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  • Southern Baptist leader sorry he supported accused pastor

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention said he was wrong to support a Kentucky pastor accused of covering up sex abuse. The Rev. Albert Mohler first addressed the issue Thursday in an interview with the Houston Chronicle . Earlier this week, that paper and the San Antonio Express-News published […]
  • Man to stand trial in boy’s fatal Detroit freeway shooting

    DETROIT (AP) — A 24-year-old Detroit man will stand trial for murder in the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy on a Detroit freeway during a case of road rage. Judge Ronald Giles bound over Derrick Durham on Friday during after a preliminary hearing. Durham is charged in the death of 3-year-old Christian Miller, who […]
  • ‘Melrose Place’ actress to serve more time for fatal crash

    SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A former “Melrose Place” actress was sentenced Friday to more prison time for a fatal 2010 auto accident by a judge who appeared at times reluctant to follow the guidelines set by an appeals court that had ruled her initial sentence and a second sentence were too lenient. Amy Locane was […]
  • California teachers say announcement on strike coming

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The union representing teachers in Oakland, California, says it will make an announcement Saturday about a potential strike, a day after a neutral fact-finding report was issued. The Oakland teachers’ union could announce Saturday whether its 3,000 members will strike after negotiating and failing to reach agreement with the Oakland Unified […]
  • Gucci to step up diversity hiring after ‘blackface’ uproar

    NEW YORK (AP) — Italian fashion house Gucci announced a major push Friday to step up diversity hiring as part of a long-term plan to build cultural awareness at the luxury fashion company following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface. Gucci also said it will hire a global director for diversity and […]
  • US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global demand and potential shortages, Department of Energy officials said Friday. Calling the […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Amazon dumped New York, but cities still wooing the company Amazon’s breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. Officials in Newark, New Jersey, sent a giant heart that read, “NJ & Newark Still Love U, Amazon!” Word came that Chicago and suburban […]
  • Police: Woman hid mom’s body with blankets, air fresheners

    BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a woman hid her mother’s decomposing body inside their Virginia home for weeks, covering it with dozens of blankets and surrounding it with air fresheners to mask the smell. News outlets report that 55-year-old Jo-Whitney Outland was charged with felony concealment of a body. Bristol police detective Sgt. Steve […]
  • O’Rourke stops in Milwaukee, Madison in first Midwest swing

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Beto O’Rourke said Friday during a visit to Wisconsin that before deciding whether he will join the increasingly crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020, he wants to meet with voters in the “most honest, raw, real way possible.” The former Texas congressman met with about 20 students at […]
  • Teen planned to shoot ex-girlfriend at school, documents say

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A note found in a 16-year-old boy’s pocket indicated that he had planned to kill his ex-girlfriend and others on Valentine’s Day, when he fired a gunshot inside his high school, according to documents filed by authorities in court. No one was injured in the shooting that happened Thursday morning before […]
  • The Latest: Son charged with killing parents, housekeeper

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a man charged with killing his parents and their housekeeper in California (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Prosecutors have charged a California man with killing his parents and their housekeeper in an upscale community. The Orange County district attorney’s office charged 27-year-old Camden Nicholson on Friday with […]
  • Trump claims Japan’s PM nominated him for Nobel Peace Prize

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Friday that Japan’s prime minister had nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize for opening a dialogue with North Korea. Trump also complained about President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize and doubted he would be similarly honored. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “gave me the most beautiful copy of […]
  • Mormons up missionary calls home from twice yearly to weekly

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children’s voices a lot more often under new rules announced Friday that allow the proselytizing youngsters to call home every week instead of only twice a year. The move is aimed at encouraging families to be more involved in the […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    Stocks surged on Wall Street Friday after Chinese and U.S. officials agreed to continue trade talks in Washington next week. The rally drove the Dow Jones Industrial Average up more than 400 points and helped give the benchmark S&P 500 index its third-consecutive weekly gain. On Friday: The S&P 500 index gained 29.87 points, or […]
  • ACLU of Massachusetts sues for border wall contract records

    BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit demanding information about a contract for a section of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump said his administration awarded. The Republican tweeted in December that he “just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large […]
  • Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

    BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they’re “born” is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses. The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez proclaimed Friday as “Bob Born Day” in a ceremony at company offices. Born, now 94, joined […]
  • Mountain Valley Pipeline subject of criminal probe

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. The natural gas pipeline’s parent company said in recent corporate filings with the SEC that it has been informed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia of a criminal investigation. EQM Midstream Partners […]
  • Inmates riot at San Diego prison, 10 prisoners injured

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — California corrections officials say a riot broke out among nearly 50 inmates at a San Diego prison and that 10 were injured, one of them seriously. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the riot happened Friday morning in a medium-security yard at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. The […]
  • The Latest: Chief says drug unit under scrutiny after raid

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on investigation into deadly police raid on Houston home (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Police Chief Art Acevedo says an internal review must be conducted of his department’s narcotics division after it was determined that a narcotics investigator lied in an affidavit justifying a drug raid that led to a […]
  • Runner recalls desperate fight with thrashing mountain lion

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado runner who was attacked by a mountain lion says he felt a wave of fear that he wouldn’t survive the encounter before he managed to stomp on its neck and suffocate it. Travis Kaufmann on Thursday recalled wrestling with the thrashing, clawing cat during the Feb. 4 attack. […]