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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $30M to house homeless, low-income families

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is spending $30 million to house 94 homeless and low-income families in south Seattle. The Seattle Times reports that Allen’s donation to the Mount Baker Family Housing development is the largest funding piece for the project. Allen has been partnered with the project throughout its design process. Mercy Housing Northwest and Mary’s Place...
Get out the needle: Tattoo artists show off their skills

Get out the needle: Tattoo artists show off their skills

Tattoo fans around the world may be wondering just where their favorite artists are. Wonder no longer: Tattoo experts from 22 countries are showing off their skills at a convention in the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux. The Montreux Tattoo Convention, which opened on Friday and ends Sunday, features some 160 artists along with concerts and competitions. It's the fourth edition of the gathering.
The Latest: Pope warns Lithuanians about anti-Semitism

The Latest: Pope warns Lithuanians about anti-Semitism

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Pope Francis is warning against a rebirth of the "pernicious" anti-Semitic sentiments that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance for Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly extinguished during World War II. Francis spoke at a Mass...

Germany's Porsche says it won't produce new diesel models

Porsche's chief executive says the sports car maker won't produce any new diesel models in the wake of parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal. CEO Oliver Blume told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper that, although Porsche itself never developed and produced diesel engines, its image has suffered from the scandal that erupted in 2015. He was quoted as saying the company wants to concentrate...

Israel gives West Bank village Oct. 1 demolition deadline

The Israeli military has informed residents of a West Bank hamlet that they have until Oct. 1 to leave before their homes face demolition. Israel says Khan al-Ahmar, an encampment of corrugated shacks outside an Israeli settlement, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents a few miles away. But Palestinians and other critics say it's impossible for Palestinians to get building permits...
German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief

German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief

The leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition were trying Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief and stabilize their six-month-old alliance. The center-left Social Democrats want Hans-Georg Maassen removed for appearing to downplay recent violence against migrants, but conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has stood...
6-year-old boy with special needs missing from North Carolina park

6-year-old boy with special needs missing from North Carolina park

Emergency responders began a massive search at a North Carolina park Saturday afternoon for a 6-year-old boy with special needs. Maddox Ritch was last seen at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Search and rescue boats were sent to the lake at the park. Authorities said he was wearing an orange shirt with “I’m the man” on the front. Maddox is 4 feet tall and...
The Latest: Iran says US ally behind military parade attack

The Latest: Iran says US ally behind military parade attack

The Latest on the fallout from Saturday's attack on a military parade in Iran (all times local): 11 a.m. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani claims an unnamed U.S.-allied country supports the group that attacked a military parade on Saturday. Rouhani said Sunday that the U.S. supports small nations in the southern Persian Gulf that in turn back the militants behind the attack. He did not identify the...
Swiss vote on bids to improve food quality, protect farmers

Swiss vote on bids to improve food quality, protect farmers

Swiss voters on Sunday were deciding on two separate proposals aimed at protecting Swiss farmers more and ensuring that food from both domestic and foreign farmers and producers is healthier, more environmentally sound and animal-friendly. Yet polls show costs concerns, government opposition and other factors have dented public support for the proposals, the latest referendum in Switzerland's form...
UK's Labour party ponders supporting new Brexit referendum

UK's Labour party ponders supporting new Brexit referendum

Britain's Labour Party may hold the fate of Brexit in its hands — if only it can decide what to do. With the U.K. and the European Union at an impasse in divorce talks, many Labour members think the left-of-center opposition party has the power — and a duty — to force a new referendum that could reverse Britain's decision to leave the 28-nation bloc. Labour's leadership has long...
Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

Activists say powerful Iranian-backed militias that control Iraq's oil capital of Basra have waged a campaign of intimidation and arbitrary arrests to silence protests aimed at poor government services and Tehran's outsized influence in the region. Some protesters say they have been beaten or threatened. One militia leader denies orders for a clampdown were given, but another says the groups seek...
Nordstrom selling taped-up, 'distressed' shoes for $530

Nordstrom selling taped-up, 'distressed' shoes for $530

If you're looking to buy a pair of trashed sneakers with duct tape across the toe, Seattle-based Nordstrom has you covered.  For $530, Nordstrom is selling the Superstar Taped Sneaker made by Golden Goose.  "Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole," ...
Pope honors victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes in Baltics

