2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — An intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a Tampa-area mosque early Friday, investigators said. The arson occurred at the Islamic Society of New Tampa, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said in a news release. Fire investigators responded at around...

Jury: Prison company violated rights, but no need to pay

AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a longstanding custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm that posed to inmates. But jurors...

Novelist's plea lets him maintain innocence in wife's death

AP Photo/Martha Waggoner CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Novelist Michael Peterson agreed to a plea deal Friday that enables him to maintain his innocence even as he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter in his wife’s death. Wearing a...

NASA weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket's 1st flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket. NASA’s human exploration chief said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration requested the feasibility study. The Space Launch System will be...

Unlike colleagues, Michigan congressman embraces town halls

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan congressman is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump’s early actions and the planned repeal of the federal health care law. “It’s my...

Former 1920s 'incubator baby' Lucille Conlin Horn dies at 96

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A 96-year-old woman, whose life was saved as in infant in 1920 when she was placed in a Coney Island sideshow incubator, has died. Lucille Conlin Horn, who lived in Long Beach, New York, died Feb. 11, according to the Hungerford & Clark Funeral...

Judge: 1 additional accuser can testify at Bill Cosby trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge means prosecutors...

Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota where pipeline opponents...

Judge: Only 1 Cosby accuser can testify at sex assault trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial to support charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The judge’s ruling Friday means that prosecutors cannot call 12...

Tip leads to arrest in Georgia teacher's 2005 disappearance

AP Photo/Elliott Minor Teacher and former beauty queen Tara Grinstead vanished from her south Georgia home in 2005, leaving a mystery that had stumped investigators for nearly 12 years – until a tip led to an unexpected arrest. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced...