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  • 5 people electrocuted in pool at water park in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish media reports say five people — three of them children — were electrocuted at a water park pool in northwest Turkey and have died. The private Dogan news agency reported Friday that the three children were caught up in an electrical current in the pool at the park in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province. The park’s manager and his son dived into the pool to try and save them. Dogan says all five were […]

  • New Jersey man convicted of sexually assaulting 12-year-old to be set free from prison

    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey man convicted of having sex with a 12-year-old girl is to be freed from prison — and cannot be retried — after an appeals court found that “fatal” mistakes made at the trial left the verdicts unintelligible. The Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court overturned the conviction and 15-year sentence of 37-year-old Dennis Conover, of Manalapan, The Asbury Park Press reports. Conover’s record also is to be wiped clean. Conover was indicted on […]

  • A 2nd mistrial: Jury deadlocks in Ohio cop’s murder retrial

    CINCINNATI — A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist. The Hamilton County jury had deliberated more than 30 hours over five days after getting the case Monday. The jurors had told Judge Leslie Ghiz earlier Friday that they were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Officer […]

  • 1st coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to sweep country in 99 years

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes this one so special — at least for Americans — is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States. The path of totality on Aug. 21 — where day briefly becomes night — will pass […]

  • Nets grab Texas one-and-done big man Allen with 22nd pick

    NEW YORK —  When the worst team in the NBA finally got a chance to make a pick in the NBA draft, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks was pleasantly surprised with the player the Nets were able to land. Brooklyn selected big man Jarrett Allen from Texas with the 22nd pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night, taking a one-and-done freshman who blossomed at the end of his only season with the Longhorns. The Nets did not meet with […]

  • Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law

    Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say. After weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to release the proposal Thursday. The package represents McConnell’s attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in […]

  • NJ lawmakers try again to raise smoking age from 19 to 21

    TRENTON, N.J.  — New Jersey lawmakers have again sent a measure to Gov. Chris Christie to raise the smoking age in the state to 21. The Democratic-controlled state Assembly on Thursday approved raising the age to 21 from 19 for purchasing tobacco or electronic cigarette devices. The Senate previously approved the measure and it’s now up to the Republican Christie, who vetoed a similar measure in January 2016. It’s not clear how he will act this time. New Jersey would […]

  • Trump tweets he ‘did not make’ tapes of Comey conversations; ‘no idea’ if any exist

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he “did not make” and doesn’t have any recordings of his private conversations with James Comey — his fired FBI director. Trump also tweets that he has “no idea” whether other “tapes” or recordings exist. Trump has disputed Comey’s assertion that Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty during a dinner meeting they had. …whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do […]

  • Fashion blogger, model dies after freak whipped cream accident

    "Le bonheur n’est pas une destination à atteindre mais une façon de voyager."🌟 • • "Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling."🌟 A post shared by Rebecca Burger (@rebeccablikes) on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:07am PDT PARIS — French authorities are investigating the death of a fitness blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister that was withdrawn from the market in 2013, officials and the company that makes the product said Thursday. […]

  • NY Legislature adjourns without a deal on NYC schools

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers adjourned their 2017 session and left the state Capitol Wednesday without a deal to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of New York City schools, dealing the Democratic mayor a major blow and potentially disrupting the governance of the nation’s largest school system. Mayoral oversight of schools, first enacted in 2002, will expire June 30. If the policy lapses, control will revert to a mosaic of local school boards. While top lawmakers agreed on […]