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August 12, 2016 - 1:01am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky plans to take the stand and try to prove his claim he was wrongly convicted four years ago of sexually abusing 10 boys.

The former Penn State assistant football coach is expected to testify in a Pennsylvania courthouse on Friday during a Post-Conviction Relief Act hearing that aims to overturn his 45-count conviction.

The 72-year-old Sandusky didn't testify at his trial in 2012. His lawyer says he expects...

August 12, 2016 - 12:50am
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Some friends don't let friends talk politics anymore on Facebook. Others are on "unfriending" sprees or have just shut down their accounts to get a break from the heated political debates.

The giant social network has emerged as a virtual town hall for politics, a popular place to share opinions — and vitriolic attacks — about the two polarizing presidential candidates.

Facebook says that from Jan. 1 through Aug. 1, 100 million...

August 12, 2016 - 12:42am
1 week 6 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — Capt. James Tiberius Kirk is beaming down to Beantown for this weekend's Comic Con.

The Boston edition of the popular entertainment and comic arts festival gets underway Friday and runs through Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center.

This year's celebrity guests include "Star Trek's" William Shatner, best known for his role as Capt. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, and Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files."

Costumed...

August 11, 2016 - 11:58pm
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NOVATO, California (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon embraced the 99-year-old woman he calls his "American Mom" on a nostalgic visit to her home where as a high school student from war-ravaged South Korea he spent his first days in the United States in culture shock at the country's riches.

Libba Patterson hugged the U.N. chief back on Thursday and later had tears in her eyes when she spoke about how 18-year-old "Ki-moon" became her fourth child and part of her...

August 11, 2016 - 10:23pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say part of a crane struck the 12th floor of 3 World Trade Center, which is still under construction.

Fire officials say a crane had just lowered material to the ground at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and was bringing the cable and ball back up to the top when a gust of wind caused the ball to crash into a window.

There were no injuries and no debris fell to the ground.

An official with the...

August 11, 2016 - 9:48pm
1 week 6 days ago

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota have arrested a dozen people protesting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said the 12 arrests as of Thursday evening were for disorderly conduct or criminal trespass.

He says some protesters encroached on a zone established for workers' safety. Those arrested were brought to the Morton County Correctional Center.

The pipeline would...

August 11, 2016 - 9:22pm
1 week 6 days ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. CLINTON KNOCKS 'OUTLANDISH TRUMPIAN IDEAS' IN POLICY SPEECH

She portrays her Republican rival as untrustworthy on economic issues and pushing policies that would only benefit the super-wealthy — himself included.

2. TRUMP STRAYS FROM TRADEMARK BRAVADO

He acknowledges that his presidential campaign is...

August 11, 2016 - 8:13pm
1 week 6 days ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Newly released police reports show two women and a 12-year-old girl who were killed in the deadliest attack in Phoenix's first serial killer case in a decade were sitting in a car listening to music when they were shot.

Authorities say Angela Rochelle Liner, Stefanie R. Ellis and Ellis' daughter Maleah were killed on June 12 while they were parked in a driveway.

Police say the shooting prompted investigators to look at whether it was...

August 11, 2016 - 8:00pm
1 week 6 days ago

EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Fire crews are working to extinguish a blaze at a power plant along the St. Clair River, northeast of Detroit.

DTE Energy says in a statement that employees at its St. Clair Power Plant in East China Township were safely evacuated Thursday and there are no known injuries at the facility.

The utility says a coal-fired generation unit that produces electricity caught fire.

The blaze was reported...

August 11, 2016 - 7:53pm
1 week 6 days ago

PEARLAND, Texas (AP) — A South Texas school board has denied a request from a woman who wants her transgender daughter to use the girl's restroom.

Kim Shappley's daughter, Kai, is about to be in kindergarten. She was born as Joseph five years ago. The mother says right away she knew Kai had a different identity than "boy."

The Pearland Independent School District board listened to Shappley Tuesday, but didn't alter its policy.

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