ST. LOUIS -- Amid a sixth day of protest after a police officer was found not guilty of murder in a 2011 fatal shooting, family and friends of another man killed by police gathered outside St. Louis City Hall on Wednesday.
On what would have been Isaiah "Vinny" Hammett's 22nd birthday, they served birthday cake and tried to draw attention to ...Read more
ATZALA, Mexico -- It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the baptism of a baby girl in this sweltering sugar-cane hub south of Mexico City.
But the celebration at Santiago the Apostle Catholic Church turned abruptly tragic Tuesday when a massive earthquake rocked violently through the main square.
The colonial-style church shuddered, and ...Read more
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jeff Mateer, President Donald Trump's nominee for federal judge and a top official in the Texas attorney general's office, has come under fire after CNN reported Wednesday that he called transgender children evidence of Satan's plan and argued that gay marriage would lead to bestiality and multiple-partner weddings.
The quotes ...Read more
MEXICO CITY -- Even in one of the most earthquake-prone cities in the world, Peniley Ramirez never felt in danger inside her apartment. The seven-story building in the Roma neighborhood had survived the devastating Mexico City quake of 1985, which killed thousands.
"People said it was perfect during '85, there was no damage at all, so we always...Read more
Obama says Republican health care plan would inflict 'real human suffering'
WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act would inflict "real human suffering" on millions of Americans, former President Barack Obama said Wednesday, speaking out in public defense of his signature health care reform effort.
The law ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Several lawmakers and former federal prosecutors say recent White House attacks on the credibility of fired FBI Director James Comey raise serious questions about whether it is attempting to discredit him as a possible grand jury witness in the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 campaign.
At the very least, they said...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- A St. Cloud couple will not be able to refuse wedding videography services for same-sex couples after a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed their lawsuit challenging Minnesota's human rights laws.
In a 63-page ruling Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim wrote that a provision of the Minnesota Human Rights Act ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- "The Breakfast Club" actor Anthony Michael Hall, facing a felony battery charge for breaking a neighbor's wrist in a struggle, opted Wednesday to plead no contest to a misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Hall must also serve 40 hours of community service in connection with the conviction for assault...Read more
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles County judge decided to sharply reduce the $2 million bail keeping Marion "Suge" Knight's fiancee jailed on charges that she violated a court order by selling a key video in Knight's murder trial to the gossip website TMZ.
Toi-Lin Kelly, 36, was arrested this month after a grand jury indicted her on charges of ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- All St. Louis police officers could be wearing body cameras within 90 days after a contentious and chaotic vote of the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment Wednesday.
Normally staid affairs, the meeting featured crowd members and board members shouting each other down amid the crowd's demands for immediate action.
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is weighing a new policy that would fast-track the deportation of thousands of Central American teenagers who arrived at the southern border, unaccompanied by adults.
According to two sources with knowledge of the developing policy proposal, the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Another connection has emerged between Donald Trump and Felix Sater, the Russian emigre and ex-con who has become a key figure in widening investigations into ties between Trump associates and Russian figures.
Trump plays down his relationship with Sater, despite growing evidence of links between the two, including recently ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Three elderly victims stuck in a nursing home for days without air conditioning after Hurricane Irma had body temperatures ranging from 107 to 109.9 degrees, making them "far too late to be saved," state health care regulators revealed Wednesday.
Normal body temperature is 98.6.
The Florida Agency for Health Care ...Read more
NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump extended his condolences to Mexico's president and offered assistance on Wednesday, a day after an earthquake devastated central Mexico, including the capital of Mexico City, and killed more than 200 people.
Trump and President Enrique Pena Nieto had a "lengthy" telephone call in the morning, according to the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's ban on the use of a Russian cybersecurity firm's software is heightening suspicion worldwide that private internet firms might be in league with their home governments, an industry leader said Wednesday.
The Trump administration last week told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products ...Read more
Advertisers on Facebook no longer can use offensive search terms such as "Jew hater" and "how to burn Jews" to target specific audiences, the company said Wednesday.
The new policy comes a week after ProPublica published a story demonstrating how advertisers could reach thousands of Facebook users by entering hateful search terms on the social ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it would start slowly reducing the trillions of dollars in bonds it bought to try to stimulate the economy, another milestone in the central bank's efforts to return to a normal monetary policy after the Great Recession.
The long-awaited reduction in the Fed's $4.5 trillion balance ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Lee Kaplan, convicted of sexually assaulting six underage sisters over a period of years as he lured an entire family into a cultlike pseudo-religion, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 to 87 years in prison.
As the defendant listened and occasionally rolled his neck, Bucks County Judge Jeffrey L. Finley told Kaplan he had warped the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has sought a variety of documents related to President Donald Trump's tenure in the White House, the president's attorney, John M. Dowd, confirmed.
The inquiry from Mueller, the former FBI director who is heading the investigation of Russian election meddling and activities of Trump, his ...Read more
ATLANTA -- The three people arrested during a protest on the Georgia Tech campus were all granted bond Wednesday. But getting out of the Fulton County jail will come with a price: The bonds range from $20,000 to $107,500.
Vincent Castillenti, 31, of Decatur; Jacob Wilson, 22, of Atlanta; and Andrew Monden, 20, of Marietta, were arrested Monday ...Read more
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