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  • Judge dismisses charges over boy’s death on waterslide

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A judge dismissed criminal charges Friday against a Kansas water park owner and the designer of a 17-story slide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated in 2016. Wyandotte County Judge Robert Burns cited improper evidence in dropping second-degree murder charges against Schlitterbahn owner Jeff Henry, designer John Schooley, and […]
  • Police: Man in gorilla suit breaks in home, hides under bed

    SULPHUR, La. (AP) — Police say a man wearing a gorilla suit broke into a Louisiana home and hid under a mattress before officers arrested him. News outlets quote Sulphur Police Department spokesman Mel Estes in Thursday reports as saying that officers saw Jeremie Moran walking through yards in the costume. They had received calls […]
  • Haunting ‘Roma’ scene shines a rare spotlight on stillbirths

    Of all the little moments of joy and strife that fill the top-nominated Oscar film “Roma,” the most gut-wrenching takes place in a Mexico City hospital room, where a doctor coolly tells a frightened young woman, “Your baby was born dead.” The haunting scene, set in 1971, graphically introduces a subject that today is still […]
  • Pioneering transgender singer Jackie Shane dead at 78

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jackie Shane, a black transgender soul singer who became a pioneering musician in Toronto where she packed out nightclubs in the 1960s, has died. She was 78. Record label Numero Group, which produced a Grammy-nominated album about Shane, confirmed Friday that she died in Nashville, Tennessee. The exact date and cause […]
  • R. Kelly arrested, charged in Chicago with sexual abuse

    CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, was charged Friday with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. In a brief appearance before […]
  • Auditor says officials took voting machine vendors’ freebies

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s elected auditor said Friday that officials in 18 of the state’s 67 counties reported accepting gifts, meals or trips from firms competing to sell or lease new voting machines ahead of the 2020 elections. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said accepting the gifts is wrong, even though it’s a legal practice […]
  • Remains found on Blackfeet reservation appear historical

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal agents say human remains found on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana appear to be of historical origin. Friday’s announcement by FBI spokeswoman Sandra Yi Barker ends speculation that the remains could have been those of Ashley HeavyRunner Loring. She disappeared in 2017 at age 20. Her case has become […]
  • Criminal charges possible in North Carolina’s US House fight

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With a new election ordered in North Carolina’s disputed congressional race, a key question remains unanswered: Who could face criminal charges after a state elections board hearing exposed evidence of ballot fraud? Among those in potential legal trouble are the central figure in the scandal, political operative Leslie McCrae Dowless, and […]
  • Round 2 of teacher strikes looks beyond pay and funding

    Teachers in Oakland, California, hit the picket lines just as West Virginia teachers went back to class in a kind of coast-to-coast tag-team display of the national teacher unrest that in many places has moved beyond pay to politics, tackling issues like charter schools and vouchers. Call it round two of the teacher mobilizations that […]
  • Texas man charged after young children found in squalid home

    DALLAS (AP) — A 31-year-old man has been charged with child endangerment after police found his four young children alone in his squalid Dallas apartment. Police say Robert Preston’s children were ages 5 or younger and appeared to have had “limited contact” with the outside world. Investigators say the boys seemed to communicate using “gesturing […]
  • ‘Cold’: Josh Powell’s brother lied under oath over wife’s disappearance

    Michael Powell failed to disclose conversations with Josh Powell about missing woman Susan Powell during a sworn deposition months before taking his own life.
  • California GOP gathers to chart a course after 2018 defeats

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The 2018 election left California Republicans in dismal shape, with no statewide officeholders, just seven of 53 U.S. House seats, less than a quarter of all state legislative seats and third-place status in voter registration behind independents and Democrats. Now the party faithful are gathering to decide who among three candidates […]
  • The Latest: Hundreds pay respects to 5 victims of house fire

    WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of four children and their father, killed in a house fire (all times local) 4:50 p.m. Hundreds of mourners have said goodbye to a father and four daughters who died in a house fire in upstate New York. A funeral was held Friday in Watertown for […]
  • Venezuela opposition leader Guaido appears at aid concert

    CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Defying orders banning him from leaving Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido made a surprise appearance at the end of star-studded aid concert in neighboring Colombia, joining thousands of other Venezuelans in pressuring President Nicolas Maduro into allowing the delivery of emergency food and medicine. In Venezuela, a much smaller crowd gathered […]
  • Teen girls, ages 14 and 15, charged with robbing bank

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have charged teenage girls ages 14 and 15 with robbing a bank. Fall River police say the 14-year-old girl walked into a BayCoast Bank branch in the city on Wednesday afternoon and told a teller she would “blow everything up and kill everybody” if the teller did […]
  • GOP senators to watch on Trump’s emergency declaration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall is heading to the GOP-controlled Senate, putting Republicans in the uncomfortable spot of deciding whether to back his declaration of a national emergency. Enough Republicans are chewing over whether to support Trump’s plan to create suspense about the vote and how the issue […]
  • The Latest: Abused children ‘relieved’ by parents’ pleas

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a couple charged with the torture and abuse of most of their 13 children (all times local): 11:20 a.m. A lawyer for some of the children held captive and starved by a California couple says they are relieved after their parents pleaded guilty to torture […]
  • Virginia Republicans invite Fairfax’s accusers to testify

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans announced plans Friday to hold a public hearing where Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and the two women who have recently accused him of sexual assault can testify, a move that will likely inflame a partisan battle over the General Assembly’s role in investigating the allegations. Republican Del. Rob […]
  • Governor orders more DNA testing in 1983 California killings

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered additional DNA testing Friday on evidence that a death-row inmate says will prove his innocence in a 35-year-old murder case that has drawn national attention. Former Gov. Jerry Brown previously ordered testing of four pieces of evidence that condemned inmate Kevin Cooper says will show he […]
  • Hospital: 5 patients given overdoses may have been treatable

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Five hospital patients who died after getting potentially fatal doses of pain medication may have been given those drugs when there still was a chance to improve their conditions with treatment, an Ohio health system said Friday as its investigation continued. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System said it is notifying […]