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Attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan court Tuesday to attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to publicize claims that it made improper payments to athletes, which Nike denies, AP reports.

Details: Prosecutors in the U.S. District Court amended the Nike indictment to drop two conspiracy counts but added an honest services fraud charge, Reuters notes. Avenatti is due to face trial on Jan. 21.

The big picture: Avenatti is facing three different criminal cases. In another New York case, AP reports he is scheduled to stand trial on April 21 to face financial crimes charges, including misappropriating money intended for his former client Stormy Daniels.

  • A Los Angeles court has set down a May 19 trial for Avenatti to face charges he defrauded clients of millions of dollars by diverting money they were to be paid to accounts he controlled.
  • Avenatti denies all the charges leveled against him in all three of the cases.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  4. 2020: Biden calls for 3-month national mask mandateBiden and Harris to receive coronavirus briefings 4 times a week.
  5. States: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate.
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Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

President Trump speaking to reporters on South Lawn in July. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

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Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.