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Testimony ends at trial on payments in college basketball

Oct. 16, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Testimony at a trial about secret payments in college basketball drew to a close Tuesday after prosecutors asked the jury to focus on a flurry of texts and phone calls, some involving legendary Louisville coach Rick Pitino, about Brian Bowen Jr. in the days before the prized prospect...

Hurricane is blamed for 16 deaths in Florida alone

Oct. 16, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. The scope of the storm's fury became...

The Latest: Many in Florida Panhandle still without power

Oct. 16, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Six days after Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle, nearly 137,000 customers remain without power in an 11-county region that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia border. Michael slammed...

California agency, gas tax backers worked closely together

Oct. 16, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the political battle to overturn California's gas tax increase intensified, the state transportation agency coordinated frequently with the public affairs firm working to block the repeal on behalf of unions, construction companies and local government groups, emails obtained...

Embattled mayor facing federal charges says he's innocent

Oct. 16, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — An embattled Massachusetts mayor charged with defrauding investors in a company he formed before his election said Tuesday he will not resign and defiantly disputed federal prosecutors' case against him. At a City Hall news conference that was so packed with cheering supporters...

Chance the Rapper weighs in on Chicago mayoral race

Oct. 16, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chance the Rapper is weighing in on the Chicago mayor's race. The Grammy Award-winning artist from Chicago on Tuesday endorsed Amara Enyia in the 2019 race to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, said during a news conference at City Hall that he and...

Atlanta City Council votes to settle ex-fire chief's lawsuit

Oct. 16, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's City Council has voted to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the city's former fire chief who was dismissed after he wrote a book that included anti-gay passages. The City Council voted 11-3 Monday to approve the settlement, and it will head to Mayor Keisha Lance...

Could rebuilding ruin 'mom-and-pop' Florida beach town?

Oct. 16, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael swamped Dena Frost's mobile home and obliterated the shop where she sold pottery beside the main highway running through Mexico Beach. Most of her neighbors saw similar destruction. The monstrous storm wrecked the mayor's hardware store and the only grocery in...

Urban council polls end in Kashmir amid boycott

Oct. 16, 2018 8:25 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Local council elections ended in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, with most voters staying away in Muslim-dominated areas of the disputed region. The last phase of the four-phased elections saw less than 4 percent of eligible voters go to the polls Tuesday in the region's main...

France flood heaps added tragedy on terror victim's widow

Oct. 16, 2018 7:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A woman whose husband was killed in an Islamic extremist attack has now lost both of her parents in flash floods that killed at least 13 people in southwest France, officials said Tuesday. Martine Mazieres' husband, Jean, was one of four people killed in a carjacking, shooting and supermarket...