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CLEVELAND | NBA says referees missed LeBron goaltending call in Game 5


CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA said LeBron James’ block in the closing seconds of Game 5 on Indiana’s Victor Oladipo should have been called goaltending. In the league’s Last Two Minute Report posted Thursday, the NBA said the three officials missed the call with 5.1 seconds left. The league said the video shows James blocked … Continue reading CLEVELAND | NBA says referees missed LeBron goaltending call in Game 5

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NEW YORK | Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119


NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee by 20 percent next month. The company said Thursday that Prime members in the U.S. will now pay $119 a year, up from $99, starting May 11 for new members. The new price will apply to renewals starting on June … Continue reading NEW YORK | Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

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NORRISTOWN, Pa | ‘The real Bill Cosby’: Comedian convicted of sexual assault


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-in-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad. Cosby, 80, could end up spending his … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | ‘The real Bill Cosby’: Comedian convicted of sexual assault

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MARSEILLE, France | Payet sets up Marseille to beat Salzburg 2-0 in Europa semis


MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Dimitri Payet looked back to his best after setting up both goals as Marseille beat Salzburg 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday. Winger Florian Thauvin headed in Payet’s curing free kick deep to the back post in the 15th minute, although video replays showed Thauvin … Continue reading MARSEILLE, France | Payet sets up Marseille to beat Salzburg 2-0 in Europa semis

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LONDON | 10-man Atletico and Arsenal end 1-1 in Europa semifinal


LONDON (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored late for 10-man Atletico Madrid to draw at Arsenal 1-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday. After Sime Vrsaljko was sent off in the 10th minute, Atletico defended resolutely and, with the away goal, has to be considered the favorite to progress to the … Continue reading LONDON | 10-man Atletico and Arsenal end 1-1 in Europa semifinal

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WASHINGTON | Senate panel admonishes Menendez


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Ethics Committee has admonished Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey for repeatedly accepting gifts of significant value, failing to report them and for advancing the personal and business interests of a donor. The panel began its review in late 2012 and renewed it after the senator’s federal bribery trial … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate panel admonishes Menendez

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NEW YORK | CNN’s Gupta urges Sessions to back medical marijuana


NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has taken the unusual step of publicly urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reconsider his opposition to medical marijuana, particularly as a way to fight the opioid epidemic. Gupta wrote a public letter to Sessions, saying that he had changed his mind on the use … Continue reading NEW YORK | CNN’s Gupta urges Sessions to back medical marijuana

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NEW YORK | Ex-HSBC Bank foreign exchange exec gets 2 years in prison


NEW YORK (AP) — The former head of HSBC Bank’s foreign exchange cash trading was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison on charges he traded ahead of his customers to make millions of dollars in a scheme known as “front running.” “Mark Johnson exploited confidential information and betrayed a client in order to generate … Continue reading NEW YORK | Ex-HSBC Bank foreign exchange exec gets 2 years in prison

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LONDON | Jaguars owner Shahid Khan makes offer to buy Wembley Stadium


LONDON (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is eyeing a stadium deal on NFL draft day: Buying Wembley. The English Football Association has received an offer from Khan of about 600 million pounds ($840 million) for the national soccer stadium, which would continue to host England games and major cup finals after a sale. … Continue reading LONDON | Jaguars owner Shahid Khan makes offer to buy Wembley Stadium

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WASHINGTON | Penguins’ Malkin skates, progressing for return from injury


WASHINGTON (AP) — The sight of Evgeni Malkin on the ice brought a smile to many in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ locker room. Even knowing they wouldn’t have him in the lineup for Game 1 of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions could glean some optimism … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Penguins’ Malkin skates, progressing for return from injury

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WASHINGTON | Trump says rapper Kanye West has ‘good taste’ for liking him


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised Kanye West on Thursday for having “good taste” for supporting the president. Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” that he knew the rapper “a little bit” and always got along with him, and said West has noticed the low unemployment rate for black Americans. “He … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says rapper Kanye West has ‘good taste’ for liking him

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Reaction to the guilty verdicts for Bill Cosby


Reaction to Bill Cosby’s conviction on charges of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era: “Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.” — Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, … Continue reading Reaction to the guilty verdicts for Bill Cosby

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Carbon County Man, Jordan Beggan Pleads Guilty to Felony Child Predator Charges


HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a Carbon County man has pleaded guilty to having unlawful contact with a 16-year-old victim. Jordan Beggan, 26, of Harvard Avenue, Palmerton, was charged in October 2017.  Today Beggan pleaded guilty to felonies of unlawful contact with a minor and disseminating sexual materials to a … Continue reading Carbon County Man, Jordan Beggan Pleads Guilty to Felony Child Predator Charges

