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January 25, 2016 - 4:59pm
1 week 5 days ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina legislator whose journalism registry proposal touched off a media firestorm says he never actually wanted to require reporters to register with the state, but the instant backlash made his point.

Republican Rep. Mike Pitts told The Associated Press on Monday that by "screaming First Amendment," the media reacted to his bill exactly as he expected. The retired law enforcement officer modeled his proposal on the state's concealed...

January 25, 2016 - 4:37pm
1 week 5 days ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors plan to re-try a man whose murder conviction and death sentence were overturned in the slayings of two sisters who were thrown from an abandoned Mississippi River bridge in St. Louis 24 years ago.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce also announced Monday that she will again seek the death penalty in the case against Reginald Clemons.

He was one of four men convicted in the deaths of 20-year-old Julie Kerry and 19-year-old...

January 25, 2016 - 4:29pm
1 week 5 days ago

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man is in custody after his girlfriend, her teenage daughter, the couple's toddler and their dog were found dead at their home.

Jail records show that 27-year-old Patrick Sean Carlopoli was being held Monday on multiple charges. Local media outlets report that Lee County deputies responded early Sunday morning to a 911 call from Carlopoli at Iona Lakes Apartments in Fort Myers.

An arrest report says...

January 25, 2016 - 4:28pm
1 week 5 days ago

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama is spending part of Monday visiting with wounded and ill soldiers and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The president visits the nation's largest military hospital a few times each year. They take place out of the public view. The president helicoptered from the snowed-in White House to the hospital, which is located in a Maryland suburb just outside the nation's capital.


January 25, 2016 - 3:57pm
1 week 5 days ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The families of ten sailors aboard a cargo ship that sank in a hurricane last year have settled claims with the vessel's owner.

The Florida Times-Union reports ( ) that each of the families will receive $500,000 each in the settlement with Tote Maritime Puerto Rico.

The 790-foot freighter El Faro sank after losing engine power and getting caught in a hurricane while sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan...

January 25, 2016 - 3:53pm
1 week 5 days ago

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on The Citadel disciplining 14 cadets after photographs surfaced on social media of seven freshmen with pillowcases similar to KKK garb on their heads (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Citadel president retired Gen. John Rosa says he is setting up a task force to study and make recommendations about the campus climate for minority students, enhancing the curriculum to promote greater understanding of people from various...

January 25, 2016 - 3:27pm
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The latest on an assistant University of Missouri professor being charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a run-in with student journalists during campus protests (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

Some Republicans in the state Senate continue to criticize the University of Missouri for not firing an assistant professor who confronted journalists during campus protests last November.

Melissa Click was...

January 25, 2016 - 3:25pm
1 week 5 days ago

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — A former small-town Ohio police chief who developed an outsize Facebook following for blunt, humorous commentary about the criminals he calls "mopes" has been convicted of four misdemeanors.

A Portage County judge on Monday told former Brimfield Township chief David Oliver he's become a mope himself.

Oliver was visibly reluctant as he pleaded no contest to counts including attempted theft in office and simple assault involving a...

January 25, 2016 - 3:23pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report confirms that fewer people than expected are purchasing health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Congressional Budget Office study released on Monday says that 13 million people are likely to purchase policies through the Affordable Care Act, down about 8 million from estimates early last year. That's based on updated enrollment figures through last month.

The Department of Health and Human...

January 25, 2016 - 3:18pm
1 week 5 days ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest following the magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit southcentral Alaska early Sunday (all times local):

11 a.m.

It appears public infrastructure damage from Sunday's magnitude-7.1 earthquake in southcentral Alaska was limited to a small stretch of road on the Kenai (KEY'-nigh) Peninsula.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says a 150-foot section of Kalifornsky Beach...

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