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Tennessee clerk convicted of killing teen who stole beer

Aug. 16, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee jury has found a grocery clerk guilty of fatally shooting a teenager who stole a beer from a store and ran away. Anwar Ghazali was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in the March 2018 death of 17-year-old Dorian Harris. A Shelby County Criminal Court judge is...

Cousins indicted in fatal shooting of Tennessee 2-year-old

Aug. 16, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee cousins have been indicted in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was shot while riding in a car with her mother. The Shelby County district attorney's office says 21-year-old Tylan McCray was indicted Wednesday on first-degree murder and other charges in Laylah...

Tennessee prison officer pleads guilty to beating inmate

Aug. 15, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee correctional officer pleaded guilty Thursday to beating a prison inmate in an attack allegedly involving other officers, federal prosecutors said. Nathaniel Griffin, 29, entered his plea to the federal civil rights offense in a Memphis court, the U.S. attorney's office...

Elvis admirers remember his death 42 years ago with vigil

Aug. 15, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley fans carrying lit candles in the Tennessee night are visiting the rock 'n' roll icon's grave at Graceland during the annual vigil commemorating his death 42 years ago. Presley admirers from all over the world descend on Memphis every year to honor his life and career...

Dreadful heat, humidity invade South as misery continues

Aug. 13, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Stifling heat smothered states from Texas to South Carolina on Tuesday with temperatures that felt like 120 degrees (49 Celsius), making it difficult to be outside for long, much less work or play. As the entire Southeast baked amid heat warnings and advisories that reached from central...

Police: Suspect set woman on fire, took child, started chase

Aug. 13, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a man set his girlfriend on fire in Mississippi, kidnapped the child she had been watching, traveled to Tennessee then led officers on a chase back into Mississippi. News outlets report a woman showed up at an Olive Branch, Mississippi, hospital with second- and...

Parts of South and Midwest grapple with dangerous heat wave

Aug. 12, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning about days of scorching, dangerous heat gripping a wide swath of the U.S. South and Midwest, where the heat index on Monday eclipsed 120 degrees (48.9 Celsius) in one town and climbed nearly that high in others. With temperatures around 100 degrees (37...

Penny Hardaway, Jerry Stackhouse bring NBA edge to Tennessee

Aug. 12, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former NBA stars Penny Hardaway and Jerry Stackhouse have taken on new challenges with both trying to revive a pair of struggling college basketball programs about 200 miles apart along Interstate 40 in Tennessee. Hardaway played 14 seasons in the NBA and is embarking on his second...

Affidavit: Inmate assaulted, strangled prison worker

Aug. 9, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee convict on lawn mowing duty sexually assaulted and strangled a female corrections administrator before escaping prison grounds on a tractor, authorities said. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday it has received 250 tips but there have been no credible...

Memphis hires Florida's Laird Veatch as athletic director

Aug. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis has hired Laird Veatch to fill its athletic director vacancy. Veatch has spent the last two years as Florida's executive associate athletics director for internal affairs. He is replacing Tom Bowen, who stepped down in May after holding the position for seven years. Allie...