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Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds

Oct. 17, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge that she illegally used campaign funds for her personal benefit. Tawanna Gaines faces a sentence of up to 20 years following her plea to one count of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang is scheduled to...

Man arrested for setting fire that killed wife, hurt kids

Oct. 17, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man suspected of setting a fire that killed his wife nearly nine years ago faces murder charges. Fifty-two-year-old Carlos Montalvo-Rivera was charged Wednesday with homicide and arson in the death of 30-year-old Olga Sanchez-Reyes. Police say the Lancaster man...

Hotel ousts singer Gretchen Wilson following noise complaint

Oct. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Country music star Gretchen Wilson, whose hit song, "Here for the Party," features the lyrics, "And I ain't leaving till they throw me out," was ousted from a New Mexico hotel over noise complaints. The Grammy Award-winning artist was asked to leave the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces...

Riots darken Catalan separatist dream of peaceful secession

Oct. 17, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's separatist leader vowed Thursday to hold a new vote to secede from Spain in less than two years as the embattled northeastern region grapples with a wave of violence that has tarnished a movement proud of its peaceful activism. "We can't remain in this cage that keeps adding...

Man, 20, arrested in NYC shooting that killed 1, wounded 11

Oct. 17, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a mass shooting over the summer at a Brooklyn community festival that left one person dead and 11 wounded. Police said the gunman, Kyle Williams, was one of two people who opened fire — possibly shooting at each...

Atlanta businessman spared prison in college hoops scandal

Oct. 17, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Atlanta businessman who pleaded guilty in a college basketball scandal that paid bribes to steer top athletes to certain schools and money managers has been spared prison time. Rashan Michel wiped his eyes Thursday when U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York announced that prison...

Maldives investigates activist group for "slandering Islam"

Oct. 17, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The head of a Maldivian activist group says that police have contacted to investigate a report published by her organization that is purported to have slandered Islam. The Maldives government ordered the Maldivian Democracy Network to suspend its activities a week ago over a 2016...

Iraqi blogger outspoken about country's corruption detained

Oct. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Masked security agents stormed the apartment of a prominent Iraqi blogger in Baghdad early Thursday and detained him, apparently over his coverage of anti-government protests, a member of his family said. For about a week starting Oct. 1, Iraq witnessed protests by young Iraqis demanding...

Major at Oklahoma base pleads guilty to health care fraud

Oct. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An officer at an Oklahoma military base has pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in kickbacks for referring health insurance beneficiaries to certain pharmacies. Federal prosecutors say Maj. Romeatrius Moss, a nurse at the medical unit of Vance Air Force Base in Enid,...

Man pleads not guilty to murder, arson charges

Oct. 17, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say a man charged with murder and arson in the death of a woman has pleaded not guilty. The Times West Virginian reports Clyde Dean Jr. appeared in Marion County Circuit Court on Wednesday to answer the charges in the death of Cheryl Willis, who was found...