• US, Philippines to raise territorial row in Malaysia meet

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Despite China's objections, the United States and the Philippines will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the disputed South China Sea in an annual diplomatic meeting in Malaysia, officials said Tuesday. Beijing has opposed any mention of the thorny territorial rifts in the meetings of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their Asian and Western counterparts. But Washington has said it would call for a halt to aggressive actions by China and other rival nations to allow a diplomatic solution to a problem that threatens regional stability. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Tuesday

  • States' targets shift in final Obama climate change plan

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants. Obama's plan, which would reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, was met with dismay by leaders in some of those states who had supported the original proposal in June 2014. "At first glance, it looks as though the Obama administration has moved the goal post on us. I am extremely disappointed by this," said Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana. "I understand that we need to address climate change, but how we do so has to work for Montana.

  • Feds charge 3 men accused of prepping for martial law

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three North Carolina men fearing a government takeover and martial law stockpiled weapons, ammunition and tactical gear while attempting to rig home-made explosives, according to charges announced by the Justice Department on Monday. The men from Gaston County, near Charlotte, were arrested by federal authorities on Saturday after more than a month's investigation. Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, Christopher James Barker, 41, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, are accused of stockpiling guns and ammunition, as well as attempting to manufacture pipe bombs and live grenades from military surplus "dummy" grenades, according unsealed criminal complaints released Monday.

  • Baltimore homicide uptick: Anti-crime partnership launched

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police and civic leaders launched a partnership Monday with five federal agencies that will embed their special agents with city homicide detectives, bidding to quell an upswing in homicides and other violent crime in that city. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Acting Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and U.S. representatives Barbara Mikulski, among others, to announce the start of the Baltimore Federal Homicide Task Force. "We have doubled down on our commitment to focus on repeat violent offenders, and that's what we continue to do in a more collaborative and intentional way," Rawlings-Blake said.

  • Special Olympics athlete found after disappearing from LAX

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport was found sleeping on a lawn five miles away Monday afternoon, hours after another missing competitor turned up safe 350 miles away in Northern California. Sihon Ange Ismael Kone, 15, of the Ivory Coast was found lying in the grass in front of an Inglewood house with his identification hanging by a passer-by, Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Dennis Kato said. The teen was tired, but healthy and in good spirits and was reunited with a member of his delegation who stayed behind after he went missing. Airport police initially identified him as "Shion Isimel," though he competed in table tennis as Ange Kone, ac

  • New York attorney general to investigate woman's jail death

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The state's top prosecutor said Monday that he will investigate the jail cell death of a mother of eight who waited two days for arraignment on a shoplifting arrest. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office will take over the investigation into what happened to 42-year-old Raynette Turner, who died July 27 in the Mount Vernon Police Department's cellblock. Schneiderman is acting for the first time under an order issued last month by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo giving the attorney general authority in cases in which people die in encounters with police. Cuomo said he hoped to do away with perceived conflicts of interest between local district attorneys and police.

  • 7 people with Legionnaires' disease have died in NY outbreak

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has risen from four to seven people, city health officials announced Monday at a public town hall meeting of concerned residents. "We are taking this very seriously," Dr. Mary Bassett, the city's health commissioner, told the audience at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, where people waited in line to get in. More than 80 people have been diagnosed with the disease, which is caused when water contaminated with a certain bacteria is inhaled into the lungs. Of those sickened, 64 have been hospitalized, with 28 of them treated and discharged. The seven people who died were all older and had other health problems, officials said. Dr.

  • Judge extends hold on recordings made by anti-abortion group

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco extended a restraining order on Monday that blocks an anti-abortion group from releasing any recordings that it secretly gathered at annual meetings of an abortion providers' association. U.S. District Judge William Orrick sided with claims by the National Abortion Federation and its members that they would suffer harassment, intimidation and even violence if the Center for Medical Progress was permitted to circulate the material. The center last month released several secretly recorded videos that it claimed showed Planned Parenthood employees selling fetal tissue for profit, which is illegal.

  • Firing of town's first black police chief leads to turmoil

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Residents of a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore vented their frustrations and concerns about the ouster of the town's first black police chief at a City Council meeting Monday that devolved into angry shouting. Two local pastors, representing a group called Citizens for a Better Pocomoke, called on the mayor and council members to work with them to reinstate former Pocomoke City police Chief Kelvin Sewell. "The integrity and reputation of our community is our utmost concern, and we feel has been greatly compromised, ... " the Rev. Ronnie White of the House of Love Christian Center said. "This act has destabilized our community and now brought about division.

  • Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants. While Airwars noted the difficulty of verifying information in territory held by the IS group, which has kidnapped and killed journalists and activists, other groups have reported similar casualties from the U.S.-led airstrikes.

