• Florida State suspends Winston for entire game

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has suspended Jameis Winston for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday, extending its initial punishment of one half after the quarterback made "offensive and vulgar" comments about female anatomy earlier this week. Interim President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox announced the decision late Friday night. There had been criticism that the original punishment for Winston's latest embarrassing off-field incident was too light. The statement released by the university Friday read, "Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday

  • With Alibaba's big debut, 10 things to know

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history: THE BIGGEST: Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its debut, making it the biggest U.S.-listed IPO in history after the IPO of credit card processing company Visa in 2008. If Alibaba's investment banks were to exercise their option to sell an additional 48 million shares, it could make Alibaba's IPO the biggest in the world, beating out the $22 billion IPO of Agricultural Bank of China in 2010. DON'T FORGET YAHOO: It may have been a big day for Alibaba and its founder Jack Ma, but Yahoo's investors are feeling pretty good afte

  • 5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped at its stores. Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus have also been attacked by hackers in the past year. More breaches are likely. The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers. Here are five ways to protect yourself: 1. CONSIDER ANOTHER WAY TO PAY Try newer ways to pay,

  • Spokane's Cupich to be next Chicago archbishop

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars and has embraced Pope Francis' focus on fighting poverty, will be named the next archbishop of Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. Cupich of Spokane, Washington will succeed Cardinal Francis George, according to a person with knowledge of the selection, who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly. The Archdiocese of Chicago has scheduled a news conference for Saturday morning. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese would not comment. George, 77, has been battling cancer and has said he believes the disease will end his life. The pope's choice for Chicago has been closely watched

  • CIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. Europe

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation. Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking "unilateral operations" such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governmen

  • India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

    Yesterday

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in a Nehru jacket. The men are full of praise for one another, and one another's countries. Xi gushes over India as "an enchanting and beautiful land." Modi declares that their pledges to work together "will open big gates for progress and development in the world.

  • Feds mum on prosecution of illegal border crossers

    Yesterday

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety. Reports that federal prosecutors have stopped some prosecutions under Operation Streamline surfaced nearly two weeks ago when Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking information on the status of the zero-tolerance program that circumvents the civil immigration system and lumps together months' worth of criminal proceedings into one day for immigrants caught crossing the border illegally.

  • Fence-jumper makes it into the White House

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama had departed the White House just minutes earlier. The rare security breach was likely to renew intense scrutiny of the Secret Service, an agency whose storied history has been marred in recent years by multiple allegations of misconduct by officers. It was unclear whether a fence-jumper has ever made it into the White House before. After scaling the fence on the north side of the White House, the intruder darted toward the presidential residence, ignoring commands from officers to stop, said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan

  • Record amount of retardant used on California fire

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts — more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone. By Friday, state firefighters and the U.S. Forest Service together had bombarded the conflagration with more than a half-million gallons of the red slurry, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a state fire spokeswoman. But the fire activity is so extreme it's pushing through their lines. "They can slow it down a little bit. But they're not able to hold it long enough to get ground units in there to extinguish it before it burns t

  • Foreign fighters, Ebola top Obama's UN agenda

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will call on fellow world leaders next week to back a United Nations resolution calling on nations to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as the United States seeks to build legitimacy for its military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the White House said Friday. At the annual U.N. General Assembly, Obama will also speak at a meeting about Ebola, chaired by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where individual nations and the U.N. will announce new commitments to fight the outbreak in West Africa. Obama this week ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region to deal with the outbreak, and the U.S.

  • Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value of the e-commerce giant soaring well beyond that of Amazon, eBay and even Facebook. The initial public offering was on track to be the world's largest, with the possibility of raising as much as $25 billion. Jubilant CEO Jack Ma stood on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as eight Alibaba customers, including an American cherry farmer and a Chinese Olympian, rang the opening bell. "We want to be bigger than Wal-Mart," M

  • Body of Texas sheriff's deputy found in lake

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Divers found the body of a missing Central Texas sheriff's deputy Friday, a day after her patrol car was found swamped by floodwaters minutes after she radioed for help while checking flooded low-water crossings. Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis was found dead Friday afternoon in Lake Austin, an emotional Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton announced Friday afternoon. Hamilton said he had been determined to "bring her home." Efforts to locate the deputy had been suspended before nightfall Thursday because of the storms, which were remnants of Hurricane Odile. The National Weather Service forecasts more heavy rain through Saturday over much of West Texas, with flash flood watches issued through Friday

