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OJ Simpson has been cremated, estate attorney in Las Vegas says. No public memorial is planned

Apr. 17, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former football star and celebrity criminal defendant O.J. Simpson was cremated Wednesday, the lawyer handling his estate said following his death last week at home in Las Vegas at age 76. Attorney Malcolm LaVergne told The Associated Press he was present, along...

'Civil War' might be the year's most explosive movie. Alex Garland thinks it's just reporting

Apr. 17, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Garland’s films have vividly conjured a virus-caused pandemic (2002's “28 Days Later”), an uncontrollable artificial intelligence (2014’s “Ex Machina”) and, in his latest, “Civil War,” a near-future America in the throes of all-out warfare. Most...

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in US more likely to believe in climate change: AP-NORC poll

Apr. 17, 2024 07:47 AM EDT

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States are more likely than the overall adult population to believe in human-caused climate change, according to a new poll. It also suggests that partisanship may not have as much of an impact on this group's environmental...

Southern California city council gives a key approval for Disneyland expansion plan

Apr. 17, 2024 06:32 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Visitors to Disney's California parks could one day walk through the snow-covered hamlet of Arendelle from “Frozen” or the bustling, critter-filled metropolis of “Zootopia” under a park expansion plan approved by the Anaheim City Council. Disney...

Crop-rich California region will fall under state monitoring to preserve groundwater flow

Apr. 16, 2024 23:42 PM EDT

California officials voted Tuesday to step in to monitor groundwater use in part of the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley in a first-of-its-kind move that comes a decade after local communities were tasked with managing the precious but strained resource. The State Water Resources Control...

OJ Simpson was chilling with a beer on a couch before Easter, lawyer says. 2 weeks later he was dead

Apr. 16, 2024 23:16 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson's last robust discussion with his longtime lawyer was just before Easter, at the country club home Simpson leased southwest of the Las Vegas Strip. “He was awake, alert and chilling,” attorney Malcom LaVergne recalled Tuesday. “He’s on the...

Closure of troubled California prison won't happen before each inmate's status is reviewed

Apr. 16, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The planned closure of a federal women's prison in California notorious for staff-on-inmate sexual abuse won't occur before each inmate’s status has been reviewed, with an eye toward determining who will be transferred elsewhere or released, authorities say. ...

Paris Hilton backs California bill to bring more transparency to youth treatment facilities

Apr. 15, 2024 22:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Paris Hilton joined California state lawmakers Monday to push for legislation aimed at cracking down on the industry that cares for troubled teens by requiring more transparency from youth treatment facilities. The bill supported by the Hilton Hotel...

Bureau of Prisons to close California women's prison where inmates have been subjected to sex abuse

Apr. 15, 2024 20:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The beleaguered federal Bureau of Prisons said Monday it will close a women's prison in California known as the “rape club” despite attempts to reform the troubled facility after an Associated Press investigation exposed rampant staff-on-inmate sexual abuse. ...

Former Marine sentenced to 9 years in prison for firebombing California Planned Parenthood clinic

Apr. 15, 2024 20:06 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former U.S. Marine was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for firebombing a Southern California Planned Parenthood clinic in 2022, federal prosecutors prosecutors said. Chance Brannon, 24, pleaded guilty in November to four felony counts, including...