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Texas governor signs bill to protect kids’ lemonade stands

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure that’s meant to allow children to run lemonade stands without fear of being shut down by police. The bill signed by the Republican governor on Monday was passed this year after Texas police shut down a lemonade stand run by two […]

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Man bit off and swallowed grandfather’s fingertip

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been tried by a judge after biting off his grandfather’s fingertip and swallowing it during an argument. The digit was never recovered. The Roanoke Times reports 23-year-old Aaron Michael Adams was charged with malicious wounding and aggravated malicious wounding in the attack on Mark Douglas Lyle. Judge […]

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A family vanished, then found dead in desert. Now, a verdict

PHOTO: Charles “Chase” Merritt arrested in the McStay family murder, Photo Date: Nov. 7, 2014. (Image License Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A jury’s verdict will be revealed in the case of a Southern California man charged with killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the desert. […]

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Police: David Ortiz shot at Santo Domingo bar

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities say former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at nearly point-blank range in his native Dominican Republic. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte says Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and […]

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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ bests ‘Dark Phoenix’ at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After nearly 20 years, the current manifestation of X-Men movies is going out with a whimper. Studios on Sunday estimate that “Dark Phoenix” earned a franchise low of $33 million from 3,721 North American locations over the weekend for a second place finish. “Dark Phoenix” is the first major 20th Century […]

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9 injured when subway car derails in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — A subway car has derailed in Boston, sending nine people to the hospital. Local emergency officials said none of the injuries are life-threatening. Officials with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said the accident occurred at about 11 a.m. Saturday when a Green Line subway car derailed in a tunnel near Kenmore Square. […]

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Mexican officials working to de-escalate tensions over immigration, avoid punitive tariffs with U.S.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials have copied a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook in recent days, taking to Twitter to communicate that they are working flat-out to de-escalate tensions over immigration and avoid punitive tariffs on all Mexican exports to the U.S. Announcements of meetings in Washington, selfies and carefully crafted messages of […]

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US says border wall will ‘avoid’ historic Texas cemetery

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government says it won’t build President Donald Trump’s border wall on the site of a historic cemetery that might have required the exhumation of graves. U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Monday saying it would “avoid” the Eli Jackson Cemetery while “still meeting Border Patrol’s operational requirements for […]

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Carnival in US court over pollution from its cruise ships

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. is in Miami federal court for a hearing on what to do about allegations that it has continued polluting the oceans from some of its cruise ships despite agreeing years ago to stop. The world’s largest cruise line is accused by federal prosecutors of violating terms of probation from a […]

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A diminished ‘Godzilla’ still bests ‘Rocketman,’ ‘Ma’

NEW YORK (AP) — “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” was brought down to size at the weekend box office but was still easily No. 1, while the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” and the Octavia Spencer-led horror film “Ma” got off to strong starts. The latest “Godzilla” installment came in slightly below industry expectations, opening with […]

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Drugs make headway against lung, breast, prostate cancers

CHICAGO (AP) — Newer drugs are improving survival for some people with hard-to-treat forms of cancer. One study in advanced lung cancer tested Keytruda (kee-TROO-dah), a drug that helps the immune system fight tumors. Five-year survival was 23% for people who got Keytruda as part of their initial therapy and 16% for those who tried […]

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Uber to boot riders from app if they repeatedly misbehave

If you misbehave repeatedly while getting a ride from Uber, you could get booted off the app. The company says that starting Wednesday, riders with a rating from drivers that’s significantly below average could lose their ability to ride. But before that happens they’ll get tips on how to improve ratings by being polite, not […]

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