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University of Michigan officials knew about sexual misconduct allegations, but didn't act in 3 incidents

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DETROIT -- Faculty members at the University of Michigan raised concerns during the hiring process of a noted opera singer in 2015, going so far as to wonder who was going to tell him to keep his hands off male students, according to depositions included in court filings.

The previously unreported depositions, included in a mid-January lawsuit ...Read more

The anti-Bernie electability argument grows in Miami after Castro comments

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Bernie Sanders' remarks about Fidel Castro on "60 Minutes" Sunday night continued to set off alarms among Florida Democrats on Monday, as worries spread about the presidential front-runner's views on authoritarian regimes and the effect on Hispanic and undecided voters in a swing state.

Lawmakers and prominent Democrats across Florida denounced...Read more

Wrongly convicted Kansas man to receive $1.6 million, certificate of innocence, state announces

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Lamonte McIntyre, who served 23 years for murders he did not commit, will receive a certificate of innocence and $1.55 million as part of settlement of his mistaken conviction lawsuit, the Kansas Attorney General's office said in a news release.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday that an agreed resolution of the ...Read more

Bernie Sanders picks up 24 delegates from Nevada, establishing lead

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WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders picked up 24 delegates from Nevada, doubling his total haul in the Democratic presidential primary from the three early-state contests held so far.

With a first-place win in Saturday's Nevada caucuses, the Vermont senator now has 45 delegates, while former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg has 25 and former ...Read more

Illinois' recreational marijuana sales brought $10 million in tax revenue in January

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CHICAGO -- Recreational marijuana sales in Illinois generated more than $10 million in tax revenue in January, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The state collects sales tax and a cannabis excise tax on recreational marijuana sales. January sales generated more than $7.3 million in cannabis tax revenue, and more than $3.1 million...Read more

Trail runner with broken leg rescued after crawling 10 hours in remote area near Seattle

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SEATTLE -- A long-distance trail runner who broke his leg while traversing a remote Olympic Peninsula trail crawled toward help for 10 hours on increasingly torn-up knees.

From a bed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Joseph Oldendorf told KIRO 7 he crawled for nearly seven hours in below-freezing temperatures to get to a place where his ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects Texas death row inmate's appeal, but justice notes 'pall of uncertainty' over guilt

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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected death row inmate Rodney Reed's appeal Monday, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote separately to urge Texas courts to conduct a "full and fair" examination of evidence that raises questions about his guilt.

"In my view, there is no escaping the pall of uncertainty over Reed's conviction. Nor is there any denying the...Read more

Harvey Weinstein verdict: The case now moves to Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES -- While the New York chapter of Harvey Weinstein's criminal prosecution is over, pending an appeal and sentencing, the legal saga will soon move to Los Angeles.

Last month, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of restraint and sexual ...Read more

30 injured as car drives into German Carnival parade

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FRANKFURT, Germany -- Dozens of people were injured in the German town of Volkmarsen on Monday when a car apparently driven by a local man crashed into a Carnival parade.

Police said they suspect the driver deliberately steered his vehicle into the parade, and they opened an investigation into attempted homicide.

A police spokesperson said ...Read more

Katherine Johnson, legendary NASA Langley mathematician, dies at age of 101

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Katherine Johnson, the NASA Langley Research Center mathematician who went from "hidden" to hero in her late 90s, died Monday morning at the age of 101.

In the early days of the space program, before the advent of modern computers, Johnson's precise trajectory calculations – done with pencil and paper, or chalk and ...Read more

Pete Buttigieg wants to end cap on state and local tax deductions

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LOS ANGELES -- Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg released a tax reform package Monday that would roll back the Trump administration's cap on the state and local tax deduction, which disproportionately affects residents of high-tax states such as California.

Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., also calls for expanding the child ...Read more

Weinstein convicted of 2 of 5 counts in sexual assault trial

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NEW YORK -- Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape and a felony sex crime Monday, marking a climactic end to a high-profile case that in some ways serves as vindication of the #MeToo movement.

Those two counts were connected to individual allegations made by Mimi Haley, a former Weinstein Co. production assistant, and Jessica Mann, a once-...Read more

Louis Farrakhan says billionaires 'paying off' black preachers, politicians

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DETROIT -- Speaking to a packed crowd of thousands Sunday afternoon in Detroit, minister Louis Farrakhan called upon America to repent for what he said are its sins of racism and moral decay while warning that billionaires are trying to buy black preachers and politicians.

In front of an estimated 14,000 people in TCF Center, Farrakhan ...Read more

Weinstein convicted of 2 of 5 counts in sexual assault trial

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NEW YORK -- Harvey Weinstein was convicted of two of five counts Monday, marking a climactic end to a high-profile case that in some ways serves as vindication of the #MeToo movement.

During the six-week trial, a physically diminished Weinstein shuffled in and out of a 15th-floor courtroom with the aid of a walker. He appeared stoic as six ...Read more

Student files discrimination lawsuit against University of Maryland, alleging repeated gluten exposure

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BALTIMORE -- A student with celiac disease has filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Maryland, College Park, alleging the institution discriminated against her medical condition and repeatedly served her foods containing gluten.

Allegany County native Hannah Smith filed the complaint Feb. 20, describing several incidents in which ...Read more

Vanessa Bryant files wrongful death lawsuit against helicopter operator

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LOS ANGELES -- As mourners gathered at Staples Center on Monday for a memorial service celebrate the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, attorneys for Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter that crashed last month and claimed the lives of her husband, daughter and seven other people.

The ...Read more

Joe Biden unveils new plan on housing, homelessness ahead of California primary

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Joe Biden unveiled a new $640 billion housing plan on Monday that includes certain homeowner and renter protections already in place in California.

While he won't cap annual rent increases, which California lawmakers did last year, he supports a national Bill of Rights similar to the California Homeowner Bill of Rights.

...Read more

Climate study shows methane 'burp' from melting Arctic tundra is unlikely

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New research by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Rochester eases long-standing fears that thawing Arctic permafrost could belch out mass amounts of climate-warming methane gas.

Scientists had warned of a scenario in which the thawing tundra could release enough methane to sharply accelerate global warming. However, ...Read more

Presidential candidates rarely give New Jersey any love. Until Mike Bloomberg

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PHILADELPHIA -- In the long slog of presidential elections, candidates don't have to think about New Jersey much because it usually holds its primary in June, after the likely nominee is obvious.

Enter Mike Bloomberg and his billions of dollars.

The former New York mayor and Republican-turned-Democrat opened his first campaign office in New ...Read more

Trump gambles on plan to bring home some US troops from Afghanistan before election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has a lot riding on a precarious agreement with Taliban militants to end America's longest war. But the process, which began over the weekend, is fraught with obstacles that could lengthen the conflict rather than conclude it.

The first step in the deal agreed to by the U.S. and the Taliban is a seven-day ...Read more