Pope honors victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes in Baltics

Pope Francis paid tribute Sunday to Lithuanians who suffered and died during Soviet and Nazi occupations on the day the country remembers the near-extermination of its centuries-old Jewish community during the Holocaust. Francis began his second day in the Baltics in Lithuania's second city, Kaunas, where an estimated 3,000 Jews survived out of a community of 37,000 during the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation...
100 years ago, US fought its deadliest battle in France

100 years ago, US fought its deadliest battle in France

It was America's deadliest battle ever, with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded and more ammunition fired than in the whole of the Civil War. The Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918 was also a great American victory that helped bringing an end to World War 1. A remembrance ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon in the Meuse-Argonne cemetery, which is surrounded by green fields...
Maldives election begins amid opposition cry of unfairness

Maldives election begins amid opposition cry of unfairness

Huge crowds flocked to closely guarded polling stations on Sunday to vote in the Maldives' third multiparty presidential elections, widely seen as a referendum on the island nation's young democracy. Both President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, voted in the capital, Male, shortly after polls opened. More than 260,000 of the 400,000 Maldivians were eligible...
18-month-old found alone in shopping cart in Target parking lot

18-month-old found alone in shopping cart in Target parking lot

Police are investigating after a child was found in a shopping cart alone outside a Target in Massachusetts. Authorities said the boy, who is about 18 months old, was found around 1 p.m. Saturday in Easton. The boy was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for further evaluation, but police said he appeared to be unharmed. Authorities said two men and two women were seen on security camera from...
Details of Thursday hearing for Kavanaugh accuser to be set

Details of Thursday hearing for Kavanaugh accuser to be set

Details must be worked out on a tentative agreement for a Thursday hearing for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her decades ago. Talks were continuing Sunday. Lawyers for Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement after a short but...
US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and to prove they will not be a burden — or "public charge" — but the new rules detail a broad range of programs that could disqualify them. The Department...
Sheriff asks residents to stop bothering a vacationing Post Malone

Sheriff asks residents to stop bothering a vacationing Post Malone

The Morgan County Sheriff asked residents, mostly children, Friday to stop bothering entertainer Post Malone, who is in the area on vacation, officials said. >> Read more trending news  “If you see him out on the town feel free to say hello, he has been very kind and respectful to all who have talked to him,” officials said in a post on Facebook. “Our office will enforce...
Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade

Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf was behind an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded around 70. Rouhani did not identify those behind Saturday's attack, which was claimed by an Arab separatist group. He could have been referring to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain — close U.S. military...
Some flea-tick products increase seizure risk in pets, FDA says

Some flea-tick products increase seizure risk in pets, FDA says

Some flea and tick drugs could cause seizures and other neurological issues in pets, and owners should consult with their veterinarians to decide on an appropriate treatment, the Food and Drug Administration said.  >> Read more trending news  Some cats and dogs on Bravecto, Nexgard, Credelio and Simparica, which use isoxazoline, had muscle tremors, ataxia and seizures, the...
US seeks to curtail green cards for immigrants on public aid

US seeks to curtail green cards for immigrants on public aid

The Trump administration on Saturday proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and to prove they will not be a burden — or "public charge" — but the new rules detail a broad range of programs that could disqualify them...
Hundreds mark Hurricane Maria anniversary near Trump resort

Hundreds mark Hurricane Maria anniversary near Trump resort

Dozens of vehicles slowly approached President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Saturday afternoon, blasting reggaeton and salsa as they drove by. They honked their horns and waved Puerto Rican flags draped from their car windows and trunks. They were on their way to a rally a few miles away to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. Despite the scorching hot sun, hundreds...
Strip club closed after food stamps used to buy lap dances, drugs, investigators say

Strip club closed after food stamps used to buy lap dances, drugs, investigators say

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission revoked the liquor permit of Sharkey’s bar, an adult entertainment establishment, effective at the close of business Thursday, after investigators used food stamps to buy lap dances. >> Read more trending news  Agent-in-Charge Michelle Thourot said agents began investigating the Twenty Two Fifty Inc., also known as Sharkey’s, in May 2017. During...
National Guard delivers 7,000 hot plates to residents affected by gas pipeline explosion

