• Scarface honored, Diddy performs at taped BET Hip-Hop Awards

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Scarface, known for his gritty street wise narratives, received the "I Am Hip Hop" award at the 10th annual BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Rapper Ludacris introduced Scarface, calling him one of "hip-hop's best storytellers" on Friday night in front of a packed audience at the Boisfeuillet (BOH'-fihl-ay) Jones Atlanta Civic Center. The Houston-based Scarface said he learned from the best in rap and felt honored to receive the award. Scarface initially gained fame in the late 1980s with the group Geto Boys through the song "Mind Playing Tricks on Me." He is known for such songs as "Smile," ''My Block" and "I Seen a Man Die." Sean "Diddy" Combs took the stage with Lil Kim and Styles P and performed Combs'

  • When it comes to kudos, Iseley takes the cake

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    It may have started out as a hobby, but for one local girl, “sugar and spice” has become a passion. Tahlequah 16-year-old Hannah Iseley became interested in cake decorating at age 9, when her mom decided to bake her an extravagant cake for her birthday. Hannah said that after watching her mother make something so beautiful, she wanted to give it a try herself. “It was a three-tier cake with yellow and blue stripes and polka dots on it,” Iseley said. “It was just beautiful, so after that is when I started getting into it myself. From there, it kind of turned into an addiction I guess you could say.” Over the years, Hannah’s skills have grown tremendously.

  • South Boston man convicted of killing neighborhood woman


    BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man was convicted Friday of killing a 67-year-old grandmother after breaking into her home to look for money he wanted to feed to his drug addiction. Timothy Kostka, 30, was found guilty by a Suffolk Superior Court jury of first-degree murder and home invasion for the April 2012 killing of Barbara Coyne in her South Boston home. Members of Coyne's family applauded and wept when the verdict was read. Kostka broke into Coyne's home looking for high-end fishing equipment owned by her son, prosecutors said at trial. He was rummaging through a jewelry box when she walked in on him.

  • Poll: Guinta's support eroding amid financing scandal


    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new poll shows that 50 percent of New Hampshire residents surveyed think U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta should resign amid his campaign finance troubles and 4 percent said they would back his re-election bid next year. The Republican said the $355,000 he reported loaning himself for his 2010 campaign was his because for years he contributed to and managed a "family pot" of money. But the Federal Election Commission concluded Guinta broke the law by accepting donations above the legal limit from his parents and fined him. In a WMUR Granite State Poll released Thursday, 56 percent of likely voters in the First District said they'd vote for someone else if Guinta's on the ballot. Sixteen percent would consider

  • Drug court celebrates 100th graduation


    Participating in the 9th Judicial District drug court program is an “intense process” but one that is well worth it, according to numerous participants and graduates. There was no shortage of tears Wednesday afternoon as the main courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse played host to a full house for the drug court program’s 100th graduation since its beginning in 2006. Former Judge Teddy Hartley, who spearheaded the start of the program, was present for the ceremony. “I can’t tell you how important this is for you as a participant or as a family member,” Hartley told those gathered Wednesday.

  • Music Review: Grant's baritone tackles range of subjects


    John Grant, "Grey Tickles, Black Pressure" (Partisan) Synthesizers throb and gurgle while violins rise and fall above drums both digital and real. There's brass and a bass and even a bass clarinet. But the most ear-catching instrument on any John Grant album: Grant's voice. Blessed with an elegant baritone, effortless delivery and two-octave range, Grant could sing lame power ballads and make a handsome living. He's not into pretty, however, and while "Grey Tickles, Black Pressure" benefits from fetching melodies, the 12-song set is also filled with edgy arrangements and whimsical lyrics regarding a wide range of subjects. Grant addresses his HIV diagnosis (the title cut), his battle with addiction ("Magma Arrives"), and even

  • 3 working groups start tackling heroin problem in Maine

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A task force formed to address the state's heroin epidemic held its first meeting on Thursday, with 35 people on three teams focusing on law enforcement, education and treatment, officials said. The three working groups will hold additional meetings to come up with solutions and strategies to turn back the tide of overdose deaths, addiction and drug-related crimes, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty, who volunteered to establish the working groups after a pair of drug summits in August. The task force can't solve all of the state's drug problems, but its volunteer members couldn't stand by and watch while heroin destroys lives and families, Delahanty said.

  • BC-WI--Wisconsin News Digest 1:30 pm, WI

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Wisconsin. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to (800) 552-7250 or (612) 332-2727. News editor Doug Glass can be reached at those numbers or dglass@ap.org. Steve Karnowski is on the desk. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORY: SHAKESPEARE HELPING VETERANS MILWAUKEE — William Shakespeare's words from more than 400 years ago are proving to be healing for modern-day veterans.

