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Snowbound Oregon man calls for help, arrested on sex charges

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:04:01 -0500

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - A 37-year-old Oregon man who called for help getting his rental car out of deep snow was instead arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and custodial interference after sheriff's deputies found him with a 13-year-old girl.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said Tuesday that Christopher Thomas ...

UK expands no-fly zone for drones around airports

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:02:24 -0500

LONDON (AP) - The no-fly zone for drones around British airports is being extended to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in an attempt to avert disruptions like the December groundings of flights at Gatwick Airport, officials said Wednesday.

The Department for Transport said the zone will widen on March 13 from ...

Kidnap suspect to face Sydney court for extradition to Chile

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:48:03 -0500

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating back to Chile's 1973-1990 military dictatorship is expected to appear in a Sydney court on Wednesday for an extradition hearing.

Chile's Supreme Court requested the extradition of Adriana Rivas in 2014. She was wanted for her alleged ...

Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million for California high-speed rail and wants state to

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:33:37 -0500

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million for California high-speed rail and wants state to return $2.5 billion.

Tim Eyman charged with stealing chair, says it was a mistake

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:33:09 -0500

LACEY, Wash. (AP) - Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman has been charged with misdemeanor theft after taking an office chair from an Office Depot store in Lacey without paying, but he says it was an accident.

Surveillance video showed Eyman sitting in the chair in the store's entryway last Wednesday, ...

Documents: Man thought dog was spying on him for police

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:30:51 -0500

BARNHART, Mo. (AP) - Court documents indicate a 39-year-old man who authorities say wrapped a small dog with tape and threw him in a ditch believed the animal was spying on him for police.

Paul Garcia, of Barnhart, is charged with felony animal abuse and armed criminal action.

A sheriff's ...

Jussie Smollett 'f---ed up Black History Month,' Cardi B says in Instagram video

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:28:27 -0500

Who cares about wasting police resources and smearing Trump supporters as racist gay-bashers? Jussie Smollett has ruined Black History Month.

Rap star Cardi B made the charge against the actor in an Instagram video.

"I'm really disappointed in Jussie Smollett ... he f---ed up Black History Month, bro," ...

Police: Missing Louisiana teen found nude; 2 men arrested

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:23:20 -0500

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A missing 16-year-old was found, nude and incoherent, after her family received threatening text messages, and a registered sex offender and a man paroled after a manslaughter conviction have been arrested, Louisiana State Police said Tuesday.

The girl had been missing for days when she was ...

The Latest: Fox asks Montana lawmakers to act on time limits

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:20:41 -0500

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on Montana cases before the Supreme Court (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is asking state lawmakers to act after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his petition that would have allowed prosecutors to charge a man for the decades-old rape ...

Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic teen, sues Washington Post for $250 million

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:13:11 -0500

Attorneys for Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann filed Tuesday a $250 million defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post, accusing the newspaper of targeting the teenager in "a modern-day form of McCarthyism."

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Kentucky came as the first of what could be dozens ...

Trials delayed for remaining defendants in fatal prison riot

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:13:06 -0500

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has pushed back trial dates for remaining inmate defendants charged in a deadly prison riot.

Seven inmates have been tried in two groups. Only one, who admitted planning the uprising knowing it could become violent, has been convicted of murder in guard Steven ...

Denver airport renovation project faces possible delay

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:13:01 -0500

DENVER (AP) - A new report says the ongoing renovation project at Denver International Airport could be delayed up to 10 months after tests show weaker-than-expected concrete in the main floor of the airport's terminal.

The Denver Post reports that airport spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says the extent of the delay ...

Va. House Democrats pass buck on hearing rape allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:04:12 -0500

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus on Tuesday said rape allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax should be investigated "outside of the political arena," signaling that they've taken impeachment off the table.

"The allegations they have made against Lt Gov Fairfax are criminal in nature and we are treating them with ...

Nigerian brothers in Jussie Smollett case meet with police, prosecutors at courthouse

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:58:15 -0500

A Chicago police spokesman says two brothers who were arrested and later released from custody in connection with the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have met with police and prosecutors at the courthouse.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the meeting happened Tuesday in Chicago. He also said that ...

Arkansas Senate names Bowie knife state's official knife

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:54:50 -0500

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has voted to name the Bowie knife the state's official knife.

