• Calif. seeks court stay of inmate's sex reassignment surgery

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are asking an appellate court to stay a federal judge's order that the state immediately provide a transgender prison inmate with sex reassignment surgery. State officials say they filed a request for a stay Monday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state already is appealing this month's ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar that California's corrections department must provide the surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, whose birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy. Tigar denied the state's request for a stay last week. The San Francisco-based judge is just the second in the nation to order a state prison system to provide the surgery.

  • Boston Marathon bomber shows emotion for 1st time at trial

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    BOSTON (AP) — For the first time since his trial began four months ago, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and showed emotion as his Russian aunt sobbed uncontrollably and had to leave the witness stand. Tsarnaev, 21, grabbed a tissue and repeatedly dabbed his eyes and cheeks while his aunt became so upset that she was unable to testify on his behalf as his lawyers try to persuade a federal jury to spare his life. Tsarnaev had maintained an uninterested expression since his trial began in January, most of the time staring straight ahead and only occasionally glancing over at witnesses, including people who lost loved ones in the 2013 bombing. His aunt, Patimat Suleimanova, c

  • FBI had investigated accused Texas gunman for years

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Since 2006, the FBI had been investigating Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Agents recorded the young man from Phoenix talking about fighting nonbelievers for Allah. About plans to travel to South Africa and link up with "brothers" in Somalia. About using school as a cover story for traveling overseas. Simpson was arrested in 2010, one day before authorities say he planned to leave for South Africa. But despite more than 1,500 hours of recorded conversations, the government prosecuted him on only one minor charge — lying to a federal agent.

  • Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare appearance

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation. All television stations carried the event live, as the 87-year-old monarch emerged in a wheelchair from a Bangkok hospital, where he has taken up residence, and was driven through the capital's historic district to the Grand Palace. Buddhist monks led prayers as the king watched, before an audience of government and royal officials. Thais lined the roads along the route, chanting "Long Live the King!" The palace had not announced if Bhumibol (poo-MEE-pohn) would appear for the ceremony, but crowds had gathered in anticipation of seeing the monarch. Tuesday was a national holid

  • NYPD officer with promising career dies from gunshot wound

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Officer Brian Moore had already started carving out a promising career for himself at the New York Police Department. He made more than 150 arrests and earned service medals in less than five years on the job. But that trajectory ended Monday. The 25-year-old was pronounced dead at a Queens hospital, two days after being shot in the head by a man with an extensive criminal record, including serving five years in prison on an attempted murder conviction. Prosecutors say Demetrius Blackwell will be charged with first-degree murder. He was charged earlier with attempted murder and other crimes. He's being held without bail and hasn't entered a plea. His attorney has denied the charges.

  • Jurors see video of theater shooter asking if kids were hurt

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial have gotten their first look at a video of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?" The video was played in court Monday. It showed a dazed-sounding Holmes at police headquarters about two hours after the attack. The detectives don't answer Holmes about children, but one says, "We'll get to that." Det. Chuck Mehl testified later that Holmes had seen a sign at the police department for the Crimes Against Children Unit, which may have prompted the question. Twelve people died and 70 were injured in the July 2012 attack. Holmes' attorneys acknowledge he was the gunman but say he was mentally ill

  • Irish nanny charged in baby's death seeks release on bail

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    WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — An Irish nanny accused of killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care two years ago is asking a judge to release her while authorities review medical evidence in the case. Lawyers for Aisling Brady McCarthy will argue for her provisional release at a bail hearing Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court. McCarthy's trial has been postponed indefinitely as the state Medical Examiner's Office reviews a finding that Rehma Sabir died of traumatic head injuries and that her January 2013 death was a homicide. McCarthy was living illegally in the U.S. and taking care of the baby in the family's Cambridge home. She has pleaded not guilty.

  • Cleanup of Superfund town would leave some asbestos behind

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A cleanup proposal for a Montana town where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure calls for leaving some of the dangerous material in place rather than removing it. Details on the final cleanup plan for Libby, Montana, were to be released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA project manager Rebecca Thomas said asbestos would be left behind only where there is minimal risk of human exposure, such as underground or behind the walls of houses. Some Libby residents worry the material could escape and re-contaminate the community. The EPA has spent $540 million since 1999 trying to clean up deadly asbestos dust from a W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine.

  • Man who shipped guns to ex-NFLer Hernandez to be sentenced

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    BOSTON (AP) — A man who shipped guns to former New England Patriots player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston. Oscar Hernandez, no relation to Aaron, has pleaded guilty to charges including gun conspiracy and lying to a grand jury. Oscar Hernandez shipped several guns from Florida to Aaron Hernandez in Massachusetts two months before the then-star tight end killed a man in 2013. He did not supply the murder weapon. His lawyer says his client was awed by a celebrity and asked the judge to sentence him to 1 year and 1 day, longer than he has been in custody. Prosecutors want a sentence of 2 years and 8 months because of the seriousness of his crimes

  • Australia cuts interest rate to record low 2 percent

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent on Tuesday in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China. The Reserve Bank of Australia's quarter percentage point rate cut was the first in three months. Before the last cut in February, the interest rate had been steady at 2.5 percent since August 2013. Economists largely anticipated the move, although some thought the bank would hold off until after the government released its budget next week for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Resource-rich Australia managed to avoid a recession during the global financial crisis thanks to a decade-long mi

