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Fugitive convicted in 2001 killing of Sir Peter Blake nabbed

RIO DE JANEIRO — A man convicted in the killing of yachtsman Sir Peter Blake has been caught in Brazil after being on the run for more than 15 years, police said Thursday. Civil police spokesman Walrimar Santos told The Associated Press that Jose Irandir Cardoso was picked up during a routine patrol on the …

3rd new case of Legionnaires at vets home where 13 died

QUINCY, Ill. — A third new case of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported this week in a resident at a western Illinois veterans’ home where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015 and sickened dozens more, state public health and veterans’ affairs officials said Thursday. The latest laboratory-confirmed case …

California lawmaker alleges racism may be behind suspension

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California lawmaker suspended amid a sexual misconduct investigation sued the state Senate on Thursday, seeking reinstatement and arguing he’s been unfairly treated by his colleagues. The lawsuit by Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia marked yet another twist in the California Legislature’s increasingly dramatic sexual harassment scandal. Mendoza, who is Latino, …

‘Dreamers’ left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills

WASHINGTON — The Senate left hundreds of thousands of “Dreamer” immigrants in limbo Thursday, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation’s border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel …

Trump cites mental health not guns in speech on shooting

WASHINGTON — Declaring the nation united and grieving with “one heavy heart,” President Donald Trump promised Thursday to tackle school safety and “the difficult issue of mental health” in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence. Not always a natural in the role of national …

Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas. Trump’s latest budget would slash the major source of public funds for mental health treatment, the Medicaid …

Protest over Little Rock’s “Babe Bracket” spreads nationwide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The runner-up from last year’s “Babe Bracket,” a radio station promotion that places local female journalists in a tournament-style contest whether they want to be in it or not, started a protest on Twitter on Thursday. Winnie Wright, a reporter at KTHV, said her station’s management asked her and her colleagues …

Ex teacher accused of making bomb, using students for help

NEW YORK — A former high school teacher was accused on Thursday of paying students to dismantle fireworks for gunpowder so he could eventually make a bomb and was ordered held without bail. Christian Toro was charged in a federal complaint with offences including unlawfully making an explosive. His brother, Tyler Toro, also was arrested …

Police: No domestic violence calls at home before 3 deaths

SEBEWAING, Mich. — A police chief says there’s no record of domestic violence calls to a Michigan home where a man is believed to have killed his wife and college-student daughter before fatally shooting himself. The man owned a carpet- and tile-cleaning company in the village of Sebewaing, and he and his wife were prominent …

Montana won’t allow Yellowstone grizzly bear hunts in 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana won’t hold a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after state officials said Thursday they want to avoid complicating lawsuits over the animal’s legal status. Federal officials last year lifted Endangered Species Act protections for about 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, opening the door to potential hunting in the …

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