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Man sentenced to 47 years to life for kidnapping 9-year-old girl from upstate New York park

BY Associated Press

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — A man was sentenced Wednesday to 47 years to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl who went missing from a state park in upstate New York last year.

Craig N. Ross Jr. pleaded guilty in February to taking the girl Sept. 30 from a campground at Moreau Lake State Park, a rural area about 35 miles (60 kilometers) north of Albany.

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Kentucky lawmaker says he wants to renew efforts targeting DEI initiatives on college campuses

BY Associated Press

A Republican lawmaker has signaled plans to mount another effort to limit diversity, equity and inclusion practices at Kentucky's public universities after GOP supermajorities failed to resolve differences on the issue during the recently ended legislative session.

Kentucky lawmakers will convene again in January, and state Sen. Mike Wilson said he hopes lawmakers use the coming months to craft another version of DEI legislation for the 30-day session in 2025.

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9 are facing charges in what police in Canada say is the biggest gold theft in the country's history

BY Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Police said nine people are facing charges in what authorities are calling the biggest gold theft in Canadian history from Toronto’s Pearson International airport a year ago.

Peel Regional Police said Wednesday that 6,600 gold bars worth more than 20 million Canadian dollars ($14.5 million), and CA$2.5 million ($1.8 million) in foreign currencies were stolen. The gold was melted down and used to purchase illegal firearms, police said.

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Korda chases fifth straight victory to tie LPGA record in Chevron Championship

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Nelly Korda hasn’t really considered her place in history as she prepares to chase her fifth consecutive victory, which would tie the LPGA record, this weekend at the Chevron Championship.

“I’m so in the present that I don’t let myself think about that too much,” she said. “I feel like that just comes with a little bit more added pressure.”

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Tesla asks shareholders to restore $56B Elon Musk pay package that was voided by Delaware judge

BY Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is asking shareholders to restore a $56 billion pay package for CEO Elon Musk that was rejected by a Delaware judge this year, and to shift the company's corporate home to Texas.

The changes, to be voted on by stockholders at a June 13 annual meeting, could be a tougher sell than when it was first approved in 2018. The Austin, Texas, electric vehicle maker is struggling with falling global sales, slowing electric vehicle demand, an aging model lineup and a stock price that has tumbled 37% so far this year.

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Family of Minnesota man shot to death by state trooper in traffic stop files civil rights lawsuit

BY Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a Minnesota man who was killed by a state trooper during a traffic stop filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday, alleging that the fatal shooting was unjustified and unlawful.

The lawsuit names Troopers Ryan Londregan, who shot Ricky Cobb II, and Brett Seide, who made the initial stop. Londregan, a white officer, was already facing murder charges for killing Cobb, a Black man, in what has become a politically charged case in the city where the murder of George Floyd by police nearly four years ago sparked global protests demanding racial justice.

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North Carolina University system considers policy change that could cut diversity staff

BY Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The future of diversity, equity and inclusion staff jobs in North Carolina's public university system could be at stake as a series of votes loom on a key policy's potential repeal.

The Committee on University Governance within the University of North Carolina Board of Governors that oversees 17 schools, was poised to vote Wednesday on a possible reversal and replacement of a policy related to DEI. If the five-member committee votes to repeal the policy, it will be sent to the full board of 24 voting members to be voted on again next month.

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Zion Williamson out for playoff play-in game vs. Kings; out 2 weeks if Pelicans advance

BY Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson has been ruled out of the New Orleans Pelicans' Western Conference play-in game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night because of a left hamstring injury — and is expected to miss up to two weeks should New Orleans advance to the NBA playoffs.

The injury occurred with about three minutes remaining in a 110-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in New Orleans' play-in tournament opener at home on Tuesday night. The club announced Wednesday that imaging confirmed he had a strained hamstring and that he would be re-evaluated in about two weeks.

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Convicted scammer who victims say claimed to be a psychic, Irish heiress faces extradition to UK

BY Associated Press

A woman accused by scam victims of crisscrossing the U.S. claiming to be an Irish heiress is expected to learn next month whether she will be extradited to the United Kingdom.

Marianne Smyth, a 54-year-old American, will be in federal court in Maine for the hearing that relates to allegations she stole more than $170,000 from at least five victims from 2008 to 2010 in Northern Ireland. United Kingdom officials said Smyth stole money that she had promised to invest and arranged to sell a victim a home but took the money.

