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Facebook restores page for breast cancer tattoo artist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:36:29 GMT2017-01-20T22:36:29Z

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Facebook says it was mistaken in disabling the accounts of a woman who aids breast cancer survivors in the St. Louis area by creating tattoos of the nipple and areola after reconstructive surgery....



Man sought for probation violation after vicious dog mauling

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:36:24 GMT2017-01-20T22:36:24Z

DETROIT (AP) -- A 63-year-old Detroit man whose pit bulls mauled another man violated his court-ordered probation shortly after sentencing and has been on the run for more than a year, a Michigan Corrections spokesman said Friday....



The Latest: Judge orders ex-UW student to trial in sex case

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:23:40 GMT2017-01-20T22:23:40Z

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Latest on a suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexual assault and harassment involving several woman (all times local):...



New charges for Marine colonel accused of sexual abuse

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:19:17 GMT2017-01-20T22:19:17Z

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities at Camp Lejeune say a Marine colonel accused of sexually assaulting a child is facing more charges....



Texas court grants appeal after 35 years without conviction

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:15:10 GMT2017-01-20T22:15:10Z

DALLAS (AP) -- A Texas inmate who was imprisoned for 35 years while waiting for a new trial after a court overturned his murder conviction should be set free, an appellate court ruled....



Sheriff: Man fatally shoots wife he thought was a burglar

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:14:48 GMT2017-01-20T22:14:48Z

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina authorities say a man fatally shot his wife after he mistook her for a burglar....



'El Chapo' is hauled off to US jail that has held terrorists

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:11:41 GMT2017-01-20T22:11:41Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a scene U.S. authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters....



With hopes and fears, a divided America watches inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:09:10 GMT2017-01-20T22:09:10Z

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- In living rooms, cafes and offices, people across America watched Donald Trump become the nation's 45th president....



Floating strip club owner says he was unfairly targeted

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:06:30 GMT2017-01-20T22:06:30Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska man convicted of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor from his floating strip club said he plans to appeal whatever sentence is imposed Friday afternoon....



The Latest: Man chased down woman in vehicle,

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:02:32 GMT2017-01-20T22:02:32Z

MARRERO, La. (AP) -- The Latest on the shooting of a police officer in a town outside New Orleans (all times local):...



Woman accused of drugging son, 10, to get him to sleep

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:59:57 GMT2017-01-20T21:59:57Z

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania woman is facing child endangerment charges after allegedly drugging her son to calm him....



Shelter for migrant children in Arkansas still possible

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:57:06 GMT2017-01-20T21:57:06Z

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- A former job corps site is Arkansas has been sitting vacant but potential options for its use are an at-risk youth program expansion and a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children being held at the U.S. border....



The Latest: Sheriff: Staff overpowered armed Ohio student

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:54:07 GMT2017-01-20T21:54:07Z

WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) -- The Latest on an Ohio school shooting that injured one student (all times local):...



Flood hits as 2nd in trio of storms reaches California

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:43:42 GMT2017-01-20T21:43:42Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More than 20 people escaped injury Friday when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains....



Charges: Cop left out gun that girl, 8, used to kill herself

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:40:34 GMT2017-01-20T21:40:34Z

STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A police officer left his personal .357-caliber revolver loaded and unsecured on a shelf before his 8-year-old daughter fatally shot herself, prosecutors said Friday as they announced criminal charges against him....



Appeals court tells judge to allow transgender name changes

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:39:57 GMT2017-01-20T21:39:57Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Two transgender men may legally change their names, a Georgia appeals court ruled Friday, overturning a judge's orders that said the name changes could be confusing and considered a type of fraud....



Mars investigating Skittles said to be intended for cattle

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:32:40 GMT2017-01-20T21:32:40Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A mysterious Skittles spill on a rural highway in Wisconsin is taking another twist, with Mars Inc. saying it doesn't know why the discarded candy might have been headed to become cattle feed....



Man charged in fatal shooting of Wisconsin sheriff's deputy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:31:21 GMT2017-01-20T21:31:21Z

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A suspect is charged with killing a western Wisconsin sheriff's deputy in October and endangering the safety of several other officers as they were arresting him....



Wife of slain California mayor gets 3 months jail in killing

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:28:27 GMT2017-01-20T21:28:27Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The abused wife of a suburban Los Angeles mayor who gunned him down in their home was sentenced Friday to three months in jail by a judge who called the case a textbook study of domestic violence destined to end tragically....



The Latest: Nearly 2 more feet of snow in Sierra Nevada

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:20:10 GMT2017-01-20T21:20:10Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on California's latest storm (all times local):...



