Meteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking near record highs and oppressive humidity Friday.
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Jim Ed Brown, a star on the "Grand Ole Opry" radio program for more than a half-century, died on Thursday night in a Nashville-area hospital at the age of 81. Brown died at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee after a long battle with lung cancer, according to Webster Public Relations. Bobby Bare, who produced some of Brown's work and was a long-time friend, told Reuters: "He had class and he had style and he had a great voice... He was a real artist." Brown is set to be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame set for this fall, an honor he had been looking forward to receiving.
Police say more than $17,000 worth of electronics, including several iPads and computers, were stolen from a Catholic school in West Philadelphia.
A fire broke out at an apartment building in Lansdowne, Delaware County, leaving approximately 80 people displaced.
An FBI representative told the broadcaster that Nicholas Rovinski, 24, was taken into custody on Thursday night, but they would not say what he had been charged with. Kristen Setera, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Boston, could only confirm the arrest but not if it was linked to the case. Last Tuesday, police said they fatally shot 26-year-old Usaamah Abdullah Rahim when FBI agents and a Boston police officer approached him in a parking lot to question him after wire-tapped phone calls revealed he was planning to behead police officers.
Alaska Governor Bill Walker on Thursday rescinded his plan to furlough more than 10,000 state employees after state lawmakers reached a $5 billion budget agreement, avoiding a partial government shutdown from July 1. Lawmakers had been at odds for more than four months on how to fund day-to-day operations with Alaska beset by a budget shortfall as large as $4 billion, worsened by a global oil price plunge.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge said Thursday that enough evidence exists to charge two white policemen in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old black boy who was holding a pellet gun, a largely symbolic ruling because he can't compel prosecutors to charge them.
The Gallup survey comes after a series of police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, New York's Staten Island, and Baltimore, Maryland, have fueled a national debate about justice for U.S. minorities. After weeks of protests over the August 2014 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, blacks became just as likely to name race relations as the nation's top problem as they were to name unemployment, the polling company found. In the last quarter of 2014, 15 percent of blacks cited race relations as the top U.S. problem, compared with 3 percent of whites in the same quarter - a 12 percent gap, the survey found.
DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators believe a female prison employee had agreed to be the getaway driver in last weekend's escape by two killers but never showed up, a person close to the case told The Associated Press on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Union-backed Democrats launched a last-ditch effort Thursday to scuttle President Barack Obama's trade agenda by sacrificing a favored program of their own that retrains workers displaced by international trade.
Authorities say a suspect opened fire on a man and woman, then briefly barricading himself inside a home in Philadelphia's Frankford section.
A Virginia prosecutor said on Thursday he will not pursue misdemeanor charges against a black college student whose arrest and rough handling by white officers prompted the governor to order a state police investigation. University of Virginia student Martese Johnson, 20, made national headlines when a video surfaced on social media showing him on the sidewalk, his face bloodied, and with state alcoholic beverage control agents standing over him. It came at a time when confrontations between black citizens and white police officers had prompted protests around the country.
A federal judge in Minnesota ordered on Thursday that a Somali-American man remain in custody pending trial on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State and lying to federal agents. Mohamed Farah, 21, who was born in Minneapolis and was a full-time college student before his arrest in April, was one of six men charged as a group in April with conspiring to support Islamic State militants. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that Farah was a flight risk and danger to the community, despite the defense's contention he had no criminal record or history of violence and that the case against him was weak.
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A 2-alarm fire broke out at an apartment building in Lansdowne, Delaware County.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a University of Virginia student whose bloody arrest sparked a public uproar and a state police investigation, a prosecutor said Thursday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell made her final written plea to a federal appeals court Thursday, restating her claim that her public corruption convictions were based on an overly broad definition of bribery.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Months before James Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, his ex-girlfriend said she urged him talk to his therapist after he mentioned having thoughts about killing people, thoughts that to her "seemed very philosophical" and not a concrete threat.
A small oil spill was reported on Thursday after a pipeline, the owner of which is unknown, ruptured in Carlyss, Louisiana, according to a local official. The spill from a 10-inch line was quickly contained, according to Norman Bourdeau, operations manager for the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security.
HONOLULU (AP) — Sarah Kailikele was 84 years old when she died on Aug. 14, 1909, according to the inscription on her toppled tombstone, which was leaning on the base it was once mounted on.