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Cosby trial juror says he did not believe accuser Constand's testimony

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PITTSBURGH -- A juror in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial said Thursday that he did not believe the testimony of accuser Andrea Constand because she willingly went alone to the entertainer's home and brought him gifts on more than one occasion.

"She was well-coached," he said of Constand's two days on the witness stand. "Let's face it: She went ...Read more

Mizzou to rent out unoccupied dorm rooms amid falling enrollment, budget cuts

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Now anyone can have that college dorm experience for just $120 a night.

The University of Missouri will rent out empty rooms this fall for home football weekends and other events at the Columbia campus. The move was announced Thursday at the university Board of Curators meeting.

The rooms are "walking distance from Memorial Stadium," promises ...Read more

Woman linked to drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested at border crossing

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SAN DIEGO -- A former Mexican legislator who has been linked to notorious cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was charged Thursday in San Diego federal court with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The U.S. attorney's office in San Diego said Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was detained Wednesday morning at the Otay Mesa Cross Border Xpress, ...Read more

Trump names NY Jets owner Woody Johnson as ambassador to UK

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump named New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Johnson, 70, is also chairman and chief executive officer of New York-based Johnson Co., a private asset-management firm. According to the White House statement, Johnson holds a bachelor's degree from the University of...Read more

Circuit court judge rules 'right-to-work' repeal petition language is misleading

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ST. LOUIS -- A Cole County circuit court judge ruled Thursday that the language of a ballot initiative seeking to overturn Missouri's "right-to-work" law is unfair and insufficient.

The controversial new law bans union dues as a condition of employment, a long-sought change by Missouri Republicans who argue it will create jobs and lure ...Read more

For $25,000, a Virginia man allegedly gave China secret US documents

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WASHINGTON -- A Virginia man arrested Thursday for passing top secret defense information to Chinese intelligence agents in Shanghai faces a possible sentence of life in prison, the Justice Department said.

Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, turned over the material during trips to Shanghai in March and April, when he met with two Chinese agents, the ...Read more

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Teen accidentally killed by LA deputies while trying to stop pit bull attack on them

LOS ANGELES -- A teenager fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in Palmdale early Thursday was accidentally killed as he tried to stop his aggressive dog from attacking the officers, according to an internal sheriff's department memo.

The 17-...Read more

Judge rules Iraqi immigrants detained by ICE can stay in US for at least 2 weeks more

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DETROIT -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that the 114 Iraqi immigrants arrested this month by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement can stay in the U.S. for at least two more weeks as he sorts out whether the court has jurisdiction.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said in a written opinion released this afternoon: "The stay shall expire 14 ...Read more

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Women's college in Georgia seeks to atone for Ku Klux Klan's legacy

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MACON, Ga. -- Like other first year students corralled in Wesleyan College's auditorium in Macon, Dana Amihere didn't know what to make of the spectacle unfolding on stage.

It was fall 2006 and the freshman had been awakened in the dead of night. A group of sophomores stood on stage yelling, screaming and cheering as part of a hazing ritual ...Read more

LAPD officer is suspected of having sex with underage cadet

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Thursday over allegations the officer had sex with an underage member of the cadet program, which has been under scrutiny since the arrest of three teenage cadets suspected of stealing several police cruisers, several law enforcement sources said.

The LAPD offered no additional details.

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Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff reveals failed bid for Trump meeting

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WASHINGTON -- Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff is back in action, according to a document released Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department.

Abramoff, who went to prison in 2006 after pleading guilty to charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to bribe public officials and tax evasion, disclosed his unsuccessful effort to arrange a December ...Read more

Does driving while high create more crashes? Report hints that it's possible

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In states looking to legalize pot, police and politicians often grapple with the same hard question: How will that affect road safety?

The topic has dominated discussions in legislative committee rooms from California to Massachusetts and also on front porches across the country, as activists gathering petition signatures have gone door-to-door...Read more

Video appears to refute claims of a burglary by woman fatally shot by Seattle police

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SEATTLE -- Surveillance video from the hallway outside the apartment of Charleena Lyles shows she never left the apartment, nor was her home burglarized, in the hours before she was shot by officers, according to a Seattle police spokesman.

Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said a review of 24 hours of surveillance video shows that no one entered the ...Read more

Manson follower Krenwinkel's bid for freedom denied, despite claims he abused her

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LOS ANGELES -- Charles Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel lost her latest bid for freedom Thursday as parole hearing commissioners rejected a request by the state's longest-serving female inmate to be released after a hearing in Corona.

The decision is the latest in a long series of repeated denials by Krenwinkel to secure parole on her ...Read more

Embattled Pelosi's big survival weapon: money

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WASHINGTON -- Here's a huge reason Nancy Pelosi maintains her iron grip on House Democrats, even after another bruising -- and in many party circles embarrassing -- election loss: her ability to raise lots and lots of money.

The House Democratic leader has few current peers when it comes to pumping money into colleagues' campaigns. No other ...Read more

EU citizens currently in UK can stay after Brexit, May pledges

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BRUSSELS -- Almost all 3 million European Union citizens currently in the U.K. will be able to continue living there after Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May promised, saying she wanted to offer them as much certainty as possible about their futures.

May set out the principles with which she plans to approach the question of European citizens ...Read more

Accused Flint stabber was truck driver, married father of 3

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DETROIT -- The man accused of stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport Wednesday is a married father of three children, who worked on and off as a truck driver and indicated he had no mental health problems, according to newly released audio of his federal court hearing.

Amor Ftouhi, 50, was born in Tunisia and had citizenship there and ...Read more

Many interests are upset at Trump's new Cuba policy. Puerto Rico isn't one of them

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WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico government officials, struggling with a mounting bankruptcy crisis across the island, see some optimism for their problems in President Donald Trump's new Cuba policy.

Trump announced in Miami last week that he would roll back some of former President Barack Obama's previous regulations, including a new policy ...Read more

After building suspense, Trump says he doesn't have tapes of Comey conversations

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump chose the day that secretive Senate Republicans released their much-anticipated health care bill to finally end some suspense of his own making: No, he hasn't been surreptitiously recording conversations in the White House.

In Twitter messages posted just before a scheduled White House news briefing Thursday...Read more

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