• Students seeking sugar daddies for tuition, rent

    Students seeking sugar daddies for tuition, rent

    Updated: 16 min ago

    Candice Kashani graduated from law school debt-free this spring, thanks to a modern twist on an age-old arrangement. During her first year, she faced tuition and expenses that ran nearly $50,000, even after a scholarship. So she decided to check out a dating website that connected women looking for financial help with men willing to provide it, in exchange for companionship and sex — a "sugar daddy" relationship as they are known. Now, almost three years and several sugar daddies later, Kashani is set to graduate from Villanova University free and clear, while some of her peers are burdened with six-digit debts. As the cost of tuition and rent rises, so does the apparent popularity of such sites among students.

  • Verdict expected in landmark trial of ex-Chad dictator

    Verdict expected in landmark trial of ex-Chad...

    Updated: 23 min ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Souleymane Guengueng was among thousands imprisoned in Chad during the 1982-1990 rule of dictator Hissene Habre. When Guengueng, an accountant accused of working with the opposition, was released in 1990 he collected more than 800 accounts of fellow prisoners and vowed to seek justice for their torture and suffering. On Monday, he is certain that justice will be delivered. The verdict will be announced in the landmark trial that has seen victims come face-to-face with Habre, the man they accuse of war crimes. "I feel very proud. I have hope and the impression that we will have a winning and victorious result ... we've been ready for this day," said the founder of the association of Habre's victims.

  • Egypt military court sentences 8 to death

    Updated: 24 min ago

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military court sentenced eight alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to death on terrorism charges on Sunday, a security official and the website of state newspaper Al-Ahram said. The court issued life sentences to 12 defendants and sentenced another six to 15 years in prison. Two defendants were acquitted, and two were convicted in absentia. Military prosecutors had accused the defendants of belonging to an illegal group and plotting to assassinate police and army personnel. The verdict can still be appealed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to brief reporters.

  • State official says soccer player Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in northern Mexico

    Updated: 24 min ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — State official says soccer player Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in northern Mexico.

  • The Latest: Hollande in World War I speech: Protect Europe

    The Latest: Hollande in World War I speech:...

    Updated: 25 min ago

    VERDUN, France (AP) — The Latest on the ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Verdun in World War I (all times local): 5:50 p.m. French President Francois Hollande has called for the "protection of our common house, Europe," at a ceremony marking the centenary of the battle of Verdun in eastern France. Hollande warned that the "time needed to destroy it would be much shorter than the long time it took to build it." Hollande said Europe's role is "to fight against terrorism, fanaticism, radicalization" and at the same time to "welcome populations who are fleeing massacres." He made the remarks in the closing speech of a ceremony at the Douaumont Ossuary, a memorial to 130,000 unidentified French and German soldi

  • Tropical Depression Bonnie means another bad beach day

    Tropical Depression Bonnie means another bad...

    Updated: 26 min ago

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Depression Bonnie reached the South Carolina coast early Sunday, bringing heavy rain and rough tides to an area packed with tourists for the Memorial Day weekend. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm made landfall just east of Charleston, South Carolina, on the Isle of Palms around 8:30 a.m. Forecasters say up to 8 inches of rain have fallen in parts of southern South Carolina. A flash flood warning was issued for Jasper County, where the southbound lanes of busy Interstate 95 were closed because of high water. About 3 inches of rain fell in Charleston in 24 hours and more is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Iraqi forces complete buildup around IS-held Fallujah

    Iraqi forces complete buildup around IS-held...

    Updated: 27 min ago

    TARIQ CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's special forces completed a troop buildup around Fallujah on Sunday ahead of an operation to retake the Islamic State-held city west of Baghdad, a military officer said, as the militants attacked a newly-liberated town to the west. Teaming up with paramilitary troops and backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led coalition, the government launched a large-scale offensive to dislodge IS militants from Fallujah a week ago. The city, located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, is one of the last major IS strongholds in Iraq. The extremist group still controls territory in the country's north and west, including Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.

  • The Latest: Bonnie makes for bad beach day in S. Carolina

    Updated: 28 min ago

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Bonnie hovering along the Carolinas coast (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Tropical Depression Bonnie is making for another bad beach day along the South Carolina coast. Hilton Head Island Shore Beach Service Operations Manager Mike Wagner says he had hopes when the skies brightened Sunday morning. But he says the downpours have returned. The National Weather Service estimates 2 to 3 inches of rain have fallen on Hilton Head Island so far this holiday weekend. Bonnie has moved on shore. The National Hurricane Center says the center of the storm is expected to move slowly along the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina over the next two days.

  • Pakistan: DNA test confirms Taliban head's death

    Updated: 29 min ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A DNA test has confirmed that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Pakistan's interior ministry said Sunday, as the family of a driver killed in the strike sought legal action. A DNA sample from one of the men killed in the U.S. drone attack was successfully matched with a close relative of Mansour, the interior ministry statement said. American and Afghan officials had already confirmed Mansour's death, but Islamabad had declined to do so before the DNA test results. Mansour had entered Pakistan from Iran using a false name and fake Pakistani identity documents on May 21, when his car was hit by the U.S. missile.

