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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Times reports that Italian actress Asia Argento recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17. Argento is one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement. The Times says that Argento, 42, settled the lawsuit filed by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her.
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say patrons tackled and disarmed a man after he held them at gunpoint outside a California bar. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff's officials say the man had pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at people in the parking lot outside Red Eye Saloon at 2 a.m. Saturday in Fallbrook. He demanded their wallets and cellphones and fired a shot into the air. Authorities say several patrons rushed and tackled the gunman, holding him on the ground until deputies arrived.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Scientists studying the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border say climate change could be to blame. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley says the number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent over the past century at survey sites across an area. The study shows almost a third of species are less common and widespread now than they once were throughout the region.
(AP) - An AP analysis shows higher temperatures are turbocharging wildfire season in the American West. Data show warmer years are when fires burn most. University of Alberta fire scientist Mike Flannigan says hotter, drier weather means trees, brush and other plants are drier, "so it's easier for fires to start and spread and burn more intensely." As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled.
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