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  • Athens computer store owner charged with using a church school to defraud a federal computer surplus program for $22M

    ATHENS, Ala.  — A federal grand jury has indicted a Limestone County man in an alleged 10-year scam involving surplus federal computers. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois reported the indictment accuses 50-year-old Steven Mays of defrauding the federal “Computers for Learning” program. The General Services Administration program transfers computers and related equipment the government doesn’t need directly to schools and nonprofit organizations at no cost. Mays is the owner of Mays Computers & Outdoors, located on Highway […]

  • First lady visits migrant children at Texas detention center

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Melania Trump is visiting two Texas facilities housing some of the more than 2,300 migrant children sent by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally. The first lady’s visit to Upbring New Hope Children’s Center on Thursday comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families. However, his policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers remains. Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped encourage her […]

  • Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there. The expected announcement Thursday at Orlando International Airport alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding. Airports in […]

  • Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia. Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night’s Phillies game when the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher. McVay was sitting near home plate and, she says, all of a sudden a hot dog wrapped in duct tape struck her in the face. McVay says she is suffering from a shoulder […]

  • In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of […]

  • GE to end more than 100-year run on Dow; Walgreens added

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — General Electric will be dropped from the Dow Jones industrial average next week, ending the conglomerate’s more than 100-year run in the 30-company blue chip index. S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday that GE will be removed from the index before the open of trading next Tuesday. Its slot will go to drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance. Boston-based GE was an original member of the Dow Jones industrials dating back to 1896. It had been a […]

  • 3 dead after shooting outside Walmart in Tallassee, victims had protection order against gunman

    TALLASSEE, Ala. (AP) — A gunman crashed into a vehicle outside a Walmart store on Tuesday morning, opening fire and killing two women before taking his own life, authorities said. Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock said as an investigation unfolded that it appeared the shooter purposely rammed a car into another vehicle in the store parking lot before he opened fire. Two women inside the vehicle were fatally wounded, he said, adding the gunman then turned the weapon on himself. The […]

  • Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans’ flags in Massachusetts

    ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans’ graves in Massachusetts. The flags at Bellevue Cemetery, in Adams, were first reported missing earlier this month. Residents volunteered to replace the flags by hand, but then those went missing, too. Police were called to investigate, and Chief Richard Tarsa told The Boston Globe on Monday that officers found evidence that a woodchuck is likely using the flags in […]

  • President Trump tells Pentagon to create “Space Force”

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vowing to reclaim U.S. leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space. Trump envisioned a bright future for the U.S. space program, pledging to revive the country’s flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a manned mission that would reach Mars. The president framed space as a national security issue, […]

  • Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls

    TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 300. A 9-year-old girl was killed by a falling concrete wall at her school, and the two other fatalities were men in their 80s. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 307 people were treated for injuries at hospitals. Most of the injured were in Osaka — Japan’s No. […]

  • Auburn University to offer new wildlife degree

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP)- Auburn University plans to offer a new degree to help students secure jobs in the fishing and hunting industries. A statement from the school says trustees have approved a new degree in wildlife enterprise management. It will be offered starting in fall 2019 provided a state commission approves. Auburn would become one of only two U.S. universities offering such a program, with Kansas State being the other. Students will take subjects mainly in the schools of forestry […]

  • 23-foot python swallows Indonesian woman

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) A 7-meter-long (23-foot-long) python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia. The victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, according to the village chief, Faris. On Friday, her family went to look for her at the garden but found only her belongings, including sandals and a flashlight. Faris, who uses one name, said Saturday that the family and villagers launched […]