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Trial date set for Justin Bieber in Fla. case

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A May 5 trial date was set Tuesday for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and possessing an invalid driver’s license. Prosecutor Daniel Diaz-Balart also said at a brief hearing that no plea offer has been made to the 20-year-old pop singer, who has pleaded not guilty. Bieber’s attorney, Roy Black, also said there was no plea deal on the table and none had been rejected, even though first offenders in most similar cases are offered a plea to avoid potential jail time. ‘‘All we’re going to say is, we’re going to prepare for a trial and that Mr. Bieber has pleaded not guilty,’’ said Black. Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police called an illegal drag race with high-end sports cars. Breath tests showed Bieber’s blood-alcohol content was below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. Other tests detected marijuana and Xanax. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said Sharieff has a separate April 7 trial date on a DUI charge. He too has pleaded not guilty. . . . The woman who was riding with Bieber when he was arrested on Jan. 23 has sued the New York Daily News, accusing the newspaper of libel. A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Orange County Circuit Court on behalf of Chantel Jeffries, who is described in court papers as a student, model, and entrepreneur. The lawsuit claims Daily News stories posted on its website after the incident falsely reported she had a criminal record and that she instigated a drag race between Bieber and Sharieff. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an order preventing future false stories about Jeffries. The Daily News didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

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“What should be done about North Ikea?” — Zach Galifianakis, interviewing President Obama on the comedy show “Between Two Ferns.”

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