• Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend was still married at time of her death

    Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend, Irish-born Cathriona White, was still married to another man at the time of her suspected suicide last week, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Tuesday. USA TODAY reports White, a make-up artist who was dating Carrey in recent years, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment on Sept. 28, the possible victim of an overdose of prescription medications. Pills were found near her body.

  • In writings, Oregon gunman ranted about others being crazy

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college last week complained in writings he left behind that everyone else was crazy and ranted about not having a girlfriend, a law enforcement official said. The mother of shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, has told investigators that he was struggling with some mental health issues, the official also said Monday. The official is familiar with the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly because it is ongoing. In the writings that spanned a couple of pages, Harper-Mercer seemed to feel like he was very rational while others around him were not, the official said. He wrote something to the effect of: "Other people think I

  • WATCH: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell's address to Choctaw, Chickasaw nations

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Watch Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell address the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations Tuesday morning in Durant, Oklahoma.

  • Prosecutors to detail case vs. suspect in contract killings

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man who acknowledged killing dozens of people across the United States as an enforcer for Mexican drug cartels will hear evidence in court Tuesday that prosecutors say proves he gunned down nine people throughout central California. Authorities say Jose Manuel Martinez, 53, opened up to them after his arrest in 2013, detailing a long, violent career with over 30 victims. Martinez has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which make him eligible for a death sentence if he is convicted. Attorneys with the Tulare County Public Defender's Office did not respond to requests for comment Monday on Martinez's behalf. In California, he is accused of killing people in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties

  • Michigan factory supervisor wins $310.5M Powerball ticket

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory who won a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot immediately quit her "nasty, dirty" job and will build houses for her family. Julie Leach of Three Rivers said Tuesday she was having a "really bad night" working the third shift when she took her lunch break at McDonald's. She checked the five numbers in the drive-thru line. "I keep going to sleep and waking up with the same beautiful dream," the 50-year-old told reporters in a news conference at the Michigan Lottery headquarters. Her partner of 36 years, Vaughn Avery, and some of their children and grandchildren looked on. "I'm going to take care of my kids," Leach said.

  • DA: Doctor indicted in $150M insurance fraud not in custody

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors say the doctor who orchestrated a $150 million insurance fraud scheme and allowed his assistant to perform surgeries is not in custody in Germany as they had previously reported. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney on Tuesday offered no explanation for the discrepancy and wouldn't say if authorities knew where Dr. Munir Uwaydah was. A lawyer who previously represented the doctor had disputed that he was in custody, though he wouldn't reveal how he knew that. Prosecutors say Uwaydah was the ringleader of a conspiracy that defrauded insurance companies by billing for unnecessary services and medicine, and allowed his physician's assistant to perform surgeries th

  • Trucker hauling liquid manure dies in crash; waste spills

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CASTILE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a 49-year-old man was killed when the liquid manure hauler he was driving crashed on a rural road in western New York, spilling thousands of gallons of animal waste. Troopers say Richard W. Scharet Jr., of Castile, was driving a tractor-trailer in his Wyoming County hometown Monday when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve. The truck swerved into the other lane, overturned, and hit a utility pole and tree before coming to rest in a ditch. Troopers say Scharet was ejected from the vehicle and died. Police say a tank being hauled by the truck ruptured when it hit the pole, spilling 5,000 gallons of liquid manure. A state hazardous materials team responded to the scene to

  • BC-AP Entertainment and Arts Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

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    If you have questions, please contact Shelley Acoca at sacoca@ap.org or Steve Loeper at sloeper@ap.org. Expanded AP content, beyond what appears here, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477. For reruns of stories and questions about the best-seller lists, call the Service Desk at 800-838-4616. Times are EDT. If you would like the AP Entertainment Digests emailed to you, please notify Steve Loeper at sloeper@ap.org. UPDATES TUESDAY, OCT. 6 TV-JAY LENO — Jay Leno is back in the NBC family, but not as a late-night host. The car buff has an automotive show on CNBC. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPC

  • Unconventional anti-venom saves Oklahoma boy after snakebite

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Blake Skinner, a 16-month-old-boy, faced death, a fate thwarted by fortunate events: a mother's quick thinking, an Oklahoma doctor's out-of-the-box approach and the Oklahoma City Zoo's generosity with its unconventional stock of anti-venom.

