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Nashua fifth-grader sworn in as New Hampshire Kid Governor

Jan. 18, 2019 3:55 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A fifth grader from Nashua was sworn in as New Hampshire's first "Kid Governor" on Friday, promising to work hard to protect animals from abuse and urging the Legislature to do the same. In a brief but spirited inaugural address, Lola Giannelli promoted efforts to collect food and...

Tractor-trailer crash kills worker and trucker in Rochester

Jan. 18, 2019 3:52 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a truck driver and a municipal worker have died after a tractor-trailer went off a highway and down an embankment in Rochester. State police identify the driver as 58-year-old Tracy Premo of Palmyra. Shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, his rig veered off Route 104 for an...

Tennessee officer indicted for killing black man

Jan. 18, 2019 3:51 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury in Tennessee has indicted a white police officer with first degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of a black man last July. The indictment against Nashville officer Andrew Delke was announced Friday by the district attorney's office. Delke shot 25-year-old Daniel...

Syria attack victims include daughter of US police official

Jan. 18, 2019 3:49 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — One of the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week was a Navy sailor and married mother of two whose father is a high-ranking officer in the New York State Police, officials said Friday. The Pentagon identified three of the four Americans killed in Wednesday's...

The Latest: UN chief condemns attack in Colombia

Jan. 18, 2019 3:48 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the car bombing in Bogota (all times local): 3:30 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters at U.N. headquarters that he has reiterated his strong condemnation of "the terrorist attack" in Colombia that left 21 people dead and wounded dozens of...

Officer who killed teen used racial slurs, excessive force

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Several black motorists testified Friday that the white officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald used racial slurs and excessive force during traffic stops in the years before the 2014 killing that was captured on a shocking dashcam video. Jason Van Dyke was in court to be sentenced for...

The Latest: Witness unable to identify Van Dyke in courtroom

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A prosecution witness at the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who killed black teen Laquan McDonald wasn't able to identify the...

Gov. Baker: Tax hike will help towns address climate change

Jan. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing an increase in the state excise tax on real estate transfers to help Massachusetts communities better prepare for the effects of climate change. Baker said Friday the plan will be included in his proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The...

Airstrike on IS-held area in Eastern Syria kills 20

Jan. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike hit militants and civilians trying to flee the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Friday, killing at least 20, the country's state media and opposition activists reported. The airstrike on the IS-held village of Baghouz comes as the offensive...

Rural fire departments fear funding issues during shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 3:45 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials anticipate problems with funding the state's rural firefighting services if the partial federal government shutdown persists. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's forestry division received communication from the U.S. Forest Service not to suspend any activities...