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Female faculty faced bias at UCLA medical school center, probe finds

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LOS ANGELES -- Women faculty at UCLA's Alzheimer's disease research center faced "a climate of conflict, tension, hostility and mistrust" for about a decade and were treated in an "unprofessional, demeaning manner," an investigation at the campus medical school has found.

The probe upheld long-pressed complaints from three women faculty that ...Read more

Jurors recommend maximum sentence for couple who kept autistic son in makeshift cage

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. -- Jurors on Friday night recommended the maximum sentence -- seven years in prison and a fine -- for a couple convicted of keeping their son, who has autism, in a makeshift cage.

Earlier Friday, Terry and Victoria Smith, formerly of O'Fallon, Mo., were each found guilty of child endangerment.

They were out shopping for...Read more

No jail time given to doctor in Anna Nicole Smith case

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles County judge on Friday rejected calls from prosecutors to jail a psychiatrist in connection with Anna Nicole Smith's overdose death, instead reducing her felony conspiracy conviction to a misdemeanor and allowing her to go free.

Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry imposed a $100 fine on psychiatrist Khristine ...Read more

14 million spilled bees on highway in Washington: 'Everybody's been stung'

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SEATTLE -- Usually scenes like this don't create much of a buzz: Early Friday morning, a Peterbilt tractor-trailer merged onto Interstate 5, tipping over, but leaving the 36-year-old driver unhurt.

Washington Department of Transportation records show there were 19 mostly minor crashes on the same stretch of highway in Lynnwood last year.

But ...Read more

California's measles outbreak is over, but vaccine fight continues

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LOS ANGELES -- California officials on Friday declared the end of the Disneyland measles outbreak, but the political battle over immunization that it sparked continues to rage on.

In announcing that the health scare had passed, state medical authorities warned that California remains at high risk of another outbreak because immunization levels ...Read more

Convicted Atlanta educators say they are not guilty

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ATLANTA -- One after the other, eight convicted educators said Friday they did not cheat, they are not racketeers and they are not guilty in the massive Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating scandal.

And that is why, each said, they did not take plea deals that would have spared them years-long prison sentences. In exchange for lenient ...Read more

Judges take up immigration feud

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NEW ORLEANS -- A panel of three federal appeals court judges grilled government lawyers Friday about whether to lift a temporary stay on President Barack Obama's executive action, which seeks to shield up to 5 million people from deportation.

The judges -- two appointed by Republican presidents, one by Obama -- were randomly selected from among...Read more

Al-Qaida in Yemen using chaos of war to carve out terrorism haven

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WASHINGTON -- A brazen territorial grab by al-Qaida militants in Yemen -- together with a $1 million bank heist, a prison break and capture of a military base -- has given the terrorist group fundraising and recruitment tools that suggest it is following the brutal path blazed by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Al-Qaida in the ...Read more

Fort Worth firefighter denies punching man, 78

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Fort Worth firefighter accused of punching a 78-year-old Arlington man in the face last week at a Texas Christian University game told police that he reflexively put his palm on the older man's mouth after the man directed a "violent rage" against him.

"Obvious(ly) it was just a reflex," Shea O'Neill, 42, told TCU Police ...Read more

Only 3 wolves left on Michigan's Isle Royale

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DETROIT -- Only three wolves now remain on Michigan's Isle Royale, down from nine wolves last year, Michigan Technological University scientists reported Friday.

The discovery was made during Michigan Tech's annual winter survey of the nearly undisturbed, 206-square-mile island, a U.S. National Park in northwest Lake Superior.

Michigan Tech ...Read more