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University of Michigan probes doctor abuse claims
Several former patients allege that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams (Feb. 19)
What happened to winter? And where's the polar vortex?
The first two months of winter – December and January – were the warmest on record across the U.S.        
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Trump ousts DOD official connected to Ukraine aid
President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon's top policy official who had certified last year that the Defense Department had seen enough anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing congressionally authorized aid. (Feb. 19)       
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Federal judge resigns after admitting to sexual harassment, affair with felon
Earlier in February, the House Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter to the court that Murguia's actions constituted "harm to its employees."        
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As Trump visits CA, Governor Newsom calls homelessness issue 'a disgrace', vows change
California Gov. Gavin Newsom broke from tradition Wednesday and dedicated his entire State of the State speech to one issue: homelessness.       
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Blagojevich thanks Trump for commuted sentence
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich thanks President Donald Trump for commuting his sentence for political corruption. (Feb. 19)       
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George Zimmerman sues Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg for defamation, seeks $265 million
The suit claims Warren and Buttigieg defamed Zimmerman in tweets on Feb. 5 recognizing what would have been Trayvon Martin's 25th birthday.       
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Methane emissions from burning fossil fuels has been 'vastly underestimated,' study says
The amount of methane that comes from burning fossil fuels is much higher than previously thought, a new study suggests.       
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Kent State 'gun girl' vows return to Ohio University with 'army of gun owners' after protest
Kaitlin Bennett, the Kent State "gun girl," vows to return to Ohio University in Athens after she faced protests from students telling her to leave.       
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Married, off-duty cops surprised by armed robber during date night at Raising Cane's
A man tried to rob a Raising Cane's restaurant in Kentucky. Little did he know, an off-duty cop couple were having a date night inside.        
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The ocean is getting louder because 'world's loudest' shrimp are heating up, biologist says
The shrimp closes its claw so fast that it generates a bubble that is louder than a bullet when it implodes.        
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Hate crimes still go unchecked at Syracuse University, students say
The black-led movement #NotAgainSU launched the sit-in Monday to protest the administration's handling of recent racist incidents at the university.       
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Body of Georgia college student missing since Valentine's Day discovered
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed the body of 23-year-old Anitra Gunn was found in central Georgia, about 100 miles south of Atlanta.        
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Weinstein arrives for day 2 of jury deliberations
Harvey Weinstein arrived at a New York City courthouse Wednesday as jurors returned for a second day of deliberations in the rape trail that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. (Feb. 19)       
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Sailor hugs mom for first time in two years
He's been back and forth between family and deployment for two years. After all this time, he's back with the people he loves most.        
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'Mr. Bob,' 88-year-old hero crossing guard, dies saving two kids from a speeding car
"To Mr. Nill, our heartfelt gratitude for your selfless act in protection of our children," Kansas City, Kan. Mayor David Alvey said on Facebook.       
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Married, off-duty cops interrupt 'date night' to stop armed robbery attempt at restaurant
Dramatic video shows a Kentucky man allegedly attempting to rob a Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers in Louisville. Then, two off-duty cops stepped in.       
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75,000 ill, 2,000 deaths, many thousands recovered: Can you get coronavirus twice?
With no end to the coronavirus outbreak in sight, health officials are grappling with the issue of whether cured patients can get reinfected.       
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Body of college student missing since Valentine's Day found in Georgia; boyfriend arrested
Anitra Gunn, 23, was last seen on Valentine's Day in Fort Valley, Georgia. Her body was found in Crawford County, about 100 miles south of Atlanta.
Chris Pratt gets high praise from kids
At the film's Los Angeles premiere, Chris Pratt says his son and his friends loved new animated movie "Onward," while Pratt's co-star Tom Holland discusses the film's impact on young boys. (Feb. 19)
ShowBiz Minute: Caldwell, Weinstein, Brits
Actress Zoe Caldwell, Tony winner for "Medea," dies at 86; Jury ends 1st day of deliberations in Weinstein's rape trial; Lewis Capaldi, Dave win at UK's Brit Awards. (Feb. 19)
On This Day: 19 February 1964
Comedic actor Peter Sellers married model and actress Britt Ekland. (Feb. 18)
Firefighter killed in California library blaze
A firefighter was killed and another went missing Tuesday while battling a fire at a Central California library, officials said. (Feb. 19)
Yosemite's famous glowing orange 'firefall' could be a bust this year
The famed "firefall" phenomenon at California's Yosemite National Park is scheduled to make its yearly appearance this weekend.
AP Top Stories February 19
Here's the latest for Wednesday, February 18th: Passengers leave cruise ship after quarantine; Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison; more
Boy Scouts own property worth millions in NY. How will bankruptcy affect the camps?
Local Boy Scout councils own dozens of properties across New York worth more than $101 million, according to tax records.
Should a man get a woman's consent on video before sex? That's a 'red flag' for some
Some attorneys say recorded sexual consent can be a form of defense. Advocates say it falls woefully short.
Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison, returns home
Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. He returned home to Chicago early Wednesday. (Feb. 19)
One firefighter dead, another missing in blaze at California library
One firefighter died in the blaze and another remains "unaccounted for," Tulare County Fire Chief Charlie Norman said
Scaring America's mascot?: Washington county proposes shooting fireworks near bald eagles
A Washington county is requesting permission to scare away bald eagles, the nation's mascot, by shooting fireworks near them at a landfill.