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'The real Bill Cosby': Comedian convicted of sexual assault

Apr. 26, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-in-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad. Cosby, 80,...

Police: Former cop is suspected in 13th California slaying

Apr. 26, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The former police officer accused of being California's notorious Golden State Killer is the prime suspect in the 1975 killing of a community college teacher, police said Thursday, raising the total number of his alleged victims to 13. Detectives are trying to link Joseph DeAngelo to...

Trump's Cohen comments raise questions about relationship

Apr. 26, 2018 6:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that personal attorney Michael Cohen handles very little of his legal work, but did represent him in the "crazy Stormy Daniels deal," a rare presidential public reference to the porn star who claims she had sex with the president in 2006. Prosecutors...

Pompeo sworn in as secretary of state, dashes off to Europe

Apr. 26, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo took over as America's top diplomat Thursday after being confirmed by the Senate and sworn in across the street minutes later. The new secretary of state immediately dashed off to Europe in an energetic start befitting the high-stakes issues awaiting him from Iran to North...

Trump pledges hands off Russia probe, may "change my mind'

Apr. 26, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he "won't be involved" in any attempt to interfere with the investigation into Russian election meddling — unless he changes his mind — as a Senate panel moved to safeguard special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt to fire him....

The Latest: NFL renews Thursday night deal with Amazon

Apr. 26, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times local): 5 p.m. The NFL has renewed an exclusive partnership with Amazon Prime Video for digital streaming of Thursday night games during 2018 and 2019 seasons. Amazon will stream the 11 Thursday night games broadcast by FOX this season. Those...

At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

Apr. 26, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings. The EPA...

Seeing red: Teacher walkouts shut Arizona, Colorado schools

Apr. 26, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A sea of teachers clad in red shirts and holding "Money for Schools" signs reached the Arizona Capitol to press lawmakers for action Thursday, a key event in an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state's public schools and built on an educator uprising that bubbled up in other...

US won't step in to stop ex-Lithuanian judge's extradition

Apr. 26, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of State has denied a request by a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian to intervene to stop her extradition from a Chicago jail to the Baltic Sea nation, where she says she could be killed for exposing an alleged ring of influential pedophiles. Neringa Venckiene,...

Parents sue North Korea over death of detainee Otto Warmbier

Apr. 26, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea on Thursday, saying its government tortured and killed their son. Fred and Cindy Warmbier filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeking compensation for the...

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Arkansas judge blocks state's revived voter ID law

Apr. 26, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has blocked a voter ID law that's nearly identical to a measure the state's highest court found unconstitutional about four years ago. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction blocking the law from being enforced during...

Arkansas judge blocks state from enforcing voter ID law nearly identical to measure struck down in 2014

Apr. 26, 2018 6:50 PM EDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas judge blocks state from enforcing voter ID law nearly identical to measure struck down in 2014.

The Latest: Genealogical websites helped ID suspected killer

Apr. 26, 2018 6:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a decades-old serial killing and rape case in California (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Prosecutors say they used online genealogical sites to find a DNA match for a California serial killing suspect. The Sacramento County district attorney's office said Thursday that...

Boyfriend charged in deaths of Kansas woman, unborn child

Apr. 26, 2018 6:48 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County authorities charged a 26-year-old Kansas City, Kansas man with capital murder in the deaths of a woman who was pregnant with his son. The Kansas City Star reports Devonte Dominique Wash will face the death penalty if he is convicted in the January death of 23-year-old...

MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino

Apr. 26, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The fate of Wynn's glitzy Boston-area casino may still be up in the air, but rival MGM says it is on track to open the first Las Vegas-style casino resort in Massachusetts sooner than expected. MGM Resorts International is now targeting Aug. 24 as the new opening date for the $960 million...

Prison inmate confesses to 2008 eastern Indiana slaying

Apr. 26, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — A prison inmate has confessed to a slaying nearly 10 years in eastern Indiana, saying he did so to gain "peace of mind." The Henry County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday it had filed charges of murder and burglary against 51-year-old Dana R. Zirkel in connection with August 2008...

NTSB releases preliminary report on Scottsdale plane crash

Apr. 26, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board says a small plane's wings became nearly vertical to the ground before a fiery crash that killed all six people aboard near Phoenix. The report published Thursday doesn't say what caused the April 9 crash or who was...

Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

Apr. 26, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University. WSU Foundation CEO Elizabeth King told The Wichita Eagle that staff from the school came together "to collaborate and create this fabulous museum that will be curated by the students." The museum opened...

Utility says retired underwater cables may be damaged

Apr. 26, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — A suspected anchor strike that severed two electric cables in the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan may have damaged additional cables in the area that were taken out of service long ago but never removed from the water, officials said Thursday. A remotely operated...

US won't step in to stop ex-Lithuanian judge's extradition

Apr. 26, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of State has denied a request by a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian to intervene to stop her extradition from a Chicago jail to the Baltic Sea nation, where she says she could be killed for exposing an alleged ring of influential pedophiles. Neringa Venckiene,...