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Ex-Penn State officials plead guilty in Sandusky abuse case: reports

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Two former Pennsylvania State University officials pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor child endangerment charges related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, local media reported.

Former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Senior Vice President Gary Schultz each face up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000 as part of a plea agreement entered in superior court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, news website Penn Live reported.

Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier, Curley and Schultz were charged in 2012 on suspicion of failing to notify authorities of reports of child sexual abuse by Sandusky. He was convicted in 2012 of abusing 10 boys on campus and elsewhere. He is serving 30 to 60 years in prison.

Spanier, the last remaining defendant in the case, is scheduled to go on trial next week.

The guilty pleas by Curley and Schultz indicated they could testify for the prosecution against Spanier, Penn Live reported.

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A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney in New York; Additional reporting by Daniel Trotta in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’

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CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.

The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.

"How is it racist?" she asked.

"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"

She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.

"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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