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Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Petty’s family says his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose. His wife and daughter released the results of Petty’s autopsy via a statement Friday on his Facebook page. Dana and Adria Petty say they got the results from the coroner’s office earlier in the day that […]

Comments - 7:30 pm - updated: 9:17 pm.

Future of cigarettes hazy

WASHINGTON — Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the […]

Comments - 7:23 pm

Hippo-y birthday to Fiona! The popular preemie is turning 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some days, it’s more like being a Hollywood star’s agent than a communications official for the zoo. That’s what happens when your prematurely born hippopotamus becomes a global celebrity. The Cincinnati Zoo has a day of festivities ready for Fiona’s first birthday party Saturday, and expect plenty more of Fiona in Year […]

Comments - 12:55 pm

Border wall models thwart US commandos in tests

SAN DIEGO — Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent […]

Comments - 9:52 am

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

SANTIAGO, Chile — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was […]

Comments - 12:10 am

US Marshal killed in Harrisburg was involved in Frein manhunt; shooter now ID’d

HARRISBURG — A gunman opened fire on law enforcement officers serving an arrest warrant inside a home before dawn Thursday, killing a deputy U.S. marshal before he was shot to death by police as he fled outside, authorities said. Police were on the first floor handcuffing the woman they were seeking to arrest when 31-year-old […]

Comments - 7:17 pm

Prosecutors want to call 19 other accusers at Cosby retrial

PHILADELPHIA — Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges told a judge Thursday that they want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of “prior bad acts” over five decades. The comedian’s first trial ended with a hung jury in June. In that proceeding, prosecutors asked to call […]

Comments - 6:27 pm

‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

WASHINGTON — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government’s doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night. Democrats’ votes are needed to advance the stopgap […]

Comments - 9:31 am

Is it news? Ansari story triggers media ethics debate

What makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy? A little-known website raised that very question after publishing an unidentified woman’s vivid account of comedian Aziz Ansari’s sexual advances while the two were on a date. The story on Babe.net threw a wrench into the #MeToo movement, with some feminist writers dismissing the incident as a bad […]

Comments - 9:30 am

Pa. Supreme Court gets redistricting case

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court may soon decide how much partisan gerrymandering is too much, at least in terms of the state constitution. A challenge by Democratic voters to Pennsylvania’s Republican-crafted 2011 congressional district map landed before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, with a ruling expected in the coming weeks. The map includes a […]

Comments - 9:01 pm

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