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President Trump declines opportunity to throw out first pitch

Apparently President Donald Trump won’t be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Nationals Park on opening day.  Trump has declined to perform the tradition when the Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins Monday, ESPN reported. >> Read more trending news It is due to a scheduling conflict, The Washington Post reported. The tradition of the president throwing...
US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul

US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul

The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, told Congress that Islamic State militants are exploiting American sensitivities...
First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women

First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women

Melania Trump helped present State Department awards Wednesday to 13 women from around the globe who were recognized for demonstrating courage and leadership in the face of adversity, a group she praised as "true heroes." The first lady, on her first visit to a Cabinet department, joined Thomas Shannon, undersecretary of state for political affairs, to present the Secretary of State's International...

Supreme Court delves into details of 1984 Washington murder

The Supreme Court engaged in unusually detailed questioning Wednesday of the facts surrounding the brutal beating death of a woman about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the U.S. Capitol in 1984. The court is considering overturning the convictions of seven men who were convicted of murdering 48-year-old Catherine Fuller. The men are trying to persuade the justices that prosecutors withheld key evidence...

Justice Dept. watchdog criticizes asset forfeiture program

A government watchdog on Wednesday identified what it called weaknesses in the Justice Department's asset forfeiture program, including poor data collection and analysis and inadequate training of local and state officers. The program, long criticized by advocacy groups and members of Congress concerned about oversight, permits law enforcement to take possession of cash and property seized during...
China affirms climate pledge after Trump rolls back rules

China affirms climate pledge after Trump rolls back rules

China promised Wednesday to stick to its climate commitments after President Donald Trump eased U.S. curbs on coal and oil use, opening the way for Beijing to assert itself as a leader in environmental policy. China is the No. 1 emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases but also the top investor in solar, wind and other renewable energy. It has promised to cap coal use and rein in growth of carbon...
In health bill’s defeat, Medicaid comes of age

In health bill’s defeat, Medicaid comes of age

When it was created more than a half century ago, Medicaid almost escaped notice. Front-page stories hailed the bigger, more controversial part of the law that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed that July day in 1965 — health insurance for elderly people, or Medicare, which the American Medical Association had bitterly denounced as socialized medicine. The New York Times did not even mention...
Ukrainian president condemns attack on Polish Consulate

Ukrainian president condemns attack on Polish Consulate

Ukraine's president on Wednesday condemned the overnight shelling of the Polish Consulate in a western city and vowed to track down those responsible. Petro Poroshenko also ordered extra protection for consulates and embassies in Ukraine following the incident in Lutsk, his spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said on Facebook. No one was injured in the early morning attack, which involved a shell fired...
Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in a new report Wednesday. Chinese demand for tusks has been driving African elephants toward extinction, experts say. The Chinese government in recent years has taken steps to stop the trade in ivory, which is used for ornamentation and souvenirs...
Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

The similarities between two deadly Oakland fires that occurred nearly four months apart are striking: Each involved a dangerously dilapidated building with an absentee landlord and renters desperate for affordable housing in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. The fire Monday at a building for recovering addicts and people who had been homeless occurred despite promises by city officials to crack...
Prosecutors: Foster father's home a 'horrific place'

Prosecutors: Foster father's home a 'horrific place'

A foster father who took in more than 100 troubled boys over 20 years and is on trial for sexually abusing eight of the children operated a house that was a "horrific place" where boys lived in fear and needed permission to go to the bathroom, prosecutors said Wednesday. In opening arguments, Suffolk County prosecutor Laurie Moroff described Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu's suburban Long Island...

Tennessee judge faces federal corruption charges

A Tennessee judge who is being investigated after allegations that he helped a woman with her legal troubles in exchange for sex is facing federal charges of bribery, witness tampering and retaliating against a witness, prosecutors said Tuesday. FBI agents arrested Davidson County General Sessions Judge Cason "Casey" Moreland on Tuesday at his sister's home where he had been living, and...
Tennessee day care at which child was kidnapped closes for good

Tennessee day care at which child was kidnapped closes for good

Days after a child was kidnapped from Elite Academy Inc., the Memphis, Tennessee, day care has closed its doors for good. A Department of Human Services spokesperson said an investigation into the day care is ongoing, but the owner voluntarily shut down the business. The closure is permanent. On Thursday, 7-month-old A’Laleh Fentress was checked out from her day care by 18-year-old Mya Lakes...
Unfriendly fire: US strikes that have killed civilians

