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Prosecutor says Cosby used good-guy rep to harm women
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial was poised to begin deliberating Tuesday after prosecutors portrayed the 80-year-old former TV star as a serial predator who drugged and molested a woman 14 years ago. The defense called Cosby's accuser a "pathological liar" scheming for a big payday....

Inmate: Prison officers complicit in cellphone problem
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina prison officials have for years blamed cellphones for contributing to inmate violence. After a bloody riot at a maximum-security prison last weekend that left seven inmates dead, they find themselves once again asking federal officials to grant waivers and change laws to allow them to block the signals of these contraband devices....

Man who disarmed Waffle House shooter hailed by lawmakers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle away from a gunman at a Nashville restaurant told Tennessee lawmakers Tuesday he faced "the true test of a man," drawing a standing ovation during his brief address....

Study: Imbalance growing on police referrals of black pupils
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black students are suspended from school, expelled and referred to law enforcement much more frequently than their white peers and the disparities are growing, according to a federal report released Tuesday....

Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are poised to walk off the job this week to demand more funding for public education, an unprecedented action in this conservative state without many union protections....

Investigators: School design contributed to massacre
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) -- Faulty classroom design and failures in the police radio and 911 systems contributed to the chaos and deaths during the recent Florida high school massacre, a commission investigating the shooting was told at its first meeting Tuesday....

Fort Worth gang member to die for killing girl, grandmother
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Ice cream and slices of a Hannah Montana-themed birthday cake were being served at a 9-year-old girl's party outside a Fort Worth apartment when a man dressed in black got out of a car, grabbed a laser-sighted semi-automatic rifle from the trunk and opened fire....

Arizona governor pushes for teacher pay deal as strike looms
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey pushed state lawmakers Monday to approve big teacher raises as school districts make plans to close if educators who call his proposal insufficient launch the first-ever statewide strike this week....

After a death, how much can 'broken heart' hurt survivors?
You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush's hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner's health clearly affects the other's....

Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators....

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