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California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

A cyclist exits the entryway to the Main Quad at Stanford University in StanfordCalifornian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. The measure, passed unanimously by the California State Senate, has been called the "yes-means-yes" bill. It defines sexual consent between people as "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity". Governor Jerry Brown must sign the bill into law by the end of September.



Detroit bankruptcy judge tosses hold-out creditor's charges

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitBankruptcy Court judge late on Thursday removed allegations made by one of Detroit's remaining hold-out creditors against mediators in the city's historic municipal bankruptcy case. Judge Steven Rhodes chastised Syncora Guarantee Inc for claiming in an Aug. 12 court filing that mediators, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Rosen and attorney Eugene Driker, are biased. James H.M. Sprayregen, an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis representing Syncora said they "respectfully disagree with Judge Rhodes." "We still have concerns about the fairness of the mediation process," he said in a statement.



Missing Montana college student found dead in Idaho mountains

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A Montana college student whose disappearance prompted a search by hundreds of police and volunteers was found dead from injuries sustained in a car accident in the mountains of central Idaho, authorities said late on Thursday. The body of Lucius Robbi, 21, of Orleans, California, was found in his 1997 Subaru near the remote resort town of Stanley, according to Boise County Sheriff Ben Roeber. Robbi vanished after he set off on Aug. 19 for the University of Montana campus in Missoula from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, where he had worked as a guide for a second summer at a company that offers trips on the Payette River. Search efforts aided by an online campaign tied to a Facebook page called "Finding Lucius" drew hundreds to hunt for Robbi and his Subaru, with two orange kayaks strapped to its roof, across vast stretches of mountainous terrain in Idaho and Montana.


Family sues Georgia police after death in custody

ATLANTA (AP) ? The family of a man who died after Atlanta-area police used stun guns on him has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former officers and the city, the family's lawyer said.


Closing arguments begin in ex-governor's trial

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. The prosecution in the McDonnell corruption case begins its rebuttal Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Closing arguments have started in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.



'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

FILE -In this July 3, 1968 file photo, Marines of the first battalion, ninth marines ride on a lightweight tank-like vehicle carrying four 106mm recoilless rifles near Khe Sanh in Vietnam. The Marine Corps is holding a deactivation ceremony on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, for the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, a battalion nicknamed the ?Walking Dead.? (AP Photo/Stone)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."



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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Closing arguments begin in public corruption trial of former Virginia governor, wife.


Lawyer: Case against Maserati cop car driver silly

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) ? The lawyer for a Massachusetts man facing charges of impersonating a police officer for driving around a Maserati painted to resemble a police cruiser calls the case against his client "silly."


Family feels sorry for girl, 9, who shot their dad

A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)NEW YORK (AP) ? The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi say they feel sorry for the child.



At least 25 trapped in mine landslide in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) ? Rescuers are working to reach at least 25 miners trapped in a gold mine landslide in northern Nicaragua.