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Section of highway falls into ocean

CARMEL, Calif. (AP) -- A stretch of California's coastal highway is closed to traffic indefinitely after a chunk of the road fell into the Pacific Ocean.

State transportation workers are scrambling to repair Highway 1 in Monterey County near Rocky Creek Bridge.

A 40-foot section of the two-lane highway crumbled just after 5 p.m. Wednesday following several days of rainy weather. All of the southbound lane is gone, and the soil under the northbound lane also is giving way.

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O.J.'s lawyer seeks to overturn verdict

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A lawyer for O.J. Simpson is asking for the full Nevada Supreme Court to consider overturning Simpson's conviction and sentence in a Las Vegas hotel room heist.

Las Vegas lawyer Malcolm LaVergne argued in documents filed Thursday that the jury in the former Buffalo Bills running back's 2008 Las Vegas trial wasn't fully screened for bias, that blacks were improperly dismissed from the jury and that kidnapping charges weren't proven.

Simpson, 63, is serving nine to 33 years in prison on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges stemming from a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers and a middle man in a room in a Las Vegas casino hotel in September 2007.

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More blacks in South moving into suburbs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- African-Americans in the South are shunning city life for the suburbs at the highest levels in decades, rapidly integrating large metropolitan areas that were historically divided between inner-city blacks and suburban whites.

Census figures also show that Hispanic population growth for the first time outpaced that of blacks and whites in most of the South, adding to the region's racial and ethnic mix.

"All of this will shake up the politics," said Lance deHaven-Smith, a political science professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Because the South is a critical region for Republicans in presidential elections, "all the Democrats have to do is pick up a couple Southern states, and Republicans are in trouble."

The share of blacks in large metropolitan areas who opted to live in the suburbs climbed to 58 percent in the South.

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