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November 26, 2015 - 5:33pm
5 hours 44 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles City Hall proposal to send "john letters" to the owners of cars seen in areas known for prostitution is drawing criticism from a California civil liberties group.

The letters would be intended to discourage those who were soliciting prostitutes from returning while posing no harm to those who aren't seeking prostitutes.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported ( ) Wednesday that the nonprofit...

November 26, 2015 - 4:44pm
4 hours 4 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man draped in an American flag has climbed over the fence at the White House, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrates Thanksgiving.

The Secret Service says the man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody. The incident took place about 2:45 p.m. EST.

An image of a man atop a section of fence in front of the North Lawn has been posted on the website of television station WJLA. A second image shows the man...

November 26, 2015 - 4:31pm
7 hours 4 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coroner says the student who died after jumping into a lake on the Ohio State University campus broke his neck.

Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz said Thursday that preliminary autopsy results show 22-year-old Austin Singletary, of Dayton, suffered a fracture of his C-5 vertebra, in the neck area, during the plunge into Mirror Lake on Wednesday.

He was participating in a student-led lake jump that's become a tradition to...

November 26, 2015 - 3:10pm
4 hours 4 min ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say a Mississippi man is accused in Louisiana of killing his father and stabbing his mother because they ordered fast food and didn't get any for him.

Jefferson Parish spokesman John Fortunato says 32-year-old Ronald Pritchett faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and auto theft.

Danny Rigel (REE-guhl) is sheriff for Lamar County, Mississippi. He says Pritchett was arrested Thursday at a...

November 26, 2015 - 2:41pm
8 hours 34 min ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is spending Thanksgiving in the hospital.

Edwards' wife, Trina, says in a text message that her 88-year-old husband won't be discharged Thursday from a hospital where he's being treated for pneumonia.

But he won't have to eat hospital turkey. Trina Edwards says her mother is bringing turkey and trimmings for lunch, and his children and grandchildren also have been bringing food....

November 26, 2015 - 1:28pm
4 hours 4 min ago

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Hawaii lawmakers are concerned that state health officials aren't doing enough to combat a dengue fever outbreak that has grown to 107 confirmed cases.

The state Department of Health reported the latest total on Thursday.

State Sen. Russell Ruderman says he is worried about his pregnant wife getting the mosquito-borne illness. He and other Big Island lawmakers say the health department is downplaying the situation....

November 26, 2015 - 1:16pm
8 hours 34 min ago

OPHIR, Colo. (AP) — Two brothers survived two massive avalanches while skiing in Colorado's backcountry even though both feared the other was dead.

KUSA-TV reports ( ) that Alex and Brian Holmes were skiing near Telluride, from Trout Lake to Ophir, on Wednesday.

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office says that Brian started to descend near Waterfall Canyon when he triggered an avalanche, which he saw sweep his brother out of...

November 26, 2015 - 1:03pm
8 hours 34 min ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — She dropped out of secretarial school and taught herself the restaurant business, mentored chefs who put Louisiana cooking on the culinary map, is the matriarch of a family that owns nearly 20 restaurants and is credited with creating nouvelle Creole cuisine.

But Ella Brennan doesn't cook. One of her proteges, chef Emeril Lagasse, jokes that she can't boil water.

Through her stewardship of Commander's Palace, one of the city's most...

November 26, 2015 - 12:27pm
8 hours 34 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry."

Even if the White House's thyme-roasted bird isn't the moistest, the first family's menu boasts more than enough other choices to fill the stomach.

There's honey-baked ham with apricot-mustard glaze, and prime rib and creamed horseradish.

Two kinds of stuffing: cornbread with chorizo and roasted...

November 26, 2015 - 12:18pm
8 hours 34 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Some New Yorkers will leave luxury dwellings behind to dine shoulder-to-shoulder with the homeless on Friday in a holiday event that seemed like an experiment when it was first held last year.

Now, the Rev. Edward Sunderland says there's momentum aiding the effort at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan. The Four Seasons restaurant is joining The New York Palace and The Waldorf-Astoria hotels in serving a gourmet meal providing some relief and...

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