  • Judge nixes extradition in case of painting looted by Nazis

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Poland lacks probable cause to extradite a Russian art dealer living in New York on criminal charges accusing him of knowing that an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II was stolen property when he inherited it from his father, a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan rejected the request to extradite Alexander Khochinskiy, saying the government of Poland failed to produce any evidence that Khochinskiy knew "Girl with a Dove" was stolen when he acquired it. Khochinskiy, 64, was arrested at his Manhattan apartment in February at the request of Polish authorities, who said he had refused to turn over the 1754 oil painting by Antoine Pesne th

  • Judge: St. Louis residents don't need vote on stadium funds

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The effort to build a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for the project. St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley's ruling voided a city ordinance requiring voter approval for any project using tax dollars for a professional sports facility. He called the 2002 law's language confusing and vague. He also ruled that the stadium plan does not break a state law requiring it to be "adjacent" to the city's convention center, even though several blocks separate the two sites. Frawley ruled that Missouri courts have determined that "adjacent" simply means nearby.

  • Official: 2 dead, 15 injured after tent collapses during storm at New Hampshire fairgrounds

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Official: 2 dead, 15 injured after tent collapses during storm at New Hampshire fairgrounds.

  • DA: Authorities eyeing revenge motive in courthouse shooting

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CANTON, Miss. (AP) — William A. Wells was a former firefighter who had never been in any more serious legal trouble than some traffic tickets— until his mother was shot. Kendrick Armond Brown was facing up to life in prison for felony drug charges under Mississippi's three-strikes habitual offender law. But it was Wells who Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said parked at the Madison County Courthouse Monday around 9 a.m., got out of his maroon Toyota Tundra pickup truck, walked up to the 37-year-old Brown, and shot him once in the chest with a semi-automatic handgun. Brown, who was supposed to appear in court Monday, died there in a courtyard where crepe myrtles provided only a little shade against the merciless

  • Florida: Amber Alert canceled in boy's disappearance

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say they've canceled an Amber Alert for a missing 21-month-old boy and are investigating the disappearance of Lonzie Barton as a homicide. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released surveillance video Monday showing the car of the mother's boyfriend, 32-year-old William Ebron, heading toward where the vehicle was eventually found abandoned and then Ebron running back toward his apartment. Authorities say Ebron, who lived with Lonzie's mother, was caring for the boy and his 5-year-old sister when Lonzie disappeared July 24. Ebron initially told police he had left Lonzie in the car with its engine running while Ebron went into the apartment, and the car was gone when he returned.

  • Fattah vows re-election bid despite racketeering indictment

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah is vowing to run for re-election next year despite a federal racketeering indictment and says he expects to resume his leadership position on a powerful congressional committee by year's end. The 11-term Democrat said Monday he is "innocent of any and all of these allegations," telling reporters he hasn't been involved in the misappropriation of funds as an elected official. Fattah, 58, was indicted last week, accused of engaging in bribery, fraud, money laundering and other crimes involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Two of the four schemes alleged by prosecutors involve efforts to erase debts from Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral bid. Despite that, he said he had "no regr

  • The Latest: Authorities looking at retaliation as a motive

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The latest on a fatal shooting outside a Mississippi courthouse (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says authorities are investigating whether William Wells shot Kendrick Brown Monday out of retaliation. Guest says Sherry Wells, William Wells' mother, was an informant who was expected to testify against Kendrick Brown on drug charges that could have sent Brown to prison for a sentence of up to life without possibility of parole under Mississippi's three-strikes habitual offender law. Guest earlier described Sherry Wells as an informant and says authorities "most definitely" are looking at retaliation as a motive for the shooting.

  • Arizona man accused of decapitating wife emits howl in court

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man who authorities say decapitated his wife and two dogs and gouged his own eye out let out a moaning howl in court after a prosecutor told a judge what the man had allegedly done, according to video released Monday. Kenneth Wakefield appeared in court Saturday after being released from a hospital and booked into jail on suspicion of murder and animal cruelty. He had a large bandage in place of a missing hand, which police said he had cut off. A judge set bond for Wakefield at $2 million after a prosecutor called the 43-year-old, who has a history of mental illness, a danger to the community.

  • Report: Man arrested, tried to carjack unmarked police car

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police in St. Petersburg say a man who tried to carjack an unmarked police car was surprised by two detectives, who arrested him after he tried to run. A St. Petersburg police report said the undercover detectives were sitting in their vehicle last week when 27-year-old Dominique Albert of the Tampa Bay area opened a passenger door while armed with a steak knife. Both detectives yelled "police" and one drew his gun as Albert reportedly dropped the knife and tried to run, according to the report. It says the detectives caught up with him and arrested him. Authorities say Albert faces several charges, including carjacking and assaulting a law enforcement officer. Jail records show Alber

  • Michigan officials say they'll study Obama climate plan

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials reacted cautiously Monday to the Obama administration's plan for cutting planet-warming gases from power plants, saying they needed time to study how it would affect the state's economy and electricity rates. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking a 32 percent reduction in carbon dioxide from power plants by 2030. In Michigan, that would mean a cut from the nearly 70 million tons it generated in 2012 to 47.5 million tons over the next 15 years. Each state would devise its own blueprint for achieving the required reductions. Many would have to burn less coal, the primary source of carbon dioxide from power generation.




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