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Posted April 16, 2018 10:33 p.m. EDT

Judge Weighs Options for Trove Seized From Cohen in Raids

Judge Kimba M. Wood of U.S. District Court on Monday held off on deciding who should get the first look at a trove of materials seized in the FBI raids last week on President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer’s office, home, hotel room and safe deposit box. While Wood did not grant requests by Trump and Cohen for an exclusive first glimpse at the materials before the prosecution. But she also decided that prosecutors would not immediately have access to materials, either. Instead, she said she was considering appointing a special master to assist in the review, and that Trump would receive copies of the documents that pertain to him.

Lawyer Names Mystery Client as Fox Pundit

During a hearing in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, Sean Hannity was named as a client of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen. That revelation nudged the conservative commentator into the orbit of those who have lately come under legal scrutiny related to the investigations of Trump and his associates by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan. Both inquiries have provided fodder for Hannity’s prime-time cable show and nationally syndicated radio program. The disclosure about Hannity occurred during the expanding criminal investigation into Cohen by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan.

Officials Identify Three Bodies Belonging to Missing California Family

Officials in Northern California have recovered and identified the bodies of three of four members of a California family who disappeared while on a road trip this month. Searchers on the Eel River in Leggett on Sunday recovered the submerged bodies of Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his daughter, Saachi, 9, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday. A body recovered last week was identified as Thottapilly’s wife, Soumya, 38. Their son, Siddhant, 12, remained missing. The family was believed to be vacationing when they were reported missing last week. Officials have not yet said how the three family members died.

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

The odds of survival can greatly improve for people with the most common type of lung cancer if they are given a new type of drug that activates the immune system — immunotherapy — along with the usual chemotherapy, a new study has shown. The findings should change medical practice immediately, cancer experts say: Patients with this type of lung cancer should receive immunotherapy as early as possible after the diagnosis is made. Four drugs, called checkpoint inhibitors, have been approved. They cost more than $100,000 a year, can have serious side effects and help only some patients, but when the drugs work, responses can be long-lasting.

Key Issue in Kansas Trial: A Racist Terror Plot, or Just Idle Talk?

The militia members talked about attacks on President Barack Obama and members of Congress, burning down churches whose members helped refugees and killing landlords who rented to Muslims, a federal agent recounted in court. In the end, prosecutors say, the three men decided to bomb a complex of apartments in Garden City, Kansas, a place where Somali immigrants sleep and pray. Federal prosecutors say Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein, all of whom are white, concocted a bombing plot that was prevented because agents arrested the men a few weeks before the bombing was to take place in 2016.

7 Inmates Killed in South Carolina Prison Riot

A bloody melee in a maximum-security prison in South Carolina raged for more than four hours Sunday night before guards moved in to stop it, state officials said Monday. The riot, sparked by gangs within the prison who were warring over territory, money and contraband, left seven inmates dead and 17 injured, many of them stabbed or slashed by improvised blades. Law enforcement personnel waited to enter Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, until they could assemble enough officers to deal with the problem safely, the head of the state prison system said Monday. In the end, no prison guards were injured.

Video Shows Police Tackling and Punching Black Harvard Student

The Cambridge police have launched an internal investigation into an incident Friday night in which officers tackled and punched a black Harvard student they were trying to arrest as he stood naked in the median of a busy street. The police, who released a video of the scene Sunday, said that Selorm Ohene, 21, was apparently high on drugs and acting in an aggressive and unruly manner when they approached him and tried to calm him down. He came at them, the police said, with clenched fists. The Harvard Black Law Students Association, some of whose members witnessed the scene, disputed the police account.