The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 34-0 vote a proposal that would name the Bowie the official state knife of Arkansas. The measure now heads to the House for a ...

The Latest: 2 brothers meet with police in Smollett case

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:53:00 -0500

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

A Chicago police spokesman says two brothers who were arrested and later released from custody in connection with the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have met with police and prosecutors at ...

Editorials from around Ohio

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:43:31 -0500

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers.


The Akron Beacon Journal, Feb. 17

John Kasich left one fiscal mess for Mike DeWine involving depleted funding for highway maintenance and construction. The new governor must address swiftly the shortfall, the transportation budget due soon. And ...

Jussie Smollett was convicted of providing false information to law enforcement in 2007

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:40:45 -0500

The actor suspected of faking a hate crime against himself has a criminal record — for providing false information to authorities.

NBC News reported Tuesday that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded no contest to several charges in 2007 in Los Angeles, one of which was providing false information ...

Elderly Wyoming prison inmate dies

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:34:20 -0500

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) - An 81-year-old inmate at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution has died.

The state Corrections Department says Gene T. Wigfield died from a lengthy illness on Sunday.

Wigfield was serving a 25-30 year prison sentence for attempted second-degree murder in Big Horn County. He was sentenced in ...

Women accuse late Long Island bishop of sex abuse

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:33:59 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) - Two women have accused the late Long Island Bishop John McGann and others of sexual abusing them as girls in the 1960s and 1970s.

The allegations were detailed at a press conference Tuesday by the women's lawyer and Road to Recovery, a nonprofit that aids victims ...

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Texas man allegedly slapped school bully who teased stepkid

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:10:23 -0500

A Texas man faces charges after he allegedly slapped his stepdaughter’s middle school bully in the face, officials said. James Olander Peace, who is from Deer Park, is accused of hitting the 12-year-old because the boy teased his stepdaughter and threw ice cream at her, news station WTVD reported. Peace’s wife, who didn’t want to...

US ISIS fighters should come home, be prosecuted: State Department

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:37:48 -0500

British ISIS bride stripped of citizenship after begging to come home

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:27:47 -0500

The UK on Tuesday revoked the citizenship of the British teenager who ran off to join ISIS in 2015 and begged to be allowed home last week for the sake of her baby, according to a report. The British Home Office broke the news in a letter sent to the family of 19-year-old Shamima Begum...

Hikers rescued from quicksand, snowstorm at Zion National Park

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:11:29 -0500

Hikers who visited Utah’s Zion National Park are sharing their perilous story of survival – which includes getting stuck in quicksand and spending hours in a snowstorm over the weekend. Ryan Osmun and his girlfriend, Jessika McNeill, originally from Arizona, said they’d been hiking for three hours on Saturday when McNeill tripped and fell in...

Authorities name alligator found guarding drug house ‘El Chompo’

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:01:50 -0500

Well, he is short and deadly. Authorities raiding a Pennsylvania stash-house found an American alligator guarding the drugs — and named him “El Chompo” in honor of last week’s conviction of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The 3-foot-long baby alligator was found patrolling the Chester County home on Feb. 8, which was full...

Parents died in murder-suicide as 16-year-old daughter slept: cops

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:37:54 -0500

A Texas couple died in a murder-suicide at their home as their 16-year-old daughter slept, according to authorities. Police arrived early Monday to Sugar Land, Texas, to discover a slain woman in the driveway and her husband dead in his bedroom, news station KRIV reported. Sreenivas Nakirekanti, 51, allegedly shot and killed his 46-year-old wife,...

Sleeping man wakes up to wife cheating and stabs lover: cops

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:15:22 -0500

Charges were filed against an Indiana husband who says he stabbed another man after he woke up to him having sex with his wife. Michael Neil, 29, was arrested early Monday at his Elwood apartment, where he allegedly busted his cheating spouse, news station WXIN reported. Neil told police he woke up in the apartment...

Statue of kissing VJ Day sailor vandalized with #MeToo day after his death

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:05:15 -0500

A day after the sailor seen kissing a woman in a nurse’s uniform in an iconic photo snapped in Times Square died at age 95, a statue in Florida commemorating the couple was vandalized with a “#MeToo” painted in red. Police responded early Tuesday to someone vandalizing the “Unconditional Surrender” statue in Sarasota, where they...

