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April 15, 2015 - 8:52pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has approved a $5 million settlement with the family of a teenager who died after being shot by a police officer 16 times last October.

Federal and county prosecutors and the FBI are investigating the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who police said was wielding a knife.

But a city attorney recommended the settlement and told reporters that dashboard camera footage of the Oct. 20 shooting prompted the city...

April 15, 2015 - 7:59pm
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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing.

They're hoping to save the West Coast sardine fishery from the kind of collapse that led to the demise of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name set in Monterey, California.

Meeting outside Santa Rosa, California, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted...

April 15, 2015 - 7:53pm
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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prospective jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case were asked in a 75-question survey about whether they had experienced mental illness and their views on the death penalty.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. released the questionnaire Wednesday at the request of media organizations, including The Associated Press, the day after 12 jurors and 12 alternates were seated for the death penalty trial of James Holmes.

Holmes has...

April 15, 2015 - 7:48pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposed stadium near Los Angeles for the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders has moved a step forward.

Organizers say enough petition signatures have been verified by election officials to qualify the proposal for the ballot in Carson, just outside Los Angeles.

City officials were notified Wednesday that over 8,000 signatures were verified. The proposal will go to the City Council, which could schedule an election or...

April 15, 2015 - 7:29pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers want a federal judge to cancel subpoenas of the two FBI agents and a state trooper who arrested real estate heir Robert Durst because they say state courts need permission to call federal agents.

A New Orleans magistrate subpoenaed the three for a hearing about whether they illegally searched the millionaire's hotel room before his arrest. They were no-shows, and he ordered them to prove they shouldn't be held in contempt of court....

April 15, 2015 - 6:56pm
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Girl Scouts are opening a troop at a gay pride center in Salt Lake City that officials say will welcome transgender youth and children from LGBT families.

At the troop's first meeting Monday, five girls made friendship bracelets and learned the Girl Scouts handshake.

In an era where the Girl Scouts of the USA has struggled with declining membership and recruiting enough adult volunteers, the idea was conceived by a Utah...

April 15, 2015 - 6:32pm
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PHOENIX (AP) — Some inmates at the Maricopa County Jail did a double-take after seeing actress Pamela Anderson serving their lunches.

The former "Baywatch" star was in town Wednesday to help promote Sheriff Joe Arpaio's all-vegetarian meal program.

Arpaio says cutting meat from the meals served to the more than 8,000 inmates has saved an estimated $200,000 per year. The jail has been serving vegetarian meals for 16 months now.

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April 15, 2015 - 6:31pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for former Clippers owner Donald Sterling says his wife's lawsuit against a woman he showered with gifts was a waste of time and money.

Attorney Bobby Samini said Wednesday that the lawsuit had merely extended V. Stiviano's time in the public spotlight.

Shelly Sterling won a $2.6 million judgment Tuesday against Stiviano because gifts to the younger woman came from the couple's community property.

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April 15, 2015 - 6:13pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — An annual study by GLAAD has found that Hollywood studios continue to lag in producing films representing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, but have improved slightly over the last year.

The study examined the 114 films released by seven largest movie studios in 2014 and found that 17.5 percent of them include characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. There were no transgender characters. The findings, released Wednesday, are a...

April 15, 2015 - 6:10pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia police chief who said he accidentally shot his ex-wife while they slept has been indicted on a misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge.

The grand jury's indictment was returned Wednesday against former Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom.

McCollom called 911 early New Year's Day to report accidentally shooting his ex-wife, Margaret. The shooting left Margaret McCollom paralyzed below the waist.

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