Angela Stanton I'm Shocked Trump Pardoned Me!!!

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Angela Stanton is still in shock after getting a presidential pardon from Donald Trump ... and she's already on her way to try and thank him in person.

Angela, an author and TV personality, joined us on "TMZ Live" Wednesday and was over the moon after getting one helluva birthday present from the Prez.

As you know ... Trump pardoned 7 people Tuesday, including Angela and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., and commuted the sentences of disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and three others.

Angela says she had no idea a pardon was coming -- she says she filed her petition a while back -- and doesn't know why she was chosen ... but she's gonna try like hell to thank Trump at Wednesday night's campaign rally in Phoenix.

FYI ... Angela has talked publicly about her rough childhood and has spent some time behind bars -- ultimately serving 6 months of home confinement back in 2007 for her role in a stolen-vehicle ring ... but now her federal crime is forever forgiven.

She's been big on prison reform ever since getting released -- speaking openly about giving birth while in custody, and the trauma of being cuffed to a prison bed during delivery. She has since worked on some of the initiatives favored by the White House and written a book about her experiences.

Angela tells us the pardon changed her views on Trump ... and she's got a bone to pick with Barack Obama.

AOC Cool Climate Change Story, Jeff Now Clean Up Amazon, Plz

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Jeff Bezos pouring tons of money toward fighting climate change is all fine and good in AOC's eyes -- but he's still got a hot mess on his hands when it comes to his own company.

We got the freshman congresswoman Wednesday in NYC and asked her about Bezos' big announcement this week -- that he's dumping $10 billion of his own fortune toward a new fund to pay for scientists, activists and NGOs working to manage the climate.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says it's a nice gesture, but in reality ... the guy's company, Amazon, leaves a major carbon footprint -- which he needs to address first and foremost before becoming a champion of the cause. There's other issues too, BTW.

AOC points out Bezos' Amazon workers have complained about wages for a long time, so she thinks he needs to get his house in order here domestically before taking on the world.

Interesting insight from the Congresswoman -- she's been very outspoken about climate change and is trying to push through the Green New Deal. Doesn't sound like she believes Bezos is on the front lines of this fight -- regardless of his funding powers.

Oh, and check out the insane number of posters and pics she signs here for a bunch of fans (and constituents?). AOC even gives a little girl an exclusive interview on the spot.

Awesome.

Nascar's Ryan Newman Released from Hospital ... Walks Out with 2 Daughters!!!

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10:47 AM PT -- EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS!!! Newman was just officially released from the hospital and walked out of the building with his 2 daughters by his side! Amazing!!!

2/19 -- MORE GREAT NEWS -- here's a pic of Ryan Newman SMILING with his daughters in his hospital room ... proof he continues to make great progress in his recovery after that scary Daytona 500 crash.

Also worth noting ... Newman appears to be STANDING in the photo -- which is another great sign.

"Ryan Newman continues to show great improvement after Monday night's last-lap accident at Daytona International Speedway," Roush Fenway Racing says.

"The veteran driver is fully alert and walking around Halifax Medical Center. True to his jovial nature, he has also been joking around with staff, friends and family while spending time playing with his two daughters."

12:55 PM PT -- 2/18 -- Great news about the health of Ryan Newman -- he's awake and talking, his racing team confirms.

Roush Fenway Racing says, "Ryan Newman remains under the care of doctors at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is awake and speaking with family and doctors."

"Ryan and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country."

"They are grateful for the unwavering support of the NASCAR community and beyond."

7:15 PM PT -- President Trump -- who was at the Daytona 500 on Sunday -- just tweeted support for the NASCAR driver, saying ... "Praying for Ryan Newman, a great driver and a brave @NASCAR driver! #PrayingForRyan"

7:06 PM PT -- NASCAR just announced Newman is in "serious condition" ... but noted doctors say his injuries are "non-life threatening."

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is in a Florida hospital after his car wrecked in a super-scary crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 ... and video from the crash is INSANE.

As you can see ... Newman's car flips several times as it hurtles through the air, eventually catching fire, spinning onto the infield and crossing the finish line on its roof. Somewhat surprisingly, no other drivers were injured in the crash.

Newman was rushed to a local hospital ... but his current condition remains unclear.

It's pretty crazy ... Ryan was trying to hold on to the lead when his car was nudged by Ryan Blaney and hit the wall on the final lap of the weather-delayed race

Denny Hamlin ended up winning the first race of the NASCAR season, while Newman was credited with a fourth-place finish.

