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Yoga pants parade a protest against misogyny

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:26:20 UT

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — Women clad in yoga pants are preparing to parade through a coastal Rhode Island town, right past the house of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous . The Sunday afternoon parade is a response to a letter that town resident Alan Sorrentino wrote to the Barrington Times describing yoga pants as the worst thing in women's fashion since the miniskirt.

Search underway for teen feared swept into storm drain

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:10:09 UT

Police said video surveillance confirmed that Jacob, a student at Nashua North High School, had with him the personal items that were found and that he was walking in the area of the storm drain. Police are being assisted by the fire department and its dive team, public works employees and members of the state Fish and Game department.

Official: Gas spill has had no impact on water so far

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:41:27 UT

(AP) — There has been little impact to the water supply so far from a ruptured pipeline during a freak storm in Pennsylvania that sent nearly 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a creek tributary, officials said Saturday. A storm late Thursday into Friday dumped up to 7 inches of rain on areas in western and central Pennsylvania, triggering mudslides, turning roads into rivers and sweeping away at least two homes. The flooding caused an 8-inch Sunoco Logistics pipeline that carries gasoline, diesel and home heating oil to rupture, spilling an estimated 54,600 gallons of gasoline into a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek. Air quality is also being monitored, and no hazardous levels have been detected "although gasoline odors remain in certain areas," Shields said. The toll included downed power lines, destroyed vehicles and damaged railroad beds.

Toddler dies in Spokane fire, his dog huddled at his side

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:35:38 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, a spokesman for Spokane's fire department said Saturday. The dog stayed behind in an attempt to protect the boy, firefighters believe, and the fire was so intense that it melted the metal on the frame of the boy's bed, Schaeffer said.

UN envoy asks for Yemen cease-fire extension

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:03:38 UT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Saturday urged the warring parties in the Arab country to extend a temporary cease-fire for at least another renewable 72 hours. Ahmed noted that the cease-fire over the last days had enabled U.N. personnel to deliver food and humanitarian supplies to several areas that were previously inaccessible.

Prosecutors oppose release of indicted Arkansas ex-judge

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:54:32 UT

(AP) — Federal prosecutors oppose the release of a former Arkansas judge until his trial on charges of giving lighter sentences to defendants in exchange for nude photos and sexual acts. The motion filed Friday says former Cross County District Judge Joseph Boeckmann has tried to bribe or threaten witnesses against him by using third parties, showing he "has both the ability and the willingness" to try to tamper with witnesses without personally contacting them.

Rolling Stone writer: 'Startled' when woman backed off story

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:53:08 UT

(AP) — The author of the discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a woman's claim of being gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity says she was "startled" when the woman seemed to back off her story following its publication. University administrator Nicole Eramo has sued the magazine for $7.8 million, claiming the article made her its "chief villain" and was defamatory. Erdely testified that for the first time, Jackie expressed doubt about whether her alleged assailant was in Phi Psi, the fraternity she had said he belonged to. Erdely said that together they tried to look up additional information about her alleged attacker online but were unable to find anything.

North Dakota pipeline protest prompts more than 80 arrests

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:50:25 UT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — More than 80 people protesting the Dakota Access pipeline were arrested Saturday during a demonstration that gathered about 300 people at a construction site in North Dakota and prompted law enforcement officers to use pepper spray. The sheriff's office released a statement, saying officers used pepper spray when some protesters attempted to breach a line that law enforcement officers had formed between demonstrators and construction equipment. The sheriff's office said four people who attached themselves to a sport utility vehicle parked on private property near construction equipment were among those arrested Saturday.

The Latest: Pipeline protest prompts more than 80 arrests

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:59:34 UT

The sheriff's office says officers used pepper spray when some protesters attempted to breach a line that law enforcement officers had formed between demonstrators and construction equipment. The sheriff's office says one protester attempted to grab an officer's pepper spray canister, spraying the officer in the face and blinding him for five minutes. Charges against the individuals include assault on a peace officer, engaging in a riot and criminal trespass.

