• Washington Wizards' John Wall kicked off Las Vegas flight

    Updated: 26 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say NBA star John Wall was kicked off a flight in Las Vegas on Tuesday after a disturbance was reported. Las Vegas police said Friday that the Washington Wizards' All-Star point guard was with a group of people on an American Airlines flight around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Police say one of the people with Wall got into a verbal fight with another passenger who was unrelated to the group. Authorities say that's when the airline requested Wall and his group be removed from the plane. Police say there were no charges or arrests. An American Airlines spokeswoman referred questions to police and said the airline had no information about a disturbance on a Tuesday flight from Las Vegas.

  • California beaches reopen after goo cleanup

    Updated: 27 min ago

    MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have reopened seven miles of Southern California beach that were shut down three days ago when balls of oily goo washed ashore. A.J. Lester of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division says the stretch of shore from Manhattan beach to Redondo Beach was deemed safe and reopened around 6:30 p.m. Friday. County health authorities determined that the sand and water were safe enough for beachgoers and swimmers to return, although the Coast Guard will continue to monitor the area. Lester says crews collected 40 cubic yards of the tar balls — enough to fill three municipal trash trucks — since the goo was first spotted on Wednesday. Samples will be analyz

  • Pentagon: Anthrax shipments broader than first thought

    Updated: 30 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday that the Army's mistaken shipments of live anthrax to research laboratories were more widespread than it initially reported, prompting the Defense Department's second-ranking official to order a thorough review. In a statement issued Friday evening, the department said 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries — South Korea and Australia — are believed to have received suspect anthrax samples. The broadening scope of the problem suggests more extensive flaws in procedures used by the Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah to ensure that anthrax samples were made fully inert before shipping them to labs.

  • House records show Schock reimbursed US $122,590

    Updated: 34 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has reimbursed the U.S. government for the cost of auto mileage, office redecoration and a flight to Chicago Bears game. Disbursement records released Friday by the U.S. House show Schock repaid the federal government $122,590 during his final months in office. Among the repayments was more than $86,000 Schock received for mileage reimbursement expenses over six years ending in 2014. The government was also reimbursed $35,000 in payments made to Illinois interior decorator Ann Brahler. She redecorated Schock's congressional office in bright red, described as "Downton Abbey" style after the television show.

  • Latest on flooding: Texas guv ask for disaster declaration

    Updated: 41 min ago

    9:10 p.m. (CDT) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has requested a presidential disaster declaration to get federal help for counties affected by severe weather. Abbott is requesting individual assistance for Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties. Harris is home to Houston, which experienced severe flooding this week. In Hays County, deadly flooding killed six people, with six others still missing. Such assistance will provide residents and businesses with access to disaster housing, grants and low-interest loans. Abbott is requesting public assistance for Cooke, Gaines, Grimes, Harris, Hays, Navarro and Van Zandt counties.

  • Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge

    Updated: 47 min ago

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma last month. The Falcons moved quickly to cut ties with the player. "We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo," the team said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo." The case was especially sensitive to a franchise that lost star quarterback Michael Vick after he was charged with running a dogfightin

  • Officials say those Boston snow piles are even more vile

    Updated: 50 min ago

    BOSTON (AP) — It's disgusting enough to put you off snow cones for the rest of the summer. A Boston public works official says the towering piles of filthy snow left over from the city's record-setting winter are even more grotesque than most people can imagine. Daniel Nee says one giant pile contains an estimated 86 tons of debris, and much of it is household garbage. Nee says two snowstorms struck after Bostonians put their trash out, and it all got swept up by passing plows. Nee said Friday that as the piles melt, they've revealed fire hydrants, parking meters and other items. But he says a lot of rotting garbage is still buried in the leftover snow. Officials think the piles easily could last until the Fourt

  • Spieth in contention after rain alters course at Nelson

    Updated: 53 min ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Texan Jimmy Walker and first-round leader Steven Bowditch joined Jon Curran at 9 under Friday atop the soggy AT&T Byron Nelson. Hometown favorite Jordan Spieth surged into contention with a 5-under 64 and is three shots back. Walker, who won the Texas Open not far from home in San Antonio in March, finished a 66 at the rain-altered TPC Four Seasons with a par at 18 just before played was halted by darkness. There were 33 players on the course after the start was delayed three hours. Par was 69 because No. 14 was shortened to a 105-yard par 3 after heavy overnight rain made the fairway unplayable. Bowditch shot 68 with seven birdies and six bogeys. Curran matched the day's low round at 63.

  • Holmes: Mind 'was kind of falling apart' before shooting

    Updated: 54 min ago

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes said his "mind was kind of falling apart" and he began to have homicidal thoughts months before he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater, according to a video excerpt presented Friday at his murder trial. Holmes told a state-appointed psychiatrist in the videotaped interview that he had contracted mononucleosis in late 2011 and became depressed and lacked energy partly because of a breakup with a girlfriend in early 2012. "My mind was kind of falling apart," he told Dr. William Reid in the interview at a state mental hospital two years after the July 20, 2012, theater attack in Aurora. "I don't know what else to say.

