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Cornell fraternity under fire for 'pig roast' sex contest

Zeta Beta Tau at Cornell under fire for 'pig roast' sex contest

Cornell University's Zeta Beta Tau fraternity is on probation after university officials were made aware of a sex contest some fraternity members were conducting called the "pig roast."

An investigation that concluded in January found that fraternity members held a contest where new members were encouraged to accumulate "points" by sleeping with women. If members tied, the winner was chosen by whoever had sex with a woman who weighed the most.

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Lawsuit filed over Arkansas' revamped voter ID law

Lawsuit over Arkansas voter ID lawAn Arkansas resident asked a judge Wednesday to strike down a new state law requiring voters show photo identification before casting a ballot, arguing the measure causes the same problems as a nearly identical state voter ID law struck down four years ago.

The lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court is challenging the measure's constitutionality ahead of its first enforcement statewide in Arkansas' May 22 primary. Early voting for the primary is set to begin May 7.

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Musk Sends Tesla to Space as World's Most Powerful Rocket

Musk rocketSpaceX launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, a major milestone in the company’s quest to grow its customer base and fund Elon Musk’s vision of making life multiplanetary.

With hordes of fans gathered along the Florida space coast and millions watching on SpaceX’s webcast, the new rocket rumbled aloft shortly after 3:45 p.m. local time Tuesday. It cleared the launch pad without blowing up -- a feat Musk had said would be enough to deem the mission a win -- and continued on to deliver the chief executive officer’s cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun.

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John Mahoney of 'Frasier' fame dies at 77

John Mahoney dies at 77John Mahoney, a veteran character actor best known for playing the curmudgeonly dog-loving father of the title character in TV's "Frasier," has died, his publicist said Monday.
He was 77 years old.
Mahoney, who played Martin Crane, father of Frasier Crane and Niles Crane, on the long-running sitcom, died Sunday in Chicago after a short illness, according to Wendy Morris.
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Alabama sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Alabama sues opioid manufacturerAlabama on Tuesday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP of fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.

The lawsuit said that as Purdue reaped significant profits, Alabama suffered significant costs as a result of a public health crisis that had led to hundreds of deaths in the state each year due to opioid overdoses.

“It will take years to undo the damage but an important first step we must take is to hold the parties responsible for this epidemic legally liable for the destruction they have unleashed upon our citizens,” Marshall said in a statement.

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Supreme Court Allows Court-Ordered Redistricting in Pennsylvania

SCOTUS supports PA redistricting— The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let a court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts in Pennsylvania proceed, denying a plea from Republicans legislative leaders to block it.

Justice Samuel Alito, who handles emergency appeals from Pennsylvania, rejected the request from the GOP leaders and voters that the court put on hold an order from the state Supreme Court that could now produce new congressional districts in the coming two weeks.

The Pennsylvania high court ruled last month that the map of 18 districts violated the state constitution because it unfairly benefited Republicans.

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California to oversee San Francisco's police reforms

California Att. Gen BecerraCalifornia's attorney general announced Monday that his office will oversee reforms at the San Francisco Police Department that were recommended by federal officials after the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to scale back a program that helped departments improve community relations.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the California Department of Justice will evaluate and publicly report how the department is applying the 272 recommendations made by the DOJ under the Obama Administration.

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