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Motive unclear in killing of 2 utility workers in St. Louis

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — As police investigated why a gunman killed two utility workers in St. Louis before fatally shooting himself, workers from Laclede Gas Co. and other utilities cautiously returned to the field Friday. Police say a man walked up to the workers ...

Fleeing with student, teacher took guns, cash and wife’s car

By SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — Teacher Tad Cummins took guns, money and his wife's car before kidnapping a 15-year-old female student and taking her on a 2,500-mile cross-country journey that ended Thursday, court records show. He had just been suspended from ...

Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in US diesel emission scandal

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker. U.S. ...

Appeals court denies Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing

By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing. The unanimous ruling Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed arguments ...

Trooper's life explored as jurors weigh death for his killer By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Jurors are learning about the life of a state police trooper gunned down in a 2014 ambush as they weigh a potential death sentence for his killer. Bryon Dickson's sister ...

Wells Fargo ups sales practices settlement to $142 million

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo agreed Friday to expand a recently settled class-action lawsuit by an additional $32 million as well as extend claims for fraudulent accounts that may have been opened going back to 2002. The bank said it will now pay $142 million ...

Police: Fresno gunman targeting whites chose 3 men at random

By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Three men were having a seemingly ordinary day in downtown Fresno, California, before they were singled out at random and killed by a black gunman targeting white victims, police said. The men happened to be on the same block, but had ...

Georgia House race down to 2 candidates, plus Trump, Pelosi

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia congressional election in a historically conservative district is headed to a runoff that raises the stakes in an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Democrat Jon ...

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials ...

EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court in Washington to postpone ...

Trump has embraced autocratic leaders without hesitation

By VIVIAN SALAMA and JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump congratulated Turkey's president for sweeping up more power. He hailed Egypt's strongman leader as a "fantastic guy." When China's president visited, Trump touted a burgeoning friendship and made no ...

US students satisfied with life, but some foreigners happier

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news: American high school students are generally satisfied with their lives. But many of their peers in other countries are happier. Asked to rank their life satisfaction on a scale from 0 to 10, American 15-year-olds gave an ...

Arkansas vows to keep pushing for executions despite setback

By ANDREW DeMILLO and SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly 12 years with a ...

5 things to know about Tax Day: refunds are up, audits down

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday is Tax Day, that dreaded day when millions of procrastinators rush to fulfill their civic duty by filing state and federal tax returns. But for most, it's not that bad. Sure, the forms are complicated and yes, there is math. ...

In or out? Trump aides to huddle on climate accord Tuesday

By JILL COLVIN and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's top aides will huddle Tuesday to discuss whether or not the U.S. should remain part of the Paris Climate accord — a global effort to cut down on climate-warming carbon emissions. Officials will ...

Trump order would target high skilled worker visa program

By CATHERINE LUCEY and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an ...

Trump, GOP face referendum in Georgia; Dems aim for upset

By KATHLEEN FOODY and BILL BARROW, Associated Press ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a ...

Canada glacier melt rerouted in rare case of ‘river piracy’

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed the first modern case of what they call "river piracy" and they blame global warming. Most of the water gushing from a large glacier in northwest Canada last year suddenly switched from one river to ...

‘Infowars’ host Jones disputes persona in custody dispute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is a performance artist whose true personality is nothing like his on-air persona, according to a lawyer defending the "Infowars" broadcaster in a child custody battle. Attorney Randall Wilhite said at a ...

Affidavit: Doc prescribed Prince meds under friend’s name

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A doctor who saw Prince in the days before he died had prescribed the painkiller oxycodone under the name of Prince's friend to protect the musician's privacy, according to court documents unsealed Monday that revealed nothing about how the ...