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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

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

Death of rocket man 'Mad Mike' Hughes ends years of close calls

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LOS ANGELES -- In 2002, daredevil "Mad Mike" Hughes successfully jumped a Lincoln Town Car stretch limousine 103 feet at the Perris Auto Speedway in Riverside County.

The stunt landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest limousine ramp jump, beating a previous 75-foot jump Hughes made in Las Vegas. He seriously injured his ...Read more

Trump arrives in India, revels in huge crowd and Modi's praise

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NEW DELHI -- President Donald Trump addressed the largest crowd of his political career Monday, celebrating the relationship between the world's oldest and largest democracies during a speech to a stadium crowd of more than 100,000.

Speaking in 86-degree heat in Ahmedabad, Trump avoided the more charged, controversial rhetoric that typically ...Read more

Assange called a threat to people who 'put their lives at risk'

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LONDON -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was called a threat to the people "who put their lives at risk to assist the U.S." on the first day of his extradition trial in London.

James Lewis, a lawyer for the U.S., told a London court that Assange's case has little to do with freedom of the press. Instead, he tried to narrow the focus of the U....Read more

Paid to tweet for Mike Bloomberg — not necessarily support him

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LOS ANGELES -- A vocal Bernie Sanders supporter. A Chicagoan with zero followers on Twitter. A dozen registered Republicans. These are some of the digital soldiers Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential campaign has recruited in California to boost the former New York mayor's online profile in preparation for the March 3 Democratic primary.

The ...Read more

Sanders brushes off questions on costs, age on '60 Minutes'

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WASHINGTON --Bernie Sanders struggled to provide details on exactly how he would pay for his sweeping proposals to expand health care, child care and more, and also brushed off questions about his age in an interview broadcast by CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

The Vermont senator heads to the South Carolina primary on Saturday after crushing the ...Read more

Clyburn warns Sanders victory may endanger House Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- The highest-ranking African-American in Congress warned that if Bernie Sanders is the 2020 Democratic nominee the party could lose many of the moderate seats they won to retake the House in 2018.

"It's going to be tough to hold on to these jobs if you have to make the case for a self-proclaimed democratic socialist," House ...Read more

Climate change, global tax emerge as snags for G-20 communique

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Finance chiefs from the world's 20 largest economies haggled over climate change and proposals for a global tax regime as they tried to draft a joint communique at a conference overshadowed by a viral outbreak that's shaken the global economy.

Delegates at the G-20 meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, spent much of their time talking about a global...Read more

Three Weinstein accusers could send producer to prison for life

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NEW YORK -- As the jurors in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial wrestle with a pair of charges that could send the fallen movie mogul to prison for life, the testimony of three women who don't even appear in his indictment could help seal his fate.

They're known as Molineux witnesses in New York, where Weinstein is being tried, and they ...Read more