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Louisiana elementary teachers charged with bullying student

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:54:10 GMT2017-04-27T14:54:10Z

WASHINGTON, La. (AP) -- Two elementary school teachers are under arrest in Louisiana after being accused of bullying a child....



2 workers injured at Facebook building construction site

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:50:29 GMT2017-04-27T14:50:29Z

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say work has halted at a Facebook building under construction in California after an equipment failure caused part of the structure to collapse, injuring two workers....



North Carolina prison guard dies after inmate attack

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:34:35 GMT2017-04-27T14:34:35Z

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities in North Carolina say a prison guard has died after she was attacked by an inmate....



The Latest: Police: Trooper slaying suspect shot dead

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:31:45 GMT2017-04-27T14:31:45Z

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) -- The Latest on the shooting of a Delaware state trooper (all times local):...



Police: Trooper slaying suspect shot dead after overnight standoff at Delaware home

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:24:44 GMT2017-04-27T14:24:44Z

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) -- Police: Trooper slaying suspect shot dead after overnight standoff at Delaware home....



Suspect barricaded in home after Delaware officer killed

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:19:35 GMT2017-04-27T14:19:35Z

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) -- Officers came under fire again early Thursday outside a home where the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper remained holed up....



Uncle accused of chaining boy to weight pleads not guilty

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:10:27 GMT2017-04-27T14:10:27Z

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) -- An eastern Iowa man accused of padlocking a weighted chain around his 14-year-old nephew's waist has pleaded not guilty....



Delaware man fatally shot by police had fired at officer

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:04:44 GMT2017-04-27T14:04:44Z

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- Authorities in Delaware say a man fatally shot by police officers in Delaware last week had fired at an officer....



Florida teacher accused of calling ag students 'murderers'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:00:02 GMT2017-04-27T14:00:02Z

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida middle school teacher may lose his job after authorities say he bullied and harassed students who are raising livestock to be sold for slaughter at a local youth fair....



Escalator steps buckle at WTC transportation hub, 2 hurt

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:55:58 GMT2017-04-27T13:55:58Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- An escalator malfunctioned at New York's World Trade Center Transportation Hub and officials say two men sustained minor injuries....



Storm-related death toll rises to 2 in North Carolina

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:49:52 GMT2017-04-27T13:49:52Z

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A woman has died after the North Carolina Highway Patrol said she drove around several barricades and was swept away in the flooding that has followed heavy rains earlier this week....



DA declines to charge woman who cast vote in dead mom's name

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:26:11 GMT2017-04-27T13:26:11Z

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) -- A state prosecutor in North Carolina has declined to bring voter-fraud charges against a woman who cast a vote for Donald Trump in her recently deceased mother's name....



Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children names new president

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:12:55 GMT2017-04-27T13:12:55Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City-based charity Feed the Children has named chief operating officer Travis Arnold as its new president and CEO....



The Latest: Arkansas inmate hopes to avoid being 4th killed

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:58:28 GMT2017-04-27T12:58:28Z

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):...



Ohio zoo euthanizes 29-year-old polar bear that had cancer

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:42:38 GMT2017-04-27T11:42:38Z

POWELL, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio says it has euthanized a 29-year-old male polar bear after veterinarians determined he had liver cancer with limited treatment options....



South Carolina officers wound suspect who shot at them

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:36:16 GMT2017-04-27T11:36:16Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina state police are investigating after two Columbia police officers shot and wounded a suspect who had shot and wounded a man at a gas station....



Ex-postal worker accused of taking cash for drug deliveries

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:27:43 GMT2017-04-27T11:27:43Z

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A U.S. Postal Service worker is accused of accepting money in exchange for giving a man an address on her delivery route where packages containing drugs could be delivered without detection....



Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:39:40 GMT2017-04-27T10:39:40Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he's considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals....



