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Lineup shuffle pays off in Giants win

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy tweaked a lineup that had produced no more than one run in 10 of the San Francisco Giants' first 21 games, and he got results on Monday night.

Buster Posey, moved from cleanup to the No. 3 spot, drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single and recent call-up Mac Williamson hit the Giants' longest home run of...Read more

Stevante Clark released from jail. Felony counts downgraded to misdemeanors

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Stevante Clark, whose brother Stephon was shot dead by police last month, was released from custody Monday after being formally charged in court with four criminal counts, including assault with a deadly weapon and making a death threat.

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office downgraded those two counts to ...Read more

Greitens' lawyers seek to disqualify prosecutors; lawyer for accuser's ex received payment

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ST. LOUIS -- In two tense court hearings and a court filing Monday, lawyers for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens unleashed a series of accusations against investigators and the ex-husband of the woman with whom Greitens had an affair.

After a former lead investigator of Greitens' invasion of privacy case, William Don Tisaby, failed to show for a ...Read more

Mayor Garcetti says he would consider expanding rent control in LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he would "absolutely" consider extending rent restrictions in Los Angeles to cover newly built apartments if California voters repeal a state law that prohibits it.

Garcetti joined tenant and community activists at a news conference outside City Hall to back a proposed ballot initiative that would ...Read more

Nicaragua scraps unpopular welfare plan, but unrest continues

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- A sense of smoldering discontent was evident in Nicaragua on Monday after President Daniel Ortega's decision to cancel a welfare overhaul plan -- a proposal that sparked days of deadly protests and looting in this Central American nation of 6 million.

On Monday afternoon, thousands of peaceful protesters -- many waving ...Read more

She got 5 years for voting illegally. This judge got probation for rigging his election

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- As news spread Monday that Tarrant Justice of the Peace Russ Casey pleaded guilty to tampering with a government record -- in the wake of his signing off on fake signatures to secure a spot on the March 6 primary ballot -- one question arose for many: Why did this elected official receive probation when women found guilty of...Read more

For Melania Trump, the shroud of invisibility lifts during a week of public attention

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WASHINGTON -- She is either complicit in her husband's worst instincts or a victim of them, either struggling in an anachronistic job or confidently doing precisely what she wants to do with it. Fifteen months after she became first lady, Melania Trump remains a mystery.

In the span of several days ending Tuesday, Melania Trump will have been ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Police use Taser on American Airlines passenger accused of touching woman inappropriately

DALLAS -- Police used a Taser on an American Airlines passenger who was accused of touching a woman on a Chicago-bound flight without her permission before the plane took off.

Miami-Dade police were called to the plane while it was still at the gate in ...Read more

Monkey can't sue for copyright infringement of selfies, 9th Circuit rules

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided unanimously Monday that animals may not sue for copyright protection.

The ruling came in the case of a monkey that took selfies with a wildlife photographer's camera. The photographer later published the photos.

An animal rights group sued, charging the monkey owned the copyright because it took...Read more

Former fugitive Lois Riess waives extradition for charges in Minnesota, Florida

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess signed a waiver of extradition in a Texas courtroom Monday, paving the way for authorities to take her to Florida and Minnesota to face murder charges.

Judge Louis Sorola in Brownsville gave authorities in both states 10 days to pick up Riess. She will be extradited to the state whose authorities ...Read more

Sean Hannity, a Trump defender, under scrutiny for real estate deals

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ATLANTA -- On his Fox News program last summer, Sean Hannity effused praise for his guest, U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson. "I know you have done a good job," Hannity said. "You are a good man."

Carson's presence gave Hannity a chance to address a favorite topic: What he considers a low rate of home ownership in the United States. He noted ...Read more

President's hiring and firing power at issue in Supreme Court case over SEC judges

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in an arcane dispute over administrative judges that poses a potentially far-reaching question about the president's power: Can such executive branch officials have independent authority to act or must they be subject to control and removal by the president?

The justices sounded split on ...Read more

Senate panel set to approve Mike Pompeo as secretary of state after Rand Paul flips to support

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was poised to approve CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state after a Republican holdout changed his mind at the last minute, avoiding an embarrassing defeat for the White House.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky had vowed to oppose Pompeo, but Paul tweeted shortly before the vote was ...Read more

9 dead, 16 injured after van ploughs into pedestrians in Toronto

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MONTREAL -- Nine people were killed Monday and 16 injured when a van deliberately ploughed into pedestrians along a busy street in Toronto in the latest such incident in a major Western city.

Police spokesman Peter Yuen announced the number of dead and injured at a news conference. He did not say how many of the injured suffered life-...Read more

Prince's family sues Illinois hospital, Walgreens pharmacy chain

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Prince's six heirs have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in Illinois stemming from the treatment of the musician in Moline after he overdosed on opioids while returning home from a concert in Atlanta.

Filed Friday, just ahead of a legal deadline, the suit makes no specific claims against the Trinity Medical Center in Moline, but ...Read more

GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn does not qualify for Colorado primary ballot, state court rules

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WASHINGTON -- The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn has not qualified for the GOP primary ballot.

The court ruled Lamborn violated state rules when collecting the 1,000 GOP signatures needed to qualify for the primary ballot. State law says the signature collectors must be Colorado residents, and the state Supreme ...Read more

Rand Paul switches, says he will back Pompeo after talking to Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul, after several conversations with President Donald Trump, Monday switched his position and threw his support to Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo.

"Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his ...Read more

Man who sued Seattle's ex-mayor, alleging sex abuse, dies from accidental overdose

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SEATTLE -- The man who last year sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for alleged sexual abuse -- prompting similar allegations that eventually led to Murray's resignation -- died due to an accidental overdose of illegal and prescription drugs, the King County medical examiner's office reported Monday.

Delvonn Heckard died from "acute combined cocaine,...Read more

In human cells, scientists find DNA that looks like a twisted knot instead of a double helix

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For the first time, scientists have detected a DNA structure inside living human cells that looks more like a four-stranded knot than the elegant double helix we know from biology textbooks.

The tangled shape, known as an i-motif, had been seen before in the lab, but nobody thought it could occur in human cells -- until now.

The new work shows...Read more

Calif. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he never went to rehab as widely believed

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In 2007, when he was mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom said he quit drinking and would seek professional help for "problems with alcohol."

Though he didn't say explicitly at the time that he went to rehab, it was widely interpreted that he did. Uncorrected media accounts over the past decade report that he entered a ...Read more