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Utah's governor signs abortion-reversal legislation

Utah's governor has signed legislation that requires doctors to inform women that medication-induced abortions can be halted after taking just one of two pills. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the legislation despite physicians saying there's little evidence or science to back up that idea. Proponents of the idea say doctors can give a woman the hormone progesterone to stop an abortion after she...

Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94

A California man who made history when he shot 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. He was 94. Dr. Tom Amberry died in Long Beach on March 18, said his daughter, Roxanne Amberry. The retired podiatrist earned a spot in Guinness World Records and brief celebrity in 1993 after he lobbed in shot after shot for 12 hours. Amberry, described as very witty, said he could have shot many more free throws...
Sword-carrying man dressed as Joker arrested

Sword-carrying man dressed as Joker arrested

A man was arrested Friday after going out in public while dressed to look like the Joker from “Batman,”  complete with a cape and a sword. Jeremy Putman, 31, was arrested and charged with wearing a mask in public. He is being held on $2,000 bail, WJLA reports.  Winchester police said they received several calls about Putman walking around the city in the costume around 2...

Nissan recalls more than 56,000 cars, cites power steering

Nissan is recalling more than 56,000 cars because of power steering hoses that may leak fluid and potentially lead to fires. Nissan North America says the recall affects the 2013-2014 Murano vehicles. It says the problem stems from the power steering hose clamp, which may not adequately secure the hose. That could allow the hose to detach and leak power steering fluid. That could lead to a fire If...
Spring breakers shotgun beer with shark

Spring breakers shotgun beer with shark

Spring breakers may have taken “fun” a little too far, using sea creatures to help them get drunk. The rowdy Instagram account for Total Frat Move shared a clip sent to the account from some Spring break revelers using an apparent dead shark to shotgun a beer.   While some found these posts amusing, others were critical, calling the video animal abuse. Total Frat Move posted...
Ellison says Democrats must fight Republicans at all levels

Ellison says Democrats must fight Republicans at all levels

Democrats need to prepare for an ongoing fight against Republicans at all levels of government, not just the White House, their newly appointed deputy national chairman said on Saturday. "We can't just say it's all about Trump," Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual meeting. Ellison, who lost his bid for chairman of the Democratic National Committee...

The Latest: Gunman in shooting on Vegas Strip surrenders

The Latest on a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip (all times local): 4 p.m. The gunman in a fatal shooting on the Las Vegas Strip who barricaded himself inside a public bus has surrendered peacefully after shutting down the busy tourism corridor for hours, police said. The standoff began about 11 a.m. Saturday with a shooting that killed one person and injured another. It happened on a double-decker...

The Latest: 3 anti-Trump protesters arrested in California

The Latest on violence at a pro-Trump rally in Southern California (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Three people have been arrested on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray following a scuffle at a rally to support President Donald Trump at a Southern California beach. Capt. Kevin Pearsall of California State Parks Police says the arrests happened when counter-protesters sprayed pro-Trump supporters...

Report: University leader got fitness freebies

The outgoing leader of the University of California's Berkeley campus improperly accepted free benefits, mostly related to personal fitness, an investigation found. A report released Friday was heavily blacked out, but the readable portions said Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks didn't pay for $5,000 worth of a gym membership and 48 personal training sessions. He also had elliptical exercise machine...
Gunman surrenders after fatal shooting on Las Vegas Strip

Gunman surrenders after fatal shooting on Las Vegas Strip

The gunman in a fatal shooting on the Las Vegas Strip who barricaded himself inside a public bus has surrendered peacefully after shutting down the busy tourism corridor for hours, police said. The standoff began about 11 a.m. Saturday with a shooting that killed one person and injured another. It happened on a double-decker bus stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino. Two...

Arrests after scuffle breaks out at California Trump rally

A scuffle broke out on a Southern California beach where supporters of President Donald Trump were marching when counter-protesters doused organizers with pepper spray, authorities said Saturday. The violence erupted when the march of about 2,000 people at Bolsa Chica State Beach reached a group of about 30 counter-protesters, some of whom began spraying the irritant, said Capt. Kevin Pearsall of...
1 dead, 1 injured in shooting near Vegas’ Cosmopolitan hotel 

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting near Vegas’ Cosmopolitan hotel 

For the second time in less than 24 hours, police have swarmed the Las Vegas Strip after at least one person was killed in a shooting near the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino. Police said Saturday afternoon that the situation was not an active shooter situation.  The suspect peacefully surrendered around 6 p.m., according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Around 11:30 a.m. Las Vegas...
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...
Burglary at Bellagio Hotel and Casino prompts lockdown on Vegas strip

Burglary at Bellagio Hotel and Casino prompts lockdown on Vegas strip

Las Vegas police are investigating a burglary at a retail store in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino after an incident that occurred overnight Friday, The Associated Press reported.  >> Read more trending news Police said Saturday they believe at least three people entered the store. It was not immediately clear what items were stolen. The store was closed at the time of the burglary...