Ex-Congresswoman accused of living large on charity funds

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:30:44 GMT2017-04-27T10:30:44Z

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Florida have told jurors a former congresswoman financed a lavish lifestyle of Beverly Hills shopping trips and fancy parties on donations to a charity ostensibly set up to help poor children with scholarships....



10 Things to Know for Today

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:53:27 GMT2017-04-27T09:53:27Z

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...



Audio of Trump travel ban hearing to be broadcast live

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:23:18 GMT2017-04-27T07:23:18Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- People across the country will get to listen in real time to arguments over President Donald Trump's revised travel ban before a federal appeals court....



Dad reveals Hawaii site where he says he dumped dead son

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:42:51 GMT2017-04-27T06:42:51Z

HONOLULU (AP) -- The father of a Hawaii boy who went missing 20 years ago rode in a van with police and prosecutors last weekend, leading them to the site where he says he dumped his dead son's remains....



Suspected arsonist in custody after 2 fires in Trump Hotel

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:59:36 GMT2017-04-27T05:59:36Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say one person is injured and a suspect is in custody after two separate fires were discovered at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas....



Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:09:29 GMT2017-04-27T05:09:29Z

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s....



Amtrak to release details on Penn Station repairs, delays

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:59:34 GMT2017-04-27T04:59:34Z

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Commuters who already have endured recent slowdowns at New York's Penn Station are about to hear about more potential delays....



Ohio man charged with kidnapping neighbor to be in court

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:58:38 GMT2017-04-27T04:58:38Z

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- Police say an Ohio man accused of kidnapping a neighbor and keeping her trapped in a small pit is to appear in court on a charge of kidnapping....



Businesses like Trump tax plan, but they won't rush to hire

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:06:06 GMT2017-04-27T04:06:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Giving workers a raise, investing in new machinery. Small business owners have long wish lists to choose from if the Trump administration's plan to lower tax rates becomes law - but most don't expect to go on a hiring binge....



Jefferson Muzzle 'awards' take aim at free-speech offenders

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:02:18 GMT2017-04-27T04:02:18Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Tennessee sheriff accused of deleting atheists' comments on a county Facebook page, a school chief who dismissed a teacher who stepped on the American flag in class, and the U.S. Senate for a bill targeting speech on college campuses are among the winners of the Jefferson Muzzles - satiric awards bestowed annually by a free-speech group....



Police: Woman, 86, beat to death in random California attack

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:43:36 GMT2017-04-27T03:43:36Z

NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) -- Police say a man beat an 86-year-old woman to death in an apparently random attack as she walked around a high school track in Northern California....



10 Things to Know for Thursday

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:11:40 GMT2017-04-27T03:11:40Z

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...



The Latest: Jury gives death penalty to ambush killer

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:27:19 GMT2017-04-27T02:27:19Z

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on the trial of a survivalist who ambushed two troopers at a state police barracks, killing one (all times local):...



Suspect charged with 3 counts of murder in Fresno rampage

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:20:58 GMT2017-04-27T01:20:58Z

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The black suspect in a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno was charged Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of white men he targeted randomly on the street, prosecutors said....



The Latest: Fresno suspect may not be mentally competent

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:08:24 GMT2017-04-27T01:08:24Z

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on the case against suspect in Fresno murder rampage (all times local):...



Oil-gas wells shut down after Colorado home explosion

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:04:38 GMT2017-04-27T01:04:38Z

DENVER (AP) -- Oil field crews are shutting down and inspecting more than 3,000 Colorado oil and gas wells as a precaution after a house explosion killed two people, but investigators haven't determined whether a well caused the blast, officials said Wednesday....



Immunity sought for NC motorists who hit protesters in roads

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:32:48 GMT2017-04-27T00:32:48Z

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A motorist who strikes a protester blocking a public road in North Carolina would be immune from civil liability - under a bill before lawmakers - if the driver exercised "due care."...



IRS, postal inspectors raid Benny Hinn Ministries

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:12:30 GMT2017-04-27T00:12:30Z

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- Federal agents descended on the North Texas headquarters of television evangelist Benny Hinn and took boxes out of the offices....



