White House outlines counterterrorism strategy, slams Iran

U.S. 10/04/18, 15:59

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is outlining the administration's long-awaited counterterrorism strategy and offering harsh words for Iran.John Bolton calls Iran the "central banker of international terrorism." He says the strategy will rely on military and nonmilitary means to fight extremists, focusing on Islamic State militants as well as ...

Trump takes midterm campaign tour to Minnesota

U.S. 10/04/18, 15:59

President Donald Trump is campaigning in Minnesota as he seeks to boost Republican congressional candidates.Trump tells reporters he thinks his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "doing very well" as senators weigh a new FBI background report prompted by allegations of sexual misconduct.Stan Thom, of Big Lake, Minn., drove 120 ...

Fate of Chicago officer charged with murder in jury’s hands

U.S. 10/04/18, 15:53

A jury is deciding whether white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke committed murder and other crimes when he shot Laquan McDonald 16 times as he walked away from officers while carrying a knife on Oct. 20, 2014. They began deliberations Thursday after sitting through three weeks of evidence in ...

Transactions scrutinized at trial for West Virginia justice

U.S. 10/04/18, 15:47

A witness in the trial of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has outlined dozens of transactions associated with state vehicles that were in use by the suspended judge.But the director of finance for the state's high court testified Thursday that the transactions alone wouldn't account for who was ...

San Francisco police sued for racial bias after drug arrests

U.S. 10/04/18, 15:29

Six black suspects arrested in a San Francisco drug sweep of low-level dealers sued the police department Thursday, claiming a department plagued with racist behavior targeted them because of their race.The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on their behalf in federal court in San Francisco.The six were arrested ...

President of nation’s largest public pension fund unseated

California 10/04/18, 15:23

The president of the nation's largest public pension fund was unseated Thursday by a critic who says fund directors are attempting too much social investment at the expense of pensioners.Corona police officer Jason Perez defeated Priya Mathur, a 15-year member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System's Board of Administration.Perez ...

Update: Hotel workers demand job security, higher wages

California 10/04/18, 15:18

The Latest on a strike by Marriott hotel workers (all times local):11:45 a.m.Workers at Marriott Hotel-owned chains in San Francisco say they are demanding job security and a wage increase to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most expensive areas in the country.Peter Chaffo, a banquet ...

Champ Crawford challenging Benavidez to back up his words

Texas 10/04/18, 15:12

World champion welterweight Terence "Bud" Crawford said he's eager to make unbeaten challenger Jose Benavidez Jr. eat his words when they meet in the ring at CHI Health Center on Oct. 13.A heated confrontation between Benavidez and Crawford in February was a major topic during a teleconference to promote the ...

Third accuser comes forward against Houston priest

U.S. 10/04/18, 13:57

A third person accused a Houston-area Catholic priest on Thursday of sexually touching him when he was a teenager, in a case that has brought unwelcome attention to the high-profile cardinal leading the American church's response to sexual abuse.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is already accused by ...

Amazon’s $15 an hour a win? Not so, some veteran workers say

U.S. 10/04/18, 13:40

Amazon's announcement that it would raise its hourly minimum wage to $15 has been seen as a win for workers. But some longtime employees say they are losing out.Those who already made $15 will get an extra dollar an hour when the change is made next month, but they will ...

Questions of conflict mount over Florida governor’s finances

Florida 10/04/18, 13:34

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's blind trust might not be so blind.Shortly after the multimillionaire governor took office in 2011, he established the trust — which is supposed to keep his investments secret from him — to shield him from potential conflicts of interest in his duties as governor.During his nearly ...

1st Southern California storm of the season brings showers

California 10/04/18, 13:28

The first Pacific storm of the season has brought showers and occasional downpours to Southern California but skipped some areas entirely.The National Weather Service says a shower Thursday morning dropped more than a half-inch (12.7 centimeters) of rain on downtown Santa Barbara but it missed the vast burn scar of ...

Musk takes swipe at SEC on heels of fraud settlement

U.S. 10/04/18, 13:16

Elon Musk is taunting the government regulators who threatened to oust him as CEO of electric carmaker Tesla just days after he settled a case alleging he duped investors.Musk used his Twitter account to jab the Securities and Exchange Commission, the same agency that went after him for an Aug. ...

Police reviewing use of helicopter over Penn St. tailgaters

U.S. 10/04/18, 12:58

The Pennsylvania State Police say they regret any damage that occurred last weekend when one of their helicopters flew low over a tailgating crowd before the Penn State-Ohio State game, sending tents and other items flying.The agency released a statement Thursday that says it's "fully cooperating" with an investigation of ...

Attorneys ask to overturn parole denial for 2 MOVE members

Pennsylvania 10/04/18, 12:42

Attorneys for two members of the radical group MOVE are asking a federal judge to overturn the denial of their parole requests.The habeas petition filed this week claims the Pennsylvania parole board's decision to deny parole in May for Janet Africa and Janine Africa was arbitrary and violated their due ...

Florida investigating allegations of sexual abuse by priests

U.S. 10/04/18, 12:32

Florida has launched a statewide criminal investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests and is asking past victims to share information with legal authorities.Attorney General Pam Bondi said Thursday that at least 15 victims of abuse have already come forward to state authorities. Bondi said her office has already talked ...