National Guard delivers 7,000 hot plates to residents affected by gas pipeline explosion

Merrimack Valley residents affected by last week's gas explosions and fires still don't have gas service as crews work to restore 48 miles of pipeline. Without gas service, most residents won't be able to heat their homes or cook their food. With that in mind, officials have implemented temporary solutions into their recovery plan, which includes delivering hot plates and space heaters to residents...
China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal

China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal

China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment. The Defense Ministry said the U.S. had no right to interfere in Chinese military cooperation with Russia. "We demand that the U.S...
Man mows down nearly a dozen emus in Australian outback, video shows

Man mows down nearly a dozen emus in Australian outback, video shows

The driver has a thick mustache, black glasses and wears a hat as he delights in mowing down nearly a dozen emus at breakneck speed in the Australian outback, a video shows.  Other than that, much about the video is unknown. >> Read more trending news  The Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New South Wales shared the video Thursday in an attempt to change that...
Seattle moves to replace totem poles with authentic indigenous art

Seattle moves to replace totem poles with authentic indigenous art

Totem poles have become a symbol of Seattle, but it turns out they have nothing to do with the Coast Salish people of the Northwest. Now there is a growing movement to right the cultural wrongs done by well-meaning white settlers. >> Read more trending news  Totem poles from Alaska's tribes, Chief Seattle dressed in the headdress of a Great Plains tribe - these are just some of the things...

The Latest: Arizona GOP congressman says siblings hate Trump

The Latest on a political ad against an Arizona congressman featuring his siblings (all times local): 420 p.m. A Republican congressman in Arizona is firing back at six of his siblings who have urged voters in a TV ad to oust him from office in November. Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar on Saturday responded to the unusual ad being aired by his opponent in the race for the seat in northwestern Arizona...
Woman, Great Dane attacked by dogs from homeless woman's RV

Woman, Great Dane attacked by dogs from homeless woman's RV

Leslie Shelton went to take a walk with her Great Dane, Lily, but they didn't get far before they were attacked by three dogs, which came from one of the RVs parked along the street near her home. >> Read more trending news  Shelton says the woman who lives inside the RV opened the door and three dogs bounded out. “Her three dogs were right there and just came running, teeth bared...
Campaign calls on Hawaii island tourists to be respectful

Campaign calls on Hawaii island tourists to be respectful

The Big Island visitors bureau and Hawaii County have launched a campaign that aims to create a more conscientious tourism industry on the Big Island. The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau Executive Director Ross Birch and county Managing Director Will Okabe presented the new "Pono Pledge" at a Thursday event, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported . The campaign will remind tourists to treat...

US lawmakers scuttle plan to limit airline change fees

Lawmakers have scuttled a plan to prohibit airlines from charging "unreasonable" fees for changing or canceling tickets. But U.S. House and Senate leaders say they will direct the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats as part of a new spending bill. The bill also prohibits airlines from removing passengers against their will from overbooked flights...
15-month-old dies after choking on toy at day care, parents say

15-month-old dies after choking on toy at day care, parents say

The parents of a 15-month old baby who died after choking on a toy at day care said they're devastated. >> Read more trending news  The facility where the incident allegedly happened was closed Friday and the Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident. Little Malik was left fighting for his life. His father, Earl Baker, said the boy choked on a toy while at day care...
Judge: California child can take cannabis drug to school

Judge: California child can take cannabis drug to school

A California kindergartner can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a judge sided with the family of 5-year-old Brooke Adams. The Rincon Valley Union School District in Santa Rosa sought to ban the ointment from school grounds because it contains the active...
Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said. Allegations have been made against the church by more than a dozen tribal members from the Navajo Nation and Crow Tribe of Montana. Four cases recently were settled, three were...
World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea. This year, 133 world...
Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of seat width and legroom is part of a five-year extension of federal aviation programs announced early Saturday by Republican and Democratic...
Car lands on roof of Pittsburgh supermarket, driver arrested for DWI