Armed heist at Cartier shop in Monaco, 1 suspect captured

Police in Monaco say robbers have carried out an armed heist at a luxurious Cartier jewelry shop in Monte Carlo and one of the suspects has been captured. The Monegasque police authority said three individuals carrying at least one firearm targeted the shop Saturday afternoon near the famed casino square in the French principality. Police say the robbers fled and set fire to their getaway car. One...

6-year-old got gun at LA-area school; families kept in dark

Authorities learned a 6-year-old brought a gun to an elementary school outside Los Angeles, but parents of other students didn't learn about it for nearly two weeks. The student's grandmother found the firearm in his backpack earlier in March. The Sun newspaper reported (goo.gl/3spf8z) that the child said he received it from another student in the Cucamonga School District, about 40 miles (64 kilometers)...

Idaho woman says she crashed because she saw a sasquatch

A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2n2zshf ) that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 on Wednesday when she struck a deer near Potlatch. The woman told Benewah County Sheriff's officials that she saw a sasquatch chasing a deer...
Couple accused of killing deaf son, lighting house on fire to destroy evidence

Couple accused of killing deaf son, lighting house on fire to destroy evidence

A couple has been indicted on accusations that they murdered their deaf teenage son and then burned down their house to cover up the crime, the Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  According to the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office in New York, Ernest F. Franklin II, 35, and his wife, Heather Franklin, 33, of Guilford, New York, were charged with second-degree...
NYC says Trump Tower resident wrongly rented out on Airbnb

NYC says Trump Tower resident wrongly rented out on Airbnb

A Trump Tower apartment owner was fined $1,000 by the city after they say she wrongly rented the home out on Airbnb. Yelena Yelagina owns apartment 30H at 721 Fifth Avenue, the glitzy address of President Donald Trump, according to an affidavit filed with the summons seen by The Associated Press Saturday. The New York Times reported the apartment was available starting in September for up to $450...
Feds reach agreement with Wittenberg U. on sexual assault complaints

Feds reach agreement with Wittenberg U. on sexual assault complaints

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has reached an agreement with Wittenberg University after finding that the university’s handling of complaints arising from reports of sexual assault violated federal law. The probe, under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, was based on complaints filed in July 2011 and April 2013, alleging that the university failed...
Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States. The Wall Street Journal first reported Woolsey's comments and posted a video interview with him late Friday . A Flynn...
Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's EU departure

Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's EU departure

Tens of thousands protested Saturday under sunny skies in London against plans for Britain to withdraw from the European Union. The Unite for Europe march, which saw many people carrying bright blue EU flags, came just days before Britain is expected to begin its formal separation from the other 27 nations in the EU. The crowds observed a minute of silence at Parliament Square as a tribute to the...
Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias

Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House's Mideast peace efforts. But some say these ties, which include a previously undisclosed real estate deal in New Jersey with a major Israeli insurer, may give Kushner a surprising...
Chicago teacher fired for telling student to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Chicago teacher fired for telling student to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A Chicago-area teacher was fired this month for telling a student to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. According to The Chicago Tribune, Vince Ziebarth, a full-time driver’s ed teacher at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois, was upset when one of his students wouldn’t stand for the pledge. He told the student to either get on his feet or forgo that day&rsquo...
Poker tables keep decreasing on Nevada casino floors

Poker tables keep decreasing on Nevada casino floors

When the Monte Carlo casino closes its eight-table poker room in about a month as part of a $450 million overhaul, the Las Vegas Strip will be down nearly a quarter of the tables it had a decade ago. Casinos constantly adjust their floors to meet customer demand. And unlike the boom years when they competed for card fans after everyman Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker's main event in...
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...
Class assignment leads 8-year-old to become bestselling author

Class assignment leads 8-year-old to become bestselling author

What started off as a school assignment led one 8-year-old girl to land on Amazon’s Best Seller list. >> Read more trending news Nia Mya Reese is a student in Hoover, Alabama. She has an “annoying” little brother who constantly keeps her on her toes. “He won’t always listen,” Nia told CBS News. Nia Mya wrote a book about her experiences as a big...
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...
Man plans ‘celebration of life’ party, dies the  next day

