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French billionaire Bollore charged in Africa corruption case

French businessman Vincent Bollore has been given preliminary charges in an investigation into alleged corruption surrounding lucrative port deals in Africa. It was a stunning move against one of France's most powerful tycoons, whose Bollore Group has vast holdings from transport and media to the oil sector. Bollore said in a statement Wednesday that he was released pending further investigation....

Turkish court finds newspaper staff guilty on terror charges

A Turkish court has convicted journalists and other staff members from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on terror charges. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said Wednesday that 14 employees were found guilty of "aiding a terror group without being a member," with sentences ranging from 2 ½ to 7 ½ years. The newspaper said those convicted include the editor-in-chief,...
Lawyers say others were hurt in Copperfield illusion show

Lawyers say others were hurt in Copperfield illusion show

Lawyers for a British tourist who claims he was badly hurt taking part in an illusion by Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield told a judge on Wednesday that they've found three other people who were injured in Copperfield shows over the years. The three women came forward after hearing that Copperfield and the show's executive producer, Chris Kenner, denied knowing about anyone being hurt over...
On a diet? Avoid carbs or should you? Here’s what the science says

On a diet? Avoid carbs or should you? Here’s what the science says

You’ve probably seen advertisers or bloggers blaming carbohydrates for your inability to lose weight. Or you may have a friend or family member in your life who’s cut carbs as part of a trendy new diet plan. >> Read more trending news  While some dietitians have advocated cutting carbs to shed a few pounds, others have suggested the exact opposite. When it comes down to...
The Latest: Bush out of ICU, alert and doctors pleased

The Latest: Bush out of ICU, alert and doctors pleased

The Latest on the health of former President George H.W. Bush. (all times local): 2:15 p.m. A family spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is out of intensive care after being hospitalized a day after his wife's funeral. Spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday that the 93-year-old former president has been moved to a regular patient room and is expected to remain at Houston Methodist Hospital...
Disneyland tradition runs through generations for one family

Disneyland tradition runs through generations for one family

There are the families who go to the Disney’s theme parks every year and do all things Disney; then there are the Disney families who make Mickey Mouse’s parks their entire lives. Kaiden and Mikayla Gerlach are part of the second type of Disney families. They are the latest in a long line of family members who have all answered their calling to work for Disneyland, KABC reported. They&rsquo...

Man with weapon arrested at Iranian interests section in DC

A man with a weapon was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Iranian interests section in Washington, the Secret Service said. The incident took place at Pakistan's embassy, which houses the Iranian interests section because Iran and the U.S. severed diplomatic relations in 1979. The Secret Service said in a statement that agents responded to reports of shots fired. The agents determined that no shots...

Dog bites police horse during mounted unit event

Authorities say a dog in a yard near a police mounted unit event in Pennsylvania escaped and bit one of the participating horses on its legs. Allegheny County police say its mounted unit and one from Pittsburgh were in Wilmerding on Wednesday to talk to a citizens group about the duties and responsibilities of the units. Police say a dog that hadn't been properly secured escaped from a yard and bit...

Democrats demand more details on CIA nominee's covert work

Several Democratic senators are demanding more information about the ex-covert operative who's President Donald Trump's pick to lead the CIA. The senators say the public has a right to know details about Gina Haspel's time as a senior manager of a now-defunct program to harshly interrogate suspected terrorists after 9/11. And the lawmakers say there are — in their words — "other disturbing...

European Space Agency satellite rides to orbit from Russia

A Russian rocket has carried into orbit a satellite that is part of the European Space Agency's earth observation program. The Sentinel-3B satellite blasted off Wednesday from the Plesetsk launch facility in northern Russia, said the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The satellite, part of the ESA's Copernicus program, is to measure oceans, land, ice and the Earth's atmosphere.

