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  • Judge dismisses felony in officer’s beating of naked woman

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed a felony charge against a Detroit police corporal in the beating of a naked, combative woman who prosecutors say was having a mental breakdown inside an emergency room triage unit. The Detroit News reports that Judge Cylenthia Miller dismissed the misconduct in office charge Tuesday against 47-year-old Dewayne […]
  • American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness. Marzieh Hashemi, who worked for the network’s English-language service, was detained […]
  • Mom of special needs student after assault charges dropped

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A special needs student’s mother is suing after a principal and teacher were cleared of assault charges in Virginia. Seven-year-old Eric Chapman testified in March that he had been dragged from a classroom at Rosemont Elementary School and had his head pushed down after he disrupted class. Special education teacher […]
  • YouTube revises policy, bans dangerous prank videos

    SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — YouTube is trying to prevent otherwise bright people from doing dangerous things. The video-sharing network owned by Google is cracking down on harmful or dangerous pranks. Updated policies no longer allow challenges that present “an apparent risk of death” and ban content featuring children “participating in dangerous challenges that pose […]
  • Bar owner defends dress code some saw as racially specific

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new bar in New Jersey is defending itself against allegations that a dress code it displayed recently was aimed at people of color. The owner of The Ashford in Jersey City tells NJ.com that the placard was up for one day during the bar’s soft opening in December and […]
  • Atlanta officer shoots, kills man stealing unmarked car

    ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta police officer has shot and killed a man accused of stealing an unmarked police vehicle at a gas station. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells news outlets a plainclothes officer was pumping gas in southwest Atlanta on Tuesday night when a man jumped into the driver’s seat of […]
  • Tribute to 9/11 workers takes shape in granite country

    BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A tribute to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chipping at and chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial. The new area with a […]
  • The Latest: Lavrov: Russia expects Syrian govt gains in east

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian foreign minister’s annual news conference (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Russia’s foreign minister says that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country’s east following the U.S. military withdrawal. Sergey Lavrov told a news conference that it’s necessary to fully restore Syria’s sovereignty, […]
  • Kremlin derides allegations that Trump could work for Moscow

    MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian officials on Wednesday ridiculed allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Moscow’s interests, dismissing them as “absurd” and “stupid.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference that U.S. media reports claiming that Trump might have been a Russian agent reflect a dramatic plunge in standards […]
  • From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Delta Air Lines can’t get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren’t being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS. As the partial government shutdown moves through its fourth week […]
  • World shares advance but Britain slips on Brexit limbo

    SINGAPORE (AP) — World shares were mostly higher Wednesday as investors shrugged off the parliamentary defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for leaving the European Union. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX rose 0.1 percent to 10,899.16 and France’s CAC 40 added 0.3 percent to 4,802.02. Britain’s FTSE 100 sank 0.4 percent to […]
  • Northridge quake thrashed Los Angeles 25 years ago this week

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage. A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster: ___ THE QUAKE At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. […]
  • Key moments in Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution

    Forty years ago, Iran’s ruling shah left his nation for the last time and an Islamic Revolution overthrew the vestiges of his caretaker government. The effects of the 1979 revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through decades of tense relations between Iran and America. […]
  • Los Angeles teachers union hints at new talks during strike

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the Los Angeles teachers union hinted at contract talks resuming Wednesday as striking educators in the nation’s second-largest school district protested outside hundreds of schools for a third day. United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl said the union had engaged Mayor Eric Garcetti to help in the […]
  • Falling tree kills man as storm lashes California

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A falling tree killed a man in Oakland on Wednesday as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said. The man was struck on an embankment near Interstate 580 and died at the scene. The man, who was homeless, may have been “just trying to stay […]
  • AP WAS THERE: Shah leaves Iran as 1979 revolution looms

    EDITOR’S NOTE: On Jan. 16, 1979, Iran’s powerful Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi abandoned his Peacock Throne and left his nation, never to return home, setting the stage for the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution a month later. His departure and the ensuing chaos blindsided the United States, which for decades relied on Iran and its absolute […]
  • Democrats hit Trump EPA nominee on coal lobbying, rollbacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change “a huge issue” but not the “greatest crisis” and drew fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he’s made in six months as the agency’s acting administrator. Republicans on the GOP-majority Senate Environment […]
  • Government shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security, but Republicans cast her move as a […]
  • Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing “I will not be bullied,” President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch hunt and that his predecessor was right to […]
  • Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The nation’s craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown, which has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines. The partial shutdown halted operations at the federal agency that regulates alcohol production and distribution. That means government employees […]