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  • South Carolina man tried to hide alcohol on breath with Axe body spray, police say

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina say a man sprayed Axe body spray in his mouth to cover the smell of alcohol as deputies approached during a traffic stop. The State newspaper reports that Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies stopped 49-year-old Efren Mencia-Ramirez on Saturday night after they say he sped past a deputy on Interstate 85 and swerved into another lane. The incident report says there was a 12-pack of beer on the floor and 10 of the beers were nearly […]

  • Kansas’ new Democratic governor vetoes GOP tax relief bill

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’ new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor. Gov. Laura Kelly signaled for weeks that she would reject Republican leaders’ top priority this year, a measure aimed at preventing individuals and businesses from paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws at the end of 2017. Kelly’s top priorities are boosting funding […]

  • Michael Avenatti charged with extortion and wire, bank fraud

    LOS ANGELES — U.S. prosecutors have charged Trump critic and attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. Spokesman Ciaran McEvoy says the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump faces federal charges in New York and California. In New York, he was accused of threatening to use his ability to get publicity […]

  • Longtime lion at Rolling Hills Zoo near Salina euthanized

    SALINA, Kan. — A zoo near Salina is working to find a new lion for its exhibits after one of its lions was euthanized. Officials at Rolling Hills Zoo said Motomba, an African lion, was euthanized Friday after a long term illness. He would have been 22 on March 30. The Salina Journal reports Motomba and his brother, Simba, lived at the Rolling Hills Zoo since 1997. Simba died in 2016. Neither Motobma nor Simba ever produced offspring. The staff of Rolling […]

  • Missourians now able to apply for Real ID licenses

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri has started offering licenses and identifications that comply with stricter federal identification requirements under the Real ID Act. The Missouri Department of Revenue says there’s no immediate need to rush to apply when they become available Monday. The current state-issued license and ID card can be used to board domestic flights until October 2020. That’s when licenses that comply with tougher proof-of-identity requirements will be needed at airports. They’re also needed to get into federal […]

  • Republicans cheer, Democrats scoff as Mueller details emerge

    PHILADELPHIA — Republicans cheered, Democrats scoffed, and as the first glimpse into the special counsel’s investigation emerged Sunday, just about the only thing they agreed upon was that the fight wasn’t over. The four-page summary of Robert Mueller’s probe released by Attorney General William Barr didn’t satisfy many who wanted more details. But in a bitterly divided country, the little bit that was known was digested very differently by supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump. In blue-state New York, […]

  • American Airlines extends 737 Max-related cancellations

    NEW YORK — American Airlines is extending cancellations of flights through April 24 due to the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, as federal regulators continue to investigate two deadly crashes involving the plane model. Southwest Airlines is also continuing to make cancellations. American has 24 Boeing 737 Max aircraft in its fleet, and said Sunday that it will be canceling about 90 flights a day. Not every flight that was previously scheduled to be on a Max aircraft will […]

  • Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

    BOSTON — The New England Patriots’ gentle giant has decided to hang up his cleats. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram , saying that a few months shy of his 30th birthday “it’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.” “It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and […]

  • Papa John’s scores Shaq to help revive its image

    NEW YORK — Papa John’s is getting “Shaq-ified.” The pizza chain said Friday that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John’s in other ways. The company hopes O’Neal can repair its image and revive its sales after the company’s founder and namesake, John Schnatter, made racially insensitive remarks. Besides being a spokesman, O’Neal will also join the company’s board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants […]

  • Keselowski routs the field to win Martinsville

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Brad Keselowski routed the field at Martinsville Speedway to give Team Penske its third Cup victory through the first six races of the NASCAR season. Keselowski led 446 of the 500 laps around the shortest track on the NASCAR schedule, but was challenged a handful of times by Chase Elliott — the only driver to pass Keselowski on the track Sunday. Although Elliott led 49 laps, a late caution sent the field to pit road and Keselowski beat […]

  • Trump: It’s ‘a shame’ nation had to endure probe

    WASHINGTON — Breaking his silence on the special counsel investigation, President Donald Trump celebrated a summary of the findings Sunday, claiming it “was a complete and total exoneration,” even though the report did not reach a definitive answer on whether he obstructed justice. Trump spoke to reporters before boarding Air Force One in Palm Beach, saying “it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia. … There was no obstruction, and none whatsoever.” The president’s comments came after the Justice […]

  • Helicopter rescues frighten cruise passengers

    STAVANGER, Norway — Rodney Horgen recalled the moment he thought he was facing the end: when a huge wave crashed through the Viking Sky cruise ship’s glass doors and swept his wife 30 feet across the floor. Horgen, 62, of Minnesota, was visiting Norway on a dream pilgrimage to his ancestral homeland when the luxury cruise quickly turned into a nightmare. The Viking Sky was carrying 1,373 passengers and crew, going from Norway’s Arctic north to the southern city of Stavanger […]

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