Ancient skeleton of child found in ruins of Pompeii's bath

Work at ancient thermal baths in Pompeii's ruins has revealed the skeleton of a crouching child who perished in Mount Vesuvius' eruption in A.D. 79. Pompeii's director Massimo Osanna said in a statement Wednesday that the skeleton, believed to be of a 7- or 8-year-old child, was found during work in February to shore up the main ancient baths in the sprawling archaeological site. The skeleton was...
The Latest: Senator says Trump's VA pick will get hearing

The Latest: Senator says Trump's VA pick will get hearing

The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The chairman of a Senate panel reviewing President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs says the nominee will get a hearing to address complaints made against him of "unprofessional behaviors." Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson says White House...
The Latest: Brother of serial killer's victims cheers arrest

The Latest: Brother of serial killer's victims cheers arrest

The Latest on developments in a California serial killer case (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A family member of a couple who were victims of a California serial killer decades ago said the arrest of a suspect has brought closure. Bruce Harrington, whose brother and sister-in-law were killed in 1980 in Orange County, told reporters Wednesday that it's time for victims' families to grieve and "bring...
The Latest: Macron climate change appeal uses Trump's words

The Latest: Macron climate change appeal uses Trump's words

The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron speaking in front of a joint meeting of Congress (all times local): ___ 12:08 p.m. "I have a Rendezvous with Death." French President Emmanuel Macron used those chilling words from an American soldier-poet to stress the historical alliance between the U.S. and France in his speech to Congress. They were written by Alan Seeger a century ago in...
Southwest jet victim's husband: 'Mommy's not coming home'

Southwest jet victim's husband: 'Mommy's not coming home'

The husband of an Albuquerque woman killed in a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine while flying said he broke the news about her death to their two children at their school, telling them: "Mommy's not coming home, guys." Michael Riordan told ABC News in an interview broadcast Tuesday that that he asked the children to kneel with him, held their hands and told them he did not "...

Trump plan would raise rent for millions in public housing

Millions of families living in federally subsidized public housing would have to pay more for rent under a Trump administration proposal. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is asking Congress to raise the rent paid by public housing residents to 35 percent of income from the current 30 percent. The plan would also eliminate income deductions that could lower the rent. Elderly and disabled...
Carson plan would raise rent for millions in public housing

Carson plan would raise rent for millions in public housing

Millions of families living in federally subsidized public housing would pay more for rent under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. The proposal would have to be approved by Congress, where it could touch off a debate over how best to support some of the country's poorest and most vulnerable families. Democrats will likely put up fierce resistance...

Judge prevents Trump from cutting Planned Parenthood grants

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction blocking the Trump administration from cutting grants to Planned Parenthood that pay for a teen pregnancy prevention program in numerous states. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice of Spokane issued his ruling late Tuesday, after listening to arguments from attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "...
Tusk urges Russia ally Serbia to stay on EU membership path

Tusk urges Russia ally Serbia to stay on EU membership path

A senior European Union official has urged Serbia, a candidate for EU membership that is also Russia's key ally in Europe, to keep up its bid to join the bloc. European Council president Donald Tusk said Wednesday in Belgrade that the EU "is and wants to remain the most reliable partner of Serbia and the Western Balkans," a region aspiring for EU where Moscow traditionally is vying for influence...
Arizona opening day cares to get ready for teacher strike

Arizona opening day cares to get ready for teacher strike

From gathering gift cards, prepping boxed lunches and opening church doors for child care, communities across Arizona are getting ready for a historic teacher walkout that could keep hundreds of thousands of students out of school indefinitely. Working parents had a week to figure out where to send their children starting Thursday after teachers voted overwhelmingly to hold an unprecedented statewide...
US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems

US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems

Problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste is supposed to be treated in the future continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility, U.S. investigators have said. The Tri-City Herald reports that the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday that the site's contractor, Bechtel National, has not fully completed planned...
Republicans want answers from Pruitt as ethics woes mount

Republicans want answers from Pruitt as ethics woes mount

Republican senators said Wednesday they want President Donald Trump's embattled environmental chief to address questions about ethics and spending decisions, but so far are stopping short of calling for him to step down. Scott Pruitt's answers at House hearings Thursday could prove crucial in determining whether he stays atop the Environmental Protection Agency, lawmakers said. Republicans have largely...
18-month sentence for man who tried to get Trump's tax data

18-month sentence for man who tried to get Trump's tax data

A Louisiana private investigator was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for repeatedly trying to electronically access Donald Trump's federal tax information several weeks before the 2016 election. Jordan Hamlett, 32, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty in December to misusing Trump's Social Security number. He had faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when U.S. District...
Czech president suggests Israel embassy move to Jerusalem

