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  • Police: Man holding stick shot by officer in Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police say a man holding a stick was shot and killed by an officer on the city’s southeast side.

    Police Capt. Bo Mathews says officers were responding to a report of a hit-and-run around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday when they found a vehicle that matched the description of the one in the crash.

    Mathews says two officers confronted a man holding a stick near the vehicle. One officer fired a Taser and the other shot the suspect with a firearm.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Names of the suspect and the two officers have not been released. Mathews says the officer who shot the man with the firearm was placed on administrative leave. An investigation is ongoing. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, […]
  • Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches amid fear

    HOUSTON (AP) — Immigrants came from across Houston to a Baptist church gymnasium and stacked dollies with boxes of cereal, orange juice and household necessities like cleaning bleach.

    For many of them, the church was the safest place to seek relief after Harvey devastated Houston and left thousands of immigrants fearful of turning to the government for help amid fears they would get deported. A similar response was seen in immigrant-heavy sections of Florida after Irma swamped the state.

    “We have to come together as churches to help the undocumented,” Emmanuel Baptist Church pastor Raul Hidalgo said while mingling with victims and volunteers on the church gymnasium’s parquet floor. Places of worship and private charities in Texas and Florida are playing a pivotal role in the recovery effort from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma because […]
  • The big question: Will cancer immune therapy work for me?

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dennis Lyon was a genetic train wreck. Cancer was ravaging his liver, lungs, bones and brain, and tests showed so many tumor mutations that drugs targeting one or two wouldn’t do much good. It seemed like very bad news, yet his doctors were encouraged.

    The reason: People with the most messed-up genes often are the ones who do best on treatments that enlist the immune system.

    “These are the patients we used to be very depressed about,” thinking they couldn’t be helped, said Dr. Razelle Kurzrock at the University of California, San Diego. “Now when we see those types of patients, we’re really excited,” because there are so many ways for the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as abnormal.

    Immunotherapy is the hottest thing in cancer care. Drugs called checkpoint inhibitors can vanquish some advanced cancers by removing a chemical cloak that hides them from the immune system. Former President Jimmy Carter got one at age 91 for skin cancer that spread to his brain, and now is in remission. But they’re expensive, have […]
  • Iowa Supreme Court to hear woman’s $75 speeding ticket case

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn’t speeding is taking her case involving a $75 fine to the state Supreme Court.

    For Marla Leaf, it’s not a matter about money, but about constitutional rights.

    Her attorney, James Larew, will argue Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to a private, for-profit company.

    Leaf was ticketed in February 2015. Leaf’s case is unusual because the Iowa Supreme Court rarely takes small claims cases. Such cases are closely watched by other communities with automated traffic equipment. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Missouri governor put to the test by St. Louis protests

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ campaign promises are being put to the test by protests that began after a white former St. Louis police officer was acquitted in the death of a black drug suspect.

    The protests are similar, though less violent, than ones that occurred in 2014 after a white Ferguson officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old. As a candidate, Greitens asserted that there could have been peace “by the second night” in Ferguson if the governor had exerted a commanding presence.

    The Republican governor has not imposed a curfew, but he has been in St. Louis with a strong law-and-order message. Protest leaders agree that Greitens has been consistent and clear. He succeeded Democrat Jay Nixon, who could not seek re-election because of term limits. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may […]
  • College towns feel pinch from rental sites like Airbnb

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Time was when renting an apartment in one of this college town’s funky triple-deckers or two-family homes wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.

    Now, renting in Cambridge can feel like that — something critics say is made tougher by short-term rental websites like Airbnb, through which property owners can make more money renting out apartments or homes by the night instead of a yearlong lease.

    The debate over services like Airbnb — often criticized for essentially turning apartments into hotel rooms, putting upward pressure on housing costs and driving out longer-term tenants who can’t afford rising rents — has raged for years in major cities. But it is also keenly felt in event-heavy college towns, particularly ones that also are […]
  • Trump’s North Korea threats leave Asia struggling to explain

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea’s next missile test? A restatement of past policy? Or simply just what it seemed: a straightforward threat of annihilation from the president of the United States?

    Officials and pundits across Asia struggled Wednesday to parse Donald Trump’s vow Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly to “totally destroy North Korea” if provoked.

    In a region well used to Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons generating a seemingly never-ending cycle of threats and counter-threats, Trump’s comments stood out. South Korea officially played them down, while some politicians worried that Trump’s words signaled a loss of influence for Seoul. Tokyo focused on his mention of Japanese citizens abducted by the […]
  • Sentencing set for man convicted in sex assault of 6 girls

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of sexually assaulting six girls from the same family, fathering two children with one of them, is scheduled to be sentenced in a Pennsylvania court.

    Fifty-two-year-old Lee Donald Kaplan will be sentenced in Bucks County court Wednesday on multiple counts of child rape, statutory sexual assault and other charges.

