• Wee-lief! Dogs get airport bathrooms of their own

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dogs and other animals now have a bathroom of their own at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The tiny room outfitted with a red fire hydrant and a patch of artificial turf is the latest "pet relief facility" to be installed at airports across the country. It allows service and guide dogs, emotional support animals and pets traveling with their owners to relieve themselves without the need to exit the terminal and go through security again. A federal regulation says all airports serving more than 10,000 passengers per year must install a pet relief area in every terminal by this August. Similar indoor facilities are already operating at Dulles International outside Washington D.C.

  • South Sudan: 32 kidnapped Ethiopian children recovered

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Authorities in South Sudan said they have recovered 32 of the 125 Ethiopian children who the Ethiopian government said were abducted from its Gambela region two weeks ago during a deadly cattle raid blamed on a South Sudanese militia. Ogato Chan, acting governor of South Sudan's Boma state which borders Gambela, told Associated Press Saturday that local chiefs collected the children from three villages in Likuangole County where the raiders had dropped them off. Chan said the recovered children will be brought to state capital Pibor then sent to Juba to be repatriated to Ethiopia. "The chiefs are looking for the rest of the children," he said.

  • AP EXPLAINS: Why Aleppo is Syria's fiercest battleground

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    As a two-month-old cease-fire collapses and peace talks stall, the northern city of Aleppo is once again a main battlefield in Syria's devastating civil war. More than 200 people have been killed in the last nine days in airstrikes and shelling on contested neighborhoods of the city. A look at Aleppo: ___ HISTORY Syria's largest city and once its commercial center, Aleppo was a crossroads of civilization for millennia. It has been occupied by the Greeks, Byzantines and multiple Islamic dynasties. As one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, Aleppo's Old City was added in 1986 to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites.

  • Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said they were roughed up but no serious injuries were reported. The protest just outside San Francisco occurred Friday, a day after anti-Trump protesters took to the streets in Southern California, blocking traffic and damaging five police cars in Costa Mesa following a speech by the leader in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Demonstrators at both locations waved Mexican flags, an action meant to counter Trump's hard stance on immigration and disparaging remarks about Mexico. Because of the

  • Indigenous dancers compete at North America's largest powwow

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 indigenous dancers representing hundreds of tribes from across the United States, Canada and other parts of the world kicked off one of North America's most prominent powwows on Friday. With beating drums and jingling bells, the dancers twisted their way from the top steps down into the well of University of New Mexico Arena, spiraling clockwise until the arena floor was packed. Spectators caught glimpses of feathered bustles, buckskin dresses, elaborate outfits with hand-stitched designs and hair pieces covered with intricate beadwork. It's no doubt a showcase of indigenous cultures and a means to preserving tradition, but it's also about competition.

  • San Francisco chief releases racist texts, orders training

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's police chief said that he has ordered that all officers finish an anti-harassment class within the next month amid a racist texting scandal that has rocked the department already dogged by fatal shootings of unarmed minority suspects. Flanked by religious and minority community leaders at a San Francisco press conference, Chief Greg Suhr also released more transcripts of racist and homophobic text messages first made available to The Associated Press along with inflammatory and inappropriate images found on former officers' cellphones. It's the second texting scandal since 2014 in a department that is attempting to diversify its officers to reflect the San Francisco culture and populatio

  • Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge 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 Friday.

  • Blazers have proven the doubters wrong into the 2nd round

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers continue to surprise this season, even if they benefited by untimely injuries for the Los Angeles Clippers. Now they could be helped by another key injury. After facing a Clippers' team unable to recover from the loss of stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Blazers advanced to the face the Golden State Warriors without Stephen Curry in the Western Conference semifinals. The defending champion Warriors will be without the league's reigning MVP for at least the first two games — the series opens Sunday at Oracle Arena. While some have suggested that Curry could return as early as Game 3 back in Portland, no official timeline has emerged. Curry, who has averaged

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

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    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.

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

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    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 does not talk a lot about that part of growing up in the town of 1,300, which is about 100 miles east of Dallas. But if asked, he doesn't back away from it. "I realize who I am and what people see," he said when hired at Illinois in March. "To be the first at anything is pretty

  • 4 young runaways found sneaking back into Florida facility

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    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

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    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.

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

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    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

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    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

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    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,

  • Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono dies in Hawaii

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    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

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    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

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    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

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    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

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    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.