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Category 3 Hurricane Willa about to make landfall in Mexico

MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) ” Hurricane Willa swept onto Mexico’s Pacific mainland with 120 mph (195 kph) winds Tuesday evening, threatening a major resort area along with fishing villages and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an evening bulletin that the eye of the dangerous Category 3 storm was about to make landfall, and little variation in strength was expected beforehand.It warned people not to venture outside during […]

Records: Suspect in Utah university killing was sex offender

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ” A University of Utah student and track athlete who was shot and killed on campus by a former boyfriend had filed a police complaint against him after she learned he was a sex offender and broke off the relationship, authorities said Tuesday.Investigators had been working to build a case after receiving the report from 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey, a senior from Pullman, Washington, university police chief Dale Brophy said.

Lawmakers postpone interview with Deputy AG Rosenstein

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Two House committees are postponing a closed-door interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that was expected to delve into reports that he discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump.Rosenstein was scheduled on Wednesday to meet with the top lawmakers on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform panels. The meeting had been scheduled after weeks of negotiations and after speculation last month that Rosenstein would be fired or would […]

US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump on Tuesday described the killing of a Saudi journalist as a botched operation and a “bad original concept” as his administration took its first, careful steps toward punishing the Saudis by moving to revoke the visas of the suspects.Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said the entire operation was a fiasco.”They had a very bad original concept,” Trump said. “It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst […]

Hawaii bonsai tree stolen after owner raised it for decades

HONOLULU (AP) ” Hawaii police are trying to find a rare bonsai tree that was stolen from a nursery owner who says he spent 56 years caring for it.The tree was taken in September from David Fukumoto’s nursery in the Big Island community of Mountain View, he said.Fukumoto began growing the tree in 1962 to spruce up the bare-bones Honolulu apartment he and his wife lived in as newlyweds, he said Tuesday.”I ended up getting hooked on growing bonsai,” Fukumoto, 78, said, […]

Family behind drug company sued over toll of opioids

The family that owns a drug company is now being sued over the toll of opioid painkillers in one New York county ” and it’s likely to be sued by hundreds more.Well over 1,000 lawsuits filed by state and local governments blame drug companies for a crisis of addiction and overdoses across the country. Only a few of them have named members of the Sackler family, which owns and controls Purdue Pharma, as defendants.But a new filing by New York’s Suffolk County asserts that family […]

Monsanto weed killer ruling is 1st step in long legal battle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ” With its stock dropping and more lawsuits expected, Monsanto vowed Tuesday to press on with a nationwide legal defense of its best-selling weed killer Roundup after a San Francisco judge upheld a verdict alleging it causes cancer.Legal experts said the decision will have little value in courtrooms across the country where similar cases are pending, but it will likely lead to more lawsuits. Similar lawsuits doubled from 4,000 to 8,000 after a San Francisco jury […]

6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at rehab center

A severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for “medically fragile children” has left six youngsters dead and 12 others sick, the state Health Department said Tuesday.There have been 18 cases of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of New York, the New Jersey Health Department said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an email that no one was […]

Melania Trump hosts students for movie at the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) ” First lady Melania Trump invited sixth graders to the White House on Tuesday to watch a movie about kindness as part of her anti-bullying campaign ” even as her office pushed back against one of the first lady’s own critics on Twitter.Earlier in the day, Andy Lassner, the executive producer for Ellen DeGeneres’ television show, tweeted that he was more afraid of “another Melania” entering the United States than any of the thousands of Central Americans walking in a […]

Cosby judge rejects new trial bid; Camille Cosby sees bias

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ” A judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby’s bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing, leading the comedian’s wife, Camille, to again accuse the judge of bias against her husband.The ruling by the same judge that presided over Cosby’s trial also led the entertainer’s lawyers to file their appeal with the state Superior Court, the next step in trying to reverse his felony sex assault conviction.Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year state prison term after a jury […]