Czech president suggests Israel embassy move to Jerusalem

The Czech Republic's president suggested Wednesday that his country was considering joining the U.S. in moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But the Czech government, which controls foreign policy, didn't confirm the announcement. President Milos Zeman spelled out the process of moving the embassy, saying it will take place in three steps: An honorary consulate will be opened in Jerusalem...
Audi recalls 1.2 million vehicles due to faulty coolant pumps

Audi recalls 1.2 million vehicles due to faulty coolant pumps

More than a million Audi vehicles are being recalled by Volkswagen Group of America because of faulty coolant pumps. Audi is a luxury brand of Volkswagen. >> Read more trending news  The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the company issued the recall on 1.2 million cars and SUVs with a 2-liter turbocharged engine. The recall includes the 2013-2016 A4, 2013-2017...
For Trump lookalike, crops worry more than social media fame

For Trump lookalike, crops worry more than social media fame

A woman in Spain has found unexpected fame on social media after many found she bore a striking resemblance to U.S. President Donald Trump. A journalist reporting on farming in northwestern Spain posted on Instagram a picture of Dolores Leis dressed in farm clothing with a hoe over her shoulder, prompting thousands of responses. The 64-year-old has since been asked to comment on pressing U.S. policy...
For Trump lookalike, crops worry more than social media fame

For Trump lookalike, crops worry more than social media fame

A woman in Spain has found unexpected fame on social media after many found she bore a striking resemblance to U.S. President Donald Trump. A journalist reporting on farming in northwestern Spain posted on Instagram a picture of Dolores Leis dressed in farm clothing with a hoe over her shoulder, prompting thousands of responses. The 64-year-old has since been asked to comment on pressing U.S. policy...
The Latest: Sri Lanka native ID'd as van attack victim

The Latest: Sri Lanka native ID'd as van attack victim

The latest on a van attack in Toronto which killed 10 people and injured 14 (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A Buddhist temple in Toronto has identified one of the victims of Monday's van attack as Renuka Amarasingha (am-uh-ruh-SEEN'-yuh). Mahavihara Buddhist Meditation Centre chief monk Ahangama Rathanasiri Thero (AN'-guh-mah Rah-than-ah-SEER'-ah THEER'-oh) says Amarasingha was a Canadian citizen who...
DNA linked former police officer to serial killings

DNA linked former police officer to serial killings

A DNA match in the past six days tied a former police officer to some of the crimes committed by a California serial killer behind at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes throughout the state in the 1970s and '80s, police officials announced Wednesday. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who was fired from the Auburn Police Department, was arrested after a DNA sample came back as a match to the Golden State Killer...

NY appeals court asked to overturn Trump businesses' ruling

A federal appeals court in New York has been asked to reinstate a lawsuit that claims President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution. Lawyers for restaurant workers and restaurants that compete with Trump's businesses asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday to let their claims go forward. A lower-court judge tossed them out in December, saying it was an...
‘There’s blood everywhere’: Teen accused of premeditated murder of 11-year-old brother

‘There’s blood everywhere’: Teen accused of premeditated murder of 11-year-old brother

An Ohio teen has been charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of his 11-year-old brother, an act that police officials said was premeditated.  Streetsboro Police Department officials said that officers and city fire medics responded just after 9:30 p.m. Monday to the boys’ home, where they found the 11-year-old with a single gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where...
Former President George HW Bush thanks Houston in tweet

Former President George HW Bush thanks Houston in tweet

Former President George H.W. Bush is thanking Houston for its "professionalism and obvious care" during the memorials and services for his wife, Barbara Bush. In a tweet posted Wednesday morning, the 93-year-old Bush thanks Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the city police and transit agency, Second Baptist Church and St. Martin's Episcopal Church "and really all Houstonians" for...
Lemon-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts available for one week only

Lemon-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts available for one week only

Krispy Kreme is offering its signature doughnuts with lemon glaze, but only for a week. Participating shops of the doughnut chain are offering the flavor from April 23 to April 29. The glaze was one of four options customers could vote for. The others, Food and Wine reported, were caramel, maple and blueberry. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release,...
Man frustrated by lack of help at Walmart takes matters, PA system into his own hands

