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Today in History
Today is Sunday, Oct. 18, the 292nd day of 2020. There are 74 days left in the year.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 18-24:
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Today in History
Today is Sunday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2018. There is one day left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 30, 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
On this date:
In 1813, British troops burned Buffalo, New York, during the War of 1812.
In a story Dec. 24 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously the last name of actress Gabrielle Carteris.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — City councilors in Akron, Ohio are backing off on a proposed ordinance that would jail dog owners if their dogs bark excessively.
Toughening penalties for barking dogs was originally proposed by Councilman Russ Neal Jr., who proposed increasing penalties to include a possible month in jail. During a special council meeting Monday, councilors discussed the pushback on the proposed law they received in recent days.
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (AP) — Two people have died in a weekend house fire in Massachusetts.
The fire in a single-family home in Southwick was reported at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
No names were released but authorities say both victims were adults.
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is changing plans for a downtown site after finding it was too expensive to build a farmers' market with a pavilion.
The Vicksburg Post reports the new plan is to develop a park. Vicksburg city officials voted last week to seek bids for the project, which is estimated to cost about $127,000.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Russ Clark's favorite part of the ultrasound is when the medical students go for his gallbladder.
His heart might not be in precisely the right spot, but it's there. Same with his liver.
But his gallbladder? It was removed years ago, and the students can get confused searching for it.
So "from a humorous point of view," that's his favorite. It teaches them that as you age, organs can shrink, grow or move around a bit.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A shortage of police officers is driving up overtime spending at the St. Johnsbury Police Department.
But that's not the main concern of town officials.
The select board discussed the overtime issue at its regular meeting on Sept. 10 during Finance Director Lesley Russ's report.
Select Board chairman Tim Angell first raised the issue while looking over the town's August financial reports.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — After taking the oath of citizenship at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lis Campos immediately turned her head right and smiled at her father, Jardiel Campos.
The father had already earned his citizenship after fleeing from Cuba in 2000. Now, the daughter was following suit.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll believes Russell Wilson is trying too hard to create opportunities during Seattle's winless start and in the process is making the kinds of fourth-quarter mistakes that have largely been absent during his career.
CHICAGO (AP) — Russell Wilson looked to his left and his right. He looked for help in the middle of the field. He looked short and he looked for deep balls.
No one was open.
It was that kind of Monday night for the Seattle Seahawks.
Florence's strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday:
HOPING IT DOESN'T GET WORSE
Police helped Debbie Covington's elderly parents leave their home in a low-lying neighborhood of Cheraw, South Carolina, early Sunday and shelter at Covington's house on higher ground next door.
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Local residents have banded together to try to reopen a hands-on science center in North Carolina that abruptly closed last month.
Port Discover shut its doors on Aug. 31.
Russ Haddad, chairman of the center's board of directors, said the agency didn't have enough money to cover its operating costs.
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos throttle back Von Miller every summer because if they don't, in the words of coach Vance Joseph, "he'll wreck practice."
So, Miller saved his wrecking ball for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Miller collected four quarterback hits, three sacks, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in leading the Broncos to a 27-24 win in Case Keenum's Denver debut .
DENVER (AP) — Case Keenum won his Denver debut despite throwing three interceptions to go with his three touchdowns.
He can thank Von Miller , who sacked Russell Wilson three times, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the Broncos held off the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 on Sunday to win for the 18th time in their past 19 home openers.
A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence churned across the Atlantic on Sunday toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast late this week, triggering warnings to people up and down the coast to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes and fill sandbags.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck is celebrating its 49th annual International Powwow in a renovated arena.
The Bismarck Tribune reports festivities begin Friday morning and continue through the weekend. There is a charge to attend.
Powwow leaders estimate about 10,000 people will attend, giving a $1.3 million boost to the local economy.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho group of state and local political leaders launched a statewide effort on Wednesday to oppose a ballot initiative seeking to legalize historical horse racing.
The group, known as Idaho United Against Prop 1, announced it was releasing TV and radio ads urging Idaho voters to oppose the ballot initiative in November. They created a political action committee to allow for political spending and fundraising last week with the secretary of state's office.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will be a pallbearer for his friend and former Senate colleague John McCain.
The Middleton Democrat served in the Senate with McCain from 1993 to 2011. Feingold and the Arizona Republican worked together on a landmark campaign finance law in 2002.
The 81-year-old McCain died Saturday at his home after battling brain cancer.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament as it was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing two people and then fatally shooting himself in a rampage that wounded several others, authorities said.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former government contractor sentenced to more than five years in prison for mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization has received what prosecutors are calling the longest sentence ever imposed for a federal crime involving leaks to the media.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former government contractor who pleaded guilty to mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors, who called it the longest sentence ever imposed for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — This much senior quarterback Arion Worthman knows: He's leaner, faster and ready to lead Air Force's triple-option offense .
And this much Worthman doesn't really know: his muddy backfield situation.
GOSHEN, Conn. (AP) — Russ Murdock sits in his workshop, chiseling letters onto a large craggy boulder.
The words read "Philip Roth 1933 2018."
