Wednesday 20 February 2019

In brief: Douglas wife loses cash bid

Michael Douglas's ex-wife has lost a bid in New York to revive her quest for half his Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps earnings.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Matthew F Cooper reiterated in a ruling that the dispute belongs in California, where the couple divorced in 2000 after 23 years together.

The judge threw out Diandra Douglas's suit in November, but she asked him to reconsider.

Michael Douglas's lawyer said she hopes this will end the litigation.

Diandra Douglas said a provision in the couple's divorce deal entitles her to half the actor's proceeds from last year's follow-up to 1987's Wall Street. He says it does not.

Jailbreak man gets 43 years

A US inmate whose escape sparked a national manhunt last summer has been sentenced to 43 years behind bars for breaking out of prison and abducting two lorry drivers whose big rig was used as a getaway vehicle.

John McCluskey's sentence was handed down by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn.

A jury found McCluskey guilty of escape, kidnapping, aggravated assault and other charges in his July 30 break from a Golden Valley prison.

Authorities said McCluskey, a second inmate and an accomplice went on to kill an Oklahoma couple travelling in New Mexico.

They also face charges in that state.

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