We’re worried about Julian Assange’s cat

Julian Assange's cat wearing a tie looks out of the window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, 14 November 2016. (Photo: HANNAH MCKAY, EPA)

British police, listen: You dragged Julian Assange out the building where he lived today, and I’mma let you finish, but Assange’s adopted cat who lived there is the cutest cat with a Twitter account of all time. After the WikiLeaks founder’s arrest Thursday, the internet started to worry about the fate of this cat.

It’s Ashley with all the Assange drama.

But first, a PSA: If you fly somewhere this weekend, don’t joke about bombs or do these other 10 things passengers find horribly annoying.

Julian Assange just got dragged

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who lived in Ecuador’s embassy in London for the past seven years, was arrested Thursday to face a U.K. charge of breaching his bail and an extradition request for a U.S. charge that he conspired to hack military computers. Police in the U.K. dragged Assange out of the embassy (and by dragged, I really mean dragged). In the U.S. indictment, authorities say Assange conspired with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning (remember her?) to hack into Defense Department computers. Manning stole, and WikiLeaks published, troves of classified documents – one of the most extensive leaks in U.S. history.

The most random Assange development: Former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson lashed out on Twitter over Assange, apparently a close friend, calling the U.K. “America’s b—-.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange carried a copy of "Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State" during his arrest Thursday in London. (Photo: Courtesy of Ruptly)

He loves black metal and pagan gods. Did he burn these churches?

Authorities in Louisiana are looking into the black metal music interests and pagan worship of a suspect arrested in connection with three fires at historically black churches in St. Landry Parish, according to the state fire marshal. Holden Matthews, 21, was arrested Wednesday in connection with fires, authorities said. He is the son of Deputy Roy Matthews. Though no motive has been identified, authorities said they are “vetting” the younger Matthews’ connection to a genre of heavy metal music that has been associated with church burnings in other parts of the world. 

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in St. Landry Parish was damaged in a fire. (Photo: Freddie Herpin/Daily World)

The first Democrat brought down by Mueller

Gregory Craig, who served as White House counsel to President Barack Obama, was charged with lying and concealing information in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Craig is the first Democrat facing charges stemming from Mueller’s inquiry. The charges focus on Craig’s work in 2012 for a pro-Russian political faction in Ukraine, part of an illicit lobbying effort by Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign (who was also charged in Mueller’s inquiry). The crimes allegedly happened after Craig left the Obama administration and before Trump began seeking the presidency. 

Gregory Craig served as White House counsel under President Barack Obama. (Photo: Ron Edmonds, AP)

Real quick 

  • Charlie Sheen got candid about  his past drug and alcohol abuse.
  • The Auburn gymnast with severe leg injuries asked people to stop circulating videos of the incident.
  • Former President Barack Obama praised slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, saying he left a “legacy worthy of celebration.” His memorial was Thursday.
  • Steve Bannon predicts Trump will be in  “payback mode” if he wins in 2020. 

Avenatti stole millions from a paraplegic client, prosecutors say

New criminal charges against Michael Avenatti dropped Thursday. The combative celebrity lawyer is accused of embezzling $12 million from his clients to pay for a coffee business, a private jet and more. Los Angeles prosecutors charged Avenatti with embezzling $3.1 million from a paraplegic client who had received a settlement, using the money to finance the coffee business and pay personal expenses. The new charges are the latest blow to the lawyer who not long ago battled President Donald Trump over hush-money paid to an adult film star who said she had an affair with Trump. The lawyer faces criminal charges in two states. 

Michael Avenatti faces embezzlement charges. (Photo: Michael Owen Baker, AP)

Coming soon: American royalty. Half, anyway.

The newest royal baby is set to arrive any day (or week) now. Don’t look for Duchess Meghan to pose for cameras right after giving birth in late April or early May. Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that she and Prince Harry plan on keeping the birth “private” before sharing the news publicly. “The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.” The baby will be seventh in line to the throne, unless Prince William and Duchess Kate have another baby. The Sussex baby will be undeniably special: He or she will be the first half-American royal baby and the first royal baby of mixed race. 

Harry and Meghan stroke the muzzle of one of the horses at the Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports stable in the capital city of Rabat Monday during their tour of Morocco, where they learned about an equine therapy program for special-needs children. (Photo: Samir Hussein, WireImage)

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