• House Oks bill aimed at rooting out abusive teachers

    Updated: 13 min ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Legislation that requires local and regional school boards in Connecticut to take additional steps to determine whether teacher candidates have a history of sexual misconduct or abuse involving children has cleared the House of Representatives. Lawmakers passed legislation Saturday that attempts to stop a practice called "passing the trash." That's when a school suspects a teacher of sexual misconduct and forces the teacher out to protect students, but the teacher can still get a new job and sometimes with a glowing recommendation.

  • Openly gay rock singer changing tune on Mormon religion

    Updated: 14 min ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees is denouncing his faith in his latest music video. The lead singer of the Provo-based band released the video Friday for a single titled "Trash," in which he appears to be trashing the church. The video includes images related to the church and shows Glenn drinking alcohol. Glenn told Rolling Stone magazine that his belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed about six months ago. In November, the church announced that people in same-sex couples could be excommunicated. The rules also said children of those couples must disavow homosexual relationships and cannot

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    Updated: 18 min ago

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  • Woman, 4 children killed as flood swamps Texas neighborhood

    Updated: 22 min ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Lisa Asberry Davis said on Saturday that she and her three children waded to safety through water up to their chins after torrential rains in East Texas swamped a cul-de-sac of homes during the night and forced some residents onto rooftops. Firefighters lifted them out of the water at a rescue point but Davis' cousin and the woman's four great-grandchildren who lived down the street in Palestine, Texas, didn't make it. The bodies of Davis' cousin, 64-year-old Lenda Asberry, and her great-grandchildren, 6-year-old Jamonicka Johnson; 7-year-old Von Anthony Johnson Jr.; 8-year-old Devonte Asberry and 9-year-old Venetia Asberry were found in the receding water. The bodies of two of the children were in

  • Raiders trade up to take QB Cook in 4th round of NFL draft

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Connor Cook is the winningest quarterback in Michigan State history. Andrew Billings is coming off a dominant season on Baylor's defensive line. It didn't mean very much in the NFL draft. Cook watched as six quarterbacks came off the board before he was selected by Oakland with the second pick of the fourth round on Saturday, and Billings tumbled all the way to Cincinnati at No. 122 after it looked as if he could be a first-round pick. "Anytime you see another quarterback get drafted in front of you, it hurts," Cook said. "I'm a competitor. Obviously, I think I'm one of the best quarterbacks in this draft class, but nothing is ever easy and nothing is ever perfect.

  • Stuard takes one-shot lead at wet Zurich Classic

    Updated: 27 min ago

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Brian Stuard completed his second straight bogey-free round to take a one-shot lead in the waterlogged Zurich Classic. Stuard played just six holes Saturday, completing his second round with a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana. Jamie Landmark and Jhonattan Vegas were tied for second. They finished the second round Friday. The 33-year-old Stuard, winless on the PGA Tour, continued his steady play with two birdies Some players were able to begin the third round on Saturday before thunderstorms swept through the area, but the leaders haven't teed off. Top-ranked Day was five strokes behind Stuard after shooting a 68 in the second round. Rain delays have interrupted two out of three

  • Raiders give Mexico a taste of the NFL during draft days

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Oakland Raiders relocated south for the third day of the NFL draft Saturday. South of the border, that is. Amid sombrero- and lucha libre mask-clad fans, the Raiders announced their late-round picks from Azteca Stadium, where they'll face the Houston Texans on Nov. 21. The Raiders, one of the NFL's most popular teams in Mexico, gave their fan base in the nation's capital a taste of the NFL with a Fan Fest to kick off their activities prior to the first regular-season game in the country since 2005, when San Francisco played Arizona.

  • Uber, blind riders reach settlement over service dogs

    Updated: 38 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals. The settlement is designed to resolve a lawsuit in federal court that alleges Uber discriminates against passengers with service dogs. The National Federation of the Blind said Saturday that Uber will also remove a driver from the platform after a single complaint if it determines the driver knowingly denied a person with a disability a ride because the person was traveling with a service animal.

  • Mexico Soccer

    Updated: 41 min ago

    America's Hugo Gonzalez fails to block a penalty shot by Monterrey's Dorlan Pavon at a Mexican soccer league match in Mexico City, Saturday, April 30, 2016.

  • Mexico NFL Raiders

    Updated: 44 min ago

    Former Oakland Raiders player Lincoln Kennedy signs autographs at Azteca Stadium where the team held an event to announce their third day NFL picks in Mexico City, Saturday, April 30, 2016. The Raiders will play the Houston Texans at Azteca on Nov. 21, 2016 during the NFL regular season.

