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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

NEW YORK | Images trickle out of Michael’s vast devastation

NEW YORK— The urgency of hurricane coverage with its colorful satellite maps and reporters standing in the wind is a television staple, but devastation in Hurricane Michael’s wake was so severe that it made images of some of the hardest-hit areas in Florida trickle out Thursday as slowly as if from a distant, third-world nation. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Images trickle out of Michael’s vast devastation

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | The Latest: Official: Michael weakening over eastern Georgia

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The Latest on Tropical Storm Michael (all times local): 5:00 a.m. Tropical Storm Michael continues to weaken as it over eastern Georgia as it makes its way toward the Carolinas. Early Thursday, the eye of Michael was about 90 miles (144 kilometers) northeast of Macon, Georgia and 45 miles (72 kilometers) … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | The Latest: Official: Michael weakening over eastern Georgia

WASHINGTON | Turbocharged: How Michael got 55 percent stronger in 1 day

WASHINGTON  — Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns turbocharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida’s Panhandle. Hurricane Michael’s wind speed increased by 50 mph in 24 hours, to 140 mph Wednesday. University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said the storm is making the “worst … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Turbocharged: How Michael got 55 percent stronger in 1 day

LOS ANGELES | California police fight statewide marijuana deliveries

LOS ANGELES — A growing dispute over where legal marijuana can be delivered in California is unsettling the nation’s largest pot market. Police chiefs on Friday lined up against a proposed state rule that critics say would allow unchecked home marijuana deliveries anywhere in California — even in communities that have banned cannabis sales. The … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | California police fight statewide marijuana deliveries

SAN DIEGO | Latino-Arab candidate hopes to unseat indicted Republican

SAN DIEGO— Democratic congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar was working on a TV advertisement to boost his exposure when news broke that his opponent, the heavily favored Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, was indicted. The 29-year-old former Obama administration Labor Department official whose father is a Palestinian Muslim and mother a Mexican-American Catholic has never held … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | Latino-Arab candidate hopes to unseat indicted Republican

SAN DIEGO | US Rep Duncan Hunter, wife indicted on corruption charges

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal charges that they used more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses that ranged from groceries to golf trips and lied about it in federal filings, prosecutors said. Hunter, a Republican, and his wife Margaret Hunter were named in … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | US Rep Duncan Hunter, wife indicted on corruption charges

Casino mogul Steve Wynn accused again of sexual misconduct

March 01, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A massage therapist has claimed in a new lawsuit that casino mogul Steve Wynn used his power to coerce her into sexual acts, making her the latest woman to accuse the billionaire of sexual misconduct. Wynn forced her into sexual acts about a dozen times in 2011-2012 while she was an … Continue reading Casino mogul Steve Wynn accused again of sexual misconduct

Ohtani hits RBI single, 2 walks in debut at plate for Angels

PEORIA, Ariz. /February 26, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Two-way star Shohei Ohtani hit a sharp RBI single up the middle and also walked twice in his first spring training start as a designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels. Batting second Monday, the 23-year-old fell behind 0-2 against San Diego Padres right-hander Jordan Lyles before drawing four … Continue reading Ohtani hits RBI single, 2 walks in debut at plate for Angels

APNewsBreak: Alaska cop cleared in shooting death of suspect

ANCHORAGE, Alaska/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— An Alaska police officer has been cleared in last year’s fatal shooting of a handcuffed suspect who had been placed in the officer’s idling patrol car and managed to start driving it away, according to a decision by the state attorney general’s office. The office in a letter obtained by The … Continue reading APNewsBreak: Alaska cop cleared in shooting death of suspect

Menendez to face challenger for Democratic Senate nomination

TRENTON, N.J./January 28, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A Democratic political pundit and attorney is challenging New Jersey’s U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez for their party’s nomination. Michael Starr Hopkins has filed paperwork to run in the June primary against the two-term incumbent, who’s facing a retrial on federal corruption charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury … Continue reading Menendez to face challenger for Democratic Senate nomination

AP sources: Flames put Jaromir Jagr on waivers

January 28, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— In what could spell the end of his illustrious NHL career, Jaromir Jagr has been placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames. Two people with direct knowledge of the move confirmed it to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team had not announced the transaction. The second-leading scorer … Continue reading AP sources: Flames put Jaromir Jagr on waivers

NYC, Grammy officials sparring over expense of award show

NEW YORK/January 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The return of the Grammys to New York City for the first time in 15 years has hit a sour note, with the Recording Academy complaining that the city hasn’t met its commitment to shoulder the added costs of staging the awards ceremony. New York City officials had lobbied hard … Continue reading NYC, Grammy officials sparring over expense of award show