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Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

Jeremy Putman

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword. Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman’s nemesis. He was wearing a cape and carrying ... Read More »

Chiozza hits 3 at buzzer in OT, leads Florida past Wisconsin

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA Tournament. Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws. With no timeouts left, the ... Read More »

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MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — Jury finds Louisiana law enforcement officer guilty of manslaughter in shooting death of 6-year-old boy . Read More »

Dale Jr prepares for 600th race after creating own legacy

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — While Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepared for his 600th NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend, he couldn’t help thinking about his first time. He still recalls his conversation with Tony Eury Jr., his cousin and crew chief, as he sat on that starting grid in Charlotte in 1999. “I remember telling Tony that I would switch with ... Read More »

Study: Chicago stop-and-frisk numbers drop, more work needed

CHICAGO (AP) — A study of the Chicago Police Department’s stop-and-frisk procedures released Friday revealed a dramatic decrease in the number of stops since an American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois lawsuit, but found that officers were still targeting racial minorities. The report by former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, the first one issued under an agreement the city reached ... Read More »

Oregon woman pleads guilty to assaulting passenger on flight

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman pleaded guilty Friday to a felony assault charge that was filed after a female passenger complained that she had been groped during a flight from Las Vegas to Portland. Heidi McKinney, 27, of suburban Portland, was arrested May 8, 2016, after the Alaska Airlines flight landed at Portland International Airport. The victim told ... Read More »

Tillerson to attend NATO summit he originally was to skip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend a major NATO foreign ministers meeting after all. Tillerson had alarmed allies when word emerged he was skipping the semiannual meeting in Brussels, but did plan to visit Russia in May. The State Department had said Tillerson had a scheduling conflict and had proposed alternative dates to the 28-member bloc ... Read More »

Mississippi lawmaker discloses dementia diagnosis from floor

Steve Holland

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with “the gusto of a hound dog.” “As a professional undertaker, I have looked death in the face for over 40 years ... Read More »

The Latest: California air regulators keep fuel standards

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s car-emission standards (all times local): 2:18 p.m. California air regulators have voted to keep the state’s tougher car-emissions standards through 2025 and further expand the market for zero-emission vehicles in the years ahead. The state’s Air Resources Board voted unanimously on Friday at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards ... Read More »