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Judge to be assigned to Jussie Smollett's case at hearing

CHICAGO (AP) " A judge is expected to be assigned to Jussie Smollett's disorderly conduct case when the "Empire" actor returns to court Thursday.That judge will then likely ask Smollett to enter a plea.Smollett is accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by...

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Report: Facebook data deals under criminal investigation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " The New York Times reports that federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into Facebook's data deals with major electronics manufacturers.The newspaper says a grand jury in New York has subpoenaed information from at least two companies known for making...

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Arkansas, Utah lawmakers pass 18-week abortion bans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) " Lawmakers in Arkansas and Utah sent their governors legislation Wednesday banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, moving the states closer to enacting bans that could be among the strictest in the country.The Arkansas House gave final approval by an 86-1...

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Brazil wonders why after school shooters kill 8, themselves

SUZANO, Brazil (AP) " A Sao Paulo suburb prepared to bury its dead Thursday while looking for reasons why two masked former students armed with a hand gun, knives, axes and crossbows killed five teenagers and two adults at a school before killing themselves as police closed in.Authorities said the...

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Manafort faces state charges after drawing more federal time

WASHINGTON (AP) " Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison on federal charges, then was hit almost immediately with fresh state charges in New York that could put him outside the president's power to pardon.In Washington on Wednesday,...

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) " The Latest on shootings at mosques in New Zealand (all times local):3:45 p.m.New Zealand media say a shooting has occurred in a second mosque in the city of Christchurch.No details were immediately available.Earlier Friday afternoon, police had urged people to stay...

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) " Many people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, a witness said. Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.Witness Len Peneha said he saw a...

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) " The Trump administration is finalizing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other industries that were meant to protect an imperiled bird species that ranges across the American West, federal officials said Thursday.U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting...

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BEIJING (AP) " Chinese legislators on Friday endorsed a law meant to help end a costly tariff war with Washington by discouraging officials from pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology.The measure is part of an investment law that aims to address complaints by the United States, Europe...

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) " A Russian-American crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, five months after a botched launch led to an emergency landing for two of the three astronauts.This time, the Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch along...

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) " About 6.8 million people have been affected by a water shortage in and around the Philippine capital, with long lines forming for rationed water and businesses and some hospitals struggling to cope after faucets ran dry.Water supplies will be cut for at least six hours a...

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NEW YORK (AP) " In an era of unprecedented airline safety, Boeing's newest version of its best-selling airliner has crashed twice in less than six months, killing 346 people and delivering a massive blow to the company's reputation.More than 40 countries either grounded the planes or refused to let...

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JERUSALEM (AP) " Israeli warplanes attacked militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip early Friday in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, as the sides appeared to be hurtling toward a new round of violence.The rocket attack Thursday night caught the Israeli military...

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Aviation regulators worldwide laid down a stark challenge for Boeing to prove that its grounded 737 Max jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.In a key step toward unearthing the cause of the...

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Marine experts say two dead gray whales were found in the San Francisco Bay this week and that one of them died from severe malnutrition.The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said Thursday scientists were unable to determine a cause of death for the other whale.A team conducted...

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " In one of the first lawsuits to come out of the college bribery scandal, several students are suing Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools involved in the case, saying they and others were denied a fair shot at admission.The plaintiffs brought the class-action complaint...

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WASHINGTON (AP) " One of the most prominent prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller is leaving the team soon, a likely indication that the investigation is close to wrapping up.More than any other member of Mueller's team, Andrew Weissmann has been a target of President Donald Trump's...

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) " Graciela Garcia Romero says she was in her 20s when a former navy captain turned her into a sex slave in Buenos Aires.Ex-Navy Capt. Jorge Acosta, who is now serving life in prison for numerous human rights crimes, would take her to apartments and rape her during...

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WASHINGTON (AP) " In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats Thursday to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. The rejection capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties...

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) " Five extended family members who had been living on a remote New Mexico compound where authorities say a 3-year-old boy died before it was raided last year have been indicted on terrorism-related charges that accuse them of conspiring to attack U.S. law enforcement officers,...

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