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  • Maren Morris starts 2nd album with uplifting “GIRL” single

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maren Morris knew the importance of selecting the first single she released from her much-anticipated second record, but as soon as she heard the demo of “GIRL,” she knew this was the song she wanted to lead off the album. “It felt like such a timely song for now,” said the […]
  • From New Orleans to Tehran: Life of detained Iran newscaster

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — She is largely unknown in the United States. But the American anchorwoman for Iran’s state-run broadcaster, detained last weekend by U.S. authorities, is a familiar face on its English-language channel. As a newscaster for Press TV, Marzieh Hashemi has been conducting interviews and reading the news as written by […]
  • Tennessee man accused of fleeing, shooting arrow at deputies

    WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man is accused of ignoring deputies at a crash scene and leading them on a short-lived car chase after which he shot an arrow at them with a compound bow. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old James Michael Ferguson approached the crash scene Sunday night and told deputies […]
  • Iran newspapers, minister criticize US arrest of newscaster

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran kept up its criticism Thursday of the FBI’s apparent arrest of an American anchorwoman from Iran’s state-run English-language TV channel, with its foreign minister saying “she’s done nothing but journalism.” The hard-line Vatan-e Emrooz paper criticized the detention of Press TV’s Marzieh Hashemi as “Saudi-style behavior with a […]
  • Bethune-Cookman University announces layoffs, pay cuts

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Drastic changes are under way at Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University due to crippling debts and a looming deadline to shore up finances. Interim President Hubert Grimes outlined plans for salary cuts, employee layoffs and unpaid furloughs in a letter to employees on Tuesday. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the letter didn’t […]
  • Police: 2 killed in shooting at IHOP in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An employee and a customer at an IHOP restaurant in northern Alabama were killed in a shooting that also injured another employee. Huntsville Police Lt. Michael Johnson told news outlets the shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday after a male customer argued with a male employee about a food order. […]
  • California ICE contractor accused in Florida child sex sting

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 35-year-old computer engineer working on contract for Immigration and Customs Enforcement is accused of trying to lure a Florida girl to California to fulfill a “daddy-daughter” sex fantasy. The Palm Beach Post reports that Majid Dedihban exchanged phone calls and thousands of text messages with someone he thought […]
  • Gymboree begins winding down operations after 2nd bankruptcy

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gymboree has filed for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children’s clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good. The San Francisco company said late Wednesday that it will close all of its Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores and attempt sell its […]
  • Teen found safe after standoff; ex-boyfriend charged

    McKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area teen has been found safe and her ex-boyfriend has been charged with kidnapping after a two-hour standoff. State police had issued an Amber Alert for 16-year-old Marjani Aquil after she hadn’t been seen since 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in Penn Hills. She was found inside a house in McKeesport shortly […]
  • Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown’s impact hits hardest in tribal areas

    The ongoing partial government shutdown -- in its 27th day as of Thursday -- is hitting tribal areas the hardest, lawmakers and advocates say.
  • China hits back at criticism of its detention of Canadians

    BEIJING (AP) — China minced no words on Thursday as it rejected an accusation by Canada’s foreign minister that its detentions of Canadians pose a threat to all countries. “I think your foreign minister may be in a hurry, and can’t help speaking without thinking,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in response to a […]
  • Deputy fired, 9 released from jail after false drug arrests

    STUART, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida deputy has been fired, and nine people he arrested on drug charges have been released from jail. Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder announced Deputy Steven O’Leary’s termination during a news conference Tuesday. The sheriff didn’t release any information about the nine people […]
  • Giant rotating ice disk stops moving

    WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame seems to have met its end. The formation in the Presumpscot River in Greater Portland stopped rotating Wednesday, two days after a video of its mesmerizing movement was widely shared on social media. The roughly 100-yard (91-meter) wide disk is lodged […]
  • Metallica, Miley Cyrus perform at Chris Cornell tribute

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many from Metallica and the Foo Fighters rocked on with electrifying performances as family members gave heartfelt speeches in memory of the late Chris Cornell. Cornell’s wife, Vickey, stepped onstage struggling to speak at first. But after gathering herself, she eventually thanked everyone for their support and spoke about her husband’s […]
  • Mental evaluation ordered for mom accused of killing kids

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has ordered the mental evaluation of a woman charged in the fatal shooting of her two daughters. The Washington Post reported last week that the judge ordered the evaluation of competency to stand trial for 33-year-old Veronica Youngblood after she refused to attend court Friday. Youngblood’s defense attorney, […]
  • Police still searching for suspect in crash that injured 4

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities in Pennsylvania still are searching for a man they say led authorities on a multi-state car chase that caused two crashes, injuring several people including officers and a 3-year-old boy. The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, reported Wednesday that Philadelphia police spokeswoman Tanya Little says 20-year-old Dejuan Robinson is still […]
  • Mississippi man arrested later dies, officers investigated

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officers at a Mississippi police department are accused of fatally injuring a man while taking him into custody. Jackson Police Chief James Davis told news outlets on Wednesday that allegations shared online have prompted the department to investigate the death of George Robinson. Davis says Robinson was arrested Sunday night on […]
  • Former hockey Olympian Lyndsey Fry giving back in Arizona

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Lyndsey Fry could have continued playing hockey. She had a stellar collegiate career, a degree, an Olympic silver medal placed around her neck, so playing professionally was a logical next step. The grueling rehab from hip surgery it would take to get back to an elite level was not all that […]
  • Last round of stormy weather to hit California

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California remained under threat of mudslides and blizzards Thursday from the last in a weeklong series of storms that caused deadly accidents, churning seas and widespread flooding concerns. Heavy rain was forecast Thursday in the San Francisco Bay Area and the National Weather Service said blizzards and even avalanches were a […]
  • Renewed worries over U.S.-China trade spat stalk markets

    LONDON (AP) — Renewed worries over the U.S.-China trade spat weighed on global stock markets on Thursday. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 0.5 percent at 10,880 and France’s CAC 40 retreated 0.5 percent to 4,787. Britain’s FTSE 100 declined 0.7 percent to 6,818. Wall Street was set to fall at the open with […]