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Rapper Pop Smoke Murdered in Home Invasion ... By 4 Masked Gunmen

1:20 PM PT -- The friend who was hanging with Pop Smoke and photographed with him hours before he was killed, Mike Dee, has spoken out about the tragedy ... saying nothing can express the pain he's feeling, and addressing unfounded speculation about what happened.

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Mike says ... "I just lost my f***ing brother, my heart my dawgz. You guys have no type of sense or sympathy! Yall don't kno whats going on yall come on here playing investigator and bashing me on the internet, I would never in my life set my brother up."

He concludes with a message for Pop, saying ... "Just kno I got you forever brother the truth will come to light until then sleep in peace."

9:41 AM PT -- Sources familiar with the surveillance video tell TMZ ... the video shows at least 4 masked men with hoodies making their way into the house just 10 minutes after people inside the house deadbolted the front doors shut. We're told they did not turn the house alarm on, which made it easier for the home invaders to get inside.

And, there's this ... Pop Smoke posted the address of the home earlier in the day. He was showing off gift bags he had received and one had the home's address. As for why he was getting gift bags ... his mix tape hit #7 on the Billboard 200 chart Tuesday.

8:03 AM PT -- Just hours before he was gunned down, Pop Smoke mugged with a pal in a car -- the friend holding a fortune in bills -- in the driveway of the home where he was shot.

7:32 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us there was a party or gathering at the house prior to the shooting.  It's unclear what motive the shooters had in showing up at the house.

7:08 AM PT -- Nicki Minaj just posted a message about his death ... "The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop."

6:56 AM PT -- The home is owned by 'RHOBH' star Teddi Mellencamp and her husband, Edwin Arroyave, who owns several homes in Los Angeles. It's possible Pop Smoke was renting the property.

Pop Smoke, an up-and-coming rapper, was shot and killed Wednesday morning in what appears to be a home invasion robbery ... TMZ has learned.

The rapper was at a home in the Hollywood Hills at around 4:30 AM when 2 men wearing hoodies and masks broke into a house ... this according to law enforcement sources. We're told the 2 men fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding Pop Smoke. The men were seen fleeing on foot.

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Pop Smoke was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead.

The suspects have not been caught and as far as we know they have not been identified.  It's unclear if Pop Smoke knew the shooters. One man was placed in handcuffs but cops determined he was not involved and was released.

Pop Smoke released an album back in July and one of the songs, "Welcome to the Party," blew up ... it was considered by many the song of the summer. Nicki Minaj did a remix of the song a few months later. He also did a song, "Gatti," with Travis Scott.

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LAST TIME WE SAW HIM ...
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We got Pop Smoke out at LAX back in July, and he told us about a hoop dream that came true.

Pop Smoke was 20.

RIP

Originally Published -- 6:25 AM PT

'Sonic the Hedgehog' Star Teeth Redesign Was Well Worth It We Made Bank in Week 1!!!

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'Sonic the Hedgehog' took a cue from the fan base -- and rightly so, because the movie's rolling in the dough as a result ... so says one of the film's stars.

Actress Tika Sumpter was leaving Craig's in WeHo Tuesday night, and she weighed in on the massive box office haul her new flick pulled in over the weekend -- upwards of $70 million here at home, and projected to make a lot more than its estimated $85 mil budget.

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According to her, the secret formula for success here was the fact Paramount Studios listened to the feedback from potential viewers on social media earlier last year ... when everyone ripped Sonic's original look, and his eery human-like teeth that nobody seemed to like.

Tika says the proof is in the pudding in terms of Paramount's reward for taking note -- and it sounds like she thinks other studios may follow suit with future projects.

Funny enough, Tika invokes another animated classic with teeth issues of its own. She says we've advanced beyond the one-block denture depiction, but aren't quite ready to see cavities, it seems.

Ain't that the truth!

Jubilee from 'The Bachelor' Crashed Before DUI Arrest ... Bombed Sobriety Tests

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Ex-'Bachelor' contestant Jubilee Sharpe smashed up her car before cops took her in for DUI -- and refusing a breathalyzer couldn't save her from arrest.

TMZ has obtained the arrest report in connection to Jubilee's case out of Florida. Per the docs, the arresting officer conducted several field sobriety tests ... and she bombed just about all of 'em. We should note ... the guy says she wouldn't submit to blowing for a BAC.

It's pretty crazy though ... the cop was dispatched to the scene of a car crash -- just one vehicle involved, luckily -- and when he got there ... he says Jubilee was still inside.

The officer says Jubilee had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and reeked of booze. He also claims she admitted to having a couple beers earlier in the night. The officer also alleges she told him she couldn't quite recall how the accident even came about.

