• APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem's widow sued for wrongful death

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three of the radio personality Casey Kasem's children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014. The wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse and inflicting emotional distress on Kasem's children from a previous marriage by restricting access to their father before his death. "Casey's early death occurred as a direct and proximate result of Jean's neglect and physical abuse of Casey," the lawsuit states. A call and email sent to Jean Kasem's attorney, H. Michael Soroy, was not immediately returned. The longtime "American Top 40" host had a form of dementia and a severe bedsore when he died at a

  • Hurricane Sandra strengthens to a powerful Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sandra strengthens to a powerful Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific.

  • Spieth, Scott shoot 71s at Australian Open, trail by 5 shots

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott struggled to even-par 71s in the hot, windy opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday, leaving the top two-ranked players in the tournament five strokes behind little-known leader Lincoln Tighe. Spieth and Scott, tied for 19th with 11 others, were in good company. Australia's Tighe, with seven birdies and two bogeys, had a one-stroke lead after his 66, one of only 18 in the 156-player field who broke par at The Australian Golf Club. Australia's Matt Jones, who is a member at The Australian, birdied the par-5 18th for a 67 and was in second place.

  • Ohio State and Michigan have combined for many memories

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — When Ohio State plays Michigan for the 112th time, Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh will begin a chapter in perhaps college football's greatest rivalry. There's a lot of material in the storied series that dates to 1897. The eighth-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) and 12th-ranked Wolverines (9-2, 6-1) will make scarlet-and-gray and maize-and-blue fans ooh and ah for a few hours Saturday at the Big House. Millions of people on TV will probably enjoy the view, too.

  • At funeral for slain Minneapolis man, vow to seek justice

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a Minneapolis church on Wednesday for the funeral of a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked days of ongoing protests, while charges were pending against four men suspected in a shooting that wounded several of the protesters. Impassioned speeches from pastors and Jamar Clark's relatives were occasionally interrupted by shouts and applause inside the cavernous Shiloh Temple International Ministries. Several relatives wore white T-shirts that read, "I matter," with Clark's pictuinre on the back. Programs also adorned with a photo of Clark described the 24-year-old as a man who "liked to swim, fish, listen to music, play basketball, be with family and tak

  • Spieth finds going tough in 1st round of Australian Open

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Last year, Jordan Spieth played what he called the best round of his life by shooting a record 8-under 63 to win the Australian Open by six strokes. A year later, under similarly tough conditions at the Australian Golf Club, the 22-year-old American, now a two-time major and Tour Championship winner, found the going much more difficult, shooting an even-par 71 that left him five strokes behind surprise first-round leader Lincoln Tighe of Australia. "China was really wet and the Tour Championship was very tough playing in the rain," Spieth said, referring to the rainy HSBC Champions tournament he played in Shanghai earlier this month. "But to have something this windy, it's been a while.

  • AP Interview: US must address waste, fraud in Afghan aid

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — With Washington set to send billions of dollars in fresh aid to Afghanistan despite the military drawdown, the U.S. official in charge of auditing assistance programs says "it's not too late" to address the fraud and mismanagement that has bedeviled the 14-year effort to rebuild the country. The military intervention launched after the Sept. 11 attacks has cost the United States $1 trillion, including some $110 billion in aid aimed at rebuilding one of the poorest, most violent and most corrupt countries on earth. To this day Afghanistan relies on foreign aid as it battles an increasingly potent Taliban insurgency. But John Sopko, who has spent more than three years probing U.S.

  • Denver-bound flight returns to Sacramento after bird strike

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Denver-bound United Airlines jetliner was forced to return to Sacramento after it hit a bird, causing an engine to fail. Sacramento International Airport Spokeswoman Laurie Slothower says United Airlines flight 2005 departed Sacramento International Airport Wednesday evening and shortly after takeoff struck a bird. The Airbus A320 was carrying 114 passengers and landed safety at the Sacramento airport about 35 minutes after departure. No injuries were reported. Slothower says the passengers had to be booked on other flights.

  • Oldest US park ranger to light White House Christmas tree

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A 94-year-old San Francisco Bay area U.S. park ranger says she has been asked to light the National Christmas tree at the White House. KGO-TV reports (http://abc7ne.ws/1HoIsqw) Betty Soskin says she was absolutely stunned by last week's invitation. Soskin works as an interpretive ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond. The Richmond resident is the oldest full-time park ranger in the country. Not only will she light the tree next Thursday at the White House she will also introduce President Barack Obama. Soskin made headlines two years ago when she complained about the government furlough saying at her age she didn't have time to wa