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Sweeping gun legislation awaits final votes as Maine lawmakers near adjournment

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature moved in fits and starts toward adjournment on Wednesday, with unfinished business including final votes on a series of gun safety bills that were introduced after the deadliest shooting in state history last fall.

The Senate was awaiting an enactment vote on the governor’s gun safety proposals that would strengthen the state’s yellow flag law, boost background checks for private sales of guns and make it a crime to recklessly sell a gun to a prohibited person.

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Uber is helping investigators look into account that sent driver to Ohio home where she was killed

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Uber is helping investigators lookin into the account that sent a driver to the Ohio home where an 81-year-old man allegedly shot the woman to death because he erroneously believed she was part of a scam, the ride-hailing company said Wednesday.

The March 25 shooting death of Loletha Hall is “a horrific tragedy," and that account has since been banned, an Uber spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement. "Our hearts continue to be with Loletha's loved ones as they grieve.”

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How many ballerinas can dance on tiptoes in one place? A world record 353 at New York's Plaza Hotel

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NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of young dancers in white tutus and tightly coiffed hair gathered in New York's Plaza Hotel on Wednesday to break the world record for dancing on pointe in one place.

The spectacle was organized by Youth America Grand Prix, a ballet scholarship program that is celebrating its 25th anniversary with three nights of performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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NBA bans Jontay Porter after gambling probe shows he shared information, bet on games

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Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter was banned for life from the NBA on Wednesday after a league probe found he disclosed confidential information to sports bettors and wagered on games, even betting on the Raptors to lose.

Porter is the second person to be banned by Commissioner Adam Silver for violating league rules. The other was now-former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014, shortly after Silver took office.

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Hugh Grant says he took 'enormous sum' to settle suit alleging illegal snooping by The Sun tabloid

BY Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Hugh Grant accepted “an enormous sum of money" to settle a lawsuit accusing The Sun tabloid of unlawfully tapping his phone, bugging his car and breaking into his home to snoop on him, the actor said Wednesday after the agreement was announced in court.

Grant said he reluctantly settled because of a court policy that could have stuck him with a huge legal bill even if he prevailed at trial — a reality that could also force fellow claimant Prince Harry to settle, their lawyer said. A civil court rule intended to avoid jamming up the courts would have required Grant to pay legal fees to both sides if he won at trial but was awarded anything lower than the settlement offer.

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A vehicle backfiring startled a circus elephant into a Montana street. She still performed Tuesday

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The sound of a vehicle backfiring spooked a circus elephant while she was getting a pre-show bath in Butte, Montana, leading the pachyderm to break through a fence and take a brief walk, stopping noontime traffic on the city's busiest street before being loaded back into a trailer.

Viola, an Asian elephant with the Jordan World Circus, still participated in two performances Tuesday after her time on the lam in the southwestern Montana city of about 35,000 people that in the late 1800s was the world's largest copper-producing area.

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Marquette hires Cara Consuegra away from Charlotte to replace Megan Duffy

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette has filled its head coaching vacancy by bringing back Cara Consuegra, a former Golden Eagles assistant who spent the last 13 seasons running Charlotte’s program.

Consuegra went 225-169 in her 13 years at Charlotte as the 49ers earned one NCAA Tournament berth in 2022 and made six WNIT appearances. She was an assistant coach at Marquette on Terri Mitchell’s staff from 2004-11.

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Jade Carey and Leanne Wong are hoping their path to the Olympics goes through the NCAA Championships

BY Associated Press

Jade Carey and Leanne Wong watched as the elite gymnasts they grew up with left college last summer so they could turn their attention to the Paris Olympics.

Suni Lee headed home to Minnesota after two years at Auburn. Jordan Chiles returned to Texas following a decorated stint at UCLA. Kayla DiCello asked longtime personal coach Kelli Hill to come out of retirement to help her get ready, a request that included DiCello taking a break from Florida so she could train full-time in Maryland.

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Caitlin Clark looks like a natural as Indiana Fever introduce WNBA's top draft pick

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Caitlin Clark walked to the dais Wednesday in Indianapolis, she looked like a natural.

The former Iowa star and WNBA's No. 1 overall draft pick eagerly discussed the impact a new television deal could have around the league. Clark outlined her goal of helping the Indiana Fever end a seven-year playoff drought, talked about being “terrified” of her Saturday Night Live appearance, even teased Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton about attending her rival school, Iowa State.

