Sheriff’s Official: Family Of 6 Killed In House Fire

(AP) – A Cass County sheriff’s official has confirmed that all six members of a rural southeast Nebraska family were killed in a house fire this week.  Capt. Dave Lamprecht said Friday that 36-year-old Michael Speer; his wife, 36-year-old Michelle Speer; and their four young daughters died in the blaze reported just after midnight Wednesday. […]

Clinton Showing Strength In Florida, NC

(AP) – Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before Election Day.  Data compiled by The Associated Press show she may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado.  Donald Trump, meanwhile, appears to be holding ground in […]

3 States Say They Denied Russia Request To Monitor Election

(AP) – Oklahoma and two other states say they have denied a request by Russian officials to be present at polling stations during the Nov. 8 election.  The Oklahoma secretary of state’s office says it received a letter in August from Russia’s consulate general in Houston seeking to have one of its officers present at […]

Georgia Man Sent Teen Sex Texts As Son Was Dying In Hot Car

(AP) — Trial evidence shows a Georgia man swapped sexual text messages with a teenage girl while his toddler son was dying in the back of a hot SUV.  The young woman who exchanged the texts with Justin Ross Harris testified Friday that he asked for a photograph of her breasts, and she sent him […]

US Internet Disrupted As Key Firm Gets Hit By Cyberattack

(AP) — There have been reports of internet disruption across the East Coast of the United States after a key firm was hit by a cyberattack.  New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with malicious electronic traffic.  The company said in a […]

Unemployment Rates Rose In 3 Of 8 US Swing States Last Month

(AP) — Unemployment rates rose in three of eight U. S. swing states last month, fell in two and were unchanged in the remaining three.  The Labor Department says employers cut jobs in four states and added them in three, with job totals flat in New Hampshire.  The figures reflect broader trends that were evident […]

Cardinal Says Candidates Exchanged Kind Words

(AP) — New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says there were “touching moments” between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at a charity dinner that was otherwise marked by barbed remarks by the presidential candidates.  Dolan told NBC’s “Today show” Friday that at one point at the dinner, Trump leaned in and told Clinton: “You are one […]

Most US Syrians Arrivals Are Kids, Now Enrolling In School

(AP) — U.S. State Department figures show nearly 60 percent of the more than 11,000 Syrian refugees who have arrived in the United States over the past year were children. Resettlement agencies say that’s a larger percentage than most refugee groups, in part because Syrians tend to have larger families and many have managed to […]

Planned Parenthood Wins Suit To Block Mississippi Law

(AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that banned the state’s Medicaid program from spending money with any health care provider that offers abortions.  U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed in June by Planned Parenthood affiliates. The law took effect July 1. Jordan says every […]

Attack In Afghanistan Killed Illinois Solider, Oklahoma Man

(AP) — The Defense Department has identified a U.S. soldier from Illinois and an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma as those killed in an attack this week in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.  The military says in a statement 26-year-old Sgt. Douglas J. Riney of Fairview, Illinois, and 40-year-old Michael G. Sauro of McAlester, Oklahoma, died […]