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Trump’s gamble hits reality check with North Korea

President Donald Trump attempted a revolutionary approach to North Korea — a gamble that negotiating prowess and deal-making charm in a face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong Un could accomplish what no American president or diplomat had dared to attempt in the 65 years since an uneasy armistice settled over the Korean Peninsula.  It was a bold and innovative approach, and one worth trying...


NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook. The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way. "The owners can try to prevent kneeling, but they open another can of worms," said Randal Maurice Jelks, professor of African and African-American...
Brewery told to stop making beer with hemp-derived extract

Brewery told to stop making beer with hemp-derived extract

U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing a specialty beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, because it lacks the proper permitting. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is allowing Black Hammer Brewing to sell the rest of the CBD beer it has already brewed, including an IPA called Toke Back Mountain that was introduced in 2017...
Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday to face charges involving at least one of the women who have accused him of sexual assault, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. It would be the first criminal case against Weinstein to come out of the barrage of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women that destroyed his career and set off a national...
San Francisco police not charged in black man's 2015 killing

San Francisco police not charged in black man's 2015 killing

San Francisco prosecutors said Thursday that they will not charge officers in two shooting deaths, including the killing of a black man that led to citywide protests three years ago and federally recommended police reforms. District Attorney George Gascon declined to prosecute five officers who fired at Mario Woods, whose 2015 killing led to large demonstrations amid nationwide upheaval over police...
#MeToo: A timeline of 2018’s sexual harassment scandals

#MeToo: A timeline of 2018’s sexual harassment scandals

On Oct. 5, 2017, the New York Times published a report against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein revealing claims of rape or sexual harassment of dozens of women. Some 80 women, including prominent actresses, have come forward since.  » RELATED: From Weinstein to Lauer: A timeline of 2017's sexual harassment scandals Weinstein was ousted as CEO of his company, which filed...
Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL in Afghan assault

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL in Afghan assault

President Donald Trump on Thursday inducted a new member into "the world's most exclusive club of heroes" by awarding a Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who led a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002. Trump presented the nation's most prestigious honor for selflessness on the battlefield to Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski of Northampton...
Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

Scientists have developed a swallowed capsule packed with tiny electronics and millions of genetically engineered living cells that might someday be used to spot health problems from inside the gut. The capsule was tested in pigs and correctly detected signs of bleeding, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported Thursday in the journal Science . At more than an inch long, it...
Senate approves sexual harassment bill for Congress

Senate approves sexual harassment bill for Congress

The Senate gave swift approval Thursday to a bill that revamps the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill. The bill eliminates mandatory waiting periods for handling claims and requires lawmakers to repay the Treasury for harassment settlements. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., called Thursday's vote, done unanimously without a roll call, "an incredibly important moment...
Facebook to label election-related 'issue ads' in US

Facebook to label election-related 'issue ads' in US

Facebook is expanding its advertising disclosure requirements to cover all U.S. ads on polarized issues such as gun control and abortion rights, even if they don't endorse a particular candidate. Ads coming from specific candidates have already included a disclosure label since October. Facebook has said it would require that of issue ads from outside parties, too, but it didn't provide details until...
Stormy Daniels' lawyer renews efforts to depose Trump

Stormy Daniels' lawyer renews efforts to depose Trump

Stormy Daniels' lawyer has renewed efforts to depose President Donald Trump in the porn actress' legal fight to invalidate a confidentiality agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, according to court documents filed Thursday. Attorney Michael Avenatti argues that U.S. District Judge S. James Otero should reconsider the order he issued last month delaying the case and force...
Bus driver charged in crash that killed student, teacher

Bus driver charged in crash that killed student, teacher

A school bus driver with a history of driver's license suspensions caused a fatal crash on a New Jersey highway last week by crossing three lanes of traffic in an apparent attempt to make an illegal U-turn, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday. Authorities charged Hudy Muldrow Sr., 77, with two counts of vehicular homicide in the deaths of 10-year-old student Miranda Vargas and 51-year-old...
'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion," Trump said during an Oval...
Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans