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NHL has no appetite to expand playoffs beyond its 16-team tournament for the Stanley Cup

BY Associated Press

Sixteen teams, each one needing to win 16 games over four rounds of best-of-seven series to lift the Stanley Cup, has been the way the NHL decides its champion for nearly four decades. That isn't changing any time soon.

The NHL is the only one of the major four North American professional sports leagues not to expand its playoffs in recent years. It is content with the current format and isn't looking to add more teams, a play-in round or anything else amid plenty of discussion about doing so.

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Boeing put under Senate scrutiny during back-to-back hearings on aircraft maker's safety culture

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Boeing was the subject of dual Senate hearings Wednesday as Congress examined allegations of major safety failures at the embattled aircraft manufacturer, which has been pushed into crisis mode since a door-plug panel blew off a 737 Max jetliner during an Alaska Airlines flight in January.

The Senate Commerce Committee heard from members of an expert panel that found serious flaws in Boeing's safety culture. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the public wants the Federal Aviation Administration and lawmakers to ensure that boarding one of the company's planes has not become more dangerous.

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Owner of ship in Baltimore bridge collapse asks cargo owners to help cover salvage costs

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The owner of the massive container ship Dali, which caused the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge last month, has initiated a process requiring owners of the cargo on board to cover some of the salvage costs.

The ship’s owner, Singapore-based Grace Ocean Private Ltd., made what’s known in maritime law as a “general average” declaration, which allows a third-party adjuster to determine what each stakeholder should contribute, according to company spokesperson Darrell Wilson.

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Imprisoned drug-diluting pharmacist to be moved to halfway house soon, victims' lawyer says

BY Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Kansas City-area pharmacist who has been incarcerated for more than two decades in a profit-boosting scheme to dilute tens of thousands of prescriptions for seriously ill patients is being moved to a halfway house this summer, an attorney for the victims said Tuesday.

Victims of Robert Courtney are outraged and demanding new charges, said Mike Ketchmark, an attorney whose office was involved in more than 275 wrongful death lawsuits against Courtney.

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Disneyland performers file petition to form labor union

BY Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Workers who help bring Disneyland’s beloved characters to life said Wednesday they collected enough signatures to support their push for a union.

A group of 1,700 performers, including those who represent characters and dance in parades at Disney's Southern California theme parks, said they filed an election petition with the National Labor Relations Board. A vote would likely be held in May or June.

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Police confirm Missouri officer fired fatal shot that killed man who allegedly shot another man

BY Associated Press

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A Ferguson, Missouri, police officer fired the fatal shot that killed at man at a gas station in the St. Louis suburb, police said Wednesday.

The shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at a convenience store. Police said 26-year-old Detarius Haynes and 18-year-old Joshua Campbell were in a vehicle that pulled up to a gas pump. St. Louis County police said in a news release that Campbell shot Haynes, who collapsed and died near the gas pump. It wasn't immediately clear what prompted that shooting.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court justices question how much power Legislature should have

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court justices questioned Wednesday how much power legislative committees should wield, in a case that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers brought against the Republican-controlled Legislature and that could have a major impact on how state government functions.

A ruling in favor of Evers would upend decades-old practices in the Legislature and make it easier to approve projects in a land stewardship program. But justices echoed concerns raised by Republicans that the case could have far broader impacts on the separation of power between the executive and legislative branches.

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Cyberattack hits New York state government's bill drafting office

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Legislature's bill drafting office was hit with an apparent cyberattack early Wednesday, officials said.

The scope of the attack was not immediately clear but officials said the bill drafting system has been down since early Wednesday. The office is responsible for printing legislation for lawmakers at the state Capitol in Albany.

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Amazon removed Just Walk Out from many of its own stores but wants to sell the system to others

BY Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants the public and - especially other businesses - to know it’s not giving up on its Just Walk Out technology.

Although the company is ditching the cashier-less checkout system at its Amazon Fresh grocery stores, it plans to sell the technology to more than 120 third-party businesses by the end of the year. Reaching that goal would double the number of non-Amazon enterprises that use Just Walk Out compared to last year.

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Duke's Jeremy Roach announces plans to enter NBA draft and transfer portal

BY Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke's Jeremy Roach is declaring for the NBA draft and entering the transfer portal if he returns to college.

The 6-foot-1 guard announced his plans in a social-media post Tuesday night. He has an additional year of eligibility remaining, granted by the NCAA to players who competed during the COVID-19 pandemic season of 2020-21.