Delaware welcomes Joe Biden home after decades in Washington

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:59:07 GMT2017-01-20T20:59:07Z

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- On his last day as vice president, Joe Biden briefly revived a tradition he had followed faithfully as a U.S. senator: He rode the commuter train home from Washington....



Man arrested in Ecuador in brazen NYC theft of gold flakes

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:37:19 GMT2017-01-20T20:37:19Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A fugitive wanted for the brazen theft of an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in midtown Manhattan has been arrested in Ecuador, police said Friday....



Court: Indian lending companies subject to federal probe

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:33:53 GMT2017-01-20T20:33:53Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court says lending companies operated by Native American tribes are subject to investigation by a government regulator....



Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:26:51 GMT2017-01-20T20:26:51Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- City police officers with specialized training will be able to refer anyone having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to a hospital or treatment facility rather than arrest them for minor crimes, according to federal court documents filed late Thursday....



'I thought I was about to be shot,' white NYC officer says

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:21:43 GMT2017-01-20T20:21:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager to death in the bathroom of his apartment said Friday that the last thing he wanted to do was pull the trigger....



2 companies get probation, fine over mislabeling cheese

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:50:51 GMT2017-01-20T19:50:51Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Two Pennsylvania cheese businesses are being punished for selling grated Swiss and mozzarella cheeses that were fraudulently represented as Parmesan and Romano....



The Latest: Suspect in officer killing: She pulled gun first

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:22:28 GMT2017-01-20T19:22:28Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer (all times local):...



US prosecutors: No bond for suspect in Jamaican lottery scam

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:03:59 GMT2017-01-20T19:03:59Z

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- U.S. prosecutors want a Jamaican man who's accused of masterminding a multimillion-dollar lottery scam to be held without bond pending trial in North Dakota....



Bio Box: The life of drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:00:42 GMT2017-01-20T19:00:42Z

Federal prosecutors have charged the infamous Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in a U.S. court with running a massive drug trafficking operation. Here's a brief history of the man Mexican officials extradited to the United States two decades after he was first indicted in an American court:...



Paper airplane hits teacher in eye; SC student arrested

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:51:39 GMT2017-01-20T18:51:39Z

ANDREWS, S.C. (AP) -- Police say a South Carolina high school student accused of throwing a paper airplane that struck a teacher in the eye could end up in jail for up to a month....



Maryland reducing operations at 75-year-old prison

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:46:52 GMT2017-01-20T18:46:52Z

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's prison agency is downsizing the 75-year-old Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown to increase safety and efficiency, a move that reflects an 11 percent decline in the state's inmate population since 2012....



Judge won't toss charges against Wisconsin college student

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:42:23 GMT2017-01-20T18:42:23Z

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge refused on Friday to dismiss four charges against a suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexually assaulting and harassing several women, despite his attorneys' claims that some of his actions were no worse than "Happy Days" television character Arthur Fonzarelli's antics....



Man who pleaded guilty to killing 4 gets life without parole

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:38:55 GMT2017-01-20T18:38:55Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting four people and trying to kill a fifth during a robbery at an Ohio home in 2015 has been sentenced to four consecutive terms of life in prison without parole....



Correction: Police Shoot Teen-California story

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:35:54 GMT2017-01-20T18:35:54Z

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) -- In a Jan. 19 story about police officers shooting and killing a teenager in Salinas, California, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of officers placed on leave following the shooting. Two officers were put on leave, not seven....



Mother sues to stop Bible classes in West Virginia schools

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:26:47 GMT2017-01-20T18:26:47Z

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A kindergartner's mother is suing her public school system in West Virginia, asking that it discontinue a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes that violate the U.S. and state constitutions....



The Latest: NYC officer: I thought 18-year-old would kill me

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:22:14 GMT2017-01-20T18:22:14Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on the administrative trial of a white New York Police Department officer who shot an unarmed black teenager to death (all times local):...



Bergdahl lawyers: Trump's criticism prevents fair trial

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:15:16 GMT2017-01-20T18:15:16Z

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's scathing criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will prevent the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, Bergdahl's attorneys said Friday....



Explosive device with propane tank damages Boston cruiser

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:02:52 GMT2017-01-20T18:02:52Z

BOSTON (AP) -- An explosive device with a propane tank blew up near a police cruiser Friday in what appears to be a deliberate act, police said....



School district to handcuff students only as last resort

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:02:14 GMT2017-01-20T18:02:14Z

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky school district has reached a settlement with the Justice Department to change how unruly students are subdued....



