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  • Mother pleads not guilty to assaulting child on plane

    HONOLULU (AP) — A mother pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she physically and verbally assaulted her 15-month-old daughter during an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu. Samantha Leialoha Watanabe allegedly cursed at the toddler, smacked her in the back of the head, pinched her and pulled out bits of her hair...

  • Navy says pilot safely ejected when plane went off runway

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A pilot safely ejected into San Diego Bay on Friday when a training jet went off the end of a runway after landing at Naval Air Station North Island. Boaters rescued the pilot from the bay that separates the Navy base in Coronado from downtown San Diego, the Navy said. The pilot was taken by helicopter to be evaluated at...

  • IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday. The purge, which relied mostly on informants, was aimed at solidifying the extremists'...

  • Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in US freed from jail

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A prominent paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges walked out of a Colombian jail Friday, becoming the first major paramilitary boss to earn freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal. Rodrigo Perez-Alzate, better known by his alias Julian Bolivar, was among some 30,000 right-wing fighters who...

  • Police release surveillance video in shooting investigation

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Law enforcement officials on Friday released surveillance video from a grocery store that is part of an investigation of an officer-involved shooting that wounded two men who were suspected of trying to steal beer. The video released by the Thurston County Sheriff's Office in Washington state shows two young black men...

  • The Latest on Waco shooting: Biker group gets proclamation

    5:15 p.m. CDT The same group that organized a biker meeting in Texas that ended in violence has received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month." The City Council issued the proclamation two days after the deadly biker shootout at a Waco restaurant. Waco City Secretary Esmeralda...

  • Group that organized biker meeting gets city proclamation

    Days after a biker shootout at a Texas restaurant, the same group that organized the motorcyclists' meeting that turned violent received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month." The council issued the proclamation Tuesday, two days after nine people were killed in the shootout at a...

  • Officials: Probe faults truck driver in fatal bus collision

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Highway Patrol faulted a semi-truck driver Friday for a fiery head-on collision with a bus that killed 10, but officials said they still don't know why his big rig veered across an interstate median and into oncoming traffic, killing five high school students on their way to visit a college and a couple who had...

  • Texas House passes biker safety bill days after shooting

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers approved motorcycle safety legislation on Friday that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker's meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted last weekend. The measure, which now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, would funnel some of the state's motorcycle-related fees to state Department of...

  • Cartel surveillance cameras found in Mexican border city

    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — A drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas used at least 39 surveillance cameras to monitor the comings and goings of authorities in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas, Mexican officials said Friday. The cameras were powered by electric lines above the city streets and accessed the Internet...

  • Former South Dakota candidate says at trial she was a novice

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth said Friday shortly before testimony ended in her trial that it wasn't her intention to mislead anyone when she attested to signatures on campaign documents that she didn't actually witness. Bosworth is seeking to avoid conviction on charges of violating South Dakota election...

  • Giant hole forms at entrance of Missouri golf course

    BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts. The hole, which is 80 feet wide and 35 feet deep in some places, was created by two separate sinkholes that formed near the entrance to Top of the Rock golf course near the resort...

  • Rutgers urged to cancel ocean blasting off New Jersey coast

    SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Senate president and a congressman representing the Jersey shore are asking Rutgers University to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves. Senate President Steve Sweeney and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. wrote to Rutgers President Robert Barchi on Friday, saying the...

  • Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing Friday, and authorities say she may have been there for hours, or even since the day before. There were no obvious signs of foul play, but it has not been ruled out, said Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman with the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Richardson said...

  • Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

    DUBLIN (AP) — Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland's most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change against the nation's conservative Catholic foundation. Polls closed at 10 p.m. after 15 hours of voting that featured...

  • Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

    Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Diana Fredlund said hunters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services agency went to a small uninhabited...

  • New trial expected for man convicted in Chandra Levy death

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy is expected to get a new trial after government attorneys on Friday said the "interests of justice" would best be served by one. On Friday, after more than a year of sporadic hearings and legal wrangling, government attorneys withdrew their opposition to a new trial...

  • 2 men charged in California in terrorism probe

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two California men arrested by the FBI aspired to join the Islamic State group and bought a plane ticket for one of them to travel to Turkey with the hope of becoming a martyr, federal prosecutors said Friday. The U.S. attorney's office charged 24-year-olds Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi with conspiring to provide...

  • Georgia trooper shoots traveler after speeding stop

    TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — A traffic stop on a south Georgia freeway Friday morning ended with a state trooper shooting a passenger after getting into a confrontation with him as the driver was being taken into custody. The shooting happened just after 11 a.m. near Tifton in south Georgia, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said....

  • Man convicted of killing ex-wife whose 911 call was bungled

    DALLAS (AP) — Jurors have found a Dallas man guilty of murder in the death of his ex-wife whose 911 call was mishandled by Dallas police. A Dallas County jury deliberated about 3½ hours before finding Delvecchio Patrick guilty of killing Deanna Cook at her home in August 2012. Jurors could sentence Patrick to up to life in prison. Police say...

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