  • Atlanta police: Ex-boxing champion O'Neil Bell fatally shot

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a former boxing champion has been shot to death during a robbery in Atlanta. Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard says 40-year-old O'Neil Bell was gunned down Wednesday morning. Pickard says Bell and another person were shot while getting off a bus before two suspects robbed them. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene in southwest Atlanta. Bell had held four different titles during his 13-year boxing career, including the WBA, WBC, and IBF cruiserweight titles. In his last match, Bell beat Rico Cason with a technical knockout in the first round in 2011. Bell finished his boxing career with a 27-4-1 record. Pickard says the second victim, who wasn't identified, was shot in the hip and was taken

  • Native Americans in Louisiana swamps seek tribal recognition

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Giovanni R. Santini has done just about all he could to prove he's an American Indian over the decades he's lived in his Louisiana bayou town — even fighting with his fists to defend his bloodline with the Houma tribe. "Every day at school they'd beat me up, bloody me up, for being Indian," recalled the 80-year-old Santini, who's worked on tugboats, laid pipelines and built homes. "We became good fighters because they beat us up so much. Even teachers didn't like me ... We earned our respect with fights!" Today the folks in Lafitte, this town of fishermen and oilfield workers, don't doubt he's a proud member of the 17,000-strong tribe of Houma Indians scattered over south Louisiana's bayou communities

  • The Latest: DOJ representatives attend Minneapolis protest

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice have heard from activists camped outside a Minneapolis police station to protest the killing of a black man by city police. Nekima Levy-Pounds, head of the Minneapolis NAACP, urged protesters to speak their minds Wednesday night. Activist Emmanuel Kandolo says it makes him sick that it doesn't feel like police are protecting him. The 18-year-old says he is "a black man, and they are shooting men exactly like me.

  • How Snapchat can make your holiday travels more enjoyable

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Snapchat users will have 75 new filters to use for their photos, thanks to a collaboration between the social media app and General Electric.

  • Asian stocks rise on expectations for Europe stimulus

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks were higher Thursday on expectations for additional European Central Bank stimulus as jitters about tensions between Russia and Turkey faded. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.6 percent to 19,959.26 and South Korea's Kospi gained 1 percent to 2,029.13. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1 percent to 22,728.93. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.6 percent to 5,224.10. Stocks in mainland China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia also rose. U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. They will reopen Friday but will close at 1 p.m. Eastern. EUROPE FOCUS: Reports ECB officials are considering options for additional easing weighed on Europe's common currency.

  • AP News in Brief at 11:16 p.m. EST

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey. The incident is the first time in half a century a NATO member shot down a Russian plane. If Russia responds by downing a Turkish plane, Turkey, a NATO member, could proclaim itself under attack and ask the alliance for military assistance. Most observers believe that while a direct military confrontation is unlikely, the shooting down of the plane will further fuel the Syrian conflict and complica

  • Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza. About two dozen protesters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office a day after authorities released the graphic video, footage that President Barack Obama said "deeply disturbed" him. The video shows officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, firing an entire magazine into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The protesters held banners showing photos of other black people fatally

  • 10 retailers with highest Black Friday discounts

    Faith Heaton Jolley, KSL.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Black Friday has gained popularity over the years with people frantic to do some major bargain shopping for Christmas. If you are planning to brave the cold and the crowds this year, here are the top stores with the biggest savings, according to a re

  • Mother who left baby in NYC nativity manger won't be charged

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mother who left her newborn baby in a Christmas manger inside a New York City church will not be prosecuted, authorities said Wednesday. "After a full review of all the facts and circumstances surrounding the discovery of a newborn infant this past Monday in a creche inside of Holy Child Jesus Church in the Richmond Hill section of Queens County - including locating and interviewing the mother - my office has determined that no criminal prosecution of the child's mother is warranted," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. It was around 11:30 a.m. when a custodian at the church left the empty chapel to get lunch. When he returned shortly after 1 p.m., he heard a baby crying, but saw no

  • FSU official details favorable treatment of players

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida State University official once in charge of the office that counsels campus rape victims told lawyers suing the school that football players receive special treatment, and that most of the 20 victims who alleged sexual assaults by team members during the past nine years declined to press student conduct charges. Melissa Ashton, who had been director of FSU's victim advocate program until August, made the statement in a deposition given this past June in an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by former student Erica Kinsman against the university. Kinsman says the university failed to respond to her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by ex-Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston.

  • The Latest: Demonstrations continue in Chicago over video

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A crowd of chanting protesters is continuing demonstrations around downtown Chicago over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. As one group wrapped up efforts for the night outside a police station, others marched on. Some yelled, "Whose streets? Our streets!" as they made their way down Michigan Avenue and into a park. Similar demonstrations were held throughout the day. ___ 8:15 p.m. Chicago police have taken two protesters away in handcuffs during demonstrations over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white po