Dem running for Mississippi governor: Help ‘least among us’

U.S. 10/03/18, 20:50

Mississippi's Democratic attorney general on Wednesday launched his 2019 campaign for governor of one of the poorest states in the nation, citing the biblical mandate to help the needy."Jesus taught us to fight for the poor and the elderly and the widows and the children — the least among us," ...

Cemetery case puts property rights issue before high court

Pennsylvania 10/03/18, 20:41

Rose Mary Knick makes no bones about it. She doesn't buy that there are bodies buried on her eastern Pennsylvania farmland, and she doesn't want people strolling onto her property to visit what her town says is a small cemetery.Six years ago, however, Knick's town passed an ordinance that requires ...

9 kids hurt when van crashes into tree south of Los Angeles

U.S. 10/03/18, 20:05

Authorities say nine children have been hurt when their van crashed into a tree in a Southern California coastal city.The Orange County Fire Authority says the van smashed into the tree Wednesday afternoon in Dana Point.The injured children are 11 and 12 years old. Five youngsters suffered traumatic injuries and ...

Illinois AG to investigate Legionnaire’s disease response

U.S. 10/03/18, 19:54

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said her office will launch a criminal investigation of how Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration handled a three-year-old Legionnaire's disease crisis at a state-run veterans' home.The Democrat will review compliance with state law and whether residents and staff of the Quincy home and the public were ...

Update: 4th California man in court for Virginia rally

U.S. 10/03/18, 19:40

The Latest on four California men charged in last year's Charlottesville protests (all times local):4 p.m.A fourth California man facing federal charges in connection with a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year has appeared in court.U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1018, in ...

Update: Track Palin says he appreciated therapy program

U.S. 10/03/18, 18:49

The Latest on a hearing for Track Palin in an assault case (all times local):3:45 p.m.The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a judge he appreciated the opportunity to participate in a therapeutic program for veterans stemming from an assault case.Shortly afterward, the judge decided Wednesday that ...

1 child killed, 3 injured after Texas school bus crashes

U.S. 10/03/18, 18:32

School officials say one child was killed and three others were injured after their school bus crashed in North Texas.The Mesquite Independent School District says a bus carrying 42 students from Terry Middle School crashed Wednesday afternoon. Aerial video showed the bus lying on its side in a ditch with ...

5 officers shot horrific in South Carolina’s Florence County

U.S. 10/03/18, 18:23

Authorities say five South Carolina law enforcement officers have been shot during an active shooter incident in Florence County. News outlets report sheriff’s Deputy Chief Glenn Kirby confirmed the incident Wednesday. Kirby says three Florence County sheriff’s deputies and two city officers were shot. Information on their conditions was not immediately ...

Officer killed, 6 other officers wounded in South Carolina

U.S. 10/03/18, 18:21

Seven South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot, one fatally, in a confrontation with a suspect who held children hostage in a home and fired on deputies, officials said. The suspect was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff.Spokesman John Wukela in the city of Florence, where the deadly encounter ...

School bus drivers’ strike continues with no end in sight

U.S. 10/03/18, 17:57

A strike by Providence school bus drivers that's affecting more than 9,000 Rhode Island students continued for a fifth day Wednesday, with no end in sight.Drivers picketed Wednesday near the yard where buses are kept by First Student, the private company overseeing the city's school bus operations. The drivers' union, ...

Holocaust survivor who became US Army major general has died

U.S. 10/03/18, 17:51

Sidney Shachnow, who survived the Holocaust as a child and fought in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Green Beret before becoming a major general, has died. He was 83.Shachnow's wife, Arlene, said by phone Wednesday that he passed away on Sept. 27 at a hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina. They ...

2 dead after car plows into Florida apartment

U.S. 10/03/18, 17:27

A car slammed into an apartment in West Palm Beach, Florida, plowing through a concrete pillar and another wall, landing inside a family's kitchen. Two men in the car died but the family escaped unharmed. (Oct. 3) The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies are ...

4th victim dies in string of brutal attacks on California homeless

U.S. 10/03/18, 16:43

Police will seek a fourth murder charge against a man suspected in a string of brutal and deadly beatings of mostly homeless victims in the Los Angeles area after another person died, officials said Wednesday.The fourth victim, who was not immediately identified, died late Saturday, according to Santa Monica police ...

Update: Trump offers prayers for South Carolina officers

U.S. 10/03/18, 16:39

The Latest on seven law enforcement officers being shot in Florence, South Carolina (all times local):9 p.m.President Donald Trump is offering his condolences to the South Carolina officers shot in a fatal confrontation with a suspect who held children hostage in a home and fired at deputies.In a tweet Wednesday, ...

California gas tax repeal campaign seeks federal inquiry

California 10/03/18, 16:07

Leaders of a campaign to repeal California's recent gas tax increase asked the federal government this week to investigate their claims that public resources have been used against them.Their allegations are based on emails and other documents that appear to show local government workers discussing the repeal effort, known as ...

Ex Pennsylvania governor joins safe injection site effort

Pennsylvania 10/03/18, 16:01

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has joined the effort to open Philadelphia's and possibly the nation's first supervised drug injection site— saying Wednesday that he would support the effort even if it meant facing federal charges.The 74-year-old Rendell joined the board of the nonprofit Safehouse, which is raising money to ...

Governor awards medal as Mississippi city mourns dead officer

U.S. 10/03/18, 15:49

Mississippi's governor gave a state medal to a slain police officer, as relatives and law enforcement personnel mourned his death. Brookhaven police officers salute, while family mourn, left, as the body of Brookhaven, Miss., police officer James White, is loaded into a hearse following his funeral service, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, ...

JFK Library Foundation launches podcast about president

U.S. 10/03/18, 15:48

The JFK Library Foundation has launched a new podcast designed to help bring stories of President John F. Kennedy and his life to new audiences.The podcast, called JFK35 —because Kennedy was the nation's 35th president — features library curators, educators, archivists and other guests digging into the materials at the ...