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The Latest: Illinois lawmaker resigns over 'cyber' issues

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 10:42 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Ron Sandack from the Illinois House (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

A ranking Illinois Republican who resigned from the state Legislature says he has filed a police report over fraudulent social media accounts that he says were set up in his name.

Ron Sandack, the vocal floor leader for the GOP minority in the House, issued his resignation late Sunday, saying in a statement that he began to re-evaluate his role "after some cyber security issues arose."


Carbon monoxide forces hotel evacuation; 2 hospitalized

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:57 PM

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Two people have been hospitalized and a Detroit-area hotel was evacuated after high carbon monoxide levels were recorded.

Warren Mayor James Fouts says a couple visiting the area from Colorado and their pet dog were found unresponsive Monday at the Hawthorn Suites north of Detroit.

Their names weren't released and their conditions weren't immediately known.


Transport truck rolls, spills chum salmon across Alaska road

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:27 PM

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans are always excited by salmon runs, unless it's across a highway.

A transport truck carrying chum salmon to a cannery in Alaska's capital city rolled Monday afternoon, spilling the fish across three of the highway's four lanes and backing up traffic for about 90 minutes.

Juneau police spokesman Lt. David Campbell said his police chief, Bryce Johnson, was one of six officers who responded to the scene, and the chief confirmed the area did smell.


Indianapolis police officer shot, suspect killed after chase

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 08:25 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police say an officer has been shot and another officer is injured following a chase and exchange of gunfire between police and a suspect, who was killed.

Indianapolis Police Chief Troy Riggs told reporters Monday evening that the officer who was shot was taken to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. He says the second officer has "very minor injuries."


Prosecutors urge speedy jailing of 2 convicted legislators

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 08:14 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling reversing the conviction of a former Virginia governor is no reason to let two convicted former top New York legislators remain free pending appeal.

Federal prosecutors argued in papers filed Monday in Manhattan federal court. Democratic former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) are asking to remain free after their convictions on public corruption charges.


Thunderbird pilot steered clear of home before ditching jet

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 08:03 PM

DENVER (AP) — An Air Force Thunderbird pilot who ditched his jet moments after flying over the Air Force Academy's commencement ceremony reported engine trouble and told air traffic controllers he was aiming the plane away from a home before he ejected safely into a field.

Maj. Alex Turner of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, had just flown over the crowd watching President Barack Obama's commencement address June 2. In an audio recording between air traffic controllers in Colorado Springs and the elite flying team, Turner said his jet was having engine problems.


Fox News ousts 2 more executives

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 08:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Four days after the ouster of Roger Ailes as Fox News chief, two more executives at the network have been laid off.

But the firing of Michael Clemente and his top deputy, Peter Boyer, were not related to the sexual harassment allegations that forced Ailes out at the network that he started two decades ago, two executives said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss personnel issues.


Top California official's essay, posts lack citations

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 07:47 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An online magazine opinion piece attributed to California's lieutenant governor contains at least one paragraph that largely originally appeared on the website of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Several of Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Twitter and Facebook posts from the last month also lack original citations.

The posts are about Republican presidential running mate Mike Pence's positions on lesbian and gay issues. They are not attributed to their original sources: Mother Jones, Vox and New York Magazine.


Man touted as one of biggest drug dealers ever gets 35 years

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 07:47 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian described as one of history's biggest cocaine dealers has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a New York judge who calls the scope of his crimes "staggering."

Daniel Barrera Barrera is known as El Loco. He was sentenced Monday by Judge Gregory Woods, who rejected a defense lawyer's request for leniency.

Prosecutors say Barrera shipped 720 tons of cocaine from Colombia to the United States and four continents.


November trial set for cases over North Carolina LGBT law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 07:33 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal court has set a November trial date for dueling lawsuits over a North Carolina law that limits protections for LGBT people.

A written order signed Monday by a federal magistrate judge says the trial will begin Nov. 14.

The order says the federal judge overseeing the cases will decide whether they should be tried jointly or organized in a different manner for trial.

Two lawsuits challenging the law and two seeking to defend it are assigned to U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder.


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