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  • IU suspends Ellison, permanently dismisses him from football team

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Morgan Ellison has been suspended for 2 1/2 years from Indiana University in a sexual assault case, dismissing him permanently from the football team. The university announced the suspension Friday, saying the ban from all university-related activities resulted in the running back’s permanent dismissal from the team. Two weeks ago, a university panel said it determined Ellison sexually assaulted a female student. Ellison has not been charged with a crime. Ellison led the Hoosiers in rushing last […]

  • Saudis confirm death of journalist and Indiana State grad Jamal Khashoggi

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in a fight, and said 18 Saudis were being held as suspects. The overnight announcements in Saudi state media came more than two weeks after Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for paperwork required to marry his Turkish fiancée, and never came out. Saudi Arabia had rejected as baseless reports that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered […]

  • Songbook Foundation plans to sell donated Carmel estate of late billionaire

    CARMEL, Ind. — A foundation dedicated to 20th century American music history plans to sell the suburban Indianapolis estate of the late billionaire Mel Simon that it was given. The Carmel-based Great American Songbook Foundation says an auction first is planned Nov. 17-18 of antique furniture, artwork and other property from the main house and other structures. The property includes two golf courses . Proceeds would benefit the foundation’s mission of music education and historic preservation. Bren Simon donated the 107-acre (43-hectare) Asherwood estate […]

  • Russian woman charged with interfering with US elections, including 2018 midterms

    WASHINGTON– A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month’s midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It’s believed to be the first federal case alleging Russian interference in this year’s election. The Justice Department disclosed the criminal complaint soon after U.S. intelligence agencies said in a joint statement that they were concerned about efforts by Russia, China and Iran to influence U.S. voters and policy. The […]

  • Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $1 billion

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $1 billion ahead of the drawing Friday night. The prize is the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history, behind only a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in 2016. No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24. That reflects the game’s long odds, at one in 302.5 million. The $1 billion refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Most winners take the cash option, […]

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders holds rally for Liz Watson in Bloomington

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Sen. Bernie Sanders is speaking in Bloomington Friday as part of his nine-state battleground tour on behalf of the Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. The rally is for Liz Watson, who is challenging Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Ind. You can watch a live stream of the event in the player above. Sanders is expected to make a decision on whether to launch another campaign in the coming months and the tour could inform his decision. It will allow […]

  • StarKist faces $100 million fine after admitting to fixing tuna prices

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The DOJ said StarKist faces up to a $100 million fine when it is sentenced. Prosecutors allege that the industry’s top three companies conspired between 2010 and 2013 to keep prices artificially high. “We have cooperated with the DOJ during the course of its investigation […]

  • Server with data over Indiana National Guard personnel target of attack

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana National Guard says a state, non-military computer server containing personal information on civilian and military Guard personnel was the target of a recent ransomware attack. The Guard said Thursday it is notifying the affected personnel that they should be alert for suspicious activity or fraudulent accounts being opened in their name. It says the type of ransomware attack targets the server by denying access to the rightful owners but usually does not compromise the contents of […]

  • Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $970M as drawing approaches

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark. Officials raised the estimated jackpot Thursday for the second time due to strong sales ahead of Friday night’s drawing. The prize is the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history, behind only a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in 2016. No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24. That reflects the game’s long odds , at […]

  • South Bend officer allegedly switched price tags before buying items

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A South Bend police officer is accused of switching price tags on several items before he purchased them at a store. Thirty-three-year-old Brandon Jones is charged with misdemeanor theft and felony delivery of a false sales document. He surrendered Thursday at the St. Joseph County Jail and was ordered held without bond until his arraignment. Authorities say Jones was stopped Sept. 25 by an employee at a Walmart store in South Bend who allegedly saw […]