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12-year-old girl attacks student, injures officers

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:33:10 -0400

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Police say a 12-year-old girl suspended from a Madison school showed up at the school, beat up a fellow student and injured two officers.

Authorities say the girl returned to Jefferson Middle School Wednesday, assaulted a student and threatened another with a fire extinguisher. Police were ...

Baha'i community concerned over fate of its members in Yemen

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:26:06 -0400

CAIRO (AP) - A Baha'i advocacy group has expressed concerns over the fate of minority Baha'is at the hands of Yemen's Houthi rebels ahead of the appeals hearing for one of the community leaders sentenced to death.

The Baha'i International Community said in a statement Friday that the hearing for ...

Police: Youth pastor threatened girl's family for sex

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:24:42 -0400

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 38-year-old youth pastor at a now defunct South Florida church coerced a girl into having sex with him by threatening to turn her family in to immigration officials.

The SunSentinel reports Luis Clarke assaulted the 15-year-old girl over six months in 2016 ...

Sioux Falls woman pleads guilty in boyfriend's death

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:16:02 -0400

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman accused of driving away after her boyfriend fell off the hood of her vehicle and later died has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The plea by 44-year-old Jayme Knudson Thursday afternoon cancels her trial set for next month. The Argus Leader says ...

Judge responds to accusations of improper conduct

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:15:07 -0400

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle Municipal Court judge accused of improper conduct by the city's top prosecutor and public defender says he won't step down as presiding judge.

The Seattle Times reports in a formal response Thursday, Judge Ed McKenna denied some of the allegations and asked for more specifics ...

Man sentenced to 19 years in prison for strangling mother

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:08:31 -0400

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - After pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder for strangling his mother, a suspect praised Kitsap County officials for the mental health care he received in jail.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Michael Dean Thayer told the judge Thursday that he's safe from himself now, and ...

Inmate charged with prison officer attack judged incompetent

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:00:16 -0400

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a prison inmate accused of trying to kill a Clallam Bay Corrections Center deputy is not competent to stand trial.

The Peninsula Daily News reports 31-year-old Abdinjib Ibraham was ordered this week to undergo competency restoration at Western State Hospital ...

Madison police cracking down on church's marijuana use

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 07:54:30 -0400

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Madison officials are trying to stop a downtown church from openly using and distributing marijuana, an activity its operators say is a religious and inalienable right.

Two Stoughton men have been have been operating the Lion of Judah House of Rastafari church in a storefront since ...

2 charged in street shooting that killed innocent bystander

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 07:50:59 -0400

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two Philadelphia men face charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a man struck by a stray bullet while he was working on a car at an auto body shop.

Authorities have said the bullet that killed 56-year-old Michael Gleba was fired during an April 11 street ...

Gun accidentally fires in Texas police academy classroom

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 07:44:36 -0400

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - Authorities say two police cadets in Texas were shot in the leg after a gun accidentally discharged in the middle of their law enforcement class.

Police say the shooting happened Thursday night at the College of the Mainland Law Enforcement Training Academy in Texas City, ...

Police shoot, wound robbery suspect in Kansas City, Kansas

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 07:38:49 -0400

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Authorities say officers have shot and wounded a suspected robber after he fired at them at a drugstore in Kansas City, Kansas.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Thursday after officers responded to a reported robbery at a CVS store. Police Chief Terry Zeigler says ...

Minnesota Guard: 90 sexual assault reports in past 5 years

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 06:57:06 -0400

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota National Guard says it's received 90 reports of sexual assault in the past five years, including cases that ranged from inappropriate touching to rape.

Guard leaders shared the information with more than 400 soldiers, airmen and civilians who gathered at the Arden Hills ...

Former officer pleads not guilty in child sex assault case

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 06:46:06 -0400

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - A former Fremont police officer accused of sexually assaulting a child has pleaded not guilty.

Dodge County District Court records say 33-year-old Austin Williams entered the pleas Thursday to two counts of sexual assault of a child and to related charges. A trial date wasn't set. ...

Journalist death spurs bid to restore Northern Ireland govt

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 06:36:07 -0400

LONDON (AP) - Britain and Ireland are making a new push to restore Northern Ireland's collapsed government, as politicians face mounting criticism of politicians after the killing of a journalist by a banned militant group.

The two governments were expected to make an announcement Friday about talks to revive the ...

