• Judge puts Arizona 'revenge porn' law on hold

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday put a new Arizona law against "revenge porn" on hold after civil rights groups sued over constitutional grounds. The order from U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton came as part of an agreement between the Arizona attorney general's office and the groups that sued. The order blocks enforcement of the law to allow the Legislature time to work on changes. Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, crafted the bill to bar "revenge porn" from being posted online by jilted lovers. The American Civil Liberties Union sued in September, saying the law is so broadly written it makes anyone distributing or displaying a nude image without explicit permission guilty of a felony. The group said that vio

  • Missing woman found dead, stepfather charged

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting his stepdaughter and burying the 33-year-old woman in his yard. Gregory Graf was arrested after police found Jessica Padgett's body on his property in Northampton County. Padgett, a mother and day care worker, had been missing since Friday. The motive for the slaying appears to be sexual assault, District Attorney John Morganelli said. He didn't elaborate. Police began focusing on the 53-year-old Graf after he gave inconsistent statements following Padgett's disappearance, he said. Graf later gave a statement admitting he fatally shot her, Morganelli said. Padgett's body was found buried behind a shed on the property where

  • Police identify man found after Ferguson car fire

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police say that a 20-year-old man whose dead body was found inside a car in Ferguson, Missouri, after riots erupted had been intentionally set on fire. Police on Wednesday identified the victim as DeAndre Joshua of University City. His death is being investigated as a homicide, but police have not said whether it's connected to the violence that broke out after the announcement of a grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Joshua's body was found Tuesday morning at the wheel of a 2004 Pontiac parked near the apartment complex where Brown was killed. He had severe burns, and an autopsy determined that Joshua was shot

  • Video: Cop shot boy seconds after encountering him

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said. The city released a surveillance video that shows the shooting of Tamir Rice, who was carrying an airsoft gun that shoots non-lethal plastic pellets. Much of the footage shows what appears to be a bored kid alone in a park on an unseasonably warm November afternoon. Tamir is seen pacing, occasionally extending his right arm with what appears to be a gun in his hand, talking on a cellphone and sitting at a picnic table with his head resting on his arms.

  • Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks. Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to persuade the administration to make allotted but unused green cards available for foreign workers — probably the top item on the executive action agenda for business. And the administration only partially answered pleas to increase the length of time foreign students can stay in the U.S. before or after graduating to work in their fields. The administration announced plans to expand the program at some point in the future, bu

  • 4 people shot at Pennsylvania mall barbershop

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    READING, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been shot at an eastern Pennsylvania strip mall barbershop where another shooting happened a day earlier. Reading (RED'-ing) Police Chief Robert Heim says one person has been critically injured while the other three victims suffered minor injuries in the Wednesday afternoon shooting. Authorities say no one is in custody. The Reading Eagle newspaper says the shooting happened Wednesday afternoon at the All Stars Hair Salon and Unisex Hair Studio. On Tuesday night, a gunman fired several shots into the shop. The newspaper reports nearly a dozen people were in the shop Tuesday but no one was injured. That shooting remains under investigation.

  • Authorities: Mom tried to put hit on daughter's ex

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say a Pennsylvania woman has been arrested for paying an undercover officer she thought was a hit man to kill her daughter's ex-boyfriend and two other people. Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman says 52-year-old Denise Nagrodski, of Easton, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says Nagrodski had just driven away from a mall where she had met with the undercover state police detective she believed would carry out the murders. Hoffman said Nagrodski claimed that the ex-boyfriend was abusive and caused her daughter to have a miscarriage years ago when she was pregnant with twins. She allegedly told the detective to "burn him alive" and make sure he knew she was r

  • Snow makes Thanksgiving travel 'a little hairy'

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk of them in the Northeast, during what is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Thousands of flight delays were also expected as the snow from the nor'easter piled up. Some travelers tried to change their plans and catch earlier flights to beat the storm, and major airlines waived their re-booking fees. But most planes were already filled.

  • Attorneys seek to clear former Crow tribe chairman

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Civil rights attorneys have moved to exonerate a former chairman of the Crow Indian Tribe of a bribery conviction by obtaining unreleased emails from a federal judge who has been reprimanded for sending racist correspondence. Former Montana U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sentenced Clifford Birdinground ("bird-in-ground") to three years in prison in 2003. The 79-year-old Crow leader had pleaded guilty to taking $2,700 in kickbacks after being accused of referring tribal business to a car dealership. When Birdinground sought to retract his plea and go to trial, Cebull rejected the request, a decision upheld on appeal. Cebull resigned last year after an investigation into a racist email he sent

  • 9 counties that won't meet new ozone standard

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    The Obama administration is proposal stricter emissions limits on ozone, a pollutant that leads to smog and is linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The proposal calls for new ozone limits of between 65 parts per billion and 70 parts per billion, with the final level to be set next year. Because of existing pollution controls and emissions regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency projects that all but nine counties are positioned to meet a standard of 70 parts per billion in 2025 without taking any additional steps. That list excludes California, which is on a different timeline because its unique geography has led to smog levels that exceed those in most of the U.S.

