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Today in History |Apr 27, 2017

Today in HistoryToday is Friday, April 28, the 118th day of 2017. There are 247 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to be...

Marines relocate Mojave Desert tortoises to allow training |Apr 27, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) The Marine Corps has relocated more than 900 tortoises from a section of Southern California's Mojave Desert to allow large-scale military training.The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms says...

Urias makes 1st start of 2017, Dodgers option Liberatore |Apr 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Julio Urias made his first start of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and the Dodgers optioned reliever Adam Liberatore to Oklahoma City.The 20-year-old Urias...

Alex Jones loses primary custody; ex-wife gets joint custody |Apr 27, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A jury has stripped right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of having primary custody of his children and awarded joint custody to his ex-wife.The Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/2oOBEd9 ) reports...

Woman convicted in mom's death; case tied to found remains |Apr 27, 2017

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) A jury has returned a guilty verdict in the New York murder trial of the sister of a sex worker whose disappearance led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains along a highway near a beach.An Ulster County jury Thursday...

Fire destroys movie set in Virginia being used for 'TURN' |Apr 27, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Officials say a fire has destroyed part of a movie set that was being used to film the final season of the AMC television series "TURN: Washington's Spies."News outlets report the fire occurred Wednesday on property owned by...

Coast Guard suspends use of injured animals to train medics |Apr 27, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) U.S. Coast Guard medics have stopped using military contractors who intentionally injure sedated animals so that medics can practice treating combat wounds.Spokeswoman Lisa Novak said in a phone interview Thursday that the...

Sickly snake slithers into elementary school classroom |Apr 27, 2017

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) A sickly snake that slithered into a classroom at a New Jersey elementary school has been turned over to a rescue center.Third-graders at Riverside Elementary School in Princeton found the 4-foot-long (1.22 meter) boa...

Alabama to form task force amid concerns about court website |Apr 27, 2017

Alabama officials say they're forming a task force and taking other actions to address concerns about private information about victims and others posted to a state website for court records.The steps are being taken after a review of...

Search is on for man accused of shooting Georgia deputy |Apr 27, 2017

COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Authorities are searching for a gunman who they say shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy in northeast Georgia.The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the suspect fired multiple times at deputies Wednesday, striking one...

Review: In 'Casting JonBenet,' reliving a tabloid sensation |Apr 27, 2017

Yesterday's media circus is today's documentary.It has, recently, seemed like all the stories that once dominated our tabloids are now cramming our screens. O.J. Simpson, Anthony Weiner, Amanda Knox. It's as though we're haunted by the ghost of...

Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft |Apr 27, 2017

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) T.J. Owuanibe got his wish: The 14-year-old shared center stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens' top draft pick.The eighth grader at McDonogh School in Baltimore was diagnosed two...

Prosecutors say Ohio man planned to join Islamic State group |Apr 27, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Federal prosecutors say they began investigating a Jordanian citizen living in Ohio after he was arrested while trying to get into the Turkish embassy in Washington.Prosecutors say the man is now accused of attempting to...

Retailers and insurers get taxed more, tech less |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) To understand taxes, you have to think about geography. Don't worry, this will make sense eventually.The U.S. has high corporate taxes compared with other developed countries. That means companies that make most of their money...

SeaWorld San Diego gets furry surprise: a newborn sea lion |Apr 27, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) SeaWorld San Diego is caring for a sea lion that was unexpectedly born to a sick mother.The park says the pup was discovered Wednesday when a team went to check the health of her mother, who was rescued from an Oceanside beach...

Uber self-driving car exec steps aside during Google lawsuit |Apr 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The executive running Uber's self-driving car division is stepping aside while the company defends itself against charges that he provided the project with technology stolen from a Google spinoff.Anthony Levandowski, an...

LA man pleads no contest to leaving baby in car |Apr 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says a 26-year-old man has pleaded no contest to leaving his 9-month-old daughter inside a car while he went to a strip club.Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer says Auwin...

