• Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band director accused of ignoring a "sexualized" culture of rituals among band members. The university dismissed Jonathan Waters on Thursday after a two-month investigation concluded that he knew about but failed to stop rituals that included students being pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs, and perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often explicit nicknames. The investigation began with a parent's complaint of "objectionable traditions and customs," about which band mem

  • County official in Texas accused of taking bribes

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities announced Friday. John Wiley Price, his chief of staff and two political consultants were in custody after being charged in a 13-count indictment. Price is a well-known local leader in the Dallas area and has served on the commissioners court for more than 27 years. Price and the other three defendants each pleaded not guilty during their initial court appearances Friday afternoon. All four were released on personal recognizance bonds.

  • Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

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    MISSION, Texas (AP) — Three heavily armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on a recent afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore. The state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats as the men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others, and a crew of troopers peeked through the tall reeds on the U.S. side for whatever load had just been deposited. It illustrated the limitations U.S. agencies face in deterring smugglers at the Texas border in the face of Gov. Rick Perry's recent announcement to send as many as 1,000 National Guard troops down.

  • Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday. The 29-year-old man was booked on suspicion of aggravated endangerment but has not been charged, said Lt. Todd Ojile of the Wichita Police Department. The case will be presented early next week to prosecutors. The girl's distraught maternal grandmother, Cindy Poe of Topeka, Kansas, went to police headquarters Friday demanding to see her granddaughter's body and to find out where her other two grandchildren had been taken. "I want answers," Poe told The Associated

  • Settlement reached over gas blast documents

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area city that was the site of a deadly 2010 gas line explosion says it has settled a lawsuit against state regulators over documents and emails related to the blast. San Bruno officials said they received about 7,000 documents from the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday as part of the settlement. They sought documents that they believed could show evidence of improper meddling by the commission in the process to decide fines against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for the explosion. The PUC said it had intended to release the documents before the city sued. Under the settlement, the city will drop the lawsuit and the commission will additionally provide easier access

  • California state senator facing additional charge

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown. A new indictment unsealed in San Francisco federal court charged Sen. Leland Yee with racketeering and conspiracy "to obtain property under the color of official right." Those charges are in addition to the previous bribery, conspiracy and related charges. Yee pleaded not guilty to the original eight charges. He will have to enter a plea Wednesday to the charges in the new indictment.

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search

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    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue raising funds for the search. District Judge Scott Skavdahl dismissed the lawsuit that Timothy Mellon filed last year against the Pennsylvania-based International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie. Mellon claimed the group found Earhart's Lockheed Electra in 2010 but kept it secret to collect $1 million from him for the search. He is the son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon.

  • Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said. Two women, including the mother of the three siblings killed, were critically injured. "Three innocent children had their lives taken," Philadelphia Homicide Capt. John Clark said of the victims, ages 7, 10 and 15. The victims were struck late Friday morning about a mile from where the carjacking occurred. Police were looking for the suspects, who fled on foot. "There are no words to describe how I feel right now," said police commissioner Charles Ramsey, "but we do need to find these two guys.

  • California to have 4 governors in 4 days next week

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — How many governors does it take to run the state of California? Next week, the answer's four. Three different acting governors will fill in for Gov. Jerry Brown when the state's top officials take turns leaving. Brown is taking off Sunday to lead a trade mission to Mexico. While he's gone, executive powers will roll to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom — until Newsom leaves Tuesday for Special Olympics events on the East Coast. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will then be acting governor until Wednesday, when he goes to Chicago on personal business. That will leave Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins in charge for about nine hours until Brown returns later that day. All four are Democra

  • Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation "significantly." Hours after the U.S.-led efforts stalled, the two sides agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Saturday. However, the temporary lull was unlikely to change the trajectory of the current hostilities amid ominous signs that the Gaza war is spilling over into the West Bank. In a "Day of Rage," Palestinians across the territory, which had been relatively calm for years, staged protests against Israel's Gaza operation and the r

