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California man to stand trial for deaths of his 3 children |Oct 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A West Sacramento man has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly killing his three children and trying to murder his wife.A Yolo County judge ruled Friday that Robert Hodges must face trial for the deaths last month...

Blue Ridge Parkway expects this weekend to be busiest |Oct 20, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Drivers seeking fall-colored leaves should expect this weekend to be the busiest on a scenic road that runs through the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia.The Asheville Citizen-Times quotes Blue Ridge...

California wildfire toll by the numbers |Oct 20, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) Wildfires that raced through California neighborhoods and wilderness areas since Oct. 8 have taken an enormous toll in deaths and destruction. A look at the numbers:NUMBER OF MAJOR WILDFIRES: 21.AREA BURNED: 383 square...

Nets' national anthem singer kneels to finish performance |Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets' home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some...

Police investigate 3rd suspicious death in Florida community |Oct 20, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Police believe the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old autistic man who took the wrong bus home from work on Thursday night is linked to two other suspicious deaths in a Florida neighborhood.The deaths, which took place in the same...

Sessions defends 'sanctuary' ban to sheriff who defied it |Oct 20, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending a "sanctuary city" ban in front of a Texas sheriff who had stopped honoring all federal immigration detainers after President Donald Trump took office.Sessions on Friday didn't...

Mormons allow more technology, smartphones for missionaries |Oct 20, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Mormon church's gradual embrace of the digital age for missionaries is taking another step forward as the religion doubles the missions where technology is allowed and swaps out tablets for smartphones.The Church of...

Body of man killed in oil and gas platform blast found |Oct 20, 2017

KENNER, La. (AP) Authorities have found the body of a man who was killed during an explosion on an oil and gas platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said a helicopter spotted the body of 44-year-old...

John Kerry bashes Trump on climate, Department of State jobs |Oct 20, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is faulting President Donald Trump's administration for failing to fill many diplomatic positions and top Department of State posts and is criticizing his stance on climate...

Florist's shop robbed while owner giving flowers to veterans |Oct 20, 2017

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania florist's shop has been robbed while the owner was away handing out free bouquets to veterans at a health center.Carrie South says the thief made off with $1,400 from Bloomin' Genius Exotic Flowers and Gifts...

APNewsBreak: Feds threaten funds for Kansas mental hospital |Oct 20, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The federal government is threatening to cut off funding for patient care at the state mental hospital in western Kansas, saying the facility is not complying with federal rules and demanding safety-related renovations in one...

AG: Prosecutor used influence in cases involving girlfriend |Oct 20, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) The attorney general says a 72-year-old Pennsylvania prosecutor obstructed justice and misused the power of his office by improperly intervening in criminal cases involving his 39-year-old girlfriend.The charges filed late...

Bobby Flay's Bar Americain in NYC to close early next year |Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay says he will close his New York restaurant, Bar Americain, early next year.Flay and his business partner, Laurence Kretchmer, said in a statement that renewing the lease for the brasserie...

Deputies: man had arsenal, note promising 'bloody revenge' |Oct 20, 2017

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Sheriff's deputies conducting a child porn raid on a Florida home found an arsenal of guns and explosives and a homemade silencer, along with a note promising "bloody revenge."Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told...

Pelosi says she must remain as leader so a woman is at table |Oct 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she must retain her leadership position so there is a woman at the table when key decisions are made.After more than a decade leading House Democrats, Pelosi has faced demands from some...

College to offer sensitivity training after anti-LGBT flyer |Oct 20, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland State University says it will create an advisory committee and offer more sensitivity training after officials were criticized for their response to a flyer that urged LGBT students to kill themselves.The school said...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily Derby' game |Oct 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the California Lottery's "Daily Derby" game were:1st:3 Hot Shot-2nd:11 Money Bags-3rd:7 Eureka, Race Time: 1:49.20(1st: 3 Hot Shot, 2nd: 11 Money Bags, 3rd: 7 Eureka; Race Time:...