  • Zimbabwe: 14 elephants killed by cyanide poisoning

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Fourteen elephants were poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe in three separate incidents, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Tuesday. Three elephants were killed in Matusadona National Park in the Kariba area in northern Zimbabwe and 11 more pachyderms were found dead in two different spots in Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe over the past two weeks. In all cases the elephants were killed by cyanide, according to kidney and liver samples from the dead elephants tested by the Biological Sciences Department, said parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo.

  • Kerouac's knickknacks go on the road to author's hometown

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — The eclectic bric-a-brac that comforted and inspired writer Jack Kerouac is going on the road. "Kerouac Retrieved," an exhibition of the clutter that surrounded Kerouac at the simple wooden desk in Florida where he wrote many of his works, opens Thursday in the author's hometown of Lowell. It's a hodgepodge of personal items: family photos, Christian and Buddhist figurines, a Frank Sinatra album, cat carriers he fashioned by hand. Kerouac experts at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, which is hosting the show, say the items help humanize the Beat Generation icon who wrote "On the Road," ''The Dharma Bums" and other celebrated works.

  • Russia, US plan another talk to avoid air conflicts in Syria

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy (AP) — Russia has informed the United States that Moscow is willing to continue talks to ensure that the two countries' aircraft don't interfere with each other over Syria, senior U.S. military officials said Tuesday. But a Russian defense official said the talks should be much broader than what the Pentagon is seeking. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said a response to the Pentagon's request for talks came through the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and reached U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter while he was flying from Moron Air Base in Spain to Sigonella, Italy. "We look forward to the formal response from the Russians and learning the details," Cooke said. "We stand ready to meet again to co

  • Inmates help other prisoners face death in hospice program

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As late-morning sun streams through narrow prison windows, convicted killer Scott Abram stands beside a fellow inmate, speaks quietly to him and starts singing "Amazing Grace." The prisoner appears to smile, but it's difficult to gauge his response. He is dying. He passes away two days later in early September. Abram is a counselor trained in a national ministry program who sees his volunteer work as part of his own growth. Behind bars since the early 1990s for murder, he has gotten used to spending time with male prison friends as they die in rooms 205 or 206 on the second floor of the state's prison for chronically ill inmates. "We're all human, and we make mistakes," said Abram, sentenced to 1

  • Hurricane Joaquin moving over open Atlantic away from land

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin (wa-KEEN) is moving over the open Atlantic far away from land. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Tuesday are 80 mph (130 kph). Slow weakening is forecast over the next two days. Joaquin is centered about 665 miles (1,075 kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and is moving northeast at 18 mph (30 kph). There are no watches or warnings in effect.

  • Copycat message written on Norman North High School restroom wall

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Another threatening message was written on a restroom wall at Norman North High School. That message was in the boys' restroom.

  • Man dead in northwest Oklahoma City Monday homicide

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A man was found dead in northwest Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. His death is being investigated as the 65th homicide of the year in Oklahoma City.

  • Pistorius family: Oscar's rights being undermined

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' family criticized South African authorities on Tuesday for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest, saying his rights were being "undermined" because of the publicity surrounding his case. The family also reacted to parole officials' recommendation that the double-amputee runner undergo psychotherapy, saying he was already receiving "regular and ongoing" psychotherapy from both his personal and prison psychologists. The Pistorius family spoke out in a written statement after his early release — which had been granted in June — was canceled Monday and ordered to be reconsidered.

  • Belgium Obit Akerman

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 file photo, Belgian director Chantal Akerman poses during the photo call for the movie La folie Almayer at the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Belgian film director Chantal Akerman, a champion of feminism during the heady days of French filmmaking in the 1970s and beyond, has died. She was 65. Artemis Productions in Brussels, which worked with Akerman, confirmed her death on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 but released no other details.

  • Workers remove Ten Commandments from Oklahoma Capitol

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was moved early Tuesday to a private conservative think tank for storage. The Oklahoma Supreme Court decided in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion." A contractor began removing the monument shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday. The state was paying the contractor about $4,700 to remove the monument and take it to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs' offices a few blocks away, Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus said.

  • Judge throws out man's NYC conviction in 1990 death of tennis tourist, orders new trial

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Judge throws out man's NYC conviction in 1990 death of tennis tourist, orders new trial.