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Actress Lori Loughlin avoided another court appearance Wednesday after a federal judge accepted her latest not guilty plea in the college admissions bribery case. In a filing Tuesday, Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley waived her appearance and entered the written plea the "Full House" star submitted Nov. 1 to the new bribery charge handed down last month. Prosecutors announced Oct. 22 that ...

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LONDON - Britain's Prince Andrew has announced that he will "step back" from public duties, citing the "major disruption" caused by the renewed focus on his relationship with the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew, 59, said that he will "step back from public duties for the foreseeable future" after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, agreed to the move. "It has ...

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LOS ANGELES - As Hollywood's major unions gird for potentially contentious contract negotiations with the major studios, streaming giant Netflix is moving to hash out its own labor deals that could give it a competitive advantage in the event of a strike. This summer Netflix negotiated its first overall agreement with actors union SAG-AFTRA. Last month the International Alliance of Theatrical ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Gunshot wounds cause most survivors lasting harm that goes beyond what bullets do to their bodies, according to a new Penn study. The study, which looked at almost 200 adult survivors of gun violence in Philadelphia, found that nearly half screened positive for likely Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) several years after they were shot, and many had higher rates of ...

FORT LAUDERDALE - The diagnosis came in 1996. Edward Caprio suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In hindsight, it was a predictable result of decades of smoking. It was 22 years before the disease killed him. On Friday, Caprio's spouse was awarded a $157.4 million verdict from a Broward jury, $9 million in compensatory damages and the rest in punitive damages. The award is ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby, angered by an op-ed piece by Malcolm Jenkins on the selection of a new Philadelphia police commissioner, is calling the Eagles safety a "non-resident, washed up football player" who has no business tackling crime "when he can't even manage to tackle his own opponents." In a letter posted on the FOP Lodge 5's Twitter ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Like many, David Stromeyer and his wife made a terrifying escape from Paradise as the Camp Fire threatened their home a year ago. Fortunate than most, the Stromeyers found a rental within a week, joining the thousands of people who temporarily moved to the nearby city of Chico. Where the retirees will make a new permanent home is still unsettled, but it will likely be far ...

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PHILADELPHIA - BioCorRx bills itself as a developer of "advanced solutions" for alcohol and opioid addictions. But the California-based company has come under fire for plans to test an unapproved naltrexone implant on Louisiana prison inmates and homeless Philadelphians who are struggling with addiction, in violation of federal laws protecting human research subjects. Only one prisoner ...

PHILADELPHIA - Rodney Gillespie, an African American pharmaceutical executive who accused a Pennsylvania state trooper of racial profiling after a July traffic stop in which he was handcuffed in the driveway of his Chadds Ford home, had a happy 53rd birthday Tuesday. A charge against Gillespie of failing to drive within a single lane was dismissed by Delaware County Judge Kathrynann W. Durham ...

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Sebastien is strengthening as the final days of hurricane season come spiraling closer to the drain. Sebastien increased its maximum sustained winds to 50 mph Wednesday morning and is maintaining a forward speed of 8 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. update. Its tropical-storm-force winds can be felt 150 miles from the storm's core, NHC ...

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Q. In past columns you have recommended both the Cambridge Audio AM5 and Onkyo TX-8020 amplifiers. Why would someone choose the Cambridge (or other high-end brand) over the Onkyo, if both perform well and the Cambridge costs more? - G.C., San Jose, Calif. A. I often use cars as an analogy to explain this. It isn't perfect given the many manufacturers and products in the marketplace, but it ...

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Olathe, Kan., Councilwoman Karin Brownlee says she "will not be resigning" after coming under fire by the LGBT community. She's accused of complaining to the employer of a gay rights activist because he pushed for the city to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance. The standing-room-only crowd in the Olathe City Council chambers was nearly evenly divided Tuesday night. On one side sat LGBT ...

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When Emilia Clarke was cast as Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones" in 2010, she only had a few stage and TV roles on her resume. Just starting out in the business, she didn't want her HBO bosses to think she wasn't up for the various demands of a challenging TV series, which, for her, included doing nude scenes. "I came fresh from drama school, and I was like, 'Approach this like a job,'" ...

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TAMPA, Fla. - Ground penetrating radar has located 145 graves on the southern ground of King High School in Tampa, Fla., buried 3 to 5 feet deep, in an announcement Wednesday by Hillsborough School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger. The School District announced on Oct. 18 that it had learned the mid-20th century Ridgewood Cemetery for the indigent and unknown was located on property later ...