Man plans ‘celebration of life’ party, dies the next day

The day after gathering with his friends and family one last time to celebrate his life, a Michigan man died. >> Read more trending news Earlier this month, Robert J. Eleveld wrote an article that appeared in the obituary section of the Grand Rapids Press. “As I write this notice, I am still with you, although my doctors have informed me that this status will change in the near future...
AP FACT CHECK: The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

AP FACT CHECK: The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn't give up on anything easily. A look at how that sensational charge and a variety of other...
Harambe fans rejoice: Charity to host gorilla-themed run in Cincinnati

Harambe fans rejoice: Charity to host gorilla-themed run in Cincinnati

A pack of gorillas will take over downtown Cincinnati next month, but they haven’t escaped from the Cincinnati Zoo. The Gorilla Glue Company will host its annual Cincinnati Gorilla Run, a 5k that raises funds and awareness for mountain gorillas. The race is on April 2, starting at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse at 925 Riverside Drive. Race participants buy and dress up in gorilla suits, which...
Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees spend several long days in televised hearings, they still manage to reveal a few things about themselves, professionally and personally. Here are a few things...
2 North Carolina children found stabbed to death

2 North Carolina children found stabbed to death

North Carolina police said they have found the bodies of two missing children Saturday morning in Hoke County. >> Read more trending news  Fayetteville police had been searching for 2-year-old Serenity and 4-day-old Genesis Freeman overnight Friday. They were in their father's custody when they disappeared and he reportedly refused to tell police where the children were. Tillman Freeman...
Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important...
Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's DC neighbors

Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's DC neighbors

Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don't make for very good neighbors, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags at the curb for days. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans. Neighbors of Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children have...
Florida man steals meat from supermarket

Florida man steals meat from supermarket

This could be called a high-steaks robbery. According to a release from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, authorities are looking for a man caught on camera stealing steaks from a South Florida Publix. Deputies say that the man, donning “a short salt-and-pepper haircut,” a black shirt, black pants and black Nike shoes, stole from the meat department of a Weston Publix on...
Shots fired at Las Vegas casino

Shots fired at Las Vegas casino

Gunshots were fired during a burglary Saturday at a high-end retail store inside a Las Vegas, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news Casino police said they are investigating the incident, which took place inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. In a statement Saturday, police said that a preliminary investigation suggests that at least three people entered the store...
Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid. The bill's withdrawal on Friday left in place the status quo under the Affordable Care Act. That was welcomed by several governors in the states...

EU transport chief calls for European car toll system

The European Union's transport commissioner is calling for a continentwide car toll system that would enable motorists to use all European roads without having to stop at borders. Many countries in the 28-nation EU have highway toll systems, but they are separate and work in different ways. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper in comments published Saturday...

McCain calls for Tillerson to be given team at US State Dept

U.S. Sen. John McCain is urging President Donald Trump to nominate a team of senior officials at the State Department to back up new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke Saturday during an event in Brussels. He pointed to "confusion" over whether Tillerson would attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. He does now plan to...
Parents question man who legally brought gun into trampoline park

Parents question man who legally brought gun into trampoline park

A Georgia man who legally took his handgun into a popular trampoline fun building was not breaking the law, but some parents are questioning the man’s decision. >> Read more trending news  Police were called to a Skyzone indoor trampoline park in Roswell on Sunday afternoon. The general manager reported that a man brought a gun inside and proceeded to jump on the trampolines with...

Gunshots fired in burglary of store at Bellagio in Las Vegas

Las Vegas police say they are investigating a burglary at a high-end retail store inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Police said in a statement Saturday that a preliminary investigation suggests that at least three people entered the store and one of them fired gunshots. No one was injured and a suspect was taken into custody. Authorities say initial reports indicated there was an active shooter...
Florida man buys pancakes, eats them in city crosswalk

Florida man buys pancakes, eats them in city crosswalk

A Florida man who went to an IHOP restaurant on Tuesday and ordered pancakes decided to enjoy his meal in the crosswalk of a busy street, the Lakeland Ledger reported. While the action drew plenty of laughter from witnesses, police in the Florida city located between Tampa and Orlando were not amused. >> Read more trending news Kiaron Thomas, 21, of Lakeland, was charged with placing an...

