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February 12, 2016 - 1:45am
1 day 4 hours ago

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A surfing competition touted as one of the most hazardous sporting events in the world takes place Friday.

Two dozen big-name, big-wave surfers are expected to descend on a coastal Northern California town for the Titans of Mavericks contest.

The surfing event is a one-day, invitation-only competition held at the legendary Mavericks surf break near Half Moon Bay, about 20 miles south of San Francisco.

February 12, 2016 - 12:59am
1 day 4 hours ago

BOSTON (AP) — Make them an offer they can't refuse and a massive collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers can be yours.

The 45-box archive, including multiple drafts with handwritten revisions to the novel and the screenplay, is being auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction on Feb. 18.

It's expected to fetch at least $400,000.

The collection covers Puzo's entire career but the thousands of pages of "The Godfather"...

February 12, 2016 - 12:01am
1 day 5 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status for nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert.

Obama, in California this week for a fundraising swing, is making the announcement Friday.

The White House says the designations will maintain in perpetuity the regions' fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others....

February 11, 2016 - 11:29pm
1 day 7 hours ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The parents of 13 members of the Chicago Little League team stripped last year of its 2014 U.S. championship are suing team officials, Little League Baseball, an ESPN sportscaster and the man who exposed the team's residency violations.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court claims Jackie Robinson West officials and the Little League "concealed the ineligibility of team members in order to reap the benefits of notoriety and media attention...

February 11, 2016 - 10:47pm
1 day 7 hours ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber says it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees.

The company on Thursday told a federal judge in San Francisco that it wants to settle the class-action lawsuits by paying about 25 million riders who made trips between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2016.

The judge must still approve the deal.

The lawsuits attacked...

February 11, 2016 - 9:17pm
1 day 8 hours ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on an Arkansas judge facing a negligent homicide charge after his son's death in the back seat of a hot car (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Lawyers for an Arkansas judge facing a negligent homicide charge after his son's death in a hot car say they disagree with the prosecutor's decision to pursue criminal charges.

Circuit Court Judge Wade Naramore was arrested Thursday and released on $5,000 bond...

February 11, 2016 - 9:11pm
1 day 9 hours ago

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've charged a woman in the death of her infant son, who was found dead last month in a freezer at a South Florida home.

The Miami Herald ( reports that 37-year-old Paola Vargas-Ortiz has spent the past month in a mental health care facility, but Miami-Dade police took her into custody Thursday and charged her with manslaughter.

Authorities say Vargas-Ortiz was poised to jump from the...

February 11, 2016 - 8:46pm
1 day 6 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police have shot and killed a man who they say randomly attacked people at a central Ohio restaurant with a machete.

Police say the man stormed into a Mediterranean restaurant in Columbus on Thursday evening and started attacking people. Four patrons were taken to an area hospital with injuries. They're expected to be OK.

The man fled the scene in a car and led police on a short chase. Police say they tried unsuccessfully to use...

February 11, 2016 - 8:40pm
1 day 15 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on the case of a teen charged with killing his parents and three siblings in New Mexico (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

A judge has ruled a New Mexico teenager who pleaded guilty to killing five family members is psychologically treatable in a decision that clears the way for the 18-year-old to be sentenced as a juvenile and possibly be released by the time he turns 21.

Nehemiah Griego was 15 when...

February 11, 2016 - 8:37pm
1 day 15 hours ago

IRONTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old Missouri boy who was found dead hours after he was reported missing likely died of hypothermia.

The Iron County coroner's office told The (Park Hills) Daily Journal ( ) that preliminary autopsy results show 3-year-old Titus Greyson Tackett died of hypothermia. The autopsy showed no signs of bruising or abuse.

The boy was reported missing Wednesday from his grandfather's house in...

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