Worker killed in accident at Pennsylvania swimming pool firm |Apr 27, 2017

NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa. (AP) A new employee at a Pennsylvania swimming pool manufacturing company has been killed after he was trapped under a 1,200-pound mold.The (Sunbury) Daily Item (http://bit.ly/2plEAiY ) reports the Northumberland County...

Second man charged in fatal shooting of judge in Chicago |Apr 27, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) A second man has been charged in the death of an Illinois judge who was gunned down outside his Chicago home earlier this month, authorities announced Thursday.Chicago police said Earl Wilson, 45, has been charged with first-degree...

Uncle accused of chaining boy to weight pleads not guilty |Apr 27, 2017

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) An eastern Iowa man accused of padlocking a weighted chain around his 14-year-old nephew's waist has pleaded not guilty.The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2plJpck ) that Jeffrey Merfeld and the boy's parents...

Foligno, Getzlaf, Giordano are Messier finalists |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Columbus left wing Nick Foligno, Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf and Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano are the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.Hall of Famer Messier selected the finalists announced Thursday. The...

A glance at some of the recent executions around the globe |Apr 27, 2017

As Arkansas moved ahead Thursday with plans to execute a fourth inmate in eight days, The Associated Press checked into executions during the same period in other countries where the death penalty is regularly carried out.Experts cautioned that...

Search on for 2 Arkansas children after mother found dead |Apr 27, 2017

MENA, Ark. (AP) Authorities in Arkansas are searching for two young children whose mother was found dead in a creek.The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the body of a woman discovered on Tuesday has been identified as 43-year-old...

Police: Man stockpiled massive amounts of explosives |Apr 27, 2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a Connecticut man is under arrest after massive amounts of explosive black powder were found in nearly every room of his home, enough to potentially blow up his entire block.New Haven police arrested...

8 more Jamaican lottery scam suspects appear in US court |Apr 27, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Eight more people have been extradited from Jamaica to face charges in the U.S. in what authorities say is a multimillion-dollar lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans.The eight suspects appeared Thursday in...

APNewsBreak: Lincoln Hills psychologist dismissed |Apr 27, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A top psychologist at Wisconsin's troubled youth prison was fired for allegedly ignoring the requests of dozens of inmates who asked for help, according to his termination letter from the Department of Corrections. He...

How the AP-NORC poll of teens was conducted |Apr 27, 2017

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on teens and social media was conducted by NORC Dec. 7-31, 2016. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 790 teenagers whose parents are members of NORC's nationally...

Insurance agent pleads guilty in $8.2M promissory note scam |Apr 27, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) An insurance agent pleaded guilty Thursday in a promissory note scam that bilked nearly 80 clients out of $8.2 million.John Hogan, 77, of Swissvale, entered his pleas to five counts of mail fraud in the scheme run out of his...

Correction: Shenandoah River-Pollution story |Apr 27, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) In a story April 26 about a report on pollution in the Shenandoah River, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has 3,500 farmer members. The organization says it has approximately...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily Derby' game |Apr 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the California Lottery's "Daily Derby" game were:1st:2 Lucky Star-2nd:12 Lucky Charms-3rd:3 Hot Shot, Race Time: 1:47.01(1st: 2 Lucky Star, 2nd: 12 Lucky Charms, 3rd: 3 Hot...

Man gets life in prison for Indianapolis officer's killing |Apr 27, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting an Indianapolis police officer has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.A Marion County courtroom was filled with police officers and relatives of Officer Perry Renn...

US Supreme Court won't block Arkansas execution, clearing way for state's 4th in 8 days |Apr 27, 2017

VARNER, Ark. (AP) US Supreme Court won't block Arkansas execution, clearing way for state's 4th in 8 days.

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar |Apr 27, 2017

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue...