The Latest: Berkeley police plan high visibility Thursday

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:54:38 GMT2017-04-26T23:54:38Z

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on Ann Coulter's appearance at UC Berkeley (all times local):...



White man gets 15 years for shooting 5 black men at protest

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:42:52 GMT2017-04-26T23:42:52Z

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A white Minnesota man who was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Wednesday for shooting and wounding five black protesters said he'll live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life, but stopped short of apologizing....



Judge could rule soon to let beer stores keep licenses

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:42:18 GMT2017-04-26T23:42:18Z

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A judge could rule soon on whether to let four Nebraska stores near a South Dakota Indian reservation keep selling alcohol while they appeal a state regulator's decision not to renew their liquor licenses....



Arkansas judge pulled from death penalty cases seeks probe

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:32:24 GMT2017-04-26T23:32:24Z

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration after issuing an order blocking executions asked two disciplinary panels Wednesday to investigate the state's attorney general and Supreme Court, accusing both of violating ethics rules when he was barred from handling capital punishment cases....



Activists: Mexican who sought refuge in US church detained

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:06:28 GMT2017-04-26T23:06:28Z

DENVER (AP) -- A Mexican man who once sought sanctuary from deportation in a Colorado church was detained by federal immigration agents Wednesday morning as he went to a warehouse to get tile to install on a job, his wife said Wednesday....



Rodney King riot: Timeline of key events

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:03:17 GMT2017-04-26T23:03:17Z

Saturday marks 25 years since the start of one of the deadliest race riots in American history. The violence erupted in South Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. A look at key events before, during and after the unrest:...



A look at prominent figures in 1992 riot, where they are now

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:59:19 GMT2017-04-26T22:59:19Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some of the key players have died. Others have gone on quietly with their lives in the 25 years since a jury acquitted four white police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King....



Coulter's Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:53:30 GMT2017-04-26T22:53:30Z

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence, calling it "a dark day for free speech in America."...



Tennessee lawmakers unwittingly vote to honor Klan leader

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:50:48 GMT2017-04-26T22:50:48Z

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives thought they had defeated a resolution to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest. Days later, the chamber unwittingly passed another resolution touting the achievements of the Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan....



Judge bars Chinese billionaire's post-arrest statements

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:48:05 GMT2017-04-26T22:48:05Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors cannot use post-arrest statements a Chinese billionaire made to the FBI at his Manhattan trial on charges stemming from a United Nations bribery scandal, a judge ruled Wednesday....



Witnesses reflect on LA's Rodney King riot 25 years later

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:44:36 GMT2017-04-26T22:44:36Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dee Young remembers April 29, 1992, the way most Americans of a certain age recall Sept. 11 - it's indelibly etched in his memory as the day his world and that of thousands of others changed forever....



N Carolina lawmakers halfway to veto override on court size

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:41:09 GMT2017-04-26T22:41:09Z

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's House on Wednesday seized the initiative in a monthslong effort to weaken Gov. Roy Cooper, overriding his veto of a Republican bill that would reduce the number of judges on the state Court of Appeals....



Russian with HIV seeking US asylum is detained in Florida

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:34:19 GMT2017-04-26T22:34:19Z

MIAMI (AP) -- Immigration authorities detained a gay Russian man infected with HIV who was seeking U.S. asylum in California, his lawyer said on Wednesday....



What does the word 'witness' mean in an Arkansas execution?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:31:58 GMT2017-04-26T22:31:58Z

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- About two dozen people witness each execution in Arkansas, though the term "witness" is a misnomer. No one among the media or citizen witnesses can see as the inmate is secured to a gurney, watch as medical personnel place intravenous lines or hear what's happening as the actual execution takes place. If there's a dispute over what happened, resolution is difficult....



Man whose body was in concrete may have been missing months

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:21:51 GMT2017-04-26T22:21:51Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri man whose body authorities believe is the one found in a crate encased in concrete in a dumpster might have been missing for months before the group home where he lived reported that he was gone, a sheriff said Wednesday....