  • Israel media: Police recommend indicting Netanyahu's wife

    Updated: 32 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reported Sunday that a police investigation has recommended indicting the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over misuse of state funds and inflated household spending. Channel 2 TV, and other outlets, reported that police believe they have enough evidence to bring Sara Netanyahu to trial. It said she used state funds to care for her late father and over-billed for meals. In a statement, police announced the end of their investigation but offered few details. A police spokesman would not comment further. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied the allegations in a Facebook post. "In the police statement there was no recommendation to bring Mrs. Netanyahu to trial. In contrast to

  • Data show more students leaving public schools for charters

    Updated: 56 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urban school districts from Los Angeles to Philadelphia are experiencing declining enrollment in traditional public schools as more parents enroll their children in charters, depleting millions in per-pupil funding from district budgets. In states experiencing population growth, such as Arizona, charter schools help relieve overcrowding. But for districts that are struggling financially, the student flight is costly. Below is a look at Department of Education data showing enrollment at some of the nation's largest districts by school type: ___ NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS In 2010-11, traditional public schools: 995,028. Charters: 38,614. In 2013-14, traditional public schools: 983,624. Ch

  • Teenage rodeo performer trampled to death by horse

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WOODSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — State police say a rider taking part in a rodeo in New Jersey has died from injuries he received in an accident. Nineteen-year-old bareback rider Coy Lutz was trampled during his performance Saturday night at the Cowtown Rodeo in Woodstown, about 35 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The Howard, Pennsylvania, resident died a short time later at a hospital. Further details on the accident were not immediately available Sunday. Cowtown touts itself as the oldest weekly running rodeo in the U.S. It opened in 1929. No other injuries were reported.

  • Mexico Ariel Film Awards

    Mexico Ariel Film Awards

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Mexican director David Pablo accepts his Ariel award for best film, for "Las Elegidas" during the 58th Mexican Ariel Academy Film Awards in Mexico City, Saturday, May 28, 2016.

  • Mexico Ariel Film Awards

    Mexico Ariel Film Awards

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Mexican director David Pablo accepts his Ariel award for best film, for "Las Elegidas" during the 58th Mexican Ariel Academy Film Awards in Mexico City, Saturday, May 28, 2016.

  • Mexico Ariel Film Awards

    Mexico Ariel Film Awards

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Mexican director David Pablo accepts his Ariel award for best film, for "Las Elegidas" during the 58th Mexican Ariel Academy Film Awards in Mexico City, Saturday, May 28, 2016.

  • Florida officer wounds suspect during gunfight

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida police officer shot a suspect during a gunfight that erupted at a traffic stop. Local media report that a Miami Gardens police officer in a marked car pulled over a suspect early Sunday when the man pulled a gun. The officer and suspect exchanged gunfire. The officer wounded the suspect, who drove away. The officer gave chase and captured the suspect, who was taken to the hospital. He is expected to survive. The officer was not hurt. Officers say they recovered two guns and a bulletproof vest from the suspect's car. Neither the officer's nor the suspect's name have been released. The Miami Gardens police did not immediately return a phone message and email seeking comment.

  • As charters grow, public schools see sharp enrollment drop

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A consultant says more than 100,000 students in the nation's second-largest district were now enrolled in charters, draining more than $500 million from the budget in a single academic year. Susan Zoller delivered that assessment to the Los Angeles Unified School Board. She says the district's financial future is difficult. If current trends continue, the district could be significantly diminished in another 10 years — at least a third smaller than at the start of the century. In financially struggling urban districts from LA to Philadelphia — and most notoriously, Detroit — the increasing popularity of charter schools, combined with family flight to the suburbs and declining birth rates, have

  • Police shoot man who wouldn't drop shotgun in NC parking lot

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CLINTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot to death by police in North Carolina held a shotgun for about 20 minutes before pointing it at officers. Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said in a statement that officers and a state trooper were called to a Burger King before midnight Saturday and found a man inside a truck holding a shotgun. Tilley says the man refused to drop the shotgun as officers talked to him. The chief says the officers shot the man after he pointed the gun at officers. His name has not been released. No one else was injured. Tilley says the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating. The officers were placed on administrative leave and their names were not released. Clinton is a

  • UAE media say US businessman gets 15 years prison

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai court has sentenced an American businessman to 15 years in prison after convicting him on theft and fraud charges. Abu Dhabi government-owned daily The National said Zack Shahin was sentenced Sunday at the Dubai Criminal Court over a 2007 Texas land deal. Three other Americans received similar sentences in absentia. The defendants were also fined 56 million dirhams ($15.3 million). The U.S. Embassy had no immediate comment. Shahin's lawyers could not be reached. Shahin is a former head of Dubai-based property company Deyaar Development who was detained in a 2008 embezzlement probe. He staged a hunger strike in 2012, then escaped to Yemen after being granted bail but was caugh

  • Sailor turned novelist to celebrate book release abroad

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A novelist who was twice rescued from storm-battered sailboats will be celebrating the release of his latest book from the Canary Islands. South Carolina author Michael Hurley successfully sailed solo from Calais, France, to La Palma, Canary Islands, on the first leg of an around-the-globe voyage planned for the next few years. He completed the 1,700-mile leg last week. His new book, "The Passage," goes on sale on Wednesday. The book features some details drawn from his rescue last summer by the Maine Maritime Academy training ship, State of Maine. In 2012, Hurley was rescued by the Coast Guard and had to scuttle his storm-damaged sailboat between Haiti and Cuba. After riding out hurricane season in the Cana