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  • Police probe other attacks after transients killed

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday. A man who identified himself as the father of two of the boys said they were once homeless themselves and he had no idea what prompted the beatings. One of the boys told police they had attacked about 50 homeless people over the last few months, but had never gone that far. But on Friday night, he was angry about breaking up with his girlfriend, he said. Alex Rios, 18, and two boys ages 16 and 15 were ordered held on $5 million bond each during initial court appearances Monday.

  • Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that evidence at the crash site was mishandled, anger in Western capitals has mounted at the rebels and their allies in Moscow. Their reluctant cooperation will soothe mourning families and help investigators, but may do little to reconcile the East-West powers struggling over Ukraine's future. Russia's Defense Ministry said Monday it saw no evidence a missile was fired and denied involvement in the downing of Flight 17 — a

  • Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: "Do you think a coyote is going to say he's a coyote?" Dressed as a migrant in shorts and sandals but speaking like an entrepreneur, he then described shipments of tens of thousands of dollars in human cargo from the slums of Honduras and highlands of Guatemala to cities across the United States. "It's business," he said, agreeing to speak to a reporter only if guaranteed anonymity. "Sometimes, business is very good.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers reiterate opposition to using Fort Sill as shelter for unaccompanied minors

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Most members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation say the U.S. Army artillery post should not house children past the October deadline.

  • Friends: Man in NYC chokehold case 'gentle giant'

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner was a familiar figure on the streets near Staten Island's ferry docks: to his friends, a congenial giant with a generous gesture or a calming word; to police, a persistent face of the small-time crime of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Garner's last run-in with police spiraled into a confrontation in which an officer applied an apparent chokehold, leaving the married father of six dead and police tactics under scrutiny. And it left some who knew him wondering why such conduct was used against a man they describe as a neighborhood peacemaker. "That's the ironic part about it. He's the most gentle of everybody over there," friend Irvine Johnson said.

  • Police release name of man who died Friday in collision in south Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, died at the scene of an accident after the driver of the vehicle he was in drifted into oncoming traffic, striking multiple vehicles, the Oklahoma City Police Department reports.

  • Boy, 10, dies in Elk City area four-wheeler accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 22 hr ago

    A 10-year-old boy was killed when he lost control of the four-wheeler he was driving, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access. "What exactly are they trying to hide?" Obama said Monday from the South Lawn of the White House. Obama also warned Putin that he could face additional economic costs if he fails to take steps to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but officials said new American sanctions were not imminent. Instead, much of the White House's focus was on gaining access to the crash site and shoring up European Union sanctions, which have lagged behind U.S. penalties.

  • Citing 'racist views,' tribe cancels Nugent show

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WORLEY, Idaho (AP) — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks." The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused "racist attitudes and views." The tribe did not detail which of Nugent's specific views it opposes. Officials for Nugent's music management company were out of the office on Monday and not available for comment. Nugent in the past has referred to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel." Nugent later apologized "for using the street fight terminology of su

  • Conor Oberst dismisses lawsuit against accuser

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has dropped his federal libel lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault in online comments. The Bright Eyes singer's attorney filed the notice of voluntary dismissal Friday in New York federal court. The move comes after Oberst's publicist released a statement from the woman that says she falsely accused Oberst to get attention and she apologized. The North Carolina woman made the claims on a website last December, saying that Oberst forced her to have sex after a show 10 years ago in Durham, North Carolina, when she was 16. Oberst filed the libel suit in February.

  • UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

    Yesterday

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure. The resolution calls for a "full, thorough and independent international investigation" into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 carrying 298 people in Hrabove. It calls for pro-Russia separatists to allow access to the site of the crash. And it demands that armed groups who control the crash site do not disturb debris, belongings or victims' remains.

  • Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," Obama declared at a White House signing ceremony. Obama said it was unacceptable that being gay is still a firing offense in many places in the United States, and he called on Congress to extend the ban to all employers. But legislation that would extend the ban has become embroiled in a dispute over whether religious groups should get exemptions.

  • US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

    Yesterday

    CAIRO (AP) — With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants — the third since 2009. Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of more than 1,500 rockets being launched by Hamas. Yet he said Israel's military assault of Gaza had already done "significant damage" to Hamas' network of tunnels, safe havens and other infrastructure, and said he doesn't want to see more civilians getting killed.

  • Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

    Yesterday

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls. Dr. Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February 2013 after a female co-worker spotted the pen-like camera he wore around his neck and alerted authorities. Levy committed suicide days later, as a federal investigation led to roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images stored on computers in his home. "All of these women were brutalized by this," said their lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor.

  • Dutch anger swells at treatment of Ukraine bodies

    Yesterday

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The families and friends of Dutch citizens blown out of the sky above Ukraine poured out their grief and anger Monday at a meeting with their monarch and political leaders. "This terrible disaster has left a deep wound in our society," a somber King Willem-Alexander said after meeting the next of kin at a private meeting. "The scar will be visible and tangible for years to come." The Dutch have widely condemned the way the bodies of the victims have been treated in Ukraine and the fact they have not yet been returned home, four days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 killed 298 passengers and crew, including 193 Dutch citizens.

  • World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010's old record by one-twentieth of a degree. While one-twentieth of a degree doesn't sound like much, in temperature records it's like winning a horse race by several lengths, said NOAA climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt. And that's only part of it. The world's oceans not only broke a monthly heat record at 62.7 degrees, but it was the hottest the oceans have been on record no matter what the mo

  • New alcohol charge against John Mellencamp's son

    Yesterday

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight. Monroe County court records show Hud Mellencamp of Bloomington was charged July 10 with a misdemeanor count of illegal alcohol consumption. Details about the case weren't immediately available. Defense attorney Jennifer Lukemeyer did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment Monday on the new charge and the request from prosecutors that Mellencamp's bond be revoked from his 2013 arrest.

  • Court: Hoffman didn't want 'trust fund' kids

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Court documents show Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant's suggestion that he set aside money for his three children because he didn't want them to be "trust fund" kids. The New York Post (http://bit.ly/1ntwUa9 ) says the children's court-appointed lawyer recently interviewed the actor's accountant, David Friedman. In a July 18 filing in Manhattan Surrogate Court, Friedman recalled conversations with Hoffman where the topic of a trust for his children was raised. He said Hoffman wanted his estimated $35 million fortune to go his longtime partner and the children's mother, Mimi O'Donnell. According to the filing, Friedman said Hoffman treated O'Donnell "in the same manner as if she were a spo

  • Ukraine at potential turning point after crash

    Yesterday

    MOSCOW (AP) — The crash of the Malaysian airliner in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is being viewed as a potential turning-point in the conflict — either, the international revulsion over the death of all 298 people on board will force the warring parties to seek an end to the violence, or the disaster will stoke the fighting as the recriminations escalate. Four days on from the downing of the plane, both scenarios remain possible. An assessment of the strategies and pressures in play in the conflict that has killed more than 400 people aside from the victims of the crash: THE CAUSE The Boeing 777 was almost certainly shot down, but who did it remains hotly disputed.

  • 200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

    Yesterday

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a thief at an east Georgia shopping mall made off with a bagful of women's unmentionables. Richmond County sheriff's officials say a thief stole 200 pairs of panties from Victoria's Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday. The Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1n3THIv ) reports that security video shows a male entering the store and stuffing the underwear into a large shopping bag. Authorities say he left without paying for the merchandise, valued at $1,900. ___ Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.