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February 17, 2016 - 12:00am
3 days 11 hours ago

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2016. There are 318 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 17, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia (however, Kasparov lost to Deep Blue in a rematch in 1997).

On this date:

In 1815, the United States and Britain exchanged...

February 16, 2016 - 12:00am
3 days 11 hours ago

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2016. There are 319 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

On this date:

In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into...

February 12, 2016 - 12:01am
41 min 4 sec 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
41 min 4 sec 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
41 min 4 sec 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
41 min 4 sec 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
41 min 4 sec 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
41 min 4 sec 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
3 hours 41 min 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
3 hours 41 min 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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