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Sotomayor returns to the Bronx

NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has returned to her old stomping grounds in the Bronx to speak to second-graders.

Sotomayor and the actress Kerry Washington took questions from an audience of nearly 200 kids at a community college on Friday.

The children peppered the justice with questions about what motivates her and how she makes important decisions.

Their final question was about former President Barack Obama and what it was like to meet him when he appointed her to the court.

Sotomayor said the Democrat was “never nasty” and did not criticize her or complain.

She called him “as kind and gentle as the man you see on TV.”

The students didn’t ask her about Republican President Donald Trump.

Reporter Tom Raum dead at the age of 74

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Raum, a versatile writer who covered three presidents, Congress and national politics, and translated knotty economic issues for readers during a 44-year career with The Associated Press, died Friday. He was 74.

His wife, Nora Raum, says the cause of death was a brain injury from a fall last week at home.

Raum joined the AP in Tallahassee, Florida, and spent two years there before transferring to Washington in 1973, arriving during the Watergate investigation that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. His first job in Washington was as an editor working the overnight shift.

He covered Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and was on the economics beat during the Great Recession from December 2007 to June 2009.

Raum retired in 2015.

Nelly seeks dismissal of sex assault lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The rapper Nelly is asking a U.S. court to dismiss a British woman’s lawsuit that alleges he sexually assaulted her after a concert in England.

The federal lawsuit was filed in November in St. Louis, the rapper’s hometown. The woman accuses Nelly she was assaulted in December 2017.

Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., wasn’t criminally charged and has denied the allegations.

The woman is identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit. Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, filed a response to the lawsuit Thursday, saying the woman shouldn’t be allowed to remain anonymous.

The lawsuit is the second such case against the rapper. In September, Nelly settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged he raped her on his tour bus in suburban Seattle. Prosecutors decided against charging him, citing a lack of cooperation by his accuser.

Comedian Barnett died in Tijuana

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. State Department has confirmed that American comedian Kevin Barnett has died in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

The department did not give any cause of death and declined to make any further comment out of respect for the family.

On Sunday, Barnett posted an Instagram photo of himself standing on a street in Mexico wearing a poncho he said bought to keep warm.

The entertainment news site E! News reported Barnett died of a hemorrhage due to pancreatitis.

Barnett starred in the Fox sitcom “Rel.”

By Josh Bovee

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