Deer across North America are dying from a mysterious disease that gradually destroys the animal’s nervous system. » RELATED: Killer herpes from Florida monkeys could pass to humans, scientists warn And scientists are concerned that the infection could make its way to humans.  Chronic wasting disease — or “zombie deer disease” — was first observed...
New York parents sue 30-year-old son because he won’t move out

New York parents sue 30-year-old son because he won’t move out

A couple in Syracuse, New York, took their 30-year-old son to court this week, hoping to force him to finally move out. » RELATED: This is the age millennials say they’d be embarrassed to still live with their parents According to Syracuse.com, Michael Rotondo had received cash offers and multiple orders to leave his family home, including five notices over the...
Boston Globe probes text allegation against top editor

Boston Globe probes text allegation against top editor

Boston Globe executives said they're investigating an allegation that the newspaper's top editor had an inappropriate text exchange with a former employee he once dated. Hilary Sargent, a former editor for Boston.com, tweeted a screenshot of a text exchange she said occurred between her and Brian McGrory. In the exchange, she says McGrory asked her what she wears when she writes. The screenshot doesn't...
Trump signs bill easing post-2008 crisis restraints on banks

Trump signs bill easing post-2008 crisis restraints on banks

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law a measure that loosens key restraints for banks imposed after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. Savoring the legislative triumph, he called it "the next step in America's unprecedented economic comeback." The Republican-crafted bill passed Congress on Tuesday with the help of some Democratic votes and allowed Trump to fulfill...
Police: Missing Mexican woman's body found in Utah canyon

Police: Missing Mexican woman's body found in Utah canyon

The body of a Mexican woman who disappeared on her way home from her English language class in Utah three years ago has been found in a rugged, mountainous canyon area and police are investigating her death as a homicide, officials said Thursday. The skeletal remains of 26-year-old Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado were discovered last Friday by a man searching for camping spots in an area popular for...
South Carolina plans to use drones to remotely watch inmates

South Carolina plans to use drones to remotely watch inmates

After spending years fighting to keep drones from flying over prisons, South Carolina corrections officials unveiled plans on Thursday to use the small unmanned aircraft to keep a remote eye on inmates, an effort they said is the first of its kind in the country. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling showed reporters new drones that can be used to monitor a prison and the area outside, where contraband...
APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint filed over Gianforte assault

APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint filed over Gianforte assault

The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year. The request by the party's executive director, Nancy Keenan, comes exactly one year after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs said Gianforte "body slammed" him for asking a question...
The Latest: NK says it's still willing to talk with US

The Latest: NK says it's still willing to talk with US

The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local): 7:05 p.m. North Korea says it is still willing to sit down for talks with the United States "at any time, at any format" after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled his planned summit with Kim Jong Un. Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan issued a statement Friday saying North Korea is...
House passes $717B Pentagon policy measure

House passes $717B Pentagon policy measure

The House Thursday passed a $717 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years. The bipartisan 351-66 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where a key panel completed a companion measure in a closed-door session on Wednesday. The annual measure sets policies and a budget outline for the Pentagon that are funded by a subsequent appropriations...
Emails show deception by Nassar, USA Gymnastics

Emails show deception by Nassar, USA Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics agreed to use false excuses in 2015 to account for the absence of sports doctor Larry Nassar, who had been accused of sexually abusing female athletes, according to emails obtained by a newspaper. Nassar suggested that USA Gymnastics tell people that he couldn't attend two major events that summer because he was sick or needed to focus on his work at Michigan State University, the Indianapolis...
Judge suspended for courthouse affair with social worker

Judge suspended for courthouse affair with social worker

A Massachusetts judge who engaged in sexual acts with a social worker in his courthouse chambers will be suspended indefinitely, the state's highest court ruled Thursday, setting in motion the judge's possible removal from the bench. The Supreme Judicial Court said Judge Thomas Estes' "grave, willful and repeated wrongdoing" has damaged the public's faith in the judicial system. "The...
FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor

FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor

Allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have been shared with federal authorities by a private attorney and a key lawmaker, according to testimony Thursday during a legislative hearing. The hearing by a special House committee considering whether to recommend Greitens' impeachment frequently turned testy as lawmakers questioned an attorney...
The Latest: UN chief concerned Kim-Trump summit was canceled

