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August 17, 2016 - 12:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's new straight-party voting ban (all times local):

12 p.m.

Michigan says it will file an emergency appeal asking the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the state's new ban against straight-party voting.

A panel of three judges at the Cincinnati-based federal court rejected Wednesday the state's request to immediately halt a lower ruling that blocked the Republican-...

August 17, 2016 - 12:01pm
1 week 4 days ago

EASTMAN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say the funeral for a slain Georgia police officer is being moved from a church to a gymnasium in order to accommodate the expected large crowd.

Eastman police tell The Telegraph ( that Eastman Patrol Officer Timothy Smith's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Dodge County High School gym. They said the original location at a local church was deemed not large enough.

Georgia Bureau of...

August 17, 2016 - 11:54am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — More federal scientists have confirmed we just sweated through Earth's hottest month on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculates that last month's average global temperature was 62.01 degrees (16.67 degrees Celsius). That beats the old record set in July 2015 by a ninth of a degree and is 1.57 degrees above the 20th-century average. July is Earth's hottest month.

It's the 15th consecutive global heat...

August 17, 2016 - 11:54am
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man arrested outside model and reality television personality Kendall Jenner's Los Angeles home has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor trespassing and stalking charges.

City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan (mah-tell-JIN') says Shavaughn McKenzie entered the plea Tuesday. He faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of either charge.

Mateljan says McKenzie's bail was set at $120,000. He remains in custody...

August 17, 2016 - 11:43am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional review panel says there is "substantial reason to believe" that North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows may have broken House rules when he continued to pay an employee accused of sexual harassment for months after he was fired.

The probe into the Republican congressman involves allegations that Meadows approved severance payments to his former chief of staff — whom several female members of Meadows' staff said made them feel uncomfortable — in...

August 17, 2016 - 11:39am
1 week 4 days ago

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former houseparent at a Pennsylvania Catholic school has been jailed on charges he sexually assaulted two Chinese international students he supervised.

Twenty-eight-year-old John Bowman Thornberry, of Mills River, North Carolina, is being held in Cambria County in lieu of $250,000 bail pending next week's preliminary hearing.

Thornberry was hired in 2014. He was removed in February from his job overseeing Chinese international...

August 17, 2016 - 11:28am
1 week 4 days ago

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is heading to Harvard University this fall as one of two visiting fellows at the Ivy League school's Institute of Politics.

Hagel is also a Republican former U.S. senator from Nebraska. He will join Jim Roosevelt at the institute at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Roosevelt is a Democratic Party Rules and Bylaws Committee co-chairman and former Tufts Health Plan CEO.


August 17, 2016 - 11:27am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — J.K. Rowling has so much more to say about Hogwarts.

The "Harry Potter" author has completed a series of short digital works, Pottermore Presents, centered on the school where Potter and friends honed their magic. Three collections will be released Sept. 6 through Rowling's Pottermore web site,, which announced the books Wednesday.

The upcoming works include "Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists," ''Short Stories from...

August 17, 2016 - 11:25am
1 week 4 days ago

LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky coroner says an inmate who was restrained at a county jail died from methamphetamine intoxication.

Casey County jailers found 34-year-old Jerry Dale Hardwick dead in a restraint chair at the facility on July 5. Casey County Coroner Curt Demrow told The Advocate-Messenger ( that a toxicology report finalized last week lists methamphetamine intoxication as the primary cause of death. Demrow says Hardwick's meth levels...

August 17, 2016 - 11:21am
1 week 4 days ago

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected the state of Michigan's request to immediately halt a lower ruling that blocked a ban against straight-party voting.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati declined Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's motion for a stay on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain blocked the new Republican-backed law last month, saying it would place a "disproportionate burden" on black voters...

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