• At Illinois, Smith breaks ground he's broken before

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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When he took over the Chicago Bears in 2004 and again this spring when Illinois hired him, Lovie Smith broke new ground that came with his title. In each case, he was the team's first black head coach. His childhood in East Texas prepared him for both jobs. As a fifth-grader in Big Sandy, Smith was part of the first group of black kids to move into the small town's newly desegregated schools in the late 1960s. Smith says integration wasn't as difficult there as it was in some places. Current Big Sandy coach Larry Minter says the three state titles Smith's teams eventually won probably helped smooth the transition. Chicago Bears CEO Ted Phillips says there was no pressure to hire a bl

  • 4 young runaways found sneaking back into Florida facility

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    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Four girls who apparently ran away from a facility for foster children near Tampa were found safe as they tried to sneak back onto the same property, authorities said Friday. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said in an email that the girls — ages 13, 11, 10 and 4 — were discovered just after 7 p.m. Friday trying to climb back over a fence near the rear of the property of A Kids Place. The girls were reported missing after a bed check just before midnight Thursday at the Brandon facility. "Preliminary information is that they originally ran away to a nearby park and then broke into an abandoned residence in the area by breaking a window," Carter said.

  • Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping . The delay, naturally, has sparked online grousing and even some data-based activism, including the creation of a crowdsourced spreadsheet for tracking who received their prized VR gear and when. Some longtime supporters of Oculus have declared themselves alienated by the company's inability to deliver; others have defected to rival VR systems, or are at least considering it.

  • Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in the Earth's atmosphere. Along with its chemical cousin methane, ethane is a hydrocarbon that is a significant component of natural gas. Once in the atmosphere, ethane reacts with sunlight to form ozone, which can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory problems, especially in children and the elderly. Ethane pollution can also harm agricultural crops.

  • Ex-priest gets 20-40 years in prison for sexual assault

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    JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Victims confronted a former Roman Catholic priest in court Friday as he was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for sexually abusing students at a Michigan high school in the 1980s. A judge heard more than two hours of testimony from six men who described in detail how James Rapp molested them. Rapp coerced students into having sexual contact while working as a teacher and wrestling coach at Lumen Christi High School in Jackson. "His crime and position was a murder on my soul," Andy Russell said. "He's a monster and his path of destruction extends far further than it ever should have.

  • Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached. The coalition made up of ExxonMobil Corp. and other companies with nearby refineries and plants had sued the nation's fourth-largest city in 2008 after Houston passed ordinances that required businesses to pay registration fees based on the number and type of pollution sources on each site. The city used the fees to investigate potential violations of air pollution laws. The ordinances also made it unlawful to operate a facility inside Houston unless it wa

  • 8 children, 2 tied up in backyard, rescued from Texas home

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A late-night phone call to police about a crying child led to the discovery of eight children unsupervised at a San Antonio home, including a 2-year-old boy chained in the backyard and a 3-year-old girl tied to a door with a dog leash, authorities said Friday. The mother of six children found inside, who returned after authorities arrived at the home, was charged with two felony counts. Prosecutors said officials were searching for the parents of the toddlers restrained outside, who authorities believe are siblings. "I would describe it as disgusting," Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood said of the scene. "It shocks your conscience when you think what kind of individual could treat children,

  • Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb

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    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Judge Maria Berkenkotter said the harshest sentences for the most serious charges were justified by the brutality of the 2015 attack, which she described as performing a cesarean with a kitchen knife. Berkenkotter also said the victim, Michelle Wilkins, as well as her family and the community needed Dynel Lane, 36, to express remorse. Lane murmured a "no" when the judge asked if she wanted to speak.

  • Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono dies in Hawaii

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    HONOLULU (AP) — Tommy Kono, who took up weightlifting in an internment camp for the Japanese and went on to win two Olympic gold medals for the United States, has died. Kono died Sunday in Honolulu, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced. His daughter, JoAnn Sumida, told The New York Times the cause was hepatic encephalopathy caused by cirrhosis of the liver. He was 85. He was born Tamio Kono in Sacramento, California in 1930. Kono was a frail, asthmatic 14-year-old when a neighbor first gave him a dumbbell at the Tule Lake internment center in Northern California, where he lived with his family for most of World War II. He packed on 15 pounds of muscle by the time he left the camp in 1945.

  • Trump making case to GOP insiders amid chaotic rally scene

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    BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Donald Trump took his outsider campaign to the inner sanctum of California's Republican party on Friday, making his case directly to the GOP's state party convention even as angry demonstrators shadowed him outside in a possible harbinger of the controversy he will bring as the nominating process shifts toward the nation's most populous and diverse state. Trump spoke for about 30 minutes in a basement banquet hall in this town just outside San Francisco airport. It was the sort of small-scale interaction with party activists and donors that he has generally eschewed for grander rallies.

