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Two Chicago men freed from prison after DNA tests prompt retrials

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GALESBURG, Ill. -- Nevest Coleman's family waited eagerly Monday outside a state prison in western Illinois as the final hours of Coleman's 23 years behind bars slowly evaporated.

When Coleman finally emerged from Hill Correctional Center, his hands pressed together in front of his mouth as if in silent prayer, his family erupted in smiles.

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What will happen to Charles Manson's remains?

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The Kern County, Calif., Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday that the agency took custody of convicted murderer Charles Manson's body after he died of natural causes at a local hospital.

What will happen to it now?

According to state law, Manson's next of kin has 10 days -- or until Nov. 29 -- either to claim or decline to take possession of the...Read more

BuzzFeed: John Conyers secretly settled sex harassment complaint by ex-employee

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A stunning new BuzzFeed account throws Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers onto the growing roster of beloved public figures suddenly faced with accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior toward women.

BuzzFeed, in an article by Paul McLeod and Lissandra Villa posted late Monday, reports that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal ...Read more

Report: Conyers settled with employee over sexual harassment case

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Conyers is the latest member of Congress to fall under public scrutiny for sexual misbehavior after documents from a 2015 settlement with a former staffer over sexual harassment complaints surfaced.

The documents, which include four signed affidavits, were initially obtained by Buzzfeed News.

The Michigan Democrat used ...Read more

Black caucus chairman, conservative leader team up for justice reform

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mark Walker, a conservative Republican, wants the GOP-controlled Congress to move on long-stalled efforts to revamp the nation's criminal justice system next year -- and he's enlisted a seemingly unlikely ally: the head of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Walker, a North Carolina Republican and chairman of the conservative ...Read more

For Murkowski, tax overhaul isn't just business — it's personal

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WASHINGTON -- Twelve years ago, Sen. Lisa Murkowski sat at the breakfast table with her youngest son, who was in junior high school at the time. It was a big day. The chamber was set to vote on opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, a priority of Alaska lawmakers for the previous three decades.

"My son looks up at me and ...Read more

Should America's upper middle class take the biggest tax hit?

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NEW YORK -- Humans learn the concept of fairness at a very young age. After all, it doesn't take long for a child to start whining about a sibling who gets an extra serving of ice cream. As the Republican-controlled Congress tries to push through tax reform this year, one group of Americans may similarly question why it's coming up a scoop short...Read more

Francis Wilkinson: The IRS scandal surrenders to reality at last

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The IRS scandal came to a pathetic, whimpering conclusion earlier this month. For half a decade the scandal had kept delinquent members of Congress occupied and served up reliable programming to Fox News and other conservative media. But when Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen walked out of his office on Nov. 9, of his own ...Read more

FDA raids Florida stores that consumers use to buy drugs from Canada

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The Food and Drug Administration last month sent criminal investigation agents with search warrants into nine storefronts across Central Florida that help customers order drugs from pharmacies in Canada and overseas at big discounts.

The agents notified the store owners that importing drugs from foreign countries is illegal and that those ...Read more

Whitefish Energy halts Puerto Rico work early over $83 million unpaid bill

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WASHINGTON -- The company that landed and then lost a $300 million, no-bid contract to rebuild Puerto Rico's storm-ravaged grid says it's halting its work early because the commonwealth's utility hasn't paid it $83 million it's owed.

Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC is shuttering its operations 10 days earlier than planned because it can no longer...Read more

Mandalay Bay, concert promoter sued by hundreds of Las Vegas massacre survivors

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LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers representing more than 450 victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre filed multiple lawsuits Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, arguing that hotel and concert officials did not do enough to prevent a shooting that left 58 people dead.

More than 15 additional lawsuits have already been filed as victims seek ...Read more

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Yellen to step down from Fed board when her successor as chair is sworn in

WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen submitted her resignation Monday, effective when her successor is sworn in, providing President Donald Trump another seat to fill on the central bank's board.

Trump decided not to renominate Yellen, 71, to lead ...Read more

Sounds heard in ocean were not distress signals from missing sub, Argentine navy says

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Hopes that strange sounds detected on the ocean floor might be distress signals from a missing Argentine submarine crew were dashed Monday night after an analysis indicated they were not metallic in nature.

Earlier in the day, Argentine navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said the noises picked up by sonar at a depth of 650 ...Read more

Settlement reached in lawsuit over Berkeley balcony collapse:

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- Plaintiffs in the 2015 deadly Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six and injured another seven reached a settlement, their attorney announced Monday.

The partial settlement, the amount of which is confidential, was reached between the injured victims and the families of the dead, mostly from Ireland, and the Greystar ...Read more

For opiate addiction, study finds drug-assisted treatment is more effective than detox

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Say you're a publicly insured Californian with an addiction to heroin, fentanyl or prescription narcotics, and you want to quit.

New research suggests you can do it the way most treatment-seeking addicts in the state do -- by undergoing a medically supervised "detoxification" that's difficult, expensive and highly prone to failure.

Or you can ...Read more

FBI, Justice Department investigating St. Louis police conduct during protests

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ST. LOUIS -- The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating police conduct during protests after September's acquittal of the St. Louis officer for a fatal 2011 shooting.

The investigation centers on "allegations of potential civil rights violations by law enforcement officers in the St. Louis area on Sept. 15, 2017, and in the weeks that ...Read more

Seven years after quake, Haitians to lose deportation protection by 2019

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MIAMI -- After years of being shielded from deportation from the United States while their disaster-prone country continues to recover from its devastating 2010 earthquake, tens of thousands of Haitians will now lose that safeguard.

The special deportation protection known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, will be revoked for at least 50,...Read more

Orca quandary: Other protected species are eating their food in Puget Sound

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SEATTLE -- Booming populations of seals, sea lions and other marine mammals are eating so much chinook salmon, they may pose a bigger challenge to the survival of hungry local orca whales than fishermen do, a new study has found.

The findings also helped researchers quantify yet another pressure on protected chinook salmon runs: the voracious ...Read more

California man accused of making death threats in racist voicemail to US Rep. Maxine Waters

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles man threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters in a voicemail filled with racist and anti-gay slurs after he became angered over her criticisms of President Donald Trump, according to court documents.

Anthony Scott Lloyd, 44, was indicted late last week on a charge of threatening to kill Waters in a voicemail left ...Read more

Trump campaign is said to stop paying Donald Jr.'s legal bills

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NEW YORK -- The Trump campaign has stopped paying legal bills for Donald Trump Jr. and is setting up a legal defense fund to cover the costs for him and other campaign staffers related to investigations into Russian election meddling, said a person familiar with the matter.

A fund for campaign staffers should be running in a few weeks, the ...Read more