Share this story...
Latest News

National News

  • Northbound Golden Gate Bridge lanes to close during marathon

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time, northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed during the San Francisco Marathon because of terrorism concerns.

    The Marin Independent Journal reports ( bridge operators decided to keep motorists out of those lanes between 6 to 9 a.m. Sunday after several terrorist attacks elsewhere occurred where drivers intentionally plowed into pedestrians.

    Southbound lanes will be kept open because runners are protected from southbound vehicles by a steel-and-concrete median barrier. About 4,500 vehicles typically use the northbound lanes during those hours. Bridge operators say only Golden Gate Transit buses and emergency vehicles can go northbound, but other motorists will have to use alternate bridges to get to […]
  • Ben Affleck addresses rumors that he’s out as Batman

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ben Affleck says he is still Batman and has the support of Warner Bros for the stand-alone film.

    Affleck addressed rumors that he would not be appearing as the caped crusader past “Justice League” this November Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego.

    A report in the trade publication The Hollywood Reporter earlier in the week suggested that the stand-alone Batman film might not feature Affleck in the title role.

    Affleck said he wanted to shoot down the idea that he wasn’t committed to the project after he stepped away from directing it and gave responsibility over to “War for the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves. Affleck said he would be an ape on the ground for Reeves. Copyright © The Associated Press. […]
  • Ohio cell towers camouflaged to blend in with surroundings

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Efforts to turn two looming cell towers in Ohio into faux pine trees to help them blend in with their surroundings are getting mixed reviews from residents.

    The Blade reports ( some residents in Springfield Township have derisively dubbed the towers “frankenpines.”

    Adding branches to the towers in the Toledo suburb wasn’t purely an aesthetic decision. It’s a zoning requirement for cell towers erected in Springfield Township residential districts.

    Springfield Township zoning officer Jacob Barnes likes the look and told The Blade that he expects residents do as well. A resident of a nearby subdivision who opposed construction of the 120-foot (37-meter) structure from the start says he remains concerned about potential health risks from living near a cell tower. Another resident says he’s […]
  • Steven Spielberg, left, greets T. J. Miller at the Warner Bros. "Ready Player One" panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Spielberg debuts action-packed ‘Ready Player One’ footage

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — When Steven Spielberg first read the book “Ready Player One,” which is about a dystopian future where humans take refuge in a virtual reality world, he had one thought: “They’re going to need a younger director.”

    But Spielberg decided to take on the challenge anyway, spending two and a half years bringing author Ernest Cline’s vision to life. The director unveiled a new action- and nostalgia-packed trailer for the film Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con to much excitement.

    The 6,500-person Hall H crowd gave the director a standing ovation and cheered heartily when the first images of “the stacks” appeared showing a bleak vision of the housing situation in Columbus, Ohio, in 2045. Tye Sheridan stars as the lead character Wade Owen Watts, who longs to have been born in the 1980s. For […]
  • Rep. John Lewis leads march through San Diego Comic-Con

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis led a march through Comic-Con on Saturday.

    About 1,000 people joined the Georgia Democrat on a march through the crowded San Diego Convention Center following a panel discussion of about his trilogy of graphic novels, “March.”

    Lewis was welcomed with a standing ovation when he and his co-authors, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, walked into the room for their presentation. Scores of elementary school students were in the audience.

    The “March” trilogy has won many accolades since the first book was published in 2013. It tells the story of Lewis’ childhood and how he became an activist in the civil rights movement. The book’s third volume received Comic-Con’s Eisner Award on Friday for best reality-based work. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. […]
  • US fines American, Frontier and Delta over rule violations

    Three U.S. airlines have agreed to each pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to settle government claims that they violated rules aimed at protecting consumers.

    The Transportation Department detailed the violations and the fines levied against American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines in documents released late Friday.

    The government found that American failed to make timely refunds to passengers, and Delta underreported the number of mishandled baggage complaints it received from passengers.

    Investigators determined that Frontier involuntarily bumped passengers from overbooked flights without first seeking volunteers or providing proper compensation. The government also found that Frontier failed to assist disabled passengers. American agreed to pay $250,000. Delta will pay $200,000. Frontier agreed to a $400,000 fine. The airlines did not acknowledge or deny wrongdoing. Copyright © The […]
  • Coast Guard: Missile test could occur as early as next week

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a launch from the Kodiak Island rocket complex in Alaska will occur as soon as next week.

    The launch is scheduled to occur at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska between 7 p.m. on July 29 and 1:30 a.m. on July 30, according to a U.S. Coast Guard notice released Wednesday. Alternative times for the launch are listed as between 7 p.m. on July 30 and 1:30 a.m. on July 31, or between 7 p.m. on July 31 and 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 1.

    Mariners are advised to remain clear of swaths of ocean between Kodiak Island and Hawaii during those time periods. U.S. Army soldiers are stationed temporarily at the launch complex for U.S. Missile Defense Agency testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported ( ). The U.S. Missile Defense […]
  • Mother sentenced to life terms for killing twin 2-year-olds

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman with mental problems has been sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years in the 2015 drowning deaths of her 2-year-old twins and the attempting killing of a 3-year-old son at their home.

