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Jury awards $6M in Drew Brees diamond-fraud lawsuit

SAN DIEGO — A jury has awarded more than $6 million to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a lawsuit that claimed a San Diego County jeweler sold him over-priced diamonds.
California launches ad campaign against illegal pot shops

California launches ad campaign against illegal pot shops

LOS ANGELES — Marijuana shoppers are going to be getting a message from California regulators: Go legal.
Cyprus ex-President Dimitris Christofias dead at 72

Cyprus ex-President Dimitris Christofias dead at 72

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Dimitris Christofias, Cyprus' first communist president whose troubled tenure was marked by near financial ruin that necessitated an international rescue, uproar over a deadly Iranian munitions blast and failure to end the country's
Explosions, fire rock US oil refinery; gas prices could rise

Explosions, fire rock US oil refinery; gas prices could rise

PHILADELPHIA — Explosions and a blaze at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast sent a fireball into the sky and shook homes before dawn Friday, though authorities reported only a few minor injuries and said the air was safe to breathe.
Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe

Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe

CHICAGO — A judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a ra
Family: Man killed in LA hit-and-run was Holocaust survivor

Family: Man killed in LA hit-and-run was Holocaust survivor

LOS ANGELES — Police said they are looking for a driver in a hit-and-run that killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor in Los Angeles.
Cardi B hit with new felony charges in strip club brawl

Cardi B hit with new felony charges in strip club brawl

NEW YORK — Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B was charged Friday with new felony charges in a fight last year at a New York City strip club.
District 12 of 'The Hunger Games' is now a historic place

District 12 of 'The Hunger Games' is now a historic place

RALEIGH, N.C. — What would the folks in the Capitol think? District 12 is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
'Fixer Upper' couple plans $10.4M Texas development plan

'Fixer Upper' couple plans $10.4M Texas development plan

WACO, Texas — Former "Fixer Upper" hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines have introduced a $10.4 million plan to expand on the popular shops they operate in their Texas hometown of Waco.
US agency seeks 'hosts' for rotting whales amid die-off

US agency seeks 'hosts' for rotting whales amid die-off

PORTLAND, Ore. — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace.