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  • EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration […]
  • Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

    Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl, killed himself Wednesday night.
  • Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has killed himself. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell says Rep. Dan Johnson shot himself Wednesday on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville. The 57-year-old Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016. On […]
  • Director of Colorado pension fund dies snorkeling in Hawaii

    DENVER (AP) — The executive director of the board that oversees Colorado’s public employee pension fund died while snorkeling in Hawaii. Public Employees’ Retirement Association spokeswoman Katie Kaufmanis says 56-year-old Gregory Smith died Tuesday while vacationing with family and friends in Maui. Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto says Smith was found face-down and unresponsive […]
  • Scott Air Force Base official under sexual misconduct probe

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Scott Air Force Base officials say a commander who was ousted from his job this week is being investigated for sexual misconduct. A news release from the Illinois base says details about the investigation of Colonel John Howard won’t be released while it’s happening “to ensure the integrity of the process.” […]
  • Fox News host Jeanine Pirro sued for defamation

    NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed. The lawsuit states that DeRay McKesson was falsely arrested in 2016 while attending a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which a […]
  • Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere. Simmons vehemently denied what he called “these horrific accusations,” saying in a statement emailed to The […]
  • California lawmaker faces claims his hugs were inappropriate

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Democratic state senator known for greeting people with hugs is now facing allegations that his behavior made women he worked with uncomfortable. Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s penchant for hugging is so well known he has nicknames such as “Hugsberg” and “Huggy Bear.” As an Assemblyman, he once handed out pins […]
  • Regents approve Arizona State coach Herm Edwards’ contract

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The state Board of Regents has approved a multi-year contract for new Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards. Under the deal approved Wednesday, the regents say Edwards’ initial salary will be $2 million with a $250,000 increase after each year of service. Edwards’ contract will run through Dec. 31, 2022. The […]
  • Study: Loss of water in drought caused Sierra Nevada to rise

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California’s Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (2.5 centimeters) in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday. The study also found that in the following two years of increased snow and rain, the […]