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No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captive

AP Photo/Alex Gallardo LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California home where authorities say two parents tortured their 13 children had doubled as a private school for the siblings but faced no government oversight and was never inspected by education officials. David Turpin had been home schooling his children at the residence, which he called the Sandcastle Day School. In the 2016-17 school year, it had an enrollment of six, with one student each in the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th grades. … Read the referenced story here: No…

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Ex-doctor’s victims recount sex abuse as young gymnasts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children, including one who warned that girls eventually “grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.” Nearly 100 victims are expected to address the court during the four-day sentencing hearing for 54-year-old Larry Nassar. Many cried as they told their stories on the hearing’s first day, … Read the referenced story here:…

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Prosecutors: New Jersey bomber tried to corrupt inmates

AP Photo/Mel Evans NEW YORK (AP) — An unrepentant New Jersey man who injured 30 people in a Manhattan bombing and then promoted his extremist ideology to other prisoners deserves the mandatory life in prison as required by his conviction, prosecutors told a judge on Tuesday. The government said Afghanistan-born Ahmad Khan Rahimi carried out bombings in New Jersey and New York City on Sept. 17, 2016, after following the propaganda of Osama bin Laden and groups including the Islamic State and al-Qaida. “Since … Read the referenced story here: Prosecutors:…

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Lawyer: Charges possible in connection with Vegas shooting

AP Photo/John Locher LAS VEGAS (AP) — Charges could be filed in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, even though the gunman responsible for killing 58 people is dead, a lawyer for Las Vegas police told a judge Tuesday. Attorney Nicholas Crosby did not identify new evidence or suspects but said charges might be possible depending on the results of an ongoing investigation. Sheriff Joe Lombardo and the FBI have said they believe Stephen Paddock acted alone to carry out … Read the referenced story here: Lawyer:…

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Consumer watchdog considering repeal of payday lending rule

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin NEW YORK (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to reconsider a key set of rules enacted last year that would have protected consumers against harmful payday lenders. The bureau, which came under control of the Trump administration late last year, said in a statement Tuesday that it plans to take a second look at the payday lending rules. While the bureau did not submit a proposal to repeal the rules outright, the statement opens the door for the … Read the referenced story here: Consumer…

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California couple’s ordinary home held torture chamber

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — From the outside, the brown-and-beige four-bedroom home looked fairly orderly. The couple who owned it had purchased the house new in 2014 and soon arrived in this Los Angeles suburb with their 12 children. They lived there quietly for at least three years and had another baby. Then on Sunday, one of the children jumped out of a window, called 911 and led authorities to what they described as a torture chamber. Sheriff’s deputies said they found 13 children ranging from … Read the referenced story here:…

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Trump administration appeals ruling on young immigrants

AP Photo/Evan Vucci SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday appealed a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and announced plans to seek a U.S. Supreme Court review even before an appeals court issues a decision. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing that they were appealing the Jan. 9 ruling by a federal judge preventing President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals … Read the referenced story here: Trump…

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Lawyers: 4 sue city, UC Berkeley over injuries at riot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four San Francisco Bay Area residents who say they were injured by protesters during a riot ahead of a speech by a right-wing provocateur at the University of California, Berkeley filed a lawsuit against the university and the city, their attorneys said Tuesday…. … Read the referenced story here: Lawyers: 4 sue city, UC Berkeley over injuries at riot

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Attorney in Greitens’ office sought information on affair

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson ST. LOUIS (AP) — An attorney who works in the office of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens reached out to a suburban St. Louis attorney on a fact-finding mission hours before news of the governor’s extramarital affair broke, according to an audio recording of the conversation. Attorney Al Watkins provided The Associated Press with audio of the call from Lucinda Luetkemeyer, general counsel in the governor’s office, that Watkins received around 2 p.m. on Jan. 10. Eight hours after the call, KMOV-TV … Read the referenced story here: Attorney…

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Romney declines to say whether he’d run for Utah Senate seat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declined to say Tuesday whether he would run for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by Republican Orrin Hatch, telling reporters the "time will come" for him to make some kind of announcement…. … Read the referenced story here: Romney declines to say whether he’d run for Utah Senate seat

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