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August 25, 2016 - 12:13pm
4 min 42 sec ago

KAMAS, Utah (AP) — Utah authorities believe they have found the remains of an Australian hiker who went missing more than five years ago in a rugged mountain wilderness area.

County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that the skeletal remains were found Friday in the High Uinta Mountains by a man and his son. Nearby were items that belonged to 64-year-old Eric Robinson, an outdoorsman who took hiking excursions to the Himalayas.

The remains were...

August 25, 2016 - 12:11pm
4 min 42 sec ago

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in Florida arrested a 27-year-old burglary suspect after they say he caught a ride on a school bus.

The Bradenton Herald-Tribune ( ) reports that when Erik Hall boarded a school bus without a shirt on Tuesday morning, the driver thought he was a student.

Authorities say the driver told Hall to put on a shirt. Hall didn't comply and sat down. Hall later told the driver he wasn't a student and that...

August 25, 2016 - 12:08pm
4 min 42 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free until at least late October while he appeals his conviction and 12-year prison sentence.

Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni issued an order Thursday. The 72-year-old Democrat was convicted last year in a $5 million corruption scandal.

Silver's lawyers say a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this summer improves his chances on appeal. It reversed the...

August 25, 2016 - 11:52am
4 min 42 sec ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A doctors group that seeks alternatives to using animals in medical education and research says the emergency medicine training program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine violates federal law by using live animals.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine wrote Thursday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, saying the program instructs trainees to cut into live pigs to insert needles and tubes, and to spread the ribs to...

August 25, 2016 - 11:47am
4 min 42 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing in Louisiana of former NFL star Darren Sharper in a drug and rape case (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

A Louisiana judge has formally imposed a 20-year prison sentence on former NFL star Darren Sharper, who last week was sentenced by a federal judge to 18 years and four months in a drug and rape case with victims in four states.

Defense attorney Billy Gibbens said that the two...

August 25, 2016 - 11:33am
4 min 42 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on recovery efforts from tornadoes touching down in central Indiana (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

The National Weather Service says it's still unclear how many tornadoes touched down in Indiana on Wednesday.

The state's Department of Homeland Security reported early Thursday that 12 tornadoes hit the state, but later the agency revised that number to eight.

Weather service...

August 25, 2016 - 11:12am
14 min 43 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. retailers like J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart are scrutinizing whether sheets Welspun India Ltd. said were Egyptian cotton are actually knock-offs, sending its shares plummeting.

Target had said Friday it was pulling the sheets from its stores and online and terminating its relationship with Welspun. It said an investigation confirmed that Welspun had used another type of Egyptian cotton for two years. Since then, retailers including J.C. Penney, Bed Bath...

August 25, 2016 - 11:08am
14 min 43 sec ago

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lawyer says a small town in Tennessee will pay a substantial settlement to the family of a man who was shot nine times as he tried to drive off with a police officer in the bed of his pickup truck.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( reports that Lenoir City settled with the family of Joshua William Grubb on Monday. Their attorney, T. Scott Jones, says the payment amounts to "six figures."

Lenoir City Police...

August 25, 2016 - 11:07am
14 min 43 sec ago

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man charged with plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack has pleaded not guilty.

Justin Nojan Sullivan was arraigned Wednesday in federal court on charges including attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

Authorities say they arrested him last year before he had the chance to carry out a shooting attack on a concert or club.

Court documents say trial is scheduled in October...

August 25, 2016 - 11:06am
24 min 40 sec ago

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing his pregnant sister during an argument over a utility bill has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Sun Sentinel ( ) reports that 26-year-old Willie Ward was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to manslaughter by culpable negligence and manslaughter of an unborn child.

Fort Lauderdale police say Ward was arguing with his sister, 29-year-old Jaquinda Wright, in...

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