Car lands on roof of Pittsburgh supermarket, driver arrested for DWI

A car ended up on the roof of a Pittsburgh supermarket early Saturday morning. Police said they responded to a call around 4 a.m. at the Greenfield Giant Eagle, WPXI reported. >> Read more trending news  When they arrived, they found a car on the roof with the driver standing next to it. Giant Eagle employees were evacuated.  Police said the driver was traveling at a high rate...
Arizona congressman blasts siblings who endorsed opponent

Arizona congressman blasts siblings who endorsed opponent

Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar have urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate. The television ad from Democrat David Brill combines video interviews with Gosar-family siblings who ask voters to usher Paul Gosar out of office because he has broken with the family's values. They do not elaborate. They...
Comcast beats Fox in Sky auction with $39B bid

Comcast beats Fox in Sky auction with $39B bid

Comcast has emerged as the top bidder for European broadcaster Sky after a rare auction held by British regulators. After three rounds of secret bidding on Friday and Saturday, Comcast offered the higher price of 17.28 pounds ($22.58) per share for Sky, the equivalent of nearly 30 billion pounds ($39 billion). Rival 21st Century Fox offered 15.67 ($20.47) per share. In a statement, Sky recommended...
Storms dump record rain in Oklahoma and cause death in Texas

Storms dump record rain in Oklahoma and cause death in Texas

A storm system dumped record amounts of rain in parts of Oklahoma and caused flooding in Texas, including in the Dallas area, where floodwaters swept a man from a bridge to his death near the University of Texas' campus in nearby Arlington. "(A) witness ... stated that the victim was swept under a bridge by rushing waters," shortly before midnight Friday, according to Arlington Fire Department...

Fox, Comcast bid for Sky in rare auction

Comcast and 21st Century Fox are contenders for the highest bid for European broadcaster Sky. The two companies are competing Saturday in a rare auction to determine which bid for Sky is the highest. The three-round auction began Friday after the London stock market closed. Britain's regulator, the Takeover Panel, set up the auction to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American...

Ex-health minister tapped to lead Austrian opposition

Austria's main opposition party is set to make a former health minister its new leader after ex-Chancellor Christian Kern announced his departure. The Austria Press Agency reported that Kern said Saturday that the center-left Social Democrats' top leadership unanimously endorsed Pamela Rendi-Wagner, a 47-year-old doctor. She will be the first woman to lead the party. A party meeting Tuesday will formally...
The Latest: Hawaii national parks reopens after lava shut it

The Latest: Hawaii national parks reopens after lava shut it

The Latest on the reopening of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after an eruption that caused widespread damage to infrastructure (all times local): 9 a.m. A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape. Hawaii Volcanoes National...
WATCH: Customers duck for cover during gas station shootout

WATCH: Customers duck for cover during gas station shootout

Customers dived for cover during a shootout at a gas station in Illinois this month in an incident that was captured on surveillance video. >> Read more trending news  The shootout took place Sept. 12 at a Gas Mart in East St. Louis, KSDK reported. Police said two parties had a dispute outside of the gas station and began shooting at one another. Surveillance video taken from...
Danny DeVito receives lifetime achievement award in Spain

Danny DeVito receives lifetime achievement award in Spain

Actor Danny DeVito has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at Spain's most prestigious film festival in the northern coastal city of San Sebastian. DeVito, 73, received the award from the San Sebastian International Film Festival during Saturday's gala. The American comic film star is promoting the animated children's film "Smallfoot" at the festival. DeVito won an Emmy and a...

2 Greek journalists detained after minister files complaint

The publisher and editor in chief of a Greek newspaper have been detained over an article that alleges mishandling of European Union funds meant to improve conditions in migrant hotspots across the country. The journalists were detained following a complaint by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, whose ministry is handling the EU funding. The article published Friday alleged some of the recipients of...
Cosby to fight 'sexually violent predator' tag at sentencing

Cosby to fight 'sexually violent predator' tag at sentencing

Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing Monday will begin with testimony about his sex offender evaluation and, presumably, a fierce debate over whether the 81-year-old actor should be branded a sexually violent predator. The stakes are high given the lifetime counseling, community alerts and public shaming the designation would trigger. And it could become evidence in the defamation lawsuits filed against...
UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said. The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years. In a new report Friday, the agency said that about 237 million men and 46 million women faced alcohol problems, with the...
Milan fashion defends supply chain as designers unveil wares