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SUPERIOR, Wis | Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, forcing evacuations


SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — An explosion rocked a refinery in northwestern Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring at least 11 people, forcing the evacuation of homes, schools and a hospital, and sending a plume of noxious smoke into the air. Authorities said a tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at the Husky Energy oil refinery in … Continue reading SUPERIOR, Wis | Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, forcing evacuations

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SUPERIOR, Wis. | The Latest: Evacuation area expands near Wisconsin refinery


SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Wisconsin refinery explosion that injured several people (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Authorities have expanded the evacuation zone around a Wisconsin refinery that was rocked by an explosion and are now saying anyone within a three-mile (five-kilometer) radius should leave. Douglas County authorities also say those in … Continue reading SUPERIOR, Wis. | The Latest: Evacuation area expands near Wisconsin refinery

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Texas Governor Abbott Encourages Mayors & County Judges To Take Advantage Of Harvey Relief Funds


AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Mayors, County Judges and Emergency Management officials in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey, urging them to take immediate advantage of the $500 million in funds from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that are available now. “The hazard mitigation funds available today can provide … Continue reading Texas Governor Abbott Encourages Mayors & County Judges To Take Advantage Of Harvey Relief Funds

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Minnesota Governor Dayton Announces New State Guidelines & Grants to Combat Opioid Abuse, Urges Legislative Action to Save Lives


Governor Dayton releases final guidelines to cut the risk of opioid addiction, developed by health care and community partners under bipartisan legislation enacted in 2015 Governor Dayton also announces $700,000 in opioid prevention grants to eight Greater Minnesota communities, to use proven strategies to reduce opioid abuse before it begins Governor urges Legislature to support … Continue reading Minnesota Governor Dayton Announces New State Guidelines & Grants to Combat Opioid Abuse, Urges Legislative Action to Save Lives

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Modifies Burn Ban


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Due to significant rainfall across the state, Governor Mary Fallin today issued a proclamation reducing the number of counties included in the burn ban from 36 to 14.  This change came at the recommendation of Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) after an analysis of the impact of the rainfall in the affected … Continue reading Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Modifies Burn Ban

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Missouri News: MO AG Hawley Announces Conviction of Dustin R. Thomas as part of Sex Trafficking Investigation


Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with Camden County Prosecutor Heather Miller, announced that Dustin R. Thomas, 23, of Osage Beach, has been sentenced to 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to three counts of second degree statutory rape, two counts of second degree statutory sodomy, … Continue reading Missouri News: MO AG Hawley Announces Conviction of Dustin R. Thomas as part of Sex Trafficking Investigation

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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces Increased Use of Treatment Helpline in First Quarter 2018


Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today announced details of the increase in first quarter 2018 calls to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ PA Get Help Now helpline.  In the first three months of the year, the free helpline that connects Pennsylvanians to licensed drug and alcohol treatment facilities fielded 5,078 calls … Continue reading Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces Increased Use of Treatment Helpline in First Quarter 2018

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NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby’s lawyer says “fight is not over” and plans to appeal after comedian convicted at sexual assault retrial


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyer says “fight is not over” and plans to appeal after comedian convicted at sexual assault retrial . By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC(R.A)

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Mississippi woman, Amanda Miller indicted for stealing more than $20,000 from father


JACKSON, MS – A Pearl River County woman surrendered to police last week after being indicted for stealing more than $20,000 from her elderly father, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Amanda Miller, 40, of Taylorsville, was booked into the Pearl River County Detention Facility last Wednesday on one felony count of exploitation of a vulnerable … Continue reading Mississippi woman, Amanda Miller indicted for stealing more than $20,000 from father

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JERUSALEM | Israel: 9 teenagers die in flash floods; 1 still missing


JERUSALEM (AP) — Flash floods killed nine Israeli teenagers who were hiking south of the Dead Sea on Thursday, Israel’s rescue service said. The casualties were all 18 years old. Israeli media said eight of the fatalities were female and one was male. Police said another hiker is still missing. Earlier, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel: 9 teenagers die in flash floods; 1 still missing

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NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Cosby lashes out after guilty verdict


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Bill Cosby is lashing out at prosecutors after a jury convicted him of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby stood up and erupted after jurors left the courtroom. He used an expletive to refer to District Attorney … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Cosby lashes out after guilty verdict

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NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad. Cosby, 80, could end up spending his … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

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BOERNE, Texas | 0.5K charity road race in Texas starts and ends with a beer


BOERNE, Texas (AP) — So many people have registered for a very short road race near San Antonio that no other “underachievers” are allowed to enroll. The first Boerne (BER’-nee) 0.5K is scheduled for May 5 in the city of the same name. Organizers say their city permit won’t allow more than 100 “fellow underachievers” … Continue reading BOERNE, Texas | 0.5K charity road race in Texas starts and ends with a beer

