• Ex-Minneapolis officer charged in woman's death leaves jail

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman has been released from jail.

    KSTP-TV reports that Mohamed Noor was released Wednesday night after posting $400,000 bail.

    Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

  • Alabama to execute convicted bomber nearly 30 years later

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - It's been nearly 30 years since U.S. Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance died when a mail bomb blew up at his home in suburban Birmingham, Alabama. The state is just now preparing to execute the man convicted in Vance's killing.

    The long-delayed resolution to the old crime comes as Texas officials grapple with a deadly three-week bombing spree that ended Wednesday when the suspect blew himself up.

  • Austin bombing suspect's uncle says he was smart, kind

    A 23-year-old suspected of planting deadly bombs that struck fear across Austin was described Wednesday by his uncle as a smart and kind "computer geek" and a friend said he was an assertive person who would end up being "kind of dominant and intimidating in conversation."

  • Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

    NEW YORK (AP) - In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.

    But it's far from clear whether he's won over U.S. and European authorities, much less the broader public whose status updates provide Facebook with an endless stream of data it uses to sell targeted ads.

  • Police release videos of fatal shooting of unarmed black man

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Video footage released by Sacramento police shows two officers yelling that a man had a gun before they fatally shot him.

    The man, who was black, was unarmed and holding a cellphone in the backyard of his grandparents' home.

    The Sacramento Police Department has released two body camera videos, a sheriff's department helicopter video and audio of the 911 call that preceded the Sunday night shooting.

  • Police: Bomber's video amounts to confession, but no motive

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) - Police say a 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession.

    But his motive remains a mystery.

  • Not everyone playing by the spirit of NBA tanking guideline

    NEW YORK (AP) - After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can't be fooled.

    He knows when teams aren't giving an honest effort, when they are out there playing but not playing to win.

    "It's pretty obvious," Nowitzki said.

    Easy to spot, the NBA is finding tanking not so easy to stop.

  • AP Was There: Loyola-Chicago wins NCAA hoops title in 1963

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - With two wins built on last-moment heroics and a 98-year-old nun turned international celebrity, Loyola-Chicago is the Cinderella of the Sweet 16, back making a run for a championship 55 years after winning the NCAA Tournament.

  • Will the Sweet 16 produce more upsets?

    Back to the madness of March and the Sweet 16, starring Loyola-Chicago, Kansas State, Syracuse and whatever other underdog you might want to throw in there - maybe Florida State or Texas A&M.

    For drama, look no further than the South Region, where the top four seeds are home watching the NCAA Tournament on TV. That includes Virginia, the overall No. 1 seed, plus No. 2 Cincinnati, No. 3 Tennessee and No. 4 Arizona. All were eliminated on the opening weekend, a tourney first .

  • Jordan, Clippers beat Bucks after Giannis leaves with injury

    MILWAUKEE (AP) - Their playoff hopes fading after a deflating loss a night earlier, the Los Angeles Clippers were desperate for a win.

    "We've got to be one team, one unit and play with high energy and compete," Austin Rivers said. "Let's play harder than the other team."

    DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 22 rebounds, Rivers scored 22 and made a key late 3-pointer, and the Clippers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 127-120 on Wednesday night.

  • Howard has 32 points, 30 rebounds in Hornets' win over Nets

    NEW YORK (AP) - Dwight Howard had 32 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, becoming the first player with a 30-30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978, and the Charlotte Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn 111-105 on Wednesday night.

  • Sidney Crosby has highlight-reel goal, milestone assist

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby doesn't really have an explanation for how he does what he does. He just does it.

    So if you're looking for clarity on how the Pittsburgh Penguins star managed to knock a pass from Jake Guentzel out of the air , deflect it forward to the front of his stick before tapping it by one of the best goaltenders on the planet to spark his team to a 5-3 win over Montreal, look elsewhere.

  • TV personality known for playing Bozo the Clown dies at 89

    BOSTON (AP) - Longtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children's TV program "Bozo the Clown," has died. He was 89.

    Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement to WCVB-TV .

  • 10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) - Ten emerging writers, a mix of poets, dramatists and fiction and nonfiction authors, were the winners of this year's $50,000 Whiting Awards on Wednesday night.

    Nobel laureate Toni Morrison was scheduled to speak at the ceremony in Manhattan, but could not attend because of a snowstorm that pounded much of the Northeast.

  • Tony-winner Sammy Williams from 'A Chorus Line' dies at 69

    NEW YORK (AP) - Sammy Williams, who won a Tony Award in the original Broadway production of "A Chorus Line," has died. He was 69.

    Family spokeswoman and friend Brandee Barnaby says Williams died of cancer Saturday in Los Angeles.

  • Officials to turn over Prince investigative files to family

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors in Carver County have agreed to provide Prince's siblings with documents connected to the county's investigation into his death.

    John Goetz, an attorney for Prince's siblings, says prosecutors agreed to give him the medical examiner's autopsy investigation this week. He expects to get the rest of the investigative files next week.

  • 'N Sync to reunite to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    NEW YORK (AP) - 'N Sync is finally reuniting - but not for new music or a tour.

    The boy band will earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30. Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpartrick will attend the event.

    'N Sync released its self-titled debut album in the United States in 1998. The group's hits include "Bye, Bye, Bye," ''It's Gonna Be Me" and "Pop."

  • NBC documentary looks at images that propelled civil rights

    NEW YORK (AP) - Gruesome images of a lynched Emmett Till were seared into the minds of many black Americans in 1955 and helped lead to the modern civil rights movement. But few whites knew of their existence at the time.

    That reality is at the top of NBC's two-hour documentary about how images propelled the civil rights effort. The film premieres Saturday as the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King's assassination approaches.


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