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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the U.S. and forced to be "modern day sex slaves," according to an indictment that charges 21 people in what authorities called a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring that used an elaborate money laundering scheme to conceal mi…

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Researchers have been trying to tag great white sharks off Southern California where large numbers of the predators close to shore have forced recent beach closures.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Opponents of California's bullet train have refiled a lawsuit against state legislation that allows high-speed rail money to be spent on electrification of Caltrain from south of San Jose to San Francisco.

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A 44-year-old semitractor-trailer driver whose truck crashed into a bridge over Interstate 80 in Wyoming has been charged with driving more than the federal commercial driving limit of 11 hours and driving under the influence.

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DALLAS (AP) — Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more were spread across the South in 2016, with four of the top five found in Texas, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject — a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the founder of Bikram yoga, who's been ordered to hand over proceeds from his global fitness business to satisfy a $6.8 million judgment won by a former legal adviser.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A renowned strawberry researcher in California broke patent law and violated a loyalty pledge to his former university by taking his work with him to profit from it in a private company, a jury in San Francisco decided Wednesday.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A drug company has agreed to pay $1.6 million for substance abuse treatment to settle a lawsuit from two California counties alleging misleading marketing practices, officials announced Wednesday.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Demand for California pollution permits rebounded in the first quarterly auction since an appeals court upheld the program, generating about $500 million for the state, according to results released Wednesday.

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OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Construction crews in California have begun demolishing the destroyed portion of the main spillway at Oroville Dam as they race to repair the structure in time for the next rainy season, state water officials and construction managers said Wednesday.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who broke into Sandra Bullock's home in 2014 and forced the Oscar-winning actress to hide in her closet while calling police has been sentenced to continued mental health treatment and probation after pleading no contest to felony stalking and burglary charges.

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NEW YORK (AP) — It would be easy to brush off fitness guru Taryn Toomey's The Class as another hippie trend, but you'd miss the magic. (She sprinkled crushed crystals underneath the studio floors, which she says is designed to draw out energy.)

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SACRAMENTO (AP) _ These California lotteries were drawn Wednesday: