No charges for agents in botched Larry Nassar probe

DETROIT — The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it will not pursue criminal charges against former FBI agents who failed to quickly open an investigation of sports doctor Larry Nassar despite learning in 2015 that he was accused of sexually assaulting female gymnasts. The agency’s inspector general found that two former agents likely provided “inaccurate … Read more

Parole recommended for California follower of Charles Manson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California parole panel recommended the release of Patricia Krenwinkel for the first time Thursday, more than five decades after she and other followers of cult leader Charles Manson terrorized the state and she wrote “Helter Skelter” on a wall using the blood of one of their victims. Krenwinkel, 74, was previously … Read more

Ellen DeGeneres ends daytime show with plea for compassion

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres brought her nearly two-decade daytime talk show to an end Thursday with a celebrity lovefest and a forceful assertion of her achievement as a gay woman daring to be herself. DeGeneres and guests Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish and Pink shared memories and affection as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” concluded its … Read more

Death toll in building collapse in southern Iran rises to 19

In this photo provided by Tasnim News Agency, debris hangs from the Metropol buildin,g a 10-story commercial building under construction, in the southwestern city of Abadan, Iran, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Rescuers dug through debris Tuesday of the collapsed building that killed at least 11 people, fearful that many more could still be trapped beneath … Read more

Firefighters rescue ‘Cinder’ the elk calf from fire’s ashes

SANTA FE, N.M. — Firefighters have rescued an abandoned newborn elk calf found amid the ashes of the nation’s largest wildfire as calving season approaches its peak in New Mexico and fires rage across the American West. Missoula, Montana-based firefighter Nate Sink said Tuesday that he happened upon the motionless elk calf on the ground … Read more

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ writer found guilty of murder

PORTLAND, Ore. — A jury in Portland has convicted a self-published romance novelist — who once wrote an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” — of fatally shooting her husband four years ago. The jury of seven women and five men found Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday after deliberating over … Read more

Trial begins for ex-Virginia Tech football player in killing

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A trial began Wednesday for a former Virginia Tech football player accused in the fatal beating of a Tinder match he originally believed was a woman. Isimemen Etute, a former linebacker, is charged with second-degree murder in the 2021 death of 40-year-old Jerry Smith. Etute told police he visited Smith’s apartment in … Read more

Strong earthquake shakes south Mexico; no injuries reported

MEXICO CITY — A strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Wednesday, setting off alarms and driving anxious residents of Oaxaca into the street. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was 3 miles (5 kilometers) north-northeast of Santa María Ecatepec and about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of the port city of … Read more

Oklahoma governor signs the nation’s strictest abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution, similar to a Texas law that was passed last year. … Read more

Delgado becomes 1st New York Lt. governor with Latino roots

NEW YORK — Democrat Antonio Delgado was sworn in as New York’s lieutenant governor Wednesday, becoming the state’s first person of Latino heritage to serve in statewide office. Delgado, who identifies as Afro-Latino, is taking on the largely ceremonial role in the administration of Gov. Kathy Hochul, who selected him for the job. It was … Read more