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Arizona city becomes latest to pass hair discrimination ban

TUCSON, ARIZ -- It is now illegal in Tucson, Arizona, to enforce dress code or grooming policies that discriminate against hair texture and hairstyles in the workplace and public schools, officials said.
The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to adopt the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, or CROWN Act, joining multiple cities across the country in passing the ordinance, the Arizona Daily Star reported.
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Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A former member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment offered new details Wednesday, saying he once kissed her on the lips without consent after a private meeting.
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Single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 66% effective, say U.S. regulators

Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine appeared safe and effective in trials, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff said in documents published on Wednesday, paving the way for its approval for emergency use.
The FDA's panel of independent experts is set to meet Friday to decide whether to approve the shot.
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U.S. report on Saudi journalist's murder expected 'soon': White House

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES -- A U.S. intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul will be out "soon," the White House said Wednesday.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that President Joe Biden was also "soon" due to speak with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.
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California deputies who shot man allegedly jaywalking debated whether to stop him

LOS ANGELES -- Orange County sheriff's deputies debated whether to stop a homeless man with mental health issues for jaywalking last year before shooting and killing him during a struggle, according to newly released video footage.
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Amnesty International revokes Kremlin critic Navalny's 'prisoner of conscience' status

MOSCOW -- Amnesty International no longer considers jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a "prisoner of conscience" due to past comments he made that qualify as advocacy of hatred, the group said.
Amnesty, however, still believes that Navalny should be freed from jail, that he has committed no crime and that he is being persecuted for his campaigning and outspoken criticism of President Vladimir Putin and his government, it said.
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Unclear whether Iran's shooting down of Flight PS752 intentional: UN investigator

WASHINGTON -- Inconsistencies in the Iran government's explanation of the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane last year raise questions over whether it was intentional, an independent UN investigator said on Tuesday, but she had found no concrete evidence that it was.
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Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russia

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his nation's top counterintelligence agency Wednesday to redouble its efforts to address what he described as Western attempts to destabilize Russia.
Speaking at a meeting of top officials of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main KGB successor agency, Putin pointed at the "so-called policy of containment of Russia," charging that it includes efforts to "derail our development, slow it down, create problems alongside our borders, provoke internal instability and undermine the values that unite the Russian society.
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Australian bid put on IOC fast track to host 2032 Olympics

The Australian state of Queensland became the strong favourite to host the 2032 Olympics after the IOC gave it the status of its preferred bidder on Wednesday.
The decision by the International Olympic Committee's executive board puts the Brisbane-based bid on a fast-track to victory 11 years ahead of the games and before several expected rival candidates have publicly developed their plans.
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Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd

WASHINGTON -- Several witnesses have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury considering charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is already facing state murder charges in the death of George Floyd, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
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Tiger Woods survived near-fatal crash, but his career might not

The sheared-off front of the wrecked SUV told part of the story, and the officers on the scene filled in the rest. Tiger Woods was lucky to be alive, they said, thanks to modern safety technology and a big dose of good luck.
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Hundreds of coffins fall into the sea following collapse of an Italian cemetery

A landslide on the Italian coast near Genoa caused the collapse of a cemetery Monday, leading to hundreds of coffins falling into the sea.
The Camogli cemetery, built more than 100 years ago, is situated along an area of rocky seaside cliffs.
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Ghislaine Maxwell makes third attempt at bail, offers to renounce foreign citizenship

NEW YORK -- Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite awaiting trial on charges that she recruited teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, says she'll renounce her U.K. and French citizenships if she can be freed on bail, according to a court filing Tuesday.
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