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'I was afraid for my life' — Orlando Bloom puts himself in peril for new TV series

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NEW YORK (AP) — Orlando Bloom wanted to test himself for his latest adventure project. Not by eating something gross or visiting a new country. He wanted to risk death — with not one but three extreme sports.

The Peacock series“Orlando Bloom: To the Edge” sees the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star shoot through the sky thousands of feet above the ground, dive into a deep sinkhole and rock climb hundreds of feet.

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Supreme Court makes it easier to sue for job discrimination over forced transfers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it easier for workers who are transferred from one job to another against their will to pursue job discrimination claims under federal civil rights law, even when they are not demoted or docked pay.

Workers only have to show that the transfer resulted in some, but not necessarily significant, harm to prove their claims, Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court.

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New study calculates climate change's economic bite will hit about $38 trillion a year by 2049

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Climate change will reduce future global income by about 19% in the next 25 years compared to a fictional world that's not warming, with the poorest areas and those least responsible for heating the atmosphere taking the biggest monetary hit, a new study said.

Climate change's economic bite in how much people make is already locked in at about $38 trillion a year by 2049, according to Wednesday's study in the journal Nature by researchers at Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. By 2100 the financial cost could hit twice what previous studies estimate.

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Noah Eagle picked by NBC as play-by-play voice for basketball at the Paris Olympics

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Noah Eagle is broadcasting his second Olympics this summer. He's going to his first.

NBC Sports announced Wednesday that Eagle will be the play-by-play voice for USA Basketball's men's games, women's games and the medal rounds at this summer's Paris Olympics. The men's roster was announced Wednesday; the women's roster will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Columbia's Abbey Hsu chosen as Met Writers Association Player of the Year

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NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia's Abbey Hsu was chosen as the top Division I women's basketball player in the tri-state area by the Met Writers Association.

Carly Thibault-DuDonis of Fairfield University was selected the Maggie Dixon Met Coach of the Year and Meghan Andersen of Fairfield was named the Rookie of the Year by the organization.

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Hofstra's Tyler Thomas chosen as Haggerty Award winner

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NEW YORK (AP) — Hofstra's Tyler Thomas was chosen as the Frank J. Haggerty Award winner Wednesday by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.

Seton Hall’s Shaheen Holloway, who guided the Pirates to this season’s National Invitation Tournament title, was selected as the Peter A. Carlesimo Coach of the Year. Tariq Francis of the New Jersey Institute of Technology was announced as rookie of the year.

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USA Basketball announces its men's team for the Paris Olympics

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LeBron James is going back to the Olympics for the first time in 12 years. Stephen Curry is headed to the games for the first time. Kevin Durant will go there with his eyes on history.

And they’re just part of a star-studded roster the Americans have assembled for the Paris Games.

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European Union questions TikTok on new app that pays users for watching

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LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators said Wednesday they're seeking details from TikTok on a new app from the video sharing platform that pays users to watch videos.

The European Commission said it sent TikTok a “request for information” on the TikTok Lite app that has been quietly released in France and Spain.

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Major Berlin show marks 250th anniversary of German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich's birth

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BERLIN (AP) — A major show of Caspar David Friedrich's iconic landscapes that marks the 250th anniversary of his birth is opening in Berlin, where he made his breakthrough and where a 1906 exhibition kicked off an enduring revival of interest in the German Romantic master.

The show at the German capital's Alte Nationalgalerie, which organizers presented on Wednesday ahead of its opening to the public Friday, includes some of Friedrich's best-known works.

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Human rights group alleges widespread torture, abuse of detainees accused of IS affiliation in Syria

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BEIRUT (AP) — Amnesty International said Wednesday it has documented widespread abuses, including torture and deprivation of medical care, in detention facilities holding thousands of suspected Islamic State members and their relatives in northeast Syria.

The centers and camps hold about 56,000 people — the majority of them children and teens — and are run by local authorities affiliated with the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. The SDF and its allies, including U.S.-led coalition forces, defeated the Islamic State group in Syria in 2019, ending its self-proclaimed Islamic “caliphate” that had ruled over a large swath of territory straddling Iraq and Syria.

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Maui Fire Department report on deadly wildfire details how it was no match for unprecedented blazes

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HONOLULU (AP) — When wildfires broke out across Maui last August, some firefighters carried victims piggyback over downed power lines to safety and sheltered survivors inside their engines. Another drove a moped into a burning neighborhood again and again, whisking people away from danger one at a time.