Milan fashion defends supply chain as designers unveil wares

The talk off the Milan runway this season has been a perceived assault on Made-in-Italy's integrity. The Italian Fashion Chamber issued a statement during Milan Fashion Week defending the system following a report by The New York Times on exploited workers in the luxury supply chain in the southern region of Puglia. The chamber said in a statement the report "embitters and perplexes us for many...
Guardsman's home ransacked while assisting hurricane victims

Guardsman's home ransacked while assisting hurricane victims

Luis Ocampo did not get the homecoming he imagined after serving for days along the North Carolina coast as an Army National Guardsman. >> Read more trending news  While he was away helping those impacted by Hurricane Florence, he said his home back in Charlotte was robbed. Spc. Ocampo, 24, shares the home with his girlfriend, Kailey Finch, and their 1-year-old son. Finch told WSOC...
Teachers, others demand wage hikes at protest in Poland

Teachers, others demand wage hikes at protest in Poland

Thousands of state employees in Poland, including teachers, firefighters and health workers, have protested in Warsaw to demand higher wages and workplace changes. Poland's economy is booming and wages have been rising in the private sector. But those who protested Saturday say their state wages remain too law and have not been growing. One teachers' union says experienced teachers earn at most 3...
91-year-old man breaks Devils Tower climbing record to celebrate birthday

91-year-old man breaks Devils Tower climbing record to celebrate birthday

A man wanted to celebrate his 91st birthday in high style. Very high. >> Read more trending news  Dr. Bill Weber, of Florida, is now the oldest known person to have climbed the summit of Devils Tower in Wyoming, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. Rob Kelman, 87, held the previous title, CBS4 reported. The journey to the summit of Devils Tower took Weber 16 hours, the ...

7 Pakistani soldiers, 9 militants killed in shootout

Pakistan's military says security forces have raided militant hideouts setting off a shootout that left seven soldiers and nine militants dead. In a statement Saturday, the military said the operation was carried out in the Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad areas of North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan. The military said an army captain was among those killed. The military provided no details...
Italy extends time for vaccine proof for young school kids

Italy extends time for vaccine proof for young school kids

Italian parents have more time before having to produce proof to schools that their children have received 10 mandatory vaccinations. The Italian Senate has extended until March a requirement that families provide vaccination documentation so their children can attend nursery school or kindergarten. The certification requirement was supposed to have kicked in before the school year started in September...

Turkmenistan surprised by Tajikistan's rollback on railroad

A railroad project in Central Asia is apparently up in the air, with Turkmenistan saying that a Tajik envoy's statement apparently backtracking on the project is incomprehensible. Tajik Ambassador to Uzbekistan Imom Sodiq Ashourboyzoda said this week that his country has decided to indefinitely postpone building the railroad linking it with Turkmenistan via Afghanistan. The ambassador said the plan...

School head resigns over comment about black quarterbacks

A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that "You can't count on a black quarterback" in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned. In a letter Saturday to the Onalaska Independent School District board, Lynn Redden says his comment posted earlier in the week on the Houston Chronicle's Facebook page was "wrong and inappropriate." He also...
Art's iconic 'Blue Boy' gets major 250th birthday makeover

Art's iconic 'Blue Boy' gets major 250th birthday makeover

"Blue Boy" is getting a long-awaited makeover, and the public can watch as one of the world's most recognizable paintings gets a little nip here, a nice tuck there and some splashes of fresh paint (blue presumably) just in time for the eternally youthful adolescent to mark his 250th birthday. Thomas Gainsborough's stunning oil on canvas featuring a British youth dressed nearly all in blue...

State investigating restaurant that calmed lobsters with pot

State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana. The Portland Press Herald reports Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor remains open but has stopped allowing customers to request meat from lobsters sedated with marijuana. Owner Charlotte Gill is a state-licensed medical marijuana caregiver. Gill said Friday she...
North Dakota Senate candidate: Kavanaugh allegation 'absurd'

North Dakota Senate candidate: Kavanaugh allegation 'absurd'

North Dakota Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer said a sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "even more absurd" than Anita Hill's 1991 sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas because Kavanaugh and his accuser were teenagers who "evidently were drunk." Cramer, a U.S. House member, made the comments to Grand Forks radio station...

