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  • Cardi B hands out free winter coats in New York

    NEW YORK — Hundreds of people have lined up in New York City as rapper Cardi B handed out free winter coats. The Bronx-born rapper met with residents and fans on Thursday evening at the Marlboro Houses in Brooklyn during brisk fall weather. The 26-year-old also was given balloons and a cake to celebrate her recent birthday. Cardi B says she cares a lot about kids and the community and feels it’s important to set a good example. On Oct. […]

  • Ellison suspended from IU, permanently dismissed from team

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Morgan Ellison has been suspended for 2 1/2 years from Indiana University in a sexual assault case, dismissing him permanently from the football team. The university announced the suspension Friday, saying the ban from all university-related activities resulted in the running back’s permanent dismissal from the team. Two weeks ago, a university panel said it determined Ellison sexually assaulted a female student. Ellison has not been charged with a crime. Ellison led the Hoosiers in rushing last […]

  • Saudi Arabia confirms death of journalist and ISU grad Jamal Khashoggi

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in a fight, and said 18 Saudis were being held as suspects. The overnight announcements in Saudi state media came more than two weeks after Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for paperwork required to marry his Turkish fiancée, and never came out. Saudi Arabia had rejected as baseless reports that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered […]

  • Songbook Foundation plans to sell donated Carmel estate

    CARMEL, Ind. — A foundation dedicated to 20th century American music history plans to sell the suburban Indianapolis estate of the late billionaire Mel Simon that it was given. The Carmel-based Great American Songbook Foundation says an auction first is planned Nov. 17-18 of antique furniture, artwork and other property from the main house and other structures. The property includes two golf courses . Proceeds would benefit the foundation’s mission of music education and historic preservation. Bren Simon donated the 107-acre (43-hectare) Asherwood estate […]

  • Justice Department charges Russian woman for 2018 midterm election interference

    WASHINGTON– A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month’s midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It’s believed to be the first federal case alleging Russian interference in this year’s election. The Justice Department disclosed the criminal complaint soon after U.S. intelligence agencies said in a joint statement that they were concerned about efforts by Russia, China and Iran to influence U.S. voters and policy. The […]

  • Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $1 billion ahead of the drawing Friday night. The prize is the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history, behind only a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in 2016. No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24. That reflects the game’s long odds, at one in 302.5 million. The $1 billion refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Most winners take the cash option, […]

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies for Liz Watson in Bloomington

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke in Bloomington Friday as part of his nine-state battleground tour on behalf of the Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. The rally was for Liz Watson, who is challenging Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Ind. Sanders is expected to make a decision on whether to launch another campaign in the coming months and the tour could inform his decision. It will allow him to test the durability of the left-leaning coalition he assembled in 2016 and […]

  • StarKist pleads guilty in tuna price fixing case, faces $100 million fine

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The DOJ said StarKist faces up to a $100 million fine when it is sentenced. Prosecutors allege that the industry’s top three companies conspired between 2010 and 2013 to keep prices artificially high. “We have cooperated with the DOJ during the course of its investigation […]

  • Ransomware attack hits server with personal information on Indiana National Guard personnel

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana National Guard says a state, non-military computer server containing personal information on civilian and military Guard personnel was the target of a recent ransomware attack. The Guard said Thursday it is notifying the affected personnel that they should be alert for suspicious activity or fraudulent accounts being opened in their name. It says the type of ransomware attack targets the server by denying access to the rightful owners but usually does not compromise the contents of […]

  • Mega Millions jackpot grows to $970 million ahead of Friday’s drawing

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark. Officials raised the estimated jackpot Thursday for the second time due to strong sales ahead of Friday night’s drawing. The prize is the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history, behind only a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in 2016. No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24. That reflects the game’s long odds , at […]