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Bill Cosby's wife is not at his trial. But Camille Cosby's presence looms

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- She has not attended her husband's retrial on sexual assault charges. She is not on the list of witnesses. Her name has not even been uttered in the courtroom.

But Camille Cosby remains a central figure in the case.

Cosby's wife of 54 years is active behind the scenes, communicating with her husband's publicist and keeping ...Read more

Syrian army secures areas south of capital

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BEIRUT -- Fresh off their takeover of Syria's eastern Ghouta enclave earlier this month, loyalist forces were poised Friday to subdue pockets south of Damascus held by Islamic State and rebel groups, Syrian pro-government media and activists said.

The move is part of a larger bid to secure the capital, the seat of power of Syrian President ...Read more

LAPD officer arrested on 3 counts of murder in suspected DUI crash

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of murder in connection with a suspected DUI crash on the 605 Freeway in Whittier last fall, authorities said.

Edgar Verduzco, 26, was taken into custody at a friend's home in Long Beach about 7:30 a.m. Friday and booked on suspicion of three counts of...Read more

Federal judge delays ruling in Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump and his personal lawyer

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LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge postponed a ruling on a request by President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is now the subject of a federal investigation, for a 90-day delay of a lawsuit filed against them by porn star Stormy Daniels.

U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero took the request under submission Friday, ...Read more

Leakers, loyalty and Russian hookers: Comey memos allege Trump's fixations in early days

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WASHINGTON -- They are among the most storied memos-to-self in recent Washington history: 15 pages that James B. Comey, at the time the FBI director, wrote about his increasingly uncomfortable meetings with newly elected President Donald Trump.

Under pressure from Republicans, the Justice Department on Thursday sent Congress the memos that ...Read more

'This is a generational thing now:' 19 years after Columbine, Parkland kids walk out

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Students around the country, including at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, walked off their campuses Friday in solidarity with the 13 victims of the deadly 1999 Columbine High School shooting as part of the newly energized movement to stop school shootings.

Almost simultaneously, a student at an Ocala, Fla., high school ...Read more

Southwest Airlines sends Flight 1380 passengers an apology letter, $5,000 checks

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PHILADELPHIA -- Southwest Airlines has sent passengers of Flight 1380 a letter of apology that includes a check for $5,000 "to cover any of your immediate financial needs" after the plane suffered an engine failure and had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The letter also says the passengers would separately receive a $1,000 flight ...Read more

As Bill Cosby trial winds down, defense shifts strategy aiming to prove he was out of town

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Bill Cosby's lawyers shifted strategies at his retrial Friday, hoping to convince jurors that it was impossible for his sexual encounter with accuser Andrea Constand to have occurred when she says it did.

Calling a series of assistants and tour managers to the witness stand, defense lawyer Becky S. James walked jurors through...Read more

While criminal investigation continues, Democrats sue Trump campaign over alleged Russia collusion

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The Democratic National Committee has sued Russia, President Donald Trump's campaign, WikiLeaks and others on Friday, alleging a broad conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan, said "the Trump campaign and its agents gleefully welcomed Russia's help," which involved ...Read more

Moments before he was shot dead, man told girlfriend over phone that he was being followed

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CHICAGO -- A man told his girlfriend on the phone that he was being followed by a black Dodge Charger shortly before he was shot to death Thursday evening on a dark, dead-end street on Chicago's Far South Side, according to police and a family member.

The man, identified by family members and the medical examiner as Jerome Fouch, was pronounced...Read more

Locks were broken on doors at SC prison where riot killed 7

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Locks for multiple cell doors were not functioning at the Lee Correctional Institution where a riot killed seven inmates earlier this week.

The Department of Corrections would not say how many cell doors at the Bishopville maximum security prison did not lock or how long the locks had been broken. But Department of Corrections...Read more

This NC police department will take care of the munchies if you're arrested on 420 day

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Those who get arrested in Southern Pines, N.C., for celebrating 'Weed Day' on Friday are in for a treat when they arrive at the police station.

The Southern Pines Police Department is taking a light-hearted approach to April 20, informally known as 'Weed Day.'

"To ensure the Southern Pines Police Department is prepared for ...Read more

Miami reaction to Cuba's new president mixed: Reject him or maybe try to engage

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MIAMI -- While Cuba's National Assembly was applauding a historic transition that brought Miguel Diaz-Canel to power Thursday, Miami exiles were underwhelmed by the changing of the guard, calling it everything from "undemocratic" to a "sham transition" to more of the same.

"Nothing more than a predetermined charade by the Castro regime," said ...Read more

Heritage Action poised for transition amid CEO's exit

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WASHINGTON -- Change is coming to Heritage Action for America, the political arm of one of the nation's best known, and often controversial, think tanks.

Heritage Action for America has boosted its presence on Capitol Hill during CEO Michael Needham's tenure, and his upcoming departure from the conservative outfit has fueled speculation about ...Read more

Trump continues attack on Comey, again defends Flynn

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday defended former national security adviser Michael Flynn and slammed former FBI Director James B. Comey, implying his own Justice Department should have blocked publication of the latter's memoir.

The Friday morning tweet followed several from Thursday evening ripping into Comey as the former FBI ...Read more

'Queers will burn': Gay Kansas teacher quits and moves to California because of threatening letters

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A high school teacher from a small town in Kansas posted to Facebook this week three threatening letters he received after he came out as gay last year.

"Queers will burn and so will you," said one letter, signed "a concerned patron."

Because of the letters and other harassment he says he received for being gay, Michael Hill quit his job as ...Read more

Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess captured in Texas, officials say

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Lois Riess, the Minnesota grandmother with a gambling addiction, was captured Thursday night in South Texas, far from where she allegedly killed her husband in Minnesota and a woman who looked like her in Florida, according to local and national authorities.

Riess was arrested without incident in a restaurant in the resort area of South Padre ...Read more

Parkland parents say public officials need to be fired soon for failing their children

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WASHINGTON -- Fred Guttenberg, the Parkland parent who confronted Marco Rubio on national television about the senator's opposition to an assault weapons ban, had a very different conversation with the Florida Republican on Capitol Hill this week.

"Senator, see you tomorrow?" Guttenberg asked.

"I'm around all day, flying out Thursday night," ...Read more

Wells Fargo to pay $1 billion in fines over auto, mortgage lending abuses

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Federal regulators slapped Wells Fargo & Co. with a fine of $1 billion on Friday, punishing the San Francisco bank for abuses that harmed mortgage and auto loan borrowers, and for what regulators said was a pervasive and "reckless" lack of risk management.

The penalty, announced by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Consumer ...Read more

Teachers show support outside Stoneman Douglas as walkout day begins across US

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- A group of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teachers waved signs Friday morning in front of the school, as part of a day of activism against violence in schools.

Before classes began Friday, about two dozen gathered, holding the signs and chanting as passers-by honked their horns in support.

Friday is the National Day of ...Read more