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After taking a victory lap last week, James Comey shocked everyone by apologizing for the FBI's "gross misconduct" in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on President Donald Trump's campaign.

Comey headed the FBI from 2013 until he was fired by incoming President Donald Trump in 2017.

After inspector general Michael Horowitz released his long-awaited report last week, Comey called the report "ridiculous" and claimed it vindicated him of any bias toward Trump.

But the inspector general's report found 17 "significant errors and omissions" by the FBI who presented this falsified info to a judge in order to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump's 2016 campaign.

Comey was still claiming victory for himself until he sat down for an interview with Fox News Sunday on Dec. 15. He suddenly remembered being responsible for "real sloppiness" over the handling of the FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.

He said his earlier defense of the FBI was "wrong", and that inspector general Horowitz "was right."

Comey's confession sent the liberal news media reeling on Sunday.

According to the Guardian.com, Comey may have changed his tune after President Trump threatened "years in jail."

"I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI had built over 20 years," Comey said on Sunday. "I thought they were robust enough. It's incredibly hard to get a Fisa and [Horowitz] was right: there was real sloppiness. It was not acceptable."

According to the Guardian, Comey's sudden change of heart gives Trump and the Republicans the fuel they need to continue to attack the FBI as the heart of the "deep state".

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When President Trump signed an executive order on Friday, banning refugees from traveling to the U.S. from 7 Muslim countries, green card holders in America assumed they were exempt.

Green card holders and visa holders returning to the U.S. after visiting family in the Middle East are being detained by Homeland Security at airports around the country.

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John Welden and Remee Lee

Tampa authorities arrested a doctor's son and charged him with deceiving his pregnant girlfriend into believing the abortion pill she was taking was an antibiotic.

According to a federal arrest affidavit, John Andrew Welden tricked his girlfriend into taking an abortion pill, which resulted in the death of their unborn child.

On Tuesday, Welden, 28, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the six-week-old fetus, and product tampering. He was denied bail on Wednesday.

Though the 6-week-old fetus is not considered medically viable, the age of the fetus is moot under federal law.

"If someone kills an unborn child while committing a federal crime, it's considered murder," Tampa lawyer Todd Foster told ABC News.

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Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who imprisoned 3 women in his Cleveland home for over a decade, will plead not guilty to multiple charges of kidnapping and rape, say his attorneys.

"The initial portrayal of him is one of a quote 'monster,' and that is not the impression that I got," said one of his two attorneys, Craig Weintraub, during an interview that aired on Wednesday's Today show.

"He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story, and I think it's unfair and not equitable," added Castro's co-counsel, attorney Jaye Schlachet.

Castro's attorneys portray him as a misunderstood, loving father who only wants the best for the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of his captives, Amanda Berry, now 27.

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OJ Simpson in court

It's been 5 years since Orenthal James Simpson entered a Nevada prison to begin serving a nine-33-year sentence for armed robbery. Simpson, aka O.J., is 65, grayer and chubbier than he was when he was sentenced in 2008.

O.J. was back in a Las Vegas courtroom today to ask for a new trial. Simpson says his attorney in the 2008 trial, Yale Galanter, had a conflict of interest and that he should not have tried Simpson's case. Simpson also said his prior attorney never told him a plea deal was on the table.

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Lauryn Hill leaves court

Somber signer Lauryn Hill was spotted leaving a Newark, New Jersey court Monday (April 22) after a judge postponed her sentencing and gave her two weeks to pay $504,000 she owes the IRS in back taxes. Hill, 37, fell behind in her taxes after claiming she took a 3-year hiatus from show biz to find herself. Prosecutors charged the Grammy winner with “willfully failing to file income tax returns with the IRS” for 3 years. According to Hill, she wasn't obligated to pay taxes for those 3 years since she wasn't working. But the judge disagreed, saying Hill earned a modest sum of 1.8 million dollars from 2005-2007. She faces up to 5 years in jail and an additional $100,000 in fines.
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    The NY Post reports Robert Pannell, 36, was cleared of all charges of pimping and sex trafficking after prosecutors were alerted to an online ad offering the woman's services in exchange for money.

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