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    Chef who invented General Tso’s chicken dies at 98

    NEW YORK — The chef who has been credited with inventing General Tso’s chicken — a world-famous Chinese food staple that is not actually served in China — has died. He was 98. Chef Peng Chang-kuei brought the sticky, sweet-and-sour dish to New York 40 years ago. It became a favorite of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the chef’s Manhattan restaurant’s on the east side of Manhattan and spread to menus across the country. The building that housed the […]

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    Wrestling legend ‘Superfly’ Snuka in hospice, has 6 months to live: lawyer

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — An attorney for former pro wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka says he’s in a hospice in Florida and has six months to live. The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania, reports the lawyer made the disclosure Friday during a hearing in Allentown. The hearing was to re-evaluate the 73-year-old Snuka’s mental fitness six months after a judge ruled him incompetent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend. Snuka’s wife, Carole Snuka, told the judge […]

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    Snow blankets Hawaii amid winter storm warning

    HONOLULU — It’s wintertime in Hawaii. The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a winter storm warning for the summits of Hawaii’s Big Island as wind and snow engulf the high peaks. Up to a foot of snow is possible on the summits of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes above 12,000 feet. Workers at the summit of Mauna Kea, where several of the world’s most advanced telescopes are located, have been removing wind swept snow drifts along […]

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    NC teacher suspended for stepping on American flag during 1st Amendment lesson

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.  — A North Carolina school board has upheld the 10-day suspension of a high school teacher who stepped on an American flag during a First Amendment lesson. The Cumberland County Board of Education voted 5-2 Wednesday to support Superintendent Frank Till’s decision. Board members considered Lee Francis’ appeal for more than eight hours behind closed doors. Whether Lee returns to his job teaching history at Massey Hill Classical High School rests with Till. Lee has been working in […]

  • A view of the Rikers Island prison complex where Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is being held while awaiting another bail hearing on May 17, 2011 in New York City. Strauss-Kahn was arrested on May 14 on sexual assault charges stemming for an incident with a maid at a Manhattan hotel. Strauss-Kahn was expected to announce a presidential bid for France in the coming weeks. Strauss-Kahn was transferred to Rikers on Monday after a Manhattan Criminal Court judge refused to grant him bail.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Rikers guard accused of fatally beating inmate in 2012 goes on trial

    NEW YORK — A federal civil rights trial is underway in New York City for a former Rikers Island guard accused of fatally beating an ailing inmate while the man was restrained and lying on the floor. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeannette Vargas told jurors Friday that defendant Brian Coll abused his power by “savagely” kicking inmate Ronald Spear to death in December 2012. Defense lawyer Joshua Dratel says Spear aggressively resisted guards’ attempts to restrain him. He says Coll is […]

  • TRENTON, NJ - MARCH 3:   New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fields questions at a wide-ranging news conference, March 3, 2016 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. Christie defended his endorsement of Donald Trump for president amid calls for him to resign.   (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

    Judge denies request for special prosecutor in Christie case

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey judge has denied a request for a special prosecutor to be appointed in a criminal misconduct complaint against Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. State Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol on Friday dismissed the motion by a former firefighter who brought the complaint in October. It alleges Christie failed to order subordinates to reopen bridge access lanes in September 2013. Three of Christie’s former allies were convicted or pleaded […]

  • MADISON, WI - DECEMBER 01: Tabulators work on recounting presidential ballots in Dane County (Wis.) on December 1, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has requested Wisconsin and other states to recount the U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Andy Manis/Getty Images)

    Trump supporters file federal lawsuit to block Wisconsin recount

    Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump have filed a federal lawsuit trying to stop Wisconsin’s ongoing presidential election recount. The lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order was filed late Thursday in federal court in Madison. It was filed by the Great America PAC, the Stop Hillary PAC and Wisconsin voter Ronald R. Johnson. The lawsuit contends that the recount that started Thursday threatens the due process rights of Johnson and others who voted for Trump. Trump won Wisconsin and […]

  • Family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence gather with members of Congress during a press conference four days before the second anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 10, 2014, in Washington, DC. During the press conference, members of Congress and family members called for expanded background checks to curb gun violence in America. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Connecticut Supreme Court to hear appeal in Newtown shooting case

    HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of families whose wrongful-death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre was dismissed. The high court decided Tuesday to bypass a lower appellate court and hear the case. Arguments have not been scheduled. A gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle at the Newtown school in December 2012. A survivor and relatives of […]

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    Upstate woman mauled by pit bull has arm amputated

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Authorities say a Rochester woman mauled by a pit bull earlier in the week has had one of her arms amputated. Rochester police have confirmed that surgeons amputated part of 33-year-old Mariah Schaffer’s arm because of injuries she sustained during the attack early Wednesday morning. Officers responded to her boyfriend’s home after receiving a report of a woman being attacked by a dog. When officers arrived, they found Schaffer naked and being mauled by a pit bull […]

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    Arrest made in Thanksgiving Day stabbing death in Queens

    NEW YORK— Police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal stabbing in Queens. Police say Fernando Balcarce, of Brooklyn, has been charged with murder, robbery and related offenses. Balcarce is accused of killing 23-year-old Jan Carlos Salcedo on Thanksgiving Day. The Bronx man was found with a stab wound to his torso. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. It’s unclear if Balcarce has an attorney who can comment on the charges. The investigation is […]