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Flint, Michigan councilman pawned his government laptop

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city council member accused of pawning his publicly owned laptop has pleaded no contest to willful neglect of duty. The misdemeanor charge against Flint Councilman Eric Mays was announced Wednesday. Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton says "it's time for ...

Charlottesville begins covering Confederate statue in black

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Workers in Charlottesville shrouded a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in black on Wednesday in a move intended to symbolize the city's mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month. Live video from the scene ...

Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone. The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry ...

Americans stake out prime viewing spots to see sun go dark

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in ...

Jerry Lewis, Hollywood survivor, showman, dies at 91

By CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis epitomized what it meant to be a survivor in Hollywood. Through ups and downs in popularity, health troubles and weight fluctuations and the sorts of seismic shifts that take place over decades in the entertainment industry, ...

University of Texas removes Confederate statues

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Pres AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas President Greg Fenves ordered the immediate removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures from a main area of campus, saying such monuments have become "symbols of modern white supremacy ...

No one hurt after plane emergency lands on a Florida highway

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say no one is hurt after a single-engine plane caught fire during its emergency landing on a Florida highway, which closed traffic in both directions. Local news outlets report the pilot decided to land Sunday night near John Anderson Highway in Flagler ...

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the ...

Massive counterprotest upstages Boston “free speech rally”

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans in a public rejection of white nationalism upstaged a small group in Boston that planned a "free speech rally" a week after a violent clash rocked Virginia and reverberated across the ...

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after ...