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'That '70s Show' star Danny Masterson must head to trial on charges he raped 3 women, judge rules

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Danny Masterson, an actor on "That '70s Show," failed to get his Los Angeles rape case dismissed Monday and must appear for arraignment Nov. 2, a judge ruled Monday.

The former sitcom star is accused of forcibly raping three women in separate incidents at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.

His defense filed a demurrer motion that ...Read more

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R. Kelly lawyers denied chance to question inmate who attacked singer in federal lockup

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CHICAGO - Attorneys for R. Kelly will not get the chance to question an inmate who confessed to attacking the singer at a downtown jail in August, a federal judge ruled Monday.

And Kelly's beating behind bars is not enough, on its own, to merit his release from the Metropolitan Correctional Center, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber wrote.

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'Last Week Tonight' host John Oliver quietly celebrates sewer plant named in his honor

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HARTFORD, Conn. - It wasn't such a crappy deal after all: Danbury got money for charity and welcomed a celebrity during a pandemic, and comedian John Oliver got publicity, his name on the city's sewage treatment plant and material for his show.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced on Facebook early Monday that Oliver had visited the plant. The...Read more

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Woman found alive at Detroit funeral home in August dies

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DETROIT - The Southfield young woman who was pronounced dead by paramedics and then found alive at a Detroit funeral home in August died Sunday, Geoffrey Fieger, her family's attorney, said Monday.

Timesha Beauchamp, 20, "was allowed to die peacefully at Children's Hospital, where she had been transferred from Sinai Grace Hospital," Fieger said...Read more

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Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination expected to advance during rare Sunday Senate session

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WASHINGTON - The Senate appears likely to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as soon as next Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had previously said that he anticipated beginning the process of considering the nomination of Barrett, currently a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, during a rare Friday ...Read more

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Gov. Beshear reports escalation in Kentucky's COVID-19 numbers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Gov. Andy Beshear announced 647 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Monday and nine new deaths, bringing the state's case total to 88,247 and increasing the death toll to 1,326.

Beshear said it's the largest single-day new case increase on a Monday, the day of the week that tends to bring the fewest number of new cases because...Read more

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Police recover pricey lizards stolen from California reptile store about a year ago

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LOS ANGELES - It was a cold-blooded crime.

In November, three people walked into JTK Reptiles on Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, broke into cages holding two Australian lace monitors - lizards that can grow to be more than 6 feet long - and escaped in a waiting car with the reptiles that together were valued at $75,000, according to a ...Read more

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Jeffrey Toobin reportedly suspended from magazine after exposing himself during Zoom call

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NEW YORK - Journalist Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended from The New Yorker after exposing himself during a Zoom call, according to a report.

Sources told Vice that Toobin was suspended while an investigation is conducted. The incident reportedly occurred during a call between workers at The New Yorker and WNYC radio, in which the prolific ...Read more

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The New Yorker suspends Jeffrey Toobin after CNN analyst exposed himself on Zoom

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The New Yorker has suspended journalist Jeffrey Toobin after a Zoom incident the staff writer claims happened by "mistake."

The publication took action after the lawyer and author, who is also CNN's chief legal analyst, exposed his genitals during a virtual meeting last week with staffers from The New Yorker and WNYC radio, according to a ...Read more

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Ghislaine Maxwell loses fight to keep her Jeffrey Epstein testimony sealed

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WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court dealt Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, twin blows late Monday by declining to consolidate her appeals in numerous overlapping cases and striking down her effort to thwart release of a controversial deposition she gave in a now-settled civil lawsuit.

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'Incredibly rare' white baby sea turtle pops out of the sand on South Carolina beach

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An "extremely rare" white baby sea turtle was found Sunday on a beach 25 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, according to Kiawah Island town officials.

"You can imagine the excited 'oohs' and the 'aahs' from the guests, including some College of Charleston students, when the (beach) patroller found a lone, leucistic hatchling in the nest...Read more

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Georgia's elections chief says tech issues resolved as turnout soars

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ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that problems with a sluggish voter check-in system have been resolved and wait times have fallen as early-voting turnout surges in the state.

Voters should expect a smooth early-voting process after technical changes were made last week to the state computer system that looks ...Read more

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Newsom says California will review FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines before releasing to public

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will review the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines that receive federal approval before distributing them to the public, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

The governor announced the creation of a new workgroup of physicians and scientists working with the California Department of Public Health that will "independently ...Read more

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COVID-19 death toll nears 17,000 in California

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LOS ANGELES - While the number of daily COVID-19 deaths has fallen dramatically in California in the past few months, the state's death toll has become the third highest in the nation and is on the cusp of another grim milestone: 17,000 lives lost to the virus.

California ranks behind only New York and Texas in total deaths linked to the ...Read more

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US charges 6 Russian intelligence agents for past hacking

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. charged six current and former members of Russia's military intelligence agency for allegedly carrying out some of the world's most destructive and sophisticated hacking attacks from 2015 to 2019, including knocking out Ukraine's power grid and causing almost $1 billion in damages to three American companies alone.

The ...Read more

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Supreme Court agrees to rule on Trump's immigration policies, but not until next year

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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to render a verdict on the legality of President Donald Trump's use of military funds to pay for an expanded border wall as well as his "remain in Mexico" policy preventing migrants seeking asylum from entering this country before their claims are heard.

The justices said they would hear the ...Read more

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Florida voters line up before dawn to vote early

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MIAMI - A soggy South Florida morning didn't dampen voter enthusiasm as people arrived Monday at voting centers before dawn - in some cases lining up around the block - to take advantage of the start of early voting in Florida.

From Miami to St. Petersburg, people began posting pictures on social media of lines growing around early voting ...Read more

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Man who dangled from Trump Tower for more than 13 hours is pulled to safety by cops who 'literally saved this young man's life'

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CHICAGO - Chicago police said Monday morning they had "resolved peacefully" a standoff at Trump Tower more than 13 hours after a man suspended himself with a rope and harness from the 16th-floor landing of the downtown high-rise.

"Situation resolved peacefully by negotiators," tweeted police spokesman Tom Ahern. "Suspect in custody. No injuries...Read more

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Chicago mayor threatens stricter coronavirus restrictions if city's cases continue to rise

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CHICAGO - Citing a dramatic increase in the number of coronavirus cases since the start of October, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday threatened to reimpose stricter guidelines on businesses.

The mayor didn't specify what measures she would turn to if COVID-19 cases continue to rise and said she hopes to avoid more painful steps. But, she ...Read more

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Pelosi, Mnuchin to meet on coronavirus relief

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday as a self-imposed deadline looms for a deal worth about $2 trillion.

The two top negotiators have been making progress but are still apart on a sprawling deal that Pelosi says must be done by Tuesday if anything is going to happen before Election Day.

One...Read more