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  • Former Auburn assistant basketball coach avoids prison

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person has avoided prison in a bribery scandal that has touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball. Person was sentenced on Wednesday to 200 hours of community service during the two years the Probation Department will supervise him. Judge Loretta A. Preska […]
  • Washington talks could soon yield spending, debt deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap. The emerging two-year framework would satisfy demands for an outline to guide congressional work on more […]
  • Family mourns 6-year-old girl killed by father’s golf shot

    OREM, Utah (AP) — Relatives of a 6-year-old Utah girl who died after her father accidentally struck her with a golf ball are remembering her as a loving, playful child. Aria Hill’s uncle David Smith described her as a happy child who greeted strangers and enjoyed spending time with her parents. Smith told KSL-TV Monday […]
  • Candidate backtracks after saying office is ‘a man’s job’

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democratic man running for office in Mississippi says he wasn’t criticizing all women — just one — when he said being county supervisor is “a man’s job.” Malcolm Johnson told WAPT-TV Tuesday that he’s not against women being supervisors, and “not even against women being president of (the) United States.” […]
  • The Latest: Facebook won’t commit to starting small on Libra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on the reach of big tech (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Facebook is moving forward on an ambitious plan for a new digital currency and won’t commit to U.S. lawmakers’ requests that it start small. Facebook executive David Marcus, who’s leading the Libra currency project, tried to […]
  • Former St. Louis officer accused of assaulting protesters

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis police officer has been charged with three felony counts of third-degree assault accusing him of pepper-spraying protesters and a videographer in 2017. Charges were filed Tuesday against William Olsten. Prosecutors said the incident happened in September 2017 outside Busch Stadium during one of many protests that followed […]
  • A year after tragedy, Branson debates future of duck boats

    BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — One year after 17 people died when a boat sank on a Missouri lake near the tourist town of Branson, the question of whether the boats should return to the lake remains a topic of debate. Former Branson Mayor Karen Best had to inform the 17 victims’ families that they had […]
  • Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millions

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The founders of Oklahoma’s largest virtual charter school embezzled millions of dollars in state funds through an illegal scheme that involved the use of “ghost students” to artificially inflate enrollment numbers, investigators allege. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Tommy Johnson outlined the allegations in an affidavit for a search warrant […]
  • Indiana attorney general’s lawyers deride groping claims

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana’s attorney general argue that allegations he drunkenly groped four women during a party don’t meet the legal standard of a misuse of power. Court documents filed on Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill’s behalf call for the women’s federal lawsuit against him to be thrown out by a judge. […]
  • Prosecutors seek prison terms for Virginia rally attackers

    Hatred for Jews, blacks and feminists motivated three members of a white supremacist group to attack counterprotesters at a rally for far-right extremists in Virginia, federal prosecutors argue in seeking stricter sentences for the men this week. Justice Department prosecutors recommend prison sentences ranging from 30 months to 46 months for Rise Above Movement members […]
  • Man who fatally stabbed family tried to attack prison staff

    LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a man serving life in prison for stabbing his parents and three siblings to death tried to attack prison staff with an 8-inch long “sharpened instrument.” A DOC report first obtained by the Tulsa World says 22-year-old Robert Bever approached two staff members from behind […]
  • Court upholds death sentence for man who killed 10-year-old

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man who kidnapped, raped and killed a 10-year-old girl in Springfield. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the court ruled Tuesday that the trial court judge’s decision in Craig Wood’s case was appropriate and that the death sentence wasn’t disproportionate. At […]
  • Chief of NRA’s ex-public relations firm, Angus McQueen, dies

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Angus McQueen, longtime CEO of the public relations firm that shaped the National Rifle Association’s most memorable messages until an acrimonious split last month, has died. Henry Martin, chief creative officer of Oklahoma City-based Ackerman McQueen, said Wednesday that Angus McQueen died on Tuesday following a battle with cancer. He was […]
  • Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted the provisional numbers showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. The number may go up as more investigations are completed, […]
  • Judge: Michael Cohen campaign finance probe over

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have told a judge in New York they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance crimes committed by President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The closure of the case is the strongest suggestion yet that federal prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges against anyone besides Cohen […]
  • Deaths related to retirement home’s virus outbreak rise to 3

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Health officials say three people have now died amid a virus outbreak at a northern Virginia retirement community. The Fairfax County Health Department reported the third death Tuesday. Two deaths were reported last week. Officials said they did not know the full medical history of those who died or the extent […]
  • The Latest: Man who lost daughter questions FAA inspections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on aircraft safety and the Boeing 737 Max (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A man whose daughter was killed when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crashed in March called on legislators to end the Federal Aviation Administration’s use of aircraft manufacturer employees to […]
  • Suit: Poor monitoring enabled Texas inmate to blind himself

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man alleges in a federal lawsuit that the state psychiatric prison where he was held was deliberately understaffed and that this prevented anyone from stopping him from using a plastic spoon to blind himself during a psychiatric episode. The Houston Chronicle reports that Miguel Carrera leveled the accusation in an […]
  • Men who lost family members in Max crash seek safety changes

    Two men who lost family members in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet called on legislators to change Federal Aviation Administration procedures that let company employees perform safety inspections on aircraft as they’re being built. Paul Njoroge of Toronto, who lost three children, his wife and mother-in-law in the March crash, […]
  • Reports: Plane had engine trouble before landing on beach

    OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say the pilot of a small plane told them he was experiencing engine trouble before he made an emergency landing in the shallow ocean waters of a Maryland beach. News outlets quote Ocean City police as saying in a news release that 23-year-old Trevor H. Deihl took […]

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