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Spokesman: George HW Bush is eager to get well, go to Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said. Jim McGrath said Monday on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering." He was admitted Sunday morning to Houston Methodist Hospital after an infection spread to his blood, McGrath said...
Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack. A 25-year-old suspect was quickly captured in a tense but brief confrontation with officers a few blocks away from where his van jumped the sidewalk...
Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist's mark

Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist's mark

The jury that will start deliberating Bill Cosby's fate on Tuesday has heard the comedian described over the past two weeks both as a "serial rapist" and a con artist's victim. They have seen a parade of accusers testify that the man once revered as "America's Dad" had a secret life of drugging and violating women. And they have heard from a witness who says his chief accuser talked...
Former Christie allies to argue for bridge case reversals

Former Christie allies to argue for bridge case reversals

The traffic scandal that dragged down former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential aspirations will write another chapter on Tuesday as two former associates facing prison for their roles seek to convince a federal appeals court their convictions should be overturned. Attorneys for Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly are expected to argue in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prosecutors...
Atlanta attorney found guilty of murder in wife's shooting

Atlanta attorney found guilty of murder in wife's shooting

After telling the judge Monday morning that they were stuck and couldn't reach a verdict, jurors deliberated a few more hours before deciding that a well-connected Atlanta attorney intentionally shot his wife, causing her death. Jurors found 75-year-old Claud "Tex" McIver guilty of felony murder and three other charges in the September 2016 death of his 64-year-old wife Diane. The white-haired...
Atlanta attorney found guilty of murder in wife's shooting

Atlanta attorney found guilty of murder in wife's shooting

After telling the judge Monday morning that they were stuck and couldn't reach a verdict, jurors deliberated a few more hours before deciding that a well-connected Atlanta attorney intentionally shot his wife, causing her death. Jurors found 75-year-old Claud "Tex" McIver guilty of felony murder and three other charges in the September 2016 death of his 64-year-old wife Diane. The white-haired...
Car theft solved too late to prevent Waffle House tragedy

Car theft solved too late to prevent Waffle House tragedy

After Travis Reinking allegedly stole a BMW from a Nashville area car dealer last week, police say they found it outside the apartment where he lived. Authorities recovered the car but didn't figure out who had stolen it until too late. By then, police say, the 29-year-old with a troubled past had shot four people to death early Sunday in a Waffle House restaurant not far from where he lived in Nashville...
Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose

Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose

Prince's heirs have sued Walgreens and the Illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose, alleging that a doctor and various pharmacists failed to provide Prince with reasonable care, contributing to his death. The wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois, alleges a doctor and pharmacist at Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Illinois, failed...
Attorney: California police shot unarmed black man 10 times

Attorney: California police shot unarmed black man 10 times

Lawyers for the family of a black man killed by police in a busy Southern California parking lot said Monday that an autopsy found he was shot 10 times and died from choking on his own blood as police delayed getting him medical help. The autopsy concluded that 26-year-old Diante Yarber died of asphyxiation and that had he been given medical treatment, he would have had a chance at surviving his wounds...
The Latest: US offers condolences over Toronto van rampage

The Latest: US offers condolences over Toronto van rampage

The latest on the van striking pedestrians in Toronto (all times local): 11:20 p.m. The White House is offering its condolences to Canadians following the deadly rampage of a van down a Toronto sidewalk that killed 10 people and put 15 in the hospital. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement Monday night that the U.S. stands with the Canadian people "in the aftermath of today's...
Van plows into Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 and injuring 15

Van plows into Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 and injuring 15

A 25-year-old in a rented van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk crowded with lunchtime strollers Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what appeared to witnesses and the city's police chief as a deliberate attack. The driver was quickly arrested in a tense but brief confrontation with officers a few blocks away. Witnesses and the police chief said the driver, identified by authorities as Alek...
North Korea's Kim meets Chinese envoy after deadly bus crash

North Korea's Kim meets Chinese envoy after deadly bus crash

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with China's ambassador and visited a hospital where Chinese tourists were being treated after a deadly bus crash. The crash Sunday evening killed 32 Chinese and four North Koreans, and two Chinese were seriously injured. China's official Xinhua News Agency said late Monday that the tourist bus fell from a bridge in North Hwanghae province in southern North...
The Latest: Toronto cops say van incident looked deliberate