Couple married 69 years die minutes apart, holding hands

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:21:19 GMT2017-04-26T22:21:19Z

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) -- The children of a suburban Chicago couple married for 69 years say their parents died just 40 minutes apart while holding hands at a hospital....



Family buy plane tickets for condemned inmate's daughter

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:19:07 GMT2017-04-26T22:19:07Z

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Family members of a man whose death was caused by Arkansas condemned killer Kenneth Williams said they've forgiven him - and bought plane tickets so the condemned man's daughter and granddaughter could visit before his scheduled execution Thursday....



Minnesota woman gets probation for supporting al-Shabab

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:07:39 GMT2017-04-26T22:07:39Z

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota woman who sent money to the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia was sentenced to five years' probation on Wednesday after she cooperated with prosecutors, who said the light sentence would send a message to community members who shunned the woman yet supported other defendants who remained defiant....



Last sections of beloved 600-year-old tree removed at church

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:06:37 GMT2017-04-26T22:06:37Z

BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) -- The final sections of a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation have been taken down at a New Jersey church....



Police: Woman accused of spraying teacher with lighter fluid

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:02:48 GMT2017-04-26T22:02:48Z

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina woman has been arrested and accused by police of spraying a teacher with lighter fluid and threatening to burn her....



Georgia officers charged; police say video showed assault

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:59:35 GMT2017-04-26T21:59:35Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police on Wednesday filed charges against two fired Georgia police officers who authorities say were captured on video kicking and hitting a man during a traffic stop....



The Latest: N Carolina gov asks court to block elections law

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:52:59 GMT2017-04-26T21:52:59Z

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the fight between North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-controlled General Assembly over legislation on administering elections and the size of the state Court of Appeals (all times local):...



APNewsBreak: Boston police make little progress on race gap

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:50:48 GMT2017-04-26T21:50:48Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn't appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the department claimed it was narrowing racial disparities in its tactics....



Oklahoma AG says state moving forward with execution plans

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:50:12 GMT2017-04-26T21:50:12Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma is moving forward with new protocols for executing death row inmates, despite a unanimous recommendation from a bipartisan study group that a moratorium on the death penalty remain in place, the state's new attorney general said Wednesday....



The Latest: Mayor says stop-frisk stats 'are what they are'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:49:36 GMT2017-04-26T21:49:36Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Associated Press review of Boston police stop, search and frisk data (all times local):...



Georgia sets execution for man convicted of killing doctor

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:39:55 GMT2017-04-26T21:39:55Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia death-row inmate convicted of killing a 73-year-old doctor 25 years ago is set for execution next month, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. He would be the first inmate executed in the state this year....



Tenants sue over California building fire that killed 4

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:35:29 GMT2017-04-26T21:35:29Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Former residents of a rundown California apartment building that caught fire and killed four people last month sued its owners and managers Wednesday, accusing them of ignoring numerous fire code violations....



Florida passes bill to pay boy doused in chemicals $3.75m

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:34:40 GMT2017-04-26T21:34:40Z

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A boy found doused in chemicals inside his father's pesticide truck while his dead twin sister decomposed in the back would receive the remainder of a $5 million settlement under a bill passed by Florida's lawmakers....



Judge: Louisiana abortion law unconstitutional

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:30:16 GMT2017-04-26T21:30:16Z

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law....



Prominent powwow set to begin in wake of pipeline protests

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:25:42 GMT2017-04-26T21:25:42Z

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- One of North America's most prominent powwows is set to begin in New Mexico in the wake of pipeline protests in North Dakota that became a historic display of Native American solidarity....



Governor wants to out those hired to film animal cruelty

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:59:54 GMT2017-04-26T20:59:54Z

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A bill drawn up by Republican Gov. Paul LePage would make public the names of animal activists hired to film undercover footage of animal cruelty....