Man frustrated by lack of help at Walmart takes matters, PA system into his own hands

As anyone who frequents Walmart knows, it can be frustrating when you need help and can’t find anyone wearing a Walmart associate’s blue vest. One Kentucky man had enough of not being helped in the sporting goods department so took matters into this own hands, WKYT reported. He picked up the store’s public address system and announced over the intercom, “Customer...
The Latest: Warrant: Suspect held after acting suspiciously

The Latest: Warrant: Suspect held after acting suspiciously

The Latest on the shooting of two police officers and an employee of a home improvement store in Dallas (all times local): 1:15 p.m. An arrest warrant indicates that the man accused of shooting two Dallas police officers, killing one, was detained at a Home Depot store because he was acting suspiciously and may have tried to steal from the store. The warrant reveals an officer who was working a part-time...
AP, other media seek access to records in Mueller probe

AP, other media seek access to records in Mueller probe

The Associated Press and other news organizations asked a judge Wednesday to unseal records in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, citing overwhelming public interest in a case they said was among the most important in American history. The news media coalition is asking specifically for transcripts of hearings in the ongoing prosecution of President Donald Trump's former campaign...
Macron urges US to reject isolationism

Macron urges US to reject isolationism

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the United States to reject fear and isolationism Wednesday and instead embrace the historic bond between the two countries to launch a new era of 21st century leadership and security. Macron told a joint meeting of Congress, "the American and French people have had a rendezvous with freedom." Speaking almost directly to President Donald Trump, Macron...

Gaza officials say journalist shot by Israel dies of wounds

A Palestinian journalist who was shot by Israeli troops while covering a demonstration on the Gaza-Israel border earlier this month died of his wounds on Wednesday, the Gaza Health Ministry announced. With the death, Ahmed Abu Hussein became the second journalist to be fatally shot during weeks of Palestinian border protests. Abu Hussein, 24, was wounded in the abdomen on April 13 at a protest near...

Slovakia to deploy 152 troops in Baltics to join NATO forces

Slovakia's government has approved a plan to deploy 152 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces amid growing tensions between Russia and the West. Slovakia's defense ministry says the soldiers will join NATO forces in Latvia, starting in the second half of 2018. The country's parliament where the ruling coalition has a majority still has to approve the move. Defense Minister Peter Gajdos says...
South African workers criticize Ramaphosa in protest

South African workers criticize Ramaphosa in protest

Thousands of South African workers have demonstrated around the country against a proposed minimum wage, accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa's government of being hostile to labor. Members of the South African Federation of Trade Unions on Wednesday marched in downtown Johannesburg and other cities. They said the planned minimum wage of $1.60 per hour is too low and will only deepen poverty in South...
The Latest: UN warns of surge in attacks on Syrian civilians

The Latest: UN warns of surge in attacks on Syrian civilians

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 7 p.m. The U.N.'s deputy humanitarian chief says attacks on civilians in Syria and their homes, schools and health facilities "have reached some of the highest levels since the conflict began" seven years ago. Ursula Mueller told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the needs of people in Syria also "could not be higher,"...

Judge seeks update on raids of Trump's personal lawyer

A New York judge wants more information from prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump and personal attorney Michael Cohen to help speedily analyze materials seized from Cohen. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set a hearing for Thursday. She said she wants prosecutors to tell her how fast a copy of materials seized in the raid two weeks ago are being given to Cohen's lawyers. Prosecutors have...
Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

Britain's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a new bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to take him to Italy and continue his life support against the wishes of his doctors and judges. Doctors say the 23-month-old boy suffers from a degenerative neurological condition that has left him in a "semi-vegetative state" with almost no brain function. Medics caring for him...
Russia's Supreme Court rules against Navalny

Russia's Supreme Court rules against Navalny

Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a criminal conviction against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother. The 2014 conviction was the reason given for why Navalny was barred from running in the March presidential election. Navalny and his brother, Oleg, were convicted in 2014 of defrauding a cosmetics company in a trial that was widely described as a political vendetta. Following...

