COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio State University alumni group critical of the firing of a popular band director said on Friday his dismissal was a bid to appease Title IX investigators probing sexual harassment and abuse at the school. Jon Waters was fired in July after a two-month investigation prompted by a parent's complaints concluded he failed to address or eliminate a sexually hostile environment that included traditions such as sexually explicit nicknames and band practices in underwear. A report by alumni of Ohio State University band, known as TBDBITL or "The Best Damn Band in the Land," said the findings of the school's probe into Waters had been "overwhelmingly refuted in public in the days and weeks since its release." The group pointed to an announcement that OSU had resolved a four-year Title IX investigation into how the school handled sexual abuse and harassment. In a letter sent to OSU President Michael Drake on Thursday, Meena Morey Chandra, regional director with the Office for Civil Rights, part of the U.S.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A law designed to restructure Argentina's debt and sidestep a U.S. court ruling that pushed the government into default could be difficult to apply and worsen the country's frail economy, analysts say.
In Southwest Philadelphia's Eastwick section, officials toured several homes that are sinking, in hopes of finding a solution.
Police marine units were called in to search for a swimmer who went missing in the Delaware River in South Philadelphia.
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the outpatient surgery facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure is no longer at the clinic.
A Kentucky man, who made international news for saying he was trying to clone humans, must close or sell his business after pleading guilty to a federal charge that he misled customers about in-home fertility kits, according to court documents. Panayiotis Zavos faces up to a year in prison when he is sentenced in January on the misdemeanor charge. His attorney, Jarrod J. Beck, said on Friday he hopes his client will avoid prison. Zavos and his company, Zavos Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc., or ZDL, both pleaded guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement.
A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states failed to collect enough signatures to put it on the November 2016 ballot, state officials said on Friday, as the group behind the plan criticized the rejection. The Six Californias campaign submitted more than a million signatures to the Secretary of State's office on Friday, but only about 750,000 were counted as valid, the state elections agency said on its website. The campaign needed over 800,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Black elementary schoolchildren in California were chronically truant and faced suspension from school at disproportionately high rates compared to other students last year, according to a study Friday that follows similar research from the U.S. Education Department.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas asked a federal appeals court Friday to allow the state to immediately enforce a law requiring all abortion clinics to adhere to costly standards required for walk-in surgical clinics, which would close more than half of the state's abortion facilities.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - More than 500 illegal immigrants in Colorado mistakenly received driver's licenses or photo identification cards intended for U.S. Colorado began issuing licenses to non-citizens in August under a law approved this year by state lawmakers and supported by law enforcement. Advocates argued that letting undocumented residents receive valid licenses would make the state's roads safer, as applicants would need to pass a driving test and buy automobile insurance. The license states on its face that it cannot be used as identification allowing the holder to vote, as a form of federal identification, nor to apply for government benefits.
A teen convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school scrambled over a prison fence with two other inmates only to be caught nearly six hours later while hiding by a church just 100 yards from the prison.
(Reuters) - A Texas sheriff has issued an arrest warrant for National Football League (NFL) star Adrian Peterson on a charge of injury to a child, the Montgomery County sheriff's Office said on Friday. The Minnesota Vikings also said in a statement they will drop Peterson from the team's roster for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Sandra Maler)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teenager was killed while trying to protect his mother from her estranged boyfriend, and the woman was abducted and later found dead in Ohio during a multistate police search, a sheriff said Friday.
Star NFL running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted by a grand jury in Texas on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina congressman Mark Sanford called off his engagement to his Argentine "soul mate," Maria Belen Chapur, in a lengthy Facebook post on Friday, citing an ongoing lawsuit with his ex-wife. Last week Jenny Sanford asked a court to her restrict her ex-husband's access to their youngest son, as well as requiring him to undergo a psychiatric exam and take anger management and parenting classes. Sanford, 54, who served two terms as South Carolina governor, was widely ridiculed when in 2009 he tried to hide his affair with Chapur by falsely saying that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. "No relationship can stand forever this tension of being forced to pick between the one you love and your own son or daughter, and for this reason Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement," he added, saying the couple could get back together "when waters calm with Jenny." Sanford made a successful return to politics last year when he defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a personality-driven election for a seat in the U.S.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.
A tree trimmer was flown to the hospital on Friday after he apparently fell from a tree branch, landed on another, then landed on a hornet's nest.
Twelve children in Delaware were hospitalized for a respiratory illness and it could be at least a week before it's known if it's the same virus that has sickened hundreds of children across the country.
A 76-year-old Wilmington man is alive thanks to the quick thinking of a Good Samaritan and now police want to find that hero and say 'Thank You.'