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  • Trump, ACLU make unusual allies supporting Virginia mosque

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:31:51 GMT

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The rejection of a sewage permit in rural Virginia has made unlikely allies of the Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union, which both allege that a county board discriminated against Muslims trying to build a new mosque.

  • The Latest: Opening statements to start in Penn State case

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:29:08 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of former Penn State President Graham Spanier (all times local):

  • Former aides set to testify against Penn State ex-president

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:49:31 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors preparing to lay out their case against Penn State's former president in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal say two of his ex-top lieutenants could take the stand.

  • The Latest: Alternate jurors being picked in Penn State case

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:43:01 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of former Penn State President Graham Spanier (all times local):

  • Ex-MMA fighter guilty of 29 felonies in kidnap, beating case

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:54:34 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was found guilty Monday of kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend over several months in 2014, and of beating her male friend when he found them together in her bedroom.

  • 3 Minnesota footballers cleared by school in assault case

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:24:18 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three Minnesota football players were cleared of sexual harassment allegations in the final round of appeals at the school and will be allowed to return to spring practice, while two more had their suspensions in connection with allegations of a sexual assault upheld.

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    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:01:03 GMT

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  • Witness: Ex-NFL star shot men after drink spilled at club

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:55:38 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A former friend of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez told the jury at Hernandez's double-murder trial Monday that he opened fire on a car because he believed two men inside had taunted him at a nightclub.

  • Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:45:57 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room — but the mystery isn't over.

  • Witness: Ex-NFL star shot at men after spilled drink in club

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:15:03 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A former friend of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez told the jury at his double-murder trial Monday that Hernandez opened fire on a car because he believed two men inside had taunted him at a Boston nightclub.

  • DOJ faults police response in 2015 Minneapolis protests

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:44:12 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal review released Monday found problems with Minneapolis' coordination and communication during an 18-day standoff outside a police station following the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015, but praised officers for their professionalism and the peaceful end of the protest.

  • Ex-MMA fighter convicted of kidnapping former girlfriend

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:09:31 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas jury on Monday found a former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend.

  • The Latest: Ex-MMA fighter guilty of abducting ex-girlfriend

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:59:53 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the attempted-murder trial of former mixed martial arts fighter War Machine (all times local):

  • The Latest: Minneapolis NAACP president reacts to DOJ report

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:56:01 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a Justice Department review of how Minneapolis police handled 18 days of protests in 2015 following the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer (all times local):

  • The Latest: Gorsuch confirmation vote expected by April 10

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:55:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (all times local):

  • Latest: Minneapolis mayor, police chief react to DOJ report

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:37:55 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a Justice Department review of how Minneapolis police handled 18 days of protests in 2015 following the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer (all times local):

  • The Latest: John Elway writes letter supporting Gorsuch

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:36:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (all times local):

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers battling dementia

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:26:29 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say the Chicago Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia.

  • Shooting victims' families sue man charged in 7 killings

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:33:25 GMT

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The families of three of the four people fatally shot at a South Carolina motorcycle shop in 2003 have sued the man charged in their deaths.

  • Justice faults police response in 2015 Minneapolis protests

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:10:43 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal review of an 18-day standoff outside a Minneapolis police precinct following the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015 has found problems with the city's coordination and communication.

  • Justice pans police response to Minnesota black man's death

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:14:30 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal review of an 18-day standoff outside a Minneapolis police precinct following the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015 has found problems with the city's coordination and communication.

  • Penn State ex-president heads to trial in Sandusky scandal

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:25:39 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's former president faces trial Monday on charges that children were put at risk by how he responded to complaints about Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago, and two of his former top lieutenants who just pleaded guilty in the case could testify against him.

  • Key dates in the life of rock 'n' roll visionary Chuck Berry

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:28:19 GMT

    Some key dates in the life of Chuck Berry:

  • Zeller scores 19, Hornets beat Wizards 98-93

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:22:25 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets know their playoff hopes are slim.