Trump meeting with Apple's Tim Cook on trade

President Donald Trump says he's "looking forward" to meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the White House Wednesday. Trump says in a tweet that they "will be talking about many things, including how the U.S. has been treated unfairly for many years, by many countries, on trade." The president is set to host Cook in the Oval Office a day after Cook attended Trump's state dinner Tuesday...
Confirmation hearing for VA secretary nominee under scrutiny postponed

Confirmation hearing for VA secretary nominee under scrutiny postponed

A Senate confirmation hearing for VA Secretary nominee Ronny Jackson was postponed while lawmakers scrutinize his background to manage the massive federal agency, reports say. Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, has served as the White House physician for President Donald Trump who nominated him for the high-level post last month. Former VA Secretary David Shulkin was fired after an ethics scandal and mounting...

The Latest: Governor orders flags lowered in deputy's honor

The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Maine sheriff's deputy (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Maine Gov. Paul LePage is ordering flags lowered in honor of a deputy killed in the line of duty. The governor ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff for at least three days in honor of Cpl. Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff's Department. Police say Cole was killed early Wednesday by a man who then...
Alaska games mimic hunting tasks, like sneaking up on a seal

Alaska games mimic hunting tasks, like sneaking up on a seal

To most spectators, the term "Olympics" means world-class swimming competitions, downhill skiing or the 100-meter dash. But near the Arctic Circle, a different type of Olympics for young people pays homage to the region's subsistence hunters and the methods they've used for centuries to feed their families and stay alive in harsh conditions. This week, more than 400 high school students...
EU foreign policy chief says Iran nuclear deal should stay

EU foreign policy chief says Iran nuclear deal should stay

Any talks between France and the United States on crafting a new nuclear deal with Iran can only "build on" on the current terms, the European Union's chief policy chief said Wednesday. Federica Mogherini's remarks came in the wake of remarks from French President Emmanuel Macron after bilateral discussions with U.S. President Trump that work on a "new agreement" was possible....
Facebook launches transparency tool before Irish referendum

Facebook launches transparency tool before Irish referendum

Facebook is launching a pilot program in Ireland ahead of a referendum on abortion which it hopes will ensure greater transparency in political advertising. The tool, which is also being tested in Canada, follows a scandal involving the political consultant Cambridge Analytica that has stoked concerns about privacy on the social network. One of the allegations in the Cambridge Analytica scandal was...

Judge wants fertility clinic lawsuits merged to single case

A judge in Cleveland says dozens of lawsuits should be condensed into one case against a fertility clinic that had a storage tank malfunction that destroyed over 4,000 eggs and embryos. So far, more than 40 lawsuits filed against the clinic run by University Hospitals in suburban Cleveland. The judge's ruling issued Monday says the lawsuits filed by more than 70 plaintiffs are mostly the same. The...
Police: Man killed deputy, stole his car and robbed store

Police: Man killed deputy, stole his car and robbed store

A man scheduled to appear in court to face gun charges Wednesday killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store, officials said. The fatal shooting of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole around 1:45 a.m. on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock triggered an intensive manhunt for the shooter in and around the heavily wooded rural town about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of...
FDA launches crackdown on Juul e-cigarettes, vaping retailers

FDA launches crackdown on Juul e-cigarettes, vaping retailers

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on the vaping industry, particularly on the devices being marketed towards teenagers. The federal agency launched an undercover sting operation this month targeting retailers of Juul devices. It included gas stations, convenience stores and online retailers -- accusing them of selling products to minors. The FDA says that electronic cigarettes have...
‘Safety alert’ Facebook post an example of good intentions gone awry

‘Safety alert’ Facebook post an example of good intentions gone awry

In the age of social media alerts, viral Facebook posts and public shaming, something occurred in our own backyards last week that can serve as an example to everyone: What you see on social media rarely tells the entire story. Take it with a grain of salt. I first saw this Facebook post Thursday afternoon in a group for Wellington moms. “SAFETY ALERT!!!” it began. “Ladies, my husband...

