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As a freshman at the University of Southern California last year, Matteo Sloane surely never imagined making the 2 {-hour drive from Los Angeles up U.S. 101 to visit his father at the federal prison in Lompoc, Calif. Then FBI agents came to the family's house at 6:15 a.m. one day. Seems that Devin Sloane, guided by a scam artist to the stars, had paid a quarter-million dollars to get Matteo ...

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PHILADELPHIA - People holding their breath to see how Pennsylvania votes in the 2020 presidential election might not want to wait up too late on election night. While the unofficial and more immediately available results have accounted for the vast majority of votes cast in years past, a new law means a significant share of ballots might not be tallied until after Election Day, according to ...

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Over the years, Toyota has built a reputation among consumers as an auto company that pays more than lip service to environmental concerns. Before status among green-focused consumers meant Tesla, the Toyota Prius held sway, with the likes of Larry David and Jessica Alba among the confirmed or rumored drivers. But a science advocacy group says Toyota's decision, which the automaker defends, to ...

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The questionnaire 92-year-old Robert Cooper received in the mail in late December seemed so authentic. The sender appeared to be the U.S. Census Bureau and the package "looked so official and was so nicely printed that it was clearly a big effort" someone made to get him to respond. So Cooper filled it out. He answered questions about his age, education and who else lived with him. But about ...

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Super Bowl LIV between San Francisco and Kansas City is all that remains of the 100th NFL season and the 2020 draft class is finally set. The NFL released the official list of underclassmen who decided to leave college early for the pros on Tuesday. There were 120 players who were either granted special eligibility or completed their degrees with eligibility remaining. This is down from 144 ...

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For a high school history assignment on the Holocaust, Olivia Loesch chose the pink triangle, used by the Nazis to persecute gay men in concentration camps and decades later a symbol of pride for the gay rights movement. "I never knew about it," said Loesch, 15, a sophomore at Haddon Heights High who came out in seventh grade and now identifies as gender-queer. "I feel that the topic should be ...

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The governors of Florida and California disagree on just about every issue. But some things transcend politics. One is the right of a person to control the use of their likeness. They should have a say, for instance, if their face appears on a billboard. College athletes have long been denied that right, but those days could be numbered. Florida legislators, including Orlando state Sen. ...

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It's another election year, which means that voter ID laws are back in the news. Already, Kentucky Republican legislators introduced a new bill requiring voters to present a limited form of ID when they show up to the polls before casting a ballot. If passed, the voter ID law, which is supported by Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams, would be in place for November's general elections. ...

They are surrounded by hundreds of other people. They have a large menu of group activities: cards, tennis, art classes, and theater outings. How could anyone living in a vibrant senior community be lonely? But they are, according to a new study by researchers at UC San Diego's medical school. The scholars assessed residents of an independent living facility in San Diego County and found 85% ...

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Homelessness may be a particularly grim problem in the city and county of Los Angeles, but there is a desperate scramble for housing and shelter throughout the state as well. According to the 2019 homeless count, about 151,000 people are homeless in California, and most of them are unsheltered. California Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide task force on homelessness has come up with a proposal that ...

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With "Wonder Woman 1984" arriving June 5, the Amazing Amazon should have a good year. Heck, she's already having a really impressive month! January saw the release of three important books starring Hippolyta's favorite daughter. That's really unusual for Wonder Woman. While technically part of DC Comics' "trinity" of important and long-running characters, it's Superman and Batman who have ...

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BEND, Ore. - Growing up in Central Oregon as a dedicated road cyclist, Ian Boswell would take his road bike onto dirt roads every once in a while, getting off the beaten path and finding a different route. "That's very much what I'm doing with my career going forward," Boswell said recently. The 28-year-old professional cyclist from Bend announced last week that he is retiring from his 11-year ...

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What's revealing about so many self-described nationalists is their contempt for the nation they claim to love. When President Trump talks about America, he talks about how people who don't love it should leave it - and then he talks about how awful it is and how much he doesn't love it. Here is America's president commenting on America's most populous city and fourth most populous state: "So ...

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New federal regulations on how to handle sexual misconduct on campuses will soon be issued by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. While some provisions are good, many will create greater confusion without improving the system. The Obama administration was focused on the rights of victims of sexual misconduct under Title IX, the federal law barring sex discrimination in ...

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Rachel Minus is not impressed by the Democratic presidential candidates. They're just recycling tired talking points for African American voters like her, she said - with one curious exception. The South Carolina millennial is all in for Tom Steyer, a Bay Area billionaire who's been caricatured by critics as the definition of a rich, entitled white guy. "I get the feeling he ...

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BALTIMORE - In the final quarter of what might have been the final game of his NFL career, Marshal Yanda jumped early. The Ravens were in a hurry-up offense, trailing the Tennessee Titans by 16 in their AFC divisional-round matchup. Yanda took a small step back at right guard, and the ball wasn't snapped. A flag flew. False start. The Ravens' season-ending defeat was full of moments like ...

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On Jan. 17, Michelle Obama's birthday, the Trump administration proposed rollbacks in nutrition standards in the school meal program. Under the proposal, legumes and potatoes will count as vegetables, fewer fruits will be served at breakfast and a la carte meals will allow students to select items high in fat. The result will be increased access to foods like french fries, hamburgers and other ...

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Many people dread the dark days of winter. Having to spend time indoors can bring on the blues, and close quarters can increase the risk of catching a cold or flu. Dr. Brent Bauer, a Mayo Clinic internal medicine specialist, has tips to help you have a healthier winter. In winter, you might be tempted to hunker down and wait for it to end. But Dr. Bauer says embracing winter is one of three ...

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Midwives could save rural hospitals struggling with the challenge of being prepared 24/7 to deliver babies, a new Mayo Clinic study found. Mayo's hospital in La Crosse, Wis., reported fewer surgical deliveries and birth complications requiring neonatal intensive care under a system in which seven certified nurse midwives provided round-the-clock staffing and coordinated with obstetricians on ...

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The overwhelming majority of Americans support voter ID requirements because they instill confidence in our elections. Showing an ID when you help pick the next president is just plain common sense. But at a time when concerns about foreign interference in our elections are high, ID requirements also help protect the integrity of our electoral process. We can't stop Russia's attempts at ...

DETROIT - Izzy stood on a light blue mat, as 16-year-old Marley placed her left hand on the top of the Goldendoodle's head and turned to face the juvenile court referee. The teen listened as a probation officer spoke to the Macomb County Juvenile Court referee. She occasionally petted Izzy or glanced at her, and sat calmly, as the pooch silently laid on her mat beside the teen's seat at a ...

The first time artist Kathleen Kane-Murrell went to a museum, she got in trouble. She was 16 or 17 years old and not well-versed in museum etiquette, so when she saw a painting on the wall of the San Diego Museum of Art that moved her, she felt compelled to reach out and touch it. Oops. "I just went right up and put my hand on it," Kane-Murrell said. "And this sweet old docent came up to me ...

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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 ...