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August 23, 2016 - 11:14pm
25 min 13 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's gymnastics team has flipped over Broadway's "Hamilton," in a night that had athletic gold meeting theatrical gold.

The team made up of Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez attended the Tony Award-winning smash musical on Tuesday night.

The gymnasts sat together in Row G to take in Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary, and then...

August 23, 2016 - 9:53pm
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NEW SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A small plane has made an emergency landing on a sandbar in Massachusetts.

The pilot told state police that he was forced to land his plane on a sandbar in the Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem on Tuesday afternoon due to mechanical issues.

Officials say the 42-year-old Newport, Rhode Island man was the only person on the plane, and was not hurt. The plane remained intact.

It was not immediately clear where...

August 23, 2016 - 9:39pm
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Ada mayor and current city councilman has defeated a cowboy turned reality show contestant for the Republican nomination in a race for an open Oklahoma state Senate seat.

Business owner Greg McCortney defeated "The Amazing Race" contestant Jet McCoy in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff.

McCortney advances to the November general election against Democrat Eric Hall, a public school teacher from Ada. The two are vying to...

August 23, 2016 - 9:34pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon's got talent — and homework.

The host of "America's Got Talent" and "Wild 'n Out" has begun his freshman year at Howard University. Cannon posted photos on social media earlier this week of his first day on campus in Washington, D.C.

Cannon says in a statement that he "decided to obtain my first college degree from an institution that had a proven legacy of producing great minds."

A spokeswoman for...

August 23, 2016 - 8:56pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Burt Bacharach is canceling two September concerts to recover from a broken arm.

A spokeswoman for the 88-year-old composer and conductor said Tuesday that Bacharach will skip scheduled performances on Sept. 3 in Curacao and Sept. 17 in Lancaster, California. Publicist Tina Brausam said Bacharach plans to resume his touring schedule in October.

She said she did not know how or when the six-time Grammy winner broke his arm....

August 23, 2016 - 7:48pm
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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist is facing life in prison for killing him — a shooting she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse.

The Ventura County Star reports ( ) that Jane Laut was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive terms of 25 years to life — one for first-degree murder and the other for using a gun in the killing.

She was married for 29 years to David Laut, who won a bronze medal in...

August 23, 2016 - 7:34pm
25 min 13 sec ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo says it has had to put down a 50-year-old Asian elephant suffering from old age.

Zoo officials told The San Diego Union Tribune ( ) the male elephant suddenly became weak Tuesday and did not respond to emergency treatment.

The life expectancy for Asian elephants in captivity is about 42 years.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park obtained the elephant named Ranchipur in 1981 from a...

August 23, 2016 - 7:10pm
25 min 12 sec ago

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a New Jersey man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's toddler son told the boy to "put up his hands" to fight while the couple argued over groceries.

Zachary Tricoche, of Pennsauken, was arraigned Tuesday on murder charges but didn't enter a plea. His bail was set at $1 million cash.

Camden County prosecutors say the beating occurred Saturday night at a Pennsauken home. They said Tricoche and the woman...

August 23, 2016 - 7:07pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say three people are critically injured after a taxi jumped a curb onto a sidewalk and crashed against a public toilet in downtown San Francisco.

The San Francisco Fire Department says the three people have been transported to a hospital and that investigators have arrived at the scene along Market and Sutter streets in the heart of San Francisco.

Photos of the scene uploaded to social media show a large crowd...

August 23, 2016 - 6:56pm
25 min 12 sec ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Attorneys for victims and family members in a deadly 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington, have accused state lawyers of orchestrating a fraud to hide the truth by deleting emails between defense expert witnesses.

In a motion filed Tuesday, the attorneys say the state has spent over $3 million in taxpayer dollars developing the opinions of its expert team. They claim that undertaking, however, was started with a pact approved by the attorney general to...

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