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family: peter tosh’s son left in coma following jail beating

trenton, n.j. (ap) — the family of the late reggae icon peter tosh is seeking answers after they say his son was left in a coma following an attack in a new jersey jail. jawara mcintosh has been hospitalized since suffering traumatic brain injuries in the attack in february at the bergen county jail, where […]

“you can hear the screams”: inside yemen’s secret prisons

mukalla, yemen (ap) — they call it the “grill”: the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun furiously within a circle of fire. it is just one of the terrors inflicted by interrogators on detainees in yemen who are routinely beaten with wires and were kept in filthy shipping containers, blindfolded […]

man walks free after 36 years in prison; judge threw out his murder conviction, but prosecutors have appealed

new orleans (ap) — man walks free after 36 years in prison; judge threw out his murder conviction, but prosecutors have appealed.

south carolina’s last confederate flag remains in a box

columbia, s.c. (ap) — nearly two years after south carolina lawmakers promised to publicly display the final confederate flag removed from statehouse grounds, the banner still sits in a box in a museum. that’s because the legislature hasn’t provided any money for a new display. allen robeson is executive director of the state museum’s confederate […]

richmond mayor: keep confederate statues, but add context

richmond, va. (ap) — the mayor of richmond, virginia, says the city’s towering confederate monuments should not be taken down, but instead should be supplemented with historical context about why they were built. mayor levar stoney announced thursday that a commission of historians, authors and community leaders will solicit public input and make suggestions for […]

seahawks’ russell wilson now seventh-highest paid qb after oakland’s derek carr signs big deal

some thoughts on russell wilson's contract with oakland's derek carr signing a new deal re-setting the qb market on thursday.

police: teen bitten by dog chasing robbery suspect

bear, del. (ap) — a police dog chasing an armed robbery suspect in delaware bit a 15-year-old boy. state police said a trooper responding to a gas station robbery report tuesday in bear spotted the suspect on a bicycle and warned him to stop. when the suspect refused, the trooper released the dog. in a […]

athletics designate popular catcher vogt for assignment

oakland, calif. (ap) — already told he would be cut, catcher stephen vogt asked the oakland athletics to announce his departure thursday rather than be a distraction before a game against houston the previous night. that was typical for team-first vogt, designated for assignment as the struggling a’s transition toward youth and give bruce maxwell […]

german parliament votes to annul gay men’s convictions

berlin (ap) — german lawmakers on thursday approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-world war ii west germany. parliament’s lower house voted unanimously for the bill to cancel convictions under paragraph 175. justice minister heiko maas described the annulment […]

virginia man charged with giving secret documents to china

alexandria, va. (ap) — a virginia man has been charged with transmitting top-secret documents to a chinese agent. federal prosecutors say 60-year-old kevin mallory of leesburg was arrested thursday and made an initial appearance in federal court in alexandria, virginia. the self-employed consultant who speaks chinese is charged under the federal espionage act. prosecutor john […]

ai miyazato relaxed on course in final season on lpga tour

rogers, ark. (ap) — ai miyazato has known for 10 months that this season would be her last on the lpga tour. the former world no. 1 from japan is more relaxed entering this week’s nw arkansas championship after announcing her retirement last month. it’s the first tournament in the u.s. for the 32-year-old miyazato […]

ap sources: cavs, chauncey billups remain in holding pattern

cleveland (ap) — two people familiar with the negotiations say the cleveland cavaliers have not yet offered chauncey billups a role in their front office. owner dan gilbert met on consecutive days this week with billups, but the talks did not lead to a contract being offered to the former nba guard and aspiring executive, […]

buffett’s company lends $1.5b to home capital, invests $300m

omaha, neb. (ap) — warren buffett’s company is lending $1.5 billion to home capital and spending roughly $300 million to purchase nearly 40 percent of the troubled canadian lender’s stock. berkshire said thursday that the credit line will carry a relatively hefty 9 percent interest rate once berkshire completes its initial stock investment later this […]

louis vuitton channels escapism at sweltering paris menswear

paris (ap) — dries van noten went 80s, rick owens dabbled in abstract musing while sweltering celebrity guests such as model-actress naomi campbell got an exotic taste of wanderlust from louis vuitton. here are the highlights of thursday’s menswear collections for spring-summer 2018 at paris fashion week. louis vuitton’s great escape the sun beat down […]

victim of alaska black bear mauling was working for mine

anchorage, alaska (ap) — alaska authorities have identified a 27-year-old contract worker for a gold mine as the victim of a fatal bear mauling. alaska state troopers said thursday that erin johnson of anchorage died and 38-year-old ellen trainor of fairbanks sustained minor injuries in the attack monday near the mine in the state’s interior. […]

review: strong cast lifts the family pathos in ‘downstairs’ at act

theresa rebeck’s new play “downstairs” is at act in seattle through july 9.

no bond for man charged in fatal shooting of houston infant

houston (ap) — a judge has denied bond for a 24-year-old houston man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a 10-month-old boy killed in his father’s arms as his dad was trying to run from assailants. jared balogun made a brief appearance thursday before state district judge jan krocker. he was arrested […]

venice’s first female gondolier announces he’s transgender

rome — a gondolier who made headlines a decade ago for being the first woman to enter the male-dominated cadre of venice’s canal rowers has announced he is transgender. alex hai made the revelation wednesday on facebook and in a lengthy interview on radiolab. he wrote: “it is inaccurate to refer to me as ‘she’ […]

family of grandmother killed by alligator sues nursing home

charleston, s.c. (ap) — a nursing home in south carolina is being sued after a 90-year-old woman walked away from the facility last year and was killed by an alligator. the post and courier of charleston reports the lawsuit filed this week seeks damages of more than $10,000. the lawsuit says bonnie walker walked away […]

worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole

little rock, ark. (ap) — police in little rock say a mall worker wrestled away a stripper pole from a would-be thief who bit the employee during the struggle. according to police, a woman entered a spencer’s store in little rock’s park plaza mall at midday wednesday and tried to return an item. a police […]