Tuesday, May 24
Cosby ordered to stand trial
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — It's the only criminal case against Bill Cosby to result from accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted women -- and now it is headed for trial.
A judge near Philadelphia made that decision after hearing parts of a police report in which Cosby's accuser detailed her allegations. She told police that she had been left in a stupor, unable to defend herself, after the comedian gave her three blue pills.
The 78-year-old comedian faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the accuser while she was impaired, unconscious or could not give consent.
Cosby insists their sexual encounter at his home was consensual and that she never told him to stop.
NEW: Clinton, Sanders make all-out blitz in California primary
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dueling for support ahead of California's presidential primary on Tuesday. The Vermont senator is showing few signs of backing off as he seeks to boost his longshot odds for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders' campaign says it will seek a recanvass in last week's Kentucky primary, where he trails Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent. Though not a recount, the recanvass involves reviewing the election results but is not likely to change the results or the awarding of delegates.
The Democratic hopefuls are campaigning in California, where Clinton hopes to make a statement in the June 7 contest that will encourage the party to coalesce around her candidacy. Sanders is aiming for an upset and airing a new ad in the state.
Texas voter ID case renewed at US appeals court
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fifteen federal appeals judges are weighing arguments on whether a strict voter ID law in Texas illegally discriminates against low-income, black and Hispanic voters.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled last year that it does.
But a majority of the 15-member court voted to re-hear the case. Arguments took place Tuesday. It's unclear when the judges will rule.
Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department and civil rights groups say the law was passed with a discriminatory purpose and should be struck down. Texas lawyers said there is no proof of that the law has a discriminatory purpose or that it has affected minority voting.
Some 5th Circuit judges suggested that the law could be fixed, perhaps by adding more forms of acceptable ID cards.
UPDATE: Lynch says Fayetteville police join reform trend
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says more police departments are inviting her federal agency's suggestions on law enforcement techniques to head off community complaints later.
Lynch visited her native state Tuesday to encourage a North Carolina police department's reforms. She congratulated Fayetteville police for improving public transparency and responsiveness. Lynch says more police departments are embracing changes that head off trouble.
Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock in 2014 asked the U.S. Justice Department for input on how it could operate better. The agency made dozens of suggestions in December.
Lynch is highlighting elements of a report last year by President Barack Obama's policing task force. The panel was created in response to upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere that exposed the gulf between police agencies and their communities.
MILLENNIALS AT HOME
Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parents
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of America's young adults appear to be in no hurry to move out of their old bedrooms.
For the first time on record, living with parents is now the most common arrangement for people ages 18 to 34. That's according to an analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center.
Nearly one-third of millennials live with their parents. That's slightly more than the proportion who live with a spouse or partner. The remaining young adults are living alone or in college dorms or other circumstances.
The trend has been particularly evident among Americans who lack a college degree.
The pattern may be a contributing factor in the sluggish growth of the U.S. economy, which depends heavily on consumer spending. With more young people living with their parents rather than on their own, fewer people need to buy appliances, furniture or cable subscriptions.
The recovery from the recession has also been hobbled by historically low levels of home construction and home ownership.
As recently as 2000, nearly 43 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 were married or living with a partner. By 2014, that proportion was just 31.6 percent.
SHIELD ACTOR-WIFE KILLING
Jury selected in murder case against actor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has been selected and opening statements are set to begin in the murder trial of an actor who played a police officer on the TV series "The Shield."
The panel of six men and six women was seated Tuesday in the case against Michael Jace, who is accused of shooting and killing his wife April two years ago in their Los Angeles home.
He surrendered to police after telling a 911 dispatcher that he had killed his wife.
His attorneys have said his state of mind will be a key element of his defense.
A prosecutor has said Jace shot his wife in the back and then again while their young children looked on.
Jace also had bit roles in the movies "Boogie Nights" and "Forrest Gump."
HUSBAND'S FOURTH MURDER TRIAL
NY man found not guilty of wife's death
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — A wealthy New York man on trial for a fourth time since his wife disappeared in 2001 has been found not guilty of murder.
A judge in Schoharie County ruled for Calvin Harris on Tuesday, almost eight weeks after the nonjury trial started.
Michele Harris disappeared the night of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Prosecutors say Calvin Harris killed his 35-year-old wife when she came home to the Southern Tier estate they shared with their four children.
Defense lawyers say authorities overlooked another suspect she met during the freewheeling life she led as her marriage broke up.
Michele Harris' body has never been found and prosecutors relied on a largely circumstantial case.
Two previous guilty verdicts against Harris were overturned, and a third trial last year ended in a mistrial.
Firefighters from US, South Africa to arrive in Alberta
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Officials say about 1,000 additional fire crews from across Canada, the United States and South Africa will be joining the fight this week against a massive wildfire near Fort McMurray.
Alberta wildlife official Chad Morrison said Tuesday the blaze continues to move northeast away from communities and oil sands facilities in northern Alberta.
He says cooler temperatures have aided the fire fight.
The fire has grown to about 5,230 square kilometers (2019 square miles), with 25 square kilometers (9.65 square miles) spreading into Saskatchewan. That includes areas already burned and currently burning.
Work camps that were evacuated are being inspected for re-opening, and oil sands companies are looking at when they can resume operations.
A phased re-entry for about 80,000 evacuated Fort McMurray residents is still set to begin on June 1, if conditions are safe.
Captain of El Faro sister ship: Master had solid plan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The captain of the sunken freighter El Faro's sister vessel says he believes the master of the doomed ship had a "solid plan" to deal with a hurricane that had sprung up quickly.
Capt. Kevin Stith of the El Yunque testified Tuesday before a U.S. Coast Guard panel investigating the Oct. 1 sinking of the El Faro, which killed all 33 mariners aboard.
Stith was traveling from Puerto Rico to Jacksonville as the El Faro headed the opposite direction on the same run.
Stith says he and Capt. Michael Davidson emailed about Hurricane Joaquin, and that Davidson's plan to go south of the storm "was well thought out."
Previous testimony showed that Davidson received outdated storm information the day before the ship sank. Also, initial storm predictions were wildly inaccurate.
NEW: NYC proposes rules to put the brakes on sleepy taxi drivers
NEW YORK (AP) — Cabbies will have to pull over after driving 12 hours in any 24-hour period under rules proposed by New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) announced the proposed rules Tuesday and said they will keep sleep-deprived taxi drivers off the streets.
Under the new regulations, taxi drivers will not be allowed to pick up passengers for more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period. There will be a 72-hour limit in any seven-day period.
Drivers will have to take a break of at least eight hours before they can reset the 12-hour work clock and begin picking up fares again.
De Blasio calls the proposed rules "a practical and prudent approach."
The taxi commission will hold a hearing on the proposals on June 23.