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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles office says the agency decided to alert the public about a threat against a commuter rail station because of its specificity. The threat was made against the Universal City subway station. Its credibility hasn't been confirmed but the FBI and local law enforcement agencies say they have stepped up security as a precaution.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators are helping with the probe of a warehouse blaze in Oakland that killed 36 people. Assisting local officials is the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Officials believe they know where the Friday night blaze broke out, but the cause hasn't been determined. It started during a dance party.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of Charleston, community leaders and South Carolina's governor are urging a calm response to the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop. A judge granted a mistrial for former North Charleston officer Michael Slager after a jury said it couldn't reach a unanimous verdict. Prosecutors say they'll try him again.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an emotional outgoing for Vice President Joe Biden, the U.S. Senate has moved closer to approving a bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research. Lawmakers voted 85-13 to put the measure on track for final approval. That could happen Tuesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign it. Biden's 46-year-old son died last year of cancer.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has delivered a setback to Bill Cosby. The judge in Pennsylvania says some damaging testimony that Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit can be used at his upcoming criminal sex-assault trial. In the deposition a decade ago, Cosby acknowledged that he had given young women drugs or alcohol before sexual encounters. He had called the encounters consensual, but many of the women said they were drugged and molested. The judge still has to decide if prosecutors can call 13 other accusers.

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