The Latest: Toronto cops say van incident looked deliberate

The latest on the van striking pedestrians in Toronto (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Toronto's police chief says an incident in which a rented van smashed into pedestrians appeared to have been deliberate. Police Chief Mark Saunders made the comment at a news conference Monday night hours after the van killed 10 people and left 15 more hospitalized. The driver had fled but was surrounded by police and...
Funeral held for pro wrestling great Bruno Sammartino

Funeral held for pro wrestling great Bruno Sammartino

Former professional wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino has been laid to rest in Pennsylvania, where he was remembered as one of the sport's good guys. Sammartino fled the Nazis from Italy as a child and built a career beating a string of bad guys in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the World Wide Wrestling Federation champion for more than 11 years over two title runs. He was inducted into the WWE Hall...
Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

A mistrial was declared Monday in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent after an Arizona jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teen from Mexico but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter. The decision by U.S. District Judge Raner Collins means prosecutors could seek another trial for Agent Lonnie Swartz on the manslaughter charges in the 2012 death of Jose Antonio...
Stephon Clark's brother charged with misdemeanor assault

Stephon Clark's brother charged with misdemeanor assault

California prosecutors on Monday charged the brother of an unarmed black man who was recently shot to death by Sacramento police with misdemeanor assault and vandalism. The charges, which also include making criminal threats and abusing a 911 line, stem from Stevante Clark's dispute with his landlords. The Sacramento County district attorney's office filed them as misdemeanors, which can bring less...
Oregon knew of abuse case against family that went off cliff

Oregon knew of abuse case against family that went off cliff

Oregon child welfare officials knew the family in an SUV that plunged off a California cliff had faced a child abuse investigation in another state when it looked into allegations in 2013, according to documents released Monday. Oregon Child Protective Services obtained records from Minnesota prior to investigating Jennifer and Sarah Hart in July 2013, KOIN-TV in Portland reported Monday. But the...
Officials vow to improve 911 center after teen dies in van

Officials vow to improve 911 center after teen dies in van

Cincinnati officials plan to make changes to improve operations at the city's emergency call center, which is under scrutiny after the failed response to a teen who was trapped in a vehicle and died after twice calling 911. Mayor John Cranley, council members and other city officials were touring the center Monday. They say they plan to increase staffing and improve technology and working conditions...
The Latest: Toronto police report 10th death in van incident

The Latest: Toronto police report 10th death in van incident

The latest on the van striking pedestrians in Toronto (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Toronto's police chief says a 10th person has died after a rented van plowed into pedestrians along a sidewalk in Toronto. Fifteen people are reported in the hospital. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders also has released the name of the purported driver detained after Monday's incident. The suspect is identified as...
World War II Navajo Code Talker dies at 92

World War II Navajo Code Talker dies at 92

A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died. The Navajo Nation says Roy Hawthorne Sr. died Saturday. He was 92. Hawthorne enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 and became part of a famed group of Navajos who transmitted hundreds of messages in their language without error. The code was never broken. Hawthorne was one of the most visible survivors...
Disney offering hiring bonuses while unions prepare to return to the bargaining table

Disney offering hiring bonuses while unions prepare to return to the bargaining table

Walt Disney World is looking to hire more than 3,500 new workers, even offering “hiring bonuses” of up to $3,000 for some positions.  It all comes as the unions that represent 38,000 Disney workers get set to go back to the bargaining table next week.  Unionized workers have been locked in contract talks since last summer -- and since then, they’ve staged demonstrations...
Cam Newton surprises Special Olympics athletes with shopping spree

Cam Newton surprises Special Olympics athletes with shopping spree

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton surprised 20 children from Special Olympics North Carolina at a surprise shopping event at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Barclay Downs, North Carolina, on Monday afternoon. Each child got a $200 gift card and spent time shopping with Newton, who served as a personal shopping consultant to the children and helped them buy fun sporting goods. Dick's Sporting...
Company recalls certain ice pops sold in 15 states

Company recalls certain ice pops sold in 15 states

A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops that are sold in 15 states for possible listeria contamination. According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, West Virginia, is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk.  The ice pops were distributed to retail...
Teen girls abducted: Arrest made in 19-year-old cold case

Teen girls abducted: Arrest made in 19-year-old cold case

Investigators made a break in the 1999 disappearance of two Welch, Oklahoma, girls. Officials charged Ronnie Busick in connection with their disappearance, according to KOKI.  Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible were 16 years old in 1999, when they planned a sleepover to celebrate Freeman's birthday.  The day after the sleepover, firefighters found Freeman's parents, Danny and Kathy Freeman...
Man with DUI history charged after running over 21-month-old son

