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  • White woman pleads guilty to assaulting black teen at pool

    SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A white South Carolina woman has pleaded guilty to assault and battery for hitting a black teenager and telling him to leave a community swimming pool. News outlets report 38-year-old Stephanie Sebby-Strempel pleaded guilty Monday to the June assault and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. A Dorchester County sheriff’s […]
  • Police: 13-year-old boy fired at student, then boarded bus

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s office in South Carolina says a 13-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder for firing a gun at another middle schooler. News outlets report the Richland County Sheriff’s Department says the teen stole the gun from a family member. Authorities say the Hand Middle School student then fired […]
  • Iran confirms missile test that angered US

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has confirmed a recent ballistic missile test that was condemned by the United States. The semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday quoted Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh as saying the test was an “important one.” Hajizadeh, who leads the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, said the American outcry “indicates that the test […]
  • Canada-China relations turn icy over arrest of Chinese exec

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — China has detained a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing in apparent retaliation for the jailing of a top Chinese executive at the request of the United States, escalating a legal and diplomatic wrangle among the three countries. Relations were shaken by Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of […]
  • The Latest: Trump ” says developments in US-China trade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the back and forth between China and the U.S. over trade, technology and the arrest of an executive of the Chinese network gear company Huawei Technologies. (All times local): 11 a.m. President Donald Trump is hinting that “important announcements” are coming regarding ongoing trade discussions between the U.S. and […]
  • Shaquille O’Neal bringing Shaq’s Fun House to Super Bowl

    ATLANTA (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal has been to enough parties before Super Bowls to know that he can do much better. “I’ve been to a million Super Bowl parties the past 15 years, and they’re all boring,” O’Neal said. “So this is Atlanta, I’m bringing the party to Atlanta. I wanted to do something big, […]
  • Man who rammed cars to flee ‘zombies’ gets 15 years

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Gulf Coast man who rammed vehicles because he thought zombies were chasing him has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The Sun Herald reports 32-year-old Shaun Michael Stroud of Kiln pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault, grand larceny and malicious mischief. Gulfport police arrested Stroud April 8 […]
  • Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai — and other tech executives who may be watching — got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of the House in three weeks. While Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Pichai on what they perceive as bias against conservatives, […]
  • Analysis: Report lays blame, but what’s needed are solutions

    DENVER (AP) — The report was every bit as thorough as it was cringe-worthy. And yet, when it was all picked apart and combed through, there wasn’t much new there. The 233 pages of details about how Olympic leaders and the FBI responded — or didn’t — to sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar was yet […]
  • 5 missing Marines declared dead in warplanes crash off Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday that five missing crew members have been declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast, and that search and recovery operations have ended after finding only one survivor. The five were on a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft that […]
  • Global stocks buoyed by US-China trade talks

    LONDON (AP) — Stock markets around the world spiked higher Tuesday after Wall Street rebounded amid hopes the U.S. and China are back negotiating over their trade dispute. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX was up 2 percent to 10,831 while France’s CAC 40 was up 2 percent at 4,837. Britain’s FTSE 100 was up […]
  • Asian shares mixed on concerns over trade, economic outlook

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed Tuesday in narrow trading on doubts that U.S. and China can manage to resolve their festering trade dispute. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.3 percent to 21,148.02 while South Korea’s Kospi added less than 0.1 percent to 2,054.48. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was almost 0.1 percent […]
  • Ex-head of New York’s Polytechnic Institute faces sentencing

    NEW YORK (AP) — The ex-president of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program. Alain Kaloyeros, born in Beirut in 1956, was the school’s president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech jobs […]
  • Christmas tree farmers’ campaign: Buy real, not artificial

    TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents hope will create […]
  • Refreezing still a threat after snowstorm; rain on the way

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Seesawing temperatures across several southern states were gradually melting snow from a wintry storm, but also “transforming slushy roads into treacherous ice” during the morning commute, one governor warned Tuesday. Sunny skies in North Carolina and Virginia were helping to thaw out snow drifts left behind by the weekend storm, but […]
  • Retail chain Cato to settle federal discrimination probe

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials say a nationwide investigation found that a North Carolina women’s clothing retail chain discriminated against pregnant workers and workers with disabilities. The Charlotte Observer reports The Cato Corporation has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s investigation. The agency announced Monday that the […]
  • Man who killed newlywed during robbery set to die in Texas

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was set to die by lethal injection Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting more than 25 years ago of a newlywed who was attacked as he and his wife walked on a jogging trail. Alvin Braziel Jr. would be the 24th inmate put to death this […]
  • Jury recommends life in prison for man who rammed crowd

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A jury Tuesday called for a sentence of life in prison plus 419 years for the Hitler admirer who killed a woman when he rammed his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville two summers ago. The decision capped a trial laced with survivors’ anguished testimony and details […]
  • ‘Many’ candidates vying for chief of staff job, Trump says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief after his first choice to replace John […]
  • Harris scores 33, Clippers outlast Suns 123-119 in overtime

    PHOENIX (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 33 points and Patrick Beverley made two free throws with 33.3 seconds left in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Avery Bradley sealed the Clippers’ 17th victory of the season with a pair of free throws with […]