Voices from artists fearing crackdowns on artist collectives

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As the San Francisco Bay Area's artists grieve the loss of life from a deadly warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people, they are also bracing for a possible city crackdown. The city has vowed to protect artists, but many have voiced concerns and point to Baltimore where officials raided a collective called the Bell Foundry, just days after the fire in Oakland.

Police release names of kids fatally shot in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three days after a deadly shooting rocked New Mexico's largest city, police finally released the names Thursday of the three children who died inside their Albuquerque home as their mother fought to shield them.

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway...

Killing at youth rehab center 1st known violent incident

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The youth treatment center where police say a teenager brutally killed a staff member while trying to escape is a working cattle ranch in southern Utah that hasn't previously had any major violations with the state or violent incidents.

Missouri court strikes law denying bail to some immigrants

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a law that denies bail to criminal defendants who cannot prove they are legally present in the U.S.

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Police release video in shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An unarmed black motorist struggled with an Iowa officer and a police dog before the officer shot the driver when he tried to get away, paralyzing him, dashcam video released Thursday shows.

Arkansas court upholds gay marriage birth certificate law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court on Thursday threw out a judge's ruling that could have allowed all married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificates without a court order, saying it doesn't violate equal protection "to acknowledge basic biological truths."

AP WAS THERE: John Glenn blasts off into orbit around Earth

John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, was lauded as a hero of the American space program on Feb. 20, 1962, when he became the nation's first astronaut to orbit the earth. The accomplishment galvanized Americans and evened up the space race with the Soviets. In sometimes fanciful language, The Associated Press reported on the liftoff that took Glenn "towards his intended rendezvous with the stars." The AP is republishing excerpts of its original coverage.

Los Angeles sues 4 big retailers over alleged deceptive ads

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors on Thursday sued four national retailers, accusing them of duping shoppers into believing they got bigger discounts than they actually did.

Trump puts new spotlight on Long Island gang killings

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — As he sat down for an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Donald Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by retrieving a copy of the Long Island newspaper Newsday and pointing to a blaring headline: "Extremely Violent Gang Faction."


Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington says it's the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pollution from PCBs.

APNewsBreak: 'Norfolk Four' seek pardons from Va. governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four former sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and murder have asked Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to formally declare that they are innocent, their attorneys said Thursday.

Coke targets "foodies" as more people move away from sodas

NEW YORK (AP) — What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda.

Defendant's pal: Will Smith attacked my friend after crash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anger and anguish were evident in a New Orleans courtroom Thursday as a friend of the man on trial for killing retired Saints star Will Smith repeatedly insisted that Smith and his friends were the aggressors following an April 9 traffic crash that was followed by heated words and multiple gunshots.

Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of having committed sexual assault are being asked to go further by specifying the reason for expulsion on their transcripts.

Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Ghost Ship is now gone. But there's The Salt Lick, the Death Trap and other communal collectives where artists are holding emergency meetings behind locked metal doors.

APNewsBreak: Effort to stem homegrown US extremism launches

BOSTON (AP) — A federally backed effort to stem the rise of homegrown extremists is underway in Massachusetts, nearly three years after the White House announced the initiative on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds.

The Latest: Reno school boss praises officers' response

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The latest in the shooting of a 14-year-old student at a Reno high school by a campus police officer (All times local, PST):

Mayor's team will analyze police handling of beheading case

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The mayor of a Massachusetts city where a teenager's decapitated body was found is organizing an independent investigation into the police handling of the case.

Suspect in Georgia police shootings dead, likely by own hand

A man wanted for killing a Georgia police officer and wounding another was found dead Thursday, apparently fatally shooting himself before a SWAT team stormed a home where a tipster reported the suspect was hiding.

Chechnya's leader says troops would fight happily in Syria

Ramzan Kadyrov

Prime minister announces handouts as strike cripples Greece

Alexis Tsipras

Leaders of Poland, Hungary to discuss EU future, migration
61-year-old German identified as Oakland fire victim

French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals

UN Syria envoy say time may be right for negotiations
Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up

A lethal mistake leads to a harrowing ambush in Iraq's Mosul

The Latest: Turkey sends 300 more troops to Syria border

MSF: Jordan closure blocked 70 Syrians from life-saving care
Manila says will not help US on patrols in South China Sea

Tsunami warnings are cancelled after big Pacific earthquake
USGS: Magnitude-8.0 quake hits off Solomon islands
Pakistan to probe plane crash that killed 47

Gunbattle triggers anti-India clashes in Kashmir

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