Unfriendly fire: US strikes that have killed civilians

The U.S. military says it is investigating the blast, which may have been caused by an Islamic State truck bomb that was either hit by the airstrike or detonated by the militants near a building packed with dozens of civilians. The civilians may also have been held as human shields. Amnesty International said Tuesday that a recent spike in civilian casualties indicates the U.S. military is not taking...
Judge approves plan on fix for 18,000 Flint water lines

Judge approves plan on fix for 18,000 Flint water lines

Water lines at 18,000 homes in Flint, Michigan, will be replaced under a landmark deal approved by a judge on Tuesday, marking a milestone in the effort to overcome the disastrous decision in 2014 to draw water from a river without treating it to prevent lead contamination. Flint will be responsible for replacing lead and galvanized-steel lines that bring water into homes. The cost could be as high...

Public television chief says Trump budget would hit options

President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would most dramatically affect rural and minority communities, eventually forcing some local television and radio stations to close, the corporation's president and chief executive officer told Congress Tuesday. The president's budget would eliminate $445 million in federal funds for the non-profit corporation...
Commander says US may have played role in Mosul deaths

Commander says US may have played role in Mosul deaths

U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the death of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, but an ongoing investigation may reveal a more complicated explanation, the top commander of American forces in Iraq said Tuesday. One possibility is that Islamic State militants rigged the building with explosives. Speaking from Baghdad to reporters at the Pentagon, Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend...
McConnell confident Dems won't keep Gorsuch off high court

McConnell confident Dems won't keep Gorsuch off high court

A showdown loomed over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 25. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Gorsuch would be confirmed next week regardless of the Democratic opposition. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, was joined Tuesday by more than half-a-dozen other senators who...

Indicted prosecutor, fighting money woes, needs a new lawyer

Philadelphia's top prosecutor has three days to find a new lawyer in a federal bribery case against him although it's unclear whether he has the money to pay anyone. District Attorney Seth Williams still declined to apply for court-appointed counsel on Tuesday and promised to have new lawyers in place by Friday. Williams is accused of taking more than $100,000 in cash, trips and gifts in exchange...
World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists

World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists

The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports," that made gamers out of grandparents. The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester said Tuesday that 12 video games are under consideration for induction in May...
Young progressives lead Indivisible, the resistance to Trump

Young progressives lead Indivisible, the resistance to Trump

In the weeks after Donald Trump won last year's presidential election and Republicans kept control of Congress, Sarah Dohl, with a of friends and former Capitol Hill colleagues, wanted Americans — mostly distraught Democrats — to know that their voices could still be heard. Not expecting much, they published online a 26-page document in mid-December, outlining a succinct idea: resist....
The Latest: Paris Chinese community protests police killing

The Latest: Paris Chinese community protests police killing

The Latest on Paris clashes after Chinese man killed by police (all times local): 12:45 p.m. About 100 people from the Chinese community in Paris have gathered at a police station to demand justice after a Chinese man was killed during a police intervention in his home. The crowd at Tuesday's protest includes families and friends of 35 people arrested in violent clashes with police at a similar protest...
Chinese anger, fears exposed in France after police killing

Chinese anger, fears exposed in France after police killing

Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community. Protesters gathered Tuesday in northeast Paris for a second day of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of a Chinese man in his apartment, and police launched an internal investigation into a death that took...
French candidate's wife faces charges over parliament jobs

French candidate's wife faces charges over parliament jobs

The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was given preliminary charges Tuesday over well-paid parliamentary jobs that investigators suspect she never performed. Fillon himself had already been charged in the case, which has deeply damaged the conservative candidate's chances for the two-round election April 23 and May 7. He is suspected of misusing public funds, receiving money from...
Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

The similarities between two deadly Oakland fires that occurred nearly four months apart are striking: Each involved a dangerously dilapidated building with an absentee landlord and renters desperate for affordable housing in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. The fire Monday at a building for recovering addicts and people who had been homeless occurred despite promises by city officials to crack...
Trump takes aim at Obama's efforts to curb global warming

Trump takes aim at Obama's efforts to curb global warming

Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels. As part of the roll-back, Trump will initiate a review of the Clean...

