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Ex-Stanford swimmer gets six months in jail and probation for sexual assault

Student gets 6 months for rapeA former Stanford University athlete convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation in a case that has shed light on what advocates say is an epidemic of violence on college campuses.

Brock Allen Turner, a 20-year-old swimmer who dropped out of the elite California university last year, appeared stoic in court in Palo Alto on Thursday, two months after a jury convicted him of multiple felonies, including assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman.


Appreciation: Muhammad Ali was a champion in and out of the boxing ring

Muhammed Ali dies at 74As Cassius Clay, which Ali called his "slave name," he was raised a Baptist in a lower-middle class neighborhood of Louisville and had limited formal education. He was an enormously gifted, dedicated athlete who was encouraged to take up the sport by a Louisville policeman who operated a boxing gym.

Thus began an unprecedented, extraordinary journey from humble beginnings in the segregationist South to gold medalist in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Rome Games to world-wide acclaim as a conqueror of Liston, Foreman and Joe Frazier in epic ring confrontations.


Train derailment in Oregon spills oil, sparks fire

train derailmentA train towing cars full of oil derailed Friday in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, sparking a fire that sent a plume of black smoke high into the sky.

The accident happened around noon near the town of Mosier, about 70 miles east of Portland. It involved eight cars filled with oil, and one was burning, said Ken Armstrong, state Forestry Department spokesman.


No charges against St. Louis police in black teen's death

Mansour Ball-Bey memorialTwo St. Louis police officers will not face charges for the shooting death of a black teenager in August 2015, a Missouri prosecutor said on Thursday.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said there was not enough evidence to show that the plainclothes officers did not shoot Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, in self-defense, as they contend they did.


At least 33 US cities used water testing 'cheats' over lead concerns

33 cities had lead cheatsAt least 33 cities across 17 US states have used water testing “cheats” that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead, a Guardian investigation launched in the wake of the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has found.

Of these cities, 21 used the same water testing methods that prompted criminal charges against three government employees in Flint over their role in one of the worst public health disasters in US history.


Payday loans face new limits under proposal from U.S. consumer bureau

Payday loansThe U.S. agency charged with protecting consumers from financial abuse unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would limit short-term borrowings known as “payday” loans, which can carry interest rates as high as 390 percent.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposal includes having lenders determine if some borrowers can afford to take out debt. It also calls for restrictions on loan rollovers.


Nine charged, 66 dogs rescued in multi-state dog-fighting ring

Dog fighting ring bustedNine people have been charged in a multi-state dog fighting ring and more than 60 dogs were rescued from a "vicious blood sport," officials said Wednesday.

Six people from New Jersey as well as residents of Indiana, Illinois and New Mexico have been charged with felony violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act for their alleged involvement in a dog-fighting ring, Assistant Attorney General John Cruden for the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for the District of New Jersey announced.


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