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Texas woman awarded $760K for skydiving accident in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Texas woman has been awarded $760,000 after she was badly injured in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma. Mackenzie Wethington was 16 in January 2014 when her parachute malfunctioned and she fell more than 3,000 feet to the ground in Chickasha. Her injuries included ...

ence: North Korea ‘provocation’ shows the risk to military

P By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that North Korea's "provocation" underscored the risks faced by American and South Korean service members, hours after the North conducted a failed missile launch shortly before Pence's ...

Tax Day demonstrators demand Trump release taxes

By TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters marched through streets across America demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine whether he has links to foreign ...

Wait is over for April the giraffe, YouTube star and new mom

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The wait is over for April the giraffe and the legions of fans who watched a New York zoo's livestream for signs that the long-legged internet star was in labor. April gave birth to a healthy male calf Saturday at the privately-owned Animal Adventure Park before an ...

Liz Weston: 4 tax hacks you might not know

By LIZ WESTON, NerdWallet You know to contribute enough to your 401(k) to get the full company match. Maybe you've even adjusted your withholding so you're not giving Uncle Sam an interest-free loan. Yet you may feel the need to do even more, especially if you're making the last big push ...

5 things to know about US Vice President Mike Pence

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is embarking on a 10-day, four-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific this weekend, arriving in South Korea after a failed missile launch by the North. His visit comes amid tensions over North Korea's aggressive flaunting of its nuclear ...

Last Doolittle Raider, 101, recalls attack 75 years later

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the course of World War II. Now the sole survivor of the original 80-member group, Cole recalls the excitement of ...

Lawyer: Dragged passenger will need reconstructive surgery

By DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines and the city of Chicago may find themselves the target of lawsuits by the man who was dragged off a United plane in Chicago last week after refusing to give up his seat. One of Dr. David Dao's lawyers, Thomas ...

Jury begin 6th day of deliberations in Aaron Hernandez trial

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez have begun their sixth day of deliberations. The former New England Patriots tight end is accused of killing two men in 2012 after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him at a Boston nightclub. His lawyers ...

A survivor, now a dad: Virginia Tech tragedy, 10 years later

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Kevin Sterne has spent 10 years trying not to let himself be defined by the mass shooting that nearly killed him at Virginia Tech. But now that he's a new father, Sterne grapples with knowing that one day he must tell his son ...

Supplier: Drug sold to Arkansas not intended for executions

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge was weighing Friday whether to block Arkansas' seven upcoming executions, set to begin next week, as a medical supplier said one of the three drugs the state plans to use to put the prisoners to death wasn't sold to be used ...

Man accused in theft of guns arrested in Wisconsin

By GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — A fugitive accused of stealing numerous weapons from a Wisconsin gun store and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House was arrested Friday after nine days on the run, sheriff's officials said. Joseph Allen Jakubowski was ...

Pruitt tells miners `regulatory assault’ is over

SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the ...

Ocean world near Saturn top contender for life beyond Earth

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A tiny, ice-encrusted ocean world orbiting Saturn is now a hotter-than-ever candidate for potential life. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen molecules in the geysers shooting off the moon Enceladus, possibly the ...

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 ...