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'I killed my best friend': Opioids' fatal grip on mayor, pal

Dec. 9, 2018 9:19 PM EST

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old, just resigned mayor of the tiny Pennsylvania town of Mount Carbon — in what she assumed was a deep sleep. She tried to wake him for his overnight shift at the local supermarket, but he couldn't be roused, even after she...

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

Dec. 9, 2018 7:39 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington's behest and demanded the U.S. cancel an order for her arrest. The official Xinhua News Agency said Vice Foreign Minister Le...

Man accused of killing tourist appears in New Zealand court

Dec. 9, 2018 7:32 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man accused of killing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane made his first appearance in a New Zealand court Monday. The 26-year-old man stared at the ground while a judge addressed him during the brief appearance at the Auckland District Court. The man has not yet...

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Dec. 9, 2018 3:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Evers said he talked by...

Jury deliberations to resume latest meningitis outbreak case

Dec. 9, 2018 10:42 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Jury deliberations are continuing in the case of six former employees of the Massachusetts facility responsible for the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds. Jurors in the latest case stemming from the outbreak linked to the now-closed New England...

Whether a president can be prosecuted remains in dispute

Dec. 9, 2018 12:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, prosecutors have tied President Donald Trump to a federal crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his presidential campaign in 2016. The Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump of directly committing a crime. Instead,...

Swimmers hit world body FINA with California antitrust case

Dec. 8, 2018 11:06 PM EST

Three Olympic and world champion swimmers have filed an antitrust suit in California challenging governing body FINA's control of organizing competitions. The legal challenge is the latest faced by Olympic bodies from athletes seeking greater prize money and more say in running their sport. It was filed Friday on...

Ky. lawyer pleads guilty to taking $1.3 million from clients

Dec. 8, 2018 6:32 PM EST

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawyer has admitted to pocketing more than $1.3 million from clients to pay personal expenses that included gambling losses. Danny Butler pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Bowling Green to five counts of wire fraud for obtaining money from clients for legal work...

Reggae star Buju Banton free after federal drug sentence

Dec. 8, 2018 6:29 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Reggae star Buju Banton is free after serving seven years in federal prison on drug charges. Banton was convicted in a federal courtroom in Florida in 2011. Prison officials told the Tampa Bay Times that Banton was freed Friday from Georgia's private McMcRae Correctional Institute. The...

Kentucky man once charged with murder gets lighter sentence

Dec. 8, 2018 5:48 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been sentenced to five years in a 2014 shooting death of an 18-year-old who wasn't the intended target. The case against 25-year-old Allen Charles William Burgess began as a murder charge but prosecutors agreed to a reduced charge because some witnesses were...