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Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex case
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - She called him "Mr. Cosby" and considered him a trusted friend and mentor. But 20 minutes after Bill Cosby offered her three blue pills and told her to take them with the wine he had set out, Andrea Constand's legs began to wobble "like jelly," her eyes went blurry and her head began to throb. Cosby helped her to a couch in his living room, where she later realized he violated her as she lay helplessly in a stupor, she told police in 2005. On Tuesday, a judge ordered the 78-year-old Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges on the strength of Constand's decade-old police statement, sparing the former Temple University employee the need to testify at the preliminary hearing.


In final drive, Obama seeks better relations with US foes
WASHINGTON (AP) - In his final stretch as president, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with longstanding adversaries, working to consign bitter enmities with Vietnam, Iran, Cuba and Myanmar to the history books. Though the reconciliations have been years in the making, Obama hopes he can prove the benefits of his softer approach before he hands control to an uncertain successor in January. Defiant cries of naiveté by his opponents have only strengthened his conviction that the U.S. must release itself from an us-versus-them mentality forged during wars that ended decades ago. The quest for resolution was on display this week in Hanoi, where Obama lifted an arms sales embargo that had stood as one of the last remnants of the Vietnam War and the deep freeze that persisted until the two nations restored relations in 1995.


Clinton, Sanders make all-out blitz in California primary
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders dueled for support ahead of California's presidential primary on Tuesday as the Vermont senator showed few signs of backing off as he sought to boost his longshot odds for the nomination. Sanders' campaign launched a $1.5 million ad buy in the state and announced that it would seek a recanvass in last week's Kentucky primary, where he trailed Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent. The recanvass, which is not a recount, involves reviewing the election results but is unlikely to change the results or the awarding of delegates. The Democratic hopefuls campaigned in California, where Clinton hopes to make a statement in the June 7 contest that will effectively end the primaries and encourage the party to coalesce around her candidacy.


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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.


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.


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 greater penalties against anyone convicted of intentionally targeting first responders because of their profession. Existing hate-crime laws provide for larger fines and longer prison terms if a person is targeted because of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or affiliation with certain organizations.


Fares are cheap; airlines don't want them to stay that way
DALLAS (AP) - Enjoy lower airfares while you can. Airlines are taking steps to push prices higher by next year. Fares have been dropping for more than a year. Taking inflation into account, the average round trip within the U.S. in late 2015 was the lowest since 2010. Ticket prices have fallen even further this year, according to the airlines. Not only is flying from Dallas to Denver cheap, but popular international vacation destinations like Europe are more affordable. Fliers can thank the steep plunge in oil prices since mid-2014. As they saved billions of dollars on jet fuel, both domestic and international carriers added supply - seats - faster than travel demand was growing.


Born deaf, 11-year-old is among nation's top spellers
WASHINGTON (AP) - Making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee is an amazing achievement for any kid, but for 11-year-old Neil Maes, being born deaf made his journey especially unlikely. After receiving cochlear implants in both ears as a baby, he had to train his brain to understand spoken words. It took countless hours of speech therapy. "We didn't even know that he'd be able to talk. It wasn't a guarantee," his mother, Christy Maes, said Tuesday. Now the soft-spoken kid from Belton, South Carolina is officially one of the nation's top young spellers. He earned the right to take the stage with 281 others in Wednesday's preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles selected to host Super Bowls
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - If you spend billions of dollars to build it, they will come. Three times over. The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one. Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "I think if they find guys like me that are willing to do it, I think they want to show them that it is worthwhile," Rams owner Stan Kroenke said. Atlanta will host its third Super Bowl, but the first at its new $1.4 billion stadium which opens in 2017.

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