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  • Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld’s former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company’s San Antonio park, SeaWorld said. Veterinarians were treating 3-month-old Kyara for an infection last weekend, but her health continued to decline, the Orlando-based company said in a news release. “Kyara had a tremendous impact on the entire zoological team, not to mention all of the guests that had the chance to see her,” San Antonio trainer Julie Sigman said […]

  • Trucker charged in 10 deaths in immigrant-smuggling case

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The driver of a broiling tractor-trailer found packed with immigrants outside a Walmart in San Antonio was charged Monday in the deaths of 10 of his passengers and could face the death penalty over the hellish journey. In outlining their immigrant-smuggling case against James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, federal prosecutors depicted the trailer as pitch-black, crammed with around 90 people or more by some estimates, and so suffocatingly hot that one passenger said they took turns […]

  • Beloved honorary cat mayor in small Alaska town dies at 20

    TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20.The animal’s owners announced the cat’s death late Saturday in a statement. “Stubbs lived for 20 years and 3 months,” the family wrote. “He was a trooper until the very last day of his life; meowing at us throughout the day to pet him or to come sit on the bed with him and let him snuggle and purr […]

  • Authorities believe Alabama man fatally struck by lightning

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Officials in an Alabama county say they believe a direct lightning strike killed a man. Authorities later identified the man as Toby Burrow of Valley, Ala. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris tells Al.com that the 34-year-old Burrow and four other people were on a boat on Lake Harding when they were surprised by a storm on Friday evening. Harris says they were trying to get to land when Burrow was hit and the boat also stopped operating. Two […]

  • Quake jolts Greek, Turkish resorts, kills 2, hurts 500

    KOS, Greece (AP) — A powerful overnight earthquake shook holiday resorts in Greece and Turkey, injuring nearly 500 people and leaving two tourists dead on the Greek island of Kos, where revelers at a bar were crushed in a building collapse. Some of the injuries were caused as tourists and local residents scrambled out of buildings and even leapt from balconies after the 6.5-magnitude quake struck at about 1:30 a.m. local time. Several hundred thousand vacationers and locals in the […]

  • Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze resigns effective immediately

    OXFORD, Miss.  (AP) – Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure. University officials confirm they found a “pattern of personal misconduct” that started with the school’s investigation into a call to an escort service. “In our analysis, we discovered a pattern of conduct that is not consistent with our expectations as the leader of our football program,” athletic director Ross Bjork said. “As of yesterday, there appeared to be a […]

  • Police: 50 percent of toddler’s body burned by hot water

    PRICHARD, Ala. (AP) — Police say 50 percent of a 1-year-old child’s body was burned by hot water in an Alabama home. Prichard police detective Sgt. Robert Martin tells AL.com the child was at home with his family when the incident happened on Wednesday between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Police are investigating how the child was burned, but Martin says he believes the incident was accidental and no charges are pending. Martin says the child was in the kitchen with an […]

  • Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

    WASHINGTON, DC — Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The Republican senator from Arizona received the diagnosis last week after having a blood clot removed, according to a statement from his office. Meghan McCain released a statement about her father’s diagnosis Wednesday evening. Statement regarding my father @SenJohnMcCain: pic.twitter.com/SMte9Hkwkq — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017 The senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Lab results from that […]

  • Rare form of mad cow disease found in Alabama

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Agriculture officials say a rarely seen form of mad cow disease has been found in Alabama. A statement from state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy was confirmed in an 11-year-old beef cow. The U.S. Agriculture Department says this only the fifth case of the atypical form of the disease being confirmed in the United States. McMillan says the animal was discovered during routine screening at a livestock market. The cow wasn’t slaughtered […]

  • Disgraced Alabama governor says he was best ‘by far’

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is giving his time in office fantastic reviews three months after he pleaded guilty to criminal charges and resigned. “I’m the best governor Alabama’s ever had by far,” Bentley told WVTM-TV in an interview . Bentley, 74, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign finance charges in April and resigned in an agreement with prosecutors as legislative impeachment hearings began in Montgomery. The one-time Baptist deacon was swept up in a sex scandal after recordings […]

  • Last duet: Kenny, Dolly announce final performance together

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two of country music’s biggest stars, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, whose onstage chemistry spawned hit duets like “Islands in the Stream” and “Real Love,” will be making their final performance together this year. Rogers, who is retiring from touring, says his final performance with Parton will be part of an all-star farewell show to be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 25. The two have been performing together for more than 30 years since […]

  • Police release sketch of suspect in killings of 2 teens in Indiana

    DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — State Police released an artist’s sketch Monday of a man considered the main suspect in the killings of two northern Indiana girls and urged the public to study the image and provide tips that could help them identify the suspect. The composite sketch depicts a white man with a prominent nose and a goatee who’s wearing a cap and what appears to be a hooded sweater. Police said the suspect has reddish-brown hair, stands between 5-foot-6 […]