  • Biden: Young men need to stand against violence

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Friday the nation needs to bring young men into the struggle against domestic violence by encouraging them to stand against the crime on college campuses. Biden, speaking at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee's women's leadership forum, said the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act highlights the need to fight domestic violence against women in their teens and 20s. Biden said the administration would be unrelenting "to make it clear that it is cowardly not to step up." The vice president reiterated the message Friday afternoon at a round table on domestic violence issues in Denver. "You have an absolute obligation to intervene when you see viole

  • San Diego's new bulldog Marine mascot graduates

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The newest Marine recruit in San Diego is 6 months old and has four legs. The corps says Pfc. Smedley Butler — an English bulldog — graduated Friday with Kilo Company in a ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Smedley is the newest depot mascot, replacing Cpl. Belleau Wood, who retired this spring. He's one of three official Marine Corps mascots and is named after a highly-decorated major general who commanded the depot. Smedley underwent obedience training and received his own Eagle, Globe and Anchor insignia on Sept. 11, just as two-legged recruits received theirs after grueling training. U-T San Diego (http://bit.

  • AP Exclusive: CIA halts spying in Europe

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

  • Ambush suspect could be aided by dense woods

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — For a second night, authorities on Friday closed roads near a home where a suspect in the ambush killing of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper recently lived with his parents, and this time gunfire was reported in the area. The shots were fired around 6:40 p.m. Friday, a Monroe County 911 dispatcher said. State police told residents in the townships of Price and Barrett to stay inside and asked others not to travel to the area because of heavy police activity. About 20 people who couldn't get back to their homes took refuge at the Barrett Township firehouse, said township supervisor Ralph Megliola.

  • Ex-NBA player Rex Chapman accused of shoplifting

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop. Police took the 46-year-old Chapman into custody Friday afternoon after officers stopped his vehicle in northeast Scottsdale. They say he's being held on suspicion of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property. Police say Chapman made it appear he was using the store's self-checkout, but left without paying. He allegedly stole from the store seven times and sold the items for cash. Chapman, a former Kentucky star, was a first-round draft pick of Charlotte in 198

  • Jury awards $16M to families of 4 crash victims

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury has awarded $16 million to the families of four passengers who were killed in a December 2011 helicopter crash near Lake Mead. The jurors ruled Friday against Sundance Helicopters Inc. in a wrongful death case filed by the families, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/XR3Rm2). The people killed in the crash were Lovish Bhanot, 28, and Anupama Bhola, 26, a honeymooning couple from India; Delwin and Tamara Chapman, both 49, a couple from Utica, Kansas, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary; and the 31-year-old pilot, Landon Nield. Last year, the National Transportation Safety Board cited "inadequate maintenance" for the December 2011 crash of the Sundance Helicopter

  • 4 charged in shooting death of Chicago 9-year-old

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Four men have been charged in the death of a 9-year-old boy who was gunned down in a backyard after becoming upset with his mother and running from his Chicago home, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday. Derrick Allmon, 19, Jabari Williams, 22, and Michael D. Baker, 19, all face first-degree murder charges in the death of Antonio Smith, McCarthy said. Police didn't immediately release the name of the fourth suspect. Allmon, Williams and Baker were allegedly driving around looking for rival gang members on Aug. 20. Allmon was handed a gun by Williams and ordered to shoot two men they came across, McCarthy said. "As Allmon approached his intended targets on foot, he came across Antonio Smith i

  • Driver of stolen van that hit dog gets prison time

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The driver of a stolen van that hit and badly injured a dog during a wild, televised police chase in Los Angeles has been sentenced to two years in state prison. Los Angeles County prosecutors say 21-year-old Yovani Rodriguez was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, fleeing police while driving recklessly and hit-and-run. Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday night after a chase that lasted more than an hour. His woman passenger was detained but not charged. During the pursuit, the van struck Gordo, a young Maltese mix that ran into the street. The fluffy white dog received a deep gash to his back leg and a crushed hip.