Report: California soldiers must repay enlistment bonuses

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:56:20 UT

The Pentagon demanded the money back after audits revealed overpayments by the California Guard under pressure to fill ranks and hit enlistment goals. Faced with a shortage of troops at the height of the two wars, California Guard officials offered bonuses of $15,000 or more for soldiers to reenlist. Van Meter said he refinanced his home mortgage to repay $25,000 in reenlistment bonuses and $21,000 in student loan repayments that the military says was improperly given to him. Retired Army major and Iraq veteran Robert D'Andrea said he was told to repay his $20,000 because auditors could not find a copy of the contract he says he signed.

Company in fatal Boston water main break faced violations

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:55:23 UT

BOSTON (AP) — A company involved in a water main break in Boston that killed two workers has a history of safety violations, federal records show. Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show that Atlantic Drain Services, of Boston, has received citations for workers lacking oxygen underground and for conditions that could lead to cave-ins. Records show the company faces tens of thousands of dollars of unpaid fines for violations reaching back to at least 2012.

Teen surrenders in Philadelphia shooting of good Samaritan

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:27:38 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a teenager wanted in the shooting of a good Samaritan who got off his bicycle to try to stop an armed robbery in one of Philadelphia's most exclusive neighborhoods is now in custody. A police spokesman said the 17-year-old surrendered with his father at about 4 a.m. Saturday to face charges in the Rittenhouse Square park shooting.

Comic's comic Kevin Meaney has died at age 60

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:03:35 UT

FORESTBURGH, New York (AP) — Kevin Meaney, a comic's comic who worked the standup circuit, was a staple on late-night TV and starred in the short-lived 1990s CBS series "Uncle Buck," has died at age 60, his agent said Saturday. The father and native New Yorker had a small role as an executive in the 1988 film comedy "Big," starring Tom Hanks, and helmed the CBS version of "Uncle Buck," which ran just one season, from 1990 to 1991. Condolences poured in via social media from Meaney's fellow comedians, including this on Twitter from Kevin Nealon, who referenced one of Meaney's favorite topics, his judgmental, high-strung parents: Meaney was also known for his raucous I Don't Care song in standup routines that had him dancing and waving around one arm: I don't care.

The Latest: Company in fatal water main break cited before

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:46:32 UT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show that Atlantic Drain Services, of Boston, has received citations for workers lacking oxygen underground and for conditions that could lead to cave-ins. Fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald says when fire crews arrived the workers were trapped in a trench that was rapidly filling with water. Boston Police, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office will be investigating the cause of the deadly incident.

Woman's abdominal pain turns into surprise baby

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:18:18 UT

Woman's abdominal pain turns into surprise baby Michael Jaegers tells WXIA-TV ( doctors told him his wife was pregnant — 38 weeks pregnant to be exact. At 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 19 inches long, he appeared to be very healthy, even without prenatal care.

Firefighters douse huge fire at California recycling center

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:23:17 UT

Crews worked Saturday to mop up scattered flames on the sprawling property in Ontario, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and a woman was treated for smoke inhalation.

Al Sharpton calls for community summit on policing

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:10:12 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for a community summit on policing following the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill woman in New York City. The 66-year-old victim, Deborah Danner, was shot at her Bronx apartment after she threatened a police sergeant with a bat.

2 children killed in Georgia home invasion

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:55:36 UT

(AP) — Police are investigating a deadly home invasion involving children in Georgia. Police say it appears two families live in the home but no parents were there at the time of the shootings.

The Latest: Sunoco: No impact on water from gas spill so far

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:51:42 UT

Officials say there is no indication that water supplies have been affected where a freak storm hit Pennsylvania, causing a gas pipeline to rupture. Emergency crews are monitoring a pipeline that ruptured during a freak storm in Pennsylvania, anxiously waiting to see if nearly 55,000 gallons of gasoline will reach drinking water supplies. The storm early Friday dumped up to 7 inches of rain on western and central Pennsylvania, triggering mudslides, turning roads into rivers and sweeping away at least two homes. An estimated 54,600 gallons of gasoline from a Sunoco Logistics pipeline spilled into a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek, threatening the local water supply.