18 more convictions tied to corrupt Chicago cop to be tossed

Prosecutors are set to dismiss convictions against 18 more people that resulted from investigations by a corrupt Chicago police sergeant and his crew of tactical officers. The exonerations will take place Monday and will bring to 42 the total number of overturned convictions linked to then-Sgt. Ronald Watts since 2016, the Chicago Tribune reported . The latest reversals all involve drug cases brought...
Bannon dubs the far-right Europe's

Bannon dubs the far-right Europe's "new elite" patriots

Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon declared Saturday that far-right "patriots" are the "new elite" of Europe as he brought his push for a trans-national, anti-European Union drive to Italy. The ex-aide to U.S. President Donald Trump addressed a forum in Rome organized by a small far-right Italian opposition party. Bannon was asked if there should be a new "elite" in...
The Latest: Lawyer says woman doesn't recall attending party

The Latest: Lawyer says woman doesn't recall attending party

The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 12:10 a.m. The lawyer for a woman who Brett Kavanaugh's accuser has said attended the 1980s party at which he allegedly molested her has told Senate Republican investigators that the woman doesn't recall such a gathering or know the Supreme Court nominee. The Washington...
Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

John Bullock, the father of actress Sandra Bullock, died Tuesday, Us Magazine reported. He was 93. >> Read more trending news  John Bullock was preceded in death by his wife and Sandra Bullock’s mother, opera singer Helga Meyer, who died in 2000, the magazine reported. Sandra Bullock’s younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, confirmed her father’s death on Wednesday...
Police: Baby punched during brawl at Mexican restaurant in Texas

Police: Baby punched during brawl at Mexican restaurant in Texas

An argument over a plate led to a physical altercation between customers and a server, which resulted in a baby being punched in the head, police said. >> Read more trending news  The incident took place Tuesday at the El Matador restaurant in Denton, KDFW reported. Two women sharing a table asked for an extra plate and became upset at how long their request was taking, witnesses told...
Police beef up security for UN gathering, Trump visit

Police beef up security for UN gathering, Trump visit

Authorities in New York City are facing a security and logistical challenge of epic proportions with the coming arrival of President Donald Trump and other world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly. Though there's been no credible threats against the event, the security concerns are so broad that the New York Police Department has considered how it would stop assassins armed with poison...
The Latest: Official: Campaign office raided in bribery case

The Latest: Official: Campaign office raided in bribery case

The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local): 11:10 p.m. An opposition party spokesman in the Maldives says police obtained a warrant to search the main campaign office of the party's presidential candidate based on police intelligence that the office was being used to coordinate vote-buying. Spokesman Shauna Aminath says police obtained the 14-hour warrant Saturday to search...
Russian space chief: No '2nd-tier status' with NASA outpost

Russian space chief: No '2nd-tier status' with NASA outpost

Russia's space agency chief said Saturday that it wouldn't accept a second-tier role in a NASA-led plan to build an outpost near the moon, but Roscosmos spokesman quickly clarified that Russia is still staying in the project. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that Russia wouldn't be reduced to a junior partner in the NASA-led project to build the lunar orbital...
Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way. As Republicans remain in overwhelming control of state legislatures, Democrats are doubling their spending for this year's state House and Senate elections. It's a renewed and increasingly...
Surgery called success for Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts

Surgery called success for Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts

Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts has had successful surgery after slipping and hitting his head while playing with his dog in Florida. The Dickey Betts website says the "Ramblin' Man" and "Blue Sky" singer-songwriter and guitarist underwent surgery Friday to relieve swelling on his brain. A statement posted Saturday on the website says Betts and his family said...