The Latest: UN chief concerned Kim-Trump summit was canceled

The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local): 10:55 a.m. The U.N. chief says he is "deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. Antonio Guterres told an audience at the University of Geneva on Thursday that he was urging the parties to keep working...
Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea

Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea

President Donald Trump abruptly canceled his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un Thursday, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang and abandoning for now a meeting that held the promise of a historic peace deal but also the risk of diplomatic meltdown. In a letter to Kim announcing his decision to back away from the June 12 summit, Trump pointed to America's vast military...
Maui's Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach's best beach list

Maui's Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach's best beach list

A crescent-shaped beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui got the top slot Thursday on the list of best beaches issued annually by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach. Kapalua Bay Beach topped the list released by Stephen Leatherman, a coastal science professor at Florida International University in Miami. And don't worry about that lava-spewing volcano impacting visits to the Kapalua beach. The Kilauea...
Trump: No immigration deal unless 'real wall,' good security

Trump: No immigration deal unless 'real wall,' good security

President Donald Trump says he opposes any immigration legislation that doesn't include "a real wall" along the Mexican border and "very strong border security," and he's questioning the need for judges to determine immigration claims. Moderate House Republicans are pushing a deal that could lead to citizenship for young "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally...
The Latest: 2nd briefing on Russia probe wraps up

The Latest: 2nd briefing on Russia probe wraps up

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A second classified briefing for Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Russia investigation has concluded on Capitol Hill. Law enforcement and intelligence officials provided two separate closed-door briefings Thursday to members of Congress. Both meetings were held as President Donald Trump is raising...
AP names Dustin Weaver as Congress news editor

AP names Dustin Weaver as Congress news editor

The Associated Press on Thursday named Dustin Weaver as news editor overseeing coverage of Congress, a key leadership role in AP's Washington bureau. Weaver's appointment was announced by AP Washington bureau chief Julie Pace. "Dustin is a smart and savvy editor with a deep understanding of how Washington works," Pace said. "He will be an integral part of AP's coverage of Capitol Hill...
Congress moves to revamp laws to combat sexual misconduct in its ranks

Congress moves to revamp laws to combat sexual misconduct in its ranks

Congress moved closer Wednesday to revamping its laws on sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct after Senate negotiators unveiled a compromise plan that would prohibit controversial taxpayer-funded settlements.  Under the new proposal, lawmakers would be personally liable for any settlements from their own misconduct, similar to the version passed by the House in February, and it would...
Trump suggests NFL players who kneel shouldn't be in US

Trump suggests NFL players who kneel shouldn't be in US

President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the "The Star-Spangled Banner," saying that "maybe you shouldn't be in the country" if you don't stand for the anthem. Trump spoke to "Fox & Friends" in an interview that aired Thursday. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in...
Trump administration warns Democratic-led states are skirting GOP tax law

Trump administration warns Democratic-led states are skirting GOP tax law

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will propose new regulations for a provision in the Republican tax law that disproportionately raises taxes on residents in Democratic-led states, suggesting that federal officials will move to block attempts to circumvent the tax overhaul.  In a notice, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said they will issue regulations for...
Trump appears on 'Fox and Friends,' talks MS-13, immigration, North Korea in taped interview

Trump appears on 'Fox and Friends,' talks MS-13, immigration, North Korea in taped interview

President Donald Trump discussed MS-13, immigration, North Korea and the NFL’s new policy on national anthem protests in an interview that aired this morning on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” On a possible summit with North Korea: “If that happens, it’ll be a great thing for North Korea. Most importantly, it would be a great thing for the world,” Trump...
Five lessons from this week’s primaries

Five lessons from this week’s primaries

Five lessons from this week's primaries:    For nearly three months, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reeled from its decision to dump opposition research on Laura Moser, an activist who moved home to Houston from Washington to run for a newly competitive House seat. It backfired in the district, as Moser's fundraising surged, and she won a slot in the May 22 runoff. ...
In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team

In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani switched gears Wednesday, saying that he would prefer the president grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller's office and that a decision would be made within "the next couple weeks."  "I guess I'd rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy," he said. "The safe course you hear every...
Space station accepts special delivery from Virginia

