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Vermont Rep may bolster ethics plan with last-minute change - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:03pm -

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A state representative is planning to offer a last-minute amendment to strengthen Vermont's prospective ethics commission.

Vermont's ethics commission has been approved by the Senate and two key House panels, and appears ready for a final House vote.

Democratic Rep. David Yacovone and a host of ...

The Latest: Trump spokesman calls Flynn probe 'appropriate' - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:03pm -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is calling an inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn "appropriate." The Pentagon's acting inspector general has begun an inquiry into Flynn, the retired Army officer ...

White House says Trump made right call in firing Flynn - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:56pm -

In the wake of a new Pentagon investigation of retired Gen. Michael Flynn receiving payment from foreign governments, the White House said Thursday that President Trump "made the right call at the right time" in firing Mr. Flynn as his national security adviser.

White House Sean Spicer said the probe ...

Baylor leader: School will exceed laws to protect students - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:49pm -

WACO, Texas (AP) - The new president of Baylor University says school officials will exceed state and federal laws in ensuring that students are not subjected to sexual violence.

Linda Livingstone says a university president is ultimately responsible for complying with Title IX rules, which guard against sexual discrimination and ...

North Dakota Legislature backs flood protection bill - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:38pm -

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature is awaiting Gov. Doug Burgum's approval on a state funding bill that would allot $193 million for an enhanced flood protection project to Minot.

The Minot Daily News ( ) reports that the funds are the state's 65 percent share of the ...

Mariners-Tigers Rain Delay - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:34pm -

DETROIT (AP) - Editors:

The start of the game between the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners is being delayed by earlier rain. Tentative start is 1:55 p.m.

AP Sports

Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe's main leagues - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:33pm -

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:


With only the Bundesliga left to play for after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League and Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup, Bayern Munich hopes to wrap up a record fifth straight title as soon ...

Ground broken for Jackie Robinson Museum after 10-year wait - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:29pm -

NEW YORK (AP) - Ground has been broken in New York City for the Jackie Robinson Museum after a 10-year wait caused by the Great Recession.

Rachel Robinson, the wife of the trailblazing Hall of Famer, attended Thursday's ceremony in the SoHo section of Manhattan along with her daughter, Sharon, ...

Alabama legislators honor former MLB pitcher Tim Hudson - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:08pm -

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers officially praised former MLB pitcher Tim Hudson for his charitable contributions to the state.

Legislators awarded the four-time all-star a resolution that also commended his athletic achievements Thursday.

Hudson grew up in Phenix City and now lives in Auburn. The website of his Hudson ...

Haroon Syed, British teen, admits plotting to bomb Elton John concert - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:08pm -

A British teenager pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with contemplating a series of terrorist attacks against targets including an Elton John concert in London last fall.

Haroon Syed, 19, pleaded guilty to the preparation of terrorist acts Thursday in London's Central Criminal Court, opening the door for the possibility of ...

Portland protesters call for reinstating parade cancelled over threat of prot... - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:02pm -

Portland "antifascist" groups have called for bringing back Saturday's rose parade, even though fears of violence from left-wing protesters are what prompted organizers to nix the popular event in the first place.

The Direct Action Alliance and Oregon Students Empowered, which had planned to protest the parade in ...

Rickey Jean Francois on Redskins, Cousins, McCloughan - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:54pm -


Of course the Washington Redskins would still use Scot McCloughan's player evaluations as part of their draft strategy. Why wouldn't they? He is very good at evaluating players — like when he drafted Ricky Jean Francois in the seventh round of the 2009 draft for the San Francisco 49ers, ...

Scot McCloughan serving as draft advisor to multiple NFL teams - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:46pm -

After the Washington Redskins fired former general manager Scot McCloughan in March, team President Bruce Allen said that he hoped McCloughan would find work again, even before this year's draft. 

Looks like McCloughan has done just that. 

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, McCloughan has advised multiple NFL teams through ...

