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October 13, 2015 - 3:31am
7 min 11 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight is scheduled to return to court Tuesday morning for a hearing in which prosecutors will lay out some of their evidence to support a robbery case filed against the former rap music mogul.

Knight's lawyers have requested a delay in the hearing, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen has previously told them he intends to proceed with the hearing.

Knight is charged with robbery after a celebrity...

October 13, 2015 - 3:24am
7 min 11 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The private email server Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers.

An Associated Press review found her server used remote-access software that allowed connections directly from the Internet. Such software was also the target of industry and government warnings about its security vulnerabilities.

The new details provide the first clues about...

October 13, 2015 - 2:43am
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NEW YORK (AP) — A new report says Playboy will no longer publish photos of nude women as part of a redesign effort.

Executives for the magazine company tell The New York Times that the change will take place in March 2016.

The paper reported Monday that the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses, but they will no longer be fully nude.

Playboy editor Cory Jones contacted founder and current editor...

October 13, 2015 - 2:01am
7 min 11 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials want to find new ways to improve how bail is administered for 50,000 people held in jail each year because they can't afford bail money.

The initiative to be announced Tuesday seeks to make practical fixes to the criminal justice system in the absence of statewide reforms.

Those bureaucratic workarounds can be as simple as shortening the current 65-page form authorizing credit card bail, or better coordinating...

October 13, 2015 - 1:35am
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CHICAGO (AP) — The former head of Chicago Public Schools is expected to plead guilty in what prosecutors say was a scheme to steer more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Tuesday's arraignment will be Barbara Byrd-Bennett's first court appearance since her Oct. 8 indictment. She was never arrested. Her attorney said she will plead guilty in a plea deal.

Prosecutors are likely to reveal...

October 13, 2015 - 1:29am
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NEW YORK (AP) — There's a whole lot of food for thought at a new art exhibition in New York City.

"The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet" explores food accessibility, sustainability and other food-related issues. The multimedia exhibition opened last week at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. It will run through April 3.

It features 30 artists whose works are installed in the cathedral's seven chapels and 14 bays. The exhibit is divided...

October 13, 2015 - 1:20am
27 min 10 sec ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal trial is set to begin in Iowa for two aides to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign accused of secretly paying a state lawmaker for his endorsement.

Court records show jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday morning in Des Moines in the case against Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari.

Benton faces one count of making false statements. Kesari faces five charges, including conspiracy and obstruction. Both have...

October 13, 2015 - 12:57am
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who weighs nearly 800 pounds says he's determined to slim down and he dreams of becoming an actor one day.

Steven Assanti refers to himself now as a monster. He wants to eventually inspire others who struggle with their weight.

The 33-year-old says he's addicted to pizza, as long as it's not topped with anchovies.

Assanti spoke to a Rhode Island television station, WJAR-TV, last week...

October 13, 2015 - 12:48am
37 min 6 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due in court for a pretrial hearing in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men.

Hernandez is charged with murder in the shootings of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, two men he encountered at a Boston nightclub.

During a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court last week, prosecutors said they are seeking access to physical evidence involving a third party. Their motion has been sealed from...

October 13, 2015 - 12:33am
1 hour 37 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter are meeting with their Australian counterparts in Boston to discuss security and trade issues.

Tuesday's talks with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne will focus on the alliance between the two countries and on future regional and global coordination — including in the Asia-Pacific region.

The discussions also will...

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