Eighth-grader arrested for selling marijuana gummy bears |Apr 27, 2017

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) An eighth-grade student in Southern California has been arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana gummy bears to classmates.Chula Vista police arrested the boy Wednesday at Bonita Vista Middle School in the San Diego...

Florida Senate apologizes for 68-year-old racial injustice |Apr 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Senate formally apologized on Thursday to the families of four black men accused of raping a white teenager nearly seven decades ago in a case now seen as a racial injustice.The Senate also is asking Gov. Rick...

Oil company finds hidden trove of oil in Gulf of Mexico |Apr 27, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) British oil company BP has discovered 200 million barrels of oil in a hidden cache in the Gulf of Mexico thanks to advanced imaging of geological formations.The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2oA0ouk ) reported the oil reserve...

Police: Man pepper-sprayed autistic man eating free cookies |Apr 27, 2017

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store.Timothy Knutsen of St. Paul is charged with two misdemeanor counts of...

WTC escalator steps buckle, 2 men suffer minor injuries |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) An escalator malfunctioned at New York's World Trade Center Transportation Hub and officials say two men sustained minor injuries.Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says several stair treads on the escalator buckled at about 7...

The Latest: California authorities identify slain woman, 86 |Apr 27, 2017

NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the apparent random beating death of an elderly California woman (all times local):4:20 p.m.Authorities have identified Fusako Petrus as the 86-year-old woman sexually assaulted and beaten to death...

NYC police department launches 1st phase of bodycam program |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Police Department is launching the first phase of a plan to equip 22,000 officers with body cameras.The initiative was set to begin Thursday with police brass attending a roll call for camera-wearing officers at a...

'Bobbi Jene,' 'Keep the Change' top Tribeca Film Fest awards |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A romance about a couple who meet at a community for people on the autistic spectrum called "Keep the Change" and a documentary about an American dancer in the Israeli dance company Batsheva called "Bobbi Jene" are the top winners...

Correction: Confederate General-Tennessee story |Apr 27, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) In a story April 26 about a resolution honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, The Associated Press reported erroneously the function of a building at Middle Tennessee State University named after the Confederate general. It is...

South Carolina officers wound suspect who shot at them |Apr 27, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina state police are investigating after two Columbia police officers shot and wounded a suspect who had shot and wounded a man at a gas station.Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the shooting happened...

Gay legislator hits back at online troll by calling grandma |Apr 27, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) An openly gay Pennsylvania politician has hit back at an internet troll who posted a slur on his Facebook page by calling the troll's grandmother.WCAU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2pmtmen ) state Rep. Brian Sims saw the slur...

Atlanta attorney indicted on murder charge in wife's death |Apr 27, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) A prominent Atlanta attorney has been indicted on charges including murder in the fatal shooting of his wife last year.Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Thursday that Claud "Tex" McIver faces charges including malice...

Actor Diane Guerrero meets immigrant taking refuge in church |Apr 27, 2017

DENVER (AP) Actor Diane Guerrero has met with a woman who is seeking refuge from deportation in the basement of a Denver church.Guerrero, who stars in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, met with Jeanette Vizguerra on Thursday and told...

Wild windstorm fells fences, takes out power in LA area |Apr 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) A huge windstorm is strafing Southern California, knocking over fences, trees and traffic lights and leaving thousands without power.Utility officials say some 18,000 customers are without electricity in Los Angeles and...

Family sues after school janitor charged with raping boy |Apr 27, 2017

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) The family of a 16-year-old Tennessee high school student has filed a lawsuit against Roane County Schools and the contractor who employed a female janitor accused of raping the boy during school hours.Citing the lawsuit...

Rams sit out 1st round, likely to seek receiving help Friday |Apr 27, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) After trading up to select quarterback Jared Goff last year, giving up a haul that included the No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft, the Los Angeles Rams were left as spectators during the first round Thursday...

AP-NORC poll: Most teens have taken social media break |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But a new poll finds that the majority of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media, the bulk of them even voluntarily.Reasons include social media...