• State police commander, 3 others killed in southern Mexico

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Men armed with rifles killed a police commander Thursday in the capital of the restive southern Mexico state of Guerrero, and officers pursuing the suspected attackers killed three people about two hours later, authorities said. Officials of the state...

  • GOP criticizes 'offensive' posts of NC elections appointee

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Party officials said Thursday they were unaware of racially tinged social media posts by a man appointed to a county elections board and are urging him to step down. Malcolm "Mac" Butner was sworn in as chairman of the Rowan County Board...

  • Alabama judge orders hearing on prisoner's abortion request

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a hearing Thursday after an Alabama prisoner dropped her request to be allowed a trip out of jail to obtain an abortion. U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon told authorities to have the woman in court for a hearing Friday morning in Florence....

  • Greece's Tsipras prevails over rebels at party meeting

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout talks and an exit from the euro currency. Syriza's governing central committee early Friday backed a proposal by Tsipras to hold an...

  • FBI: Suspect in Montana shooting says victim laughed at him

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An 18-year-old Wyoming man accused of robbing and shooting three members of a family after asking for roadside help told investigators he opened fire after one of the victims laughed at him, an FBI agent said in a court filing Thursday. Jason Shane, 51, and Tana...

  • Venezuela occupies food warehouse of biggest private company

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods. Soldiers took over the warehouse complex used by Empresas Polar late Wednesday just as Venezuela's...

  • Mexico: Death toll 27 after truck hits religious procession

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The death toll rose to 27 on Thursday and authorities listed 149 others as injured after a truck lost control and slammed into a religious procession in a central Mexico town. A Public Safety Department official for the state of Zacatecas confirmed the figures and...

  • Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's governor announced plans Thursday to immediately shut down Baltimore's state-run jail, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy inside vermin-infested, 19th-century walls and thwarted decades of attempted reforms. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said...

  • Allegiant executives were flying plane that ran low on fuel

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Two executives with pilot licenses were flying the Allegiant Air jet that made an emergency landing at a closed airport because it nearly ran out of fuel. Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said Thursday that management pilots routinely operate flights to maintain their pilot...

  • Jury awards $47.8 million in NYC crane collapse civil case

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jury on Thursday awarded $47.8 million to the families of two men killed in 2008 when a construction crane collapsed. The jury ordered James Lomma, the owner of the crane, and his companies to pay $32 million to the family of Ramadan Kurtaj and $15.8...

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