• Mom admits plotting girl's death: 'I wanted her to go away'

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) " The mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified Wednesday that she helped plot the attack and carry it out, telling her daughter before her death that "I can't help you anymore."Appearing to smirk at times, Sara Packer calmly recounted how she watched her boyfriend sexually assault her daughter, 14-year-old Grace Packer, then strangle her in a hot attic outside Philadelphia. She said Grace looked at her as she was being choked to death, [

  • Goran Dragic's 22 points lead Miami Heat past Spurs 110-105 in Dwyane Wade's final game in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — Goran Dragic had 22 points and the Miami Heat snapped the Spurs' nine-game winning streak with a 110-105 victory Wednesday night, sending Dwyane Wade home a winner in his final game in San Antonio.Dion Waiters added 18 points and Josh Richardson had 15 for Miami, which has won three straight.San Antonio's previous loss was Feb. 25 in Brooklyn as part of their 1-7 Rodeo Road Trip. The Spurs had won 11 straight at home.San Antonio rallied from a [

  • 'Full House' to big house in college scheme? Experts differ

    BOSTON (AP) " Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? It could go either way, experts say.Some of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into top universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message that the privileged are not above the law, some lawyers say. But others predict that most, if not all, will end up with probation and a fine, particularly if they quickly agree to accept responsibility and cooperate, which observers [

  • Trump's criticism of McCain raises ire of some Republicans

    WASHINGTON (AP) " Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain, even claiming credit for the senator's moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked.By the time the president began his anti-McCain tirade in Ohio on Wednesday, several leading Republicans had signaled a new willingness to defy Trump by defending the Vietnam War veteran as a hero seven months after he died of [

  • European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

    Boeing's grounded airliners are likely to be parked longer now that European and Canadian regulators plan to conduct their own reviews of changes the company is making after two of the jets crashed.The Europeans and Canadians want to do more than simply take the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's word that alterations to a key flight-control system will make the 737 Max safer. Those reviews scramble an ambitious schedule set by Boeing and could undercut the FAA's reputation around [

  • Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop 'bride' trafficking

    BANGKOK (AP) " Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into traveling to China in search of work or kidnapped and held against their will to be sold as "brides" for Chinese men. Most of those taken hostage by Chinese families are locked up and raped, it says. [

  • After mosque attacks, NZealand banning 'military-style' guns

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) " Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate ban Thursday on sales of "military-style" semi-automatic and automatic weapons like the ones used in the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 worshippers.The man charged in the attack had purchased his weapons legally using a standard firearms license and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines "done easily through a simple online purchase," she said."Every semi- [

  • USC's new president ready to 'fix' school after scandals

    LOS ANGELES (AP) " The new president of the University of Southern California said she wants to be a part of "fixing" the school following a series of high-profile scandals including the massive college admissions bribery case that broke last week.Carol Folt, a biologist and former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become USC's 12th president and the first permanent female president in school history, the board of trustees announced Wednesday. Her [

  • APNewsbreak: Police say immigrant suspect killed for drugs

    RENO, Nev. (AP) " A detective says a Salvadoran immigrant charged with four Nevada murders told police he robbed and killed his elderly victims during a 10-day rampage in January because he needed money to buy methamphetamine.The detective told the grand jury, which indicted Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman in Reno last week, the 20-year-old who is living in the U.S. illegally broke into tears and repeatedly called himself an "idiot" before confessing to the murders during an [

  • The Latest: New Zealand bans all assault weapons immediately

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) " The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local):6:45 p.m.New Zealand police say they inadvertently charged the mosque terror suspect with the murder of a person who is still alive.Police charged 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant with a single, representative count of murder after 50 people were killed in Friday's attack on two mosques in Christchurch.But police on Thursday said in a statement they made an [

  • New US asylum policy dealt setback in immigration court

    SAN DIEGO (AP) " Scheduling glitches led an immigration judge to deny the Trump administration's request to order four Central American migrants deported because they failed to show for initial hearings Wednesday in the U.S. while being forced to wait in Mexico.The judge's refusal was a setback for the administration's highly touted initiative to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts.One migrant came to court with a notice to [

  • Hickenlooper says he'd suspend death penalty as president

    Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he would suspend the federal death penalty if elected president.Hickenlooper, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, made the pledge during a CNN town hall Wednesday night.As governor, Hickenlooper refused to execute a quadruple-murderer. He said he was opposed to the death penalty and wouldn't carry it out.Asked if he would do the same for the 63 people currently on federal death row, Hickenlooper said yes. [