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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo. a sign in support of Oregon's Measure 101 is displayed by a homeowner along a roadside in Lake Oswego, Ore. The taxes before voters in the special election on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, are a short-term fix for health care funding designed to generate between $210 and $320 million in revenue over two years. Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act and now, just 5 percent of its population is uninsured. But state lawmakers have struggled to come with a long-term funding plan. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)
January 23, 2018 - 11:32 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an Oregon special election on whether to allow Medicaid taxes on hospitals and health insurers to stem health care costs since (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Oregon voters have approved taxes on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies to address...
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Larry Nassar hangs his head as former gymnast Amanda Thomashow gives her victim statement Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport's national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
January 23, 2018 - 11:31 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former elite gymnast said Tuesday that a sports doctor who treated Olympic athletes overlooked what turned out to be a broken leg while he molested her in the basement of his home, one of the latest victims to testify at a Michigan sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar...
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January 23, 2018 - 10:59 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar and other developments in the case (all times local): 10:55 p.m. The NCAA has opened an investigation into how Michigan State University handled the case of sports doctor Larry Nassar, who faces prison time...
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FILE- In this Dec. 1, 2005, file photo, Barry Lubin, star of the Big Apple Circus' "Grandma Goes to Hollywood," applies powder after applying his clown makeup in his trailer at Damrosch Park in New York's Lincoln Center. Lubin resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos. The circus’s chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, that Lubin offered his resignation on Friday shortly after the alleged victim came forward. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
January 23, 2018 - 10:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos. The circus's chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday that 65-year-old...
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This combination of photos shows debris and mud piled up at Butterfly Beach, top, after heavy rain brought flash flooding in Montecito, Calif., on Jan. 9, 2018, and beach after clean up taken from a similar view on Monday, Jan. 22, bottom. (AP Photo/Daniel Dreifuss)
January 23, 2018 - 10:31 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — In the days before mudslides devastated California neighborhoods, officials released conflicting evacuation orders that left some hard-hit neighborhoods out of the warning zone, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office had posted on its...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, electronic screens post prices of Alphabet stock at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Google parent Alphabet Inc. outspent all other companies on lobbying Washington bureaucrats and politicians in 2017, a year in which it and other tech giants were hauled before legislators probing Russian influence in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 23, 2018 - 10:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Google parent Alphabet Inc. outspent all other companies on lobbying Washington bureaucrats and politicians in 2017, a year in which it and other tech giants were hauled before legislators probing Russian influence in the 2016 election. The search giant doled out $13.6 million on...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo Germany's Mischa Zverev makes a backhand return to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.Zverev was assessed a fine of US$45,000 at the Australian Open on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, for a poor performance in his first-round match against South Korea's Chung Hyeon, the largest penalty ever assessed to an individual for an on-site transgression at a Grand Slam tournament. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
January 23, 2018 - 10:05 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mischa Zverev was fined $36,000 at the Australian Open on Tuesday for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung, the largest penalty ever assessed to an individual during a Grand Slam tournament for an on-site transgression. Zverev was punished...
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FILE - This July 31, 2017, file photo shows discarded syringes in an open-air heroin market that has thrived for decades, slated for cleanup along train tracks a few miles outside the heart of Philadelphia. Philadelphia wants to become the first U.S. city to allow supervised drug injection sites as a way to combat the opioid epidemic, city officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, saying they would seek outside operators to establish one or more safe injection sites. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
January 23, 2018 - 10:03 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia wants to become the first U.S. city to allow supervised drug injection sites as a way to combat the opioid epidemic, officials announced Tuesday, saying they are seeking outside operators to establish one or more in the city. Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas...
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, Marcos Morales, co-founder of pot company Legion of Bloom, walks through his farm of ready-to-harvest marijuana plants in Glen Ellen, Calif. An alliance of California marijuana growers is trying to block state rules that they fear could open the way for vast farms that would strangle smaller cultivators. A lawsuit filed Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 in Sacramento by the California Growers Association argues that regulations would improperly allow businesses to acquire an unlimited number of certain growing licenses, which would drive out smaller farmers. (AP Photo/Paul Elias, File)
January 23, 2018 - 9:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of California marijuana growers filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block state rules that they fear could open the way for vast farms that would drive smaller cultivators out of business or send them into the black market. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Detective Marcus Taylor. A jury has been selected in the trial of Taylor and a fellow police officer charged in one of the largest scandals in the Baltimore Police Department's history. Taylor has pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering and robbery that he allegedly committed while he was a member of a disbanded police unit called the Gun Trace Task Force. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)
January 23, 2018 - 9:57 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal prosecutor described an elite Baltimore police unit as a "perfect storm" of rogue officers in opening statements Tuesday at the trial of two detectives charged in one of the largest scandals in the city police force's history. "They were, simply put, both cops and robbers...
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