1 student hurt, another in custody in Ohio school shooting

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:49:07 GMT2017-01-20T17:49:07Z

WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) -- A male student who was shot and wounded at an Ohio school was hospitalized Friday, and another student suspected in the shooting was in custody, officials said....



Judge dismisses UPS shareholder suit over untaxed cigarettes

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:45:00 GMT2017-01-20T17:45:00Z

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- A Delaware judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by United Parcel Service shareholders over allegations that the company illegally shipped untaxed cigarettes....



Montana asbestos victims to get $25 million from state

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:29:10 GMT2017-01-20T17:29:10Z

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- The state of Montana has reached a $25 million settlement with more than 1,000 victims of asbestos-related disease over claims that health officials failed to bring attention to the hazards of a contaminated mine....



Woman charged in teen's shooting says she felt unsafe

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20:58 GMT2017-01-20T17:20:58Z

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A central Georgia woman charged with shooting a teenage boy in the head said she and her husband had been terrorized by young people throwing rocks for days before she opened fire....



Sheriff: Officer, woman killed; search on for boyfriend

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20:07 GMT2017-01-20T17:20:07Z

MARRERO, La. (AP) -- An off-duty police officer and a woman he was helping were shot and killed Friday in a New Orleans suburb, and agencies were searching for a man who had been involved with the woman, authorities said....



Decorated officer accused of beating girlfriend's 5-year-old

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:07:51 GMT2017-01-20T17:07:51Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A decorated Massachusetts police officer has been charged with beating his girlfriend's 5-year-old son....



Sentencing scheduled for friend of Charleston church shooter

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:39:51 GMT2017-01-20T16:39:51Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A friend of the man sentenced to die for gunning down nine black parishioners during a Bible study in a South Carolina church is scheduled to learn his own fate next month....



The Latest: US found out about El Chapo extradition Thursday

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:08:33 GMT2017-01-20T16:08:33Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman facing drug trafficking and other charges in the United States (all times local):...



Georgia school bus crashes into car; child, car driver hurt

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:07:10 GMT2017-01-20T16:07:10Z

MORELAND, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a child and driver have been injured after a school bus carrying about two dozen students crashed with a car southwest of Atlanta in Coweta County....



Police: Deputy fatally shoots armed man in Virginia

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:25:44 GMT2017-01-20T15:25:44Z

WOODFORD, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police say a Caroline County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who threatened to harm himself and deputies and refused to drop a handgun during a domestic call....



The Latest: Remains of 3 Ohio plane crash victims identified

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:03:23 GMT2017-01-20T15:03:23Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Latest on the plane crash that killed six people off Cleveland last month (all times local):...



Pedestrian dead after being hit by Mississippi police car

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:47:14 GMT2017-01-20T14:47:14Z

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities in Mississippi are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a police vehicle in Gulfport....



Cops: Teller throws GPS in bag with cash to nab bank robber

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:21:36 GMT2017-01-20T14:21:36Z

PILLOW, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a quick-thinking bank teller in Pennsylvania helped them catch a robber by tossing a GPS device into the money sack he took....



With no deal on convicted killer, police slam US-Cuba pact

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:16:15 GMT2017-01-20T14:16:15Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The head of New Jersey's state police has criticized a law enforcement deal reached between the U.S. and Cuba, because it doesn't require the return of a woman convicted of killing a state trooper....



Study: City of Brotherly Love has most never-married adults

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:14:03 GMT2017-01-20T14:14:03Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia may be the City of Brotherly Love, but that apparently stops at the altar....



Only minor injuries after truck smashes through side of bus

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:56:40 GMT2017-01-20T13:56:40Z

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say several people escaped with minor injuries after a pickup truck smashed through the side of a public transit bus in Syracuse....



Raining $20s: Money falls out of armored car on interstate

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:41:49 GMT2017-01-20T13:41:49Z

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Police say a number of people grabbed some quick cash when the back of an armored car opened on Interstate 40 in Raleigh....



Guilty plea by man in $3M Connecticut jewelry heist

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:18:28 GMT2017-01-20T13:18:28Z

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty for his role in a kidnapping and the theft of about $3 million worth of merchandise from a Connecticut jewelry store....



Documents: Prosecutor caught on video having sex

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:59:40 GMT2017-01-20T12:59:40Z

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) -- Court documents show that a Georgia prosecutor arrested in a prostitution sting was shown on video having sex....



10 Things to Know for Today

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:45:42 GMT2017-01-20T12:45:42Z

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



DC police are shot at, then fire on pursuit suspect

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:31:32 GMT2017-01-20T12:31:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia police have charged a man with shooting at an off-duty officer and leading authorities on a chase....