Naturally, field sobriety tests came next, which the officer hilariously explains in excruciating detail. On the follow-my-finger test, for example, he writes in his report ...

  • Lack of smooth pursuit, left eye
  • Lack of smooth pursuit, right eye
  • A distinct and sustained nystagmus at a maximum deviation in the left eye
  • An onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in the right eye

And, so on. By the time he wrapped up finger-to-nose ... he determined she was hammered and took her in to be booked on misdemeanor DUI. In his eyes, there was enough evidence to arrest even without the nail in the coffin for these cases -- a breathalyzer test.

President Trump at L.A. Fundraiser Mocked Bernie Sanders ... Harvard Education for 'Illegals'???

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President Trump might be going to bat for Bernie Sanders in public -- but behind closed doors in L.A. ... he mocked the Vermont Senator as a "crazy" socialist he can easily beat.

DT was in the City of Angels Tuesday for what's been reported as a series of fundraisers and talks about the 2028 Olympics, which are set to take place in L.A. After arriving in town, Trump held a private dinner for donors at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Eyewitnesses tell us about 300 people attended -- folks like Lindsey Graham, Steve Wynn, Jared Kushner and other GOP bigwigs -- and some of the food served included steak, fish, chicken, salad and dessert.

Anyway, we're told by someone present ... the Prez took a decent amount of time to call out Sen. Sanders by name, calling him "Crazy Bernie" and even openly saying he hopes he wins the Democratic nomination, 'cause Trump professed he could beat in a general election.

That's interesting, of course, because 45 has been tweeting about Bernie a lot lately -- suggesting the DNC is trying to "steal" the nomination from him like in 2016. Turns out, it appears it's because Trump really, REALLY thinks Bernie's a tire fire candidate.

We're told he kept the topic going, joking Bernie wants to give free education and stuff to everyone ... wondering if a Harvard education and Rolls-Royce cars were in store for "illegals" under his vision. Funny enough, Bernie was asked about Trump's support the same night.

BTW, Hillary and Mike Bloomberg were also mentioned during this get-together. Go figure.

On the HC front, Trump just said he'd only spent about 25% of what she did in 2016, and still beat her. For Mike -- whom he's been mercilessly mocking on Twitter -- DT didn't spend a lot of time on him ... just mentioning the guy's wealth and how much he's spending to try to beat him.

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Bloomberg has already spent hundreds of millions on ads -- the guy's worth upwards of $60 billion. Other topics covered at the dinner -- terrorism, anecdotes from 2016, etc.

BTW, some reports say some of the top-ticket fundraising items at these fundraisers Trump's got scheduled this week are going for anywhere from $100k to $250k for photo-ops and rounds of golf with the President. Unclear how much he might've hauled in on Tuesday.

Drew Carey's Ex-Fiancee Alleged Murderer's Creepy Joke ... About Throwing Someone Out a Window

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Gareth Pursehouse -- the man accused of murdering Drew Carey's ex-fiancee, Dr. Amie Hardwick -- once cracked a joke about "Game of Thrones" that now seems especially unnerving.

Harwick's alleged killer -- who allegedly attacked her in her home and caused her to fall from a third-story balcony -- posted his "joke" on Instagram in May 2019 ... about the famous 'GoT' scene from season 1 where Jaime Lannister pushes Bran Stark out of a window.

Pursehouse's pun is more about the incestuous relationship between Jaime and his sister, Cersei, but the fact it involves someone falling from a great height to their presumed death is certainly creepy.

We broke the story ... cops say Harwick was found unresponsive underneath a third-story balcony, with injuries consistent with a fall. She was taken to a hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Pursehouse was arrested for murder Saturday afternoon. He bonded out of jail Tuesday evening after being held on a $2 million bail.

Harwick and Pursehouse dated years ago, and as we reported ... she filed for 2 restraining orders against him in 2011 and 2012, claiming he attacked her multiple times and once threw her out of a car on the side of the freeway.

Detectives learned Harwick had recently expressed concerns about an ex-boyfriend -- who she once had a restraining order against -- causing her harm.

Australian Rugby Player Rowan Baxter Kills Family, Self ... In Murder-Suicide

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A former pro-Australian rugby player murdered his wife and 3 young children in an apparent murder-suicide ... according to law enforcement officials in Australia.

42-year-old Rowan Baxter -- who played for the New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League (NRL) -- was found in his car early Wednesday morning along with his wife, 2 young daughters and his son. The kids were aged 6, 4 and 3.

Officials believe Baxter doused the car with gasoline and set it on fire. Witnesses say they saw Baxter's wife trying to escape the car while yelling, "He's poured petrol on me."

