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  • Michigan couple facing charges after girl ingests methamphetamine, dies at northern Indiana home

    ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Two southwestern Michigan residents face charges in northern Indiana in the death of a 10-year-old girl who died after ingesting methamphetamine. Prosecutors say the girl and her 9-year-old sibling were taken to an Elkhart home last June by her father, 34-year-old Brandon Hobbs, and his 30-year-old girlfriend, Erica Reschke. The girl died at the home. Toxicology tests revealed high levels of the drug in her body. Hobbs and Reschke are from Cassopolis, north of the Michigan-Indiana […]

  • Police say Jussie Smollett was unsatisfied with his salary, faked attack to promote career

    CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist and homophobic attack because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Chicago’s police superintendent said Thursday. Smollett also sent a racist and homophobic threatening letter to the Fox studio lot where he works in Chicago before the attack, Supt. Eddie Johnson said. Smollett turned himself in and was arrested early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he […]

  • ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett charged with making false police report

    CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could bring one to three years in prison and force the actor to pay for the cost of the investigation into his […]

  • Holcomb announces $750,000 in grants to fight drug crisis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana will award $750,000 in grants to support local coalitions across the state fighting the drug crisis. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office announced this week the substance use coalitions each will receive a $75,000 grant to develop, improve and enhance treatment and recovery initiatives. They include the Four County Counseling Center in Cass County, Clark County Cares, Hancock Health, Turning Point in Howard County, the Samaritan Center in Knox County, and INSTEP in Marion County. Also, the Alliance […]

  • US mine sites pour 50M gallons of polluted water daily

    RIMINI, Mont. — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting water supplies in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. The pollution is a legacy of how the mining industry was allowed to operate […]

  • Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market. But it’s far from clear that consumers will embrace a device that retails for almost $2,000, or that it will provide the creative catalyst the smartphone market needs. The Galaxy Fold, announced Wednesday in San Francisco, will sell for $1,980 when it is released April 26. Consumers willing to pay that hefty […]

  • Alabama woman who joined Islamic State isn’t citizen and cannot return, US says

    WASHINGTON — An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won’t be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the U.S. said on Wednesday. Her lawyer is challenging that claim. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Hoda Muthana, who is now in a refugee camp in Syria along with others who fled the remnants of the Islamic State, has no legal claim to citizenship and will […]

  • Supreme Court sides with Indiana man in 8th Amendment case

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs’ $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. Reading a summary of her opinion in the courtroom, Ginsburg noted that […]

  • Boilermakers defeat the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall 48-46

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— Matt Haarms tipped in a basket with 3.2 seconds remaining to lift No. 15 Purdue over Indiana 48-46 on Tuesday night. Ryan Cline had 11 points, and Haarms finished with six for the Boilermakers (19-7, 12-3 Big Ten), who have won three straight at Assembly Hall for the first time in school history. It didn’t come easily. Indiana’s Romeo Langford scored 14 points despite not taking a shot in the second half, and Juwan Morgan’s 3-pointer grazed the […]

  • Illinois governor signs measure to raise state’s minimum wage to $15

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest. It was one of the new Democratic governor’s top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion. Illinois is on track to be the first state in the Midwest to push its base wage to $15. It increases from $8.25 by $1 on Jan. 1, and jumps to $10 on […]

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