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Report: At least 4 Americans held by Yemen's rebels

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 05:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is reporting that at least four Americans are being held in Yemen by rebels who toppled the U.S. backed government.

The report cites unnamed sources who say that the Americans are believed to be imprisoned in the capital Sanaa. Saudi Arabia has repeatedly bombed the city in a campaign to oust the rebels, known as Houthis, from power.

The sources say that attempts to free the Americans have failed.


Hastert indictment has Illinois hometown sifting memories

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 04:43 PM

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Before Dennis Hastert was U.S. House speaker and second in line to the president, he was known around Yorkville, Illinois, as Denny the coach.

Hastert was a beloved mentor to athletes on the high school wrestling team and in Scouting groups.


Virgin Islands governor gives up state-funded residence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 04:32 PM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands says he has renounced his state-funded residence on the island of St. Thomas out of economic concerns.

Ken Mapp made the announcement in a statement Saturday following public criticism of government expenditures. The government paid $12,500 a month to rent the villa where Mapp has been residing.

Mapp said he will live in his private home on St. Croix for now.


Baltimore sees its 40th homicide in May, a record month

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 04:12 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man fatally shot in Baltimore is the city's 40th homicide victim this month, a record month for slayings.

Police say they were called about 8:45 p.m. Friday for reported gunshots. When they arrived, officers found a man shot in the underarm. Police spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Connolly said Saturday that 23-year-old Justin Mensuphu-Bey died about an hour later.


Texas GOP moves to strip power from unit tied to Perry case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 03:46 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature has voted to strip public corruption cases from a unit based in left-leaning Austin that was tied to former Gov. Rick Perry's indictment last year.

The House and Senate each previously approved separate bills removing cases of alleged wrongdoing by elected officials from the Public Integrity Unit, headed by the district attorney in Austin.

On Saturday, both chambers approved a compromise, sending it to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.


Chris Gatling arrested in online credit card scam

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 03:09 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A former NBA All-Star has been arrested in Scottsdale on allegations he ran a massive online fraud scheme using credit cards of people from across the country.

Scottsdale police spokesman Kevin Watts said Saturday that Chris Gatling was released after being booked on fraud schemes, aggravated identity theft and forgery.

Gatling's arrest Thursday was first reported by TMZ.com.


Arkansas State's Livingston charged with punching officer

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 02:52 PM

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas State basketball player is charged with punching a police officer in the throat at a medical facility.

Police say Anthony Livingston, 22, hit Jonesboro Officer Tyler Wilson on Thursday after Wilson threatened to shoot him with a stun gun because Livingston was being combative and resisting arrest. It wasn't clear why Livingston was at the medical facility.

Livingston fled but was arrested after being shot with a stun gun near the Arkansas State football stadium.


Tennis career Grand Slam winner Doris Hart dies at 89

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 02:29 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Tennis great Doris Hart, who won each Grand Slam tournament at least once, and once won three Wimbledon titles in a single day, has died.

Hart died Friday at home at the age of 89, the International Tennis Hall of Fame confirmed to The Associated Press, citing close personal friends of Hart's.

Hart was known for her smarts, crisp groundstrokes and drop shot mastery. She won titles in 1954-55 at the U.S. Championships, which later became the U.S. Open.


11 bodies found at Ohio funeral home, some there months

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 01:27 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio are investigating a funeral home in Toledo where 11 bodies were discovered in a damp room. They say the bodies were supposed to be cremated but instead were being stored in cremation boxes and body bags.

The Lucas County coroner's office says the bodies of 10 adults and an infant born prematurely were found Friday.

A deputy coroner says most of the deaths were of a medical nature so autopsies aren't necessary.


Gay valedictorian's frustration at school has subsided

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 01:20 PM

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — The parents of a Colorado charter school valedictorian who was prevented from giving a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay say they won't pursue the issue further.

The Daily Camera in Boulder reports (http://bit.ly/1AEs6q4 ) that 18-year-old Evan Young did not participate in a Friday news conference about the issue but provided a statement that his father read aloud.

The teen wrote that his frustration at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont has largely subsided.


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