AP Exclusive: 'High threat' Texas border busts aren't always

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:39:43 UT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Drivers in Texas busted for drunken driving, not paying child support or low-level drug offenses are among thousands of "high-threat" criminal arrests being counted as part of a nearly $1 billion mission to secure the border with Mexico, an Associated Press analysis has found. Having once claimed that conventional crime data doesn't fully capture the dangers to public safety and homeland security, the Texas Department of Public Safety classified more than 1,800 offenders arrested near the border by highway troopers in 2015 as "high threat criminals." The AP used open records laws to obtain a list of 2015 Texas Highway Patrol arrests classified as "high threat" in a broad 60-county area that the DPS has defined as the border region, then reviewed online court and jail records for cases in Hidalgo and El Paso counties, which had the most such arrests. A threat overview published by DPS in 2013 defined high-threat criminals as "individuals whose criminal activity poses a serious public safety or homeland security threat." Patrick senior adviser Sherry Sylvester said the lieutenant governor had been "unintentionally unclear," but then herself falsely described the arrests as "criminal illegal aliens" who she said pose a "serious threat to public safety in Texas."

Stray cat patrol: Feral felines deployed in NYC war on rats

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:28:08 UT

A group of volunteers trained by the NYC Feral Cat Initiative traps wild cat colonies that have become a nuisance or been threatened by construction, then spays or neuters and vaccinates them. Four cats roam the loading dock at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where food deliveries and garbage have drawn rodents for years. The program is run through the privately funded Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters. Many of the animals are displaced as a result of New York's development, with new construction creating perilous conditions for those that once inhabited the city's nooks and crannies, from vacant lots, decaying factories and empty warehouses. A City Council member is working with residents and developers to make sure the creatures are moved to a safe location.

Yale to admit more students; still won't be easy to get in

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:27:00 UT

Freshmen classes will be larger by about 200 students beginning next year under a long-planned expansion that will see the Ivy League college's student body grow by about 15 percent, to 6,200. "When you look at the quality and depth of their applicant pool, I don't think it will mean that students with lesser credentials will be admitted," said Richard Avitabile, an admissions consultant in Westport, Connecticut. Yale's applicant pool has grown in the past nine years from 22,500 to nearly 31,500, an increase that Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan said has been driven largely by students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, such as minorities and students from low-income households.

Cincinnati braces for racially charged police shooting trial

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:03:48 UT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Under tight courthouse security and close monitoring by local officials concerned about keeping the peace, jury selection begins Tuesday for the murder trial of a white university police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop. The Hamilton County prosecutor called Tensing's actions "asinine" and "senseless" in announcing the officer's indictment and releasing a police body camera video. Stinson's study has found that since 2005, 77 state or local police officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter counts for on-duty fatal shootings. Just last week, a mistrial was declared because of a hung jury in the murder trial of two former Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officers charged in the shooting of a homeless camper armed with two knives. Tensing's body camera recording shows DuBose contending he had done nothing wrong and apparently trying to keep the officer from opening his car door before the video becomes shaky and a gunshot is heard. The city was rocked by riots after the 2001 police shooting of an unarmed black man, but has made policing changes including increased training, citizen feedback and transparency. Cincinnati officials have been meeting with civil rights, clergy and other community leaders ahead of the trial, and security has been beefed up in the courthouse, with demonstrations by Black Lives Matter and other groups planned outside during the proceedings.

Clinton campaign: No health issues after mailed powder found

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:11:12 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hillary Clinton campaign says four people have been examined by medical personnel after a white powdery substance arrived at a New York campaign office and they have reported no health issues. Police say preliminary tests showed the substance found Friday in an envelope at Clinton's Manhattan office, where mail is received, was not harmful.