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Where's "Igor"? Not where he should be, if social media is any indication. The acclaimed album by rapper-producer Tyler, the Creator was one of the year's surprise breakouts, an inventive, commercially successful work that debuted at No. 1 on the album charts. But despite the critical kudos and Tyler's memorable blond bowl-cut wig, Grammy voters skipped over "Igor" for a best album nomination. ...

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Eight-year-old Marian Scott loved her red hair extensions, which she had worn on and off since the start of the school year. But when it came time for school photos at her charter school in Jackson, Mich., Marian was told that her hair was a violation of the dress code and she wouldn't be photographed, according to her father, Doug Scott. The experience was crushing for the ...

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Suffice to say Lizzo is feeling good as hell after scoring eight Grammy nominations. The "Truth Hurts" hitmaker leads the field ahead of her fellow newbies: anti-pop sensation Billie Eilish and country-rap superstar Lil Nas X, who nabbed six nods each. Shortly after singer-songwriters Alicia Keys and Bebe Rexha announced the nominations Wednesday, Lizzo posted on Twitter to express her ...

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CHICAGO - A Tuesday evening shooting on the city's Northwest Side sent a Chicago police officer to the intensive care unit, left a man dead and injured a teenage boy who was in the middle of a piano lesson, authorities said. The shooting occurred in the 4300 block of West Irving Park Road around 7 p.m., police said, the conclusion of a frenzied chain of events that began as a bank robbery in ...

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Last week Lil Nas X made history when his earworm of a hit "Old Town Road" nabbed a Country Music Assn. award, making him the first openly gay black male to do so. Yet "Old Town Road" - which spent much of the year as the No. 1 song in the country - wasn't awarded in any major category at the CMAs. Instead, it was relegated to musical event of the year. Lil Nas X's CMA win made it clear that ...

LOS ANGELES - About 450,000 people will be without power starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday as dry weather and strong winds roll through Northern California, increasing the risk of fires. The number of affected customers was cut in half from Pacific Gas & Electric's original estimates, affecting 18 counties. The shutoffs will begin with Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and portions of Sonoma and Yolo ...

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A neon green wave has officially washed over the Recording Academy. Breakout star Billie Eilish, who has adopted the electric shade in many aspects of her look, made Grammy Awards history Wednesday as the youngest artist to earn nominations in all four of the academy's top four categories. At 17, the L.A.-raised "Bad Guy" singer was nominated for six Grammy Awards, notably in the best new ...

CHICAGO - Immanuel Asare flew from Germany to the United States two months ago to help rebuild homes that were damaged by hurricanes in New Orleans. But then the 20-year-old took a side trip to Chicago, where in less than 48 hours a bullet ripped through his arm. He was walking with a friend in the Bridgeport neighborhood over the weekend when two cars pulled up, someone shouted slang he ...

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Those who follow commercial pop music likely predicted that 2019 breakout artists Lizzo and Billie Eilish would earn a lot of love at the 62nd Grammy Awards, which they did. Those who bet against Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" failed to grasp what's been obvious to most everyone else all year: It's an eminently lovable and groundbreaking hit. But a lot of stuff didn't go as planned. Bruce ...

They called him the "Gordon problem" - and now he's a giant problem for President Donald Trump. Gordon Sondland dropped a bomb into the impeachment inquiry when he said Trump personally directed the improper plan to force Ukraine to open investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden and a discredited conspiracy theory about the 2016 election. The Trump megadonor-turned-ambassador to the ...

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BALTIMORE - Federal prosecutors have charged former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy in what they allege was a corrupt scheme involving her sales of a self-published children's book series. In a grand jury indictment made public Wednesday, prosecutors allege Pugh defrauded area businesses and nonprofit organizations with nearly $800,000 in ...

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Evangelical groups are turning to artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to help their members fight addiction to online pornography in a budding industry that one scholar calls an emerging "purity-industrial complex." As pornography has exploded beyond just websites to apps and social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr and others, tech companies ...

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Since 1960, the average life expectancy in the U.S. has increased by nine years, and according to the Social Security Administration, individuals who are currently approaching the age of 65 can expect, on average, to live until their mid-80s (84 for men and 86.5 for women). But many individuals live well beyond the average. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of living centenarians (individuals who live to be 100 years old) increased 43.6 percent from 50,281 to 72,197. With high life expectancies and advances in healthcare and technology, people are living young lifestyles later in life. A critical component of staying and feeling young is maintaining strong mental, emotional and physical health.

The families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been at the forefront of every movement to advance their loved ones' rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They've fought for help to care for them outside of institutional settings. They've demanded that they receive an appropriate public education. And they've pushed for jobs that both accommodate ...