    Judge Brad Astrowsky of Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced 24-year-old Mireya Alejandra Lopez on Friday after finding her guilty but insane on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

    Astrowsky ordered that Lopez be transported to the mental hospital under the jurisdiction of a psychiatric review board. Authorities previously said Lopez told investigators she drowned the twins and tried to drown the third son because she didn’t want them to live with the difficulties she faced. Court records said she told investigators that she […]
  • FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, Arizona state Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding Jr., left, calls on Gov. Doug Ducey to remove six confederate monuments in Arizona during a news conference by the NAACP and Black Lives Matter in Phoenix, Ariz. Bolden successfully pushed for changes in the state's driving rules that inform gun-carrying motorists how they should handle themselves if they get pulled over by police officers. (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

    Arizona tells armed drivers how to avoid deadly police stops

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between police and people behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over.

    Arizona, which allows residents to carry weapons without permits, recently changed its rule book for the road in a bid to avoid confrontations such as the one that killed Philando Castile. The Minnesota man, who had a gun permit, was fatally shot during a 2016 traffic stop after telling an officer he was armed.

    Arizona is among a small number of states instructing drivers on what to expect during traffic stops. It appears to be the first to use its driving rules to address situations in which motorists are armed. Democratic state Rep. Reginald Bolding said Castile’s death inspired him to seek changes to the state’s driver’s manual. He […]
  • Son charged in death of father; body left on couch for weeks

    FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been charged with killing his father, who authorities say was shot to death and his body then left on a couch in his home for weeks.

    Tyler Swantek, 24, faces charges in Schuylkill County including criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse in the death of Todd Swantek, 49, whose body was found May 24 in the Frackville home the two formerly shared.

    Police said Friday that Frackville officers called to the home to check on the welfare of the older man, who hadn’t been seen since the end of March, detected a foul odor and found the decomposing body on a first-floor couch covered in blankets and a sleeping bag with pillows over the head. “The discovery […]
  • California man sues over denial of $5M lottery prize

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who was denied a $5 million lottery jackpot because his teenage son bought the ticket is suing the California Lottery Commission.

    Ward Thomas of Long Beach says he sent his son to buy Scratchers tickets from a gas station in October.

    One was a winner.

    Thomas says he validated the ticket at a lottery office but two months later, the prize was denied because his son was 16 and only adults can play.

    Thomas filed a lawsuit last week against the commission and the gas station, which he claims didn’t check the boy’s age or tell him only adults could buy tickets. The suit alleges negligence and breach of contract. The Lottery Commission told KABC-TV ( ) that it can’t comment on pending litigation. Copyright © The Associated […]
  • Rescuers need help after they get stuck helping kayakers

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Even rescuers get stuck, too, sometimes.

    That happened in the marshes of Hilton Head Island when a rescue airboat tried to help two kayakers who had gotten stuck during low tide.

    The Island Packet reports that authorities were called Thursday afternoon. David Refosco is second mate with Beaufort Water Search and Rescue. He says an airboat arrived around 1:30 p.m. and got close to the kayakers in about 10 minutes. Then, the rescue boat got stuck in a ravine among high marsh grass.

    Refosco says they waited about 30 minutes for the tide to come in and were able to maneuver out of the situation and bring everyone to shore. There were no injuries, but the kayakers were covered in thick, brown mud. Not a great day at the beach. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. […]
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, left, and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, shake hands on stage at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., Saturday, July 22, 2017.  The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor clashed at their first debate over President Donald Trump, health care, immigration, and social issues. ( Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

    Virginia governor’s debate revolves around ‘dangerous’ Trump

    HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — The two major party candidates in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor argued Saturday over the typical debate fare — guns, abortion, health care — as well as the best approach to dealing with President Donald Trump.

    Ed Gillespie, a dyed-in-the-wool establishment Republican who has tried to keep his distance from the president, said he doesn’t always support Trump’s policies but is willing to work with the president on issues important to Virginia like defense spending.

    Democrat Ralph Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, said Trump is a “dangerous” man and Virginia needs a governor willing to stand up to him. Northam said Gillespie has been conspicuously silent in criticizing Trump’s policies on health care and immigration that Northam said hurt Virginians. “You really have been missing in action,” Northam told Gillespie. […]
  • Tennessee judge rules gay couples have equal parental rights

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination, a judge ruled.

    Four married lesbian couples sued after the state passed a law that requires using the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words in state law. Gay rights groups said the requirement was a sneaky way to deny same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a “husband,” a “wife,” a “father” or “mother.”

    Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle’s dismissed the couples’ lawsuit on Friday, saying they didn’t prove their rights had been violated, The Tennessean reported . Each of the four couples has conceived a child using a sperm donor and the first baby is not expected until September. Still, the couples heralded the ruling as a […]
  • US states vie for big Foxconn display panel factory

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn’s plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize.

    It’s not just jobs that are up for grabs — possibly 5,000 alone at the plant and potentially thousands more at other unspecified U.S. operations the company intends to launch. Luring Foxconn to build the country’s first liquid-crystal display factory would signal that the Midwest, which has hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs in recent decades, can diversify into again producing high-tech consumer gadgets often assembled in Asia.

    The hunt for Foxconn is fluid and largely secretive, with Rust Belt governors and state officials declining to even confirm their interest due to non-disclosure agreements and Foxconn not elaborating much on why it will expand its U.S. footprint. But Foxconn, the biggest contract assembler of smartphones and other devices for Apple and other brands, […]