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10 Things to Know for Monday

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:23:58 UT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. 'JUST SEEING THE BUILDING WAS SCARY' Students at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School return to gather their belongings for the first time since a gunman killed 17 classmates and staff members. 2. WHITE HOUSE: 'WE WILL SEE' IF NKOREA SERIOUS ON TALKS During the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office announced that a North Korean delegate said his country is willing to meet with the U.S. 3.

Students return to Florida school where 17 were killed

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:03:07 UT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and staff members were killed returned Sunday to gather their belongings thrown down in panic during the school shooting nearly two weeks ago. Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the Feb. 14 massacre took place. It is now cordoned off by a chain link fence that was covered with banners from other schools showing their support. "Just seeing the building was scary," freshman Francesca Lozano said as she exited the school with her mom. Still, she was happy to see her friends. "That made it a lot better.

A fertility doctor's secret, a special kinship decades later

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:01:23 UT

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Matt White remembers that day in September 2016 when a mystery began to unravel that would change his life. It started when White read a news report that Dr. Donald Cline, a retired Indianapolis fertility specialist, faced charges for lying when he denied he'd inseminated unwitting patients with his own sperm decades earlier. He searched out Cline's address online, recognizing it as the location of his mother's former doctor. Then he Googled the doctor's name. When a photo popped up, he was stunned: He looked like Cline. "It was just too similar to be coincidental," he says.

The Latest: Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state title

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 23:46:38 UT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the law enforcement response after a deadly school shooting in Florida (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ice hockey team won the Florida championship, 11 days after a gunman killed 17 of their classmates and staff members. The fourth-seeded Eagles upset top-ranked East Lake 3-1 in the Sunday morning semifinals at a minor-league rink near Fort Myers, then routed Tampa Jesuit 7-4 in the afternoon finals. Ice hockey in Florida is a club sport sponsored by Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida. ___ 4:45 p.m. Students at a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and staff members were fatally gunned down have gotten their first chance to return to the school.

Billy Graham mourned as body taken to his namesake library

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 23:43:39 UT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Admirers took photos on their phones, fire trucks parked on freeway overpasses and police officers saluted as a motorcade carrying the body of the Rev. Billy Graham crossed the evangelist's beloved home state of North Carolina for four hours from his mountain chapel to namesake library in the state's largest city. Residents in some of Graham's most cherished places paid tribute Saturday to "America's Pastor," starting at the training center operated by his evangelistic association in Asheville. The motorcade rolled through Black Mountain, where he shopped and caught trains, and Montreat, where he lived. Well-wishers lined sidewalks and medians as the motorcade reached Charlotte.

California hiker found after 6 days missing in Yosemite park

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 23:42:49 UT

YOSEMITE, Calif. (AP) — A well-prepared California hiker missing for six days in the icy backcountry of Yosemite National Park was found in good health after an extensive search, officials said. A helicopter crew spotted Alan Chow on Friday above Wapama Falls near the center of the park, where overnight temperatures dipped below freezing, the National Park Service said. Park Ranger Scott Gediman told San Francisco Bay Area news station KTVU-TV that the 36-year-old Oakland resident got lost because usually well-marked trails were covered in snow. Chow had done everything right to survive — he was prepared and didn't "try to walk around and get even more lost," Gediman said.

Man arrested after fatal shooting at college in Georgia

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:38:06 UT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting at a college in southeast Georgia. Savannah State University officials said in a statement that the suspect was arrested Sunday. Police are continuing to investigate after a man was killed in the shooting on the school's campus Saturday afternoon. Savannah State University police chief James Barnwell told news outlets that neither the victim nor the suspect was students. Neither one was immediately identified. The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. The school had been on lockdown at the time.

