National News

July 23, 2016 - 7:34am
8 hours 22 min ago

STAR LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that formed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine.

Scientists say the transformation is most impressive because it happened naturally.

The site at the former Benson Mines, about 35 miles from the Canadian border, remains off limits to the public. It developed on an expanse of sand left over when granite ore was crushed from 1900 until 1978....

July 23, 2016 - 2:28am
8 hours 22 min ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Friends and family are gathering to remember Brad Garafola, one of three officers shot and killed last Sunday by a gunman.

Funeral services are being held Saturday for Garafola in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge police Officer Matthew Gerald was laid to rest Friday. The third officer killed, Montrell Jackson, will be buried Monday.

Three other officers were also wounded in the shooting.


July 23, 2016 - 2:24am
8 hours 22 min ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A quarter century after his credible run for governor of Louisiana rattled the national political establishment, white supremacist David Duke has joined a wide open field seeking a U.S. Senate seat.

On Friday, he declared "the climate of this country has moved in my direction," as he registered to run as a Republican for the Senate seat being vacated by David Vitter.

Duke once served in the Louisiana Legislature, but he hasn't...

July 23, 2016 - 12:32am
8 hours 32 min ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia say a woman was killed and her husband and young son were among six people injured when they were struck by a driver in a stolen car.

Authorities tell WCAU-TV ( that a white Toyota Avalon slammed into a minivan carrying several adults and children in south Philadelphia. Police say it then veered out of control and skidded along a sidewalk, hitting the woman, her husband and their 2-year-old son, who were...

July 22, 2016 - 11:11pm
8 hours 32 min ago

PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Florida man has been identified as the pilot killed when a small plane crashed in a northern Illinois neighborhood.

The Will County Coroner's Office identified him Friday as 58-year-old Garry T. Bernardo of Lake Worth, Florida.

No one else was aboard the plane. No injuries were reported on the ground.

Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board says it might take nearly a year to determine the...

July 22, 2016 - 10:19pm
19 hours 42 min ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — King Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva are coming to "The Walking Dead."

The dreadlocked character from the comics will be portrayed in the zombie drama's upcoming seventh season by actor Khary Payton. The character rules a formidable community known as the Kingdom in the comics on which the hit AMC series is based.

The character and his pet were glimpsed in a trailer that debuted during the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con...

July 22, 2016 - 9:37pm
19 hours 42 min ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rihanna is checking into the final season of "Bates Motel" as Marion Crane.

The cast and crew of the A&E drama announced at San Diego Comic-Con International that the singer-actress will join them to portray the role originated by Janet Leigh in the original film version of "Psycho."

"Bates Motel" executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse were with cast members Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot and Nestor...

July 22, 2016 - 9:03pm
21 hours 33 min ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is denying parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson.

The Democratic governor said Friday Van Houten's "inability to explain her willing participation in such horrific violence" leads him to believe she remains an unreasonable risk to society.

Van Houten, 66, is serving life for the first-degree murders in 1969 of wealthy grocer Leno La Bianca and...

July 22, 2016 - 8:55pm
21 hours 33 min ago

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Long Beach authorities say it's safe to go back in the water.

Four miles of beaches that were declared off-limits to swimmers and waders after a 2.4 million-gallon sewage spill upstream reopened Friday.

Health officials say two days of testing found no excessive levels of bacteria in ocean waters.

A mile of shoreline in nearby Seal Beach reopened Thursday.

A buried pipe near downtown...

July 22, 2016 - 8:49pm
21 hours 33 min ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "South Park" co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been getting the same question over and over on the eve of the premiere of the show's 20th season: When are they going to do a Pokemon Go episode?

Their answer? They already did ... 17 years ago.

Parker and Stone on Friday at Comic-Con said their season 11 episode "Chinpokomon," in which a seemingly harmless fad is actually a recruitment strategy for the Japanese army, is...

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