  • Big Freedia twerking her way to stardom

    Updated: 46 min ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Talk about your ups and downs. It's been a tumultuous year for New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia: She was caught up in a housing scandal and faces prison, performed on Beyonce's epic song "Formation" and in the accompanying video, made headlines for being banned for bringing twerking — her signature style of overtly sexual dance — to a Mississippi club and continues to have one of the highest rated reality shows on digital cable network Fuse. And on Saturday, she returned to the Congo Square Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where her audiences have grown since her first appearance five years ago.

  • Berkshire Hathaway event celebrates what makes firm special

    Updated: 47 min ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway's idiosyncrasies were on display this weekend, as tens of thousands of people filled an arena to listen to Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger talk business for several hours Saturday at the conglomerate's annual meeting. No other company can match the crowds who attend Berkshire's meeting, the 51-year-tenure of its top two executives or its eclectic mix of businesses. Though attendance was down from last year's 50th anniversary meeting when more than 40,000 attended, it still dwarfs any other corporate meeting. In an adjoining 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall, Berkshire subsidiaries such as See's Candy, Fruit of the Loom and Geico insurance sell their products as executives chat with sha

  • Ex-police chief uses attack video in mayor race

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    Former Juárez Police Chief Julián Leyzaola Pérez is using an assassination attempt last year in Juárez that left him paralyzed from the waist down as a weapon in his campaign for Tijuana mayor. The 56-year-old retired Mexican army lieutenant colonel, who also previously led the police force in Tijuana, has released a video about the attack in which he criticizes authorities for worrying more about the rights of criminals rather than those of their victims. Leyzaola Pérez represents the Partido Encuentro Social, a right-wing, conservative party mostly supported by evangelical Christian organizations. In mid-April, he kicked off his campaign for Tijuana mayor.


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  • 60,000-pound whale carcass removed from California beach

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — It literally was a whale of a job. Crews on Friday finished removing the estimated 60,000-pound carcass of a rotting whale from a Southern California beach. A contractor working for the state parks department spent two days using an excavator to cut up the 40-foot whale, which was hauled off to a San Diego County landfill. The end of the two-day, $30,000 project included skimming the top layer of sand off the Lower Trestles, a surfing beach near San Clemente where the whale washed ashore Sunday. That was to eliminate any sand contaminated by the whale's body fluids.

  • Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky wins in Morocco

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky comfortably beat qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-2, 6-1 to win the Grand Prix SAR on Saturday. It was a fourth career title for Bacsinszky and a first on clay for last year's French Open semifinalist. Bacsinszky, ranked 15th, took little more than an hour to defeat a player ranked 171 places below her. The Swiss broke her opponent's serve seven times, and dropped just one set in five matches in Rabat. It was Erakovic's first clay-court final and her fifth overall. Her only title was three years ago at Memphis on an indoor hard court.

  • Officers help deliver baby of woman stuck in traffic jam

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two police officers at the site of a fatal traffic accident on an interstate in North Carolina were pressed into another role when a pregnant woman was stuck in traffic and they helped her deliver her baby. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a statement that the officers were at the accident site on Interstate 77 on Saturday morning when they were flagged down by a person who advised them that a woman in the resulting traffic tie-up was giving birth. According to the statement, the two officers rushed to aid the woman and helped her deliver a healthy baby girl. Police say mother and baby were taken to a hospital and both are said to be doing well.

  • 33 rescued lions arrive in South Africa in airlift

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats. It was the largest airlift of lions in history, said Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International, which carried out the operation. "These lion have suffered tremendously," Creamer said as the lions were loaded in crates onto trucks. "They lived in small cages on the backs of trucks for their entire lives. Some of them had their teeth bashed in with steel pipes in circuses in Colombia and Peru. Some of them had their claws removed. ... It is a w

  • The Latest: Berkshire investors reject climate change report

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting, where tens of thousands of people have listened to CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger talk business for several hours (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Berkshire Hathaway shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected a resolution calling for the company to write a report about the risks climate change creates for its insurance companies. CEO Warren Buffett says he agrees that dealing with climate change is important for society, but he doesn't think climate change creates serious risks for Berkshire's insurance businesses.

  • The Latest: Big-rig driver flees after deadly truck crash

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    VERNON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a big-rig crash that killed a passenger in a pickup truck (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Authorities say the driver of a big-rig that crushed a pickup truck in a Los Angeles suburb unhitched the trailer and fled the scene after the fatal crash. Police are looking for the trucker. Police say the 18-wheeled rig was involved in a minor crash about a block away before it ran a red light and hit the pickup shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday in Vernon. Television reports showed the big-rig's trailer lying on top of the mangled truck. A man in the pickup truck died at the scene. The driver was freed from the wreckage and taken to a hospital. Police say he's in good conditi