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  • Plane crashes into empty Florida daycare building; 1 killed

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A small plane has crashed into an empty daycare building in Florida, killing one person and injuring another.

    WINK-TV reports that the Saturday morning plane crash caused extensive damage and a fire. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash.

    The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said that the Piper PA 28 aircraft crashed shortly after it took off from a nearby airfield. Lee County is located in southwest Florida.

    Authorities said that one person was killed and another had been taken to the hospital with injuries. It was unclear how serious the injuries were. Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno told reporters that there were no daycare employees inside the building at the time of the crash. He says federal authorities will assist with the […]
  • FILE - This undated photo provided by the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department shows Aramazd Andressian Sr. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the father of a 5-year-old who has been missing for two months has been arrested on suspicion of his son's murder. The department said in a statement that 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested on Friday, June 23, 2017, afternoon in Las Vegas and is being held there on $10 million bail. (South Pasadena Police Department via AP, File)

    California father denies allegation he killed missing son

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for a man arrested on suspicion of killing his 5-year-old son, who has been missing for two months, says his client is innocent.

    Robert Nardoni said Saturday that 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. is adamant that he never harmed his child.

    Andressian was arrested Friday afternoon in Las Vegas and is being held there on $10 million bail.

    A Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokeswoman wouldn’t say what evidence led to Andressian’s arrest. A news conference is scheduled for Monday.

    Investigators have been searching for 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. since his father was found passed out in a park in South Pasadena, California, on April 22. Sheriff’s officials say the father took prescription pills and was found in a car doused in gasoline. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not […]
  • Tech sergeant released from hospital after air show accident

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A technical sergeant has been released from a hospital after an Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 left the runway and flipped over after landing during preparation for an air show in Ohio.

    The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2t6puT1 ) Technical Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was released Friday night. It’s unclear if the jet’s pilot, Capt. Erik Gonsalves, has been released. Authorities said both were in good condition after the accident Friday afternoon at Dayton International Airport.

    Officials say the Thunderbirds won’t perform Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. No decision has been made about Sunday’s performance. The commander in charge of the Thunderbirds has said a safety board will determine the cause of the “mishap” that occurred at the end of an advance flight before this weekend’s scheduled shows. ___ […]
  • Michael Moore releases Traverse City Film Festival lineup

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore won’t be around for a Michigan film festival that he founded but the show will go on.

    Moore has announced the lineup for the 13th annual Traverse City Film Festival, which runs from July 25-30. It will include 117 feature films and other events.

    Moore usually makes personal appearances at the festival. But this year, he’ll be in New York for his one-man Broadway show called “The Terms of My Surrender.”

    The Traverse City fest will have plenty of movies with political themes. The “Travel Ban Sidebar” will consist of what Moore calls seven “daring and beautiful stories that celebrate our connected world,” an apparent reference to the Trump administration’s policies on travel to the U.S. by people from predominantly Muslim nations. For the complete schedule, […]
  • In this early June 2015 photo taken along the Pacific Crest Trail near Kearsarge Lakes in Kings Canyon National Park shows what conditions were when there was little snow on the trail.  Hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail, on America's West Coast, have been detouring California's high Sierra in droves this year because of persistent snow and raging creeks. Several hikers have had close calls while attempting to cover the scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. (Brien Bower via AP)

    Wet winter creates hazards on scenic hiking trail in US West

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail have been detouring California’s high Sierra in droves this year because of persistent snow and raging creeks.

    Several hikers have had close-calls while attempting to cover the 2,650-mile (4,265-kilometer) scenic trail running from Mexico to Canada on the West Coast.

    Hikers have survived an avalanche, falls on snow and several dangerous river crossings that nearly swept them away.

    Anya Sellsted says she nearly drowned in Yosemite National Park after being sucked under water at a log crossing. She was able to hike to safety and tried to tackle a stretch of the trail in Oregon this week. However, she found more snow there and will now try her luck in Washington. The experiences […]
  • Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

    WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a Texas woman told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in the hot car where they died last month to teach the girl a lesson, and that they didn’t lock themselves in, as she initially said.

    Twenty-four-year-old Cynthia Marie Randolph was jailed Friday on two counts of causing serious bodily harm to a child.

    Parker County sheriff’s officials say she told investigators Friday that she found the kids playing in the car May 26 and then closed the door and left them inside when the 2-year-old refused to come out.

    She acknowledged going back into the home west of Fort Worth, smoking marijuana and then napping for two or three hours. Temperatures reached the mid-90s that day. Online jail records don’t list an attorney for her. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • John Legend: Singer, songwriter, spelling bee champ

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — John Legend’s work has won Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony, but years before achieving global fame, the Legend-to-be took home another prize: spelling bee champ.

    A 1989 story in The Springfield News-Sun (http://bit.ly/2sQ6VSD ) proclaimed, “Product of home teaching wins bee.” The newspaper noted the future R&B singer’s sharp attire, his steady gaze and crisp enunciation, saying the 10-year-old Legend “came to win … and win he did.”

    Legend, born John Roger Stephens in Springfield in 1978, credited his mother, Phyllis Stephens, and a tutor with helping him study for the contest. He and his siblings were home schooled. The newspaper says he took a no-nonsense approach, not cracking a smile during the competition until his tutor cried out with joy when he […]
  • Vermont bar changes name under pressure from LGBT activists

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The owner of a gay bar in Vermont is changing the name after months of controversy.

    Craig McGaughan announced in March he was naming his bar “Mister Sister.” McGaughan saw the term as inclusive but some said it was a slur used to disparage transgender women.

    The new name for his Winooski bar is “The Bridge Club.”