Murdock is creating the gravestone for the noted award-winning American author who died in May. While a somber undertaking, Murdock is pleased he was asked by the man who penned such classics as "Goodbye Columbus" and "Portnoy's Complaint" to perform the final task.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A garbage collection company that officials say is responsible for missed pickups in a northeastern Indiana city is apologizing and promising to do better.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has asked the attorney general to look into a whistleblower complaint about alleged inappropriate and drunken behavior by staff of the California State Lottery, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
An anonymous employee last week sent Brown's office and The Sacramento Bee a letter and package of photos showing the behavior, the newspaper reported .
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Like so many of the several hundred people who crammed to the Allegheny River front at 6 p.m. Saturday to see a pogo stick exhibition, Chris Uhren and Meghan Bray thought they were coming to see some local pogo enthusiasts from a local club who just happened to like this underground sport.
"I wasn't sure what to expect," Bray, 23, of Friendship, said. "We heard yesterday that there were these people who were flipping around on pogo sticks and we just wanted to see it."
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis woman accused of fatally shooting a man to divert attention from the investigation of another killing will go to trial in June.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a judge on Friday set the trial date for Pamela Hupp of O'Fallon. She could face the death penalty if convicted.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Fans of the Battle Creek Bombers lined up overnight to get a free Bombers tattoo — and free tickets for life to watch the baseball team.
LIME SPRINGS, Iowa (AP) — Some northern Iowa residents have banded together to fight what they call pollution of their water and air after several failed attempts to thwart the rise of hog confinements.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Well, it turns out that maybe Panthers four-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly may have a minor flaw in his game.
The 27-year-old Kuechly, considered one of the best players in the league at his position, said after Sunday's practice his pass rushing ability needs to improve "by leaps and bounds."
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — California Lottery officials handed over a symbolic $1 million check to the owners of the Northern California liquor store that sold the sole winning ticket to an estimated $543 million Mega Millions lottery prize.
Russ Lopez, deputy director of corporate communications, said Wednesday outside Ernie's Liquors in San Jose that the holder of the ticket has one year to claim the prize.
KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) — A Finnish company has signed a definitive agreement to purchase four paper mills in Wisconsin for $615 million.
Expera Specialty Solutions has been sold to Ahlstom-Munksjo, a publicly traded paper company based in Helsinki, Finland. The transaction, which was announced Monday, is expected to be completed later in the year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was no secret that a team doctor now being investigated for sexually abusing male athletes decades ago at Ohio State University liked to linger in the showers alongside those athletes. But he wasn't the only one leering at young men inside the campus recreation center where many teams practiced and university employees exercised.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police, social workers and community groups have banded together to help a California family with nowhere to go.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi and Louisiana wildlife officials have stopped killing deer to test for chronic wasting disease after no additional cases were found.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks learned Feb. 9 that the disease had been confirmed in the Delta's Issaquena County. It was the first time the illness was found in Mississippi. Officials say genetics showed the infected white-tailed deer was local, and therefore was infected locally.
DETROIT (AP) — Tests show Ron Ilitch, whose family owns the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, died in February from a dangerous mix of drugs.
The Detroit News reports that Ilitch's death was attributed to "drug intoxication," including fentanyl. He was the 61-year-old son of Mike and Marian Ilitch. Besides sports teams, the family owns the Little Caesars pizza chain.
SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Seven young brown pelicans have been released into the wild in Northern California after spending weeks at an aviary recovering from malnutrition.
Russ Curtis of International Bird Rescue says the birds noted for their large, pointy beaks were returned to a beach Friday in Sausalito, California.
They are among more than 80 sick and starving pelicans taken in by the group throughout the state since April.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Enquirer is donating $5,000 of its 2018 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting to benefit a little girl featured in the newspaper's winning report on heroin.
The Enquirer reports the money will be the first deposit in a fund to assist Elliana Russ. The then-8-month-old child and her mother, Stephanie Gaffney, were featured in the newspaper's "Seven Days of Heroin" report last September.
CLINTON, Minn. (AP) — A pilot project in Minnesota hopes to bring more locally grown food to the state.
The project is being led by Kathy Draeger, the statewide director for the University of Minnesota regional sustainable development partnerships, Minnesota Public Radio reported .
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five people have been selected for induction into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.
They are Barbara Breshock, Russ Richardson, Richard V. Snuffer II, Harold Kenneth Skidmore and the late Robert James Young. They will be enshrined at the hall's annual banquet on July 14 at Jackson's Mill near Weston.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State biologists say Michigan's gray wolf population appears to be leveling off after several decades of steady growth.
The Department of Natural Resources says a census this winter produced an estimate of 662 wolves in the Upper Peninsula. That's up slightly from 618 in the previous count two years ago.
The survey found 139 packs — 15 more than in 2016. The average pack size was down slightly, to fewer than five wolves.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana State Auditor Matthew Rosendale won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday in the race to challenge Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in November.
Rosendale, who has support from deep-pocketed Republican donors who want to deny Tester a third term, defeated three other candidates in the GOP primary.
"This win is just the first lap, and we've got a lot of race in front of us," he said.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana's primary election (all times local):
Montana State Auditor Matthew Rosendale has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the race to challenge Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in November.
Rosendale defeated three other candidates in Tuesday's GOP primary. The 57-year-old has support from deep-pocketed Republican donors who want to deny Tester a third term.