has "lived an otherwise blameless life"

2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

American journalist at WPLG, Cody Weddle, is released from Venezuela after being detained early Wednesday.

ABC affiliate WPLG-TV reporter Cody Weddle was seen leaving from his residence with five men wearing black uniforms early Wednesday

Crisis in Venezuela

A major power blackout leaves most of Venezuela without electricity, including the capital Caracas. At least 18 of Venezuela's 23 states have reported blackouts. Venezuelan news website El Pitazo blames failures at Simón Bolívar hydroelectric plant; state TV blames anti-government saboteurs.

At least 18 of 23 states reportedly affected by blackout authorities blamed on anti-government saboteurs