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Iowa district apologizes to student in cancer recovery |Dec 13, 2017

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A school district in southeast Iowa has apologized after disciplining a student for dress-code violations when she covered her head after losing her hair during cancer treatments.Chloe Terpenning, 15, was disciplined...

2 arrested in killing of Chula Vista man found in oil drum |Dec 13, 2017

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) Chula Vista police have arrested two people in connection with the death of a man who was found inside an oil drum in San Diego Bay.Police announced the arrests Wednesday of 52-year-old Timothy Cook of Chula Vista and...

Records: US Steel failed to test for metal after spill |Dec 13, 2017

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) Documents show that U.S. Steel failed to test a Lake Michigan tributary for a potentially carcinogenic chemical after a spill from one of the company's plans in northwest Indiana.The Chicago Tribune reports the incident was...

Police: Swastikas found carved into high school desk |Dec 13, 2017

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) Massachusetts police say three swastikas were found carved into a desk inside a high school on the first day of Hanukkah.Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad announced Tuesday that the school will be working with...

Judge upholds decision that doctor can't regain license |Dec 13, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) A New Hampshire judge has upheld his decision to deny an 84-year-old doctor's request to regain her license to practice, which she had surrendered partly over her inability to use a computer.The state challenged Dr. Anna...

Passengers say man removed from JetBlue flight bit others |Dec 13, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) Police say an airline passenger who was removed from a Los Angeles-to-New York flight for causing a disturbance that prompted a diversion to Las Vegas last weekend was not charged with a crime.A JetBlue statement doesn't describe...

Gold company expands Alaska operations north of Fairbanks |Dec 13, 2017

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) A gold mining company has acquired mineral rights to land in Alaska north of Fairbanks that is believed to contain millions of ounces of gold.Kinross Gold Corp. acquired the mineral rights Monday on the more than...

Markets Right Now: US indexes close mostly higher |Dec 13, 2017

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street, but a pullback in bank stocks left the Standard & Poor's 500 index slightly lower.The Dow Jones industrials closed higher...

Expecting dad stages his own pregnancy photo shoot |Dec 13, 2017

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) An expecting father in Massachusetts has shown off his paternal glow with a pregnancy photo shoot.Peabody resident Nick Roberts surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party in June before...

US stocks edge higher ahead of expected Fed rate hike |Dec 13, 2017

U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Wednesday ahead of an expected interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. Technology stocks accounted for much of the market's gains. Health care companies also rose. Banks lagged the most. U.S. crude...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily 3 Midday' game |Dec 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the California Lottery's "Daily 3 Midday" game were:3-8-9(three, eight, nine)

Temple professor donates $100,000 prize to student aid fund |Dec 13, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A Temple University professor who won a $100,000 prize for research into the rising cost of college will donate the money to a fund she established to help students cope with financial emergencies.Sara Goldrick-Rab tells...

Prosecutors move to keep death penalty an option in slayings |Dec 13, 2017

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) Prosecutors have moved to hold onto their ability to seek the death penalty against two cousins in the deaths of four men found buried on a Philadelphia-area farm, although attorneys have said a deal with one defendant...

Feds to slow harvest of skates as fishermen near quota |Dec 13, 2017

The federal government is cutting down on the harvest of skate wings because fishermen are nearing their quota for the seafood item.Skate wings are the meat of skates, which are fished commercially on both coasts. The National Oceanic and...

Ex-polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs gets nearly 5 years in fraud case, escape from confinement |Dec 13, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Ex-polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs gets nearly 5 years in fraud case, escape from confinement.

Gossip editors face HR training after harassment allegations |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The company that publishes Us Weekly, the National Enquirer and other gossip publications is hiring outside human resources experts to train its managers in "sexual harassment prevention and sensitivity," an internal email shows....

Ohio appeals court orders release of juror questionnaires |Dec 13, 2017

CINCINNATI (AP) An Ohio appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a judge should release jury questionnaires used for the second trial of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist.The three 1st District Court of...