Emergency responders raced to the scene -- and Baxter's wife was transported to a nearby hospital ... but she ultimately succumbed to her injuries. Emergency responders also reportedly tried to revive Rowan, but he was declared dead.

Police say Rowan's wife had been driving the car and he was sitting in the front passenger seat.

A Good Samaritan who tried to help the family was also hospitalized with facial burns, according to local media.

Scott Morrison -- the Prime Minister of Australia -- has issued a statement about the situation saying, "My heart goes out to the families and community going through this tragic time and the emergency responders confronting what would be a shattering scene."

Rowan and his wife had been running a fitness company called Integr8 in Brisbane. They reportedly separated late last year and were trying to hammer out custody arrangements.

Baxter stayed around the game after his playing career was over, working as a fitness coach for teams in NRL, Super Rugby and the Australian Football League.

Kylie Jenner & Hailey Bieber Mean Business on Valentine's Day ... By Flexing Legal Muscles

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It was apparently "Trademark Day" on Valentine's Day for 2 big stars in Hollywood ... 'cause Kylie Jenner and Hailey Bieber put love aside and got down to business.

According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Kylie filed to trademark "Kylie Body" and "Kylie Body by Kylie Jenner" and the hope's to slap those names on tons of products including hair and beauty products, creams and perfumes.

This, of course, is nothing new with Kylie. She's filed docs to register trademarks for just about everything under the sun ... including her famous wake-up call "Rise and Shine." Her expanding empire also includes "Kylie Baby" and "Kylie Hair."

As for Hailey ... docs show she's looking to register the trademark "HB Beauty by Hailey Bieber." Seems she's ripping a page out of Kylie's playbook cause she wants to slap those names on beauty and wellness products.

She's no stranger to the trademark game. She filed docs back in October 2018 to lock down her own name, Hailey Bieber, which she wants to use on a possible clothing project.

Proving yet again, the heart wants what the heart wants ... money.

Browns Lineman Greg Robinson Busted By Border Patrol ... So Much Weed!!

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Cleveland Browns lineman Greg Robinson -- the #2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft -- is in custody after officials say he was found with A LOT of marijuana at a border patrol checkpoint.

We're told Robinson was stopped on Monday at the Sierra Blanca border checkpoint near the U.S., Mexico border. We're still working on the details surrounding the arrest.

Jail records show Robinson is still in custody and we're told he's facing a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute.

27-year-old Robinson was an absolute stud back in his college days -- making 1st Team All-SEC during his 2013 season at Auburn.

The NFL scouts drooled over Robinson -- he's 6'5", 332 pounds -- and when the Rams took him with the #2 pick in 2014, they signed him to a fully guaranteed 4-year $21 million contract.

The bad news for the Rams ... he didn't live up to the hype so they traded him to the Detroit Lions for a 6th round pick in 2017. The Browns signed Robinson in 2018 and re-signed him in 2019.

Sources tell us the Browns recently informed Robinson they would not be bringing him back for the 2020 season.

Robinson has reportedly made more than $29 million in contract money during his NFL career.

We reached out to Robinson's rep and the Cleveland Browns -- so far, no comment from either.

'Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Look, Seniors Want ๐Ÿ’– Too Bring What Ya Need for Fantasy Suites

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Chris Harrison isn't one to discriminate when it comes to love, which applies to age too -- 'cause he all but confirms producers are bringing senior citizens into the 'Bachelor' fold.

We got the longtime host of the ABC dating series Tuesday at LAX and asked him about this casting call one the supervising producers posted in search of men and women aged 65 and older who are in their "Golden Years" ... and who won't fall over and die on camera.

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Chris definitely won't deny they got something cooking in the kitchen -- if anything, his coy response pretty much guarantees they're working on it ... and for good reason too.

Apparently, one of the biggest questions/requests Chris gets asked about all the time is from the elderly community ... who say they want a shot at love too! Awwwww!!! Wait, what about Fantasy Suites and stuff, you may ask??? Chris has an answer for us on that as well.

Long story short ... love is love, whether it's brought on chemically or not. Bring what you need to get it on, ya old farts! Kidding.

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As for this rumor about Peter ending up with 'Bachelor' producer Julie LaPlaca at the end of this current season --  which appears to be true -- Chris won't shoot that down either.

This guy's poker face is awful ... jeez.

The Beatles LOVE Performer's Scary Fall Caught on Vid ... Accident Stopped Show

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The Cirque du Soleil acrobat who fell during the finale of a Beatles LOVE performance seemed to lose their grip at the height of a rope stunt -- and based on this footage, he's lucky.

