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Indiana convention's CEO calls for broader LGBT protections

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 07:13 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The CEO of a massive gamers' convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law says the event still could be relocated if lawmakers don't expand protections for gays and lesbians.


'Law & Order' director arrested on child porn charges in NY

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 07:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A television director with credits on "Law & Order" has been arrested in suburban New York on child pornography charges.

Westchester County authorities say 51-year-old Jason "Jace" Alexander was charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene performance by a child.

Prosecutors tell the Journal News (http://lohud.us/1M0qJpU ) that digital files showing minors engaged in sex acts were found on computers at the director's Dobbs Ferry home.


APNewsBreak: Kidnapping suspect's sister files claim vs. FBI

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 06:59 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The sister of a man killed in the Idaho wilderness after he was suspected of kidnapping a teen girl and killing her mother and brother in California has filed a claim seeking $20 million from the FBI.

Lora DiMaggio Robinson's lawyer, C. Keith Greer, says James DiMaggio never got a chance for a fair trial before he was shot by FBI agents two years ago.

Greer says he filed a claim with the FBI on Thursday and plans on filing a lawsuit in Idaho's federal court next week.


Police: Thieves target 'Cash Cow' ATMs; steal $500K

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 06:18 PM

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Police say a gang of thieves treated the Cash Cow check-cashing company as their own cash cow, making off with more than $500,000 from ATMs over the past year.

Slidell Police Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau said Thursday that two of the thieves were caught fleeing early Sunday from a Cash Cow office in Slidell. They were later found with $12,000.

He says the ring has struck nearly 100 times in and around New Orleans over the past year, frequently targeting the Cash Cow company and sometimes returning several times to the same location.


Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 06:08 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump is calling for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally and allowing what he calls "really good people" to return.

Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first.


Report: Ohio State band song made fun of Holocaust victims

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 06:08 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says an unofficial marching band song that made fun of Holocaust victims is the type of thing the university has pledged to eradicate from the band program.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday the lyrics were contained in a 2012 version of the band's unofficial songbook. Other versions of the songbook had circulated privately among band members over the years.

An independent investigation of the marching band revealed the existence of the song last year but not the lyrics.


Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 06:07 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball.

This week, however, Special Olympics athletes from around the world also are taking part in what could be called the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat events.

Tucked into a corner of the University of Southern California's sprawling campus is a makeshift medical clinic that seemingly sprouted overnight.


Fluoride debate hits Colorado's largest water utility

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:24 PM

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride — if any — to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced lower standards in April.

The discussion at Denver Water comes as other utilities around Colorado and the country debate the use of fluoride. In some cases, fluoridation opponents are adding pressure, claiming that it damages teeth and bones.

Colorado's mountain community of Snowmass Village decided to stop water fluoridation two weeks ago.


Ex-President George HW Bush tweets about fall, neck injury

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:17 PM

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is showing he has a sense of humor about falling at his Maine summer home and fracturing a bone in his neck.

The 91-year-old tweeted a smiling photo showing him in a neck brace and giving two thumbs up Thursday. He tells his followers, "Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?" He also gives thanks for the "kind get-well messages."


Sandra Bland's death may bring new screenings in Texas jails

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:15 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The head of jail oversight in Texas wants to revise mental health screenings in county lockups following the death of Sandra Bland.

Texas Commission on Jail Standards Director Brandon Wood said Thursday that a major challenge for jailers is dealing with inmates with a history of mental health issues who don't appear to be in immediate crisis.

Wood testified to Texas lawmakers who are reviewing jail and police standards.


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