N. Carolina father accused of killing newborn, toddler

A North Carolina father was charged Saturday with stabbing his infant and toddler daughters to death, a day after he drove off with them "in a rage." Tillman Freeman III, 30, of Fayetteville is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman, said Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin. Their bodies were found about...

4 Ways Your Credit Card Can Help You Build Credit (For Real)

For plenty of people — and millennials especially — a credit card is a scary prospect. And we get why: Phenomenal spending power plus itty-bitty charging restrictions equals a major opportunity to go into debt. But if you’re foregoing credit cards completely, you could be making it harder on yourself when it comes to another important facet of your finances: building a...

India's Reliance Industries penalized for alleged fraud

India's markets regulator has barred Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries and 12 others from trading in equity derivatives for a year for allegedly fraudulent trades made 10 years ago. The multibillion-dollar Reliance Industries rejected the ruling by the Securities and Exchange Board of India and said it would appeal the order. In its ruling late Friday, the securities regulator said that the...
TV ads prematurely thank congressmen for repealing Obamacare

TV ads prematurely thank congressmen for repealing Obamacare

Television advertisements thanking Republican representatives for repealing the Affordable Care Act on Friday has the conservative American Action Network PAC slightly red-faced. >> Read more trending news President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership suffered a major setback in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act when Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his bill to repeal...
Health care defeat is a brutal loss for Speaker Paul Ryan

Health care defeat is a brutal loss for Speaker Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Friday's painful rebuke is an ominous sign for President Donald Trump's agenda, from taxes to infrastructure to the budget. Looming in a few...
Florida sinkhole caused by unexpected culprits

Florida sinkhole caused by unexpected culprits

The culprits behind a 7-foot-deep Florida sinkhole might not be what you’d expect. >> Read more trending news It seems beavers appear to be behind the Walton County hole that has closed a road by Alligator Lake, according to Northwest Florida Daily News.  "We've always had problems with beavers where we don't have a bridge," Chance Powell, an engineer for Walton County...
Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in the White House. With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort. "We're going to be living...
Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths. The ceremony honoring the lives of the mother-daughter duo will be held at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, the storied cemetery that is their final resting place. People will be granted attendance at the event on a first-come, first-served basis,...
Woman who tried to jump White House fence dangles by shoelaces

Woman who tried to jump White House fence dangles by shoelaces

A woman from Washington state was arrested Tuesday night when she was found by Secret Service agents dangling by her shoelaces from the White House fence, NBC News reported. >> Read more trending news Marci Anderson Wahl, of Everett, Washington, pleaded not guilty and was released on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful entry Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court, according to court records. A Secret...
Florida couple overdoses, passes out with toddlers in car

Florida couple overdoses, passes out with toddlers in car

Tiffany Tapper and Matthew Anderson were on their way to the home of Tapper’s parent Thursday night in South Florida with their two toddlers in the backseat when the couple passed out from drugs, police said.  >> Read more trending news  A passerby spotted Tapper, who was at the wheel, and Anderson unconscious in the car in Boynton Beach. Anderson, 27, told police he passed out...
US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled. Amos Yee, 18, has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Attorneys said he could be released from a Wisconsin detention center as early as...
Indian politician banned after hitting flight attendant with slipper

Indian politician banned after hitting flight attendant with slipper

An Indian politician was banned from flying on most of the country’s major airlines after admitting he used a slipper to hit an Air India steward, The Guardian reported. >> Read more trending news Ravindra Gaikwad, a member of India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, said the attendant had insulted him on the Pune to New Delhi flight. “What did he...
Missing Washington, D.C., teens: What to know

Missing Washington, D.C., teens: What to know

On March 24, a surge of photos posted by everyday people and celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson and LL Cool J on social media show images with text claiming that 14 girls have disappeared in the last 24 hours in Washington, D.C., and the images have continued to pick up steam.   WRC reported however, that the information in those images is not entirely true. Here are things...
1 dead after plane crashes into home in Georgia

1 dead after plane crashes into home in Georgia

One person has died after a plane crashed into a home in a Marietta, Georgia, neighborhood Friday evening. The Federal Aviation Administration said a Cessna Citation I aircraft en route to the Fulton County Airport went down around 7:20 p.m. The pilot was the only person on the plane and died in the crash. Cobb County fire officials said the plane left from Wilmington, Delaware. Fire officials said...
No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump

No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump

In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the health care law. Democrats said Americans can "breathe a sigh of relief." Trump said Obama's law was imploding "and soon will explode." Thwarted...

Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments. Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington to stealing from the Social Security Administration and bribing a federal judge. The man...

