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Owl who escaped from zoo is NYC's latest avian celebrity

Feb. 08, 2023 18:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An owl who escaped from the Central Park Zoo after someone damaged his cage has become New York City's latest avian celebrity, attracting gawkers as he surveys the park from one tall tree or another but stoking fears that he can't hunt and will starve. The owl, a...

2 Indiana men could face life in prison in teen's 1975 death

Feb. 08, 2023 15:52 PM EST

ALBION, Ind. (AP) — A judge told two Indiana men Wednesday that they could face life in prison if they're convicted in the slaying of a 17-year-old girl who was found dead in a river nearly a half-century ago. Fred Bandy Jr., 67, of Goshen and John Wayne Lehman, 67, of Auburn were...

California proposal would reinstate prisoners' voting rights

Feb. 08, 2023 15:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters could decide whether to reinstate voting rights to people in prison on felony convictions under a newly proposed constitutional amendment. It would be a major expansion of suffrage for incarcerated people if passed. California would join Maine...

Brittney Griner absent from USA camp, but keeping in touch

Feb. 08, 2023 15:11 PM EST

Brittney Griner texted her good friend Diana Taurasi on Tuesday asking how the USA Basketball training camp was going. Griner was back in Arizona, choosing to skip the camp in Minnesota so she can be with her wife and recover from her time in a Russian jail. She returned to the U.S....

US forces returning to Philippines to counter China threats

Feb. 08, 2023 04:06 AM EST

SUBIC BAY, Philippines (AP) — Once-secret ammunition bunkers and barracks lay abandoned, empty and overrun by weeds — vestiges of American firepower in what used to be the United States' largest overseas naval base at Subic Bay in the northern Philippines. But that may change in...

Man pleads not guilty to killing 6 at California home

Feb. 07, 2023 19:32 PM EST

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An alleged gang member pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing six people, including a teen mother and her baby, last month at a central California home associated with a rival gang, prosecutors said. The Jan. 16 massacre shocked rural Goshen, a community...

5 priests sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy in Nicaragua

Feb. 07, 2023 18:59 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Nicaraguan court has sentenced four Roman Catholic priests to 10 years in prison on conspiracy charges stemming from long-standing government allegations that the church backed illegal pro-democracy protests. A human rights group in the Central American...

Kyle Busch violated Mexican gun laws on recent vacation

Feb. 07, 2023 18:24 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Kyle Busch was detained at a Mexican airport late last month when a handgun and ammunition were discovered in his luggage, the NASCAR star acknowledged this week, apologizing for the incident and calling it “a mistake.” Busch was sentenced this month to 3 1/2...

US man convicted of aiding Islamic State as sniper, trainer

Feb. 07, 2023 18:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York stockbroker-turned-Islamic State group militant was convicted Tuesday of becoming a sniper and trainer for the extremist group during its brutal reign in Syria and Iraq. The trial of Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a Kazakh-born U.S. citizen, was the...

Georgia Senate: Make it a felony to pay for sex or to pimp

Feb. 07, 2023 17:42 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state senators want to make it a felony for anyone to pay a prostitute for sex or for anyone to facilitate prostitution by pimping. The Senate voted 33-16 on Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 36, sending it to the House for more debate. Right now,...