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NEW YORK - Sonny Grosso, the larger-than-life NYPD detective whose fast-and-furious crime-busting with partner Eddie Egan became the basis of the 1971 hit "The French Connection," died Wednesday, a family member confirmed. He was 89. Grosso, who turned Hollywood producer after the spectacular screen retelling of the takedown of a heroin trafficking ring starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, ...

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - It was after midnight Monday that Shareef O'Neal tweeted an image of Bart Simpson lying in bed and staring at the ceiling, blinking as if in deep contemplation. The social media missive was sent out several hours after the UCLA redshirt freshman received the dreaded Did Not Play - Coach's Decision designation during the Bruins' home victory over California. It was the fifth ...

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WASHINGTON - Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton was among the first senators spotted ordering milk to the Senate chamber for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial Wednesday, and he took small sips to wash down what looked like a Hershey's chocolate bar. This was the second day of the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, and the 100 senators began to search in earnest for comfort ...

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MIAMI - Erik Spoelstra was desperate for answers as a 19-point halftime lead dwindled to single digits in the third quarter Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Miami Heat dismantled the Washington Wizards for the first 24 minutes, leading by as much as 21, and then the second half arrived. The Wizards cut the lead to 10, so Spoelstra countered with a timeout. They cut the lead down to ...

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WASHINGTON - After a Senate trial opening so contentious after nearly 13 hours that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. felt compelled to tell both sides to cool it, a weary Rep. Adam B. Schiff was perhaps stating the obvious early Wednesday when he admitted, "You're going to have tempers flare." But when lawmakers reconvened later for the first substantive arguments in President Donald Trump's ...

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Hollywood police issued a warrant for former NFL player Antonio Brown after an alleged battery and burglary at his home on Tuesday, which resulted in the arrest of his trainer, Glenn Holt. Brown, 31, faces charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief less than $1,000, according to Hollywood Police spokesman Officer Christian ...

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SEATTLE - One person was killed and five people were critically wounded in a shooting near Third Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, according to Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best. Police were asking people to stay out of the area after the shooting, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m. The suspect fled the area and was still being sought as of about 6:15 p.m., Best said. ...

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LOS ANGELES - LeBron James recently passed Gary Payton and Isiah Thomas to move up to eighth among the NBA's all-time assist leaders. He is now within striking distance of Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Chris Paul. Payton isn't surprised that the Los Angeles Lakers' James, billed as a forward most of his career, has compiled enough assists to put him in the same company as some of the ...

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SEATTLE - A Snohomish County man who was diagnosed Monday with the newly discovered Wuhan coronavirus after a trip to China had close contact with at least 16 people after arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Jan. 15, health officials said Wednesday afternoon. The man has the United States' first confirmed case of the mysterious respiratory infection, which has killed at least ...

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KRAKOW, Poland - In 1939, Poland was home to more Jews than any other nation in Europe. Partitioned by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that year, Poland lost a fifth of its population in World War II; 90% of Polish Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Israel was established as a Jewish homeland in 1948, out of the ashes of that global conflagration. The two nations have enjoyed full diplomatic ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - PG&E Corp. made a landmark agreement with its bondholders Wednesday that wards off a hostile takeover attempt, but the utility encountered fresh headwinds from California Gov. Gavin Newsom over its plans to exit bankruptcy. After months of squabbling with the hedge funds that hold billions in bond debt, PG&E said it secured a compromise plan with those investors. PG&E now ...

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Miami just stirred things up in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. But the jury's still out on whether that's a good thing. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg could be an attractive presidential candidate for core Miami voters who are as #NeverBernie as they are #NeverTrump - and are unimpressed by the rest of the Democratic candidates. In political essence and ...

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How do you solve a problem like the Oscars? "Female filmmakers and actors of color increasingly sidelined," is how the New York Times put it in the run-up to nominations. That prediction was confirmed earlier this month when a number of worthy names were noticeably missing from the list of contenders. This year is the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony. In that history, only five women - all white - ...

The world continues to churn outside the impeachment trial in Washington, including some potentially game-changing events in Israel. In advance of the March 2 elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival, Benny Gantz, have each vowed to annex one-third of the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu has also promised to extend sovereignty to 132 or more Israeli settlements, ...

It's a thrill to be nominated, sure. But everyone wants to go home with an Oscar. And with voting about to begin, awards consultants are busy fine-tuning their pitches to academy members, making final appeals to their exquisite taste, their sense of decency and, yes, throwing in a dash of shame for good measure. How might those overtures look for each of the movies nominated for best picture? ...