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ATLANTA | Budenholzer’s ‘harmonious’ exit starts Hawks’ coach search


ATLANTA (AP) — Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk on Thursday described coach Mike Budenholzer’s exit as “harmonious” and “as mutual as parting can be.” Schlenk also said the decision, finalized and announced late Wednesday , came after many discussions with Budenholzer and was not based on just one factor. “It’s not one thing,” Schlenk said. … Continue reading ATLANTA | Budenholzer’s ‘harmonious’ exit starts Hawks’ coach search

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LONDON | UK drops alcohol charges against 2 Canadian pilots


LONDON (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped charges against two Canadian pilots accused of preparing to fly a commercial aircraft while under the influence of alcohol after their blood samples were mistakenly destroyed at a Scottish prison. Prosecutors say there will be no further action against Imran Syed, 39, and Jean-Francois Perreault, 41, who were arrested … Continue reading LONDON | UK drops alcohol charges against 2 Canadian pilots

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WASHINGTON | Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel


WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it. McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill is unnecessary and he won’t let it reach the Senate floor. But the chairman of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

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Carson speaks to Vegas convention, visits homeless centers


LAS VEGAS/April 26, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson toured homeless centers and spoke at a manufactured housing convention in a trip to Las Vegas this week. Carson started his visit Wednesday by speaking at the Manufactured Housing Institute National Congress and Expo at the Paris Hotel on the Las … Continue reading Carson speaks to Vegas convention, visits homeless centers

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TOPEKA, Kan | After budget fix last year, Kansas considers tax cuts again


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has some financial breathing room less than a year after legislators reversed past income tax cuts to deal with persistent budget woes. The tax increase followed what many voters saw as a failed fiscal experiment. Now some Republicans want to go back to slashing taxes. The state Senate’s GOP leaders … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | After budget fix last year, Kansas considers tax cuts again

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OMAHA, Neb | Union Pacific railroad’s 1Q profit climbs 22 percent


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp.’s first-quarter earnings chugged ahead 22 percent as the railroad hauled 2 percent more freight and increased its prices. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Thursday it earned $1.31 billion, or $1.68 per share, in the first quarter. That’s up from $1.07 billion, or $1.32 per share, a year ago. … Continue reading OMAHA, Neb | Union Pacific railroad’s 1Q profit climbs 22 percent

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PARIS | The Latest: Macron hails pledge to fight terror financing


PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the Paris conference on combating terror financing (all times local): 7:25 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed the decision of more than 70 countries to form a coalition with the aim of choking off financing for the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. In the closing speech of a … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Macron hails pledge to fight terror financing

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JERUSALEM | Israel’s rescue service says 9 teenagers have died in flash floods while hiking south of the Dead Sea


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s rescue service says 9 teenagers have died in flash floods while hiking south of the Dead Sea. By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC(R.A)

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iHeartRadio Now Features The “Maoli Minute”


NEW YORK/ April 26, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The entrepreneurial themed radio show, “Go Big or Go Home” is now adding a daily podcast. Listeners can now catch serial entrepreneur Tom Maoli daily on podcast for the “Maoli Minute”. Tom Maoli will give listeners a daily minute of his entrepreneurial themed motivational tips during the AM … Continue reading iHeartRadio Now Features The “Maoli Minute”

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NEW YORK | Longtime prosecutor takes over Weinstein case in NYC


NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime Manhattan prosecutor who led the ultimately abandoned sex assault probe against former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn has now taken over the rape investigation of Harvey Weinstein, two people familiar with the case said Thursday. Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, who also won a conviction in a notorious decades-old case of … Continue reading NEW YORK | Longtime prosecutor takes over Weinstein case in NYC

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BRUSSELS | Brussels university honors director Loach despite critics


BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brussels ULB university honored British director Ken Loach with a special doctorate on Thursday despite veiled criticism from Prime Minister Charles Michel and outspoken rebukes from Jewish organizations about anti-Semitism allegations. Loach, who is known for his strong defense of the Palestine cause, is often critical of the Israeli government. Still, … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Brussels university honors director Loach despite critics

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SECAUCUS, N.J | 2 black men ‘humiliated’ when gym staffers called police


SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Two black men said they were humiliated when staffers at their New Jersey gym twice called police on them and wrongly accused them of not paying, despite one of them being a member for eight years. Rachid Maiga, 27, and Tshyrad (shah’-RAHD) Oates, 25, told WNBC-TV they were playing basketball for … Continue reading SECAUCUS, N.J | 2 black men ‘humiliated’ when gym staffers called police

