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Avon Products settles bribery charges for $135M

NEW YORK (AP) — The world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, Avon Products Inc., will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there.

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Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

This undated file photo shows George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944.

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Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

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Sprint accused of billing for unwanted services

Sprint accused of billing for unwanted services

Federal regulators accuse company of illegally billing its wireless customers hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists.

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NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.

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Nation’s top theaters bail on ‘The Interview’ in wake of hackers’ threat

Nation’s top theaters bail on ‘The Interview’ in wake of hackers’ threat

From left are first assistant director Jonathan Watson, director of photography Brandon Trost, co-director Evan Goldberg and co-star Seth Rogen on the set of “The Interview.”

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Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

SYDNEY — The gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency’s watch list, but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday.

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Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to file any charges against Cosby after a woman recently reported the comedian molested her aroun…

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Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974.

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Hackers reference 9/11 in threats against moviegoers

NEW YORK — Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures’ film “The Interview.” The threats referred to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The group also released a trove of data files including about 8,000 email…

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Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart

Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the family of John Crawford III shows Crawford, right, with his mother, Tressa Sherrod. The family of Crawford, a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 16, 20…

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Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart

Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights.

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Appeals court overturns sex-change for inmate

BOSTON (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

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Australia is searching for answers after deadly siege

Australia is searching for answers after deadly siege

SYDNEY — Horror over a deadly siege morphed into anger Tuesday as leaders of a grieving nation demanded to know how a man with a violent criminal history slipped through the cracks and ended up in the downtown Sydney cafe where he took 17 people hostage.

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Horror over deadly Sydney siege turns to anger

Horror over deadly Sydney siege turns to anger

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie pay their respects on Tuesday to the victims of a deadly siege in Sydney’s central business district. Abbott said the country will be looking carefully at how the tragedy could have happened.

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Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

A hostage runs toward armed tactical response police officers after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday.

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Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

SYDNEY — The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia’s largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 workers and customers hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of fa…

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Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

Firearms training unit Detective Barbara J. Mattson of the Connecticut State Police holds a Bushmaster AR-15 in 2013.

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Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

HARTFORD, Conn. — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have been sold for civilian use because of its overwhelming firepower.

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