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Donald Trump back in a New York court

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The former U.S. President appeared in relation to a $250 million civil lawsuit

Former President Donald Trump was back in New York, this time, for questioning in a $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against him by the state’s attorney general.

This is the same day a Washington, D.C., appeals court declined to shield Trump from a civil defamation lawsuit by a writer E. Jean Carroll, who said the former U.S. president raped her nearly three decades ago. Trump denies the allegation.

The questioning in the New York case took place behind closed doors, though a group of protesters gathered outside Attorney General Letitia James’ offices as Trump arrived for the deposition.

The lawsuit against Trump, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, accuses him and others of a decade-long scheme to manipulate property values and his net worth to obtain favorable loans and tax benefits.

Thursday’s deposition could be used to try to discredit any testimony Trump may give at trial, or be offered as testimony if he is unavailable to appear.

The trial in the case is scheduled to begin October 2.

Trump was also questioned by James’ office in August, before the case was filed, when he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 400 times.

Trump attacked James on his Truth Social platform early Thursday, and said he would prove he built a “great and prosperous” company.

In a separate criminal case in New York, Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records earlier this month, charges tied to allegations that he orchestrated a hush-money payment to a porn star before the 2016 election.

He also faces federal investigations stemming from his handling of government documents after leaving the White House and alleged attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat, as well as a state-level probe in Georgia into whether he unlawfully sought to reverse the 2020 election results there.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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