But despite devoting nearly all the personnel and vehicles it had to the fight on Aug. 8, 2023, the Maui Fire Department was no match for an unprecedented series of blazes including one that killed 101 people in the historic town of Lahaina, according to a newly released report.

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UK lawmakers back landmark bill to gradually phase out smoking for good

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LONDON (AP) — The British government's plan for a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking cleared its first hurdle in Parliament on Tuesday despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party.

The bill, a key policy announced by Sunak last year, would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone born after January 1, 2009. If passed, the bill will give Britain some of the toughest anti-smoking measures in the world. Authorities say it will create modern Britain’s “first smoke-free generation.”

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Officer shot before returning fire and killing driver in Albany, New York, police chief says

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer in Albany, New York, was “ambushed” by a driver following an attempted traffic stop early Wednesday and was shot in the leg before returning fire, killing the man, the city's police chief said.

The officer was hospitalized at Albany Medical Center and was alert and conscious, Police Chief Eric Hawkins said at a news conference outside the hospital.

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Southern California city council gives a key approval for Disneyland expansion plan

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Visitors to Disney's California parks could one day walk through the snow-covered hamlet of Arendelle from “Frozen” or the bustling, critter-filled metropolis of “Zootopia” under a park expansion plan approved by the Anaheim City Council.

Disney would spend at least $1.9 billion over the next decade to transform its 490-acre (488-hectare) campus in densely-populated Southern California. It would be the biggest expansion of Disney’s Southern California theme parks in decades, aiming to create more immersive experiences for guests. Disney would also be required to spend tens of millions of dollars on street improvements, affordable housing and other infrastructure in the city.

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Myanmar's ousted leader Suu Kyi moved from prison to house arrest due to heat, military says

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BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s jailed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from prison to house arrest as a health measure due to a heat wave, the military government said as it freed more than 3,000 prisoners under an amnesty to mark this week's traditional New Year holiday.

Suu Kyi, 78, and Win Myint, the 72-year-old former president of her ousted government, were among the elderly and infirm prisoners moved to house arrest because of the severe heat, military spokesperson Maj. Gen. General Zaw Min Tun told foreign media representatives late Tuesday. The move has not yet been publicly announced in Myanmar.

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Copenhagen fights the last pockets of a fire that destroyed a 400-year-old landmark

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish firefighters were still at work extinguishing the last pockets of a fire that destroyed a 400-year-old Copenhagen landmark a day after the blaze began.

“This is sad, so sad,” said Mikkel Jensen, a 44-year-old civil servant, as he looked up at the twisted scaffolding still clinging to the ruins of the city's Old Stock Exchange.

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US navy flies aircraft through the Taiwan Strait a day after US-China defense chiefs hold rare talks

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. 7th Fleet said a Navy P-8A Poseidon flew through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, a day after U.S. and Chinese defense chiefs held their first talks since November 2022 in an effort to reduce regional tensions.

The patrol and reconnaissance plane “transited the Taiwan Strait in international airspace,” the 7th Fleet said in a news release.

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Apple CEO says company will 'look at' manufacturing in Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company will “look at” manufacturing in Indonesia as he met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday.

“We talked about the president’s desire to see manufacturing in the country, and it’s something that we will look at,” Cook told reporters after the meeting.

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Father of boy accused of stabbing 2 Sydney clerics saw no signs of extremism, Muslim leader says

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SYDNEY (AP) — The father of a boy accused of stabbing two Christian clerics in Australia saw no signs of his son’s extremism, a Muslim community leader said on Wednesday as police began arresting suspected rioters who besieged a Sydney church demanding revenge.

The 16-year-old boy spoke in Arabic about the Prophet Muhammad after he stabbed Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel and the Rev. Isaac Royel during a church service on Monday night that was being streamed online. Neither cleric sustained life-threatening injuries.

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European far-right conference resumes a day after police shut down the event

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BRUSSELS (AP) — An international conference of far-right politicians and supporters resumed in Brussels on Wednesday after the organizers launched a legal challenge against the authorities in the Belgian capital who feared the event could pose a threat to public order.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was due to speak at the National Conservative conference, a gathering of strident nationalists and fundamentalist Christians, a day after Nigel Farage, the man credited with taking Britain out of the European Union, addressed the crowd.

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Death toll from 4 days of rains rises to 63 in Pakistan with more rain on the forecast

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Lightning and heavy rains led to 14 deaths in Pakistan, officials said Wednesday, bringing the death toll from four days of extreme weather to at least 63, as the heaviest downpour in decades flooded villages on the country's southwestern coast.

