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California lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologizes

By JONATHAN J. COOPERAssociated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct apologized Wednesday to anyone who felt uncomfortable by his behavior but flatly denied two of the more serious allegations, one involving a 19-year-old female intern, a day before his fellow senators could decide …

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Police: Officer shot, killed intervening in domestic dispute

BRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) – An off-duty police officer who answered a neighbor’s request for help in a domestic dispute was shot and killed Wednesday in Maryland, officials said. The suspect in the officer’s shooting was later shot and killed by police after a chase. Prince George’s County police Chief Hank …

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Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case

By KELLY P. KISSELAssociated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Arkansas judge to five years in prison after he admitted giving young male defendants lighter sentences in return for sexual favors – a stiffer punishment than prosecutors recommended. A lawyer for 72-year-old …

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Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women’s health

By MICHAEL CATALINIAssociated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women’s health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s handling of the issue. It’s the first bill that Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law …

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Geraldo Rivera talks weapons age-limits with Trump

By CATHERINE LUCEYAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Television personality Geraldo Rivera says he has discussed the idea of raising the minimum age to purchase assault-type weapons with President Donald Trump, adding that Trump “took it under advisement.” Rivera, a Fox News contributor, says in an email Wednesday that he spoke …

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Vice president wants US businesses trailblazing into space

By MARCIA DUNNAP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence and his new space advisory council want U.S. private companies moving faster and farther into the cosmos, with the government easing restrictions on these 21st century pioneers. The U.S. will get left behind, the National Space …

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Neurologist who admitted groping patients charged in NYC

By COLLEEN LONGAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) – A neurologist sentenced to probation after he admitted groping women at a Philadelphia clinic pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting six patients in New York City. Dr. Ricardo Cruciani quickly posted $1 million bail after his brief appearance in Manhattan state …

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Illinois man jailed for decades found not guilty at retrial

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) – A suburban Chicago man who spent 22 years behind bars on charges of arson and murder in his mother-in-law’s death was found not guilty by a judge Wednesday in the retrial of his case. William Amor, 62, had been convicted in 1997 and was sentenced to …

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Correction: Peanut Allergy Treatment story

By The Associated Press In a story Feb. 20 about a preventive treatment for peanut allergies, The Associated Press erroneously reported the results of previous research based on comments by Dr. Andrew Bird. Bird said he misspoke and meant to say that tolerating one peanut reduces the risk of a …

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California school shooting plot foiled, assault rifles found

By MICHAEL BALSAMOAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – A security officer overheard a student threaten to open fire at his Southern California high school, allowing officials to thwart the plot just days after a deadly shooting in Florida, authorities said Wednesday. The 17-year-old student at El Camino High School near …

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