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Pair in 'Ghost Ship' warehouse deaths denied plea deals by judge

Booking photos released by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office shows Max Harris, left, and Derick Almena, at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif., June 2017.  (Alameda County Sheriff’s Office via AP) A judge in California on Friday rejected the plea deals of two men who were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter after the “Ghost Ship” fire in ...

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Judge rejects plea deals in deadly Oakland warehouse fire

OAKLAND, Calif. –  In an unusual move, a California judge on Friday rejected the plea deals of two men who were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter after a 2016 California warehouse fire. As he handed down his decision, Judge James Cramer said 48-year-old Derick Almena didn’t accept “full responsibility and remorse” for the fatal blaze which occurred during ...

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Teens accused of robbing same Georgia home twice in 1 day

Jarrell Bankston, 18, and a 16-year-old are accused of robbing the same Georgia home twice in 1 day.  (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office ) Two teenagers were arrested Wednesday for allegedly burglarizing the same Georgia home twice in one day. Jarrell Bankston, 18, and an unidentified 16-year-old, both from Woodstock, were caught by a neighbor as they were attempting to break ...

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Firefighters battle to curb wildfire before winds return

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. –  Aircraft turned hillsides red with retardant as homeowners wet their houses with garden hoses in a battle to contain an arson wildfire, which prompted evacuation orders for more than 20,000 people south of Los Angeles. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Thursday night for Orange and Riverside counties as a four-day-old fire carved its ...

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Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assault in deadly NYC attack

Jamill Jones is entering his second season as an assistant coach under Danny Manning.  (Andy Mead/Icon Sportswire via AP Images) An assistant men’s basketball coach at Wake Forest University has been arrested and charged with assault in connection with a deadly attack on a tourist in the New York City borough of Queens, police said Thursday. Investigators say Jamill Jones, ...

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Mourning orca mother still carrying dead calf more than two weeks later on 'tour of grief'

A mourning mother whale continues to carry her dead half calf for over two weeks, which scientists say is part of her grieving.  (David Ellifrit/Center for Whale Research via AP) An endangered orca was spotted Wednesday still clinging to her dead and decomposing calf, more than two weeks after her newborn died in what scientists have said is an “unprecedented” ...

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Male student molested by female teacher awarded $2.1M

Former teacher Toni Sutton, 40, was ordered to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to child sex-abuse charges, authorities say.  (Facebook) A jury in San Diego decided Wednesday that a 19-year-old man who sued a California school district after being sexually abused by a female teacher should receive $2.1 million. The jurors found that the San Diego Unified ...

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Court upholds ex-Stanford swimmer's sex assault conviction

In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, Brock Turner leaves the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, Calif.  (AP) An appeals court has rejected a former Stanford University swimmer’s bid for a new trial and upheld his sexual assault conviction. The three-judge panel of the 6th District Court of Appeal ruled unanimously Wednesday that Brock Turner received a ...

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