  • Oregon governor issues oil train safety review

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber has released a statewide review of oil train safety that calls for an increase in state rail inspectors, more funding for training, and improved reporting and transparency. The review, made public Friday, was ordered by the governor this winter following an increase in the amount of highly flammable crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota that's being transported in Oregon. The report suggests Oregon should consider a per-barrel fee on crude oil arriving in Oregon by rail to help pay for spill prevention and preparation. The report did not specify what the fee should be. In June, the California Legislature approved a fee of 6.5 cents per barrel of crude oil transporte

  • Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican who represents the conservative state told Politico that he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was a "bollocks-upped situation." The execution brought new attention to the death penalty debate in the U.S. as opponents said it was proof that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment. Arizona lawmakers, however, say the debate is not likely to have an impact on practices in the state. It took Wood nearly two hours to die after he received a lethal injection with a combination of the sedative midazolam and the pa

  • In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. Palestinian health officials say more than 800 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 wounded by Israeli airstrikes and tank fire aimed at what Israel says are Hamas targets. The United Nations says civilians make up three-fourths of the dead and a majority of the wounded. Among the dead have been at least 192 children and teens age 17 and under, the U.N. says. The Israeli military says it is doing its utmost to spare civilians, including by sending evacuation warnings to homes and neighborhoods that are about to be hit in Israel's air- and

  • 86 family members disenrolled from Oregon tribe

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman says 86 members of her family have been disenrolled from an American Indian tribe that operates the state's largest tribal casino, as leaders review the tribe's rolls and enforce new membership requirements. Family spokeswoman Mia Prickett said she's shocked about being stripped of membership from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, since one of the family's ancestors was a chief who signed an 1855 treaty that helped establish the tribe. The council that governs the 5,000-member tribe had been considering disenrolling the family for nearly a year, saying they no longer satisfy enrollment rules.

  • Police still investigating after burglar killed

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley, the district attorney's office said. Long Beach resident Tom Greer, 80, told KNBC-TV that the burglar had said she was pregnant and asked Greer not to fire, but he shot her twice in the back anyway. An autopsy later found that Andrea Miller, 28, was not pregnant, said coroner's spokesman Ed Winter. "Long Beach police are still investigating," said Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. "It's ongoing, and so we're waiting at thi

  • Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights. The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that had declared the law unconstitutional. An injunction blocking enforcement of the law is still in effect, however. The 2011 law, which had become popularly known as "Docs vs.

  • 'Up the Down Staircase' writer Kaufman dies at 103

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Bel Kaufman, the witty and spirited fiction writer, educator and storyteller whose million-selling "Up the Down Staircase" captured the insanity and the humor, the pathos and the poetry of the American high school, died Friday at age 103. Kaufman, the granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and a vital link to Yiddish culture, died at her Manhattan home after a brief illness, said her daughter, Thea Goldstine. Kaufman was a middle-age teacher and single mother in the mid-1960s when her autobiographical novel was welcomed as a kind of civilian companion to Joseph Heller's "Catch-22," a send-up of the most maddening bureaucracy.

  • Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners. A workers' revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty shelves, angry customers and support for a boycott from more than 100 state legislators and mayors. Industry analysts say worker revolts at non-union companies are rare, but what's happening at Market Basket is particularly unusual because the workers are not asking for higher pay or better benefits. They are demanding the reinstatement of beloved former CEO Arthur T.

  • Argentina debt talks deadlocked as default looms

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Argentina's negotiations with creditors to resolve a dispute over $1.5 billion in unpaid debts remained deadlocked following talks Friday, setting it on a course for a possible catastrophic default next week. Argentina will default for the second time in 13 years if it cannot reach a deal with the U.S. hedge funds before July 30. Daniel Pollack, the court-appointed mediator in the dispute, met with Argentine officials and in a statement released after the talks said that progress had not been reached. Pollack also said the Argentines were returning to Buenos Aires Friday night, but he expects more talks before the deadline. Following a U.S.

  • AP source: Former AG subpoenaed in McDonnell trial

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a possible witness in the upcoming corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person told the AP that Cuccinelli has been subpoenaed by the McDonnell defense team to potentially testify. The person insisted on anonymity because the subpoena is not supposed to be made public. The McDonnells' defense team was granted 20 blank subpoenas for potential witnesses in early June. Their trial is set to begin Monday.