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Last Build Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:46:09 -0700


At a Glance: Calls in US, UK to probe Facebook, data firm

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:45:28 -0700

Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. are bearing down on Facebook and political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users and used it to manipulate elections. There have been numerous demands for investigations and calls for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. Facebook has sidestepped questions […]

Texas man sentenced for Las Vegas-to-New Mexico kidnap case

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:45:23 -0700

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 32-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to life in federal prison for stalking and abducting his ex-girlfriend in Las Vegas, chaining her to the floorboard of his van and driving her to New Mexico. Jack William Morgan was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty in December of conspiracy […]

Hillary Clinton, Pelosi to speak at Rep. Slaughter’s funeral

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:41:51 -0700

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Georgia Congressman John Lewis will be among the speakers at the funeral of New York Congresswoman Louis Slaughter. Slaughter’s office announced Wednesday that the dignitaries will join family and friends in speaking at Friday’s service at the Eastman Theatre […]

Nixon’s entry into NY gov’s race put gay rights in spotlight

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:35:53 -0700

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There’s one issue in New York’s already tense governor’s Democratic primary race on which the candidates unquestionably share common ground and deep histories: gay rights. “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon is bidding to become the first openly gay person to hold the state’s highest office. Two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew […]

Oregon teenagers tame wild horses for auction

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:33:42 -0700

PENDLETON, Ore. — Madison Feller bounced on the balls of her feet and peered through the rail fence. Nervous energy surged through her body as she waited for the first glimpse of the wild mustang she would train over the next 98 days. The Pendleton teenager had signed on with Teens and Oregon Mustangs, a […]

3 sentenced in death of man found beaten down embankment

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:32:41 -0700

READING, Pa. (AP) — Three more defendants have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the death of a man found beaten at the bottom of an eastern Pennsylvania embankment. Twenty-two-year-old Kyle Adams was sentenced last week to 20 to 40 years in the December 2016 death of 18-year-old Donavin Yenser, who was beaten […]

High school cheer coach in Las Vegas facing lewdness charges

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:32:28 -0700

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 29-year-old part-time cheer team coach at a Las Vegas high school has been arrested on felony child lewdness and abuse charges. Clark County school police reported Tuesday that Joshua Andrew Balelo faces four charges on a criminal complaint filed March 9 stemming from allegations of an inappropriate relationship involving two […]

Britney Spears lands 1st high fashion campaign with Kenzo

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:32:25 -0700

PARIS (AP) — Britney Spears has landed her first high fashion modeling campaign as the new face of Paris-based Kenzo. The 36-year-old singer said she had been waiting for the “right fit and the right opportunity” to represent a luxury brand. Celebrity photographer Peter Lindbergh snapped Spears in relaxed styles that feature denim, baseball caps […]

Bidding up slightly in US offshore oil lease sale

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:32:01 -0700

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and gas companies bid on about 1 percent of the Gulf of Mexico waterbottom offered in what the Trump administration has been calling the biggest offshore lease sale in U.S. history. The government says 33 companies made $124.8 million in high bids Wednesday on 148 offshore tracts. That’s up slightly […]

House Speaker aims for short special legislative session

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:31:39 -0700

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’s aiming for May’s special legislative session to be a one-day job in which lawmakers take up only key bills that were on the cusp of passing during last week’s legislative meltdown. The Indianapolis Republican’s remark on Wednesday came after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced earlier this […]

Elk from extreme southwestern Montana exposed to brucellosis

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:31:19 -0700

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife and livestock officials say an elk captured in the Tendoy Mountains in southwestern Montana tested positive for exposure to brucellosis. The Montana Department of Livestock said Wednesday this is the first time a positive test has been found in the mountains southwest of Dillon, which is outside the area […]

University of Michigan Greek life to recruit in winter

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:30:51 -0700

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says all Greek life organizations will shift recruitment practices to the winter in an effort to improve experiences for first-year students. The shift will take effect during the fall of the 2019-20 school year, the Ann Arbor News reported . Students must have earned 12 credit […]

Police search for more victims in Toronto serial killings

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:27:45 -0700

One man has been charged with six deaths. Police won’t say how many more potential victims there could be, but they are reviewing hundreds of missing-person reports in Toronto and places where the suspect has traveled, including Italy and Mexico.

Trump’s China syndrome could melt down Washington trade

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:27:42 -0700

Tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have little effect on China. But a new round of levies could badly smack Washington.

Little Rock officer cleared in fatal shooting

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:26:08 -0700

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors have cleared a Little Rock police officer of criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a man last year. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney’s office ruled Monday that officer Brittany Gunn was justified in shooting James Hartsfield in October. Little Rock Police say the shooting […]

Advocates call for equal pay law in Alabama

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:25:47 -0700

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Advocates and lawmakers called for women’s equal pay in Alabama during a public hearing in a House committee Wednesday. The legislation introduced by Rep. Adline Clarke, a Democrat, prohibits gender wage discrimination except where there is a difference in education, experience or productivity. Six supporters of the bill said the wage […]

New Idaho child tax credit bill headed to governor’s desk

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:22:54 -0700

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal that would increase an Idaho child tax credit to provide more tax relief to families is on its way to the governor’s desk for consideration. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter recently signed into law a $200 million tax cut plan that critics argued was flawed because families with multiple children […]

Prom at South Texas mall for students in Harvey-damaged area

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:22:31 -0700

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Some South Texas teenagers whose school was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey and not able to host prom have a new location with a flair for fancy clothes. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the Rockport-Fulton High School prom will be held April 28 in the food court at La Palmera […]

Woman accused of lying about rape denied school records

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:22:25 -0700

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut college student charged with lying about being raped by two university football players has lost a bid to obtain their school records. The Connecticut Post reports a state judge in Bridgeport on Wednesday denied the records request by former Sacred Heart University student Nikki Yovino. Lawyers for Yovino, […]

Mother, daughter charged in man’s killing at Kansas lake

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:20:07 -0700

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been charged with helping to orchestrate the killing of her mother’s boyfriend at a northeast Kansas lake and her mother on suspicion of helping cover up for her. Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn Hemmerling is jailed on $1 million bond on a first-degree murder charge in the death of […]