Red Bull heir enjoys jet-set life 4 years after hit-and-run

The Ferrari driver who allegedly slammed into a motorcycle cop, dragged him along the road and then sped away from the mangled body took just hours to find, as investigators followed a drip, drip, drip trail of brake fluid up a street, down an alley, and into the gated estate of one of Thailand's richest families. The prosecution of Red Bull heir Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, however, has been...
US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties

US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties

U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, U.S. and Iraqi military officials acknowledged Tuesday, but they denied the rules for avoiding civilian casualties have been loosened despite a recent spike in civilian casualties. Speaking from Baghdad to reporters at the Pentagon, the top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said an ongoing investigation...
Michigan, Flint to replace 18,000 lead-tainted water lines

Michigan, Flint to replace 18,000 lead-tainted water lines

Michigan and the city of Flint agreed Monday to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water in the struggling community. Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020, and the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money, according to the settlement filed in federal court. It...
AP EXPLAINS: What is the Senate's 'nuclear option'?

AP EXPLAINS: What is the Senate's 'nuclear option'?

To blow up the rules or not? Senate Republicans and Democrats appear to be on collision course over President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court and whether to changes Senate rules to get him confirmed. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has announced that he will vote no on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch and lead a filibuster of the selection. More than a dozen Democrats also have...
AP FACT CHECK: Obama, Trump had role in Flint water relief

AP FACT CHECK: Obama, Trump had role in Flint water relief

President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama had a hand in last week's grant of $100 million to address the lead in the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, despite a report that seeks to give Trump credit for the funding. The report also says Obama refused to give money to Flint, which is false. The federal Environmental Protection Agency, which is part of the executive branch of...
Screams alert residents to fire that killed 3 in Oakland

Screams alert residents to fire that killed 3 in Oakland

Awakened by screams of "fire," Michael Jones bolted out of bed in the pre-dawn darkness Monday at the dilapidated Oakland apartment building he calls home, instinctively pounded on the doors of his elderly neighbors and ushered them to safety — walkers and all. Jones, 43, then found Princess, the "house" pit bull, cowering in the backyard, and the two ran out the front door...
Nuclear arms ban talks begin at UN, but US, others boycott

Nuclear arms ban talks begin at UN, but US, others boycott

U.N. talks aimed at banning nuclear weapons began Monday, but the United States, Russia, China and other nuclear-armed nations are sitting out a discussion they see as impractical. Supporters of the potential pact say it's time to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons than nations have been doing through the nearly 50-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. With international tensions rising...

High court struggles over hospital pension dispute

The Supreme Court seemed to struggle on Monday over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers. Justices considered the cases of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding pension plans covering about 100,000 employees. But the outcome ultimately could affect the retirement benefits...
'Fearless Girl' statue opposite bull stays through February

'Fearless Girl' statue opposite bull stays through February

The globally popular statue of a young girl will keep staring down Wall Street's famed "Charging Bull" through February 2018 instead of being removed this coming Sunday, the mayor said. She's "standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself the strength to do what's right," said Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who appeared with the "Fearless Girl"...
Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum

Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum

Thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum before dawn Monday and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of dollars, police said. Police spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3:30 a.m. Monday, broke into a cabinet where the "Big Maple Leaf" coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived. A ladder...
Want a tiny house for next to nothing?

Want a tiny house for next to nothing?

If you’re interested in a tiny home and have a tiny budget, this might be a giant opportunity for you. A bankruptcy auction in Alabama has more than two dozen dwellings in various states of completion up for grabs. The lots are up for bid online through April 4. Other items are available as well, including assorted tools and building materials, along with refrigerators, stoves, washer/dryer...

Swiss, Turks open probes over 'Kill Erdogan' protest banner

Swiss and Turkish prosecutors announced separate investigations Monday after protesters hoisted a banner in Switzerland's capital showing a gun pointed at an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next to the words, "Kill Erdogan." Bern regional prosecutors opened a probe for alleged "public provocation of crimes or violence," Bern police spokesman Dominik Jaeggi said...
Government pulls man’s license plate saying it’s too rude

Government pulls man’s license plate saying it’s too rude

A Canadian man will have to come up with a new vanity license plate, or decide to go with the standard tag, after he was told his plate could be misinterpreted. >> Read more trending news  Lorne Grabher has had his last name on his license plate for decades, but a few months ago received a letter from the Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles has canceled the plate after 25 years, ...
Turkish pop star, journalists on trial over failed coup