Obama denies pardon request for former Alabama governor

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:02:44 GMT2017-01-20T12:02:44Z

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has denied a clemency petition from former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who is nearing the end of a prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice....



NTSB: Pilot certified 21 days before Lake Erie plane crash

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:44:55 GMT2017-01-20T11:44:55Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The pilot of a plane that crashed into Lake Erie last month received his certification to fly that type of aircraft just 21 days before the fatal crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report....



$43M verdict upheld for duo exonerated in LI teen's slaying

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:38:02 GMT2017-01-20T11:38:02Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a $43 million jury verdict against a Long Island county after DNA evidence exonerated three men who had been convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a teenager in 1984....



Hastert to assault victim: Pay back $1.7M in hush money

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:52:35 GMT2017-01-20T03:52:35Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Imprisoned former House speaker Dennis Hastert wants one of his sexual abuse victims to return the $1.7 million in hush money the Illinois Republican paid him over several years, according to a court filing this week in an ongoing civil case....



The Latest: Crew enters Hawaii dome for 8-month Mars study

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:14:36 GMT2017-01-20T03:14:36Z

The latest on the NASA-funded experiment taking place at the University of Hawaii's HI-SEAS facility on the Big Island. All times local....



10 Things to Know for Friday

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:03:39 GMT2017-01-20T02:03:39Z

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



UN alarm that most of al-Shabab's force in Somalia are kids

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:02:26 GMT2017-01-20T02:02:26Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is alarmed at reports that children may constitute a large part of the force recruited and used by al-Shabab Islamic extremists in Somalia....



The Latest: Sentencing reset for Alaska strip club owner

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:45:25 GMT2017-01-20T01:45:25Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Latest on sentencing of Alaska floating strip club owner in waste dumping case (all times local):...



Washington among states that face deadline on REAL ID

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:30:45 GMT2017-01-20T01:30:45Z

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Last month, signs started popping up at airports nationwide warning travelers that unless their driver's licenses are from states already in compliance with federal identification requirements or states with a limited extension, they'll need additional documentation to board domestic flights starting in January 2018....



Ex-portfolio manager convicted of securities fraud charges

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:54:33 GMT2017-01-20T00:54:33Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A former portfolio manager at an asset management firm was convicted of securities and wire fraud charges on Thursday....



Judge orders Idaho to destroy elk and wolf wilderness data

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:37:29 GMT2017-01-20T00:37:29Z

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho must destroy all information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area, a federal judge ordered Thursday....



Rain, snow storms pummel the West; more wet weather on way

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:33:07 GMT2017-01-20T00:33:07Z

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- More winter snow and rain pummeled the West on Thursday as the first in a series of expected storms soaked morning commuters in much of California, dumped 18 more inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and closed schools in Oregon....



EPA settles with Hawaii company over 2013 molasses spill

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:26:17 GMT2017-01-20T00:26:17Z

HONOLULU (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement Thursday with the company responsible for a 1,400-ton molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor in 2013....



Feds: Natural gas leaking from pipeline in Gulf of Mexico

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:19:23 GMT2017-01-20T00:19:23Z

CAMERON, La. (AP) -- Federal regulators say a pipeline is leaking natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana....



North Dakota resets the debate over time zone disparity

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:13:08 GMT2017-01-20T00:13:08Z

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Residents of a largely rural corner of North Dakota are fiercely opposing a plan that would move them into the same time zone as the rest of the state....



BNSF identifies 2 railroad workers killed in South Dakota

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:03:08 GMT2017-01-20T00:03:08Z

EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) -- BNSF Railway has released the names of two employees who were struck and killed by a train in South Dakota....



AP PHOTOS: Long-married Bushes hospitalized together

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:44:08 GMT2017-01-19T23:44:08Z

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 72 years - longer than any U.S. presidential couple....



Suspect in Texas police detective's slaying identified

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:34:20 GMT2017-01-19T23:34:20Z

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The man suspected of shooting a suburban Dallas police detective fatally has been identified....



Executed man's lawyers raise concerns about lethal injection

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:28:15 GMT2017-01-19T23:28:15Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Attorneys for a convicted killer executed in Virginia for the brutal killings of a family in 2006 said Thursday that they are concerned that his lethal injection caused a painful death....



Ohio begins to replace public art collection at Rhodes Tower

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:19:09 GMT2017-01-19T23:19:09Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A 28-foot mural depicting Ohio's native plant life and four seasons has gone on public display at a state office tower as the state begins gradually replacing the building's extensive public art collection....



