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  • Parents of LSU fraternity pledge sue after son’s death

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The parents of a Louisiana State University freshman who died of alcohol intoxication last year after an alleged fraternity hazing filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the university board, the fraternity and several of the fraternity’s members. Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver’s lawsuit on behalf of their son, Maxwell Gruver, of […]
  • 2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The remains of a Marine lost since the early days of World War II have been buried in Philadelphia, more than 70 years after he was killed. Dominic Ragucci had thought that the body of brother Emil was swept out to sea during a battle on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. On […]
  • Party chairman gives Ellison tepid backing amid allegation

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are cautiously standing by Rep. Keith Ellison amid allegations from an ex-girlfriend that he once physically abused her, as the state’s party chairman said Thursday he supported Ellison “at this point.” Ellison won a crowded primary for attorney general just days after the accusation surfaced. Karen Monahan said […]
  • US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies will step up efforts to cut down small trees and underbrush and set […]
  • In reversal, Ball State removes name of Papa John’s founder

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University’s trustees have voted to remove the name of alumnus and Papa John’s founder John Schnatter from a business institute because of his use of a racial slur. The board voted 8-1 Thursday to remove the name from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and return money donated […]
  • GOP candidate runs for multiple offices to preserve spots

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A perennial political candidate secured the Republican nomination to run for at least five offices, including the U.S. House, in a strategy to preserve all but one of the slots for other GOP prospects in the largely Democratic state. In Tuesday’s primary, H. Brooke Paige, a semi-retired former newsstand business owner, […]
  • Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump name has been so studiously avoided that when […]
  • Access denied: Behind Trump’s review of security clearances

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he’s yanking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and threatened to do the same to other current and former officials tied to the federal investigation into Russian election interference. Trump told The Wall Street Journal he made the move because he believes the probe is “rigged” […]
  • Little Leaguers connect with Translate, Fortnite, Facebook

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Outfielder Rolando Rodriguez from Panama heard a reporter’s question, but doesn’t speak English. So Georgia shortstop Tai Peete helped him out, pecking the words into Google Translate to ask about how young baseball players are sharing technology during the Little League World Series. “It was easier than expected,” Rodriguez said […]
  • Vatican in ‘shame and sorrow’ over abuses in Pennsylvania

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse “criminally and morally reprehensible” and says Pope Francis wants to eradicate “this tragic horror.” In a written statement using uncharacteristically strong […]
  • Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city

    DETROIT (AP) — To the rest of the world, she was the “Queen of Soul” — a woman whose strong and soulful voice could effortlessly jump multiple octaves whether belting out tear-jerking ballads or jump-and-shout gospel. To residents in her hometown of Detroit who followed her more than 50-year career, she was simply “Aretha” or […]
  • California high court rules for immigrant kids in visa fight

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for some immigrant children who are abused or abandoned by a parent to seek a U.S. visa to avoid deportation. It was not immediately clear how many children the ruling would affect. State judges cannot require that children drag an absentee parent […]
  • University honors students who found love in elevator in ’72

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator. Sharyn Rubin and Eric Schlesinger briefly met on move-in day on Sept. 6, 1972, while she was moving in and he was operating a dorm building elevator. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Rubin formally introduced herself a few days later […]
  • Montana governor touts ability to win in Trump country

    Montana’s Democratic governor was in Iowa on Thursday railing against money’s corrupting influence in government and talking up his ability to win in Trump country, but he continued to deflect questions about his plans for a 2020 presidential run. Gov. Steve Bullock’s speech at the Iowa State Fair marked his third trip to the Hawkeye […]
  • Rescuers work to free worker buried in trench collapse

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rescuers in Philadelphia are trying to free a contractor who became buried when a trench collapsed at a residential work site. Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says responders arrived at the trench near the house in the city’s East Oak Lane neighborhood Thursday around 11 a.m. for reports of a worker trapped. Thiel […]