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Modest needs? Charity founder accused of embezzling $2.5 million to fund lavish lifestyle

Jun. 12, 2024 14:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The charity was called Modest Needs but federal prosecutors who filed charges against its founder say his weren't. Rather, prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan say, Modest Needs founder Keith Taylor had such expensive tastes that he embezzled more...

'Hotel Cocaine' on MGM+ gives viewers disco, drama and plenty of blow in Miami in the late '70s

Jun. 12, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lapels are wide, “Disco Inferno” is blasting on the dance floor and lines and lines of nose candy are on offer in the new intriguing Miami-based series “Hotel Cocaine.” The eight-episode romp on MGM+ centers on a real-life hotel at the beginning of the...

Unchecked growth around Big Bend sparks debate over water — a prelude for Texas

Jun. 07, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

TERLINGUA, Texas (AP) — A plume of dust trailed the pickup truck that drove through a maze of caliche roads. The driver and passenger were familiar with the route. Rick and Georganne Bradbury, husband and wife, have navigated it twice a month for four years to deliver hundreds of gallons of water...

Hundreds of asylum-seekers are camped out near Seattle. There's a vacant motel next door

Jun. 07, 2024 08:59 AM EDT

KENT, Wash. (AP) — Kabongo Kambila Ringo stood outside the tent where he has been staying with his pregnant wife and ate from a clear plastic tray of Girl Scout cookies melting in the midday sun. He was one of around 240 asylum-seekers camping in a grassy lot along a highway south...

A new agreement would limit cruise passengers in Alaska's capital. A critic says it falls short

Jun. 04, 2024 20:02 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new agreement between Alaska’s capital city and major cruise lines seeks to cap the daily number of cruise ship passengers arriving in Juneau starting in 2026, though a prominent critic of the cruise industry said Tuesday the planned limits do not do enough. ...

West Virginia hotel where several people were sickened had no carbon monoxide detectors

Jun. 02, 2024 15:36 PM EDT

GASSAWAY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hotel where several people were sickened by a carbon monoxide leak had no such detectors as required by state code, the state fire marshal’s office said. Emergency crews took seven people to a hospital following the May 26 leak at the...

Mississippi officials oppose plan to house migrant children at old Harrah's Tunica hotels

Jun. 02, 2024 14:29 PM EDT

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Local officials won't support a proposal to house unaccompanied migrant children at two former casino hotels in northwest Mississippi. The Tunica County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Thursday against issuing a letter of support after opposition from...

Kentucky tourism continues record-setting pace in 2023 with nearly $14 billion in economic impact

May. 30, 2024 16:49 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's tourism industry stayed on its record-setting pace in 2023, generating an economic impact approaching $14 billion while sustaining nearly 100,000 jobs, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. Travelers visiting the Bluegrass State last year spent $9.7...

Teen dies from accidental drowning at Orlando marine-themed park, officials say

May. 30, 2024 16:21 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities on Thursday ruled that a 13-year-old girl who was found unresponsive at a central Florida marine-themed park earlier this week died from an accidental drowning. The girl was pronounced dead at a hospital on Wednesday, a day after she was found...

Lab-grown meat isn't on store shelves yet, but some states have already banned it

May. 30, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

Lab-grown meat is not currently available in any U.S. grocery stores or restaurants. If some lawmakers have their way, it never will be. Earlier this month, both Florida and Alabama banned the sale of cultivated meat and seafood, which is grown from animal cells. In Iowa, the...