Trial date set for man accused of killing mother, uncle

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 06:31:38 -0400

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A June 24 trial start has been scheduled for a man who a judge says has been restored to competency for trial.

Polk County District Court records say 30-year-old Joshua Adams has submitted written pleas of not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. Police ...

Police: N Carolina authorities fatally shoot person at fire

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 06:16:46 -0400

APEX, N.C. (AP) - Police in North Carolina say authorities fatally shot a person at the scene of a house fire in Apex.

News outlets report authorities didn't immediately identify the slain person or the officers involved.

Apex police Capt. Mitch McKinney says officers and Wake County Sheriff's deputies responded ...

Child welfare director to face questions after boy's death

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 06:13:40 -0400

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker says the state's child welfare director will face tough questions from a state House panel following the beating death of a 5-year-old boy who had extensive contact with child welfare workers.

The Appropriations-Human Services Committee is scheduled to hear budget requests Friday in ...

Cyprus police step up search for more of suspect's victims

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 05:39:43 -0400

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Cyprus police are intensifying a search for the remains of more victims at locations where an army officer, who authorities say admitted to killing five women and two girls, allegedly had dumped their bodies.

Police said Friday's search will concentrate on a military firing range, a ...

Florida man gets life sentence for fatal robbery

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 05:11:56 -0400

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing another man after arranging online to buy an iPhone.

The Ledger reports that 28-year-old Victor Manns Jr. was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of first-degree murder.

Police say 21-year-old Jeffery Morrow Jr. and ...

Tennessee attorney gets prison for stealing $1M from clients

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 04:51:11 -0400

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee attorney has been sentenced to 92 months in prison for stealing more than $1.36 million from clients. The majority was from the daughter of a state trooper killed in the line of duty.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Nashville says Jackie Garton served as ...

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Horrifying moment tractor-trailer sparks massive 15-vehicle crash

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:33:23 -0400

A YouTuber captured the horrifying moment a semi-truck zoomed past him on a Colorado interstate and sparked a 15-vehicle crash that killed multiple people. The smash-up happened just before 5 p.m. Thursday under the Denver West Parkway bridge, in the eastbound lanes of I-70 — when the semi rammed into slower-moving traffic, local station 9...

Raids signal ‘something bigger’ in Baltimore mayor probe: expert

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:29:08 -0400

The raid by federal agents on the home of embattled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s could signal she’s facing “something bigger” than the scandal over her shady dealings with a kids book series she authored, a lawyer who defended another Charm City pol said. The Democrat was already under investigation by the state prosecutor’s office for...

Alleged mastermind behind Sri Lanka Easter attacks confirmed dead

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:24:13 -0400

The fiery Islamic cleric who allegedly masterminded the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka has been confirmed dead, the country’s president confirmed. President Maithripala Sirisena announced that Zahram Hashim died at the Shangri-La hotel in the country’s capital, Colombo, the BBC reported Friday. Sirisena identified Hashim as the leader of the attack on the...

US growth increases by 3.2% in first quarter due to trade and inventory

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:04:40 -0400

WASHINGTON — US economic growth accelerated in the first quarter, but the burst in growth was driven by trade and the largest accumulation of unsold goods since 2015, temporary factors that are likely to reverse in the coming quarters. Gross domestic product increased at a 3.2 percent annualized rate in the first quarter, the Commerce...

Trump: US did not pay North Korea to release Otto Warmbier

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:01:18 -0400

President Trump said Friday that the US did not pay North Korea any money for the release of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died shortly after being returned home from Pyongyang. “No money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier, not two Million Dollars, not anything else,” the president tweeted. “This is...

Personal trainer arrested in killing of former hockey pro, criminal justice advocate

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:10:09 -0400

A personal trainer has been arrested in connection with the murder of a former pro hockey player and a criminal justice advocate in a California condo, police said. Jamon Rayon Buggs, 44, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder in the deaths of Darren Partch, 38, and Wendi Miller, 48, who were found dead by...

Russia ready to discuss nuclear treaty with China, US

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 06:12:04 -0400

MOSCOW — A top Russian diplomat says Russia is willing to negotiate a new nuclear weapons treaty with the United States and China. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Friday Moscow is closely following reports in the United States that the U.S. would like to reach a nuclear weapons deal with both Russia...

Trump rips AOC, calls de Blasio’s skyscraper plan ‘crazy’

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:18:07 -0400

President Trump slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” and called Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban glass skyscrapers “crazy” in a Fox News interview Thursday night. Responding to a question from Sean Hannity, Trump first attacked a proposal by de Blasio to introduce a local bill to forbid new glass-fronted skyscrapers in the...