Doctors indicted in Detroit-area genital mutilation case

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:56:24 GMT2017-04-26T20:56:24Z

DETROIT (AP) -- A grand jury indicted two doctors and a third person on Wednesday in an alleged scheme to perform genital mutilation on two girls from Minnesota at a Detroit-area clinic....



Wildfire on US refuge doubles in size in less than a week

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:50:02 GMT2017-04-26T20:50:02Z

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) -- A wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has blackened 115 square miles (300 sq. kilometers) after doubling in size within a few days, officials said Wednesday....



Michigan bill would halt legal sex between cops, prostitutes

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:41:17 GMT2017-04-26T20:41:17Z

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Police in Michigan would no longer be legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes during undercover investigations under legislation making its way through the Legislature....



The Latest: Man accused of holding woman to appear in court

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:38:14 GMT2017-04-26T20:38:14Z

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) -- The Latest on a woman found in a pit in her neighbor's shed (all times local):...



Southern Cross to carry Texas wind power through Mississippi

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:27:54 GMT2017-04-26T20:27:54Z

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast....



Arkansas' 4th execution set after stay request rejected

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:12:15 GMT2017-04-26T20:12:15Z

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' aggressive effort to execute condemned inmates is set to conclude Thursday after the state Supreme Court refused to stay the execution of a man who killed a former deputy prison warden following an escape....



The Latest: 2 tales: Lawmaker was either corrupt or betrayed

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:07:30 GMT2017-04-26T20:07:30Z

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on the federal fraud trial against former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (all times local):...



US colleges confront a new era of sometimes-violent protest

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:48:24 GMT2017-04-26T19:48:24Z

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Fearing a return to violent protests that roiled campuses in the 1970s, colleges and universities are re-examining how to protect free speech while keeping students and employees safe in a time of political polarization....



Chicago Archdiocese to settle priest abuse suits for $4.45M

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:35:47 GMT2017-04-26T19:35:47Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $4.45 million to settle separate lawsuits brought by three men who allege they were sexually abused over a decade ago by a former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender....



Yale grad students pledge hunger strike to press union bid

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:58:12 GMT2017-04-26T18:58:12Z

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- As a union push stalls at Yale University, organizers are stepping up pressure to bring the administration to the negotiating table, including a vow by some graduate students to go on a hunger strike until talks begin....



Illinois board terminates Hastert's state lawmaker pension

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:53:59 GMT2017-04-26T18:53:59Z

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Trustees of an Illinois state retirement board on Wednesday terminated the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert received for his nearly six years of service in the Illinois General Assembly....



Lawsuits: Missouri jail stunk like a sewer

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:47:06 GMT2017-04-26T18:47:06Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two men once detained at the Jackson County jail have filed separate lawsuits saying sewage frequently backed up in their cells and the stench was so intense at times that they could not sleep....



High numbers of humpback whales dying off Atlantic coast

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:19:39 GMT2017-04-26T18:19:39Z

PORT MAHON, Del. (AP) -- Federal officials say humpback whales have been dying in unusually large numbers along the Atlantic Coast....



Fact sheet: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata-Box

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:14:07 GMT2017-04-26T18:14:07Z

2017 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring RF...



Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Open-air driving with structure

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:13:53 GMT2017-04-26T18:13:53Z

Car shoppers looking for a Mazda Miata coupe have a new choice for 2017: the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, with a targa-looking, power hard top....



Ex-Iowa fire academy manager pleads guilty in test scandal

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:56:14 GMT2017-04-26T17:56:14Z

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) -- A former Iowa fire academy administrator has pleaded guilty to falsifying test scores that were used to improperly certify thousands of firefighters....



McDonald's new dark gray uniforms prompt sci-fi comparisons

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:50:16 GMT2017-04-26T17:50:16Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's new uniforms are prompting some teasing online, with comments saying the gray-toned shirts and aprons make employees look like they're part of totalitarian regimes....



