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  • Sorrow revisited: Re-creating Katrina’s muck in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patches of black mold on the ceiling. Water marks on the dingy walls. Toys, furniture and a baby grand piano tossed about and covered in a gray muck. The busted floodwall behind the long-abandoned house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood was mended over a decade ago but the house looks, again, […]
  • California man, 96, found in home with hundreds of rats

    OJAI, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman is in custody after deputies discovered her 96-year-old father and multiple pets living in a home stinking of feces and infested with up to 700 rats, authorities said Tuesday. Catherine Ann Vandermaesen, 65, was arrested on suspicion of felony elder abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect, the Ventura […]
  • Long resistant metro-Atlanta county votes down transit plan

    ATLANTA (AP) — A contract with Atlanta’s public transportation provider that would have brought a significant expansion of mass transit has been voted down by a north-metro county. Gwinnett County’s referendum Tuesday asked if voters wanted to authorize a contract with MARTA and impose a 1 percent sales tax for transit expansion. Unofficial results from […]
  • Research, technical workers to strike on California campuses

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A union representing research and technical workers says it will strike at 10 University of California campuses and 5 hospitals in a one-day walkout after contract negotiations failed. Spokesman Dan Russell says some 10,000 members of University Professional and Technical Employees-Communications Workers of America will take to picket lines statewide on […]
  • ‘All is not lost’: For many, Mueller is now an unlikely icon

    Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. At Christmas, her teenage son brought home a 10-week-old chocolate […]
  • Justices take up racial bias in Mississippi jury selection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a Mississippi prosecutor’s decision to keep African-Americans off a black death row inmate’s jury in a murder trial. The appeal before the court Wednesday comes from inmate Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Three convictions were tossed out, including […]
  • Ahead of 2020, Trump returns to Ohio, GOP’s gem in Midwest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort. Trump’s visit to Ohio on Wednesday marks his first trip to the state since last year’s midterm election campaign, when the state was a rare bright spot for Republicans in […]
  • California National Guard to leave border, help stop fires

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It’s pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump’s border protection efforts and devoting them to fire protection, another […]
  • APNewsBreak: Iowa trooper wrote just 8 tickets as candidate

    BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa highway patrolman who was recently elected to the Legislature wrote almost no tickets to his future constituents during his successful campaign for a state House seat. The annual number of citations issued by Trooper Jon Thorup plummeted in 2018 as he mounted his first run for public office, reaching […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2019. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 5:58 p.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the deadly chemical sarin were […]
  • Bobcat killed by car after surviving California wildfire

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a bobcat that survived a Southern California wildfire has been hit and killed by a car. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area tweeted Monday that the adult male bobcat known as B-361 died last week. The animal was struck by a car in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 […]
  • Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams talks 2020, voter suppression

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia’s Stacey Abrams said Tuesday she’s willing to meet with any candidate running for president in 2020, but warned she has two ground rules before she starts meeting with the wide range of Democratic hopefuls “My two requirements,” Abrams said while speaking at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. “One, you have to […]
  • House oversight chair accuses White House of stonewalling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House oversight committee says the White House is perpetrating “an unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction” in response to congressional requests for documents and witnesses. Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings writes in a Washington Post op-ed that he has sent 12 letters to the White House on a […]
  • O’Rourke seeks end of voter ID laws that he calls ‘racist’

    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke is calling for an end to what he sees as “racist voter ID laws” during his first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire. Speaking at Keene State College on Tuesday, the former Texas congressman also called for expanding same-day voter registration, as well as federal oversight of the […]
  • Baby chimpanzee born at North Carolina Zoo

    ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A baby chimpanzee has been born at the North Carolina Zoo, adding to a trickle of such births at U.S. zoos. The zoo announced that the healthy baby was born Monday to a chimp named Gerre (Zha’-ree), and started nursing quickly. The baby’s gender hasn’t been determined. The announcement said there […]
  • Police: Mom told details of son’s death to fellow inmate

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman charged in the death of her 7-year-old son told a fellow inmate that the boy died in July, months before his body was discovered encased in concrete inside a Denver storage unit, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. Authorities have released few details about the death of Caden McWilliams […]
  • Kentucky gov signs abortion bill already facing a lawsuit

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican governor on Tuesday signed into law an anti-abortion measure already entangled in a federal lawsuit, instructing his lawyers to fight the legal challenge against the new restrictions on the procedure. Days before Gov. Matt Bevin put his signature on the legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union filed its challenge […]
  • US military, aid group at odds over Somalia civilian deaths

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There is credible evidence that U.S. military airstrikes in Somalia have killed or wounded nearly two dozen civilians, an international human rights group said Tuesday, charging that the Pentagon is not adequately investigating potential casualties. U.S. Africa Command officials immediately disputed the allegations laid out in a report by Amnesty International, and […]
  • Mexican ambassador highlights US ties in Phoenix stop

    PHOENIX (AP) — Mexico’s new ambassador to the U.S. emphasized close ties between the two countries during a stop in Phoenix Tuesday as she and Gov. Doug Ducey urged American lawmakers to approve the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. “The U.S. of today cannot be explained without the Mexican presence,” Ambassador Martha Barcena said during […]
  • Border patrol announces 4th migrant death since December

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Immigration officials say a Mexican migrant died Monday after his arrest near an urban border crossing. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the death Tuesday, saying agents arrested the 40-year-old man early Sunday for re-entering the country illegally. His identity wasn’t released. He died at an El Paso hospital after […]