US airstrike kills 18 al-Shabab after US attacked in Somalia

A U.S. military airstrike has killed 18 al-Shabab extremists after U.S. and local forces on the ground came under attack in southern Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command said Saturday. No U.S. or Somali forces were killed or injured in the attack, an AFRICOM spokesman, Nate Herring, told The Associated Press. The airstrike was carried out Friday in self-defense after extremists were "observed maneuvering...
UK envoy urges EU to step back from the Brexit 'abyss'

UK envoy urges EU to step back from the Brexit 'abyss'

Britain's foreign secretary on Saturday urged European Union leaders to "step back from the abyss" and seek a compromise over stalled Brexit negotiations. Jeremy Hunt told the BBC that the EU should work with Britain to try to find a way to make British Prime Minister Theresa May's "sensible, concrete proposals actually work" in the divorce between Britain and the bloc. He spoke...
Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN

Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN

North Korea's Kim Jong Un is "little rocket man" no more. President Donald Trump isn't a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard." In the year since Trump's searing, debut U.N. speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery. And there's fresh hope that the U.S. president's abrupt shift from coercion to negotiation can yield...
Parents face tougher rules to get immigrant children back

Parents face tougher rules to get immigrant children back

Armando Tabora desperately wants to get his teenage daughter out of the government detention facility where she has been for more than three months. He has been stymied at every turn. The Florida landscaping worker took the bold step of going to a government office to submit fingerprints and other documents required for immigrants to get their children out of government custody — and are now...
Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons

Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons

Egypt's highest appeals court on Saturday rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges. The ruling by the Court of Cassation, Egypt's final recourse for appeals in criminal cases, dashed any hope that Gamal, Mubarak's younger son and one-time heir apparent, could run for public office. A senior newspaper editor and confidant...
Florence sweeps away motel and family's hard work, savings

Florence sweeps away motel and family's hard work, savings

When the floodwaters from Florence receded, half the Starlite Motel was gone. A ragged lip of concrete edged parking spaces with no corresponding rooms, just a void of standing water and debris. The surge swept away personal belongings of the owner's family — even his father's wheelchair. And it wiped out the investment that three brothers from India had spent years working toward. "We...
3D-printed gun creator wanted on child sex charge arrested at Taiwan hotel

3D-printed gun creator wanted on child sex charge arrested at Taiwan hotel

The creator of the 3D-printed gun was arrested Friday in Taiwan after being accused of sexual assault in Texas, CNN reported Saturday. >> Read more trending news  A warrant to arrest Cody Wilson, 30, was issued earlier this week after allegations that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl he met on an adult dating site, according to police. Austin Police Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wilson...
Maldives police raid opposition office on eve of election

Maldives police raid opposition office on eve of election

Police in the Maldives raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on Saturday, the eve of an election viewed as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country. Police said they had obtained a warrant to search the office based on police intelligence that it may have been used to coordinate vote-buying, opposition spokesman Shauna Aminath told The Associated...
Thousands rally across Russia against raising pension ages

Thousands rally across Russia against raising pension ages

For yet another weekend, thousands rallied across Russia on Saturday to protest the government's plan to raise the eligibility age for retirement pensions by five years. Several thousand people attended a Moscow rally organized by the Communist Party and other leftist groups, which was authorized by city officials. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov called for rolling back the proposed changes...
More details released about 2-headed baby snake

More details released about 2-headed baby snake

A state herpetologist released new details about a two-headed baby Eastern copperhead snake found outside a home in Woodbridge, Virginia, WTVR reported. The snake was examined at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. >> Read more trending news  The center received the snake on Sept. 20, according to the center’s website.  “It appears as though the left head is...
The Latest: Video shows rescued Tanzania ferry survivor

The Latest: Video shows rescued Tanzania ferry survivor

The Latest on capsized Tanzanian ferry (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Video footage of the survivor found in a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the deadly disaster shows him carried quickly along a busy street by health workers and military personnel as a siren wails. Officials and state media say the man was an engineer who shut himself into the engine room as the badly overloaded ferry tipped...
Ole Miss considers changing name of journalism school after namesake's social media post

Ole Miss considers changing name of journalism school after namesake's social media post

The University of Mississippi is considering changing the name of its School of Journalism after receiving major backlash stemming from a controversial post made on Facebook by the school’s namesake.  >> Read more trending news  Ed Meek is a well-known and respected alumnus of Ole Miss, as well as a significant booster for the journalism program, WHBQ reported. The journalism...
Tanzania death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized ferry