Man with DUI history charged after running over 21-month-old son

An Arizona man who accidentally ran over his toddler son last week faces a charge of negligent homicide in the boy’s death, and prison records show that it isn’t the first time he’s been charged with killing or injuring someone in a drunken driving collision. Richard Louis Hamilton, 49, of Phoenix, was moving his truck Thursday evening in the yard of his family’s home when...
Toronto van attack: 10 dead, injuries reported

Toronto van attack: 10 dead, injuries reported

A van apparently jumped onto a sidewalk Monday at a busy intersection in Toronto and struck down pedestrians before the vehicle was found and the driver taken into custody, Canadian police said.
Madonna loses lawsuit to reclaim Tupac love letter, reports say

Madonna loses lawsuit to reclaim Tupac love letter, reports say

A judge has denied Madonna’s request to reclaim of an old love letter she received from Tupac due to a release she signed nearly 15 years ago, reports say. In 2017, the singer sued an auctioneer, Gotta Have It! Collectibles, and former art consultant Darlene Lutz over the sale of some personal items that went missing after she moved out her Miami home. >> Read more...
DJ Avicii’s family issues statement on his death, thanks supporters

DJ Avicii’s family issues statement on his death, thanks supporters

The family of Swedish dance music DJ Avicii has issued a statement days after his death. >> Read more trending news  Variety reported that the family of Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, thanked fans and others for their support. Bergling was found dead in Muscat, Oman, a city in the Middle East, April 20. The cause of death is not yet known, but authorities have ruled out foul...
Macaulay Culkin doesn’t watch ‘Home Alone’ much, won’t make iconic face

Macaulay Culkin doesn’t watch ‘Home Alone’ much, won’t make iconic face

If fans run into Macaulay Culkin and ask the star to make his signature “Home Alone” face, they’re going to be disappointed. People reported that the actor, 37, who is best known as a child star who played Kevin McCallister in the 1990 holiday comedy says his notoriety makes him keep his head low around Christmas time. >> Read more trending news  “I definitely...
Kyle Plush case: Body cameras show cops stayed in car during search for teen dying in van

Kyle Plush case: Body cameras show cops stayed in car during search for teen dying in van

Body camera footage from two Cincinnati police officers’ search for a 16-year-old teen who was crushed to death by a seat in his minivan earlier this month shows the officers never left their patrol car while they looked for the teen. The footage shows the officers driving past the parking lot where Kyle Plush was dying on their way to search a separate lot on the campus of Seven Hills School...
Florida judge does not return to courtroom after berating frail inmate who died 3 days later

Florida judge does not return to courtroom after berating frail inmate who died 3 days later

A Florida judge who berated a frail inmate who died three days later will not return to the bench, court officials said.  Circuit Court Judge Merrilee Ehrlich will not return to the bench after her treatment of Sandra Twiggs, 59, who appeared before her last week on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, Broward Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter said Saturday, according to WFOR. &ldquo...
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, girlfriend Lauren Hashian welcome second child

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, girlfriend Lauren Hashian welcome second child

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and his girlfriend Lauren Hashian have welcomed a second daughter to their family. Us Weekly reported that the action star announced the news in the form of an Instagram post. The image shows Johnson cradling his daughter, named Tiana Gia Johnson, as she rests on his bare chest. >> Read more trending news  “Blessed and proud to bring another strong...
Atlanta a hot spot for sugar daddies willing to pay college tuition

Atlanta a hot spot for sugar daddies willing to pay college tuition

We’ve known for some time that Atlanta is considered a hub for sex trafficking. But who knew metro Atlanta is also known for having an abundant number of, ahem, sugar daddies — older men seeking the companionship of college-age women? >> Read more trending news  According to SeekingArrangement.com, Georgia ranks sixth in the country, behind places like Arizona, Philadelphia...
Video shows Alabama police wrestle woman, expose her breasts at Waffle House

Video shows Alabama police wrestle woman, expose her breasts at Waffle House

A graphic video showing police officers wrestling a black 25-year-old woman before arresting her inside a Saraland, Alabama, Waffle House restaurant Sunday is making the rounds on social media, sparking outrage across the country. The incident allegedly escalated over 50 cents’ worth of plastic cutlery. Chikesia Clemons was arrested around 2:45 a.m. on charges of “disorderly conduct...
Waffle House shooting: Man accused of killing 4 in Tennessee arrested