    The Burlington Free Press reports that McGaughan posted on Facebook that he hopes people see humor in the new name and a nod to the historic Winooski Bridge. He also wrote that the name recognizes “the camaraderie and necessity in building bridges.”

    Among the critics of the “Mister Sister” moniker was the Pride Center of Vermont, which serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo,  Lauren Hutton attends the Tribeca Film Festival opening night world premiere of "The First Monday in May" at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York. Hutton is going to be this year's honoree at the 20th annual Maine International Film Festival. The 73-year-old actress, model and producer will be awarded the Mid-Life Achievement Award in July 2017 in Waterville, Maine. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Lauren Hutton to be honored at Maine film festival

    WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Lauren Hutton is going to be this year’s honoree at the 20th annual Maine International Film Festival.

    The 73-year-old actress, model and producer will be awarded the Mid-Life Achievement Award next month in Waterville, Maine.

    Festival programmer Ken Eisen told the Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2u03TZ6) that Hutton was part of what he described as a golden age of American filmmaking in the 1970s and that she broke the rules for aging by modeling nude at age 61.

    She’ll receive the award July 20 at the Waterville Opera House where her movie “American Gigolo,” also starring Richard Gere, will be shown. ___ Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/ Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Judge sides with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, dismisses suit

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge ruled in favor of one of the nation’s largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care, clearing it of wrongdoing in an alleged $20 million scam to bilk the federal government.

    Three former managers of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed a federal lawsuit in South Florida in 2014 alleging the company paid employees and patients kickbacks for patient referrals to boost funding from federal health programs. Employees were paid $100 for referring patients with positive test results to its clinics and pharmacies.

    U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams ruled in a decision unsealed this week that bonus payments were not subject to a 1972 law aimed at stopping unethical referrals because they fall under the statute’s employee safe harbor provision. The lawsuit claimed the kickbacks started in 2010 at the company’s California headquarters and spread to programs […]
  • People begin a march through a courtyard following a vigil outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed Sunday by police, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Seattle. Police officers shot and killed 30-year-old Charleena Lyles after Lyles, authorities said, confronted the officers with knives. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Family recalls loving nature of Seattle mom killed by police

    SEATTLE (AP) — Charleena Lyles loved to sing and dance. She adored her four children. She always smiled, even when facing obstacles.

    Friends and family members say the 30-year-old pregnant woman shot and killed by police this week was so much more than authorities’ account of an unstable person who confronted two officers with kitchen knives and had previous run-ins with the law.

    The Seattle woman was kind and caring, and “if you met her, you would be drawn in,” said her older sister, Monika Williams.

    “I don’t care what she was going through or what anybody was trying to bring on her, she would hit it with a smile,” Williams said. Authorities noted the shooting happened less than two weeks after Lyles threatened officers with long metal shears, and family members expressed concerns about her mental health after that incident. […]
  • Teen charged in Ohio school shooting enters insanity plea

    URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy charged in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

    Ely Serna is charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and other offenses in the Jan. 20 shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School. His attorney entered Serna’s plea through motions this week in Champaign County Pleas Common Pleas Court.

    Authorities allege Serna fired a shotgun at a classmate in a school bathroom, critically wounding him, and then fired at classrooms. Another student was slightly injured at the school in West Liberty, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) northwest of Columbus.

    The judge has ordered a competency hearing. Serna’s case was transferred from juvenile court to adult court. Serna’s attorney has asked that it be transferred back to juvenile court. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Judge sides with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, dismisses suit

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of one of the nation’s largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care, clearing the company of wrongdoing in an alleged $20 million scam to bilk the federal government.

    According to a federal lawsuit in 2014, three former managers of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said the company paid employees and patients kickbacks for patient referrals. Employees were paid $100 for referring patients with positive tests to its clinics and pharmacies.

    U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams ruled in a decision unsealed this week that bonus payments made by the foundation to coordinators who directed patients to AIDS Healthcare were not subject to a 1972 law aimed at stopping unethical referrals because they fall under the statute’s employee safe harbor provision. Copyright © The Associated Press. […]
  • FILE - In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain and Sen. Jack Reed, D- R.I., are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. McCain and Reed, called the reports "deeply disturbing." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

    Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.

    A copy of the order issued by Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr was obtained by The Associated Press. It said the investigation would focus on areas liberated by government forces from Shiite rebels known as the Houthis and their allies.

    The six-member committee will be chaired by Justice Minister Jamal Mohamed Omar and include representatives from the Human Rights Ministry, security agencies and the prosecution. It will immediately start work and have 15 days to conclude its investigation and report back to Dagher. The reports of the abuses were revealed in an AP investigation published […]
  • In this photo taken Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Brentwood, N.Y., high school valedictorians Michael Simoes, left, Reeda Iqbal, center, and co-salutatorian Saray Vazquez pose at the high school. The students are graduating after a year that saw several gang killings in their Long Island community, including five victims who attended Brentwood High School. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

    Top scholars rise above gang violence in suburban NY town

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Their senior year began with sadness and horror. Two fellow students at Brentwood High School were beaten to death in the street. The corpses of three more were discovered in secluded spots — all victims of suspected gang violence.

    But as they prepare to graduate Sunday, two valedictorians and one of the salutatorians at the huge school insist their stories of scholarship, unity and perseverance deserve as much attention as the carnage.

    All three are children of immigrants and the first in their families to graduate high school. One spent her junior year living in a homeless shelter. “The Brentwood that the world has come to know is not the Brentwood that we have come to know,” said Reeda Iqbal, valedictorian at the district’s Sonderling Center, who […]