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A survivor, now a dad: Virginia Tech tragedy, 10 years later

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Kevin Sterne has spent 10 years trying not to let himself be defined by the mass shooting that nearly killed him at Virginia Tech. But now that he's a new father, Sterne grapples with knowing that one day he must tell his son ...

Supplier: Drug sold to Arkansas not intended for executions

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge was weighing Friday whether to block Arkansas' seven upcoming executions, set to begin next week, as a medical supplier said one of the three drugs the state plans to use to put the prisoners to death wasn't sold to be used ...

Man accused in theft of guns arrested in Wisconsin

By GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — A fugitive accused of stealing numerous weapons from a Wisconsin gun store and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House was arrested Friday after nine days on the run, sheriff's officials said. Joseph Allen Jakubowski was ...

Pruitt tells miners `regulatory assault’ is over

SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the ...

Ocean world near Saturn top contender for life beyond Earth

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A tiny, ice-encrusted ocean world orbiting Saturn is now a hotter-than-ever candidate for potential life. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen molecules in the geysers shooting off the moon Enceladus, possibly the ...

Lawyer: Dragged passenger lost 2 teeth and broke his nose

By DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The passenger dragged from a United flight lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion, his lawyer said Thursday, accusing the airline industry of having "bullied" its customers for far too long. "Are we ...

Harrison Ford visit, Fisher tribute launch Star Wars event

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer How do you celebrate 40 years of "Star Wars" in 90 minutes? With a surprise Harrison Ford appearance, a touching Carrie Fisher tribute, a John Williams performance and a fair amount of jokes about George Lucas' dialogue, of course. Attendees at Star Wars ...

Last of drug-smuggling ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ arrested in Florida

By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer MIAMI (AP) — A quarter-century after he vanished on the eve of a major drug indictment, the last of Miami's fabled "cocaine cowboys" was in custody Thursday, nabbed on a suburban bike ride with his wife near Disney World. Prosecutors say the man ...

United pledges to review policies on removal of passengers

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police, the head of United's parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to "resolve this situation." Hours later on ...

David Letterman’s mom, who became unlikely star, dies at 95

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's late-night show, has died. She was 95. Letterman's publicist Tom Keaney confirmed Mengering's death ...

Judge to rule on request to certify innocence in ’57 killing

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A 77-year-old Washington state man hopes an Illinois judge will help eliminate a stain on his reputation by formally declaring him innocent in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl. A DeKalb County judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to grant ...

Despite Republican scandals Alabama solidly red, for now

By KIM CHANDLER and JAY REEVES, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The resignation of the governor, the ouster of the House speaker and the suspension of the chief justice have left Alabama Republicans to restore order after nine months of chaos. But one thing is for certain: The GOP ...

Boy killed in classroom was ‘happy child’ with rare disorder

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy shot and killed along with his teacher in a San Bernardino special-education classroom was born with a genetic condition and had survived heart surgery, a school official said ...

Train strikes, kills Florida man pushing bike on tracks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials in Florida say a train struck and killed a man who was pushing his bicycle onto the railroad tracks. In a news release, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the Norfolk Southern train was heading south late Tuesday when the crash happened. The man was in ...

San Bernardino school closed following murder-suicide

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Students dove under desks when a man walked into his estranged wife's elementary school classroom and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old ...

House race in heavily GOP Kansas surprisingly competitive

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic civil rights attorney running in the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's November victory has made the race surprisingly competitive for a Kansas House seat held by a Republican for more ...

Prostate cancer tests are now OK with US panel, with caveats

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — An influential U.S. government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. The new draft guidelines released Tuesday echo ...

Dragging of United passenger sparks outrage, anger

By CARYN ROUSSEAU and DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Several minutes after a passenger recorded a video watched around the world that showed security officers dragging another passenger off an overbooked United Express flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a smaller ...

Jury deliberating for 3rd day in ex-NFL star’s murder trial

BOSTON (AP) — The jury in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has started its third day of deliberations. Jurors began deliberating at around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Since Friday, the jury has spent about 12 hours deliberating first-degree murder charges against Hernandez. The ...

Gorsuch takes Supreme Court seat after divisive confirmation

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a divisive confirmation process behind him, Judge Neil Gorsuch is about to take his place as the newest Supreme Court justice. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is to be sworn in Monday after a bruising fight that saw ...