  • Parents of boy who vanished in 1997 charged with murder

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    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The parents of a Hawaii boy who has been missing for nearly 20 years have been charged with murder after authorities reopened the case and re-evaluated the evidence. The boy's parents have long been suspects in the 1997 disappearance of then 6-year-old Peter Kema Jr., known as "Peter Boy," but prosecutors said there hadn't been enough evidence to charge them until now. Peter Kema Sr. had told authorities he took his son to Oahu and gave him to a longtime family friend. A grand jury indicted Peter and Jaylin Kema on second-degree murder charges Wednesday. The boy's father is being held on $500,000 bail after being arrested Thursday on an unrelated traffic offense. The mother was arrested in Hilo and

  • Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket close out Friday's Jazz Fest

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is entering its second weekend. The seven-day festival, taking place over two weekends, draws thousands of people to the city in a celebration of Louisiana music, food and culture. A look at the festival's fifth day: — HEADLINERS: The big name acts Friday included Paul Simon on the Acura Stage, the rock band My Morning Jacket on the Gentilly Stage and singer-songwriter Ms. Lauryn Hill who closed out the Congo Square Stage. Hill, wearing a red jacket and a stylish black fascinator, played the guitar as she sang to a packed crowd. Over at the Gentilly Stage, My Morning Jacket paid homage to Prince with a rousing version of "Purple Rain" with Carl Broemel on guitar.

  • LBs Jack, Jaylon Smith go early in 2nd round of NFL draft

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    CHICAGO (AP) — It was a long wait and a soft landing for Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith. Now about those knees. The pair of athletic linebackers with health questions went early in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday, with Jacksonville trading up to grab Jack two spots after Dallas selected Smith with the No. 34 overall pick. Jack and Smith were two of the biggest names still on the board at the beginning of the day, and Alabama running back Derrick Henry went to Tennessee at No. 45. Henry powered the Crimson Tide to the national championship last season and won the Heisman Trophy. Jack was considered a potential top-five pick at one point, but concerns about his right knee sent him tumbling down the board.

  • Scheduled IndyCar race on streets of Boston canceled

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    BOSTON (AP) — First the 2024 Olympics. Now an IndyCar race is pulling out of Boston before it even began. Organizers of the Grand Prix of Boston, which had been planned for Labor Day weekend this year and again each year through 2020, told the open wheel circuit Friday that they have scratched plans to bring a race to the city. Like the Olympics before it, the IndyCar race ran into public opposition and a wavering commitment from local leaders. Mark Miles, the president and CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar circuit, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the promoter "is throwing in the towel." "It's very disappointing if that's the result," Miles said. "I

  • Norovirus sickens 159 on cruise ship docked in Norfolk

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    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Passengers on a cruise ship docked in Virginia have been sickened with norovirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Balmoral, which is docked Friday in Norfolk, reports 159 crew and passengers have reported being sick. The ship operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines left Britain April 16. A company spokeswoman, Ruth Burton, says conditions have improved and there are currently just seven guests in isolation. There are more than 1,400 passengers and crew aboard. The CDC says it plans to have staff to evaluate the ship when it arrives in Baltimore on Saturday or Sunday. Norovirus can be transmitted from contaminated food or water or an infected person.

  • The Latest: Numbers from the first 2 rounds of the draft

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    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times local): 10 p.m. Some numbers from the first two rounds of the NFL draft: —Four quarterbacks were taken, including the first two picks. —Defensive backs were at a premium, with 10 cornerbacks and four safeties picked. —Those secondary players will have to cover seven receivers who were picked in the first two rounds. —Seven Ohio State players were drafted, and six Alabama players were picked. ___ 9:25 p.m. Roberto Aguayo put his best foot forward and will stay in the state of Florida. Aguayo, from Florida State, was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the draft and was the 59th overall

  • Hawaii selects businesses for medical pot but excludes actor

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    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii selected eight businesses Friday to open medical marijuana dispensaries — but not one owned by Woody Harrelson. The actor was among nearly 60 Hawaii residents who applied in January to open the state's first medical marijuana dispensaries. Dispensaries can open as soon as July 15. Ina Treciokas, a spokesperson for Harrelson, said there was no comment on the selection announcement. A four-member panel reviewed nearly 66 applications to open dispensaries based on criteria including companies' proof of financial stability, ability to comply with security requirements and being able to meet patient needs.

  • Police: Older son said he killed father in California

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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The older of two sons charged with murdering their parents at their home in California said he shot his father multiple times, but he did not shoot his mother, according to police. Hasib Golamrabbi, 22, also said a stranger who assaulted him told him to shoot his father, San Jose police Sgt. Patrick Guire said in court documents accompanying a criminal complaint filed Friday. Guire said Golamrabbi's younger brother, Omar, told investigators that Hasib Golamrabbi killed both parents, and then asked him to check the garage where his father was killed to make sure no blood was seeping out before the two drove off to an anime convention in Oakland. The younger brother did not mention a stranger, accordin

  • Hawaii lawmakers negotiate dozens of bills before deadline

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    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers facing a major deadline are negotiating final details on dozens of bills, rushing around the capitol and huddling in groups and trying to reach last-minute agreements. They're ironing out details on how to cool the state's overheated classrooms and whether the state will shed its distinction as the only state that doesn't explicitly ban sex trafficking. Anything that doesn't pass out of committee by the end of the day Friday will die. Committees passed several notable bills during the busy morning but postponed many difficult decisions until late in the day. One successful bill would help Hawaii lawmakers learn what it will take to set up a ferry system.

  • APNewsBreak: Man shot by police had gunshot residue on hand

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    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A man fatally shot by Wilmington police while sitting in his wheelchair was armed with a revolver and had evidence of gunshot residue on his hand, according to a court filing Friday in which city attorneys asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the man's family, who has claimed he was unarmed. The court filings also publicly identified, for the first time, the four officers involved in the shooting of Jeremy McDole. McDole was shot last September after police received a 911 call about a man who had shot himself and was still armed with a gun. A bystander's cellphone footage shows officers repeatedly telling McDole to drop his weapon and raise his hands and McDole reaching for his w




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