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The Latest: Nestor races toward Florida Panhandle

Oct. 19, 2019 4:59 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Nestor (all times local): 5 a.m. Storm surge and winds are lashing much of Florida's Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Nestor approaches. But the National Hurricane Center in Miami says Nestor is gradually losing its tropical characteristics. By early Saturday morning,...

Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial

Oct. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation's opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. One of the negotiators, North Carolina...

Chicago's mayor says top cop drinking before incident in car

Oct. 18, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor said Friday that the city's top police officer told her he'd had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home, an incident that the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication. Superintendent Eddie...

Judge halts funeral plans for woman shot at home by officer

Oct. 18, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A probate court judge has halted a funeral scheduled for Saturday for a woman shot in her home by a Fort Worth police officer. Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson on Friday issued a temporary restraining order sought by Marquis Jefferson, the father of Atatiana Jefferson....

Hong Kong protesters mock China leaders, defy face mask ban

Oct. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks and mocked China's leaders while forming human chains in defiance of a ban on face coverings at public assemblies. Gathering along the city's subway lines Friday night, many protest supporters masqueraded as Winnie the Pooh...

Buttigieg removes attorney from fundraiser after backlash

Oct. 18, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is returning campaign contributions from a former Chicago city attorney who led a vigorous effort to block the release of a video depicting the shooting of Laquan McDonald , a black teenager whose death at the hands of police stirred months of protest and resulted in an...

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken dies at age 97

Oct. 18, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor who established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation that made him popular among Republicans and Democrats, died Friday at age 97, a family spokesman said. Milliken died at his home in Traverse...

Official arrested, accused of breaking open records law

Oct. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SELBY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota county auditor accused of failing to make documents available for a public meeting was arrested and charged with violating the state's open meetings law, in a rare move seen as extreme by some media and open-government experts. Walworth County State's Attorney James Hare...

The Latest: Mayor: Chief drank before falling ill in car

Oct. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the incident in which Chicago's police superintendent felt lightheaded and then fell asleep after pulling his vehicle over (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Chicago's mayor says that the police superintendent told her that he had a couple of drinks with dinner the night he later...

Cummings remembered as a mentor to many in Baltimore

Oct. 18, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The top prosecutor in Baltimore knew exactly where to go for guidance after she made the decision to file charges in an explosive case involving the death of a black man in police custody. She called Rep. Elijah Cummings, her trusted adviser and friend. After that call in May 2015, State's...