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  • Now 25 years in, Bettman is never off as NHL commissioner

    NEW YORK (AP) — There is usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ready to go from enjoying […]
  • Death sentence overturned for intellectually disabled man

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who has been on California’s death row for more than three decades can’t be executed because he’s intellectually disabled, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of Robert Lewis Jr., citing “substantial evidence” that the 65-year-old is intellectually […]
  • Prize-winning children’s author Richard Peck dies at 84

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prize-winning children’s author Richard Peck, who drew upon his Illinois roots for such favorites as “A Long Way from Chicago” and “A Year Down Yonder,” has died. Peck died on Wednesday at his home in New York City at age 84. His publisher, Penguin Young Readers, told The Associated Press, that […]
  • Judge set to order proper meals for Muslim inmates in Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge plans to issue an order Friday requiring that an Alaska jail provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan. U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland said at a hearing Thursday that the emergency order generally will resemble a request made by two […]
  • Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California jury delivered a $25.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she developed cancer by using the company’s talc-based baby powder. Jurors in Los Angeles recommended $4 million in punitive damages Thursday after finding the company acted with malice, oppression or […]
  • 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 […]
  • St. Jude: $100M for children with cancer global outreach

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has helped with the treatment of thousands of cancer-stricken children around the world. Striving to reach so many more, the Memphis, Tennessee-based hospital announced a $100 million plan Thursday to expand its global outreach. President and CEO James R. Downing told doctors and media that the […]
  • Kosovo court imprisons 2 over illegal organ harvesting

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court on Thursday imprisoned two ethnic Albanians for involvement in organ harvesting. The Pristina court international judge Francesca Fischer sentenced former urologist Lutfi Dervishi to 7½ years and a fine of 8,000 euros ($9,400). He cannot exercise his profession for two years after his prison term ends. Sokol Hajdini, […]
  • Kremlin doubts ex-spy’s daughter’s statement on poisoning

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Thursday it doubts that Yulia Skripal has issued a statement of her own free will after her recovery from poisoning that Britain blames on Russia. Skripal, who was poisoned along with her ex-spy father Sergei in a nerve agent attack, said Wednesday her recovery has been “slow and painful” […]
  • Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had reached 31, including nine deaths. The spread of the often lethal hemorrhagic fever to a […]