Turkish pop star, journalists on trial over failed coup

A Turkish pop singer and 28 other people, mostly journalists, went on trial Monday on terrorism charges for alleged links to a failed coup attempt, highlighting the gulf between Turkey's assertions that such prosecutions are needed to restore stability and international concerns that Turkish democracy is in peril. Singer Atilla Tas and the other suspects in Turkey face up to 10 years in prison if...
Sick Vietnam vets blame exposure to Agent Orange, but VA won't pay

Sick Vietnam vets blame exposure to Agent Orange, but VA won't pay

Sam Genco, at age 19, narrowly survived one of the United States' worst military aircraft carrier fires. Today, 50 years later, it's that ship's drinking water he says could be killing him. Genco was diagnosed last year at a North Carolina veterans' clinic with ischemic heart disease — a common condition the federal government says is linked to Agent Orange exposure. He suffers from severely...
'Still one of us': 92-year-old gets Purple Heart from WWII

'Still one of us': 92-year-old gets Purple Heart from WWII

A 92-year-old North Carolina man has finally received the Purple Heart he earned more than 70 years ago while fighting in Belgium during World War II. Oscar Davis Jr. was a private assigned as a radio telephone operator when he was knocked down by a large piece of shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge, according to a Fayetteville Observer report (http://bit.ly/2o6jJiD). The radio on Davis' back...

EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming

President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor's sweeping plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday. EPA chief Scott Pruitt said the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at...
Boy, 9, raises nearly $30K at lemonade stand for grandfather with cancer

Boy, 9, raises nearly $30K at lemonade stand for grandfather with cancer

When Angel Sanchez’ grandfather was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in December, the boy decided he would try to raise $100 to help.  With help from his mother, Sanchez, 9, built a yellow lemonade stand.  Through support from the community, he has been able to raise $6,700 through a GoFundMe and another $21,766 while the stand was open Saturday, according to the Las...
Air Force responds to Trump’s concerns over Air Force One costs

Air Force responds to Trump’s concerns over Air Force One costs

The Air Force has put a general in a newly created post in charge of developing the next Air Force One, which is under a Pentagon review after criticism from President Donald Trump about the plane’s costs. The change shows how seriously the Air Force is taking criticism of a program that costs taxpayers billions of dollars. Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, who recently was selected for promotion...
US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

An airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul that witnesses say killed at least 100 people was in fact launched by the U.S. military, American officials said Saturday. U.S. officials did not confirm the reports of civilian casualties but opened an investigation. In the days following the March 17 airstrike, U.S. officials had said they were unsure whether American forces...
Living in no man’s land: Life along the US-Mexico border

Living in no man’s land: Life along the US-Mexico border

BROWNSVILLE, TX — Most mornings, 19-year-old Greg Garcia passes through an opening in a rusting, 18-foot-high steel fence on his way to classes at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, where he studies the air conditioning sciences. On his way home, he drives south past the border fence. More often than not he is waved through by Border Patrol agents stationed at the opening who have come...
Idaho inmates: Prison violations led to amputations, death

Idaho inmates: Prison violations led to amputations, death

Idaho inmates are asking a federal judge to penalize the state after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to amputations and other serious injuries and even some prisoners' deaths. In a series of documents filed in federal court, the inmates' attorney Christopher Pooser painted a bleak and often gruesome picture of the alleged...
Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway — and now it's dead. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday. That means millions of Americans will have to navigate a current federal health care system that...

Third Airbus plane purchased by Iran lands in Tehran

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the third of the 100 planes it purchased from Airbus following a landmark nuclear with world powers has joined its commercial fleet. The now Iran Air A330 jet landed in Tehran Saturday after a flight from Toulouse, France, home to the headquarters of the European consortium. It has 32 business and 206 economy class seats. Iran Air received its first...
Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. It's the boldest attempt yet...
Trump budget could gut meals for seniors, but not Meals on Wheels

Trump budget could gut meals for seniors, but not Meals on Wheels

While some Meals on Wheels programs are caught in the cross-hairs of billions of dollars of proposed spending cuts, a Palm Beach County program delivering hot meals without any government money is thriving. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be affected. Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches is preparing for a sharp increase in demand for services if the federal government guts money for the...
Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten

Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten

Police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on opposition protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the capital — a human rights group said more than 400 people were arrested and many were beaten. The demonstrators had hoped to build on a rising wave of defiance of the former Soviet republic's authoritarian government, led by President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled since...
Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.  The chain, called Scion, will feature the first Trump-run hotels not to bear the family's gilded name. The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night...

