In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Epstein has died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-tr

Epstein may have gamed the system from beyond the grave

The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages.

Philly police head resigns as bias suit roils department

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In this July 18, 2019, photo, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks during a news conference.

As wildfires get worse, insurers pull back from riskiest areas

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The deadly Woolsey Fire destroyed hundreds of structures last year outside Los Angeles.
Homeowners in wildfire-prone areas are having their coverage dropped.
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Must West Virginia gov live in state capital? Suit continues

Can a governor be forced to live in the state capital? A lawsuit seeking to do just that with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was back in court Wednesday.
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Ex-pitcher says he's interested in running for House seat

If former major league pitcher Curt Schilling runs for Congress in Arizona, he said it might be for Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran's seat.
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Trial starts in case of fatal shooting over parking spot

A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that a white Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space had initiated a similar confrontation just months before, while his defense attorney said the shooting was in self-defense.
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The Latest: Jury backs writer Sparks in employment lawsuit

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Thousands of birds are killed or injured in Montana hailstorm

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the supercell thunderstorm "killed and maimed more than 11,000 waterfowl and wetland birds at the Big Lake Wildlife Management Area west of Molt."
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Priest accused of stealing nearly $100K from parish

A Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from his parish and spending it on a beach house and men he met on dating apps.
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A pilot who said Wednesday he was forced to ditch his newly purchased aircraft in the ocean off California during a photo shoot believes bad gasoline caused the plane to malfunction.
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Police: Child unknowingly brings cocaine to kindergarten

A 5-year-old boy unknowingly brought cocaine to a kindergarten in a New Orleans suburb, leading to the arrest of a man and a woman, police said Wednesday.
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A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service's first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama's new production company.
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Police supervisor to lose vacation days over Garner death

A police supervisor has agreed to give up about four weeks of vacation time to settle a disciplinary case stemming from the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a police official said Wednesday, two days after the department fired an officer for using a banned chokehold.
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Jury weighing ex-school head's lawsuit against writer Sparks

A federal jury began deliberations Wednesday over whether the former head of a private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was browbeaten into resigning, then slandered by the author when he described the educator as suffering from mental illness.
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Judge tells jail to improve conditions for Epstein cellmate

A judge ordered a federal jail on Wednesday to improve housing conditions for one of Jeffrey Epstein's former cellmates.
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Oklahoma woman charged with racist vandalism hospitalized

A woman charged with spray-painting racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on the county Democratic Party's offices, an art center and an elementary school in Norman, Oklahoma, was hospitalized for medical and mental health treatment.
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Trump's fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left

When Amanda Berg heard that President Donald Trump mocked the accents of the leaders of South Korea and Japan at a recent fundraiser, it brought…
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First sexual misconduct report issued for prep school

A New Hampshire prep school marred by sexual misconduct allegations has released its first report on the frequency of such allegations, as required by state authorities.
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Former New Mexico AD indicted on embezzlement charges

Former University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs has been indicted in connection with a lavish 2015 golf trip to Scotland that was partly paid for with state funds.
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Louisiana university urges vigilance after false gun alarm

Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander is encouraging the college community to continue reporting anything suspicious even though a previous report of a man with a gun turned out to be a false alarm.