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  • Charges dropped in case alleging girl’s forced birth control

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charges were dropped Friday against a woman accused of forcing her friend’s 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control implant without the mother’s permission. Online court documents show two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person were withdrawn against 29-year-old Valerie Fullum. […]
  • Federal judge upholds a Trump alternative to ‘Obamacare’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration’s expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s costlier comprehensive insurance. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the potential downside of expanding short-term plans is “minimal” and “benefits are undeniable” […]
  • Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An unmanned drone dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq early Friday, wounding two people, Iraqi security officials and a military statement said, amid regional tensions between the United States and Iran. The statement said the drone dropped two grenades half an hour apart on the […]
  • South Bend police to get body camera upgrades after shooting

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor is updating its police officers’ body camera technology following the recent fatal police shooting of a black man. South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O’ Neill fatally shot Eric Logan on June 16, but the incident wasn’t captured on video […]
  • Instagram expands hiding ‘likes’ to make you happier

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many “likes” people’s posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada since May. Now, Facebook said […]
  • Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator was found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store outside Pittsburgh on Friday morning, the fourth alligator discovered near the city since May. An employee found the 2-foot-long (60-centimeter-long) creature near a garbage can at the Giant Eagle grocery store in Shaler, about 10 […]
  • Snowmelt pushes Lake Tahoe water level close to legal limit

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe is the fullest it’s been in nearly two decades. Officials say the alpine lake on the California-Nevada line is approaching the legal limit after snowmelt from a stormy winter left enough water to potentially last through three summers of drought. For three weeks, Tahoe has been within an inch […]
  • Parents told they could lose kids over unpaid school lunches

    KINGSTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is warning that children could end up in foster care if their parents do not pay overdue school lunch bills. The letters sent recently to about 1,000 parents in Wyoming Valley West School District have led to complaints from parents and a stern rebuke from Luzerne County […]
  • Missouri man sentenced in rape, kidnapping of Kansas deputy

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a Kansas sheriff’s deputy. Brady Newman-Caddell, of Independence, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty last year to rape, kidnapping and sodomy. William Luth, of Blue Springs, Missouri, was sentenced last year to more than 41 years […]
  • US citizen charged with training Islamic State group members

    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. citizen from Kazakhstan facing terrorism charges after he became a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State group once boasted that he supports “the worst terrorist organization in the world,” authorities said as they announced his arrest Friday. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, 42, was transferred to FBI custody Wednesday […]
  • Police ID suspect in shooting of Arkansas sheriff’s deputy

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities have identified the deceased suspect involved in a shooting in northern Arkansas in which a sheriff’s deputy was killed. State police said Friday that 39-year-old Samuel Fullerton lived at the house in Leslie where Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen was responding to a domestic welfare check Thursday […]
  • Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was sued by environmental groups for dropping an Obama-era proposal that […]
  • The Latest: Gulf incidents rattle shipping industry

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 4 a.m. Energy experts say recent seizures and attacks aimed at oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz will raise insurance rates for shipping companies and, if unchecked, could reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway. […]
  • Q&A: Newly public data maps opioid crisis across US

    The release of a massive trove of data from lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis provides the most detailed accounting to date of the role played by the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors. In legal cases across the country, they have defended themselves as being little more than bystanders — dispensing government-approved drugs at the […]
  • Experts urge realism in hopes for 1921 Tulsa race riot probe

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Experts are trying to temper expectations concerning the search of three graves sites in Tulsa that could hold the remains of people killed during the 1921 race riots. As many as 300 people are estimated to have been killed on Tulsa’s Black Wall Street during one of the worst race-related massacres […]
  • Lawsuit: North Dakota officers used ‘violence’ on protester

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man who was injured during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in January 2017 has filed a lawsuit accusing North Dakota law enforcement of using “excessive violence.” Marcus Mitchell, 24, filed the lawsuit Thursday against Morton County, the city of Bismarck and state Highway Patrol officers. The lawsuit says officers […]
  • Star trio from ‘Knots Landing’ keep each other in stitches

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 40 years after first forging their friendship while working together on the nighttime soap “Knots Landing,” actresses Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee and Donna Mills are now more than just friends — they’re a sister act. At one point in their interview Thursday night with The Associated Press, the three […]
  • The Latest: Cause of transmission fires still unknown

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on power station fires that left thousands without electricity on a hot day in Madison (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Utility officials say they have not yet identified the cause of a pair of blasts that knocked out electricity to about 13,000 customers. Madison Gas and Electric and American […]
  • Police ID man killed in gunbattle with Alabama officers

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama have identified a man who was killed by police during a gunbattle that left an officer critically wounded. Officials say 35-year-old Roderick Wilson of Pinson was fatally shot after wounding the officer, Cullen Stafford. Stafford was shot multiple times and is recovering from surgery. Police Chief Patrick D. […]
  • US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico

    HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday expanded its requirement that asylum seekers wait outside the country to a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across from one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, Texas, across the border […]

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