    Authorities say the girls’ parents “gifted” their oldest daughter to Kaplan because he helped them financially when they broke with their Amish faith. The parents were sentenced to up to seven years in prison on child endangerment charges in July.

    The girl Kaplan twice impregnated was 14 the first time. Prosecutors say the victims considered themselves to be Kaplan’s wives. Their mother has said she thought the sexual activity could be a “good thing.” Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Trial opening for man accused of plotting to kill blogger

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller for the Islamic State group is going on trial in federal court.

    Authorities say 27-year-old David Wright, of Everett, plotted with Rhode Island resident Nicholas Rovinski and another man in 2015 to kill Geller. The plot was never carried out.

    Rovinski, of Warwick, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges last year. Wright faces charges including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

    Geller angered Muslims when she organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, in May 2015. The contest ended in gunfire, with two Muslim gunmen shot to death by police. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Today in History

    Today in History

    Today is Wednesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2017. There are 102 days left in the year.

    Today’s Highlight in History:

    On September 20, 1967, the Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 was christened by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Clydebank, Scotland.

    On this date:

    In 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships to find a western passage to the Spice Islands. (Magellan was killed enroute, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.)

    In 1870, Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy. In 1884, the National Equal Rights Party was formed during a convention of suffragists in San Francisco; the convention nominated Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood for president. In 1911, the British liner RMS Olympic collided with the Royal Navy cruiser […]
  • Protesting Venezuelan violinist may seek asylum in US

    NEW YORK (AP) — A violinist who became the young face of anti-government protests in Venezuela may soon seek political asylum in the United States.

    Wuilly Arteaga became well-known after playing somber renditions of Venezuela’s national anthem while standing amid clouds of tear gas. During one clash with security forces earlier this year, he and his violin were dragged to the ground and he was later thrown in jail, where he said he was beaten.

    Now free, he performed Tuesday at Lincoln Center in New York at an event to draw attention to human rights abuses in Venezuela. The 23-year-old said his priority is to find work in the U.S. rather than request asylum. But he said he doesn’t feel safe returning home because of death threats he*s received on […]
  • Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as it probes the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    It is not clear exactly when the conversation took place, or how long it lasted, but Rosenstein is relevant to Mueller’s investigation because he authored a memorandum in May that the White House initially held up as justification for Comey’s firing.

    The fact that Mueller’s team would speak with Rosenstein is not surprising given his direct involvement in Trump administration conversations that preceded the May 9 ouster and the evolving White House explanations of it. But the questioning is nonetheless an indication of investigators’ continued interest in the circumstances surrounding Comey’s ouster, and whether it constituted […]
  • AP Interview: NATO chief welcomes Trump’s new approach

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — NATO’s secretary-general welcomed President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the 16-year Afghan war and said the U.S. leader’s insistence that NATO members increase their defense spending is achieving positive results.

    Jens Stoltenberg said in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual meeting of world leaders that Trump has been very clear “that the United States remains committed to NATO, but not only in words but also in deeds.”

    He strongly welcomed the U.S. decision to increase its military presence in Europe for the first time since the end of the Cold War — along with its European allies. Stoltenberg said he agrees with Trump that all NATO members need to increase defense spending so there is “fair burden sharing.” “After many years of […]
  • Fugitive Chicago police sergeant arrested after 15 years

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police sergeant wanted on federal drug and conspiracy charges was arrested in Detroit after nearly 15 years on the run, the FBI announced Tuesday.

    Eddie Hicks was the alleged ringleader of a crew of five men that posed as federal drug agents to shake down drug dealers for cash and narcotics. Hicks and other members of the crew were arrested in 2001.

    Federal documents filed after his arrest quoted an unnamed cooperating witness as saying Hicks was part of a police “rip-off crew” that raided drug apartments, grabbing up cash and narcotics and leaving without arresting anyone.

    Hicks was apprehended in Detroit on Tuesday morning and appeared in U.S. District Court, where he was ordered held until he can be brought to Chicago to face charges filed against him. During his court appearance, Hicks, 68, waived his right to a hearing to establish his identity and agreed to be brought immediately to […]
  • The Latest: Palestinian activist deported to Jordan from US

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Palestinian activist deported Tuesday for lying in citizenship application (all times local):

    8:55 p.m.

    Dozens of people gathered at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to support a Palestinian activist who was being deported to Jordan for lying about her history before obtaining U.S. citizenship.

    Rasmea Odeh left for Jordan on Tuesday. The 70-year-old pleaded guilty in April to concealing her record of bombings in Jerusalem when she applied for citizenship in 2004.

    In 1970, Odeh was convicted of two bombings, including one that killed two men at a supermarket. She insists she was tortured into confessing by the Israeli military. Odeh was sentenced to life in prison but was released in 1979 as part of a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. […]