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  • The Latest: Minnesota lawmaker ends sit-in over gun laws

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a Minnesota lawmaker’s sit-in over gun legislation (all times local): 12:50 p.m. A Democratic lawmaker has finished a 24-hour sit-in on the Minnesota House floor to protest inaction on gun control legislation. Rep. Erin Maye Quade said Wednesday that her overnight protest underscores the growing frustration and […]
  • Man dies awaiting murder trial in Chicago fire that killed 4

    CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a man has died in custody while awaiting trial on murder charges in a 2016 Chicago apartment building fire that killed three children and an adult. Cook County Sheriff’s Office chief policy officer Cara Smith tells the Chicago Tribune that 53-year-old Reginald Hester had been terminally ill and died at […]
  • Frat brothers linked to racist video say they were ridiculed

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Five students are suing Syracuse University for disciplinary actions related to videos of a private event where fraternity members used racial slurs and simulated a sexual assault of a disabled person. The federal lawsuit filed anonymously on Tuesday by five Theta Tau members accuses the university of ignoring their rights and […]
  • Alaska Olympic games pay homage to hunting, survival skills

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — To most spectators, the term “Olympics” means world-class swimming competitions, downhill skiing or the 100-meter dash. But near the Arctic Circle, a different type of Olympics for young people pays homage to the region’s subsistence hunters and the methods they’ve used for centuries to feed their families and stay alive in […]
  • New Jersey man admits strangling girlfriend as son slept

    RAHWAY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted strangling his live-in girlfriend as their young child slept nearby, just days before he was due to stand trial in the slaying. Union County prosecutors say 42-year-old Ignacio Ortiz Vasquez pleaded guilty this week to murder and child endangerment charges in the September 2015 death […]
  • College newspapers across US campaign to secure their future

    College journalists with a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless are speaking up for themselves in a campaign combating some of the same forces that have battered newspapers across the country as digital media has imperiled print. For years, while ad revenue has plummeted, college editors have suffered in relative silence. Some have […]
  • Test missile launched from Southern California coast

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in the latest test on the Southern California coast. The unarmed Minuteman 3 missile was launched Wednesday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was the first such test this year. The most recent was last August. […]
  • Raw feelings spill out after another Florida school shooting

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Raw feelings about responses to school shootings are spilling out in central Florida after one teen wounded another with a sawed-off shotgun. Police say 19-year-old Sky Bouche is being held without bond on charges including terrorism and aggravated assault after firing the gun inside Forest High School in Ocala on Friday, […]
  • Jury deliberations begin in fraud trial of bank executives

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — After a six-week trial, jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the fraud and conspiracy case against four former executives of the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program. The judge gave the case to the jury after attorneys for the former Wilmington Trust executives […]
  • The Latest: Democrat concedes in Arizona special election

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on Arizona’s 8th Congressional District special election (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni is conceding defeat in the special election for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. Tipirneni released a statement Wednesday congratulating the Republican winner Debbie Lesko and wishing her “good luck in Congress.” Lesko’s victory in Tuesday’s […]
  • ‘Fixer Upper’ star debuts cookbook, talks post-show plans

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even though “Fixer Upper” has come to an end, Joanna Gaines is still going strong. The designing half of the just-wrapped HGTV show is showcasing her cooking skills with the release of her “Magnolia Table” cookbook. She showcased tasty food made from the book’s recipes at a recent lunch in New […]
  • Appeals court asked to reinstate lawsuit on Trump businesses

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for restaurant workers and restaurants in New York and Washington, D.C., are asking a federal appeals court in Manhattan to reinstate a lawsuit that claims President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution. The lawyers, saying the workers and restaurants compete with Trump’s businesses, asked the 2nd U.S. […]
  • Officials release name of man killed by police in Kentucky

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials have released the name of a man who was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday that 21-year-old Demonjhea Jordan of Jeffersonville, Indiana, died Tuesday from gunshot wounds at University of Louisville Hospital. News outlets reported the shooting happened after […]
  • Investigators: Training records falsified at a naval station

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says U.S. Navy employees deliberately falsified training records for first responders at a naval station in Rhode Island. In a letter Tuesday to President Donald Trump, the office writes that critical records were falsified for firefighters and emergency services employees at Naval Station Newport. Managers […]
  • Minnesota woman accused in 2 deaths to face Florida trial

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman accused of killing her husband at their home before killing a woman in Florida who looked like her will stand trial in the Florida case first. Scott Rose, the sheriff of Dodge County, Minnesota, says 56-year-old Lois Riess will go to Florida to face a second-degree murder charge while […]