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  • Co-inventor of New Orleans ‘hand grenade’ cocktail dies

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The co-founder of a chain of bars in New Orleans’ French Quarter who helped create an iconic cocktail known as the “hand grenade” has died. Earl Bernhardt died Thursday at the age of 80 from natural causes, Bernhardt’s business partner Pam Fortner said in a statement, according to news outlets. One […]
  • Tuskegee Airman celebrates 100th birthday with flight

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A member of the Tuskegee Airmen celebrated his 100th birthday by taking a flight. Retired Army Air Forces Col. Charles McGee flew a private jet Friday between Frederick, Maryland, and Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, news outlets reported. The Tuskegee Airmen is the nickname of the first African American unit […]
  • Sheriff’s office: Exposure suspected in couple’s deaths

    ASH FORK, Ariz. (AP) — Exposure is suspected in the deaths of a married couple whose bodies were found Friday in snow along a road in rural Arizona where a major wintry storm hit a week ago, authorities said Saturday. “It is possible snow kept their bodies from view for a period of time,” the […]
  • Police make arrest in shooting death of Virginia firefighter

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say they’ve arrested a man in connection with the death of a Virginia fire lieutenant who was killed in a Thanksgiving night shooting while trying to protect one of her children. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Hopewell Police said Friday that a 26-year-old man who is a “person […]
  • Police: Explosion in eastern Pakistan kills 1, wounds 4

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say an explosion near a religious congregation in the eastern city of Lahore has killed one and wounded four others. Officer Mohammad Ejaz says the blast is being investigated. He said it took place Saturday evening in a neighborhood where a congregation was gathered to pray near a mosque […]
  • AP PHOTOS: St. Nicholas and devils parade in Czech villages

    VALASSKA POLANKA, Czech Republic (AP) — Dozens of people in grim reaper and devil costumes accompany St. Nicholas on his journey through the village of Valasska Polanka in this eastern corner of the Czech Republic. It’s an old pre-Christmas tradition that has been surviving for centuries in a few villages in the Wallachia region. The […]
  • Cranston among celebrities at New Orleans Orpheus parade

    Actor Bryan Cranston will be the celebrity monarch when the Krewe of Orpheus parade rolls in New Orleans on Feb. 24, the krewe announced Friday. The Emmy- and Tony-winning “Breaking Bad” star will be joined by Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Country musician Lauren Alaina also will be […]
  • Rochester diocese request led to beatification delay

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic diocese of Rochester, N.Y., confirms it made the request for further investigations that prompted the Vatican to take the rare step of delaying Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s journey to sainthood. Sheen, who died in 1979, was best known for his radio and TV preaching. The new controversy is the latest […]
  • Man convicted of death threat against Muslim candidate

    A North Carolina man was convicted Friday of a charge he anonymously threatened to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, federal prosecutors said. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison following his conviction in federal court in Asheville, North […]
  • Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they received inaccurate information due to changes the agency made this sign-up season. The request from 14 Democrats and one Independent comes as open enrollment for prescription drug coverage ends at midnight […]