Florida Senate apologizes for decades of reform school abuse

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:46:54 GMT2017-04-26T17:46:54Z

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Senate is apologizing for decades of abuse at a reform school....



WWII combat cinematographer Norman Hatch dies at 96

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:36:05 GMT2017-04-26T17:36:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maj. Norman T. Hatch, a Marine combat cinematographer during World War II whose harrowing footage became the basis of an Academy Award-winning documentary short, has died, his son said. He was 96....



Police ask 'letgo' to help find killer of phone-seeking teen

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:29:06 GMT2017-04-26T17:29:06Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Police in Virginia are looking for the killer of a teenager who was shot while trying to get a used iPhone 6 advertised through the letgo app....



Audit: Ferguson courts 'in disarray' after police killing

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:28:12 GMT2017-04-26T17:28:12Z

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An audit launched in the wake of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson found the city's court system "in disarray" and disorganized, according to a report released Wednesday by the Missouri state auditor....



Small businesses can feel bigger effects from a PR disaster

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:27:17 GMT2017-04-26T17:27:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Halfway through Valentine's Day, florist Ajay Kori realized he was in the midst of a disaster....



Police: Trooper shoots man driving at him, dragging officer

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:55:33 GMT2017-04-26T16:55:33Z

CLAY, Ky. (AP) -- A man has been wounded and a police chief injured after the suspect gained control of a police car as authorities investigated a report of possible counterfeit money in western Kentucky....



The Latest: Governor wants lawmaker to resign over comments

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:42:30 GMT2017-04-26T16:42:30Z

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Latest on a new Hampshire state lawmaker accused of creating a misogynistic online forum (all times local):...



Nordstrom feels social media sting over $425 muddy jeans

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:18:28 GMT2017-04-26T16:18:28Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Department store Nordstrom is getting dragged through the mud on social media for selling a pair of dirty-looking jeans for $425....



Coast Guard suspends search for missing Virginia waterman

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:45:12 GMT2017-04-26T15:45:12Z

TANGIER, Va. (AP) -- The Coast Guard has suspended its search in Virginia for a man whose bank sank 5 miles off Tangier Island after taking on water in the Chesapeake Bay....



Embattled lawmaker: I will 'stand strong for men's rights'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:41:19 GMT2017-04-26T15:41:19Z

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A Republican state lawmaker accused of creating a misogynistic online forum is resisting calls for his resignation and says he will "stand strong for men's rights."...



Hanging at St. Louis lockup went undiscovered for hours

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:40:52 GMT2017-04-26T15:40:52Z

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The body of an inmate who hanged himself at a St. Louis halfway house remained undiscovered for hours while corrections employees streamed movies and skipped security checks, records show....



Fla. court won't rule immediately in case of prosecutor

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:25:36 GMT2017-04-26T15:25:36Z

Florida's highest court will wait to hear all arguments before deciding if the state's governor has the right to take away cases from a prosecutor who says her office won't seek the death penalty....



Maryland parents being investigated over YouTube channel

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:10:32 GMT2017-04-26T15:10:32Z

IJAMSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Authorities in Maryland are trying to determine whether a couple who posted controversial videos of themselves and their five children had broken the law....



Prosecutors: Inmates distributed child porn inside prison

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:08:44 GMT2017-04-26T15:08:44Z

FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) -- Prosecutors say five inmates serving sentences for child pornography used contraband cellphones and removable storage cards to share child pornography inside the prison....



Family sees video of police shooting, still has questions

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:54:41 GMT2017-04-26T14:54:41Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The family of a man shot 19 times by police in South Carolina watched a video of his killing and were left with almost as many questions as answers, their attorney said Wednesday....



Man accused of rape amid electronic monitoring pleads guilty

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:15 GMT2017-04-26T14:00:15Z

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A suburban Cincinnati man accused of having a 14-year-old girl brought to his home by taxi while he was on electronic monitoring, holding her captive for months and raping her has pleaded guilty to charges in county court as his federal case is pending....