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Lawyer: Dragged passenger lost 2 teeth and broke his nose

By DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The passenger dragged from a United flight lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion, his lawyer said Thursday, accusing the airline industry of having "bullied" its customers for far too long. "Are we ...

Harrison Ford visit, Fisher tribute launch Star Wars event

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer How do you celebrate 40 years of "Star Wars" in 90 minutes? With a surprise Harrison Ford appearance, a touching Carrie Fisher tribute, a John Williams performance and a fair amount of jokes about George Lucas' dialogue, of course. Attendees at Star Wars ...

Last of drug-smuggling ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ arrested in Florida

By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer MIAMI (AP) — A quarter-century after he vanished on the eve of a major drug indictment, the last of Miami's fabled "cocaine cowboys" was in custody Thursday, nabbed on a suburban bike ride with his wife near Disney World. Prosecutors say the man ...

United pledges to review policies on removal of passengers

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police, the head of United's parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to "resolve this situation." Hours later on ...

David Letterman’s mom, who became unlikely star, dies at 95

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's late-night show, has died. She was 95. Letterman's publicist Tom Keaney confirmed Mengering's death ...

Judge to rule on request to certify innocence in ’57 killing

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A 77-year-old Washington state man hopes an Illinois judge will help eliminate a stain on his reputation by formally declaring him innocent in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl. A DeKalb County judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to grant ...

Despite Republican scandals Alabama solidly red, for now

By KIM CHANDLER and JAY REEVES, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The resignation of the governor, the ouster of the House speaker and the suspension of the chief justice have left Alabama Republicans to restore order after nine months of chaos. But one thing is for certain: The GOP ...

Boy killed in classroom was ‘happy child’ with rare disorder

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy shot and killed along with his teacher in a San Bernardino special-education classroom was born with a genetic condition and had survived heart surgery, a school official said ...

Train strikes, kills Florida man pushing bike on tracks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials in Florida say a train struck and killed a man who was pushing his bicycle onto the railroad tracks. In a news release, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the Norfolk Southern train was heading south late Tuesday when the crash happened. The man was in ...

San Bernardino school closed following murder-suicide

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Students dove under desks when a man walked into his estranged wife's elementary school classroom and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old ...

House race in heavily GOP Kansas surprisingly competitive

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic civil rights attorney running in the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's November victory has made the race surprisingly competitive for a Kansas House seat held by a Republican for more ...

Prostate cancer tests are now OK with US panel, with caveats

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — An influential U.S. government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. The new draft guidelines released Tuesday echo ...

Dragging of United passenger sparks outrage, anger

By CARYN ROUSSEAU and DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Several minutes after a passenger recorded a video watched around the world that showed security officers dragging another passenger off an overbooked United Express flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a smaller ...

Jury deliberating for 3rd day in ex-NFL star’s murder trial

BOSTON (AP) — The jury in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has started its third day of deliberations. Jurors began deliberating at around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Since Friday, the jury has spent about 12 hours deliberating first-degree murder charges against Hernandez. The ...

Gorsuch takes Supreme Court seat after divisive confirmation

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a divisive confirmation process behind him, Judge Neil Gorsuch is about to take his place as the newest Supreme Court justice. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is to be sworn in Monday after a bruising fight that saw ...

Once opposed to intervention, Trump says he can be flexible

By JULIE PACE and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the aftermath of President Donald Trump's surprise strikes on Syria, his allies and adversaries have searched for some broader meaning in his decision. Is Trump now a humanitarian interventionist, willing to wield ...

New York lawmakers approve free middle class college tuition

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is set to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students. The tuition initiative is part of a new state budget approved Sunday by the state Senate, a day after the Assembly approved it. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) ...

Deputies shoot Florida man who’d tried to drown wife

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy shot and injured a man who authorities say refused to put down his pistol after trying to drown his wife in a swimming pool at their home. Volusia County Sheriff's officials tell news outlets the shooting happened early Monday after the couple ...

Police hunt for gun theft suspect with manifesto for Trump

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a Wisconsin gun store who sent an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump and has threatened to carry out an unspecified attack is still on the run. The Rock County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old ...

Judge to consider Arkansas’ plan to execute 7 in 11 days

By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is preparing to execute seven death row inmates in 11 days because it wants to carry out the sentences before its supply of an execution drug expires May 1. Judge Kristine Baker, who was appointed to U.S. District Court ...