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  • Pennsylvania dad makes sure late son’s girlfriend doesn’t miss prom

    MERCERSBURG, Pa. — It was supposed to be Carter Brown putting on the corsage and doing funny poses in photos with his date for senior prom. His father instead took his place, one month after the Pennsylvania teen died in a car crash. Robert Brown took Kaylee Suders to the James Buchanan High School event Saturday, because he said he knew his son would’ve still wanted Suders to go to the prom. Carter Brown was heading home from Indiana State […]

  • EU lawmakers to press Facebook’s Zuckerberg over data privacy

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers plan to press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data protection standards at the internet giant at a hearing focused on a scandal over the alleged misuse of the personal information of millions of people. Zuckerberg’s testimony to key officials of the European Parliament, to be broadcast live from Brussels Tuesday, comes at a difficult time for Facebook. In March it was alleged that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica used the data of Facebook […]

  • Mike Ditka to speak at benefit for shuttered Indiana college

    RENSSELAER, Ind. (AP) — Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is helping out a now-shuttered northwestern Indiana college that once hosted the Bears’ preseason camps. Ditka will be the featured speaker at a June 9 fundraiser benefiting the renovation of a former St. Joseph’s College campus building. That building would become a new residence hall for the Rensselaer campus if a proposed partnership with Marian University allows it to reopen as a two-year school. The Catholic school closed last year […]

  • New Castle native artist Robert Indiana, known for ‘LOVE’ series, dies at 89

    PORTLAND, Maine — Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s “LOVE” series, has died at his island home off the coast of Maine. He was 89. Indiana died on Saturday from respiratory failure at his Victorian home in a converted Odd Fellows hall, a fraternal order lodge, where he had lived for years on Vinalhaven Island, said James Brannan, his attorney. He was born Robert Clark in New Castle, IN on Sept. 13, 1928. Friends had expressed concern […]

  • Indiana couple faces neglect charges after 3 severely malnourished kids found in filthy conditions

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A South Bend couple has been charged with neglect after investigators found three severely malnourished children living in squalid conditions at their home. The South Bend Tribune reports 30-year-old Aldo Aranda and his wife Maria Kuilan Benitez each face multiple felonies. Police were called to their home this month after a family member requested a welfare check. Officers said the house smelled like urine and they observed insects, trash and food on the floor. The children, […]

  • Indiana woman who tried to poison niece by putting painkillers in milk gets 25 years

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — An Indiana woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for trying to poison her infant niece by adding crushed painkillers to a bottle of breast milk. Nineteen-year-old Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to attempted murder in March. Authorities say the Fort Wayne woman tried to poison her niece in January 2017 because she was angry that her mother was allowing her brother, his fiance and the then 11-week-old baby to live […]

  • President Trump ‘demands’ Justice Department investigation of FBI

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September. Trump tweeted Sunday: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign […]

  • Indy native Ed Carpenter captures third career Indy 500 pole

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Carpenter and Danica Patrick got exactly what they needed in qualifying Sunday. Now comes the hard part: Finding a way to victory lane next weekend. After crashing Roger Penske’s front-row party by claiming his third Indianapolis 500 pole-winning run and watching his teammate, Patrick, qualify seventh for the final start of her career, Carpenter quickly turned his attention to hosting a bigger family celebration at the track his stepfather’s family owns. “We’ve been in this position […]

  • Tax hike fuels jump in Indiana gas prices since last year

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is heading into the Memorial Day weekend tied with California for the largest gas price increase in the U.S. over the past year, driven in part by a fuel tax increase enacted by the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature. Filling up a tank in Indiana cost an average of 66 cents a gallon more last week compared to a year ago, rising to $2.84 a gallon — a 30 percent increase. The nation increased an average of 45 cents […]

  • Indiana woman sues over 2 kids’ deaths in police chase crash

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville woman whose two children died in a November car crash that ended a police chase is suing the city and the driver who hit her vehicle. Janae Carter’s lawsuit contends her children were wrongfully killed and she was seriously injured due to negligence by motorist Fredrick McFarland and the Evansville Police Department. She’s seeking unspecified damages. The Evansville Courier & Press reports Carter’s 2-year-old daughter, Princess Carter, and her 7-month-old son, Prince Carter, died Nov. 29 […]