Landslide destroys Pittsburgh house, knocks out power nearby

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:23:27 UT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A landslide in a Pittsburgh neighborhood has destroyed a house, forced the closure of a road and knocked out electricity to adjacent neighborhoods. The city says the landslide in the Duquesne Heights neighborhood worsened Sunday afternoon, pouring over a retaining wall and closing a section of roadway. Officials say a house that was evacuated Friday evening "is now destroyed." The city says the owners were able to retrieve some essential belongings on Saturday. The slide, which borders the West End neighborhood, also crossed a street and knocked out utility poles, causing outages in southern and western parts of the city.

Billy Graham had pride and regret on civil rights issues

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:44:26 UT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase "The Bible says ..." Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, particularly when confronting segregation in his native South. In Alabama for one of his evangelistic crusades in 1965, just months after passage of the Civil Rights Act, Graham talked about the Confederate flag flying "proudly" atop the state Capitol and the fact that both of his grandfathers served as rebel soldiers, according to a recording available on his ministry's website. He didn't address the evils of segregation directly, talking instead about God's unique power to change people and communities.

'Precursor to 9/11': Trade center bomb echoes after 25 years

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:03:08 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a room in the 9/11 museum, there are a police captain's poignant notes and a flashlight that illuminated the way to safety. Nearby, a letter from a trapped man tells his family, "I love you very much.... Do wonderful things in your life." The artifacts aren't from Sept 11, 2001. They are reminders of a terror attack that foreshadowed it: the deadly World Trade Center bombing, 25 years ago Monday. That shadow fell personally on Lolita Jackson. As a young finance worker, she picked her way down 72 flights of blacked-out stairs on Feb. 26, 1993, and fled the trade center's south tower again in 2001.

5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:52:46 UT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The death toll rose to at least five on Sunday after severe thunderstorms swept through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattened homes, gale force winds and widespread flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia. The system that stretched from Texas to the Canadian Maritime provinces had prompted several emergency declarations even before the dangerous storms arrived. In southwestern Michigan, the body of a 48-year-old man was found floating in floodwaters Sunday in Kalamazoo, city Public Safety Lt. David Thomas said. Police were withholding the release of his name until notifying relatives. Thomas said the death didn't appear suspicious but the cause wasn't known.

County to pay $4.5M to settle murder conviction lawsuit

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:42:09 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three Ohio men who spent two decades behind bars because police and prosecutors allegedly hid statements and evidence that could have cleared them in a 1995 slaying are expected to receive $1.5 million each to settle the county's liability in federal lawsuits naming two former assistant prosecutors as defendants. A Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office spokesman confirmed Sunday that the Cuyahoga County Council has scheduled a vote for Tuesday to approve a settlement in suits filed last year by 39-year-old Laurese Glover, 40-year-old Eugene Johnson and 40-year-old Derrick Wheatt.

Federal team investigating deadly Dallas house explosion

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:39:13 UT

DALLAS (AP) — Federal investigators arrived in Dallas Sunday to look into a suspected natural gas leak that caused an explosion at a newly renovated house, killing a 12-year-old girl and injuring four other members of her family. Ravi Chhatre, head of a three-person National Transportation Safety Board team, said he was early in the process of gathering information after firefighters Friday found the home shattered but no fire. Four injured people were in the front yard and one of them was holding the unconscious girl, Linda Rogers, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. "We don't want any community to go through a tragedy like you guys have," Chhatre said at a news briefing shortly after arriving at the scene.

The Latest: Deadly tornado confirmed in Kentucky

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:25:56 UT

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather that moved through parts of the US (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Storm crews have confirmed an EF2 tornado struck in south central Kentucky where a woman died at her home. The National Weather Service says preliminary information from ongoing damage surveys in Logan County indicate the tornado Saturday had maximum-sustained winds of 135 mph (217 kph) and a maximum width of 400 yards (366 meters). The Logan County Sheriff's Office says 79-year-old Dallas Jane Combs died after the tornado destroyed her Adairville home. Sheriff officials said Combs was inside the home when it collapsed on her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Average price of US gas falls 6 cents, to $2.59 a gallon

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:12:03 UT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dropped about 6 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.59. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that it's the first decline since December. She says prices are expected to rise again as crude oil costs go up. The current gas price is 26 cents above where it was a year ago. Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.38 a gallon. The lowest was in Jackson, Mississippi, at $2.23 a gallon.

