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For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

For 1 night on Florida stage, Bill Cosby regains revered status as beloved comedian
Matt Sedensky, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed.

Agency: Schools helped Lanza's mom 'appease' him

Agency: Schools helped Adam Lanza's mom 'appease' him, mental health issues not well treated
Pat Eaton-Robb And Michael Melia, The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. - Adam Lanza's parents and educators contributed to his social isolation in the years before he carried out the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by accommodating — and not confronting — his difficulties engaging with the world, according to a state report issued Friday.

2 convicted in Delaware soccer field shootings

2 gang members convicted of murder in 2012 shootings at Delaware soccer tournament
Randall Chase, The Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. - Two gang members who prosecutors say were out to avenge a friend's death and to silence a witness to an earlier killing have been convicted of murder in a 2012 soccer tournament shooting in Delaware that left three people dead.

A jury on Friday convicted 38-year-old Otis Phillips and 23-year-old Jeffrey Phillips of first-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old tournament organizer Herman Curry. The two defendants, who are not related, also were convicted of manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old soccer player Alexander Kamara at Wilmington's Eden Park.

Bill Cosby controversy: A decade in the making

Timeline of sex assault allegations against Bill Cosby since they first became public in 2005
The Associated Press

The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Here's how the controversy over the allegations, some dating to the 1960s, has unfolded since then:


Kings given salary cap relief for suspended Voynov

NHL, NHLPA agree on salary cap relief for Los Angeles Kings on suspended Slava Voynov
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The NHL is giving salary cap relief to the Los Angeles Kings while defenceman Slava Voynov remains suspended indefinitely with pay after being charged with felony spousal abuse.

The league announced Friday that Voynov's salary will no longer count against the Kings' salary cap.

Voynov's $4.167 million cap hit now may be replaced in the same manner in which players with long-term injuries don't count against the cap.

2 men freed after judge dismisses 1975 Ohio case

2 men charged in 1975 Ohio slaying walk free after witness recants, judge dismisses case
Mark Gillispie And John Seewer, The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Two men imprisoned for nearly four decades walked free on Friday after being exonerated in a 1975 murder because the key witness against them recanted his testimony.

A judge dismissed the cases against Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman after the main witness said Cleveland police detectives coerced him into testifying that the men, along with Bridgeman's brother, killed a businessman.

$139M deal reached in school molestation case

Los Angeles school district settles major classroom molestation litigation for $139 million
Brian Melley, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end all remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous counts of lewd conduct against his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.

Man who sold fake immunity papers gets 3 1/2 years

Man gets 3 1/2 years for selling fake papers that he claimed granted immunity from US law
Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A man who claimed he was the keeper of the seal of St. Peter was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for selling 2,000 fake documents that he said would protect buyers from U.S. law and taxes.

The sentence imposed on James McBride, 60, was even six months longer than the three years sought by prosecutors.

McBride, who had addresses in Hilliard and Dublin, according to court records, led and founded a movement called Divine Province. At hotel seminars and through his website, he sold the fake diplomatic cards and driver's permits, according to court records.

Britain still grappling with celebrity sex abuse

As Bill Cosby scandal unfolds, Britain is still grappling with its celebrity sex abuse cases
Sylvia Hui And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

LONDON - A growing scandal of decades-old sexual assault allegations against television icon Bill Cosby has shocked many in the United States. Across the Atlantic, Britain has been struggling for more than two years to come to terms with a barrage of similar accusations against leading men in its entertainment world who allegedly used their fame and power to exploit young victims.

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

Lawsuit, documents reveal years of police surveillance on British journalists
Raphael Satter, The Associated Press

LONDON - Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.

Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and what he wore — all the way down to the colour of his boots. It was, he said, proof of something he'd long suspected: The police were watching him.

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