Aug 10, 2018

White House calls Omarosa a liar over allegations in upcoming book

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In response to question's about former White House aide Omarosa Manigault's new book lambasting the president, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that "this book is riddled with lies and false accusations," adding, "It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks."

The big picture: In the book out next week, Omarosa, an African-American woman, claims Trump is a "racist," has repeatedly used the "N-word," and there are tapes from the filming of The Apprentice to prove it, according to a copy of the book obtained by the Guardian. However, Omarosa doesn't explicitly say she heard him use the word in person. She also says that she was offered $15,000 a month to stay silent about her being fired, according to the Washington Post.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 β€” while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,251 people and infected almost 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.