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Former student in prep school sex assault wants new trial

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:38:06 -0800

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A graduate of a New Hampshire prep school convicted of using a computer to lure an underage student for sex is asking for a new trial. In 2015, Owen Labrie was acquitted of raping a 15-year-old classmate a year earlier as part of a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul’s […]



Supreme Court weighs case of Mexican boy slain across border

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:36:10 -0800

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty feet and the U.S-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head early on a June evening in 2010. U.S. officials chose not to prosecute Agent Jesus Mesa Jr. and the Obama administration refused a request to […]



Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:28:07 -0800

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BOSTON (AP) — With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the […]



Eric Church cancels 25K tickets bought by scalpers

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:25:04 -0800

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Eric Church has been battling ticket scalpers for years as his popularity grew and he began selling out arenas. But he’s taken his biggest step yet by cancelling more than 25,000 tickets to his spring tour that were purchased by scalpers and putting them back on sale for fans […]



CEFC China Energy wins 4 percent stake in UAE oil project

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:12:03 -0800

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ main state oil company has agreed to give CEFC China Energy a 4 percent stake in a major onshore oil project a day after awarding a minority stake to another Chinese company. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company said Monday that CEFC is paying an […]



Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:09:08 -0800

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CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — State and federal authorities have told Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters at an encampment in North Dakota to leave. But many in the camp say they’re not going. The deadline is Wednesday. It comes amid concerns that spring flooding could wash tons of trash into nearby rivers. State officials are […]



Scallops scuffle pitting small boats against big

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:09:06 -0800

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off New England is pitting small boats against big ones in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S. The federal government maintains different rules for the small- and big-boat scallop fisheries, though they work some of the same areas. Small […]



APNewsBreak: New York pays $3M to family of molested boy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:04:02 -0800

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is paying $3 million to the family of developmentally disabled boy repeatedly molested by a staffer at a state-run group home who later wrote that lax supervision at the facility made it “a predator’s dream.” The former staffer, Stephen DeProspero, is now imprisoned in the Attica Correctional Facility. […]



Some questions to ask Sodo arena proponent Chris Hansen

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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There are specific questions I would ask Sodo arena proponent Chris Hansen if interviewing him. The biggest surrounds why he is asking the city to grant him a shovel-ready arena plan when he lacks the financing to execute his vision.



Melinda Gates is on a mission to boost women in tech fields

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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Seattle’s powerful philanthropist Melinda Gates is throwing her weight behind efforts to bring more women into computer science — and may offer funding for female entrepreneurs.



Free trip planner for pedestrians accounts for hills, curb cuts, construction

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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A University of Washington team has designed a free trip planner for pedestrians — one that takes into account how steep hills are and whether sidewalks have curb-ramps to make them wheelchair-accessible.



What racist movie inspired a protest in Seattle, and who the heck is Eddie ‘The Sheik’ Gardner?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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BlackPast.org is a website devoted to black history, where you’ll find the answers to these questions and much, much more. Try this quiz, with questions pulled from information found in the historical archive.



If I want her advice, I’ll ask for it

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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Carolyn Hax advises a woman whose sister-in-law is too quick to say; “You should ...”



The key to recovering from an injury is to get professional help, stat!

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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Nicole Tsong has found that her old method — rest, ice, wait until it feels better — isn’t really cutting it anymore.



Trump tweets further criticism of Sweden

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:58:03 -0800

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is tweeting further criticism of Sweden’s immigration policies. The president tweeted Monday that: “The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!” People in Sweden have been scratching their heads since Trump suggested during a […]



New York attorney general bids to become Trump’s No. 1 enemy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:45:06 -0800

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NEW YORK (AP) — More than most, Eric Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Donald Trump. New York’s attorney general was a target of Trump’s Twitter feed years before the president’s assaults on “Little Marco” Rubio or “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz. He was once depicted as a deranged Clockwork Orange character on the cover of […]



Merkel appeals court order to reveal chats with journalists

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:43:06 -0800

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BERLIN (AP) — The German government is appealing a court order requiring it to provide information about any background briefings that Chancellor Angela Merkel has with journalists. A Berlin court ruled in favor of a newspaper reporter who had demanded details about the time, place, participants and topics of Merkel’s off-the-record chats, though not the […]



Former Derby, Preakness winner Charismatic dies

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:32:09 -0800

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky. Old Friends farm says the chestnut horse that won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1999 was found dead in his stall Sunday. Old Friends President Michael Blowen says everyone at […]



Flying coach: Many universities are using private planes

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:30:06 -0800

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BOSTON (AP) — Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Some schools spend millions of dollars a year flying their coaches and executives on scores of trips around […]



3 convicted in 100 million-euro Paris modern art heist

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:06:04 -0800

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PARIS (AP) — An agile thief nicknamed “spiderman,” an antiques dealer and an art expert have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay the city of Paris for stealing five masterpieces from the city’s Modern Art Museum worth 104 million euros. The paintings — by Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Braque and Fernand Leger — have […]