Space station accepts special delivery from Virginia

The International Space Station accepted delivery Thursday of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia. A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Wallops Island. Orbital ATK shipped the goods for NASA in a Cygnus capsule, which is named after the swan constellation. NASA astronauts Scott Tingle and Ricky Arnold used the station's big robot arm to snag...
Mueller targeted flows of money to Israeli social-media company

Mueller targeted flows of money to Israeli social-media company

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has asked about flows of money into the Cyprus bank account of a company that specialized in social-media manipulation and whose founder reportedly met with Donald Trump Jr. in August 2016, according to a person familiar with the investigation.  The inquiry is drawing attention to PSY Group, an Israeli firm that pitched its services to super-PACs and other...
Trump’s cryptic China tweet threatens another course change on trade

Trump’s cryptic China tweet threatens another course change on trade

President Donald Trump has sent outraged tweets and combative tweets and happy tweets and tricker tweets (covfefe). There have been tweets in all capital letters and with multiple exclamation points. There have even been tweets that seemed to threaten a preemptive nuclear strike.  But there haven't been many tweets like the one Trump sent Wednesday morning, where he was both cryptic and subtle...
Trump violates First Amendment by blocking Twitter users from feed, judge says

Trump violates First Amendment by blocking Twitter users from feed, judge says

Apart from the man himself, perhaps nothing has defined President Donald Trump’s political persona more than Twitter.  It was through the @realDonaldTrump account on the social platform that Trump kick-started what once seemed like a long-shot presidential bid and mobilized his electoral base.  Now that he is in the White House, he uses Twitter to announce policies, conduct diplomacy...
Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status

Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, now has a permanent security clearance and recently sat for six to seven hours of questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller's team on a wide range of topics including Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to a person briefed on the matter.  The FBI's background check into Kushner's financial history and...
Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

What happens in Las Vegas could have a ripple effect across the country if 50,000 casino-hotel workers employed at more than 30 of the city's world-famous resorts go on strike at any time starting next week. If members of the union that includes hotel and food workers don't show up to work, it could cost the destination millions and lead to travel woes for anyone taking a vacation or business trip...
Senate primary splits Arizona conservatives between 2 icons

Senate primary splits Arizona conservatives between 2 icons

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was asking dozens of tea party activists for their backing in Arizona's Republican Senate primary when one audience member said it was a shame disgruntled conservatives couldn't send "both of you" to Washington. The man wasn't just talking about Arpaio, but the other Arizona conservative icon who was there that night promoting her rival Senate campaign...
Trump administration defends Keystone XL pipeline in court

Trump administration defends Keystone XL pipeline in court

Trump administration attorneys defended the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in federal court on Thursday against environmentalists and Native American groups that want to derail the project. President Barack Obama rejected the 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) line proposed by TransCanada Corporation in 2015 because of its potential to exacerbate climate change. President Donald Trump revived the...
Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an 'illegal government'

Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an 'illegal government'

The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wields the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday...
California court: Defendants get crack at some social media

California court: Defendants get crack at some social media

Facebook and other social media companies could be compelled to give criminal defendants preparing for trial user content that is already public, California's highest court ruled Thursday. The state Supreme Court's ruling gives an opening to defense lawyers whose requests for information have been ignored by social media companies that argue that a federal privacy law prevents its release. Specifically...
Chaos of Las Vegas shooting promoted fears of wider attack

Chaos of Las Vegas shooting promoted fears of wider attack

Gunshots came so rapidly during the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's modern history that one Las Vegas police officer feared he was facing a fully stocked assault team with tactical gear. Other officers raced casino-to-casino, debunking reports of multiple shooters and false bomb threats on the Las Vegas Strip while colleagues put themselves in harm's way to protect wounded and fleeing concert-goers...
'Eerie' blue flames burn in cracks caused by Hawaii volcano

'Eerie' blue flames burn in cracks caused by Hawaii volcano

Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as the Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering insight into a new dimension in the volcano's weeks-long eruption. Volcanos produce methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees. The gas flows through the ground and up through existing cracks. "It's very dramatic...
Discovery of World War II soldier's plane brings closure