Most of the deaths were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pakistan's northwest bordering Afghanistan. Collapsing buildings have killed 32 people, including 15 children and five women, said Khursheed Anwar, a spokesman for the Disaster Management Authority. Dozens more were also injured in the northwest, where 1,370 houses were damaged, Anwar said.

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UK inflation falls to lowest level since late 2021 as food prices ease further

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LONDON (AP) — Inflation in the U.K. fell to its lowest level in two and a half years in March after a further easing in food prices, official figures showed Wednesday.

Consumer prices rose by 3.2% in the year to March, down from 3.4% in February, the Office for National Statistics said. That's the lowest level since September 2021.

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Solomon Islanders cast votes in an election that will shape relations with China

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) — Voting has closed across Solomon Islands on Wednesday in the South Pacific nation's first general election since the government switched diplomatic allegiances from Taiwan to Beijing and struck a secret security pact that has raised fears of the Chinese navy gaining a foothold in the region.

The Solomon Islands' closer relationship with China and a troubled domestic economy weighed on voters' minds as they cast their ballots.

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Homes are demolished in Ivory Coast's main city over alleged health concerns. Thousands are homeless

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Dame Touré rushed to quickly gather what she could as bulldozers rolled into her neighborhood in Ivory Coast's fast-growing economic hub of Abidjan. Her three children joined her, stuffing plastic bags with clothes and whatever other items they could grab, before their home was reduced to rubble as armed security forces looked on.

The Touré home was among hundreds crushed in a February wave of demolitions targeting Abidjan's underdeveloped areas.

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Dodgers prospect Andy Pages singles in major league debut against Nationals

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andy Pages went 1 for 4 in his major league debut, a 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

“I thought he handled it seamlessly,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Pages, who started in center field and batted seventh in the order.

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Storm dumps heaviest rain ever recorded in desert nation of UAE, flooding roads and Dubai's airport

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Heavy thunderstorms lashed the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, dumping the heaviest rain ever recorded in the country in the span of hours as it flooded out portions of major highways and Dubai's international airport.

The state-run WAM news agency called the rain “a historic weather event” that surpassed “anything documented since the start of data collection in 1949.” That's before the discovery of crude oil in this energy-rich nation then part of a British protectorate known as the Trucial States.

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Crop-rich California region will fall under state monitoring to preserve groundwater flow

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California officials voted Tuesday to step in to monitor groundwater use in part of the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley in a first-of-its-kind move that comes a decade after local communities were tasked with managing the precious but strained resource.

The State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to start overseeing groundwater pumping in the Tulare Lake Subbasin meaning state, not local officials, will temporarily watch how much water can be pumped from the ground.

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Figures and Dobson win nominations for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters decided primary runoffs on Tuesday for the state's newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District, setting up a potentially historic November race that could play a part in the battle for control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Shomari Figures, a former top aide to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, defeated state House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels to win the Democratic nomination. Attorney and political newcomer Caroleene Dobson defeated former state Sen. Dick Brewbaker to win the Republican nomination. Dobson and Figures will face off in November in the closely watched general election.

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OJ Simpson was chilling with a beer on a couch before Easter, lawyer says. 2 weeks later he was dead

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson's last robust discussion with his longtime lawyer was just before Easter, at the country club home Simpson leased southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

“He was awake, alert and chilling,” attorney Malcom LaVergne recalled Tuesday. “He’s on the couch ... drinking a beer and watching TV. And so that was the last time we had effective back-and-forth conversations. He’s usually the one who keeps me up on the news ... so we were just catching up on the news then."

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Parts of central US hit by severe storms, while tornadoes strike in Kansas and Iowa

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Strong storms caused damage in parts of the middle U.S. Tuesday and spawned tornadoes in Kansas and Iowa, including one that left two people hurt.

An EF-1 tornado touched down shortly after 6 a.m. near the northeastern Kansas town of Richland, the National Weather Service said. The twister reached speeds of up to 100 mph (161 kph) and was on the ground for about 20 minutes, the service said.

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Cowboys add veteran Royce Freeman, but running back remains a position of need in the draft

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys signed free agent running back Royce Freeman on Tuesday, a likely incremental move at a position of need going into next week's draft.

The Cowboys have lost their lead back each of the past two offseasons. Two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott was released in a cost-cutting move a year ago. His replacement, Tony Pollard, signed with Tennessee after playing on the $10.1 million franchise tag last season.