New plaintiff files open meetings lawsuit over U Iowa search - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:43pm -

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A new lawsuit has been filled alleging members of the University of Iowa presidential search committee repeatedly violated the open meetings law two years ago.

The lawsuit alleges 23 committee members improperly met outside Iowa and closed meetings during the search that resulted in Bruce ...

Pitkin County commissioners pass pro-immigration resolution - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:41pm -

BASALT, Colo. (AP) - Pitkin County commissioners say a new resolution will limit the sheriff's office interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The Aspen Times reports ( ) the resolution passed Wednesday. It states that the sheriff's office will not provide ICE or ...

Louisiana editorial roundup - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:35pm -

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:


April 23

The Advocate of Baton Rouge on the scandal involving Louisiana police in Las Vegas:

What happened in Vegas will stay in Vegas, at least for the time being.

That's the upshot after news that when they took a taxpayer-funded jaunt to Las ...

14 ACC football players who could break out during fall camp - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:34pm -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A look at football players in the Atlantic Coast Conference this spring who are poised to break out this fall:



QB Darius Wade, redshirt junior: The Eagles are looking for a replacement for Patrick Towles, and Wade and Anthony Brown are the ...

Adam Schiff, top Dem on House intel committee, offers bill to limit war on te... - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:27pm -

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee introduced a new bill Thursday to revoke the broad war-making powers granted to the president in 2001 and 2002 and to replace them with a much slimmer authorization targeting the Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Rep. Adam Schiff's Authorization for ...

Kansas governor seeks $24M to ban guns at state hospitals - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:27pm -

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing an additional $24 million in spending over two years on extra security measures to keep concealed guns out of state hospitals.

The Republican governor unveiled the proposal Thursday among other budget measures he recommended to the House and Senate budget ...

Benny Hinn's Texas headquarters raided by feds - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:23pm -

The North Texas headquarters of televangelist Benny Hinn was raided this week by U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators, according to local news reports.

The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mr. Hinn's Grapevine offices and continued Thursday morning, NBC 5 reported.

The station reported ...

Mets' Syndergaard misses start because of biceps discomfort - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:20pm -

NEW YORK (AP) - Star Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his start Thursday against the Atlanta Braves because of what manager Terry Colins said was minor discomfort in his biceps.

Matt Harvey was moved up a day and took the mound on five days' rest - his scheduled ...

8 more Jamaican lottery scam suspects appear in US court - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:16pm -

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Eight more people have been extradited from Jamaica to face charges in the U.S. in what authorities say is a multimillion-dollar lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans. Some questions and answers about the case that began nearly six years ago with a phone call to ...

Manfred says 2 groups still in Miami Marlins' bidding - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:13pm -

NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says two groups are still bidding to buy the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria.

Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are involved in one of the groups. Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the Jeter/Bush group won ...

Tom Hanks going on 'NFL moratorium' over Raiders move - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:09pm -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Hanks says he's going on a "moratorium" for two years after his hometown Oakland Raiders leave for Las Vegas, but he didn't explain what that entails.

The NFL approved the Raiders' plan to move last month. A $1.9 billion stadium is slated to be built ...

Spurs ready to end 22 years of pain and finish above Arsenal - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:08pm -

LONDON (AP) - For 22 years, there has been one certainty in the English Premier League: Arsenal finishing above Tottenham.

Arsenal fans have even coined a term to celebrate the point in the season when their team cannot be overtaken in the standings by Tottenham: St. Totteringham's Day .

Even ...

Different Deron: Williams turns it on for Cavs in playoffs - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:06pm -

CLEVELAND (AP) - For nearly two months, Deron Williams appeared lost with his new teammates - an outsider among the Cavaliers.

Well, he found the perfect time to fit in.

The former All-Star guard came up big for Cleveland during its first-round sweep of Indiana, providing scoring and another option ...