How major US stock indexes fared on Friday |Oct 20, 2017

Stocks closed higher Friday, extending a record-setting drive for major indexes.The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed out their sixth straight week of gains. Both indexes also finished at record highs for the...

The Latest: Ex-Honolulu police chief, wife plead not guilty |Oct 20, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) The Latest on the arrests of a former Honolulu police chief and his deputy prosecutor wife (all times local):12:10 p.m.The former police chief in Honolulu and his wife, a city prosecutor, have pleaded not guilty to federal...

Police: Ford worker killed himself at Detroit-area factory |Oct 20, 2017

WOODHAVEN, Mich. (AP) Police say a disgruntled worker shot and killed himself at a Ford Motor factory in suburban Detroit.Ford says other employees in Woodhaven were safely evacuated Friday.Woodhaven Deputy Chief Scott Fraczek says the worker...

Alabama will give names of crossover voters to prosecutors |Oct 20, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) The names of Alabama voters who crossed party lines to vote in last month's Republican Senate runoff will be given to prosecutors, the state's election chief said Friday.Secretary of State John Merrill said his office has...

California judge tosses $417 million award in case claiming Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused cancer |Oct 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) California judge tosses $417 million award in case claiming Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused cancer.

Family wins appeal in death of Vegas man after police Tasers |Oct 20, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) A federal appeals court has breathed new life into a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Las Vegas police by the family of a man who died in custody after he was stunned by a Taser a dozen times over a 2-minute span.The 9th...

Nearly 200 report fireball streaking across Northeast sky |Oct 20, 2017

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) Nearly 200 people across the Northeast reported seeing a bright object streak across the sky.The American Meteor Society says the flash of light that was spotted on Wednesday afternoon in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York,...

Family sues natural healing center after Ohio man's death |Oct 20, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Relatives of a man who died while being treated for pneumonia at a natural healing center in Ohio are suing the store's owner and employees.Family members say in a lawsuit filed this week that the center's owner led the...

Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico |Oct 20, 2017

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.Two of the search...

Spacewalking astronauts replacing blurry camera on robot arm |Oct 20, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Astronauts went spacewalking Friday to provide some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm.The main job for commander Randy Bresnik and teacher-turned-astronaut Joe Acaba was to replace a blurry...

Parole board rejects condemned Ohio inmate's mercy request |Oct 20, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Ohio Parole Board has rejected a request for mercy from a condemned killer who has cited his poor health and tough upbringing in an attempt to avoid execution.The board's 11-1 decision Friday came in the case of Alva...

Police: Man killed by officers was felon released last year |Oct 20, 2017

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) Authorities in North Carolina say a man killed by police after a two-state car case and a shootout was a felon who had been released from prison last year.The Gaston Gazette reports the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation...

Oregon senator punished over alleged inappropriate touching |Oct 20, 2017

SALEM, Ore. (AP) An Oregon state senator has been stripped of his committee assignments because of "ongoing workplace issues," days after a senate colleague said she's been inappropriately touched by at least one member of the chamber.The...

Neighborhoods hit hard by California wildfires to re-open |Oct 20, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) Three neighborhoods hit hard by wildfires in Northern California will re-open Friday to anxious evacuees who haven't been back to their homes in nearly two weeks.Santa Rosa Police Chief Hank Schreeder said the...

Justice Department won't release police shooting report |Oct 20, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) The U.S. Justice Department has refused to release an unfinished report on a South Carolina police department in connection with the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white officer, saying it no longer releases...

Q&A: Abortion case involving immigrant teen stirs emotions |Oct 20, 2017

The Trump administration has fought in court to prevent a 17-year-old held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children from having an abortion. In a case that's stirring strong emotions on both sides of the abortion debate, a federal...