Trump takes aim at Strzok, Page texts: ‘It’s a coup’

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:50:00 -0400

President Trump reacted with anger to reports that text messages between two FBI officials in the days after his 2016 presidential victory may show “irregularities” in how the Russia investigation began, calling it evidence of a “coup.” Trump made the statement during a phone interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Friday night while responding...

Sister of Sri Lanka bombing mastermind hopes ‘he is dead’

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:09:13 -0400

One of the purported masterminds of the Sri Lanka Easter suicide bombings that killed hundreds hasn’t been confirmed dead — but his sister sure hopes he is. “It’s unbearable to know what has happened,” said Mohomed Hashim Madaniya, sister of alleged attack architect Zahran Hashim, to Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror newspaper on Thursday. “I don’t...

Donald Trump slams Joe Biden as ‘not the brightest bulb’

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:01:21 -0400

President Trump blasted former Vice President Joe Biden in a television interview on Fox News Thursday, calling him “not the brightest light bulb.” Trump made the attack during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show, hours after Biden announced he would enter the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. “I’ve known Joe over the years. He’s not the...

Mom spends three nights in jail due to clerical error

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 22:37:07 -0400

An upstate New York mother spent three nights in jail due to a “clerical error” on an arrest warrant, which was supposed to be for her ex-boyfriend — after he allegedly failed to pay child support for their two sons, a report says. “I just missed three days of my life, plus Easter with my...

Los Angeles universities quarantine students over measles outbreak

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:57:18 -0400

Dozens of people at two universities in Los Angeles have been quarantined due to the recent nationwide measles outbreak, officials said Thursday. The campuses of UCLA and Cal State have ordered the quarantine of people who were exposed to the measles and could not provide evidence that they have been immunized against the disease, the...

Ilhan Omar complained to Jack Dorsey about Trump tweet

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:58:51 -0400

Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the phone this week and demanded to know why the social media platform hadn’t deleted a tweet from President Trump that she said incited violence against her. The Twitter boss called Omar on Tuesday to talk about the presidential tweet, which shared a provocative video...

‘Hit list’ Coast Guardsman to be released before trial

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:33:23 -0400

The Coast Guard lieutenant and self-proclaimed white nationalist who was busted with a cache of weapons and a hit list of Democratic politicians and journalists may be released from custody before his trial, a Maryland judge ruled Thursday. Christopher Hasson, 50, was not hit with any terrorism-related charges and is therefore entitled to be cut...

Migrants more likely to be denied asylum since Trump took office

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:21:50 -0400

Immigrants who come to the country seeking asylum are having a harder time being granted amnesty since President Trump took office, new data shows. A total of 68% of immigrants who applied for asylum nationwide have been denied so far in 2019, and the numbers in the city have more than doubled since four years...

Suspect’s freaky mugshot goes viral again

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:27:36 -0400

This Ohio woman’s spooky mug continues to haunt police precincts. Alyssa Zebrasky, who is from Canfield, made headlines again with her full-face tattoo Tuesday when she was arrested for the third time in six months, news station WFTV reported. The 27-year-old was taken into custody on a charge issued out of Mahoning County. Further details...

Sri Lankan government misidentifies Maryland woman as terror suspect

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:25:30 -0400

A Maryland woman who once wrote a book decrying anti-Muslim bias was mistakenly identified by the Sri Lankan government as a suspect in that country’s Easter suicide bombings that left hundreds dead. “I have this morning been FALSELY identified by the Sri Lankan government as one of the ISIS Easter attackers in Sri Lanka,” wrote...

Anita Hill wants more than an apology from Joe Biden

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:16:02 -0400

Anita Hill said she wasn’t satisfied with an apology she received from Joe Biden for his handling of Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings — and wants to see “real change” instead. Hill said in an interview with The New York Times that she received a call from the former Delaware senator earlier this month and...

Andrew ‘AJ’ Freund forced to stay in cold shower, viciously beaten to death: officials

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:06:16 -0400

The Illinois parents accused of killing their 5-year-old son forced him to stay in a cold shower and viciously beat him, according to court documents. Andrew Freund Sr., 60, and Joann Cunningham, 35, were charged Wednesday with murder after Andrew “AJ” Freund was buried about 7 miles away from their Crystal Lake home, the Chicago...

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