Baltimore waiting for reply from FBI in unsolved killing |Dec 13, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) Federal authorities have yet to respond to the Baltimore police commissioner's request that the FBI take over his department's investigation of the homicide of a city detective who was shot the day before he was to testify before...

Judge: Reporter need not testify in Chicago police shooting |Dec 13, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) The first journalist to publicly question Chicago police accounts of the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald won't have to testify in the criminal case of the officer charged with first-degree murder in the killing.Cook...

Florida: Fewer Cubans registering for government assistance |Dec 13, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Florida officials say the number of Cubans registering for government assistance dropped dramatically after a longstanding migration policy ended in January.In a Tampa Bay Times report , Florida's Department of...

Shots fired at Penn State satellite campus, coroner at scene |Dec 13, 2017

MONACA, Pa. (AP) Officials say shots have been fired near a dining hall at a Penn State satellite campus near Pittsburgh and a coroner is at the scene.Penn State Beaver issued an alert just before 4 p.m. Wednesday that shots were fired, adding...

Family's 'A Christmas Story' house may become Lego set |Dec 13, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A central New York family is campaigning for their carefully crafted recreation of the house from "A Christmas Story" to become an official Lego set.WSTM-TV in Syracuse reports Jason Middaugh's small family project to...

Rep. Black describes enduring sexual misconduct as lawmaker |Dec 13, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Rep. Diane Black says she knows from personal experience, having endured sexual misconduct as a state lawmaker, why Congress needs to expose federal lawmakers who settled cases, force them to repay any tax dollars involved...

Costas wins Hall's Frick Award for baseball broadcasting |Dec 13, 2017

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Bob Costas has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence.The honor was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings.Popular and successful at calling the Olympics...

Brother-in-law of former governor charged with sex assault |Dec 13, 2017

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) The brother-in-law of former Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is facing sexual assault charges.Bernard Sigh was arraigned Monday on charges of assault to rape and assault and battery on a household member. The...

Official urges expulsion of lawmaker accused of assault |Dec 13, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's Democratic attorney general says the state House of Representatives should take steps to expel a Republican lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2013.The Kentucky Center for Investigative...

Murder trial in case of slain Tennessee teen reaches jury |Dec 13, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jurors are set to begin deliberations in a murder trial involving the 2015 death of a Tennessee teenager who shielded friends from gunfire and was posthumously hailed as a hero by then-President Barack Obama.Prosecutors...

Chicago to pay $31M to 4 men for wrongful convictions |Dec 13, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago City Council has approved a $31 million settlement to be shared by four men who each spent more than a decade in prison for the rape and murder of a prostitute before being exonerated by DNA evidence.The police...

Police: Man strips naked, jumps on car after road crash |Dec 13, 2017

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Fairfax County police say a man stripped off his clothes and jumped on a passing vehicle after a road accident near Washington Dulles International Airport.A statement from the Fairfax County Police Department says the bizarre...

Ohio court again sides with cities in traffic camera ruling |Dec 13, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Ohio Supreme Court sided with cities again in their dispute with the state over traffic cameras, ruling Wednesday that an earlier decision upholding use of the cameras applies to two more cities.It's the fourth time the...

Army soldier dies from injury suffered in training exercise |Dec 13, 2017

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) An Army soldier has died from severe injuries he suffered during "live fire" training at Fort Stewart.Officials at the Army post in southeast Georgia said in a news release that 31-year-old Sgt. Michael Trask of Olalla,...

Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62 |Dec 13, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (AP) Lead singer and songwriter of the New Jersey rock band Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, has died at age 62.The band announced on Facebook that DiNizio died Tuesday. The cause of death was not announced.DiNizio posted several...

Jury: Family gets $48M in lawsuit over girl's torture death |Dec 13, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) The family of an 8-year-old girl who was tortured and killed in 2013 has been awarded $48 million in a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit filed against the doctor who treated her. The Chicago Tribune reports a...