  • Homeless as a teen, 41-year-old SMU student leaves addiction far behind

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Wendy Birdsall wears her SMU-themed sunglasses almost everywhere she goes. The black-and-red glasses, with the motto “World changers shaped here,” represent a new life for Birdsall, who was homeless at 16 and a repeat felon and drug addict by her late 20s. She’s been clean since 2010, and now, at age 41, she’s studying biology at SMU. “They say that SMU breeds world changers,” Birdsall said. “I don’t know if I’m going to be a world changer, but I’m definitely a game changer.” Birdsall isn’t ashamed to talk about her past. She believes she’s a stronger, more driven person because of it. When Birdsall was about 14, she and her two younger sisters moved from Southern California to Nort

  • BC-NM--New Mexico News Coverage Advisory, NM

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Mexico. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Susan Montoya Bryan at 505-822-9022 or apalbuquerque@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

  • Melissa Etheridge sings for inmates at Ohio women's prison

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A video of female inmates singing one of her songs led to Melissa Etheridge performing with the group at an Ohio prison. The singer performed solo Wednesday for about 2,300 inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1RvqCCm ) reported. They sat on a recreation field at the Marysville facility as Etheridge sang a few songs and offered encouragement from a small stage. She said she'd been moved by a video of inmates in an addiction-recovery group singing "A Little Bit of Me." She closed with the song and invited members of the group to come up and sing with her. The Harmony Project, a Columbus community choir, has been singing with the group every week for the

  • AP-WI--Wisconsin News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WI

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Good morning. Here's how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Wisconsin. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to Doug Glass at (800) 552-7250 or (612) 332-2727 or apmlw@ap.org. This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

  • Tribes get $4.4M to reduce drugs, suicide, domestic violence

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Indian Health Services will support nine New Mexico tribes' and tribal organizations' efforts to reduce suicide, drug addiction and domestic violence with $4.39 million in federal grants. U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, of New Mexico, say the money will be distributed over the next five years to Isleta, Acoma, Ohkay Owingeh, Sandia, Santo Domingo and Taos pueblos, as well as the Ramah Navajo School Board, First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, the Five Sandoval Pueblos and Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Council.

  • Getting clean: Heroin addict goes through pioneering program

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Kylee Moriarty has experienced her share of ups and downs since deciding to kick her heroin habit this past summer. The 26-year-old's journey started in early July when she showed up, beaten and gaunt, at the police station in Gloucester, Massachusetts, looking to take advantage of the department's pioneering policy of connecting addicts with treatment rather than throwing them in jail. Fast forward to late September, and Moriarty has been clean for more than 70 days — her longest drug-free stint in years, according to her and her family. Her mother, Jackie Law, pays a visit. It's the first time she's seen her daughter in over a year.

  • Nanny charged with stealing $280K from Massachusetts family

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A nanny for a Boston family has been charged with stealing more than $280,000 from her employers and using the money for vacations and luxury jewelry. Stephanie Fox, of Randolph, Massachusetts, was charged in federal court on Wednesday with three counts of bank fraud and released on $10,000 bond. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Fox took checks from the victims' checkbook, made them payable to herself, and forged her employers' signatures to cash them. Authorities say she used the money for vacations to Hawaii, Aruba, a Disney resort and the Bahamas, as well as Movado watches, a diamond pendant necklace and a down payment on a new vehicle. In a statement to investigators, Fox blamed her boyfriend's

  • Man gets 6 years for selling drug that led to woman's death

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man was sentenced to six years in state prison for selling heroin that led to the overdose death of a woman in 2013. The Record reports (http://bit.ly/1GxgkLB ) Jesse Kurzweil, of Closter, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in July to a first-degree charge of strict liability for a drug-induced death. Authorities say Doreen Leach, of Emerson, died after she was injected by another man who bought the heroin from Kurzweil. Kurzweil's attorney Alan Krauss says his client got caught up in the heroin epidemic that is affecting New Jersey's suburbs. He says an addiction to painkillers after a hockey injury led him to heroin.

  • BC-AP News Digest 7:10 am

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. Updates with NOBEL-LITERATURE winner. ------------------------- NEW & DEVELOPING ------------------------- NOBEL-LITERATURE — Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel literature prize. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: Developing, photos. With NOBEL-THE LATEST. FIFA INVESTIGATION — FIFA provisionally bans President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini for 90 days in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation. SENT: 120 words, photo.

  • Shakespeare acting program helps veterans deal with emotions

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — William Shakespeare's words from more than 400 years ago are proving to be healing for modern-day veterans. A group of Milwaukee actors started the workshops, which feature Shakespeare's plays to help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and reintegration issues and mental health problems. Organizers feed lines to the vets during conflict-heavy scenes so they can concentrate on the emotions. Army veteran Carissa DiPietro calls it "life-changing" and says she feels safe showing feelings, because it's the character and not really her. Actress and project director Nancy Smith-Watson says 300 veterans have participated since the workshops began in 2013.

  • Shakespeare Helping Veterans

    Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    In this Sept. 27, 2015, photo, Army veteran Carissa DiPietro takes the hand of Iraq war veteran Mike Mitchels while rehearsing for "Julius Caesar" in Milwaukee. A group of actors is using William Shakespeare’s plays to help veterans with emotional and addiction issues heal.

  • Executive Councilor Van Ostern enters race for governor

    Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern is set to announce that he'll run for New Hampshire governor in 2016. Van Ostern will announce his bid Thursday at a meeting of business and education leaders. He is the first Democrat to announce a run. Republican Executive Councilor Chris Sununu is also bidding to replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who this week announced her campaign for U.S. Senate. "I'm running for governor to build an even stronger economy and a brighter future for the people of New Hampshire — one where everyone has the opportunity to succeed," Van Ostern said in written remarks.