Waffle House shooting: Man accused of killing 4 in Tennessee arrested

Authorities on Monday afternoon arrested a man suspected of stripping at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, early Sunday before opening fire on customers and employees, killing four people. Nashville police confirmed that authorities arrested suspected shooter Travis Reinking, 29, on Monday afternoon. He was earlier identified as the man suspected of killing Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez...
Officer retires from police force, makes emotional final call

Officer retires from police force, makes emotional final call

Twenty-five years on the job is a lifetime for some, and to leave that life would be emotional to almost anyone.  Dave Renteria knows something about that. After a quarter-century of patrolling the streets of Jackson, Michigan, Renteria retired this weekend, WILX reported. >> Read more trending news   His final call at the end of shift was recorded Sunday, and the raw emotion...
Unfazed while being shot with Taser, unruly passenger forcibly removed from American Airlines flight

Unfazed while being shot with Taser, unruly passenger forcibly removed from American Airlines flight

Police used a stun gun and forcibly removed an unruly passenger Sunday who started a fight with a couple aboard a plane at Miami International Airport, police said.  Jacob Garcia, 28, touched a female passenger without her permission, screamed and insulted her and her boyfriend before attendants on the American Airlines flight from Miami to Chicago moved him to another seat, according to...
Police try to use dead man’s fingerprint to unlock phone

Police try to use dead man’s fingerprint to unlock phone

Police in Florida tried an unusual means recently to unlock a cellphone. They visited a funeral home in Clearwater to use a dead man’s finger to open his phone as part of the investigation into his death, as well as another case they were working on, The Tampa Bay Times reported. But while legal, not everyone is agreeing that they should have used Linus Phillip’s body to try to open the...
Beyoncé, Google announce more HBCU scholarships 

Beyoncé, Google announce more HBCU scholarships 

Beyoncé has partnered with Google to give more scholarships this year. The singer’s BeyGOOD initiative initially announced a $100,000 donation to four historically black colleges April 16, just after Beyonce’s Coachella headlining set. >> Read more trending news  The announcement last week said that $25,000 each will go to Tuskegee University...
What will royal baby be named?

What will royal baby be named?

Now that the latest royal baby’s been born, what will his name be? The royal parents, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, may already know, but the rest of us don’t, yet. At it will probably be a few days until they make the official royal proclamation, CNN reported. Bookmakers say that the favorites for a boy were Arthur, Albert or James. >> Read more trending news ...
NRA: Yeti won't do business with us

NRA: Yeti won't do business with us

Add Austin-based Yeti to the list of companies severing ties with the National Rifle Association. According to published reports, the NRA sent an email to its members over the weekend claiming that the maker of coolers and thermal mugs had “suddenly, without prior notice” indicated it no longer wished to do business with the NRA Foundation. “That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike...
Michael Jackson’s first moonwalk shoes up for auction

Michael Jackson’s first moonwalk shoes up for auction

The shoes worn by Michael Jackson when he did the moonwalk for the first time are up for auction. CNN reported that the King of Pop’s Florsheim Imperial leather shoes which were owned by the late singer, are being auctioned by GWS Auctions. >> Read more trending news  The black loafers were worn by Jackson when he did his signature moonwalk dance while performing &ldquo...
Steel rods to blame for flat tires to 30 cars on Florida highway

Steel rods to blame for flat tires to 30 cars on Florida highway

A truck and trailer dropped steel rods onto Interstate 95 in South Florida early Monday, causing flat tires to 30 vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Crews have removed debris from the roadway and troopers are looking on the shoulders of the highway to make sure all of the rods have been collected, said Lt. Alvaro A. Feola, a FHP spokesman. No one was injured, Feola said. A few cars also sustained...
Victim knocked unconscious after offering to pay for man’s beer, police say

Victim knocked unconscious after offering to pay for man’s beer, police say

A man was punched unconscious after he offered to pay for the beer of a customer who was ahead of him in line at a gas station convenience store, police said.  Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department recently released surveillance images that show the suspect and another man walking into the Valero gas station at 1:55 a.m. March 24 to buy beer.  When the victim offered to...
Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