Tanzania death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized ferry

It was a stunning discovery. As rescue divers probed a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster and the death toll soared past 200, a man was found in an air pocket, alive. He was an engineer, regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters. As the badly overloaded ferry overturned on Thursday in the final stretch before reaching shore, the man shut himself into the engine room, the...
Vatican, China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

Vatican, China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a "provisional agreement" over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a split among Chinese Catholics. The deal resolved one of the major sticking points in recent years, with the Vatican agreeing to accept seven bishops who were previously named by Beijing without...
'Incredible Hulk' star Lou Ferrigno becomes honorary deputy

'Incredible Hulk' star Lou Ferrigno becomes honorary deputy

The newest deputy in a Texas county has a reputation for being mean and green. And the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is more than happy to have actor Lou Ferrigno on its staff. >> Read more trending news  Ferrigno, who starred in “The Incredible Hulk” television series from 1978 to 1982, stopped by the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday on his way to Wizard World...

Congo reports Ebola death close to busy Ugandan border

A Congolese woman who refused an Ebola vaccination and then disappeared has died of the virus near the heavily traveled border with Uganda, which is preparing to begin vaccinations as needed. The confirmed Ebola death announced by local authorities highlights the challenges health workers are facing in a region of northeastern Congo that had never experienced an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever before...
The Latest: Pope quips

The Latest: Pope quips "I am the devil" next to John Paul

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltic countries (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Pope Francis has acknowledged that his reputation pales a bit compared to St. John Paul II — at least as far as Poles are concerned. Greeting journalists Saturday en route to Lithuania, Francis was given a book about the former pope by Polish photographer Grzegorz Galazka. Receiving the large book with a beaming...
British DJ to play Toto's 'Africa' for 5 hours to raise money

British DJ to play Toto's 'Africa' for 5 hours to raise money

A music venue in England wants to do more than simply bless the rains down in Africa. >> Read more trending news  The 1982 song by the rock ’n’ roll group Toto will be played for five consecutive hours on Nov. 30 to raise money for an African charity, the BBC reported. Disc jockey Michael Savage will begin playing the song at 11 p.m. and will loop the song until 4 a.m....
Cooler, fall-like weekend

Cooler, fall-like weekend

Sunshine emerges tomorrow along with comfortable temperatures Rain rolls in from the south by Monday morning Chance for stronger storms arrives Tuesday Tonight: Clouds recede towards the south with chilly air creeping in from the north. Some location towards the north could dip into the mid to upper 40s. The low for Dayton is right around 50 degrees. Sunday: A chilly start but overall nice...
California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

A Northern California barbershop owner apologized Friday and said he has received death threats after a photograph of a hanging doll in his shop portraying former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was posted on social media, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  The photograph was taken inside the Bowtie Barbershop in downtown Placerville and depicts a Kaepernick...
Hurricane relief donation collection at Company 7 BBQ in Englewood

Hurricane relief donation collection at Company 7 BBQ in Englewood

Hurricane relief donations are being collected in the Dayton area on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Ohio Senior Resources, in collaboration with God’s Grace Food Pantry, will be in the back parking lot of Company 7 BBQ, 1001 S. Main Street, to collect toiletries and essential items for hurricane relief in North Carolina, according to a release. The items...
Alabama boy, 13, found naked and chained in home

Alabama boy, 13, found naked and chained in home

A woman, her husband and her mother were arrested on child abuse charges Thursday after a 13-year-old boy was found naked and chained in a central Alabama home, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  Nicole Martin, 32, Joshua Daniel Martin, 26, and Vickie Seale Higginbottom, 58, were charged with torture and willful abuse of a child under 18 by the Autauga County Sheriff&rsquo...
Going bananas: Texas agents find $18M worth of cocaine in pallets of fruit

Going bananas: Texas agents find $18M worth of cocaine in pallets of fruit

Pallets of bananas that went unclaimed at port near Houston yielded a bunch of cocaine worth nearly $18 million, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news  A business in Freeport, Texas, offered two pallets of the fruit to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because they had not been claimed at the Ports of America, the television station reported. As two sergeants from the Scott...
Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

The fight for the House majority is over. At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in private, has begun to spill into the open as President Donald Trump's approval ratings sink and the Republican...
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