Discovery of World War II soldier's plane brings closure

Tom Kelly grew up on a Northern California farm and once thought of becoming a cowboy before World War II got in the way. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces instead, and on March 11, 1944, the 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant was aboard a B-24 bomber with 10 others when it was struck by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and plunged into the Pacific Ocean. When the plane Kelly and his fellow crew members...
Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking violation is just the latest setback for efforts to improve relations between Milwaukee officers and the city's black population. The confrontation involving Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks also represents the first major challenge for new Police Chief Alfonso Morales, who took the job in February promising to...
Texas shooting survivors seek purpose in shadow of Parkland

Texas shooting survivors seek purpose in shadow of Parkland

She had seen the memorials on television, the familiar white crosses erected after each massacre, and now there were 10 of them lined up on her high school's lawn. Kyleigh Elgin was part of a new set of young victims, like many before her, who left flowers and letters and searched for ways that their tragedy might be different, that it might end the grim routine of school shootings. "Our community...
Texas governor meeting with students, shooting survivors

Texas governor meeting with students, shooting survivors

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrapped up three days of emotional meetings on school safety and mass shootings Thursday by speaking with survivors from last week's mass shooting at a high school near Houston. But there's little expectation that the staunch gun-rights supporter will push for major changes. The Republican, who is campaigning for re-election, organized the mostly closed-door meetings shortly...
Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday huddled in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign. Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw no evidence to support Republican allegations that the...
Condemned killer blames attack on 'homosexual panic'

Condemned killer blames attack on 'homosexual panic'

A condemned killer is asking the Ohio Parole Board for mercy, saying he experienced a "homosexual panic" of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at a bar more than 30 years ago. Death row inmate Robert Van Hook was sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985. Van Hook fled to Florida, where he was arrested and confessed. At the time of...
Trump administration explores tariffs on autos, auto parts

Trump administration explores tariffs on autos, auto parts

The Trump administration launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be "very happy" with the outcome of the NAFTA talks. The White House said in a statement...
Kushner given security clearance after background check

Kushner given security clearance after background check

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a security clearance after a lengthy background check, a move that ensures the key White House adviser with a broad international portfolio can have access to some of the country's most closely held secrets. Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser on the Middle East and other issues, was among many White House advisers who had been...
Bill expanding private care for veterans goes to Trump

Bill expanding private care for veterans goes to Trump

Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote Wednesday, also averting a disastrous shutdown of its Choice private-sector program. The program is slated to run out of money as early as next week, causing disruptions in care. The sweeping measure...
Chief defends officers cleared by grand jury in shooting

Chief defends officers cleared by grand jury in shooting

A Georgia police chief said Thursday that officers acted professionally and appropriately when they fatally shot a 20-year-old man in January, and he urged the public to review all the evidence and witness statements in the case. Savannah Police Chief Mark Revenew's comments came a day after a grand jury issued a report determining that police were justified in shooting Ricky Boyd as they sought to...
Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

Uber is pulling its self-driving cars out of Arizona, a reversal triggered by the recent death of woman who was run over by one of the ride-hailing service's robotic vehicles while crossing a darkened street in a Phoenix suburb. The decision announced Wednesday means Uber won't be bringing back its self-driving cars to the streets to Arizona, eliminating the jobs of about 300 people who served as...
The Latest: Trump orders probe of tariffs for cars, trucks

The Latest: Trump orders probe of tariffs for cars, trucks

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the auto industry (all times local): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump is directing the Commerce Department to begin an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the import of automobiles into the United States. The White House says Trump has asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether imports of cars and trucks and automotive parts threaten...
North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier

North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier

North Korea has lobbed another verbal salvo at Washington ahead of an increasingly embattled plan for its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump to meet next month, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" and saying it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table. The outburst at Pence, issued in the name of a top Foreign Ministry...
The Latest: Milwaukee NAACP head: No reason to use stun gun

The Latest: Milwaukee NAACP head: No reason to use stun gun

The Latest on Milwaukee police releasing body-camera footage showing the arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown (all times local): 7:05 p.m. The president of the NAACP in Milwaukee says he doesn't see anything in a newly released police body-camera video that would warrant officers using a stun gun on Bucks guard Sterling Brown. Fred Royal says he thinks the officer who interacted with Brown should...
Family rejoices at finding of soldier's World War II plane

