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  • Federal agency dings Shell for oil rig mishap in Arctic

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters. A National Transportation Safety Board report issued Thursday said the probable cause of the grounding of...

  • Mother gets 18 years for killing 8-year-old son in NYC hotel

    NEW YORK (AP) — A self-made health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled child five years ago in a luxury New York City hotel room was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison by a judge who said he disbelieved much of her defense and scolded her for not showing remorse. Gigi Jordan, a...

  • Ex-US Speaker charged in relation to payments of hush money

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once third in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday in Chicago. The indictment, which does...

  • THE LATEST: US will vote for Prince Ali in FIFA election

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments: 12:31 a.m. (2231 GMT, 6:31 p.m. EDT) The United States says it will vote for Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president on Friday and not for incumbent Sepp Blatter. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati made the announcement on a telephone conference call Thursday. Gulati, a...

  • Christie backing away from Common Core in New Jersey

    PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that he is ordering his state to back away from the Common Core school standards that he once championed but that are hugely unpopular among conservative voters across the country. The announcement came as the Republican decides whether to seek the presidential nomination...

  • Ex-FIFA vice president Warner leaves jail in ambulance

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner left a Trinidad jail by ambulance Thursday, a day after he was charged in a U.S. corruption case that has led to the arrests of more than a dozen international soccer officials and businessmen. Judicial officer Abraham Ali said Warner complained of exhaustion and was not...

  • Alleged Nazi war criminal wanted by Russia dies in Quebec

    MONTREAL (AP) — Vladimir Katriuk, the man who held the No. 2 spot on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most wanted Nazi war criminals, has died, his lawyer said Thursday. He was 93. Katriuk passed away last week after a long illness, Orest Rudzik said. News of Katriuk's death emerged several hours after the Centre for Israel and Jewish...

  • DC transit officials temporarily suspend issue-oriented ads

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Transit officials in Washington have voted to temporarily suspend all issue-oriented advertisements on the region's rail and bus system, a move that comes as the agency was asked to consider an ad with a provocative cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's board of directors voted...

  • Iconic US Lighthouse Begins Move Inland

    A lighthouse on an island off Massachusetts that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march away from a rapidly eroding cliffside on Thursday. (May 28) SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Aquinnah, Massachusetts - 28 May 2015 1. Various of lighthouse 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Len Butler, Head of...

  • Report completed on police shooting of Washington state man

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A special investigative unit has completed its report on the February death of an unarmed Mexican man who was shot by police in the central Washington city of Pasco. The report was presented to the county prosecutor Thursday, but the contents weren't released. Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant says his office will...

  • Wife of gunman, 2 kids leave safely from California standoff

    CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Police say the wife of a gunman and two children have emerged safely from a San Diego-area apartment after a standoff began when the man killed a neighbor. The three walked out of the apartment in Chula Vista shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday and got into a police car that drove away. Police have not given the...

  • Suspect in downtown Los Angeles arson case pleads not guilty

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging he set a massive inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged nearby office towers in downtown Los Angeles, prosecutors said. Dawud Abdulwali, 56, of Los Angeles, was arraigned on one count each of arson of a structure and aggravated arson, the Los...

  • 2 ex-Guantanamo detainees to tie knot with Uruguayan women

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees are planning to tie the knot with women from their adopted home of Uruguay. Imam Samir Selim told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would officiate at the ceremony for both men June 6 at the Egyptian Islamic Center in Montevideo. "This is great. It's beautiful," Selim said...

  • Virginia panel issues proposals to fight campus sex assaults

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Late last year, the University of Virginia became the epicenter in the debate over campus sexual assaults, sparked by a sensational national magazine story — later discredited — that claimed to give an account of a gang rape at a fraternity there. Thursday, state leaders sought to put Virginia in the lead on combatting...

  • Guns, training gun found where police say sheriff shot woman

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Investigators recovered multiple guns as well as a fake training gun from the empty model home where police said a Georgia sheriff shot and critically wounded a woman, according to law enforcement documents. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct in the May 3 shooting, which...

  • CDC: 150 possibly had contact with Lassa fever victim

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal and state health officials have identified more than 150 people who possibly had contact with a patient who died of Lassa fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. So far, most of those people face no danger, but six are at a high risk of having been exposed, CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said...

  • 2 car bombs kill 10 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say two separate car bombs inside parking lot of two hotels have killed 10 people in the capital Baghdad. Police officials say a car bomb exploded in the parking lot of Babil Hotel late Thursday, killing six people and wounding 14 others. About one minute later, a second car bomb blast inside the parking lot...

  • Testimony wraps up for day in TV actor's bar-fight trial

    PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Testimony has wrapped up for the day in the trial of television actor Dustin Diamond, who is accused of stabbing a man during a bar fight in Wisconsin after a woman punched his girlfriend. The 38-year-old Diamond, who played Screech in the 1990s show "Saved by the Bell," has pleaded not guilty to recklessly...

  • Latest on Hastert: Indictment doesn't identify recipient

    5:50 p.m. (CDT) A federal indictment against Dennis Hastert does not identify the person it says the former U.S. House speaker agreed to pay to keep quiet about 'prior misconduct.' However, it says the person has known Hastert most of the person's life. It also says the person has been a resident of Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was a...

  • Fossils of previously unknown beaver species found in Oregon

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A fossilized skull and teeth from a newly described species of beaver that lived 28 million years ago have been unearthed in eastern Oregon. The fossils worked their way out of the soil within a mile of the visitor center at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, said the monument's paleontologist, Joshua Samuels....

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