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BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

BUCHAREST, Romania  — Alexandru Visinescu, a Romanian communist-era prison guard serving a 20-year sentence for crimes against humanity, died Monday in prison at 93, Romanian authorities said. Visinescu was the first prison guard from the early years of communism to go on trial in Romania. He became a national symbol of the Communist era’s brutality … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

KABUL, Afghanistan | Officials: Utah National Guard member killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan  — American military officials say a member of the Utah National Guard has been killed in an apparent “insider attack” in the capital of Afghanistan. The officials say another U.S. service member is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack in Kabul on Saturday. A statement from a spokeswoman for the NATO-led … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Officials: Utah National Guard member killed in Afghanistan

BALTIMORE | 2 dead after Amazon building collapse in severe weather

BALTIMORE— Two people were killed when part of an Amazon distribution warehouse collapsed amid severe weather, a spokeswoman for the retail giant said Saturday. The men worked for an outside company and not Amazon, spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said. No one else was injured when severe storms with strong winds tore through Maryland Friday evening, she … Continue reading BALTIMORE | 2 dead after Amazon building collapse in severe weather

AP FACT CHECK: Claim that voters lose hunting licenses false

The North Dakota Democratic Party posted a misleading ad on its website and on Facebook that suggests state residents should reconsider voting in this year’s election if they have hunting licenses in other states. Republican congressman Kevin Cramer is seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in this year’s Midterm election. The ad comes as … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Claim that voters lose hunting licenses false

WASHINGTON | Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department‘s internal watchdog has referred an investigation of Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Justice Department, signaling a potential escalation amid a series of inquiries into Zinke’s conduct. Two people familiar with the investigation said Interior’s office of inspector general referred a case involving Zinke to Justice. It is not clear what … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department

HARTFORD, Conn. | APNewsBreak: Racial bias probed at Coast Guard Academy

HARTFORD, Conn.  — The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general is investigating allegations of racial discrimination at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and inadequate follow-up by the school’s leadership, the agency said Thursday. The investigation will bring a new layer of scrutiny to the service academy that is already under pressure from Congress to address … Continue reading HARTFORD, Conn. | APNewsBreak: Racial bias probed at Coast Guard Academy

ORLANDO, Fla. | Florida man sues Tesla over autopilot feature, crash

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man says the autopilot feature of his Tesla vehicle failed to detect a disabled car on a highway, leading to a collision that left him with permanent injuries, according to a negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday. Shawn Hudson said in the lawsuit filed in state court in Orlando, Florida, that Tesla … Continue reading ORLANDO, Fla. | Florida man sues Tesla over autopilot feature, crash

TRENTON, N.J. | Another child dead following viral outbreak at rehab center

TRENTON, N.J.— Another child has died following a severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for “medically fragile children,” bringing the death toll to seven. The state Health Department says there have been 18 cases overall of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) … Continue reading TRENTON, N.J. | Another child dead following viral outbreak at rehab center