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  • Police raid Michigan diocese while priest faces sex charges

    SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan have raided three properties of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw following the recent arrest of a priest accused of committing sex crimes. Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Gaertner says the warrants were executed Thursday after the diocese didn’t cooperate with authorities. Gaertner says he couldn’t disclose what officers […]
  • Oklahoma grass fire forces evacuations, closes freeway

    CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — A wildfire fueled by dry vegetation and gusty winds has forced some Oklahoma residents to flee their homes and has closed part of a freeway. Grady County deputy emergency management director Amanda Wilkerson said Thursday that flames are threatening structures near the H.E. Bailey Turnpike south of Bridge Creek. The area […]
  • Helmsley trust gives $1.8M for Custer State Park fire rehab

    CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A charitable trust established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Helmsley is contributing $1.8 million to help rehabilitate Custer State Park after a historic wildfire, South Dakota officials said Thursday. The funding will be used over three years to support aerial mapping, tree thinning and stream rehabilitation, among […]
  • Woman’s ex-husband seeks protection from Missouri governor

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The ex-husband of the woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is seeking an order for protection from the governor. The motion filed Thursday does not allege any threats from Greitens, but says that the man feels intimidated in part because the governor is a retired Navy SEAL […]
  • Spending bill rejects Trump effort to gut water cleanups

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Congressional leaders are rejecting President Donald Trump’s effort to kill or sharply cut funding of programs to protect and restore some of the nation’s prized waters, such as the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. A wide-ranging 2019 budget bill negotiated by top lawmakers would give the programs at least as […]
  • Report says ex-Mormon official asked woman to expose herself

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A newly released police report reveals that a former Mormon missionary training center president under investigation by church officials on sexual assault allegations acknowledged asking the alleged victim to expose herself to him during the 1984 encounter in Utah. It is the first public disclosure of the 85-year-old Joseph L. […]
  • Driver dead after crashing at California Air Force base

    TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a driver breached the main gate at an Air Force base in Northern California, then crashed and died. Travis Air Force Base officials say in a statement that the driver “gained unauthorized access” to the main gate around 7 p.m. Wednesday. They say no one else […]
  • How the Parkland teens are pulling off a worldwide movement

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — They can’t buy a beer or rent a car and most aren’t even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million people expected in Washington and more than 800 sister […]
  • New York, New Jersey airport workers to see wage hike to $19

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Workers at New York-area airports will see their wages nearly double over the next five years. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday approved a phased-in raise in the minimum wage for airport workers from $10.45 per hour to $19 per hour by 2023. The first […]
  • Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly. The Fish and Game Commission on Thursday directed the Department of Fish and Game to gather public comments on the possible hunt in eastern Idaho. The department […]