Islamic State fighter's dad cries recounting search for him

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:10:28 GMT2017-01-19T23:10:28Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The father of a New Yorker who joined the Islamic State group told a jury on Thursday that he searched desperately for his son, following him to Turkey and meeting with one of his contacts before lying to the FBI about the trip....



Maine man gets life in prison for killing girlfriend, 2 kids

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:04:29 GMT2017-01-19T23:04:29Z

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A man convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two children asked for mercy before a judge imposed three life sentences Thursday....



Judge blocks Texas from cutting off Planned Parenthood funds

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:50:36 GMT2017-01-19T22:50:36Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas was temporarily blocked Thursday from ousting Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015....



Group: Settlement will cut oil pollution at Washington dam

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:42:13 GMT2017-01-19T22:42:13Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday agreed to obtain a pollution permit to settle allegations that operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in eastern Washington polluted the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws....



Tennessee Valley Authority elects 1st African-American chair

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:36:23 GMT2017-01-19T22:36:23Z

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal agency in Tennessee has elected an African-American to be chairperson for the first time in its 83-year history....



Deputy killed in North Dakota shootout had just started job

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:32:52 GMT2017-01-19T22:32:52Z

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A sheriff's deputy and a man suspected of stealing a minivan were killed in a shootout in northern North Dakota in which several officers opened fire, Rolette County Sheriff Gerald Medrud said Thursday....



Fed: Nearly 60 New Orleans police recruits had risk factors

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:16:25 GMT2017-01-19T22:16:25Z

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Close to 60 recent recruits were accepted into New Orleans Police Department training academy classes despite red flags for several "risk factors," including possible drug use, unpaid child support and domestic abuse, federal monitors said....



Trooper under investigation for Facebook posts about Newtown

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:13:08 GMT2017-01-19T22:13:08Z

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- State police have launched an internal affairs investigation into a trooper over Facebook postings with graphic language about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, authorities said Thursday....



Kentucky police sergeant's name released in fatal shooting

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:08:17 GMT2017-01-19T22:08:17Z

FULTON, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of a western Kentucky police officer who fatally shot a man earlier this week....



Woman accused of taping her toddler son to wall is arrested

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:00:20 GMT2017-01-19T22:00:20Z

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) -- A young woman accused of taping her 2-year-old son to a wall so she could get some housework done and streaming it live on social media was arrested on Thursday....



Republicans quickly kill Virginia transgender bathroom bill

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:50:38 GMT2017-01-19T21:50:38Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A transgender bathroom bill similar to North Carolina's has been killed by Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly....



US court cites right to gun-range use, tosses Chicago limits

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:49:17 GMT2017-01-19T21:49:17Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The city of Chicago is grappling with another in a series of defeats in its bid to regulate guns and tamp down gun violence, this time after a federal appeals court said its restrictions on publicly accessible gun ranges violated the Second Amendment....



The Latest: Chicago disappointed in gun-range ruling

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:45:28 GMT2017-01-19T21:45:28Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Latest on a federal appeals court striking key parts of Chicago gun range ordinance (all times local):...



Killer who attacked homeless man with bat to get new trial

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:37:11 GMT2017-01-19T21:37:11Z

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- One of three teenagers who fatally beat one homeless man and severely injured two others in a booze- and pot-fueled rampage will get a new trial because a judge erred in his jury instructions before the teen was convicted of murder, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday....



Student wants confession in killing barred from trial

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:33:15 GMT2017-01-19T21:33:15Z

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A judge will consider whether to bar from trial a former Virginia Tech student's confession in connection with the slaying of a 13-year-old girl....



Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:25:52 GMT2017-01-19T21:25:52Z

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court affirmed the criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades....



Delaware: Ex-death row inmate acquitted after murder retrial

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:12:39 GMT2017-01-19T21:12:39Z

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- A former death row inmate in Delaware has been acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing....



Lawmaker fires aide behind fake news site

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:59:50 GMT2017-01-19T20:59:50Z

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland lawmaker has fired a legislative aide who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging....



Officials: Woman throws dog from bridge, claiming it can fly

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:59:33 GMT2017-01-19T20:59:33Z

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a woman claimed dogs could fly before tossing a small dog about 30 feet off a South Florida bridge, injuring the animal....



Video raises questions about killing by California police

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:56:20 GMT2017-01-19T20:56:20Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A legally blind man suffering from schizophrenia who was fatally shot by police at a California gas station was the victim of a "cold-blooded execution," his attorney charged Thursday, after a surveillance video was released that raises questions about whether the man advanced on officers with a knife....