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Association drops opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

LOS ANGELES — The California Medical Association on Wednesday dropped its three-decade opposition to physician-assisted suicide, possibly paving the way for already-introduced legislation that would make the practice legal for terminally ill patients in the state.

Crews work to clean beach fouled by oil pipeline spill

GOLETA, Calif. — Cleanup crews fanned out on Wednesday across an oil-fouled California beach to scoop up gobs of petroleum spewed from a ruptured pipeline in the largest oil spill to hit the pristine but energy-rich Santa Barbara coastline in nearly two decades.

Puerto Rico’s House delays vote on new tax measures

NEW YORK — Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives has delayed a vote on the introduction of new tax measures, designed to raise $1.2 billion in revenue, to allow time for amendments to be made to the bill, the House majority leader said on Wednesday.

About 120 guns recovered at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

AUSTIN, Texas — About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found.

Pentagon: Iran warships ‘linked up’ with vessel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon said on Tuesday that two Iranian warships have “linked up” with a cargo ship that Iran has said is carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, as activists on board the vessel said it was due to arrive at the Yemeni port of Hodaida on Thursday.

Texas police seeking gang truce

WACO, Texas — Texas police asked rival motorcycle gangs on Tuesday to put aside their differences after a weekend brawl at a Waco restaurant that left nine people dead and 18 injured, calling for a halt to the carnage and threats of revenge attacks.

Conductor hurt in train derailment sues Amtrak

PHILADELPHIA — A conductor critically injured in last week’s deadly train derailment in Philadelphia has sued Amtrak, accusing the publicly funded passenger rail company of negligence, his lawyer said on Tuesday, adding to a string of lawsuits since the crash.

U.S. Senate could consider surveillance reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that if the Senate does not back his plan to extend the existing government surveillance program, he would allow a vote on legislation narrowing U.S. spy agencies’ data collection powers.

Prosecutor to retry deli worker for Patz murder

NEW YORK — Pedro Hernandez will be tried again for the 1979 murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz after a mistrial was declared earlier this month because a jury was unable to reach a verdict, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. told MSNBC on Monday.

Four passengers sue over deadly derailment

Four passengers on the Amtrak commuter train that derailed in Philadelphia last week filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the U.S. rail service, as operations resumed on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor.

Fugitive to return to Ohio

ORLANDO, Fla. — A 79-year-old fugitive captured in Florida after being on the loose since escaping from an Ohio prison farm in 1959 was ordered on Monday to return to Ohio to face the consequences.

Freight train derails in Pittsburgh, no injuries

PITTSBURGH -- A freight train derailed in Pittsburgh on Thursday and emergency crews were called, but there were no injuries and no hazardous materials involved, a railway spokesman said.

Train crash engineer lays low as scrutiny heats up

PHILADELPHIA — A portrait of the engineer at the helm of a speeding Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia began to emerge on Thursday as the man’s lawyer said his client could not remember the crash, and rescuers pulled an eighth body from the wreckage.

Baby chimp starts new life in Florida

Keeva is a baby chimpanzee, an adorable, sweet little girl born March 12 to a female chimp at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Unfortunately, her mom, 26-year-old Carole, seemed ill-prepared for the responsibilities of motherhood. She wasn’t hostile toward Keeva, wasn’t trying to hurt her. Trouble was, she wasn’t trying to do much of anything with her baby — she wasn’t nursing her, wasn’t bonding with her.

Train was speeding when derailed

PHILADELPHIA — Federal investigators said on Wednesday that preliminary data showed an Amtrak train in Philadelphia was traveling at more than 100 mph, or roughly twice the speed limit, when it derailed, killing seven people and injuring more than 200.

University official sues Rolling Stone over rape story

A University of Virginia official filed a $7.85 million libel suit against Rolling Stone magazine, its parent company and a reporter on Tuesday over a now-debunked story of a gang rape on the university’s campus.

Bird flu outbreak hits Nebraska poultry farm

CHICAGO -- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.

Probe of Cleveland boy’s shooting death near end

CLEVELAND — An Ohio sheriff looking into the death of a 12-year-old boy shot by two Cleveland police officers while he played with a replica gun said on Tuesday the investigation was mostly complete, but provided few details.