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:28:08 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men. At 39, she's poised, photogenic and a skilled public speaker, yet she's not softening the message of the NRA as it becomes an increasingly active voice in the nation's culture wars, with positions on everything from immigration to the media. In the aftermath of the shooting deaths of 17 people, mostly students, at a Florida high school, it's Loesch who has been the NRA's main messenger. The NRA dispatched Loesch last week to a CNN town hall, where she was questioned by students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Valentine's Day shooting.

Beech booming as climate changes, and that's bad for forests

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:03:31 UT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, according to a group of scientists. The scientists say the move toward beech-heavy forests is associated with higher temperatures and precipitation. They say their 30-year study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Applied Ecology, is one of the first to look at such broad changes over a long time period in the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada. The changes could have major negative ramifications for forest ecosystems and industries that rely on them, said Dr.

White nationalist's college tour mired in litigation

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:38:56 UT

CINCINNATI (AP) — White nationalist Richard Spencer plans to speak next week at Michigan State University, but the rest of his campus tour has bogged down for now in lawsuits or lack of agreement on timing because of safety concerns. His March 5 visit will come while MSU students are on spring break. He had planned to come to the University of Cincinnati during that school's spring break March 14, but that fell through over the Ohio school's demand for a security fee. Ohio State University and Kent State have declined to accommodate Spencer speech requests so far. Attorney Kyle Bristow sued Ohio State on behalf of Spencer tour organizer Cameron Padgett after the school last year refused to book Spencer.

Prominent liberal state senator ends congressional bid

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:23:09 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator who was the subject of allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides has announced he is ending his stalled congressional bid. Sen. Daylin Leach, a lawyer and a Democratic state lawmaker since 2003, had announced in December he would "step back" from his campaign after the allegations were published by The Philadelphia Inquirer. In a Facebook post Saturday night, Leach cited attacks on his family but also said "how unappealing Congress has become." He said he would instead remain in the state Senate.

Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter hopes to be Burlington mayor

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:00:54 UT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter is hoping the city that launched her stepfather's political career nearly 40 years ago will show her the same love in her run for mayor. Carina Driscoll, the former city council member and state legislator, who now runs the Vermont Woodworking School, is challenging incumbent Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger, who is seeking his third three-year term in the March 6 election. Another independent and political newcomer, Infinite Culcleasure, is also in the race.

Man linked to art heist faces sentencing in weapons case

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:00:50 UT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A reputed mobster who authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history is facing sentencing in an unrelated weapons case. Eighty-one-year-old Robert Gentile is set to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut. Federal prosecutors have said they believe the Manchester resident has information about the still-unsolved 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Thieves stole an estimated $500 million worth of artwork, including works by Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer. Gentile has denied knowing anything about the caper. Gentile pleaded guilty in the weapons case and faces three to six years in prison.

Texas dragging death killer loses federal court appeal

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:04:26 UT

HOUSTON (AP) — A prisoner on Texas death row for the dragging death of a man nearly two decades ago in East Texas has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step close to execution for the hate crime. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week turned down an appeal from 43-year-old John William King, condemned for the June 1998 slaying of James Byrd. Evidence showed the 49-year-old Byrd was chained by his ankles to the back of a pickup truck and dragged along a road outside Jasper in East Texas. Prosecutors said Byrd was killed simply because he was black. Attorneys for King argued his trial lawyers were deficient. The 5th Circuit disagreed. One of two other white men convicted has been executed. The third man is serving life.

Ohio moves to add Wright flyer to state seal amid dispute

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:34:20 UT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is staking another public claim to the Wright brothers' legacy amid a dispute with Connecticut over an aviator that state says flew first. The Ohio Senate took up legislation Tuesday that would add the Wright flyer to Ohio's state seal and coat of arms. The bill cleared the Ohio House Feb. 14. Ohio's 200-year-old seal was last revised in 1996, when the Scioto (sy-OH'-toh) River was added to flow between farm fields and Mount Logan. Republican Rep. Rick Perales earlier spearheaded a resolution rejecting Connecticut's claim that aviator Gustave Whitehead flew the "first manned, controlled flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft" on Aug. 14, 1901.

NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:13:56 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student survivors called for tourism boycotts of their home state until gun control measures are enacted. The latest companies to end their ties with the NRA were Delta and United Airlines, two of the three largest U.S.-based airlines. Corporate ties to the NRA aren't the only elements undergoing scrutiny after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead on Valentine's Day.

2 dead as severe weather moves eastward through central US

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:50:09 UT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least two people are dead as a strong storm system that included possible tornadoes pushed its way eastward through the central United States, leaving demolished homes, damaged vehicles and uprooted trees in its wake. A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included heavy winds, rain and hail muscled its way through the area, according to authorities. In northeast Arkansas, an 83-year-old man was killed after high winds toppled a trailer home. Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller told KAIT-TV that Albert Foster died Saturday night after the home was blown into a pond.

The Latest: Woman dead as storm hits Kentucky, Tennessee

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:00:25 UT

DEMOTTE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on potentially severe weather developing in parts of the US (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Authorities say a woman has died in in south central Kentucky after severe weather moved through the area. The Logan County Sheriff's Department tells television station WKRN that 79-year-old Dallas Jane Combs died after a suspected tornado hit her home Saturday night. Sheriff officials say Combs was inside the home when it collapsed on her. Combs was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say Combs' husband was outside the house when the unconfirmed tornado hit and he sustained minor injuries.

School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 04:29:03 UT

Survivors of a mass shooting at a Florida high school are hoping to expand the reach of their gun control movement by seeking a boycott of companies doing business with the NRA and urging tourists to boycott the Sunshine State. As the #BoycottNRA movement grew on Twitter, with petitions circulating against companies that offer discounts to NRA members, a growing number of those businesses announced they are cutting or reducing ties with the association. Both Delta and United said Saturday that they will no longer offer discounted airfares to NRA members to attend their annual meetings, and both have asked the gun rights group to remove any references to their companies from the NRA website.

The Latest: Sheriff: Lawmaker's letter 'riddled' with errors

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 03:36:16 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the backlash against the National Rifle Association after a deadly school shooting in Florida (all times local): 10:30 p.m. The Broward County, Florida, sheriff says a letter from a state lawmaker calling for his resignation after a mass school shooting is "riddled with factual errors, unsupported gossip and falsehoods." Sheriff Scott Israel issued his response in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott that the sheriff's office released to the news media late Saturday. Israel's letter responded individually to three points that state Rep. Bill Hager made. They included how his deputies responded to the shooting and the number of calls his office received from the home where the shooting suspect lived.

Prosecutors: Developer gave illicit cash to LA politicians

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:47:16 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A real estate developer was charged Friday with making nearly $200,000 in illegal campaign contributions to committees that supported Mayor Eric Garcetti and seven other Los Angeles politicians while seeking approval to build a massive apartment complex. Samuel Leung, 67, was charged in Los Angeles Superior Court with conspiring to launder campaign contributions and bribing a lawmaker. His secretary, Sofia David, 58, was charged with the conspiracy count. Leung funneled money through family members, employees and associates — and reimbursed many of them — in his effort to get land rezoned for the 325-unit Sea Breeze apartment building, according to the charges.

Colleges: Student protesters shouldn't worry about admission

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:22:40 UT

As some high school students face the threat of disciplinary action for participating in gun control demonstrations, dozens of colleges and universities are sending them a reassuring message: It won't affect their chances of getting into their schools. Nearly 50 schools, from Ivy Leaguers to public institutions, have taken to social media over the past few days to reassure students that taking part would not jeopardize admissions consideration. Yale University said on its Twitter account that it would not rescind admissions decisions regardless of any penalties imposed on students by high school administrators. Brown University's admissions staff also promised no negative fallout for any applicants.