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Lead paint suppliers settle California lawsuit for $305M

Lead paint suppliers settle California lawsuit for $305M

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The nation's former major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit, attorneys said Wednesday.
Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

WASHINGTON — Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants' defences against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise.
Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey

Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey

BOSTON — Prosecutors dropped a case Wednesday accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016 after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the defence says contains information supporting the actor's clai
Judge: Michael Cohen campaign finance probe over

Judge: Michael Cohen campaign finance probe over

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors have told a judge in New York they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance crimes committed by President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

GENEVA — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people .
Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

WASHINGTON — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists.
R. Kelly doesn't have freedom, money for this legal battle

R. Kelly doesn't have freedom, money for this legal battle

CHICAGO — The difference between R. Kelly's life in 2002 when he was last charged with child sex-related crimes and his arrest last week on even more serious charges was on full display when the R&B singer turned and slowly walked out of court.
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison

NEW YORK — Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S.
Janet Jackson, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi Arabia concert

Janet Jackson, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi Arabia concert

NEW YORK — Janet Jackson and rappers 50 Cent and Future have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of after human rights organizations urged the rapper to cancel her appearance.
Gunmen in restaurant in northern Iraq kill Turkish diplomat

Gunmen in restaurant in northern Iraq kill Turkish diplomat

IRBIL, Iraq — Unknown gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate and one Iraqi civilian, Turkish officials and Kurdish s