  • Fox anchor: Report of police shooting was in error

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News Channel mistakenly reported that a man was shot while being pursued by police in Baltimore, Maryland, Fox anchorman Shepard Smith said. Smith told viewers that reporter Mike Tobin's mistake came during a chaotic situation Monday afternoon and was an "honest and straightforward" error and one that was corrected promptly. Tobin had reported the shooting on Fox's "The Real Story," telling host Gretchen Carlson that he saw police officers chase a fleeing man and that an officer had fired and hit the man. But Baltimore police denied that a shooting had occurred. A black man was arrested in the incident, which came days after riots hit the city where another black man, Freddie Gray, died after be

  • Small tsunami seen near epicenter of Papua New Guinea quake

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    SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicenter, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage. A tsunami estimated at under 1 meter (3 feet) was seen in the harbor of Rabaul, a town near the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude quake, said Chris McKee, assistant director of the Geophysical Observatory in the capital, Port Moresby. There were no reports of flooding, as the tsunami didn't rise beyond the normal level of high tide, McKee said. The temblor struck at a depth of 42 kilometers (26 miles), about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, t

  • NY Senate boss, charged in corruption case, claims innocence

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of the New York Senate was arrested Monday on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes after investigators looking into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son said they captured him on wiretaps boasting of his power. Republican Dean Skelos, 67, and his 32-year-old son, Adam, both of Rockville Centre on Long Island, surrendered at the FBI's offices in lower Manhattan as a criminal complaint was unsealed against them in federal court. After a brief appearance before a magistrate judge, they were ordered to turn over their passports and were released. Dean Skelos said outside court: "I have the utmost respect for our judges and our juries and that's why

  • Oregon bill passes expanding background checks for gun sales

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    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon bill expanding background checks to encompass nearly all gun sales in the state made it through the Legislature on Monday, overcoming obstacles that stymied two previous attempts to pass similar laws. The measure now heads to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who has indicated support. Her signature would make Oregon the eighth state to require screening before firearms could be transferred between private, unrelated owners. No other states have passed such legislation this year, advocates said. Oregon's effort is the latest after the long-running debate over gun rights intensified following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

  • Beyonce shuts down the Met Gala in peekaboo Givenchy

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna shut down the Met Gala's red carpet in a regal yellow coat. And then came Bey. Dressed lavishly by Chinese designer Guo Pei, Rihanna clutched her fur-trim frock closed and dragged a mammoth train up the grand staircase Monday during one of fashion's biggest nights of the year. She was a latecomer, but Beyonce was even later, wearing a peekaboo custom Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci adorned with multicolored crystals and stones. Her high ponytail and barely there ensemble were playful counterpoints to Rihanna's swirls of royal gold and matching headpiece. (Note: No Bey-Jay-Solange elevator smackdowns like last year, as far as we know.

  • Chef at Santa Monica whale sushi restaurant sentenced

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who worked at a Santa Monica restaurant that illegally served whale meat has been sentenced. City News Service says Susumu Ueda was sentenced Monday to probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Ueda worked at The Hump at Santa Monica Airport. An investigation was launched after producers of the documentary "The Cove" secretly filmed meat from the federally protected sei whale being served at the sushi restaurant five years ago. The restaurant closed. The owner was sentenced last month to fines and probation.

  • Rihanna in queen's garb shuts down Met Gala carpet

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Never let it be said that Rihanna doesn't know how to make an entrance. On a night when big stars were a dime a dozen — try George and Amal Clooney, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Cher — the pop singer still managed to pull the red carpet out from under the rest of them at the Met Gala on Monday when she swooped in wearing a fur-trimmed yellow cape with floral swirls of gold and a train so long it required three wranglers. The ensemble came with a little pink mini-dress underneath, and a sparkling tiara.

  • Boston Marathon bomber cries at federal death penalty trial

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    BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev, 21, wiped tears from his eyes quickly and fidgeted in his chair as his mother's sister sobbed uncontrollably. He had maintained an uninterested expression since his trial began in January. The aunt, Patimat Suleimanova, cried as she sat down about 10 feet from Tsarnaev. The tears began falling before she began to testify, and she was only able to answer questions about her name, her year of birth and where she was born. After a few minutes, Judge George O'Toole Jr.

  • Obama on protests: 'There are consequences to indifference'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness." The country's first black president called for a nationwide mobilization to reverse inequalities and said the cause will remain a mission for the rest of his presidency and his life. "There are consequences to indifference," Obama said. Helping launch a foundation to assist young minorities, Obama said the catalysts of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and in Baltimore were the deaths of young black men and "a feeling that law is not always

  • Australian stocks rise as investors await central bank

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    HONG KONG (AP) — Australian stocks rose Tuesday as investors anticipated an interest rate cut by the country's central bank while trading elsewhere in the region was mixed as two major markets were closed. KEEPING SCORE: Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.2 percent to 5,840.70 ahead of the conclusion of a central bank meeting. Hong Kong's Hang Seng edged up 0.2 percent to 28,176.31 while the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China lost 0.7 percent to 4,448.42. Benchmarks in Taiwan and Singapore fell while New Zealand's rose. Markets in Japan and South Korea were shut for holidays. DECISION DOWN UNDER: Most economists expect the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut interest rates by a quarter percentage point at its board meeting