Louisville files counterclaim to Rick Pitino lawsuit |Dec 13, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The University of Louisville has filed a counterclaim to former basketball coach Rick Pitino's lawsuit and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses.WDRB-TV reports the university alleges negligence and...

Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.The retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with financial technology startup Even and PayActiv to provide an app to...

Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them.In a statement Simmons vehemently denied what he called "these horrific accusations," saying all his relations have been consensual.The...

Former UC Davis professor, conductor accused of sex assault |Dec 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A former conductor of the University of California, Davis, Symphony Orchestra gave up his professor titles amid allegations he sexually assaulted a former student who now works at the university.D. Kern Holoman, who...

CA Lottery |Dec 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ These California lotteries were drawn Wednesday:Daily 3 Midday3-8-9(three, eight, nine)Mega MillionsEstimated jackpot: $208 millionPowerballEstimated jackpot: $229 million

Ex-police officer pleads guilty in daughter's hot car death |Dec 13, 2017

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) A former Mississippi police officer charged in the death of her daughter in a hot patrol car has pleaded not guilty.The Sun Herald reports Cassie Barker, 28, was arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in...

Governor: Female reporter's question 'disservice to women' |Dec 13, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a female journalist she was doing "a disservice to women" Wednesday by asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government.Public radio reporter Karen...

The Latest: Lawmaker's lawyer says corruption case is flimsy |Dec 13, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The Latest on the guilty plea of a longtime, powerful South Carolina lawmaker in a corruption probe (all times local):6:30 p.m.The attorney for Rep. Rick Quinn says he is pleading guilty to a corruption charge even through...

5 things small business owners should know about tax bills |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Small business owners are awaiting details of a reported Republican deal on a tax overhaul, the details of which could come soon.The deal, which would reconcile differences in the House and Senate versions of the tax bill, may...

S Carolina Rep. Quinn pleads guilty to corruption charge |Dec 13, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn Jr. pleaded guilty to corruption charges Wednesday, becoming the third Republican lawmaker convicted in a wide-ranging Statehouse corruption probe.Prosecutors said they will ask for prison time...

3rd Georgia player arrested since team made college playoff |Dec 13, 2017

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A Georgia freshman is facing a felony forgery charge over allegations of passing a counterfeit $100 bill last summer, the third player to be arrested since the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in...

Families blame state in veterans home Legionnaires' outbreak |Dec 13, 2017

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) Eleven families are suing the state for negligence saying a fatal Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2015 and continued problems at a western Illinois veterans' home were preventable.The families, who spoke to Chicago's WBEZ ,...

Florida school bus hit by semitrailer; several hospitalized |Dec 13, 2017

LAKE PLACID, Fla. (AP) Authorities say a semitrailer collided with a school bus in Florida, sending at least four students to the hospital.Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Gregory Bueno says 39 students were on the Highlands County school bus...

Mistrial in case of girl raped while mom smoked meth nearby |Dec 13, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A mistrial has been declared in the case of three men accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at a Utah home while her mother was in the garage smoking methamphetamine.Court officials said Thursday that only about...

Kentucky to investigate worker accused of sexual harassment |Dec 13, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) Kentucky officials have launched a second sexual harassment investigation of a corrections officer whose alleged behavior led to a $1.6 million jury verdict earlier this year.The state Personnel Board authorized the...

Former detective sentenced in tax-refund scheme |Dec 13, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) A former Tampa police detective has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for her part in a tax-refund scheme.A U.S. attorney's office statement says 51-year-old LaJoyce Houston was sentenced Wednesday. She...

Group says 262 journalists imprisoned worldwide, record high |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) An advocacy group for journalists said Wednesday that 262 people are imprisoned around the world for their work gathering and reporting the news, a record high.The Committee to Protect Journalists said the number of imprisoned...