Police: Robbery suspect left wallet behind at crime scene |Oct 20, 2017

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) Police in New Jersey have arrested a robbery suspect who they say left his wallet behind at the scene of the crime.Officials responded to an alarm at Mavis Discount Tire in Fair Lawn early Thursday and found a broken window...

Mother, son charged with murder-for-hire face civil suit |Oct 20, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) A New Hampshire mother and son accused of a failed murder-for-hire plot involving the man's ex-wife also face a civil lawsuit in addition to criminal charges.Pauline Chase, 83, and Maurice Temple, 63, were charged in July...

Man accused of killing 4 found competent to stand trial |Oct 20, 2017

GROTON, Mass. (AP) A recent college graduate charged with fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat in Massachusetts has been found competent to stand trial.Twenty-two-year-old Orion Krause has completed a...

Former Houston officer indicted in neighbor's shooting |Oct 20, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) A former Houston police officer has been indicted in the off-duty shooting of a neighbor last year after an argument over a dog.A Harris County grand jury on Friday indicted Jason Loosmore on a charge of aggravated assault with a...

Monsanto sues Arkansas board for banning disputed herbicide |Oct 20, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A major agribusiness company is suing Arkansas regulators over their decision to ban its version of an herbicide.Monsanto asked a state judge on Friday to block the Arkansas Plant Board from enforcing regulations that...

Police: Newborn's dad sold heroin in hospital maternity ward |Oct 20, 2017

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward room where people were visiting his newborn daughter.Twenty-five-year-old Cody Hulse was arraigned Friday on charges including...

Iditarod musher charged with theft of kennels |Oct 20, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A veteran musher in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is accused of stealing four dog kennels from another competitor following this year's race.Jason Mackey is charged with misdemeanor theft. The 45-year-old Nenana...

Coach dismissed after allegedly commanding players to taunt |Oct 20, 2017

GRAY, Maine (AP) A Maine high school varsity football coach has been dismissed after he allegedly instructed his players to taunt an opposing player for having two mothers as parents.The parents, Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray, of Yarmouth,...

Prosecutor: Former Honolulu police chief indicted by federal grand jury in corruption investigation and arrested |Oct 20, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) Prosecutor: Former Honolulu police chief indicted by federal grand jury in corruption investigation and arrested.

Markets Right Now: Banks, technology lead gains for stocks |Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, continuing a record-setting drive for major indexes.Banks and technology companies posted some of the biggest gains...

Columbus Crew won't refund 2018 season ticket holders |Oct 20, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Columbus Crew SC says the team will not issue a refund to season ticket holders for 2018 after the team's owner announced a possible move to Austin, Texas.Anthony Precourt, whose Precourt Sports Ventures has owned the Major...

Former Mrs. America sentenced for price tag switching scheme |Oct 20, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A former Mrs. America from Minnesota convicted of switching price tags on expensive clothes has been sentenced to two years of probation and 10 days of community service.A jury in August convicted 51-year-old Jennifer Kline, of...

Texas to receive nearly $58 million in federal housing funds |Oct 20, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is allocating to Texas $57.8 million in additional funds for clearing housing from areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey.Neal Rackleff is HUD's assistant secretary for...

John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April |Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it."The Restless Wave" is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday.The publisher quietly...

5 California Things to Know for Today |Oct 20, 2017

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. DODGERSLos Angeles Dodgers head to World Series after defeating Chicago Cubs 11-1 in NLCS Game 5.2. WILDFIRESEarly season rain...

Georgia lawmaker asks about quarantining HIV patients |Oct 20, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) A Georgia state lawmaker who is married to former U.S. health secretary Tom Price asked during a legislative committee meeting about the possibility of quarantining people with HIV.State Rep. Betty Price, a Republican whose...

Medical students in limbo as young immigrant program ends |Oct 20, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) The fate of about 100 immigrant medical students enrolled in a U.S. program protecting them from deportation is in limbo.Whether they can continue medical training depends on whether Congress finds an alternative to the Deferred...