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A federal judge wants to know if ex-President Donald Trump plans to attend a New York trial this month resulting from a columnist's claims that he raped her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan issued an order Monday directing that parties to the case inform him by April 20 whether they will be present throughout the trial. The trial is scheduled to start April 25 in Manhattan federal court. A writer, E. Jean Carroll, sued Trump in November, saying he raped her in early 1996 after a chance meeting at an upscale store. He denies it.

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A high school along Florida’s Atlantic Coast has removed a graphic novel based on the diary of Anne Frank after a leader of a conservative group challenged it, claiming it minimized the Holocaust. “Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation” was removed from a library at Vero Beach High School after a leader of Moms for Liberty in Indian River County raised an objection. The school’s principal agreed, and the book was removed last month. Other books about Anne Frank and copies of the published diary she wrote chronicling her time hiding from the Nazis in German-occupied Amsterdam remain in the school systems’ libraries.

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An Idaho prosecutor says a mother charged in the murders of her two kids and her new husband's late wife used money, power and sex to get what she wanted. Fremont County Prosecutor Lindsey Blake presented opening arguments Monday morning in the case against Lori Vallow Daybell. Prosecutors charged Vallow Daybell and her husband, Chad Daybell, with multiple counts of conspiracy, murder and grand theft in connection with the deaths of Vallow Daybell’s two children: Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan. Prosecutors also have charged the couple in connection with the October 2019 death of Chad Daybell’s late wife, Tammy Daybell. She has pleaded not guilty.

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The Washington Commanders have settled a lawsuit with the District of Columbia attorney general's office over fans' season-ticket deposit money. Attorney general Brian Schwalb announced the agreement that returns $200,000 to fans and pays $425,000 to the district to resolve allegations related to the deposits. The district still has a civil suit ongoing against the Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell over what the attorney general's office called collusion to deceive residents about the team's toxic workplace culture. The Commanders previously settled with Maryland on season-ticket holder deposits by agreeing to return money and pay the state $250,000.

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is expected to be discharged from a hospital following surgery on a minor leg fracture he suffered during a victory parade for the national champion University of Connecticut men’s basketball team over the weekend. A spokesperson for the 77-year-old Connecticut Democrat says he will be released from Stamford Hospital on Monday after having surgery on his upper femur Sunday. The operation included installing some pins to make sure it heals properly. Video from Saturday's parade in Hartford shows Blumenthal falling onto a street after getting bumped from behind by a man walking backward with a camera. Blumenthal says he expects to return to Washington next week.

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Hilary Swank has given birth to twins — a boy and a girl. The 48-year-old “Million Dollar Baby” actor posted a photo of her and her twins looking at the sunset on Instagram Sunday evening with the caption: “It wasn’t easy. But boy (and girl!) was it worth it.” She added on Instagram that she’s “posting from pure heaven.” Over the course of her pregnancy, the Oscar winner had been filming the ABC series “Alaska Daily.” She shared in an interview in October that when her pants didn’t fit during filming, she cut them open and put a jacket on to hide her bump.

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The WNBA is adding charter flights for the entire playoffs and back-to-back regular season games this year. The league announced Monday it will pay for all of the flights. The cost is expected to be around $4.5 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details haven’t been publicly released. The league chartered for the WNBA Finals as well as for the road team in the Commissioner Cup championship game last year. As for Brittney Griner, the WNBA says it has plans for her travel but would like to keep them "confidential."

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America's beekeepers have faced challenges during the unusually cold and wet winter in California's farm country. Most commercial beekeepers send their bees to the Golden State every year to help pollinate California's $5 billion-a-year almond crop. But bees have been slow to emerge from their hives due to the chilly weather. That means beekeepers have had to feed them to keep them going. Some also have been dealing with damaged hives as rivers flood orchards. The rainy weather is expected to bring ample wildflowers to the state this spring for bees to forage. That could mean a good year for honey.

