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Ex-priest arrested in 1960 slaying of Texas beauty queen

HOUSTON (AP) — For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the Texas city of McAllen. But now, nearly 56 years after the bludgeoned body of 25-year-old Irene Garza was pulled from an...

Missouri boy, 3, found dead in van hours after going missing

IRONTON, Mo. (AP) — A 3-year-old Missouri boy who reportedly went missing early Wednesday from his grandfather’s home was found dead hours later, draped in a blanket in a neighbor’s van about a mile away, authorities said. Investigators declined to say how Titus...

Rare weather event produces spontaneous snowballs in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids – except there are no human tracks. A rare weather event caused the spontaneous snowballs at the Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek...

2 deputies wounded, suspect dead in shopping center shootout

ABINGDON, Md. (AP) — A man opened fire inside a crowded shopping center restaurant during lunchtime Wednesday and wounded a sheriff’s deputy, then exchanged gunfire with another deputy outside, authorities said. The second deputy was also wounded and the suspect was...

The Latest: Ex-sheriff says he told deputies to threaten FBI

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s agreement to plead guilty to lying during a federal probe of corruption at the jails he ran (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca says he took part in efforts to...

The Latest: 2 deputies wounded, suspect killed in shootout

ABINGDON, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of two sheriff’s deputies and another person (all times local): 2 p.m. Two sheriff’s deputies in northeastern Maryland are wounded and another person is dead after authorities say shots were exchanged in and around...

Shot that killed baby likely meant for gang-member father

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 1-year-old girl lying in her crib at home in Compton was struck in the head and killed by a bullet likely meant for her gang-member father, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Wednesday. The girl died in one of the most violent areas of...

Woman, daughter killed in NYC hotel; 2 other girls injured

AP Photo/Seth Wenig NEW YORK (AP) — Police are searching for a man they say stabbed his girlfriend and her three daughters in a New York City hotel, killing the woman and one of the girls. A police official tells The Associated Press that 23-year-old Michael Sykes called...

Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint’s water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the state. The $195...

Debate on whether tampons should be tax-free arrives in Utah

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — International debate over whether tampons and other feminine hygiene products should be tax-free has made its way to conservative Utah, where a bill is set to be heard by a committee made up of only men. Governments that make money...