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Football deflation report...Torture reparations...Threatening weather

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 6, 2015 at 4:51 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has released a 243-report that stopped barely short of calling the Patriots star quarterback a cheater. The report cites text messages between a locker room attendant and an equipment assistant suspected of deflating footballs before the AFC title game, which the Patriots won. It's unclear if there will be sanctions. Patriot's owner Robert Kraft called the conclusion "incomprehensible."

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has voted unanimously to pay $5.5 million in reparations to the mostly African-American victims of the city's notorious police torture scandal. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the abuses have left a permanent stain on the city's history. In addition to payments, dozens of victims will be offered counseling. The torture, which lasted from the 1970's to the 1990's -- will also be added to be added to the city's school history curriculum.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has ruled that police don't have to disclose license plate records that advocacy groups sought to gauge how high-tech surveillance is being used. Law enforcement departments across the country are increasingly using automated license plate readers mounted on patrol cars and fixed locations to check plate numbers against a "hot list" of vehicles associated with crime. Critics say the technology can be used to track anyone.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky is trying to have a judge throw out the former Penn State assistant football coach's 45-count conviction for child sexual abuse. The appeal says Sandusky's attorneys were not effective and that the trial wasn't fair because of "a stampede of vitriol, rage and prejudice." Sandusky is serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison.

CEMENT, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters' warnings that there would be tornadoes in the Great Plains today were spot on. Tornadoes have touched down in southwest Oklahoma and southern Nebraska. The Storm Prediction Center says It's too early to tell how many storms could flare up or in which region.

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