Shania Twain has apologized for comments she said were in response to a question that caught her off guard. The country-pop singer was quoted in an interview with The Guardian published Sunday in which she said she would have voted for President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news  “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” Twain...
Memphis boy found after not coming home from school

Memphis boy found after not coming home from school

Update 9:33 a.m. EDT April 23: The child has been found, Fox13Memphis reported. Original: Police in Memphis, Tennessee, need your help finding a 9-year-old boy.  A City Watch was issued for Dewayne Alexander on Saturday night. Police told WHBQ that Alexander was walking home from school Friday in the 3300 block of Ford Road, but he never made it home....
Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

A Washington family is warning others, after their boxer somehow got poisoned by meth.  They noticed something was off with their two-year-old pup “Allie” and rushed her to the pet ER Friday.  The Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynwood – where they brought Allie - says cases where pets get poisoned by pot or illicit drugs is going up. Now about 25 percent of its cases...
Royal baby: New addition to the royal family will be fifth in line for the throne

Royal baby: New addition to the royal family will be fifth in line for the throne

A new British prince was born on Monday and that means a new line of succession to the British throne. Move over, Prince Harry, your new nephew will bump you one step down the line, and shake up everyone who follows you. The British line of succession was established in the 17th century after James II left the country and the throne in 1688. By 1701, the Act of Settlement established that the country&rsquo...
Wegmans recalls herbal tea

Wegmans recalls herbal tea

Wegmans grocery store chain has announced a recall of an herbal tea that’s carried in its stores. Traditional Medicinals has issued a voluntary recall of EveryDay Detox Lemon Tea and Organic Throat Lemon Echinacea Caffeine Free Tea. The teas are being recalled because of a possible salmonella contamination, Wegmans said. EveryDay Detox Lemon has the lot number 19461 with UPC number: 03291700197...
Emmanuel Macron, seen as France’s Obama, may govern more like Trump

Emmanuel Macron, seen as France’s Obama, may govern more like Trump

Ahead of his state visit to Washington this week, French President Emmanuel Macron has attracted international praise for being the only European — perhaps even the only Western — head of state willing to confront head-on the rise of anti-democratic regimes.  "I don't want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past," Macron said Tuesday in...
Police officer takes 84-year-old man to hospital to visit sick wife

Police officer takes 84-year-old man to hospital to visit sick wife

A police officer in Pennsylvania has the serve portion of “to protect and serve” perfected. Roger Baker, 84, had to get to his local hospital after his wife had a medical emergency. No friends or family could take him, so he called police for help, WHP reported. >> Read more trending news  Deputy Chief Bentley from Montoursville Police Department responded, taking...
Teens stop basketball game to take knees, pay respect during funeral procession

Teens stop basketball game to take knees, pay respect during funeral procession

A group of teens hitting the hoops near Baton Rouge are going viral for a simple gesture of respect. They stopped their basketball game in Franklinton, Louisiana, on Friday to take a knee, paying respects to the recently departed during a funeral procession, WAFB reported. >> Read more trending news  Lynn Bienvenu and Johannah Stroud attended the funeral for their cousin, Velma Kay...
Navigating a maze of voting laws for felons

Navigating a maze of voting laws for felons

If a person is convicted of first-degree murder in the state of Vermont, he or she will retain the right to vote — even while incarcerated. But a person who commits perjury in Mississippi could be permanently barred from casting a ballot there.  It is up to states — not the federal government — to say whether felons can vote, and which ones, and when. So the rules for convicted...
China could boycott U.S. products. Here’s why that might backfire.

China could boycott U.S. products. Here’s why that might backfire.

If China calls for a boycott of U.S. goods, Chinese workers like David Xu could be in trouble.  Xu is one of thousands of residents of this port town who cash paychecks from U.S. companies. He works as a technician at a Procter & Gamble manufacturing and distribution center here, one of the company’s biggest in China. Across town, Nike has opened a huge distribution center, its largest...
“Yes, I’m running as a socialist.” Why candidates are embracing the label in 2018

“Yes, I’m running as a socialist.” Why candidates are embracing the label in 2018

There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers.  But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, there was still something impressive to celebrate. Many in the crowd were members of the Democratic Socialists...
The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House.  At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff.  But when Trump built his West...
Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

In its 110 years, the FBI has weathered storm and scandal. It has had moments that make Americans proud of its crime-fighting and anti-terrorist activities. Yet its most celebrated and longest-serving leader, J. Edgar Hoover, for whom the imposing headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue is named, is remembered in large part for the many abuses of power that took place during his long reign. ...
Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

