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R Kelly being investigated by FBI for allegedly transporting a minor

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R Kelly’s legal issues continue to climb and have now reached a federal level.

Among the boatload of allegations that have surfaced against the singer’s sexual misconduct, a police investigation was orchestrated in the states of Georgia and Illinois.

TMZ reports yet another recent claim alleging that Kelly transported a minor across state lines for sexual activity.

Azriel Clary, who was featured in Lifetime three-part docu-series Surviving R Kelly reveals that she flown from Palm Springs to Phoenix to Orlando in May 2015. Clary was a 17-year-old minor which could be listed as a form of sex trafficking. The flights are said to have been booked by his assistant. Although, Representatives for the singer also point to a handwritten note from Clary’s mother in which she gave Kelly’s assistant consent to care for her daughter.

If the accusations are factual, Kelly could face up to 10 years in federal prison for violating the Mann Act.

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Bernie Sanders announces President Bid for 2019 Election

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday he is running for president in 2020.

The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016. He told Vermont Public Radio on Tuesday that he planned to again seek the nomination.

“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump,” the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist said in an email to supporters. “Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

Sanders has earned a loyal following with his passionate defense of liberal proposals, including free college tuition and single-payer health care. But he will face off against several other Democratic candidates who also want to appeal to the party’s base.

Still, Sanders’s name recognition, fundraising prowess and passion for liberal policies makes him a top-tier 2020 presidential contender. He won more than 13 million votes in 2016, and opens his campaign with a nationwide organization and a proven small-dollar fundraising effort.

Sanders was asked Tuesday on CBS whether he believes the Democratic Party has come his way.

“I don’t want to say that. Most people would say that,” he said.

“You know what’s happened in over three years? All of these ideas and many more are now part of the political mainstream,” said Sanders.

The question now for Sanders is whether he can stand out in a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates who also embrace many of his policy ideas and are newer to the national political stage. That’s far different from 2016, when he was Clinton’s lone progressive adversary.

“We’re gonna win,” Sanders told CBS.

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Five hospitalized after shootout in New Orleans raise concerns ahead of Mardi Gras

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Five people were reportedly injured following a shootout in downtown New Orleans Sunday night (Feb. 17), according to New Orleans police department.

The multi-victim shooting included five people who were shot near the intersection of Canal Street and Elk Place. The victims were transported to University Medical Center in critical condition, WWL reports.

NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson later revealed the number rose to six people, adding the gunman to the list. The outlet also reports, four of the shooting victims were listed in stable condition and one in critical condition.

According to local officers, the suspect is believed to be involved with two armed robberies just last week. The suspect pulled out a gun and started firing at officers attempted to question him. An officer and detective returned fire, resulting in a deadly shootout involving five innocent bystanders who were struck at a bus stop nearby.

NOPD’s initial report said that is when officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect later died from wounds sustained during the gunfire.

With Mardi Gras quickly approaching, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell acknowledged the concerns people may have, but reassured visitors that New Orleans police are “the worlds best,” when it comes to crowd control and managing major events.

“We’re going to do what we do best, in terms of hosting these large-scale events,” Cantrell said in a statement. “So we’re prepared, but these things do happen and we are going to do everything we can possible to prevent them from happening in the future.”

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Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

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Legendary Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85 after weeks of ill health, according to reports.

Chanel said Lagerfeld died early Wednesday.

The German-born designer, who was the creative director of Chanel, was one of fashion’s most iconic and influential figures.

Famed for his omnipresent dark sunglasses, white ponytail and black leather gloves, the enigmatic Lagerfeld was arguably the most prolific designer of the modern age.

Lagerfeld held down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi from 1977, and Paris’ family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.

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