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Venezuela closes its embassy in Ecuador to protest the police raid on the Mexican Embassy there

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the closure of his country’s embassy and consulates in Ecuador on Tuesday in solidarity with Mexico in its protest over a raid by Ecuadorian authorities on the Mexican Embassy in Quito.

Maduro and other presidents participating in a virtual meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States expressed their support for Mexico's request to have the United Nations suspend Ecuador from the world body over the April 5 raid. But Maduro was the only one to announce the closure of diplomatic outposts and recall of personnel.

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A woman who accused Trevor Bauer of sex assault is now charged with defrauding ex-MLB player

BY Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman who accused former major league pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual assault has been charged with defrauding the baseball player.

An indictment unsealed Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court charges the woman with fraud and theft by extortion, both felonies, but doesn't provide specific details about the alleged crimes. It says Bauer and one other person were defrauded in a scheme that potentially spanned several years.

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Closure of troubled California prison won't happen before each inmate's status is reviewed

BY Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The planned closure of a federal women's prison in California notorious for staff-on-inmate sexual abuse won't occur before each inmate’s status has been reviewed, with an eye toward determining who will be transferred elsewhere or released, authorities say.

Following the Bureau of Prison's sudden announcement Monday that FCI Dublin would be shut down, a judge ordered an accounting of the casework for all 605 women held at the main lockup and its adjacent minimum-security camp.

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A painting of Winston Churchill by an artist whose work he hated is up for auction

BY Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — A portrait of Winston Churchill by an artist whose work the British leader loathed went on display Tuesday at Churchill’s birthplace ahead of an auction in June.

The painting by modernist artist Graham Sutherland was made in preparation for a larger portrait that Churchill hated and which was later destroyed — an episode recounted in the TV series “The Crown.”

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Plumbing problem at Glen Canyon Dam brings new threat to Colorado River system

BY Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Plumbing problems at the dam holding back the second-largest reservoir in the U.S. are spurring concerns about future water delivery issues to Southwestern states supplied by the Colorado River.

Federal officials recently reported damage to four tubes known as “river outlet works” at Glen Canyon Dam on the Utah-Arizona border. The dam is responsible for generating hydropower and releasing water stored in Lake Powell downstream to California, Arizona, Nevada and eventually Mexico.

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Governor's pandemic rules for bars violated North Carolina Constitution, appeals court says

BY Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's orders during the COVID-19 pandemic that directed standalone bars to remain shuttered for safety while restaurants that serve alcohol got to reopen were “illogical” and violated the state constitution, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

A state Court of Appeals panel declared unanimously that a trial judge erred when he rejected claims by the North Carolina Bar and Tavern Association and private bars that their constitutional rights to earn a living and for equal treatment were violated with the Democratic governor's executive orders.

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Connecticut's top public defender denies misconduct claims as commission debates firing her

BY Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's top public defender fought to keep her job Tuesday as an oversight commission began considering whether to fire her for a range of alleged misconduct, including hurling unfounded accusations of racism against people who disagreed with her and improperly accessing the emails of staff and the commission chairman.

With dozens of supporters in tow including many wearing red, TaShun Bowden-Lewis and her lawyer appeared at a hearing before the state Public Defender Services Commission and denied 16 misconduct allegations lodged against her by the panel after an independent investigation.

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Ecuador rations electricity as drought persists in the northern Andes

BY Associated Press

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador on Tuesday began to ration electricity in the country's main cities as a drought linked to the El Niño weather pattern depletes reservoirs and limits output at hydroelectric plants that produce about 75% of the nation’s power.

The power cuts were announced on Monday night by the ministry of energy, which said in a statement that it would review its decision on Wednesday night.

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Mayor of North Carolina's capital city won't seek reelection this fall

BY Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of North Carolina’s capital city announced on Tuesday that she won't seek reelection this fall, citing in part health challenges and mentioning a new job.

Mary-Ann Baldwin, whose time on Raleigh’s city council goes back to 2007, has been mayor since December 2019. Raleigh is North Carolina’s second largest city by population with over 475,000 people.

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Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards to retire at end of playoffs

BY Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Jack Edwards is retiring after 19 years as the Boston Bruins' play-by-play announcer, the team announced Tuesday.

Edwards has described the position broadcasting for the Bruins on NESN as his “dream job,” which he started in 2005 after spending more than a decade at ESPN. He will continue calling Bruins games through the end of the playoffs.