College student missing for three weeks found in submerged car

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:55:19 -0500

The body of a Texas college student who went missing three weeks ago has been recovered from a car submerged in a lake, officials said. The body found in Cedar Creek Lake in Log Cabin was identified as 25-year-old Brenda Montanez, the Athens Review reported. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that she likely drowned. Montanez was...

Trump reportedly pressured Whitaker to intervene in Cohen probe

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:44:30 -0500

Matthew Whitaker may find himself on the hot seat after a report Tuesday appeared to contradict his sworn testimony that President Trump never pressured him over the Russia probe. When Whitaker was newly installed as acting AG, Trump asked him whether Manhattan federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman — a Trump pal — could be put in...

Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court should reconsider libel ruling

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:47:07 -0500

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday called for reconsideration of the high court’s landmark decision making it more difficult for public officials to claim defamation — as the court turned down a request from a Bill Cosby accuser. The panel rejected the appeal from Kathrine McKee, an actress who has accused the disgraced funnyman...

Parents blame death of Ohio University student on fraternity hazing

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:46:33 -0500

The parents of an Ohio University student are blaming a fraternity’s brutal hazing rituals for their son’s death — saying its members forced copious amounts of drugs and alcohol into his system before he fell unconscious. The parents of Collin L. Wiant, 18, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sigma Pi fraternity’s Epsilon chapter...

Unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket nears its expiration date

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:40:15 -0500

One lucky lottery winner in New Orleans is just hours away from losing their chance to live The Big Easy life. A winning $1 million Powerball ticket sold by the Louisiana Lottery in August at a convenience store in New Orleans is set to expire at 5 p.m. Thursday, nearly six months after its fortunate...

Shark DNA may be the secret to curing cancer

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:10:56 -0500

Shark genes may soon take a bite out of cancer. Great white sharks have miraculous self-repairing DNA that protects them from the deadly disease — and scientists want to use it to cure sick people, according to a new study. In the first-ever mapping of the predators’ genes, researchers revealed superhuman “mutations” that evolved from...

House committee wants to grill Zuckerberg on Facebook data privacy

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:08:32 -0500

A House committee wants some answers from Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg after a complaint that users’ sensitive medical information posted in supposedly private groups could easily be harvested by insurers and “online bullies.” “In light of the committee’s continuing commitment to protect the privacy of the American people, we request a staff briefing on the...

‘Ivory Queen’ gets 15 years in jail for smuggling tusks

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:55:28 -0500

DAR ES SALAAM — A prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the “Ivory Queen” was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Tanzanian court on Tuesday for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 elephants, weighing nearly 2.2 tons, to Asia. Yang Feng Glan had been charged in October 2015 along with two Tanzanian men with...

China wants to build a solar farm in space

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:29:15 -0500

Our sun is our most readily available source of energy, but harnessing its incredible power is something humanity still considers a challenge. Solar farms placed in sunny areas of the Earth do a good job of converting sunlight into usable energy, but major drawbacks remain. For one, solar panels placed on the planet can only...

White House officials wanted to share nuclear tech with Saudi Arabia: report

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:20:28 -0500

Senior White House officials wanted to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of alarmed ethics and national security experts, a new congressional report said Tuesday. Lawmakers from both parties worried that the Saudis could develop nuclear weapons if the US technology were transferred without proper safeguards. The Democrat-led House Oversight Committee...

Mother of victim tells triple murderer: ‘I hope you rot in hell’

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:17:29 -0500

The mother of a woman whose live-in boyfriend admitted killing her and two others within a four-year span has addressed her daughter’s killer in a Florida courtroom, telling him she hopes he “rots in hell.” The victim’s mother, Jennifer Greene, said she had no room for mercy in her heart for Charles Andrew Martinez, 29,...

Judge orders Roger Stone to explain crosshairs photo

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:05:51 -0500

Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson was apparently not amused when Roger Stone posted her picture on Instagram with crosshairs next to her head. So on Tuesday, she ordered Stone, a longtime confidant of President Trump’s, to appear in her Washington, DC, courtroom Thursday afternoon to explain himself. Jackson said Stone will have to “show cause...

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