SEATTLE — Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer’s call last year to an emergency dispatcher saying a Black newspaper carrier was threatening to kill him — a claim a Tacoma police report said he walked back upon questioning — provoked widespread criticism and calls for his resignation. It led Troyer to be placed on a prosecutor’s list of officers with credibility issues. An investigation by a former ...

The Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness plan remains on hold, after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from the federal government to temporarily reverse a lower court order that blocked rollout of the plan. A three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based appeals court on Wednesday rejected the request in a brief order, which means the plan will remain on hold ...

Elon Musk’s Neuralink Corp. aims to start putting its coin-sized computing brain implant into human patients within six months, the company announced at an event at its Fremont, Calif. headquarters on Wednesday evening. Neuralink has been refining the product, which consists of a tiny device and electrode-laced wires, along with a robot that carves out a piece of a person’s skull and implants ...

LOS ANGELES — The 28-year-old Virginia cop who killed three family members of a Riverside teenager had posed online as a teen to “groom” the 15-year-old girl, the Riverside Police Department said Wednesday. Austin Lee Edwards portrayed himself as a 17-year-old while communicating online with the girl, using “grooming” methods, which can include tactics such as asking for or offering sexually ...

DENVER — Secretary of State Jena Griswold ordered a mandatory recount in the 3rd Congressional District race on Wednesday, saying the margin of difference is so slight between Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and her Democratic opponent, Adam Frisch, that the ballots need a second tally. Boebert leads Frisch by 550 votes out of more than 327,000 ballots cast in the Nov. 8 election, and ...

A member of the Mongols motorcycle gang who killed a Pomona police SWAT officer serving a search warrant more than eight years ago pleaded no contest Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter after twice being acquitted of murder. David Martinez, 44, had been found not guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in two separate trials over the fatal shooting of Officer Shaun Diamond ...

Hollywood stars Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, convicted in the Varsity Blues college admission fraud case, were hardly the biggest offenders at the federal prison in Dublin, Calif. Federal officials allege that its warden abused his position to run the place like his own personal harem. “According to Victim 2, GARCIA would tell her at breakfast, which was before he did rounds, whether it ...

MONTREAL — Quebec Premier Francois Legault, concerned about the decline of the French language in the Canadian province, has set a new goal for immigrants: They should all speak French. Legault’s nationalist Coalition Avenir Quebec party was reelected with a huge majority in October, partly on a platform of protecting French as the dominant language in the province of 8.7 million people. His ...

BALTIMORE — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, stopping short of announcing an upcoming run for president or even an exploratory committee, told supporters Wednesday that he’s “never been more concerned about the direction of our nation” and would make a decision about a potential campaign after he leaves office. “I am not about to give up on the Republican Party or on America. ... It’s too ...

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron will dine on lobster, caviar and an Oregon cheese named the best in the world while listening to Grammy-winner Jon Batiste at the U.S. president’s first state dinner on Thursday. Batiste, one of the nation’s most award-winning musicians, will perform with his father, Michael Batiste, according to first lady Jill Biden’s office. The menu will include a ...

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said they’ve discovered “substantial” evidence against the man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband in October. During a roughly 10 minute status hearing at the San Francisco federal courthouse, the government’s attorney Laura Horn said prosecutors would be producing additional evidence by the end of the year, though she did not elaborate ...

Gov. Ron DeSantis is writing an autobiography that will publish early next year, yet another sign that the Florida governor is getting serious about a 2024 presidential run in the wake of his landslide reelection win. DeSantis’ new book, “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival,” will be published by Broadside, a branch of HarperCollins Publishers that focuses on ...

CAIRO — The Islamic State extremist group on Wednesday confirmed the death of its former leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi and announced the appointment of a successor. “I mourn to the Islamic nation and the valiant Islamic State soldiers the death of the emir of the believers and the caliph of Muslims the mujahid (holy warrior) Sheikh Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi,” the group’s spokesman said in an ...

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee can now get a look at six years of Donald Trump’s tax returns, a week after the Supreme Court cleared the way for their release. A Treasury spokesperson on Wednesday said the department complied with the court’s decision and made the documents available to the Ways and Means Committee, though wouldn’t confirm whether members of the panel have accessed them. ...

An advisory panel established by South Africa’s parliament found there are grounds for lawmakers to investigate President Cyril Ramaphosa in connection with a scandal over a robbery at his game farm, a finding that could ultimately cost him his job. “In light of all the information placed before the panel, we conclude that this information discloses, prima facie, that the president may have ...

BALTIMORE — Abuse survivors who were featured in “The Keepers,” a widely viewed 2017 Netflix documentary about clergy sexual misconduct at a Baltimore Catholic girls’ school in the 1960s and ’70s, have filed a court motion calling for the full release of a report by the Maryland attorney general on sexual abuse by clergy and other employees in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. ...

Early unofficial results in the United Auto Workers' first-ever direct elections of international officers confirmed that at least one runoff will occur, and showed numerous challengers to incumbent union officials ahead. Vote tabulation began Tuesday. Turnout numbers released by the court-appointed monitor tasked with overseeing the union, as well as the election, showed that just 11% of UAW ...

Delta Air Lines is taking applications for flight attendant positions, with plans to hire 4,000-6,000 in-flight crew members next year. As Atlanta-based Delta staffed back up for a recovery in air travel, the airline said it hired a record 4,300 flight attendants over the last year. The company is again opening its flight attendant hiring window, taking applications online from people willing ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A late clergyman who served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento for four decades has been accused for the first time of sexually assaulting a child, joining dozens of Sacramento clergy previously implicated in the Catholic Church’s decades-old abuse scandal. In a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court, a 60-year-old woman from Placerville — identified only as ...

HARTFORD, Conn. — Michelle Troconis’ defense attorney, Jon Schoenhorn, and prosecutors argued again this week over their efforts to disqualify each other from her murder conspiracy case in a dispute over the handling of a contested letter. The lawyers met privately in Superior Court in Stamford and appeared in court briefly on Wednesday. Judge Gary J. White said he may order a hearing early ...