Family rejoices at finding of soldier's World War II plane

Tom Kelly grew up on a Northern California farm and once thought of becoming a cowboy before World War II got in the way. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces instead, and on March 11, 1944, the 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant was aboard a B-24 bomber with 10 others when it was struck by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and plunged into the Pacific Ocean. When the plane Kelly and his fellow crew members...
Grand jury says police shooting of Georgia man justified

Grand jury says police shooting of Georgia man justified

Police were justified in fatally shooting a 20-year-old man, a grand jury said Wednesday after concluding that he pointed a BB pistol at officers who had come to arrest him. Savannah police had a warrant to arrest Ricky Boyd on a felony murder charge when they shot him outside his house on Jan. 23. His family insists he was unarmed. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said he was holding a BB pistol...
Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and other companies have pledged a total of more than $350,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers intended to combat homelessness. Just days after the Seattle City Council approved the levy, the No Tax On Jobs campaign, a coalition of businesses, announced it would gather signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot to repeal...
After mass shootings, NRA pins blame on familiar list

After mass shootings, NRA pins blame on familiar list

In the aftermath of recent school shootings, a familiar pattern has played out in the debate over guns. Gun-control advocates push for tougher laws, including universal background checks to prohibiting the sale and possession of AR-style long guns. The National Rifle Association and many Republican leaders insist the root of the problem is not guns but a range of issues such as mental health, school...
In GOP immigration battle, factions split over citizenship

In GOP immigration battle, factions split over citizenship

Divisions over whether to provide a conduit to citizenship for young "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally loomed as the pivotal sticking point Wednesday as House Republicans searched for a solution to their campaign-season standoff over an issue that has split them for years. In bargaining Wednesday, moderates told conservatives that any deal would have to include steps that...
Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined. Brown, who is African-American, responded with a statement that described the incident as "an attempt at police intimidation" and said it "shouldn't...
Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer said in a court filing that federal prosecutors in New York have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer, in addition to a previously disclosed probe by the Manhattan District Attorney. Attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a declaration filed on May 3 in the Weinstein Co.'s bankruptcy proceedings that he had been advised that Weinstein was a "principal...
Michigan lawmakers advance legislation on mandated reporters

Michigan lawmakers advance legislation on mandated reporters

Sports coaches, the types of paid employees who allegedly learned Larry Nassar was molesting gymnasts and other athletes before the sexual abuse scandal broke, would still not be required to report such suspected abuse to the authorities under a watered-down proposal to expand Michigan's mandatory reporting law. A state House committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would add physical therapists...
Teacher's win in Kentucky points to November potential

Teacher's win in Kentucky points to November potential

Teachers across the country have left their classrooms this spring to protest at state capitols, closing schools to win pay raises and better funding in mostly Republican-controlled states. But their most disruptive act yet may well have come Tuesday night in Kentucky, where a high school math teacher who had never run for public office before defeated the state House majority leader in a GOP primary...
APNewsBreak: Prosecutor interviewing Schneiderman accusers

APNewsBreak: Prosecutor interviewing Schneiderman accusers

The special prosecutor investigating former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has started conducting interviews with the women whose allegations of violent slapping, choking and other abuse led to his resignation this month, The Associated Press has learned. Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas met Wednesday with Michelle Manning Barish, one of the four women whose allegations...
Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds (18,145 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned. The truck was hauling the...
E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

It's a big question for smokers and policymakers alike: Do electronic cigarettes help people quit? In a large study of company wellness programs, e-cigarettes worked no better than traditional stop-smoking tools, and the only thing that really helped was paying folks to kick the habit. Critics of the study say it doesn't close the case on these popular vaping products. It didn't rigorously test effectiveness...
The Latest: Vegas shooting witnesses describe police heroism

The Latest: Vegas shooting witnesses describe police heroism

The Latest on documents that Las Vegas police released from the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local): 6 p.m. Police and witnesses in newly released documents described acts of heroism by Las Vegas officers responding to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history or those at the concert on their own time. Authorities set up makeshift triage...
California's Feinstein drops support for death penalty