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Statement from Missouri Auditor Galloway on recent action Ethics Commission related to Greene County allegations


JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today, the Missouri Ethics Commission announced final action it has taken concerning allegations that public officials in Greene County conducted inappropriate activities related to a sales tax ballot measure. In December, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway requested the authority to conduct a thorough, independent audit after her office received credible information … Continue reading Statement from Missouri Auditor Galloway on recent action Ethics Commission related to Greene County allegations

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NEW YORK | Trump praises CNN’s Cooper for Comey town hall


NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has found something to like about CNN, and it’s Anderson Cooper. The president has been a relentless media critic during his time in office, particularly of CNN. But he said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that he watched Cooper host a town hall meeting … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trump praises CNN’s Cooper for Comey town hall

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C.A.R. statement on proposal to repeal Costa-Hawkins law


LOS ANGELES/April 26, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today issued the following statement in response to the proposed Affordable Housing Act, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act: The California Association of REALTORS® understands that, however well-intentioned, rent control is nothing more than a thinly-veiled version of government-mandated price control … Continue reading C.A.R. statement on proposal to repeal Costa-Hawkins law

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Ball brothers, slowed by injuries, leaving Lithuanian club


LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are leaving their Lithuania team by mutual agreement. BC Prienu Vytautas on Thursday announced the departure of the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The team says LiAngelo injured an ankle and LaMelo has been bothered by back pain. Lithuanian basketball writer Donatas Urbonas says on Twitter that … Continue reading Ball brothers, slowed by injuries, leaving Lithuanian club

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WASHINGTON | US lifts sanctions placed on Colombian soccer team in 2014


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration lifted Thursday U.S. sanctions that had been placed on a popular Colombian soccer team for alleged ties to a drug cartel Under the Obama administration in 2015, the Treasury Department placed Envigado soccer club and owner Juan Pablo Upequi on its foreign narcotics kingpins list. The U.S. accused Upequi … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US lifts sanctions placed on Colombian soccer team in 2014

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MADISON, Wis | DNR approves pulling Lake Michigan water for Foxconn plant


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved a request to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to serve a new Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant, helping the Taiwanese electronics giant clear a major regulatory hurdle. Foxconn expects to begin construction on a $10 billion flat-screen plant … Continue reading MADISON, Wis | DNR approves pulling Lake Michigan water for Foxconn plant

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Habitat for Humanity and the Scott Brothers celebrate culmination of 2018 Home is the Key campaign by dedicating new homes in Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn./ April 26, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the closing of its second annual Home is the Key campaign with a special key dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting with two families in Nashville. Habitat Humanitarians Drew and Jonathan Scott, world-renowned entrepreneurs and real estate and construction experts, helped close out the … Continue reading Habitat for Humanity and the Scott Brothers celebrate culmination of 2018 Home is the Key campaign by dedicating new homes in Nashville

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NEW YORK | 3 student gun control activists to be honored by PEN


NEW YORK (AP) — Two survivors of the Parkland school massacre in Florida and the twin sibling of a gun victim from Washington, D.C., will be honored at next month’s PEN America gala. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Cameron Kasky and Samantha Fuentes, and Washington, D.C., high school student Zion Kelly will be presented … Continue reading NEW YORK | 3 student gun control activists to be honored by PEN

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WASHINGTON | US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers’ prospects amid the spring buying season. It was the third straight week of increases for long-term mortgage rates. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.

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BERLIN | European Space Agency releases 1st image from Mars orbiter


BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency has released the first image taken by its Trace Gas Orbiter showing the ice-covered edge of a vast Martian crater. Scientists combined three pictures of the Korolev Crater taken from an altitude of 400 kilometers (249 miles) on April 15. Lead researcher Nicolas Thomas said Thursday the colors … Continue reading BERLIN | European Space Agency releases 1st image from Mars orbiter

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Attorney and Best-selling Author William Bronchick Is Revealing the Real Scams in Real Estate Investing


AURORA, COLO. / APRIL 26, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Best-selling author, real-estate maestro and a seasoned investor, William ‘Bill’ Bronchick has shared another eye-opening post on his informative website that reveals scams in the world of real estate like never before. Bronchick is the founder and CEO of the Bronchick Consulting Group, and in a recent … Continue reading Attorney and Best-selling Author William Bronchick Is Revealing the Real Scams in Real Estate Investing

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Body of slain Hamas engineer returned to Gaza


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The body of a Hamas scientist who was gunned down in Malaysia last week was returned to the Gaza Strip on Thursday for burial. Relatives, Hamas leaders and other political faction chiefs greeted the body of Fadi al-Batsh as it entered Gaza through Egypt. Al-Batsh’s family said he would … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Body of slain Hamas engineer returned to Gaza

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