Democrats are increasingly embracing looser restrictions on marijuana — and a growing number of high-profile Republicans are joining them, marking a shift in the politics of cannabis.  As Democrats try to regain control of Congress in the November elections and make gains in state races, some party strategists are wagering that being firmly on the side of easing marijuana laws will help...
A survival bid by Rosenstein may be costly

A survival bid by Rosenstein may be costly

He has a reputation as a principled lawyer. He has worked for both Republican and Democratic attorneys general. He has a jugular instinct in courtroom battles but a distaste for political ones.  Now Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, is confronting the political fight of his career. Amid sustained criticism by President Donald Trump and rumors that he will be fired, Rosenstein is...
Mitt Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee now seeking a Senate seat from Utah, was dealt a setback Saturday after his party's delegates denied him their nomination, forcing him into a June 26 primary.  Romney, who bid for the seat was endorsed by President Donald Trump and retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came in second place after a lengthy and contentious party convention in Utah's...
Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

A man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on. According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who "tried to...
The biggest stories in American politics last week

The biggest stories in American politics last week

James Comey’s memos were released, and the war of words between former FBI officials and the president continued.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey’s redacted, declassified memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump were released late Thursday after the Justice Department sent them to Congress.  The memos offer an intimate look at the interactions between officials...
Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback

Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback

Mitt Romney seemed to be on a smooth path to Utah's U.S. Senate seat, with the backing of President Donald Trump, the blessing of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R, and a popularity unique to the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Until Saturday.  Delegates at the GOP's state convention denied Romney their nomination as Mike Kennedy, a three-term state representative who entered the race...
Police use anti-KKK law to arrest people protesting neo-Nazis

Police use anti-KKK law to arrest people protesting neo-Nazis

Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, Georgia, authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan. The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a protest Saturday against white supremacists. And the irony...
Missing brothers found: Pittsburgh police locate 2 boys who disappeared Friday

Missing brothers found: Pittsburgh police locate 2 boys who disappeared Friday

UPDATE, 10 a.m. April 22: The two brothers who went missing Friday have been found, police said.  Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, have been located. Pittsburgh police thanked all involved for their assistance in finding the boys.  ORIGINAL STORY: Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers.  Police said Amier Windsor, 12...
Where is Travis Reinking? Search continues for Waffle House shooting suspect

Where is Travis Reinking? Search continues for Waffle House shooting suspect

A massive hunt to capture the man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, outside Nashville, continues. Travis Reinking, 29, is now on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List, and law enforcement said he is armed, dangerous and hiding, WHBQ's Greg Coy reports.  Police said Reinking returned to...
2-year-old pelted 9 times with paintball, mother says

2-year-old pelted 9 times with paintball, mother says

A mother said her 2-year-old was pelted nine times with paintballs while they were outside their west Charlotte home. The 2-year-old had marks all over her body after someone shot paint at her. Paintball wars have been gaining national traction since the beginning of the year. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it has received more than 150 calls since the beginning of the year...
Loyal dog stays with lost 3-year-old overnight, police say

Loyal dog stays with lost 3-year-old overnight, police say

A family’s loyal dog stayed with a lost 3-year-old girl until search crews found them Saturday, according to police. Max, a 17-year-old blue heeler that is deaf and partially blind, walked off with the girl Friday afternoon. He stayed with her through the cold, rainy night until they were located about 15 hours later, more than a mile from home, on a remote part of the family’s property...
California couple tortured, burned Vietnam veteran as children watched, police say

California couple tortured, burned Vietnam veteran as children watched, police say

A couple tortured a Vietnam War veteran in order to gain access to his financial and personal information and then took their children with them when they burned his body in a rural field, police said.  Kenneth Coyle, 70, a Vietnam War veteran and contractor at Naval Air Station Lemoore, became friends with Stacie Mendoza, a restaurant server who befriended him and later killed him with her husband...
Florida man asking for help to get back his stolen firefighter training gear

Florida man asking for help to get back his stolen firefighter training gear

A Jacksonville man said all of his firefighter training gear was inside his car when it was stolen for the second time in just a few months. Anel Muratovic wants to join the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He is just a few months away from finishing a firefighter training program at First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine. “So close, so close. I finished my EMT last year. That...
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