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SAN DIEGO - It's easy to be anonymous when Tiger Woods is your playing partner. Joel Dahmen found himself in such a situation two years ago when he was paired with Woods in the third round of the Quicken Loans National. So how is it that Dahmen went viral that day on social media? It was a bucket hat, of all things. "It was like 'who's this knucklehead wearing this,' " Dahmen said. "Because no ...

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Trump administration has approved federal funding for the state's Healthy Texas Women program, which offers health care and family planning services to thousands of low-income women but excludes Planned Parenthood. This marks the first time federal Medicaid funding has been granted to a program that excludes health care providers that perform abortions, and critics say this ...

ICE allowed to force-feed hunger striker detained in Florida FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Immigration authorities asked a federal judge last Friday for permission to force-feed Saleem Khan, a 33-year-old Indian citizen who has been on hunger strike at Krome Detention Center since Dec. 11. Federal court filings reveal that, since his hunger strike began, Khan has lost more than 30 pounds, or 20% of ...

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's comment Wednesday that U.S. troops suffering concussion-like symptoms had "not very serious" injuries clashed with a yearslong, hard-fought U.S. military campaign to spread the message that a brain injury is not something to be minimized. Trump was referring to at least 11 cases of troops in Iraq reporting symptoms that officials said may or may not turn ...

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BEIRUT, Lebanon - Violent clashes between protesters and anti-riot police have returned to Beirut, even after Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab pledged to work with his newly formed government to restore the public's confidence. Protesters have taken to Lebanon's streets on a regular basis since Oct. 17, demanding the departure of the country's ruling elite, accusing them of mismanagement ...

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Today we are focusing, for once, on a ray of good news in the midst of this very ugly time. As the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump root-canals its way into our living rooms, one of the most tortuous dilemmas that the deciders are arguing about is whether or not former national security adviser John Bolton will be summoned to testify. Today we are happy to report that this ...

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CHICAGO - Michael Kopech noticed a different energy recently while playing catch with White Sox teammates Ryan Burr, Zack Burdi and Yasmani Grandal. "It was that camaraderie, but more so the underlying competitiveness in all of us," Kopech said Wednesday. "It felt like a different energy. We were all pulling in the same direction, which is kind of a glimpse to us (of) what the future is going ...

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LOS ANGELES - The commissioner of Major League Baseball politely but logically rebuked the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, saying the league is not interested in the council's resolution calling for the Dodgers to be awarded the World Series championship trophies for 2017 and 2018. "I think there's a long tradition in baseball of not trying to change what happened," Rob Manfred said on ...

Hats off to the National Garden Bureau for designating 2020 as the year of the lantana. If you are looking for a flower that gives vibrant color from late spring through frost, then the lantana is probably the plant for you. This does come with a WARNING. You will most likely have tigers, zebras and some flashy ladies hanging around your garden all growing season. The passion for pollinators ...

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NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. - Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday acknowledged that a deadly shooting at this Florida military base had raised concerns about international students, but said new security measures should provide a "much higher degree of confidence." On Dec. 6, a Saudi pilot training at NAS Pensacola as part of an international program opened fire, killing three U.S. ...

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CHICAGO - An autopsy performed on the body of 21-year-old Chicago rapper Juice Wrld determined he died accidentally from an overdose of oxycodone and codeine, the Cook County medical examiner's office said Wednesday. The rapper, whose real name was Jarad A. Higgins, died Dec. 8 after he suffered convulsions and went into cardiac arrest as Chicago police and federal agents searched his and his ...

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A Utah teen accused of gunning down his mother and another three child victims will reportedly be charged as an adult for allegedly carrying out the nation's first mass shooting in 2020. Toole County Attorney Scott Broadhead told Fox13 the alleged gunman will be tried in district court – not juvenile court – because those age 16 and over facing aggravated murder or murder charges must be tried ...

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MIAMI - A group of lawyers and rapper Kodak Black's mother called a Wednesday news conference at a Miami federal prison to talk about what they claim is the Pompano Beach rapper's mistreatment inside. Instead, they wound up talking more about Kodak Black not being inside - but, rather, on a 1,000-mile bus ride to another federal prison. Attorneys Benjamin Crump, Devon Jacob and Sue-Ann ...

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DETROIT - The FBI is investigating a Michigan woman's claim that she was sexually assaulted aboard a Spirit Airlines flight by a man sitting next to her. The woman said the flight attendants took the alleged assault lightly - asking her to move her seat, but not making that same request of him. Spirit Airlines, however, said its crew did all it could to assist the woman, offered to move her ...

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PHILADELPHIA - For millions of premenopausal women, uterine fibroids turn their monthly periods into virtual hemorrhages. A new drug called elagolix cut blood loss by half over six months in the overwhelming majority of women who participated in two clinical trials published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Elagolix, being developed by AbbVie, was approved by the U.S. Food and ...