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DA eyes probe into James Brown's death

A prosecutor in Atlanta will decide whether to open a formal investigation after meeting with a woman who says she has evidence legendary singer James Brown's death was caused by another person, his spokesman said.

Brown, known as the Godfather of Soul, was 73 when he died of heart failure on Christmas day in 2006 in Atlanta, less than two days after being hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia.

A woman named Jacque Hollander contacted Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard's office to request a meeting, claiming Brown's death was caused by another person, according to the prosecutor's spokesman Chris Hopper. Howard met with Hollander on Wednesday and accepted a bin of materials she said related to Brown's death.

Howard will look at the materials Hollander brought and will decide whether to open an investigation, Hopper said.

Loughlin, Giannulli: No trial until '21

Lawyers for "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and other prominent parents charged in the sweeping college admissions bribery case say they won't be ready to go to trial until next year.

Federal prosecutors in Boston have said the first trial for the wealthy parents still fighting the charges should begin in October and that Loughlin and Giannulli should be tried in the first group.

But the substantial amount of evidence, outstanding pretrial motions and "general complexity" of the case make a trial this fall impossible, attorney Sean Berkowitz, who's representing Loughlin and Giannulli, said in a response filed Wednesday. The first trial should begin no sooner than next February, Berkowtiz said.

The judge will ultimately decide when the trials will begin.

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Prosecutors have provided the defense with more than 1.9 million documents, consisting of more than 3.2 million pages, and more than 300 hours of audio and video, said Robert Popeo, an attorney for another parent charged in the case, media executive Elizabeth Kimmel.

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither was a rower. Authorities say the money was funneled through a sham charity operated by college admissions consultant Rick Singer, who has pleaded guilty to orchestrating the scheme.

A status hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 27.

Crenshaw to combine memoir, advice in book

Rep. Dan Crenshaw , the Texas Republican, has a book out in April.

The former Navy SEAL's book is called "Fortitude" and will combine personal memories and "no-nonsense" advice as Crenshaw addresses today's growing political and cultural divisions, Hachette imprint Twelve announced Friday .

"I see my country ripping itself apart at the seams, driven by outrage and cancel-culture," Crenshaw said in a statement. "I believe there's a path to a more resilient America, with each lesson in this book providing a real and relatable solution."

Crenshaw, 36, was elected to Congress in 2018. As a SEAL, he served everywhere from Afghanistan to South Korea.

Today's birthdays: Actress Claire Bloom is 89. Songwriter Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) is 79. Actress Jane Seymour is 69. Cartoonist Matt Groening ("The Simpsons") is 66. Model Janice Dickinson is 65. Actor Steven Michael Quezada ("Breaking Bad") is 57. Actress Alex Borstein ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") is 49. Actress Amber Riley ("Glee") is 34. Actor Zach Gordon ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid" films) is 22.

— The Associated Press


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