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California officials to announce human trafficking arrests

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:45:58 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California law enforcement officials say they've made arrests in what they believe to be one of the largest human trafficking cases in the western U.S.



Things to know about Foxconn plant coming to Wisconsin

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:44:13 UT

[...] it would manufacture liquid crystal display screens used by computers, televisions self-driving cars, aircraft systems and other products, according to Gov. Scott Walker's administration. No exact location for the massive plant has been identified, but Foxconn is eyeing two sites in southeast Wisconsin in Kenosha and Racine counties. Wisconsin's offer to Foxconn includes up to $1.5 billion in income tax credits for job creation, $1.35 billion in income tax credits for capital investment and up to $150 million in sales tax exemptions for the purchase of construction materials. Walker said the job will include thousands of engineers and skilled workers with an average salary of $53,875. Foxconn promised in 2013, for example, to invest $30 million and hire 500 workers for a new, high-tech factory in Pennsylvania that was never built. Foxconn has struggled to meet high safety and other standards expected of consumer electronics brands while keeping costs low. Labor advocates say the company imposes excessive overtime and pressure on workers, especially when it ramps up production ahead of new iPhone launches. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he hopes to pass the Foxconn bill with bipartisan support, similar to the deal two years ago that led to construction of the new Milwaukee Bucks stadium.



Iowa mother set to change plea in trash can baby case

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:40:09 UT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Court records say an Iowa woman accused of trying to flush her newborn down a toilet and then leaving the baby for dead in a trash can intends to change her plea. The records say a plea hearing is scheduled Aug. 11 in a Johnson County courtroom in Iowa City for 24-year-old Ashley Hautzenrader.



Marine dog with cancer gets tear-filled farewell

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:37:56 UT

(AP) — Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to salute and say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. Cena the black lab received a hero's farewell Wednesday before being euthanized at a museum ship in Muskegon and carried off in a flag-draped coffin.



Centuries-old road found during construction in Michigan

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:35:51 UT

Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo says that an approximately 50-foot section of "corduroy road" was discovered Monday as crews installed a storm sewer during a reconstruction project. Cargo says a corduroy road, or "log road," is made by placing logs perpendicular to the direction of the route of low or swampy areas.



Tanker left dangling from overpass after interstate crash

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:32:03 UT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An empty tanker truck was left dangling from its back wheels with the cab resting on the road below when it crashed and rolled over the edge of an interstate overpass in downtown St. Louis. Justin Wheatley says the driver lost control on a wet road just after 7 a.m. Thursday, began to jackknife and struck a passenger vehicle before swerving off the side of Interstate 44.



Renters may recover sinkhole items by sifting through mess

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:31:00 UT

The possibilities range from doing nothing to connecting it to a nearby lake. Besides the two swallowed homes, residents in three other nearby homes were displaced because of the risk.



Apple ordered to pay $506M in Wisconsin patent infringement

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:29:33 UT

(AP) — A judge has ordered computer-maker Apple Inc. to pay more than $506 million in a patent infringement case brought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation after the two sides agreed on final damages. A jury in 2015 found Apple infringed on a patent held by the foundation, which supports research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Crews search for teen who fell into Washington state falls

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:28:35 UT

(AP) — Rescue teams are searching for an 18-year-old woman who fell into falls in Washington state and never resurfaced. A sheriff's office spokesman says crews searched for the woman who fell from upper Wallace Falls for over an hour. A sheriff's office spokeswoman says the woman is from Las Vegas, Nevada, and is attending a local community college.



GE to cut 575 jobs at Pennsylvania plant, move work to Texas

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:27:59 UT

(AP) — GE Transportation plans to end most locomotive production at its century-old plant in northwestern Pennsylvania, eliminating about 575 jobs. GoErie.com reports (http://bit.ly/2tMbvDb ) the work is being transferred by the end of 2018 to Fort Worth, Texas, where workers aren't union members.



Police: DUI suspect drives into officer, other car; flees

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:21:14 UT

(AP) — Police say a motorist in Virginia who was pulled over after being suspected of drunken driving drove away, hitting the officer and then another car before fleeing on foot. According to the news release, the officer tried to pull over a white Hyundai Elantra shortly after midnight Wednesday.



Sheriff's deputy fired at but not injured in South Carolina

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:20:41 UT

State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said the deputy was fired on about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in Walterboro. A police report says the suspects got out of a car and fired at the deputy's car, hitting her siren and radiator and stopping her from chasing them as they sped away.



Flooding reported after heavy rains in Kansas City area

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:14:50 UT

(AP) — Storms that pummeled the Kansas City area with several inches of rain closed roads and led to water rescues, including two people who began trapped early Thursday by floodwaters that inundated their restaurant. Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi urged motorists in a tweet not to drive into high water, saying his department was responding to calls seeking assistance in areas of flash flooding.



Worsening drought conditions in parts of US stressing crops

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:59:23 UT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drought conditions are getting worse in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. The United States Department of Agriculture has designated several counties in those states as areas of natural disaster, paving the way for emergency loans for producers.



96-year-old vet gets his wish of visiting US Navy station

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:56:05 UT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A 96-year-old World War II veteran who dreamed of returning to a Navy installation to reminisce about his 20-year naval career is getting his wish. A talented artist, DelBarone painted emblems for naval ships and murals for Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.



AP names Sanz US South deputy director for newsgathering

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:50:19 UT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Associated Press has named Alex Sanz as its new deputy director of newsgathering for the U.S. South, a position overseeing breaking news and enterprise across all media formats in 13 states. A video journalist at AP since 2013, Sanz has covered stories that include the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting, the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the American space program, including the flight test of the Orion spacecraft and the development of the Space Launch System.



