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Ex-assistant to U2 bassist found guilty of stealing $3.5 million from him

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DUBLIN — A former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was found guilty on Friday of stealing 2.8 million euros ($3.5 million) from the Irish musician’s bank accounts.

Carol Hawkins, 48, was convicted of 181 counts of stealing cheques from the 52-year-old between 2004 and 2008, Irish media reported.

She transferred the cash to her own bank accounts from two of Clayton’s accounts on which she was a signatory.

She used the money to finance a lavish lifestyle, including 22 horses, exotic holidays and a designer wardrobe, the Irish Examiner reported.

Hawkins was living rent-free at Clayton’s home at the time and earning a salary that eventually rose to 48,000 euros ($60,000) a year.

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The jury delivered unanimous guilty verdicts against Hawkins on all counts after deliberating for more than five hours, the Examiner said.

“The evidence in this case was overwhelming,” judge Patrick McCartan told the jury at Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court, according to the newspaper.

“Nobody could seriously disagree with the verdict you have given.”

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Hawkins will remain on bail and be sentenced on July 6.

Hawkins was originally a housekeeper at Clayton’s Dublin mansion, Danesmoate House, but quickly gained his trust and was promoted to personal assistant and moved to live at his home, the court heard.

U2, one of the world’s biggest-selling bands, recorded their hit album “The Joshua Tree” at Danesmoate House.

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Newly revealed video recorded in 1992 shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling NFL cheerleaders at a party held at the future president's Mar-A-Lago club.

The video recorded by NBC and broadcast Wednesday by MSNBC shows Trump, then a celebrity businessman, dancing with dozens of cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, and then greeting Epstein and two other men.

Trump and the accused pedophile Epstein are then seen pointing toward various women and commenting on their looks, although it's not always clear what they're saying.

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were astonished by Kellyanne Conway's response to a reporter asking about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four first-year lawmakers.

The White House senior adviser asked Breakfast Media White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, who is Jewish, about his ethnicity after he asked Conway what countries Trump was telling the Democratic congresswomen to return.

"I won't draw any parallels with any fascist countries, but what happened yesterday in a press gaggle has nothing to do with the United States of America," Scarborough said, "and in any other administration over the past 240 years, a person that did what Kellyanne Conway did yesterday would have been fired on the spot. By the time she left the press gaggle and went back into the White House, they would have already packed up her belongings and would have told her leave by the back door and never talk to us again."

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Elon Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

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Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.

Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to "house cats."

Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more.

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