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Chicago woman pleads guilty, gets 50 years for cutting child from victim's womb

BY Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman accused of luring a pregnant teenager to her home and cutting her baby from her womb with a butcher knife nearly five years ago pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Clarisa Figueroa, 51, seated in a wheelchair and wearing a bright yellow jumpsuit, did not provide a statement but answered “Yes” when Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas asked her if she understood she would need to serve the entire sentence and would not receive early release on parole, news outlets reported.

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Court papers show Sen. Bob Menendez may testify his wife kept him in the dark, unaware of any crimes

BY Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez may seek exoneration at his May bribery trial by blaming his wife, saying she kept him in the dark about anything that could be illegal about her dealings with New Jersey businessmen, according to court papers unsealed Tuesday.

Several sentences in a January court filing by lawyers for the Democrat were unsealed in Manhattan federal court after some news organizations insisted that public disclosure was required. Menendez’s lawyers had redacted the documents, claiming that the sentences revealed trial strategy that could bias the jury pool.

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Pirates 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes scratched with lower back tightness. Grandal starts rehab assignment

BY Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Gold Glove third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes was scratched from the Pittsburgh Pirates' lineup Tuesday night against the New York Mets because of tightness in his lower back.

“It just kind of locked up on him a little bit trying to work out. He couldn't get it really to release, so just out of the abundance of caution just going to make sure that we keep him down," manager Derek Shelton said.

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Wisconsin man pleads not guilty to neglect in disappearance of boy

BY Associated Press

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A man who was caring for a 3-year-old Wisconsin boy when he vanished in late Februar y pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of chronic child neglect.

Jesse Vang, 39, entered the plea during his arraignment in a Manitowoc County court. A judge on April 4 ordered Vang to stand trial on the neglect charge in the disappearance of Elijah Vue.

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Tara VanDerveer's longtime assistant Kate Paye takes over as new Stanford coach

BY Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kate Paye spent nearly two decades as Stanford's coach-in-waiting, her high energy and positive spirit shining through on the sidelines right next to Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer.

Now, it's Paye's turn at last. And while keeping to many of VanDerveer's longstanding traditions, Paye has a chance to put her own mark on the storied program.

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Kawhi Leonard's status for Clippers' playoff opener against Mavericks remains murky

BY Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard’s status for the Los Angeles Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks remains murky.

Leonard missed the final eight games of the regular season with right knee inflammation. The Clippers were 4-4 in that stretch, having clinched their first Pacific Division title in 10 years. They earned the fourth seed in the West.

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Ex-Piston Will Bynum sentenced to 18 months in prison in NBA insurance fraud scheme

BY Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Bynum, who played for the Detroit Pistons for six season, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for his conviction in a scandal involving NBA insurance fraud.

Bynum, 41, of Bensenville, Illinois, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court, where a jury convicted him in November of conspiring to make false statements related to NBA players who submitted false dental and medical claims to the NBA Players’ Health and Benefit Welfare Plan.

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán claims he can't get calls or visits in a US prison

BY Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s once most powerful drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is claiming he cannot get phone calls or visits in the maximum security U.S. prison where he is serving a life sentence.

Guzmán, who in the past was able to break out of Mexican prisons seemingly at will, wrote a letter to District Court Judge Brian M. Cogan in the Eastern District of New York in late March, complaining that he hadn’t been able to speak with his twin daughters.

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NBA average attendance was 18,324 this season. League says 71% of games were sellouts

BY Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Attendance was up 1.4% in the NBA this season, with the league setting a slew of records for ticket sales and sellouts.

The total attendance in the regular season that ended Sunday was 22,538,518, the league said — the second consecutive season in which the NBA set that record. Other records set this season included 873 sellouts, 71% of games selling out and the average attendance of 18,324.

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A former youth detention center resident testifies about 'hit squad' attack

BY Associated Press

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A former resident of New Hampshire’s youth detention center testified Thursday that his house leader and another staffer restrained him a stairwell while two other workers sexually assaulted him.

The four members of what he and other teens called “the hit squad” then carried him back to his room and tossed him in, he said.

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Former Michigan House leader and wife charged with misusing political funds

BY Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors charged the former leader of the Michigan House and his wife with financial crimes Tuesday, alleging they milked political accounts for personal travel, housing and other benefits while the Republican lawmaker was raising millions of dollars from his powerful post.

Lee Chatfield misused various political funds, including his Peninsula Fund, which was not required to report the names of donors and served as an “unregulated slush fund,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said.

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