We broke the story ... the Sunday night accident at The Mirage in Las Vegas, forced performers to cut the music and send the audience home early. First responders needed room in the theater to get to the guy who went down hard.

You can see in the video ... everything started off as planned as the acrobats and dancers performed to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" ... the stuntman elevated on the rope and came down safely twice.

The third time though, he lost control and plummeted to the ground.

After the fall, a fellow performer gave an emergency signal, but there were several seconds of confusion -- others on stage didn't know what happened, and kept the show going. It's awkward to watch, but they just had no way of initially knowing.

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It's impossible to see this accident and not think of Genea Sky's 15-foot drop from a stripper pole in Texas. She suffered some brutal injuries but survived ... just like this guy in Vegas.

A rep for LOVE tells us the emergency team got him backstage and he was transported to a hospital. His injuries were non-life threatening, and they say he wants to get back ... in the show!!!

LOVE says he's doing well and they expect him to be back in the show soon.

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NFL's Hayden Hurst I Cut My Wrist In College ... Opens Up About Battle With Depression

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"My friend found me in a puddle of blood."

Hayden Hurst -- a 2018 1st-round pick -- says his battle with depression and anxiety got so bad ... he blacked out and cut his wrist in an apparent attempt to kill himself in college.

"I woke up in the hospital," the Baltimore Ravens tight end told First Coast News in Florida this week. "I didn't know what happened. I had to have a friend fill me in."

"Apparently, I had been drinking and went into my apartment and cut my wrist. My friend found me in a puddle of blood. He called 911."

26-year-old Hurst -- who had just joined the University of South Carolina football team at the time -- said the episode was a wake up call for him to seek help for his anxiety issues.

"What happened?" Hurst said he asked himself from the hospital bed at the time. "What are you doing?"

Hayden -- who says he's battled mental health issues for years -- got the help he needed ... and now he says he wants to use his platform as an NFL player to help people in similar situations get assistance.

"For some reason, people equate mental illness with having to be ashamed," Hurst says ... "I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of. Everybody goes through something."

The 6'4", 245-pound tight end admits he still has his struggles, saying he's "not this superhero that's portrayed on TV" ... but he says he's determined to help people regardless.

"If my story is going to change the narrative on this and people are going to talk about it more, then so be it."

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

'Bachelor' Alum Chad Johnson Wants to Fight Colton Underwood for Charity ... Or Nick Viall's 'Stupid Face'

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Chad Johnson -- the bad boy from JoJo's season of "The Bachelorette" -- is out for blood ... specifically from Colton Underwood or Nick Viall, but the violence is for a good cause!!!

We got Chad out Tuesday at Elite Boxing Club in the San Fernando Valley, and asked about his boxing match coming up April 22. The event's being dubbed "Battle of the Bachelors" ... and there's only one problem.

Chad doesn't have an opponent, at least not yet. Of course, he has a wish list, and he didn't hesitate to explain why he's dreaming about doing some damage to Nick's "stupid face."

His first choice though is Colton, who of course appeared in Becca's season of "The Bachelorette" ... and later was the Bachelor himself.

Chad's no stranger to beefing with CU, or anyone else in 'Bachelor' nation -- but at least this time it will benefit someone besides Chad. All donations from the event will go to the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation.

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The event -- hosted by alums Corinne Olympios and Josh Murray -- is still 2 months away but Chad's getting a head start on trash talking and training.

Looks like he definitely needs the latter.

Rapper Obie Trice No Charge for Shooting GF's Son ... Gun Possession in Play

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Rapper Obie Trice is going 1 for 2 in his Michigan gun case -- avoiding a more serious charge for shooting a guy, but the D.A.'s Office isn't letting him off the hook completely.

The former Shady Records MC will NOT be charged with felony aggravated assault after a gun went off and struck his girlfriend's 18-year-old son during a brouhaha they all got into back in December.

Oakland County Chief Assistant D.A. Paul T. Walton tells TMZ there wasn't enough evidence to bring that specific charge against Obie -- who insists the gun went off by accident, and he only had it out while acting in self-defense.

He is, however, going to be charged with misdemeanor possession of an unregistered firearm -- which could land him in jail for 90 days, if convicted.

TMZ broke the story ... Obie -- forever remembered for his opening line to Eminem's "Without Me" -- was arrested after getting into a physical altercation with his girlfriend, which allegedly turned into a tussle with her son.

At some point, cops say Obie went to his car to retrieve a pistol, and while the kid tried to get it away from him -- a bullet was fired and went through the kid's groin. Sounds like he's gonna be okay ... he drove himself to the hospital that night.

Obie is set to be arraigned later this week on the gun possession charge.