The Latest: 2 rescued from flooded Kansas City restaurant

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:48:00 UT

Storms that dumped several inches of rain on portions of the Kansas City area turned scary for two people after floodwaters briefly trapped them in the bar they own. Heavy rains across the Kansas City area have closed roads and led to numerous water rescues. National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Bowman says widespread flooding was reported after 4 to 7 inches (10 to 18 centimeters) fell over a few hours starting late Wednesday in east-central Kansas and west-central Missouri.



UN: Cyprus rivals need to keep commitment to reunification

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:41:11 UT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution encouraging Greek and Turkish Cypriots "to sustain their commitment" to reunifying the divided Mediterranean island following the collapse of talks earlier this month. The council welcomed progress made by leaders of the two communities and urged them to focus their efforts on reaching agreement on outstanding issues, saying "the status quo is unsustainable."



Flowering plant thought to be extinct seen in Vermont

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:38:20 UT

(AP) — Botanists in Vermont say a flowering plant long thought to be extinct in the state is making a comeback. Botanist Everett Marshall was hiking with his wife, Deb Parrella, in the Raven Ridge Natural Area in Monkton recently.



Records: Child's body decomposing on arrival at hospital

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:34:33 UT

(AP) — Court records show the body of a 6-month-old western Michigan boy had already started to decompose by the time his mother took him to a hospital after finding him unresponsive in her sweltering home. MLive.com and WOOD-TV report that the temperature in Lovily Johnson's Wyoming apartment was about 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) the evening of Noah Johnson's death.



Boy, 4, killed and mom hurt in attack by father in Las Vegas

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:27:26 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a 4-year-old Las Vegas boy is dead after his father restrained him and his mother with zip ties and stabbed them both repeatedly before killing himself. Las Vegas police say the rampage started after the man forced his way into his estranged girlfriend's home Wednesday night.



Man sentenced for 2015 fatal bar-hopping boat crash

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:10:55 UT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man has been sentenced to 18 months' home detention for a July 2015 boat crash that killed two people and injured five others on a cruise to Baltimore bars. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police say in a news release that 57-year-old Timothy Jay Wilson was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, with all but 18 months of home detention suspended.



The Latest: Family was seeking help for teen, mom says

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:59:51 UT

The mother of a teenager shot to death by police outside a youth shelter in eastern Arkansas says the family had been trying to get help for her son because he was being disruptive. Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that no officers were hurt but that his department will not release any details while an investigation into the shooting is underway. Memphis and Little Rock media reported that two Marion police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation moves forward.



Records show convictions of ax-wielding man killed by police

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:42:19 UT

Schoessel's mother, Richelle Tucker, described her son to The Associated Press as a "sweet, gentle young man" who had what she called "mental issues" in the past. Court records show Schoessel was charged in 2014 with felony assault on a law enforcement person, and later convicted of misdemeanor obstruction of justice.



Pennsylvania mayor to appear in court on corruption charges

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:23:04 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city is set to appear in federal court on corruption charges. The former mayor of Reading, the state's fifth largest city, was also indicted this week on charges of shaking down businesses for campaign contributions in return for city work.



Few details after police kill teen outside Arkansas shelter

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:19:04 UT

(AP) — The operator of an eastern Arkansas emergency shelter for juveniles where a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by police is asking for prayers but saying little else about the incident. East Arkansas Youth Services is a nonprofit that "provides positive alternatives to institutionalization" for at-risk children, according to its website. Madelyn Keith, the nonprofit's executive director and CEO, said in a Facebook post that no one in the facility was harmed and that its managers and staff have cooperated with investigators. The Arkansas Department of Human Services said the shelter contracts with the state to provide services to children in foster care and children who have been involved in the juvenile justice system.



NYC ex-officer gets prison for moonlighting in drug trade

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:57:13 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for moonlighting in the drug trade. Investigators say he carried his police gun to drug deals, tipped off his friend to law enforcement raids and flashed his badge to keep other officers away.



3 killed in wrong-way crash on Southern California freeway

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:49:15 UT

(AP) — Authorities say a driver going the wrong way caused a collision that killed three people on a Southern California freeway. The California Highway Patrol says the two-car crash happened late Wednesday on southbound U.S. 101 in Ventura northwest of Los Angeles.



Demand overseas keeps Mustang on top despite lower US sales

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:33:37 UT

DETROIT (AP) — On any given day this summer, you might find 97-year-old Lennart Ribring driving his 2016 Ford Mustang GT on a winding road near his home in Sweden. Guo Xin might be working on a Mustang in his car repair shop in Beijing, while in England, a happy bride and groom drive off in a Mustang GT California Special. The former race car driver finds Mustangs tougher and more fun to drive than European or Japanese sports cars. The Mustang beat out two sleeker European rivals, the BMW 4 Series and the Porsche 911, to become No. 1. Fans have been importing individual Detroit-built Mustangs for decades, but Ford recently put in the engineering muscle to ensure that the cars could be sold in dealerships around in the world. The sixth-generation Mustang, released in 2015, is the first that comes in both right-hand and left-hand drive versions. Heitmann, the history professor, says the Mustang is one of the few cars that is appealing — and affordable — to nearly everyone. Couples — many of whom are heading to Las Vegas or Hawaii for their honeymoons — want a car that's cool, not the stuffy Rolls Royces their parents used, he says.



Man who staged breakout in mental health facility sentenced

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:31:59 UT

(AP) — A Pennsylvania man who broke his girlfriend out of a mental health facility has been sentenced to over four years in prison and in a mental health facility. The sentence requires that Ravert receive mental health treatment during its four-and-a-half-year duration.