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:06:23 UT

A selection of pictures from the past week Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. See the latest AP photo galleries:

Montana judge sparks outrage with no prison time for incest

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:14:14 UT

(AP) — A judge's decision not to order prison time for a Montana man who raped his 12-year-old daughter has sparked outrage from afar and calls closer to home to toughen the state's law, which allows such lenience in certain circumstances. Enacted in a wave of similar legislation around the country after the killing of a 9-year-old Florida girl in 2005, the Montana statute requires a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for anyone convicted of rape, incest or sexual abuse of a child 12 or younger. [...] unlike many of those other laws, Montana's also allows judges to dole out far less severe punishment in a case where a court-appointed evaluator determines that ordering treatment outside prison "affords a better opportunity for rehabilitation of the offender and for the ultimate protection of the victim and society." District Judge John McKeon, who oversees a three-county area of eastern Montana, cited that exception this month when he gave the father a 30-year suspended sentence after his guilty plea to incest and ordered him to spend 60 days in jail over the next six months, giving him credit for the 17 days already served. Nearly every state has enacted mandatory prison terms for child sex offenders, commonly referred to as "Jessica's laws" after Jessica Lunsford, the Florida girl kidnapped and killed by a neighbor with a history of crimes against children who had failed to register as a sex offender.

No discipline for Minneapolis cops in Jamar Clark slaying

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:04:35 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minneapolis police officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in November, and won't face discipline, the city's police chief announced. A local prosecutor and the U.S. attorney both declined earlier to charge the officers — both white — in Clark's death, citing conflicting testimony from witnesses. [...] an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that the officers had tried and failed to handcuff Clark, and he was shot in the ensuing confrontation after one of the officers shouted that Clark had his hand on the officer's gun. Police have said Ringgenberg and Schwarze were responding to a reported assault when they arrived to find Clark interfering with paramedics trying to help the female victim. Demonstrations were largely peaceful, but one on Nov. 18 included skirmishes between officers and protesters that sparked at least one federal lawsuit.

Report: Syrian government blamed for 3rd chemical attack

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:50:19 UT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An international team has determined that the Syrian government carried out a third chemical attack in the conflict-wracked nation, according to a report released late Friday. In August, the team from the United Nations and the chemical weapons watchdog blamed President Bashar Assad's government for using chlorine gas in two attacks and Islamic State fighters for using mustard gas in one attack. In a report sent to the U.N. Security Council late Friday and seen by The Associated Press, the team said there was "sufficient evidence" to conclude that Syrian forces were responsible for one of the attacks in Qmenas in Idlib governorate on March 16, 2015. According to the August report, the JIM found the Syrian government responsible for two chlorine attacks in Idlib governorate — one in Talmenes on April 21, 2014, and one in Sarmin on March 16, 2015.

Strong storms cause floods, kill 1 person in Pennsylvania

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:49:35 UT

(AP) — Strong storms hit pockets of western and central Pennsylvania early Friday, bringing up to 7 inches of rain, turning roads into rivers, damaging homes in communities as far as 150 miles apart and killing one person. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the state's National Guard to help in the recovery efforts after the storms left a path of destruction, downing power lines, destroying vehicles, damaging railroad beds and triggering mudslides. John D. Yingling, director of Lycoming County's department of public safety, had launched its nine boat teams to help residents and survey the damage with area bridge inspections and road assessments. The flooding also caused a Sunoco Logistics gasoline pipeline to rupture, spilling an estimated 54,600 gallons into a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek and threatening the water supply of several thousand customers. Two other water systems, serving customers in Sunbury and Shamokin Dam, also are potentially impacted by the spill, according to the state environmental officials. Mark Collister was trapped in his mobile home Thursday night when a nearby stream in Old Lycoming Township, near Williamsport, spilled chocolate brown water out of its banks and blocked the road.

California recycling center fire sends up huge smoke cloud

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:48:11 UT

Some 70 firefighters eventually were called in and attacked the sea of flames with hoses from trucks and nearby rooftops in the industrial area. Several hours after the fire broke out, the flames were contained to the recycling yard but the flames burned stubbornly, feeding on the densely-packed cardboard bundles and other items.