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In closing, defense calls Cosby accuser 'pathological liar'
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Bill Cosby's lawyers urged a jury Tuesday to acquit the 80-year-old comedian of sexual assault charges they said were based on "flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence," arguing he was falsely accused by a "pathological liar" scheming for a big payday....

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....

Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant....

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its service - 27 pages worth of them, in fact....

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....

Racial disparities rise in school discipline, new data shows
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New federal data show that black students continue to be expelled and suspended from school much more frequently than their white peers....

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....

Former Christie allies: Bridge realignment didn't break law
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The tales of political vendettas and back-room machinations that animated the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal were replaced Tuesday with comparatively dry legal arguments as two former associates of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued before a federal appeals court to have their convictions overturned....

Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints
DALLAS (AP) -- Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines....

Spokesman: George HW Bush "responding and recovering"
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush was "responding and recovering" to treatment at a Houston hospital on Tuesday for an infection that had spread to his blood, according to a family spokesman....

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