  • Canadian ex-radio host charged with sexual assault

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi was arrested Wednesday on sexual assault charges and ordered to live with his mother while the case that has rocked Canada's vaunted public broadcaster is heard. Ghomeshi, 47, was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, Toronto police said in a statement. The CBC fired Ghomeshi in October after media reports of sexual assault allegations against the star first emerged. Ghomeshi, the host of "Q," a popular radio show on culture that was heard on many public stations in the United States, has denied the allegations, saying he had consensual "rough sex" with women.

  • Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took "action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me," to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, a 49-pound bird named Cheese. He also spared an alternate turkey, a 47-pounder named Mac. Both came from Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio. "If you're a turkey, and you're named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner are pretty low," Obama said at the annual event, which drew internationa

  • 2 FBI agents, police officer shot; suspect dead

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say a man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead. University City Police Det. Sgt. Fredrick Lemons says 33-year-old Major Washington died early Wednesday after police were called to a home where he was hiding. Lemons declined to say how Washington died. Police say Washington broke into the home of his mother, 55-year-old Donna Washington, Monday night and killed her. He shot a responding University City police officer in the chest. The officer, Zachary Hoelzer, is in serious but stable condition. Detectives and the FBI went to a home about 3 a.m. Wednesday, where Washington was barricaded inside. One FBI agent was shot i

  • Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her hospitalization — just three weeks after elections handed Republicans control of the Senate — raised anew the question whether President Barack Obama would be able to appoint a like-minded replacement. The situation "sends many, particularly on the left of the political spectrum, into a tizzy," said Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School. Ginsburg's procedure came after a blockage was discovered in her right coronary artery, said court spok

  • Company to give back wages to disabled workers

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An employment program agreed to give $300,000 in back wages to around 100 disabled workers for allegedly failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage, as part of a settlement announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The agreement between North Providence-based Training Thru Placement, Inc., and the Department of Labor, which was signed Nov. 10, follows previous federal investigations and agreements with the state and the city of Providence for allegedly violating the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by segregating them in so-called sheltered workshops, often for little or no pay. Federal authorities said last year that the average wage for disabled workers

  • Colorado mastodon bones show ancient warmer Earth

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today. Evidence left behind by mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and huge bison — along with insects, plants, pollen and other animals — offers a glimpse at how ancient animal adapted to climate change. Among their findings: The warmer weather allowed forests to reach about 2,500 feet farther up the mountainside than today's tree line, which is about 11,500 feet above sea level at the Snowmass site. Forests also may have been denser, and smaller trees and grasslands might have been more widespread ami

  • New sentencing for 'Bernie' mortician

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas mortician whose conviction for killing a rich widow and storing her body in a freezer inspired the movie "Bernie" was granted a new sentencing hearing Wednesday, after the state's highest court agreed that his life prison sentence may be overly harsh. Bernie Tiede was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1996 shooting death of his longtime companion, 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent. But he was released from prison earlier this year after a lower court sided with his attorneys. A new sentencing date hasn't been set. Tiede's attorneys argued that jurors should have been told he felt abused by Nugent and was sexually abused as a child.

  • In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Michael Brown spent part of his last morning chatting with some workmen about Jesus. Police officer Darren Wilson got a call to help a feverish child. Dorian Johnson got up at 7 a.m. with the intention of getting breakfast for his girlfriend. It was a mundane start to a Saturday, but by noon, all three men had made in a series of wrong turns that led to Brown's death in a burst of gunfire. There are still parts of their story the public may never understand. People looking for clear answers won't find them in the thousands of pages of testimony, interviews and other records released by prosecutors after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson in Brown's death.

  • US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more. Business groups panned the Environmental Protection Agency's new ozone regulations as unnecessary and the costliest in history, warning they could jeopardize a resurgence in American manufacturing. But EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy argued that the public health benefits far outweigh the costs and that most of the U.S. can meet the tougher standards without doing anything new.

  • Latinos are 'very optimistic' about America's future

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    A new survey indicates that Latinos —from undocumented immigrants to fourth-generation citizens — may be more optimistic about America than anyone else.