Finland says basic income trial going ahead as planned

Finland on Wednesday said the Nordic country's trailblazing basic income experiment is going ahead as planned, denying media reports that the trial has fallen flat. Government social affairs official Miska Simanainen told The Associated Press that the trial — in which about 2,000 unemployed people aged 25 to 58 are paid a tax-free 560-euro ($680) monthly income with no questions asked &mdash...
Parents say North Carolina teacher played offensive song in class

Parents say North Carolina teacher played offensive song in class

Parents in Cleveland County said a teacher at Washington Elementary in Shelby forced students to listen to an offensive song last week. The song "O’Susanna" is well known by most people and no one probably would have paid attention if the teacher played a modern version. But, she played the original version, which is about slavery. “It was very offensive and uncomfortable,&rdquo...

Kansas City suburb: Half-car joke an 'eyesore' and must go

A Kansas City suburb is pressuring the owner of a cut-in-half car adorned with a sign reading, "Divorced. She got ½," to junk the junker. The Kansas City Star reports that the half-car was created as a joke by the late-Edgerton Mayor Ray Braun who used to own the defunct gas station where the front part of the 1987 Chevrolet Citation is parked. Braun fitted the half-car with rear...
Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid maid abuse dispute

Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid maid abuse dispute

Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Manila over a growing diplomatic dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country. The highly unusual move came as a surprise in the typically sedate and oil-rich Gulf Arab nation, both a long target of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's criticism and heavily reliant...
France's cultural clout resonates during Macrons' US trip

France's cultural clout resonates during Macrons' US trip

From fashion, to food and even art — the Macrons' visit to the United States has been a PR coup for France. From the moment French First Lady Brigitte Macron put her well-heeled feet down on American soil Monday, clad in a hot pink cashmere coat by Louis Vuitton, France's cultural prowess has been touted at every turn. Mrs. Macron's style-looks — all Louis Vuitton — were no less...
Police: Man saws through front door of home with chainsaw, attacks 2 people

Police: Man saws through front door of home with chainsaw, attacks 2 people

A man armed with a running chainsaw sawed through the back door of a home in Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, to go after two people, police said. Eugene Bryant thought the two people were his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend, police said. >> Read more trending news  Police said Bryant pulled up to the house, got out of his car and started cranking the chainsaw as he walked...

Florida Republicans may be forced to act on voting rights

Confronted with a federal judge's looming deadline, Florida Gov. Rick Scott called an extraordinary late-night meeting of top state officials Wednesday to decide what to do about the state's process for restoring voting rights to former prisoners. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker gave Florida until Thursday to create a new process after ruling in February that the state's system is unconstitutional...
Father reports son after teen admits to 250 car break-ins

Father reports son after teen admits to 250 car break-ins

A Houston father took a stand against crime and turned in his own son after the 18-year-old admitted that he broke into hundreds of cars and stole guns. T. Daniels was speaking to his son Christian when the younger Daniels showed him a bag with a 9mm handgun inside, KTRK reported. His son showed him paperwork that allegedly went with the gun, and what was written on it surprised the father. >...
WATCH: Woman pulls gun on would-be robber, saves husband, family says

WATCH: Woman pulls gun on would-be robber, saves husband, family says

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, are searching for a man who allegedly attempted a robbery outside a Whitehaven home in broad daylight. A surveillance camera captured the weekend incident. One of the victims, who asked not to be identified, told WHBQ that his niece, who was visiting from Florida, took his gun and scared off the bold criminal after she saw that her husband was in trouble...

Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

The German government says it is trying to deport a former follower of Osama bin Laden despite court rulings barring his transfer to Tunisia. The case of Sami A., whose full name wasn't released, has caused anger in Germany after it was revealed that he receives monthly state benefits of 1,168 euros ($1,427). Responding to queries from the Alternative for Germany party, the government of North Rhine-Westphalia...