Study: Chicago stop-and-frisk numbers drop, more work needed

A study of the Chicago Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedures released Friday revealed a dramatic decrease in the number of stops since an American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois lawsuit, but found that officers were still targeting racial minorities. The report by former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, the first one issued under an agreement the city reached with the ACLU in 2015,...
Man sentenced in death of pregnant ex-girlfriend in Hawaii

Man sentenced in death of pregnant ex-girlfriend in Hawaii

A judge sentenced a man Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the murder of his ex-girlfriend who disappeared while pregnant with his child in Hawaii. A jury last year convicted 27-year-old Steven Capobianco of second-degree murder in the death of Carly "Charli" Scott. She was five months pregnant when she disappeared from the island of Maui in 2014. Second Circuit Chief...
Oregon woman pleads guilty to assaulting passenger on flight

Oregon woman pleads guilty to assaulting passenger on flight

An Oregon woman pleaded guilty Friday to a felony assault charge that was filed after a female passenger complained that she had been groped during a flight from Las Vegas to Portland. Heidi McKinney, 27, of suburban Portland, was arrested May 8, 2016, after the Alaska Airlines flight landed at Portland International Airport. The victim told authorities she had been touched on the breast and genitals...
Ohio’s Senators tout Wright-Patt as budget pressures mount

Ohio’s Senators tout Wright-Patt as budget pressures mount

Ohio’s two U.S. senators say a federal government shut down is unlikely next month, but added the prospect of keeping spending levels at last year’s rate could stay in place beyond a late April deadline to reach a budget deal. Five U.S. senators, including Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, were joined by John Boozman, R-Ark., and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member...
Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

President Donald Trump went old school on Friday, calling reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times to announce that he had ordered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare pulled from consideration in the House when it became clear there weren't enough votes for passage. One of those reporters — Robert Costa of the Post — tweeted news from the surprise phone call a minute...
Mother with cancer dies a day after delivering twins

Mother with cancer dies a day after delivering twins

A Fresno, California, mother died a day after welcoming newborn twins. KGO-TV reported that Jamie Snider, 30, had been diagnosed with cervical cancer for the second time. She discovered the cancer returned when she learned she was pregnant. Throughout her pregnancy, Snider underwent intensive treatment that included chemotherapy. “They couldn't give her too much chemo because it would affect...
Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard, according to an audio recording released Friday. "I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway," Ford told an air traffic controller shortly after the near-miss...
More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google's ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have also suspended their advertising on YouTube after the Wall Street Journal found Google's automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing...

Tillerson to attend NATO summit he originally was to skip

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend a major NATO foreign ministers meeting after all. Tillerson had alarmed allies when word emerged he was skipping the semiannual meeting in Brussels, but did plan to visit Russia in May. The State Department had said Tillerson had a scheduling conflict and had proposed alternative dates to the 28-member bloc for their meeting. NATO's chief had said the alliance...
After health care bill's withdrawal, elation and anger

After health care bill's withdrawal, elation and anger

Some Americans breathed a sigh of relief, others bubbled with frustration, and nearly all resigned themselves to the prospect that the latest chapter in the never-ending national debate over health care would not be the last. The withdrawal of the Republican-sponsored health bill in the face of likely defeat Friday in the U.S. House seemed to ensure that the deep divisions over the Affordable Care...

The Latest: California air regulators keep fuel standards

The Latest on California's car-emission standards (all times local): 2:18 p.m. California air regulators have voted to keep the state's tougher car-emissions standards through 2025 and further expand the market for zero-emission vehicles in the years ahead. The state's Air Resources Board voted unanimously on Friday at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022 to 2025. While the...
8-week-old boy found strapped to car seat in parking lot; parents arrested

8-week-old boy found strapped to car seat in parking lot; parents arrested

A Texas couple was charged with child endangerment Thursday after a woman told Harris County sheriff’s deputies that she found their 8-week-old child in the middle of a parking lot, according to multiple reports. A woman called police Tuesday night after finding the baby boy strapped to a car seat in a parking space in a Katy strip mall, the Houston Chronicle reported. The child was cold...
Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs trouble

Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs trouble

President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult. In a proposal that has riled some folks in Tennessee, including a very distant relative of the nation's 11th president, some state lawmakers want to move Polk's body to what...
‘World’s Greatest Leader’ list includes Kasich, LeBron