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This courtroom sketch depicts Kay Woodcock, the grandmother of Joshua "JJ" Vallow, the first witness to take the stand during the murder trial of Lori Vallow Daybell in Boise, Idaho, Monday, April 10, 2023. Prosecutors have charged Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband, Chad Daybell, with multiple counts of conspiracy, murder and grand theft in connection with the deaths of Vallow Daybell's two children: Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan. Both are also charged in connection with the death of Chad Daybell's previous wife, Tammy Daybell. (Lisa C. Cheney via AP)

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This courtroom sketch, from left, depicts Madison County prosecutor Rob Wood, Lori Vallow Daybell and defense attorney Jim Archibald during opening statements of Vallow Daybell's murder trial in Boise, Idaho, Monday, April 10, 2023. Prosecutors have charged Vallow Daybell and her husband, Chad Daybell, with multiple counts of conspiracy, murder and grand theft in connection with the deaths of Vallow Daybell's two children: Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan. Both are also charged in connection with the death of Chad Daybell's previous wife, Tammy Daybell. (Lisa C. Cheney via AP)

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A grand jury in Virginia has indicted the mother of a 6-year-old boy who shot his teacher. Prosecutor Howard Gwynn said in a news release that a grand jury sitting in Newport News on Monday charged the boy’s 25-year-old mother with felony child neglect and a misdemeanor charge of endangering a child by reckless storage of a firearm. The Associated Press isn’t naming the mother to shield the identity of her son. The boy shot his first-grade teacher, Abby Zwerner, on Jan. 6 inside her classroom at Richneck Elementary School. Police say the boy’s mother legally purchased the gun. Her attorney has said the gun was secured on a top shelf in her closet and had a trigger lock.

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The Justice Department is appealing a Texas court ruling that would halt approval of a drug used in the most common method of abortion in the U.S. In its appeal Monday, the Justice Department called the decision “extraordinary and unprecedented.” The request to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was filed just days after conflicting court rulings over the legality of the abortion medication mifepristone put in doubt access to the drug that has been widely available for more than 20 years. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk issued his decision Friday but ruled it would not take effect for seven days. The Biden administration on Monday asked the New Orleans-based appellate court to extend the pause on the Texas order.

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Thousands of professors, part-time lecturers and graduate student workers at New Jersey’s flagship university have gone on strike. It's the first such job action in the school’s 257-year history. Classes were still being held Monday at Rutgers as picket lines were set up at the school’s campuses in New Brunswick/Piscataway, Newark and Camden. Union officials decided Sunday night to go on strike, citing a stalemate in contract talks that have been ongoing since July. Faculty members voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike last month. Union leaders say they’re demanding salary increases, better job security for adjunct faculty and guaranteed funding for graduate students.

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Police say a 23-year-old armed with a rifle opened fire at his Louisville workplace, killing four people. Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel identified the shooter as Connor Sturgeon, who was killed by police responding to the shooting Monday. Gwinn-Villaroel also said the shooter livestreamed the attack.  An emotional Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said he lost a close friend in the shooting. At least nine others were wounded in the attack, including a police officer who had just graduated from the academy on March 31. The shooting comes just two weeks after a former student killed three children and three adults at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The sentencing trial has begun for a former Houston-area high school football coach convicted twice of fatally shooting his pregnant wife during what authorities say was a staged burglary more than 24 years ago. David Mark Temple was convicted in August 2019 for a second time for killing of his wife, Belinda. But that jury could not decide on a sentence, prompting a judge to declare a mistrial. Prosecutors had sought a life prison term. A new resentencing trial for Temple began on Monday after being delayed in part by the coronavirus pandemic.

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One of the two Black Democrats who were thrown out of the Tennessee House last week appeared likely to get his seat back soon. The move would come just days after the GOP exacted retribution against the lawmakers who protested for more gun control. Nashville’s Metro Council could return Justin Jones to the Legislature immediately when it votes Monday to fill the vacant position on an interim basis. Jones and another Black lawmaker were expelled by the Republican supermajority for their role in a gun-control protest on the House floor in the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Nashville.

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