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    Beth Howland, Vera on TV sitcom ‘Alice,’ dies at 74

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The actress who was best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and ’80s CBS sitcom “Alice” has died. Beth Howland was 74. Her husband, actor Charles Kimbrough, tells The Associated Press that Howland died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California, on Dec. 31. He says there was no funeral or memorial service and “that was her choice.” Howland played naive diner waitress Vera Louise Gorman on “Alice” for the nine-year run […]

  • This photograph taken on May 21, 2016 shows Pakistani local residents gathering around a destroyed vehicle hit by a drone strike in which Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was believed to be travelling in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan, around 160 kilometres west of Quetta.
Afghan authorities scrambled May 22 to confirm the fate of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour after US officials said he was likely killed in drone strikes -- a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement.
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    Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour’s death

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban has confirmed that its former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and appointed a successor. In a statement sent to media Wednesday, the insurgent group says its new leader is one of Mansour’s deputies (Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada). The Taliban says he was chosen at a meeting of Taliban leaders, which was believed to have been held in Pakistan. Mansour was killed in Pakistan on Saturday when his […]

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    Bronx man arrested for allegedly trying to support ISIS

    NEW YORK — A Bronx man has been arrested on charges he allegedly tried to provide assistance to the Islamic State. Sajmir Alimehmeti was arrested Tuesday morning, according to the FBI. The 22-year-old was described in court papers as repeatedly demonstrating support for the Islamic State since 2014. It was not immediately known who will represent him at an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court. Authorities said in a criminal complaint that Alimehmeti this month tried to provide advice and assistance to […]

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    US seeking death penalty in Charleston church massacre case

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the decision in a brief statement Tuesday.

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    Mayor de Blasio announces proposal to crack down on taxi driver fatigue

    NEW YORK — Cabbies will have to pull over after driving 12 hours in any 24-hour period under rules proposed by New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the proposed rules Tuesday and said they will keep sleep-deprived taxi drivers off the streets. “We add new elements to our Vision Zero plan all the time,” said Mayor de Blasio, “and I believe that TLC’s analysis of the science and best practices of combatting professional driver […]

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    BMX legend Dave Mirra had brain disease CTE: report

    TORONTO — Doctors have reportedly concluded that BMX rider Dave Mirra, who took his own life in February, suffered from the brain disease CTE. ESPN reports a neuropathologist at the University of Toronto and two others have confirmed the diagnosis. CTE is short for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has been tied to repeated brain trauma and associated with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and progressive dementia. Mirra died at age 41 on Feb. 4 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. […]

  • BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21:  Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides Nyquist #3 into the first turn during the 141st Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Derby winner Nyquist won’t run in Belmont

    NEW YORK — The trainer of Nyquist says the Kentucky Derby winner is sick and won’t run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11. Doug O’Neill said Tuesday that Nyquist is “out because of sickness.” Nyquist’s bid for a chance at the Triple Crown ended when he finished third behind Exaggerator in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. O’Neill’s assistant Jack Sisterson said from Baltimore that the colt’s blood work came back and showed an elevated white blood […]

  • A picture taken on September 30, 2015, shows an EgyptAir plane on the tarmac of Cairo international Airport. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI        (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Human remains recovered from EgyptAir indicate on-board explosion, forensic official says

    CAIRO — The search for EgyptAir Flight 804 continues, amid contradicting reports about the aircraft’s final moments. Five days after disappearing en route from Paris to Cairo, some debris from the plane — including life vests, personal belongings and parts of wreckage — has been recovered. Small fragments of human remains have also been found, and officials in the Egyptian capital are trying to identify and match them to victims. Families of the victims have nearly completed giving DNA samples […]

  • An abandoned park bench is consumed by plants in Christchurch on February 21, 2012 nearly one year after a 6.3 quake hit New Zealand's second largest city, killing 185 people, flattening office blocks, buckling roads and bringing historic buildings crashing down. More than 60 percent of the masonry heritage buildings that defined Christchurch, creating what locals called "a little slice of England", have been lost and many more are severely damaged and need expensive reinforcement.   AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

    NYC is testing park benches with built-in charging stations

    NEW YORK — New York City is testing park benches with built-in charging stations for mobile devices. Five of the benches are being installed at parks in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. The Daily News says the benches can also help keep track of how many people are visiting the parks. The Parks Department will spend about $24,000 on the solar-powered benches. They’ve been used in several other cities, including Boston and Los Angeles. The two-year pilot program is part of […]

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    Two New Jersey school districts approve policy for transgender students

    HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. — Two New Jersey school districts have approved policies dealing with transgender students. Beginning Tuesday, Highland Park students can use locker rooms and participate in student activities — including sports — based on their gender identity. Highland Park Board officials say the measure had been in the works before North Carolina passed a law that directs transgender people to use public bathrooms that align with the sex corresponding to their birth certificate. The Record reports the Lyndhurst […]

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