Donald Trump still willing to quit NAFTA, but says it would be 'shock to the ... - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:00pm -

President Trump said Thursday that he is still prepared to quit the North American Free Trade Agreement but wanted to give Mexico and Canada a chance to renegotiate a deal that better benefits the U.S.

He also said that pulling out of the deal now, which he was considering, would ...

Nine GOP lawmakers urge Trump to rework, not exit, Paris climate deal - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:58am -

A group of Republican lawmakers on Thursday urged President Trump to keep the U.S. in the landmark Paris climate agreement but to rework America's commitment so that it "does no harm to the economy."

In a letter to the president, the lawmakers, led by Rep. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota Republican, ...

Ex-NFL star's estate currently worthless, home to be sold - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:57am -

BOSTON (AP) - Court records show the estate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez currently has a dollar value of zero.

The former New England Patriots tight end took his own life last week in prison.

Hernandez's fiancee and her lawyer said in an affidavit filed Wednesday in probate court ...

Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:54am -

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nashville general manager David Poile says Predators forward Kevin Fiala broke his left leg during Game 1 against St. Louis and is recovering from surgery to repair his femur.

Poile detailed Fiala's injury in a statement Thursday.

The general manager says Fiala had surgery at Barnes-Jewish ...

The Latest: Doctors' group opposes GOP health care bill - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:51am -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

The nation's largest and best-known doctors' group is opposing retooled health care legislation from House Republicans.

In a strongly ...

Russian spy ship Liman sinks in Black Sea after crashing into vessel carrying... - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:48am -

Roughly 80 Russian sailors were saved in the Black Sea on Thursday after their spy ship crashed into a vessel carrying livestock.

Russian news agencies said no one died after the naval reconnaissance ship
Liman hit the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H near Bosphorus, Turkey. Fog was blamed for the ...

NYC to pay for lawyers for illegal immigrants - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:47am -

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has earmarked more than $16 million in city taxpayer funds to pay for lawyers to help illegal immigrants fight deportation as part of his 2018 budget.

The money is to be used to pay for "legal representation for immigrant New Yorkers facing deportation and other ...

FDA expands recall after golf-ball material found in more frozen potato produ... - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:43am -

The FDA issued an expanded recall of frozen hash browns for containing "extraneous golf ball materials," that pose a choking risk for consumers.

The recall affects multiple supermarkets in more than a dozen states.

The hash browns under recall were produced by McCain Foods USA Inc, a division ...

Sharapova reaches quarterfinals after 2nd win since return - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:41am -

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix by beating Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 on Thursday.

In her second match after a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova hit nine aces and held serve throughout. She converted three of her four break points.

"Being in ...

House seeks contempt charges against CEO who maintained Hillary Clinton's sec... - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:41am -

A House committee asked the Justice Department Thursday to pursue contempt of Congress charges against the head of the company that was responsible for handling Hillary Clinton's controversial secret email server.

Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Science Committee, said they repeatedly pushed for Platte river Networks to come clean ...

Nadal and Murray reach quarterfinals in Barcelona Open - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:30am -

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open while Andy Murray struggled to join him on Thursday.

Murray had his hands full getting past Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4.

Nadal converted a break point in each set to ...

Isco and other reserves helping keep Madrid in contention - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:28am -

MADRID (AP) - Reserves who would be starters in a lot of other teams have been crucial to keeping Real Madrid afloat in the Spanish league and Champions League.

The likes of Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, James Rodriguez, and Alvaro Morata have ensured Madrid has stayed on a roll.

They didn't ...

FIFA fines Albania $100,000 for fan disorder in Italy - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:24am -

ZURICH (AP) - FIFA has fined the Albanian soccer federation 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,500) for improper conduct by fans who forced a World Cup qualifying match in Italy to be stopped.

Play was delayed for nine minutes in Palermo last month when Albania fans threw flares on the field despite ...

The Latest: US wants early results from NKorea pressure - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:22am -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

With international support, the Trump administration wants to exert a "burst" of economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea that yields results within months to push the communist government to change course from developing ...