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  • Michael Avenatti charged with extortion and wire, bank fraud

    U.S. prosecutors have charged Trump critic and attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. He was arrested Monday in New York.
  • Michigan sorority sorry for prompting false ‘shooter’ alert

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan sorority whose members popped balloons as part of a team-building event has apologized for triggering “active shooter” alert on campus. The balloon popping occurred March 16, at the same time a vigil was being held nearby for victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks a day […]
  • Radio show host Hugh Hewitt will head Nixon Foundation

    YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Radio show host Hugh Hewitt has been tapped to head a foundation focused on preserving the legacy of former President Richard Nixon. The Richard Nixon Foundation said Monday that the politically conservative author, commentator and law professor will become its next chief executive in July. The foundation says Hewitt helped […]
  • New scrutiny for standard-bearers of the sky after 2 crashes

    The relationship between Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, which has set the global standard in aviation safety for decades, will come under unprecedented scrutiny this week after two deadly airline crashes. Both accidents involved a Boeing jet green-lighted by the U.S. regulator, which relied heavily on safety assessments made by Boeing employees. In a […]
  • The Latest: New Jersey Senate delays marijuana bill

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey (all times local): 12:55 p.m. New Jersey’s Senate president says there are not enough votes to pass a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The vote in that chamber has been postposed. Senate President Steve Sweeney said […]
  • After barricade with police, Baltimore suspect found dead

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man who police say repeatedly threatened to kill officers responding to a report of an assault was found dead early Monday after at least one officer fired shots at him during an hourslong barricade. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who reviewed footage from cameras worn by police, told reporters at least […]
  • Uganda holds 3.6 tons of gold possibly from Venezuela

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A gold refinery established by a Belgian is facing Ugandan sanctions over the questionable importation of 7.4 tons of gold earlier in March, adding to growing allegations that minerals from conflict-plagued countries pass through the Uganda-based company. The company, African Gold Refinery, had already exported 3.8 tons of the gold that […]
  • The Latest: Police: Apparent suicide by Newtown victim’s dad

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the community of Parkland, Florida, focusing on suicide prevention programs after two survivors of a high school massacre there killed themselves (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Police say the father of one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut has […]
  • Legal battle over removed Confederate statue continues

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Although a Confederate monument no longer stands in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the legal war over its fate wages on. The Winston-Salem Journal reports several filings last week in the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s lawsuit against the city concerned a range of issues, from the legality of removal to ownership. Winston-Salem […]
  • Hong Kong businessman gets 3 years in prison for bribery

    NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent Hong Kong businessman has been sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of paying bribes to the presidents of two African countries in a United Nations-linked case. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska sentenced Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, once Hong Kong’s home affairs secretary, on […]
  • Parkland community worried after 2 survivors’ suicides

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The community of Parkland, Florida, is focusing attention on its suicide prevention programs after two survivors of the Florida high school massacre killed themselves in a week. Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said Monday that community leaders, government officials, parents, police and others held an emergency meeting Sunday after a second […]
  • The Latest: Ship channel could stay closed several more days

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire damage at a petrochemical storage facility that led to a partial closure of the Houston Ship Channel (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A U.S. Coast Guard official says it could be several more days before a section of the Houston Ship Channel closed amid cleanup efforts after a […]
  • The Latest: Syria outraged by Trump move on Golan Heights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Syria says President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights makes Washington “the main enemy” of Arabs, and the Damascus government is calling the U.S. decision a “slap” to the international community. Trump […]
  • Democrat Tom Udall won’t seek Senate re-election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Senator Tom Udall says he will not seek re-election in 2020 in a move that opens up a secure Democratic seat to competition. The second-term senator and former congressman says he is confident he could run a strong campaign but preferred to look for new ways to serve […]
  • Settlement reached in lawsuits over Xarelto blood thinner

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A $775 million settlement has been announced in roughly 25,000 lawsuits involving the blood-thinning medication Xarelto. Cases consolidated in federal court in New Orleans date back to 2014. They involved claims that users of the medication marketed by Bayer Healthcare and Janssen pharmaceuticals were not adequately informed of risks of life-threatening […]
  • The Latest: Trump claims launching Russia probe ‘treasonous’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the special counsel’s Russia investigation (all times local): 1:01 p.m. President Donald Trump is accusing those responsible for launching the special counsel investigation of “treason” and says they “will certainly be looked at.” Trump did not specify who he’s referring to, but told reporters Monday, that “There […]
  • Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde, LANCO win ACM new artists awards

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country artists Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde and LANCO get to attend the ACM Awards in Las Vegas next month knowing they are already winners. The Academy of Country Music posted videos on Twitter on Monday of Carrie Underwood calling to congratulate each artist. Combs won new male artist, McBryde won new […]
  • Actor Michael Madsen accused of driving under the influence

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested actor Michael Madsen after they say he was stopped while driving under the influence. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Madsen was driving a Land Rover, which struck a pole in Malibu, California, around 8 p.m. Sunday. The 61-year-old, who has been featured in such Quentin Tarantino […]
  • Texas officer wins appeal of dismissal over feces sandwich

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer who was fired after colleagues accused him of trying to give a homeless man a sandwich containing dog feces has won his appeal but hasn’t been reinstated. An arbitrator this month overturned Matthew Luckhurst’s dismissal because he wasn’t punished within the required 180 days of the […]
  • Ousted GOP congresswoman running to take back Georgia seat

    ATLANTA (AP) — A former Republican congresswoman says she’s running in 2020 to try to win back the Georgia seat she lost last fall. Karen Handel announced her comeback campaign Monday with an online video featuring clips of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other Democrats who are favorite GOP targets. Handel’s […]