  • No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended with no major breakthroughs, with Myanmar deflecting blame for fueling the crisis and warning that "finger pointing" would not help. But delegates agreed on one thing at least— the need to keep talking. The U.S. also prepared to begin surveillance flights in Thai airspace to help search for migrants who might be still stranded, after Thailand gave its permission. In Myanmar, state television said the navy had seized a boat with 727 migrants off the coast of the Irrawaddy Delta region, the latest vessel found in the last few weeks. The report identified those on board as "Bengalis" — a reference to Bangladeshis

  • Officials: Hawaii man impaled, killed by fish's bill

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man was killed Friday after he was apparently impaled by the bill of a fish, officials said. Witnesses at Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona reported that a man in his 40s jumped from the pier in an apparent attempt to catch a billfish, said West Hawaii Acting Battalion Chief John Whitman of Hawaii County's fire department. The fish was a swordfish about 3 feet long with a bill about 3 feet, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement. It weighed about 40 pounds. "All we know is next thing they know, the man is seen floating," said Whitman. Firefighters tried to resuscitate the man, who had a puncture wound to his right, upper torso. The man was taken to Kona Hospital,

  • 4 more bodies found after Texas flooding

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Authorities said Friday they reclaimed four more bodies from Texas waters, adding to the growing death toll inflicted by record-setting storms that continue to submerge highways and flood homes. At least 28 people have been killed nationwide in the storms, 24 in Texas. At least 11 are missing in Texas. More than 7 inches fell overnight from a line of thunderstorms that stalled over Dallas, which is in its wettest month ever recorded at 16.07 inches. The National Weather Service reports rainfall records have been crushed across the Lone Star state — from Corpus Christi along the Gulf of Mexico to Gainesville near the Oklahoma border.

  • EPA says first day of oil spill spent 'planning'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara. Seven hours after the discovery of the spill, she was surprised to find her small crew alone on the sand a half-mile east of Refugio State Beach, where the spill occurred. Aside from a couple boats skimming oil from the surface, she didn't see any other cleanup effort. "It was disheartening," she said. Using headlamps, the 10 volunteers filled 91 buckets in three-and-a-half hours. "As impressive as those 91 buckets looked, it didn't make a dent," she said.

  • No 'miracle' solution at Asian migrant crisis meeting

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand hosted a meeting of 17 countries Friday to address an alarming rise in the number of boat people in Southeast Asian waters. The talks were delicate because Myanmar — the country thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled amid state-sanctioned discrimination and violence — bristles at any suggestion that it's largely to blame for the crisis. Delegates faced a tricky balancing act of coming up with steps to tackle a complex issue while making sure Myanmar didn't boycott the talks. Here's a look at what the meeting achieved, failed to achieve, and what the likely next steps are. ___ WHAT DID THEY ACCOMPLISH? — Countries in the region talked.

  • APNewsBreak: Some telescope protesters' charges to be tossed

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Friday he will dismiss charges against about 10 of the 31 protesters who were arrested while blocking construction of a giant telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians. The Thirty Meter Telescope planned near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island would be one of the world's largest telescopes. People are protesting the $1.4 billion project for a range of reasons, including wanting to protect sacred land from desecration, curb development and gain control over local resources. Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth told The Associated Press he will drop the cases against those charged with trespassing, though his office might decide to re-file them lat

  • Pentagon chief criticizes Beijing's South China Sea moves

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says China's land reclamation in the South China Sea is out of step with international rules, and turning underwater land into airfields won't expand its sovereignty. Carter is stepping up America's condemnation of the communist giant at an international security summit here as Beijing officials sit in the audience. He says the U.S. opposes any further militarization of the disputed lands. His comments came after defense officials revealed that China had put two large artillery vehicles on one of the artificial islands it is creating in the South China Sea. The discovery, made at least several weeks ago, fueled fears in the U.

  • Texas poised to allow open carry of handguns

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era. Gun owners would still have to get a license to carry a handgun in a visible holster. The state known for its wild west, cowboy history and some the nation's most relaxed gun laws, has allowed concealed handguns for 20 years. Concealed handgun license holders are even allowed to skip the metal detectors at the state Capitol, as state troopers providing security assume they're armed.

  • Father: Woman shot by sheriff told police it was an accident

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The woman who was shot and critically wounded by a Georgia sheriff told a detective the shooting was an accident that happened while they were practicing self-defense tactics in an empty model home, her father said Friday. Gwenevere McCord, 43, was able to speak Thursday for the first time since the May 3 shooting after doctors removed a tube from her throat, her father Ernest McCord told The Associated Press. Gwenevere McCord and Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill were alone in the model home in Gwinnett County, roughly 50 miles northeast of Hill's office, when the shooting happened. Hill called 911 and told an operator that it was an accident that happened while they were "practicing tactics." First respond

  • Navy, Coast Guard investigate Arizona Memorial dock mishap

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy command overseeing the hospital ship involved in a mishap that damaged the USS Arizona Memorial's dock has sent investigators to Hawaii to probe what happened. Investigators will arrive this weekend and begin working immediately, Tom Van Leunen, a spokesman for the Military Sealift Command said in an email Friday. The command's operations chief, Capt. Dean Vesely, will lead the investigation, Van Leunan said. Vesely is based at the command's headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. The U.S. Coast Guard has started its own probe because civilian tugboats were involved. The incident occurred Wednesday when two tugboats were maneuvering the USNS Mercy hospital ship out of Pearl Harbor.

  • Governor: Nebraska to proceed with executions of 10 inmates

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts says lawmakers' repeal of the death penalty won't stop his administration from proceeding with executions of 10 people already sentenced to death. Ricketts said Friday that he doesn't plan to cancel a shipment of lethal injection drugs that the state bought earlier this month. The GOP-controlled Legislature this week approved a law repealing the death penalty over the governor's veto. The law doesn't go into effect for three months. Attorney General Doug Peterson has raised questions about whether it unconstitutionally changes the sentences of current death row inmates to life in prison. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, the law's lead sponsor, has said it'