APNewsBreak: Military sex assault reports jump 10 percent

U.S. officials say reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped by nearly 10 percent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services, triggering greater awareness of sexual harassment and other similar complaints. The overall increase was fueled by a nearly 15-percent surge in sexual assault reports in the Marine Corps, according to officials familiar...
Group of motorcyclists stop traffic, help stranded woman

Group of motorcyclists stop traffic, help stranded woman

A group of motorcyclists are being praised for doing a good deed. Eduardo Plascenia, Patrick Patterson and Damon Pruit were on a ride Sunday afternoon when they noticed that a woman was stranded in a crosswalk. Traffic wouldn’t stop, or slow down, for her to cross, KNXV reported.  >> Read more trending news  The trio turned around and used their bikes to block traffic, making...
Pope to focus on fate of Christians in Middle East on July 7

Pope to focus on fate of Christians in Middle East on July 7

The Vatican says Pope Francis is planning to invite heads of churches and Christian communities from the Middle East to join him in a day of reflection and prayer in the southeastern Italian port city of Bari on July 7. The announcement on Wednesday said Francis has called for this "ecumenical encounter for peace" in view of the "dramatic situation" facing many Christians in the...
Poll: Younger Americans less apt to use unique passwords

Poll: Younger Americans less apt to use unique passwords

The number of online accounts compromised by hackers is now in the trillions — enough, perhaps, to make even technophobes think hard about the security of their passwords. Indeed, many are — especially older Americans, a new survey shows. Start with the now-familiar advice to avoid reusing the same password across important accounts such as email, banking and social media. A new poll from...
College basketball panels: Ban cheats, let players go pro

College basketball panels: Ban cheats, let players go pro

The Commission on College Basketball sharply directed the NCAA to take control of the sport, calling for sweeping reforms to separate pro and college tracks, permit players to return to school after going undrafted by the NBA and ban cheating coaches for life. The independent commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, released a detailed 60-page report Wednesday, seven months after...
Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

What’s the longest nonstop flight you’ve been on? Maybe a five-hour trip between Los Angeles and Hawaii? Or maybe it’s a flight between New York and London that’s more than 7 hours. Whatever the time is, the trips have nothing on Singapore’s newest flight. Thanks to the Airbus A350-900ULR that’s being produced, the airline is planning on offering a nonstop flight...
Germans don Jewish skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

Germans don Jewish skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country. The kippa protest was triggered by the daytime assault last week of two young men wearing skullcaps in an upscale neighborhood in the German capital. The attack, in which a 19-year-old Syrian...
Man charged over Mont Saint-Michel incident

Man charged over Mont Saint-Michel incident

French prosecutors have charged a 36-year-old man with threatening to attack security services at Mont Saint-Michel, one of the country's most-visited tourist sites. The prosecutor in the Coutances district of Normandy said in a statement Wednesday the man was charged with relaying a "death threat" and a "public insult" against police. The suspect, who has seven convictions on...

EU wants 28-nation bloc to invest $24b in AI by end 2020

The European Union's executive branch wants the bloc's public and private sectors to invest at least $24 billion in artificial intelligence through 2020 in an attempt to remain globally competitive. EU Digital Market Commissioner Andrus Ansip said Wednesday the Commission itself will increase its investment in research and development to $1.8 billion and hopes it will trigger $3 billion more in public...
Photographer Joao Silva still shooting despite loss of legs

Photographer Joao Silva still shooting despite loss of legs

Joao Silva, a photographer who was grievously injured in Afghanistan in 2010, says journalists who choose to cover conflict should have a clear understanding of the horrific consequences of combat. The New York Times photographer said Wednesday at an exhibition of his work in Johannesburg, his home base, that "it's the easiest thing" for journalists to go to war because they can walk away...
NYC subway seat fight ends with dog biting woman

NYC subway seat fight ends with dog biting woman

An argument over a dog and a metro seat escalated until the dog bit the foot of the woman and wouldn’t let go. It happened on Friday on a crowded No. 4 train on New York City’s subway, WNBC reported.  >> Read more trending news  Eyewitnesses say a man brought the dog onto the train and had his animal sit in a seat, WABC reported. The dog bumped into the woman...
The Latest: Danish inventor to appeal murder sentence

The Latest: Danish inventor to appeal murder sentence

The Latest on the murder trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The lawyer for Danish inventor Peter Madsen says she will appeal his murder conviction and life sentence. Betina Hald Engmark told a Copenhagen court she would appeal Wednesday's sentence, the longest possible against her client. Madsen was convicted of murder for the slaying and dismemberment of Swedish journalist...
Iran's president says no changes, additions to nuclear deal

