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Federal prosecutors on Thursday accused longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, who is currently awaiting trial on charges stemming from the Mueller investigation, of violating the terms of his gag order by posting about his case on social media.

"Stone placed the June 18 and June 19 posts on a social media platform specifically identified in the Court’s order, Instagram. The posts refer to Stone’s filings in this case and they target the investigation that was conducted by the Special Counsel and FBI of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The posts, moreover, tag major media outlets, effectively calling on those outlets to cover Stone’s allegations."

Why it matters: The notoriously brash and self-described "dirty trickster" has been on thin ice for months. In February, Judge Amy Berman Jackson hit Stone with a full gag order for posting an Instagram that appeared to show her face near a crosshairs symbol, with a caption that described her as an "Obama-appointed judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges against Hillary Clinton."

  • Prosecutors argue that Stone's recent antics "appear calculated to generate media coverage of information that is not relevant to this case but that could prejudice potential jurors." They have requested a hearing with Judge Jackson to review the allegations.

Read the court filing:

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South Africa alerted the world to the Omicron variant. Now data out of South Africa may serve as a warning of what we're facing.

Driving the news: South Africa recorded 11,535 new cases Thursday with 22.4% of tests coming back positive — up from an average of about 300 new cases, with a 2% test positivity rate 10 days earlier. The country's top public health officials expect that exponential rise to continue as Omicron rapidly becomes the dominant variant.

BuzzFeed to go public, after shareholders approve SPAC deal

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BuzzFeed is set to become publicly traded on Monday, after shareholders of a SPAC called 890 Fifth Avenue Partners voted to approve a previously-announced merger.

Yes, but: The vast majority of the money the SPAC raised in January was yanked, a signal that investors aren't very optimistic about BuzzFeed's future prospects.

Omicron cases confirmed in 4 U.S. states

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Five cases of the newly-discovered Omicron variant were detected in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday, making New York the fourth state with confirmed cases.

The latest: In addition to New York, the variant has been confirmed in California, Colorado and Minnesota.