18 more convictions tied to corrupt Chicago cop to be tossed

U.S. 09/22/18, 11:53

Prosecutors are set to dismiss convictions against 18 more people that resulted from investigations by a corrupt Chicago police sergeant and his crew of tactical officers.The exonerations will take place Monday and will bring to 42 the total number of overturned convictions linked to then-Sgt. Ronald Watts since 2016, the ...

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

U.S. 09/22/18, 10:46

Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way.As Republicans remain in overwhelming control of state legislatures, Democrats are doubling their spending for this ...

Surgery called success for Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts

U.S. 09/22/18, 10:20

Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts has had successful surgery after slipping and hitting his head while playing with his dog in Florida.The Dickey Betts website says the "Ramblin' Man" and "Blue Sky" singer-songwriter and guitarist underwent surgery Friday to relieve swelling on his brain.A statement posted Saturday on ...

Parents face tougher rules to get immigrant children back

U.S. 09/22/18, 09:45

Armando Tabora desperately wants to get his teenage daughter out of the government detention facility where she has been for more than three months. He has been stymied at every turn.The Florida landscaping worker took the bold step of going to a government office to submit fingerprints and other documents ...

Parents face tougher rules to get immigrant children back

U.S. 09/22/18, 09:08

The drama of parents being separated from their children at the border dominated the headlines this summer. But thousands of immigrant families are experiencing a similar frustration with new hurdles to take custody of sons, daughters and relatives who crossed the border on their own.The Trump administration has imposed more ...

Florence sweeps away motel and family’s hard work, savings

U.S. 09/22/18, 08:37

When the floodwaters from Florence receded, half the Starlite Motel was gone. A ragged lip of concrete edged parking spaces with no corresponding rooms, just a void of standing water and debris.The surge swept away personal belongings of the owner's family — even his father's wheelchair. And it wiped out ...

After Florence, what to know about your insurance coverage

U.S. 09/22/18, 08:20

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, thousands of people in the Carolinas are still waiting to return to their homes. Those who have are assessing the damage.Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates insured wind and storm surge losses for Florence between $1.7 billion and $4.6 billion. The exact financial impact ...

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

U.S. 09/22/18, 03:08

The first black woman to be credentialed to cover the White House is getting a statue in the Newseum.Alice Allison Dunnigan made history when she received White House press credentials in 1947 and became part of the White House traveling press corps to cover President Harry Truman re-election campaign in ...

Alaska man tied to girl’s death pleads not guilty

U.S. 09/22/18, 03:08

An Alaska man linked to a 10-year-old girl's death through her cellphone pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to federal authorities investigating the case.After entering his plea in U.S. District Court in Anchorage through an assistant public defender, Peter Wilson was scheduled for a Nov. 19 jury trial. Wilson, 41, ...

Sheriff: Motive unclear for Maryland shooter who killed 3

U.S. 09/22/18, 00:21

Law enforcement officials said Friday they might never know the motive for a female shooter's violent rampage that killed three people and wounded three at a sprawling Maryland warehouse before she turned the gun on herself. It's little consolation for grieving relatives and others trying to find answers.The suspect, 26-year-old ...

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

U.S. 09/22/18, 00:17

Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant Friday where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters.Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Friday the utility doesn't believe the breach at the L.V. ...

Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence’s fury

U.S. 09/22/18, 00:17

Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water filling their yard to escape Hurricane Florence's latest life-threatening punch to a town in the Carolinas.It was their second evacuation in a week. They were among 100 people rescued with helicopters, boats and high-wheeled military vehicles during a six-hour rescue operation ...

Ben Carson calls Kavanaugh’s opponents ‘desperate’

U.S. 09/21/18, 22:45

Housing Secretary Ben Carson is attributing the controversy over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to people who want to "fundamentally change this country."Carson said Friday that Kavanaugh's opponents have become "desperate.""And now they don't see themselves as being able to control the courts for another generation," Carson added. "So what ...

Rep. Nunes faulted by rival for photo with hand symbol

California 09/21/18, 20:31

Republican U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California was criticized Friday by his Democratic rival in the November election after a photograph on social media showed the congressman next to a supporter making a hand gesture that some consider racist.In a photo taken at a Tuesday campaign event, a man standing ...