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Pot convictions go up in smoke with California legalization
(AP Photo - Brian Melley)
By BRIAN MELLEY
From Associated Press
May 22, 2017 9:37 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay Schlauch's conviction for peddling pot haunted him for nearly a quarter century.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby's sex assault case (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Bill Cosby's lawyers say Cosby is "looking forward" to getting jury selection started in Pittsburgh and is "holding up fine" as the trial nears.

When children sexually assault other children at school, sometimes the only measure of justice comes through the courts. The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights: Public schools in many states enjoy powerful shields, including caps on damages if they lose a lawsuit and high legal hurdles to prove misconduct.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) — A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed — sexual aggression among classmates.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Prosecutors, attorneys and people across the Cincinnati region have had six months to analyze and debate the hung jury result in the murder trial of a white police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As someone who has studied bobcats for almost four decades, wildlife ecologist John Litvaitis remembers many times returning from the field without spotting a single one of these solitary and shy creatures that often hunt at dusk.

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts charter school that came under fire for what some students and parents considered a racist policy of banning hair braid extensions has suspended the rule.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pushed the state closer to a law that allows publicly-funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the closing of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The Ringling Bros.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — With laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show.

The Associated Press reviewed verdicts and settlements across the country in lawsuits brought against schools over student-on-student sexual abuse .

NEW YORK (AP) — "Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now.

The same technology that keeps kids glued to their smart phones is being used by some schools as protection against sexual assaults .

Hello, Drake has surpassed Adele's record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards. Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools.

NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenage Michigan tourist and injuring 22 others, said he had been trying to get psychiatric help.

NEW YORK (AP) — Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be buried Friday in Los Angeles, his attorney Kirk Pasich said Sunday. Pasich said Cornell will be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in a private service.

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden gave assurances Sunday that the country's current divisiveness brought on by a presidential election that "churned up some of the ugliest realities" of society will be temporary.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump railed against President Barack Obama for failing to utter the words "radical Islamic terrorism."

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who says he's been appointed an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, has denied he plagiarized content in his master's thesis on homeland security, while the Naval Postgraduate School confirmed Sunday that it's reviewing the allegations.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma state budget has been cut so deeply that two elementary schools in state Rep. Jason Dunnington's district can no longer afford to pay for art teachers.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them? The city will receive proposals from groups that want to take three of the monuments — the last is tied up in legal issues — and display them.