‘World’s Greatest Leader’ list includes Kasich, LeBron

Who’s a better leader, John Kasich or LeBron James? According to Fortune magazine, the Cleveland Cavaliers star edges out the Ohio governor, but Kasich did well nonetheless, finishing 12th in the publication’s fourth annual ranking of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” Related: You can call up the list here The list is purposely eclectic and includes the likes of comedian...
EF Hutton borrows $3M against prominent downtown Springfield building

EF Hutton borrows $3M against prominent downtown Springfield building

EF Hutton America has borrowed $3 million using the company’s downtown office tower as collateral, according to documents filed with the Clark County Recorder’s Office. The documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun show EF Hutton America took out an open-end mortgage on the property at 1 Main St. last month. Chris Daniels, the company’s CEO, declined to comment on the transaction...
Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Friday's painful rebuke is an ominous sign for President Donald Trump's agenda, from taxes to infrastructure to the budget. Looming in a few...
Company will pay you $10K a month to travel, stay in luxury homes

Company will pay you $10K a month to travel, stay in luxury homes

A vacation rental company is hiring for a job that sounds like a dream for many. Glamour magazine reported that ThirdHome, which provides luxury vacation rentals, has listed what it’s calling the “best job on the planet” on its Facebook page. The three month contract position is for a “storyteller” who can blog, write and take photos of “up to twelve...
Amy Schumer drops out of live-action ‘Barbie’ movie

Amy Schumer drops out of live-action ‘Barbie’ movie

According to a new report from Variety magazine, actress and comedian Amy Schumer will not appear in the live-action “Barbie” film, as previously planned.  >> Read more trending news News that Schumer would star in the production was announced in December.  This week, Schumer announced that she would no longer be able to participate in the production due to scheduling issues...

Trump's Keystone XL decision sets up new fight in Nebraska

President Donald Trump may have approved a federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fight is far from over in Nebraska, the one state in its path that has yet to approve the project. The pipeline's fate once again rests with the Nebraska Public Service Commission, an independently elected group of four Republicans and one Democrat. Organized opposition in Nebraska has hindered pipeline...

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...

Police: Vegas cabbie went to victim's home after sex assault

Police say a Las Vegas cabdriver went back to the customer he'd been accused of sexually assaulting while she was passed out and offered her money, flowers and apologies after surveillance video footage of the incident surfaced. The driver, 25-year-old Abdul Based, was arrested Friday. He has declined media interviews, and his attorney, Benjamin Durham, didn't immediately respond to messages. The...

How to Invest $50,000

Everyone has a different definition of financial comfort, but let’s just say there’s not a whole lot uncomfortable about $50,000 landing in your lap — except, maybe, the weight of all that paper. Deciding how to invest that amount of cash can get pretty heavy, too, especially if you — like most people — aren’t used to a flood of money all at once...
Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal

Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno. The jury found Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment over his handling of a complaint against the...
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...

How I Ditched Student Debt: ‘Monster Payments’

In this series, we’re talking to people who’ve paid off their student loans, breaking down how they did it and what they learned.
U-shaped skyscraper might be coming to America

U-shaped skyscraper might be coming to America

 A unique U-shaped building that could be the longest in the world might be coming to the United States. Plans for building “The Big Bend” could redefine the Manhattan skyline. “If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan,” design studio Oiio said in...
Should You Pay Your Taxes With A Credit Card?

Should You Pay Your Taxes With A Credit Card?

It is hard to beat the convenience of a credit card for purchases, but does that same convenience make it worth paying your taxes by credit card? It might, but that depends on several factors involving money and time. The major ones are listed below. Fees – By law, the IRS cannot pay credit card transaction fees. As a result, credit card payments to the IRS are handled through secure third...
Wittenberg breaks ground on $40M complex designed to lure students

Wittenberg breaks ground on $40M complex designed to lure students

Wittenberg University leaders broke ground Friday on a $40 million indoor athletic facility that they hope will help with student recruitment and facilitate more connections with the Springfield community. Among the features of the new 125,000 square-feet complex will be an indoor 100-yard artificial turf surface; a six-lane, 300-meter indoor track; a 7,000-square-foot weight room; a sport performance...
EU leaders converge on Rome to rekindle sense of unity

EU leaders converge on Rome to rekindle sense of unity

Posing with Pope Francis before Michelangelo's masterpiece "The Last Judgment" at the Vatican, European Union leaders started their weekend pilgrimage in Rome hoping that a visit to the cradle of their unity project could somehow rekindle the vigor of the bloc's youth. More and more, it looks like the EU's future will have less unanimity and more areas where groups of EU nations advance...

House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier, Trump had...
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