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  • Islanders agree to terms with C Brassard on 1-year deal

    EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The New York Islanders agreed to terms with Derick Brassard on a one-year contract Wednesday. Brassard, who will turn 32 on Sept. 22, had 14 goals and nine assists in 70 games last season while with Pittsburgh, Florida and Colorado. He also had an assist in nine playoff games with the Avalanche. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. The 23 points last season was his lowest total since he had a goal and an […]

  • Women plead not guilty in death of baby cut from mother’s womb

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago women charged with killing a 19-year-old have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of the victim’s child. Yovanny Jadiel Lopez died weeks after prosecutors say 49-year-old Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter, 24-year-old Desiree, cut the child from her mother’s womb. They entered not-guilty pleas Monday in Cook County. The women previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the death of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. They stand accused of luring Ochoa-Lopez to Clarisa Figueroa’s […]

  • Dad ’empty’ after 9-year-old daughter killed by dogs

    DETROIT — A man was in police custody Tuesday in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl in Detroit who was mauled by three dogs despite efforts by neighbors and her own “heartbroken” father, who lamented that “she was gone when I reached her.” Emma Hernandez was riding her bike in an alley Monday afternoon when three dogs, described as pit bulls or pit bull mixes, got free from a yard and attacked her, police said. She died later […]

  • Trump signs student debt forgiveness for disabled veterans

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal student loan debt owed by tens of thousands of disabled military veterans will be erased under a directive President Donald Trump signed Wednesday. Trump ordered the Education Department to “eliminate every penny of federal student loan debt” owed by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled. Trump said they won’t have to pay federal income tax on the forgiven debt and called on states to waive their taxes on […]

  • Film on factory is first Netflix project endorsed by Obamas

    NEW YORK — A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service’s first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama’s new production company. Filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert said they learned of the Obamas’ interest after “American Factory” was shown at the Sundance film festival and they were pitching the film to Netflix. They were told the Obamas had screened it days earlier. They’re ecstatic […]

  • Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic shows ‘either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty’

    WASHINGTON  — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Trump’s claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the president was trading in anti-Semitic stereotypes. It came amid his ongoing feud with Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Muslim. Trump has closely aligned himself with […]

  • Jets LB Copeland suspended 4 games by NFL for PED violation

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland was suspended by the NFL on Wednesday for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Copeland can still participate in the team’s preseason practices and games. He is eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 7. In a post on Instagram, Copeland explained that he used a supplement that he believed adhered to NFL rules. “This offseason, I began taking […]

  • Newark man faces child sex charges; mummified remains found

    NEWARK, N.J. — Police responding to a call about child sexual abuse said they found mummified remains and an altar to an unknown deity in the home of a man who is now facing multiple charges. Robert Williams is scheduled for an initial court appearance Friday. He is charged with crimes including aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and desecration of human remains. According to the Essex County prosecutor’s office, Newark police investigated after receiving reports that the 53-year-old Williams had […]

  • Trump ‘very seriously’ looking at ending birthright citizenship

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’s looking “very seriously” at ending the right to citizenship for babies born to non-U.S. citizens on American soil. Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday as he departed the White House for a speech in Louisville. He says birthright citizenship is “frankly ridiculous.” This isn’t the first time Trump has claimed he’d do away with it — he also said something similar in October. But the citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a longshot legal battle over whether […]

  • Judge tells jail to improve conditions for one of Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmates

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A judge ordered a federal jail on Wednesday to improve housing conditions for one of Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmates. Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police office awaiting trial in a quadruple murder case, was sharing a cell with Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in July when the financier was placed on a suicide watch after being discovered with bruises on his neck. Several weeks later, Epstein hanged himself in his cell. Conditions at the […]

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