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  • Southwest Airlines: Blown tire forces return to airport

    PHOENIX (AP) — Southwest Airlines says one of its flights returned to the Phoenix airport shortly after takeoff because of a blown tire on the aircraft. The airline says none of the 143 passengers and five crew members was injured. Flight 211 was headed to San Francisco after taking off from Sky Harbor Airport Monday night. The airline says...

  • Buffalo mayor signs bill renaming Squaw Island

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Seneca Indian Nation joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as he signed a bill changing the name of Squaw Island. The island park in the Niagara River is now called Unity Island. Monday's bill signing followed a vote by the Common Council last month to change the 336-year-old name following complaints that it...

  • Chinese families of Yale students grow a garden, tradition

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A once-vacant city block at the northern edge of Yale University has been transformed into a garden by the extended families of graduate and professional students from China. The people tending to the trellis-filled garden are mostly grandparents who have come to the U.S. to look after grandchildren as their own...

  • San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up. San...

  • Peterson returns to court in murder-for-hire trial

    CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson is due back in court as his trial on charges of plotting to kill a prosecutor approaches. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday in the southern Illinois county where Peterson is imprisoned. He's pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting an unidentified...

  • Police ID gunman, victim he shot in Austin hotel lobby

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police have released the identity of a gunman killed by an officer in a posh downtown hotel after the man fatally shot another person in the lobby. A police statement issued Monday says officers shot and killed 35-year-old Michael Holt at the Omni Austin Hotel after Holt pointed a gun at the officers early Sunday....

  • New Orleans officer arrested for obstruction of justice

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested one of their own officers for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer. In a news release Monday, the police accused Wardell Johnson of shoddy police work when he arrested Travis Boys in June. Boys had been arrested in an...

  • APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The AP had gone to court to compel the release of the...

  • The Latest: Accuser's lawyers say Cosby words support claims

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Here are the latest developments from the release of court documents indicating Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex: ___ 8:50 p.m. A lawyer for a woman who says Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her when she was 19 says the unsealing of...

  • SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration. A second vote will be needed Tuesday to send the proposal to the...

  • The Latest: Pope's rustic staff is replica of previous 1

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America: ___ 10 p.m. Pope Francis is using a rustic pastoral staff during this eight-day visit to South America. The papal spokesman says the staff is a replica of a wooden staff that was made for Francis by prisoners at an Italian detention facility but...

  • Arizona governor calls for probe of private prison unrest

    PHOENIX (AP) — Days of unrest at a privately run prison in Arizona became a nightmare scenario as inmates rioted, trashed housing units and injured guards, prompting the governor to order an investigation Monday into the problem at the facility. Gov. Doug Ducey told state prisons Director Charles Ryan to initiate the probe at Arizona State...

  • Samsung forecasts profit fall as S6 sales disappoint

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. forecast a fall in second quarter profit in a sign that sales of its much anticipated Galaxy S6 smartphones failed to meet expectations. Samsung on Tuesday estimated its second quarter operating profit at 6.9 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down 4 percent from a year earlier. The result represents...

  • Pope puts family first at outdoor Mass in steamy Guayaquil

    GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families are the bedrock of society but need to be supported better and strengthened. In his homily, Francis praised families as the...

  • Venezuela recalls ambassador in Guyana amid border dispute

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that he was recalling Venezuela's ambassador in neighboring Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions over their disputed border. During an address to parliament, Maduro said that he also is initiating a comprehensive review of relations with much smaller Guyana and...

  • Excerpts of Bill Cosby's statements in a 2005 deposition

    Excerpts of statements made by entertainer Bill Cosby under questioning in 2005 from a lawyer for former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accused him, in a case that was settled before trial, of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion: ___ According to the documents, unsealed by a federal judge...

  • State: Tractor front-loader caused fatal Fresno blast

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The front loader of a tractor punctured a gas line that exploded in Central California earlier this year, killing one jail inmate, sending several people to a hospital and halting traffic in both directions on a major highway, state officials said Monday. Gouges and scrapes by the tractor's bucket caused the Pacific Gas &...

  • Police: Search for baby in river is a recovery operation

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man jumped off a bridge into the Connecticut River with his 7-month-old son, police said Monday as they ended a search for the baby and began a recovery operation. Aaden Moreno was reported missing Sunday night when his father, 22-year-old Tony Moreno, jumped from the Arrigoni Bridge between Middletown and Portland....

  • Poached alligator identified as Southeast Texas man's killer

    ORANGE, Texas (AP) — An 11-foot, 400-pound alligator game officials say was shot and killed without a permit has been identified as the beast that killed a late-night swimmer at a Southeast Texas marina. Texas game officials say the alligator was shot in the head and killed Monday afternoon in Adams Bayou in Orange, near where Tommie...

  • US scientists: Warm oceans cause concern of coral bleaching

    HONOLULU (AP) — Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. Coral bleaching occurs when coral is stressed by changes in its environment, causing it to release...

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