California's Feinstein drops support for death penalty

California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she no longer backs the death penalty, a reversal of decades-long support that comes during a primary campaign where her stiffest challenge is from a fellow Democrat who is trying to outflank her with the party's base.  "It became crystal clear to me that the risk of unequal application is high and its effect on deterrence is low," she said...
Atlanta lawyer gets life in shooting of business exec wife

Atlanta lawyer gets life in shooting of business exec wife

A judge on Wednesday sentenced a well-connected Atlanta attorney to life in prison with the possibility of parole for fatally shooting his business executive wife. Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Robert McBurney was required to sentence Claud "Tex" McIver, 75, to life in prison after a jury convicted him last month of felony murder, though it was up to the judge to decide whether...
Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy

Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy

Muslim inmates are suing state corrections officials, arguing that they are not provided adequate nourishment as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan at an Alaska jail. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Legal Defense Fund. It asks a federal judge to require the Anchorage Correctional Complex to provide the men with meals with sufficient calories. It...
AP source: Jared Kushner granted security clearance

AP source: Jared Kushner granted security clearance

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a security clearance after a lengthy background check, a move that ensures the key White House adviser with a broad international portfolio can have access to some of the country's most closely held secrets. Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser on the Middle East and other issues, was among many White House advisers who had been...
Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wielded the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday...
BE MINE: Maker of candy hearts, Necco Wafers sold at auction

BE MINE: Maker of candy hearts, Necco Wafers sold at auction

The bankrupt 171-year-old candy maker known for its chalky Necco Wafers and those little inscribed hearts that are everywhere on Valentine's Day got a sweet message from a rival Wednesday: BE MINE. Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. had the winning $18.83 million bid for the New England Confectionery Co., or Necco, at a federal bankruptcy auction in Boston. The deal from the company that makes Dum Dums...
Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down over illegal sales

Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down over illegal sales

Maine's highly lucrative baby eel fishery is being shut down two weeks early due to concerns about illegal sales. Fishermen seek the elvers in Maine because of the fish's role as seed stock in Asian aquaculture. The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced that it's shutting down the fishery on Thursday morning. The elver fishery is tightly regulated to deter poaching because of the high value...
US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

President Donald Trump's top health official said Wednesday that the U.S. and global partners will "take the steps necessary" to try to contain a new Ebola outbreak, asserting that the fight against infectious diseases is one of the administration's top priorities for the World Health Organization, the U.N. agency taking the lead. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar stopped...
Convicted killer found guilty of 5 California murders

Convicted killer found guilty of 5 California murders

A convicted Illinois killer was found guilty Wednesday of the murders of five women in Southern California more than two decades ago. Orange County jurors convicted Andrew Urdiales of five counts of murder with enhancements for attacking a volunteer usher after a college piano concert and picking up four prostitutes, driving them to remote or deserted areas, having sex with them and killing them....
High hopes but tough road for black woman in governor's race

High hopes but tough road for black woman in governor's race

She's a Yale-educated attorney and a romance novelist who served a decade in the Georgia Legislature. Now Stacey Abrams has gained a shot at becoming the first black woman elected governor in U.S. history. Abrams, 44, easily won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's primary, and strong turnout among Democrats has fueled hopes she can take back the governor's mansion in November in a state where Republicans...
Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

Some of the boxes stacked inside anthropologist Molly Zuckerman's laboratory contain full bones — a skull, a jaw, or a leg. Others contain only plastic bags of bone fragments that Zuckerman describes as "grit." These humble remains are among as many as 7,000 bodies that were buried at Mississippi's former insane asylum, a site that's now on the grounds of the University of Mississippi...
Lawmaker wants states to reject sports bet 'integrity fee'

Lawmaker wants states to reject sports bet 'integrity fee'

A top New Jersey lawmaker is urging all 50 states to reject so-called "integrity fee" payments to professional sports leagues in any sports betting legislation they enact. Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney said Wednesday it is "extortion" for the leagues to demand money in return for hosting honest games after the U.S. Supreme Court last week allowed states to legalize...
Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter because of their political views. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan stopped short in her written decision of ordering Trump or a subordinate to stop the practice of blocking critics from viewing his Twitter account, saying it was enough to point out that...
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