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Ocean swells may have affected fatal Alaska floatplane crash
24 Jul 2019 at 12:17am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The pilot of a floatplane that crashed in an Alaska bay killing a man and injuring others told authorities the ocean was swelling during takeoff.
The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday that an investigation began after the Friday crash that killed 57-year-old Maryland resident Joseph Patanella. ...
Mueller to take center stage at Russia probe hearings
by ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL BALSAMO
24 Jul 2019 at 12:09am
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller finally faces congressional interrogators on Wednesday, testifying in televised hearings that Democrats hope will weaken President Donald Trump's reelection prospects in ways that Mueller's book-length report did not. Republicans are ready to defend Trump and turn their fire on Mueller and ...
Mexican man found with meth at Arizona-California border
24 Jul 2019 at 12:09am
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a Mexican man tried to smuggle meth at the border between Arizona and California while traveling with his pregnant wife and three children.
U.S. Border Patrol officials said in a news release Tuesday that the 31-year-old Mexican national is in custody on controlled substance ...
Arizona high court to rule on Phoenix light rail initiative
24 Jul 2019 at 12:00am
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona State Supreme is set to decide whether an initiative that aims to halt expansion of Phoenix's light rail system can appear on an August election ballot.
The court is expected to rule Wednesday.
The Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America in January ...
Who are the men in white behind Hong Kong's mob attack?
by YANAN WANG
23 Jul 2019 at 11:03pm
Hong Kong is reeling after a large gang of men in white shirts brutally beat dozens of people inside a train station in a shocking new twist to the city's summer of protest.
Six men have been detained, some with gang links, police said, without elaborating. The sudden attack, which ...
Nicaragua court frees prisoner in death of Brazilian student
23 Jul 2019 at 10:42pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - A court in Nicaragua on Tuesday ordered the release of a suspected armed pro-government civilian sentenced to 15 years in prison for the killing of Brazilian medical student Rayneia Lima a year ago.
Three judges in the Managua Court of Appeals freed Pierson Gutiérrez, who was ...
Hawaii Mauna Kea telescope protests rage on as court refuses to block project
by Valerie Richardson
23 Jul 2019 at 9:53pm
It was supposed to be a plum for Hawaii: a telescope powerful enough to peer back almost to the origins of the universe. But instead protests have erupted as Native Hawaiians and others seek to stop construction on a mountain regarded as a sacred site.
Opponents of the Thirty Meter ...
Adam Schiff urges Robert Mueller to reject Justice Department limits on testi...
by Victor Morton
23 Jul 2019 at 9:06pm
The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee has asked former special counsel Robert Mueller to ignore Justice Department efforts to limit his testimony.
NBC News reported Tuesday evening, 12 hours before the hearing was to start, that Rep. Adam Schiff of California had sent a letter to Mr. Mueller ...
Dwight Gooden arrested in New Jersey on DWI charges
23 Jul 2019 at 8:43pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested again in New Jersey on Monday night, this time on charges of driving while intoxicated.
Gooden was pulled over after driving the wrong way down a one-way road, Newark police said. It was the second time he ...
Judge: Teens in fatal rock-throwing will get adult sentences
23 Jul 2019 at 8:34pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Four teens who pleaded guilty to throwing a rock from an expressway overpass in 2017 that caused the death of a 32-year-old man will be sentenced as adults.
Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah on Tuesday ruled lawyers for 18-year-old Mark A. Sekelsky, 16-year-old Trevor A. ...
Woman who bought gun used to kill deputy sent to prison
23 Jul 2019 at 8:02pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A 13-month prison sentence was handed an Indianapolis woman who purchased the handgun used to kill a Boone County sheriff's deputy in March 2018.
Dawn Love Rochon pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to making a false statement to acquire the gun. Prosecutors say Rochon lied about ...
Sexual assault kit tracking system to be used across Oregon
23 Jul 2019 at 8:01pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Police Department has developed an online system to provide updates to people who have been tested for evidence of sexual assault.
The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported Tuesday that the online system has been used in Portland since May and the state police plan to adopt ...
Adam Schiff Trump-Russia fixation fuels House intelligence committee 'dysfunc...
by Jeff Mordock
23 Jul 2019 at 7:50pm
When Rep. Adam B. Schiff convened the House intelligence committee's first meeting this year, the California Democrat declared that his top priority would be restoring civility to a panel that spent the first two years of the Trump administration riven by deep divisions over the occupant of the White House. ...
Indiana county targeted in malware assault on computers
23 Jul 2019 at 7:42pm
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Officials of an Indiana county say they are trying to determine the extent of a malware attack on the county's computers.
Vigo County Commissioner Judith Anderson says commissioners were informed of a "ransomware" attack early Tuesday.
Information technology department director Jeremy Snowden says he is ...
Venezuela TPS protections blocked by Republicans
by Stephen Dinan
23 Jul 2019 at 7:41pm
Republicans scuttled Democrats' attempt Tuesday to grant special protections to tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants living in the U.S., rallying enough votes to block the measure from clearing on the House's fast-track calendar.
GOP lawmakers said they supported the opposition to Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, but weren't ready to ...
Man with knife shot, wounded outside LA federal courthouse
23 Jul 2019 at 7:37pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a man with a knife has been shot and wounded outside a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles police say a courthouse security officer wounded the man, who was wielding the weapon Tuesday afternoon in front of the court on First Street. ...
John Bel Edwards, Democratic Louisiana governor, standing strong in reelectio...
by James Varney
23 Jul 2019 at 7:35pm
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is still holding his own in a reelection matchup against two chief GOP challengers, according to a new poll Tuesday that has conservatives alarmed.
The survey, commissioned by The Hayride, the Pelican State's top conservative website, showed Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone struggling ...
BDS movement denounced in House resolution
by Gabriella Muñoz
23 Jul 2019 at 7:22pm
The House overwhelmingly voted to denounce the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement on Tuesday, taking a bipartisan stand in support for the U.S.-Israel relationship.
The resolution, which condemns the BDS movement for promoting "principles of collective guilt, mass punishment, and group isolation," passed on a 398-17 vote, with 5 members ...
Man pleads guilty in brutal 1998 killing of Montana teen
by MATTHEW BROWN
23 Jul 2019 at 7:17pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a pair of crimes that remained unsolved for two decades - the brutal murder of an 18-year-old video store clerk and the rape and attempted murder of a newspaper carrier.
Zachary David O'Neill, 39, entered his guilty pleas in ...
Judge tosses lawsuit seeking to move Confederate monument
23 Jul 2019 at 7:10pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit by activists which sought to force the city of Norfolk to move its 112-year-old Confederate monument.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that Chief Judge Mary Jane Hall said in an 11-page order entered Tuesday that the plaintiffs failed to prove ...