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Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial in decade-old sex case
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances. District Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled that prosecutors had sufficient evidence to bring Cosby to trial in the lone criminal case brought against him out of the barrage of allegations that he drugged and molested dozens of women. A trial date was not immediately set. Cosby, 78, could get 10 years in prison if convicted.


Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky's presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote. The Sanders campaign said it has asked the Kentucky secretary of state to have election officials review electronic voting machines and absentee ballots from last week's primary in each of the state's 120 counties. Sanders signed a letter Tuesday morning requesting a full and complete check and recanvass of the election results in Kentucky. "He's in this until every last vote is counted and he's fighting for every last delegate," said Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs.


Trump says decision to seek donations followed GOP request
NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump holds his first presidential fundraisers this week. The events directly benefit his campaign, but he doesn't see it that way. Trump insists that his about-face from self-funded candidate to one who relies on donors is happening only at the request of the Republican National Committee. "The RNC really wanted to do it, and I want to show good spirit," Trump said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "'Cause I was very happy to continue to go along the way I was." Trump's self-funding has been a point of pride, a boast making its way into nearly every rally and interview.


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Consider obesity surgery more often for diabetes: Guidelines
WASHINGTON (AP) - New guidelines say weight-loss surgery should become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are mildly obese. Obesity and Type 2 diabetes are a deadly pair, and numerous studies show stomach-shrinking operations can dramatically improve diabetes. But Tuesday's guidelines mark the first time the surgery is recommended specifically as a diabetes treatment rather than as obesity treatment with a side benefit, and expand the eligible candidates. The recommendations were endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation and 43 other health groups, and published in the journal Diabetes Care. "We do not claim that surgery should be the first-line therapy," cautioned Dr.


Obama reaches out to people a day after Vietnam arms deal
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs. Amid the geopolitical statecraft, he faces calls to more strongly address what's seen as an abysmal human rights record. Obama spoke with 10 activists Tuesday, including advocates for the disabled, sexual minorities, a pastor and advocates for freedom of speech, press and the Internet, but he said that several others were prevented from coming. "Vietnam has made remarkable strides in many ways," Obama said, but "there are still areas of significant concern." He was to give a speech aimed at the people of Vietnam a day after announcing the lifting of a five-decade-old arms sales embargo that's meant to help forge a new economic and security relationship with this young, fast-growing Southeast Asian nation.


Missouri Sen. Blunt calls on VA secretary to resign
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator on Tuesday called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to resign after McDonald compared long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said McDonald's "preposterous statement is right out of Never-never land" and said the VA leader has shown he cannot ensure that veterans receive health care in a timely manner. "Dismissing wait times when veterans can often wait months for an appointment is negligent and a clear sign that new leadership is needed at the VA," Blunt said. McDonald said Monday that the VA should not use wait times as a measure of success, comparing waits for VA health care to the hours people wait for rides at Disney theme parks.


Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parents
WASHINGTON (AP) - Many of America's young adults appear to be in no hurry to move out of their old bedrooms. For the first time on record, living with parents is now the most common arrangement for people ages 18 to 34, an analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center has found. And the proportion of older millennials - those ages 25 to 34 - who are living at home has reached its highest point (19 percent) on record, Pew analysts said. Nearly one-third of all millennials live with their parents, slightly more than the proportion who live with a spouse or partner.


Louisiana set to expand hate-crimes laws to include police
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is poised to become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews - a move that could stir the national debate over the relationship between law enforcement and minorities. If signed by the governor, the new law would allow prosecutors to seek additional penalties against anyone convicted of intentionally targeting first responders because of their profession. Existing hate-crime laws provide for more fines and prison time if a person is targeted because of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or affiliation with certain organizations.


Smaller cities across US opening high-tech crime centers
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Live video feeds from cameras across Hartford, Connecticut, light up a wall of flat-screen monitors in a high-tech room at the city's old police department, while computers take in data from license plate readers and a gunshot detection system. The department's new Real-Time Crime and Data Intelligence Center, unveiled by city officials in February, helps officers on the streets find suspects and avoid harm by quickly giving them crucial information, police officials say. Although open only a few months, the center has assisted officers in hundreds of criminal cases that have resulted in arrests, said Sgt. Johnmichael O'Hare, who leads the operation.


Forensic expert suggests explosion downed EgyptAir jet
CAIRO (AP) - Body parts recovered from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed signs of burns and were so small that they suggested the jet was brought down by an explosion, a member of the team examining the remains said Tuesday. But the idea of a blast was promptly dismissed by the head of Egypt's forensic agency as "baseless" speculation. The cause of Thursday's crash of the EgyptAir jet flying from Paris to Cairo that killed all 66 people aboard still has not been determined. Ships and planes from Egypt, Greece, France, the United States and other nations are searching the Mediterranean Sea north of the Egyptian port of Alexandria for the jet's voice and flight data recorders, as well as more bodies and parts of the aircraft.