  • Authorities: man pointed gun at cops before fatal shooting

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:42:24 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A black man who was fatally shot by St. Paul police had pointed a gun at officers twice after he was ordered to drop it, authorities said Saturday. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also said authorities have video from a nearby building that shows the man with a gun, but does not capture the full incident.

  • Son of US man sought in Nazi case wants evidence released

    Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:26:29 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The son of a 98-year-old Minnesota man sought by Polish authorities in connection with a Nazi massacre reiterated Saturday that his father is innocent and asked that evidence against him be released.

  • Records: Doctor didn't disclose USA Gymnastics investigation

    Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:44:51 GMT

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Records show a Michigan State University doctor resigned in January after learning the school was considering her termination because she didn't disclose that USA Gymnastics was investigating Dr. Larry Nassar.

  • Jury ends day mulling MMA fighter-porn star case in Vegas

    Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:16:47 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas spent a full day deliberating Friday whether the former mixed martial arts fighter named War Machine is guilty of charges that could get him life in prison in an attack on his porn star ex-girlfriend and her male friend in August 2014.

  • Jury hears from tattoo artist in ex-NFL star's murder trial

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:28:21 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A California tattoo artist detailed to jurors Friday the violent artwork he inked on Aaron Hernandez that prosecutors say memorialize the former New England Patriots star's killing of two men.

  • CEO who directed $2.2B fraud is out of prison after a decade

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:16:38 GMT

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The former chairman and CEO of a New York software company who orchestrated a $2.2 billion accounting fraud is out of prison.

  • Jury deliberating in MMA fighter-porn star case in Las Vegas

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:33:11 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas jury is deliberating whether the former mixed martial arts fighter named War Machine is guilty of charges that could get him life in prison in an attack on his porn star ex-girlfriend and her male friend in August 2014.

  • Hoop Streams: Millions of workers streaming NCAA day games

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:51 GMT

    Tensions were high and hearts were heavy in a conference room on Thursday as attorney Rich Ruohonen sat by a family's side during a mediation session in a multimillion-dollar wrongful death case.

  • Minnesota officer accused of punching girl pleads not guilty

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:43:29 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer accused of punching a 14-year-old girl in the face has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault.

  • Spring Rhule: New Baylor coach ready to finally get on field

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:10:48 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Matt Rhule has been in perpetual motion since becoming Baylor's coach more than three months ago.

  • Ex-MMA fighter concedes lesser counts in Las Vegas trial

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:03:50 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former mixed martial arts fighter named War Machine made a tactical move in his trial in Las Vegas on Thursday: His attorney conceded guilt on lesser charges in an attack on his porn star ex-girlfriend and her male friend in August 2015, but asked jurors to acquit on more serious charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

  • US women's hockey players stand firm in wage fight

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:01:57 GMT

    U.S. women's hockey players let a deadline to decide on whether they'll boycott the world championships pass Thursday without any indication they've changed their minds in a standoff with USA Hockey over wages.

  • Affidavit: Josh Jackson threatened to 'beat' women's player

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:14:04 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — One day before top-seeded Kansas opens NCAA Tournament play, court officials released an affidavit that said freshman star Josh Jackson threatened to "beat" a women's basketball player during a confrontation in December.

  • US women's hockey players stand fast in wage fight

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:46:26 GMT

    A deadline for the U.S. women's hockey team to tell USA Hockey whether they will play in the upcoming world championships has come and gone without players changing their mind.

  • Trump budget calls for border wall, border prosecutions

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:07:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For core supporters counting on President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration, his proposed budget reads like a wish list: billions of dollars for some of his most controversial campaign promises, including a $2.6 billion down payment on a border wall that he had insisted Mexico would pay for.

  • USA gymnastics president resigns amid abuse scandal

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:03:11 GMT

    Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics on Thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.

  • USA Hockey sets deadline for women's players in wage fight

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:32:41 GMT

    USA Hockey set a Thursday deadline for members of the women's national team to decide whether they will play in the world championships after they threatened to boycott the tournament because of a wage dispute.