WASHINGTON | Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama’s book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, “Becoming,” and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. When the conversation shifted … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show

LOS ANGELES | House win part of major realignment in Southern California

LOS ANGELES— Democrat Gil Cisneros has captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California, cementing a stunning political realignment that will leave a vast stretch of the Los Angeles metropolitan area under Democratic control in that chamber. Cisneros had waged a tight battle with Republican Young Kim for the 39th District seat held by … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | House win part of major realignment in Southern California

SPRINGFIELD, Ill | Prison inmate death after run-in with staff ruled homicide

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — The death of an inmate following an “altercation with correctional staff” at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request. Larry Earvin died from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen, the death … Continue reading SPRINGFIELD, Ill | Prison inmate death after run-in with staff ruled homicide

LANSING, Mich | GOP Legislatures try to curb Democratic governors’ power

LANSING, Mich.— With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas. In Michigan, where the GOP has held the levers of power for nearly eight years, Republican legislators want to water down … Continue reading LANSING, Mich | GOP Legislatures try to curb Democratic governors’ power

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Pacific Rim summit highlights strained China-US relations

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — A meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea has highlighted divisions between global powers the U.S. and China and a growing competition for influence in the usually neglected South Pacific. The 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby struggled to bridge differences on issues … Continue reading PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Pacific Rim summit highlights strained China-US relations

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas | 2 dead in vintage World War II fighter crash after flyover

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas — A privately-owned vintage World War II Mustang fighter airplane that had participated in a flyover for a museum event crashed into the parking lot of a Texas apartment complex Saturday, killing the pilot and a passenger, authorities said. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Orlando Moreno confirmed the two people on board … Continue reading FREDERICKSBURG, Texas | 2 dead in vintage World War II fighter crash after flyover

SYDNEY | Swimmer in Australia dies after being stung by stingray

SYDNEY— A swimmer in Australia has died of a heart attack after he was stung by a stingray. Police say the 42-year-old man went into cardiac arrest on Saturday at Lauderdale Beach, east of Hobart in Tasmania, after he suffered a puncture wound to his lower abdomen. He was swimming alone and close to shore … Continue reading SYDNEY | Swimmer in Australia dies after being stung by stingray

CHARLOTTE, N.C | Walker’s 60 points not enough; 76ers top Hornets 122-119

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jimmy Butler knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a career-high 60 points from Kemba Walker to beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-119 on Saturday night. Butler’s play in the final seconds was the difference. He blocked Walker’s shot and saved the ball to a teammate … Continue reading CHARLOTTE, N.C | Walker’s 60 points not enough; 76ers top Hornets 122-119