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Florida issues statewide mosquito declaration

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:59 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Puerto Rico health officials are reporting a total of 7,296 Zika cases in the U.S. territory that include 788 pregnant women.

Friday's announcement comes as Puerto Rico prepares to use the organic larvicide Bti to fight the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects.


Change-of-plea hearing set for suspect in US Capitol plot

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:50 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group.

A hearing for 22-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell will be Monday in federal court in Cincinnati. The notice doesn't say what the change involves, but the hearing often signals a defendant is about to plead guilty.


US board says Saudi bomb maker should stay at Guantanamo

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:41 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A review board has decided that a Saudi who attended flight school in the U.S. and was trained to make explosives by al-Qaida should continue to be held without charge at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

The Periodic Review Board said Ghassan Abdallah al-Sharbi should not be released because of his past involvement in terrorism and what it called his "hostile behavior" while in custody at the U.S. base in Cuba. The decision was announced Friday.


Court order narrows Prince's potential heirs to 6

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:39 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge overseeing Prince's estate has ordered genetic testing for a handful of people claiming to be heirs and tossed out claims from nearly 30 others.

Carver County Judge Kevin Eide on Friday ordered testing for four purported siblings or half-siblings — Tyka Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson — plus a supposed niece and grand-niece, Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson.


School official indicted on federal child pornography charge

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:17 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a high-ranking school official in one of Alabama's largest counties has been indicted on federal charges of child enticement and child pornography.

The indictment of Jefferson County Schools' personnel director Brett William Kirkham was announced Friday by federal prosecutors.

Kirkham already faced state charges of having sex with students in two counties.


13-year-old boy reels in 200-pound shark on New Jersey beach

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:16 PM

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy fishing with his father on a New Jersey beach has reeled in a 200-pound shark.

A video posted on Facebook on Sunday shows Gianni Mandile pulling the fish most of the way in before dad Joseph Mandile grabs the shark's tail and pulls it onto the sand while taking care not to get bit.

The Mandiles posed for a quick photo with the shark before Joseph dragged it back into the water and sent it on its way.


Judge to review surveillance video in Appling gun case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:10 PM

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge will review surveillance footage from the night former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arrested outside a strip club on weapons and drug charges.

Appling's defense attorney presented the footage at Friday's preliminary examination. It includes security videos from the Pantheon Club parking lot and video from police dashboard cameras.

The hearing was adjourned until Aug. 5 to allow Judge William Hultgren time to review the footage.


State pact with Hershey Trust would limit member pay, terms

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:04 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's attorney general says her office has a new agreement on the governance and operations of Milton Hershey's multibillion-dollar charitable trust that controls the candy maker that bears his name.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Friday the agreement was filed in Dauphin County's orphans' court.

The agreement involves four board members leaving: Robert Cavanaugh and James Nevels by the end of 2016 and James Mead and Velma Redmond by the end of 2017.


The Latest: Crews find wreckage of medical plane; 2 dead

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 02:00 PM

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a small medical transport plane that crashed in Northern California (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Authorities say searchers have found the wreckage of a small medical transport plane in remote Northern California and that at least two people are dead.


US-banned genetically modified wheat is found in Washington

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 01:55 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities say genetically modified wheat that's banned for sale or production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state.

The discovery could affect U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods. Several Asian countries temporarily banned U.S. wheat imports after genetically modified wheat was found in Oregon in 2013.


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