Iran's president says no changes, additions to nuclear deal

Iran's president on Wednesday ruled out any changes or additions to the 2015 nuclear deal, amid European efforts to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the landmark agreement. French President Emmanuel Macron suggested during a state visit to Washington this week that there could be a way to move toward a "new agreement" that would address Trump's concerns about so-called...
Scientists release most detailed star chart of the Milky Way

Scientists release most detailed star chart of the Milky Way

The European Space Agency released the most accurate census yet of stars in the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies Wednesday, providing astronomers with a wealth of new data for further research. The high-precision measurements about the distance, motion, brightness and color of almost 1.7 billion stars were collected by the space agency's Gaia probe between July 2014 and May 2016. Hundreds of scientists...
Delta passenger with multiple sclerosis says airline employees tied her to wheelchair

Delta passenger with multiple sclerosis says airline employees tied her to wheelchair

A woman with multiple sclerosis says Delta Air Lines employees tied her to her wheelchair because she can’t sit up on her own and they didn’t have the chair she needed. Maria Saliagas travels to Europe with her husband every year. When she was diagnosed with MS five years ago, she didn’t want to break her tradition of traveling with her husband. She said Delta normally...
Comcast challenges Murdoch with rival bid for UK-based Sky

Comcast challenges Murdoch with rival bid for UK-based Sky

U.S. media giant Comcast on Wednesday offered 22 billion pounds ($30.7 billion) for Sky PLC, topping a bid from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and setting up a bidding war for Britain's biggest satellite television company. Comcast said it would pay 12.75 pounds for each Sky share, 16 percent more than Fox's offer. Sky shares rose 3.9 percent to 13.59 pounds as investors bet Fox would sweeten its...
In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man." The United States and North Korea have been negotiating a summit between Trump and Kim to be...
Chemical weapons team gathers more samples from Syrian town

Chemical weapons team gathers more samples from Syrian town

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog made a second visit Wednesday to a Syrian town hit by an alleged chemical attack, collecting samples from a new location that will be sent to designated labs for analysis. The suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7 has sparked an ongoing clash of narratives between the West and the governments of Syria and its key ally, Russia. Damascus...
Cheese puffs? Iran says Haley showed fabricated Houthi proof

Cheese puffs? Iran says Haley showed fabricated Houthi proof

To the Trump administration, the recovered missile fragments were incontrovertible proof that Iran was illicitly arming Yemen's Houthi rebels. Yet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is brushing it off as little more than cheese puffs. During a visit to New York, the Iranian diplomat accused U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday of displaying fabricated evidence that...
Thousands protest in Armenia's capital as talks falter

Thousands protest in Armenia's capital as talks falter

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters surged into the central square of the Armenian capital again on Wednesday, calling for the leader of their protests to become prime minister as the country labored through a dramatic political crisis. The Kremlin is watching with concern as its small but strategic ally, where Russia has a military base, is wracked by nearly two weeks of enormous demonstrations...
EU urges Russia, Iran, Turkey to deliver on Syria promises

EU urges Russia, Iran, Turkey to deliver on Syria promises

The European Union on Wednesday called on Russia, Iran and Turkey to ensure a halt to fighting in Syria, as international donors gathered in Brussels to drum up aid for the conflict-ravaged country. As the conflict enters its eighth year, more than 13 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. Over 5 million refugees are displaced outside the country. EU foreign policy chief Federica...

More than 70 nations hold talks on terror financing in Paris

About 500 experts from more than 70 nations are holding talks in Paris on how to choke off financing for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida. Wednesday's meeting opens a two-day international conference championed by French President Emmanuel Macron under the banner "No Money for Terror." Islamic State revenues alone are estimated at $2.5 billion between 2014 and 2016, according to the...
Dane convicted of killing, dismembering journalist on sub

Dane convicted of killing, dismembering journalist on sub

A self-taught Danish engineer was convicted of murder Wednesday for luring a Swedish journalist on to his homemade submarine, then torturing and killing her before dismembering her body and dumping it at sea in a sensational case that has gripped Scandinavia. Peter Madsen, 47, was sentenced in Copenhagen City Court to life in prison for killing Kim Wall, a 30-year-old freelance reporter, after bringing...
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