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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) and her attorney Michael Avenatti. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) has filed suit against President Trump for "irresponsible and defamatory statements,” her attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday.

The details: The complaint alleges that Trump's tweets, that showed a sketch of a man she claimed had threatened her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with the president, mocked Daniels. She's seeking damages in excess of $75,000. The document claims the president knew his tweets would cause Daniels to be "subjected to threats of violence, economic harm, and reputational damage."

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North Carolina Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots Black man

A Black man was fatally shot by a North Carolina sheriff's deputy in Elizabeth City, northeast of Raleigh, on Wednesday, igniting protests in the local community.

Details: Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said at a news briefing the State Bureau of Investigation was investigating the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., which happened about 8:30 a.m as deputies were serving a search warrant.

Pew: Over 80% of Asian adults say violence against them is increasing

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More than 80% of Asian adults say that violence against them is increasing, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

The big picture: The survey, conducted April 5-11, comes after the recent shootings in Atlanta in which eight people, including six Asian women were killed, as well as a yearlong spike in hate incidents against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

China's government tied to new hack attacks targeting U.S. government

A member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance monitoring global cyberattacks on his computer at their office in Dongguan, China's southern Guangdong province. Photo: Nicolas Sfouri/AFP via Getty Images

The Chinese Communist Party is believed to be responsible for newly found hack attacks on the U.S. government, businesses and American infrastructure, cybersecurity company Mandiant said Wednesday.

Why it matters: This is the third major cybersecurity breach to hit the U.S. in recent months — including two in March blamed on hackers linked to China's government: one targeting 30,000 U.S. victims, including small businesses and local governments, the other hitting Microsoft.