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LOS ANGELES | Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

LOS ANGELES — A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn’t correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis. California broadly legalized marijuana at the start … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

NEW YORK | ‘Stop this chaos:’ Weinstein lawyer urges sex case dismissal

NEW YORK  — In the latest push to have Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault case thrown out, the movie producer’s lawyer said Thursday that a woman accusing him of a 2013 rape pressured a friend to corroborate her account, but that the friend wouldn’t “make up a story.” The friend told defense investigators that Weinstein and … Continue reading NEW YORK | ‘Stop this chaos:’ Weinstein lawyer urges sex case dismissal

NEW YORK | Trump’s private plane clipped in parking mishap at LaGuardia

NEW YORK  — President Donald Trump’s private jet has been involved in a fender bender at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Two people familiar with Wednesday morning’s incident tell The Associated Press a corporate jet maneuvering into a parking spot struck the wing of Trump’s parked Boeing 757. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trump’s private plane clipped in parking mishap at LaGuardia

NEW YORK | Weinstein lawyers try again to get sex assault case tossed

NEW YORK  — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are making a new attempt to get the New York sexual assault case against him dismissed. The former Hollywood producer’s attorneys say in a court filing Monday his indictment was “irreparably tainted by police misconduct,” among other problems. Weinstein’s attorneys want a dismissal — or a hearing on what … Continue reading NEW YORK | Weinstein lawyers try again to get sex assault case tossed

FULLERTON, Calif. | Orange County, California’s diversity emboldens Democrats

FULLERTON, Calif. — Pushy midday shoppers nose their carts through the Korean market, stocking up on bottled kimchi and seaweed spring rolls. A few doors away, customers grab pho to go at a Vietnamese takeout counter. Across the street, lunchtime diners line up for tacos “al pastor” — spit-roasted pork — at a Mexican-style taqueria. … Continue reading FULLERTON, Calif. | Orange County, California’s diversity emboldens Democrats

NEW YORK | Prosecutors disclose more misconduct by Weinstein detective

NEW YORK — A police detective already facing allegations that he coached a witness in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal sexual assault case was accused Wednesday of urging one of the movie mogul’s accusers to delete material from her cell phones before she handed them over to prosecutors. The Manhattan district attorney’s office detailed the alleged misconduct … Continue reading NEW YORK | Prosecutors disclose more misconduct by Weinstein detective

NEW YORK | DA drops a Weinstein charge amid detective, witness concerns

NEW YORK  — Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a lead police detective coached a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of one of the allegations. Weinstein, 66, looked on as a judge agreed to … Continue reading NEW YORK | DA drops a Weinstein charge amid detective, witness concerns