POINT OF VIEW Don’t pull the rug out from under poor people

There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. Fiscal conservatives are correct to suspect most of its cuts will not survive the trip through Congress while its spending increases will make it through just fine. The military spending hike is an absurdist exercise in irresponsibility and recklessness given the Pentagon&rsquo...

Vegas doctor, 93, convicted in opioid pill mill conspiracy

A 93-year-old Las Vegas doctor faces up to 30 years in prison after he was convicted of illegally writing prescriptions for oxycodone and other painkillers that ended up in the hands of drug addicts and dealers. A federal court jury found Dr. Henri Wetselaar guilty Thursday of all 11 drug and money laundering-related counts contained in a 2011 indictment against him, his medical assistant and a local...

Correction: Penn State-Abuse story

In some versions of a March 24 story about the criminal conviction of former Penn State University president Graham Spanier, The Associated Press erroneously reported the length of retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sentence. It was for 30 to 60 years, not 10 to 30 years. A corrected version of the story is below: Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal Former Penn...
Judge clears way for retrial of ex-Philadelphia monsignor

Judge clears way for retrial of ex-Philadelphia monsignor

A Catholic church official's 14-year legal odyssey over his handling of sex-abuse complaints won't end anytime soon after a Philadelphia judge said Friday he would be retried on child endangerment charges. Monsignor William Lynn had served nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed his conviction because of trial errors. That was the second time...
General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

Vowing he won't turn Somalia into a "free fire zone," the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Friday he wants greater authority to conduct airstrikes and use military forces in the African country to allow the U.S. to strike al-Qaida-linked militants more quickly. Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser said the White House hasn't yet approved the request. But he told reporters at the Pentagon the...

UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes. The resolution approved by the U.N.'s most powerful body expands previous measures which were limited to the illicit trafficking in looted cultural items to...
Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department. The 28-year-old graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island following 29 weeks of...
Macy’s, Kmart, JCPenney: More retailers closing brick-and-mortar stores

Macy’s, Kmart, JCPenney: More retailers closing brick-and-mortar stores

The news from retailers across the country this quarter has not been good.  More than two dozen stores and restaurants, including the likes of Macy's, Payless Shoes, Outback Steakhouse and Noodles and Company, have either closed locations or have announce plans to shutter stores across the country. As people choose e-commerce over shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, experts said customers...
US coalition investigating reports of deadly Mosul airstrike

US coalition investigating reports of deadly Mosul airstrike

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Mosul that allegedly left more than 100 civilians dead last week, according to a statement given to The Associated Press on Friday. The suspected high toll underscores the difficulties that Iraqi troops face in the weeks-long fight to route the Sunni militant...
Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument

Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument

When word came down on Dec. 28 that President Barack Obama had created a 1.35 million-acre national monument called Bears Ears, Jonah Yellowman celebrated. So did leaders of his Navajo people and other tribes that rarely have much to cheer about, such as the Hopi, Ute and Zuni. Yet the festivities did not last long. Angered at Obama, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other Republicans quickly lobbied President...
Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

The last straw that convinced Chicago native Marissa Marshall it was time to move away was hearing dangerously close gunfire in the rough neighborhood where she found affordable housing. The 29-year-old, who's pregnant with her fifth child, relocated about three years ago to a St. Louis suburb where she more easily found jobs and a home where she felt it was safe to send the kids outside. "I...
British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

The 52-year-old Briton identified as the Westminster Bridge attacker had a raft of convictions — including assault, weapons possession and public order offenses — spanning two decades, London police said. Khalid Masood, a U.K.-born resident of the West Midlands in central England, was once investigated for extremism by British authorities but was not currently on a terrorism watch list...
Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M. In an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor suggested that his alma mater's first openly gay president may have stolen the outcome. Perry wrote that the campus election "...

Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'

Shipping containers full of foreign coal ash are coming into the United States through the Port of Virginia. That irritates some lawmakers, since Virginia is among many states struggling to dispose of this industrial waste from coal-fired power plants. Critics call it a missed opportunity, because coal ash is used in everything from roads to concrete to wallboard. Environmentalists want more recycling...
Pope OKs sainthood for Fatima siblings, Mexico child martyrs

Pope OKs sainthood for Fatima siblings, Mexico child martyrs

Pope Francis is making five more child saints: Two Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in Fatima 100 years ago, and three Mexican adolescents who were killed for their Catholic faith in the 16th century. Francis signed the decrees Thursday, raising the likelihood that he might canonize the Portuguese siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto during his upcoming trip to...
90-year-old woman knits hats for thousands of babies

90-year-old woman knits hats for thousands of babies

A 90-year-old great-grandmother has knitted thousands of hats for babies and has no plans to stop any time soon. >> Read more trending news Over the last eight years, Barbara Lowe has knitted 2,100 hats.  “That’s a lot of hats. That’s a lot of babies,” she told WOIO. The hats that Lowe makes are sent to newborns at nearby Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights...
Police: Wisconsin rampage began with domestic dispute

Police: Wisconsin rampage began with domestic dispute

A man angry after a domestic dispute opened fire in a Wisconsin bank, killing two longtime employees, then killed an attorney at a nearby law firm and a detective trying to set a perimeter outside his apartment complex before he was finally captured, police said. His wife was unhurt. The man, whom police would not identify, was hospitalized Thursday under police guard with nonfatal wounds, police...
Is the United States' military big enough?

Is the United States' military big enough?

President Donald Trump has proposed a $54 billion increase in military spending, which he said would be “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” Past administrations have increased military spending, but typically to fulfill a specific mission. Jimmy Carter expanded operations in the Persian Gulf. Ronald Reagan pursued an arms race with the Soviet...
This is California in the era of Trump

This is California in the era of Trump

Californians wake up every day delighted to be in California, and then they remember that they are also in the United States. The bougainvillea catches the rising sun in San Clemente, the sapphire tide heaves into Big Sur — and three time zones to the East, President Donald Trump has been up and tweeting for hours. "I don't want to look at my phone in the morning," said Cynthia Blatt...
The Latest: Dozens of French teenagers return to homeland

The Latest: Dozens of French teenagers return to homeland

The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local): 11 p.m. Dozens of French teenagers have returned to their homeland after a traumatic school trip to London during which some of them witnessed the attack on Westminster Bridge. A plane chartered by their insurance company landed Thursday night at an airport in Quimper, in France's western Brittany region. Some 90 students from...
London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52

London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52

Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism watch list. As millions of Londoners returned to work a day after a rampage that killed four victims and injured at least...
As Japan suicides drop, survivor shares story to save others

As Japan suicides drop, survivor shares story to save others

It's not that he wanted to die. Rather, Kazuo Sawato says, he couldn't bear his life anymore. The 31-year-old Japanese office worker ran to the roof's edge and jumped. "I just wanted to free myself from all the suffering," he said in an interview, 12 years after that August afternoon in 2005. "I felt as if I was getting endless barrages of punches, or gasping for air every second with...
Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours before ending in a...
Prosecutors say Oregon day care provider left children alone

Prosecutors say Oregon day care provider left children alone

An Oregon day care provider has been indicted on more than 100 criminal counts after being accused of leaving children as young as six months old alone multiple times over eight days to go to a tanning salon and a gym, prosecutors said Wednesday. A grand jury indicted January Neatherlin, 31, of Bend late Tuesday on 76 counts of criminal mistreatment and 38 counts of reckless endangerment, said Deschutes...
JUST IN: Florida man missing after fall from cruise ship off Cuba

JUST IN: Florida man missing after fall from cruise ship off Cuba

The U.S. Coast Guard and Cuban authorities are searching for a Florida man who fell from a Carnival cruise ship Wednesday.  As a Carnival Victory headed from Key West to Cozumel, Mexico, 23-year-old Brandon Paul of Floral City went overboard, the Miami Herald reports.  Paul fell from the eighth deck around 3.a.m.  while the ship was 33 miles northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, according...
Secret Service sought $60 million extra for Trump travel and protection, documents show

Secret Service sought $60 million extra for Trump travel and protection, documents show

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting from the unusually complicated lifestyle of the Trump family, according to internal agency documents reviewed by The Washington Post. Nearly half of the additional money, $26.8 million, would pay to protect...