Russia: Caucasus region officials arrested for alleged fraud

MOSCOW — Several top officials in the province of Dagestan in Russia’s North Caucasus were arrested on embezzlement charges Monday, part of the Kremlin’s efforts to strengthen control over the volatile region. The Investigative Committee said acting regional Cabinet head Abdusamad Gamidov was arrested along with two of his deputies …

Read More »

After decade of delays, rail safety system still not ready

CAYCE, S.C. — As they begin to probe the circumstances of the fatal wreck in South Carolina, officials have already settled on one thing: that the crash between a passenger train and a freight car could have been prevented with technology already installed in parts of the U.S. It’s been …

Read More »

SpaceX bucks launch tradition in 1st flight of new rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is bucking decades of launch tradition for the first test flight of its new megarocket. The Falcon Heavy is set to become the world’s most powerful rocket in use today when it blasts off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. None of the usual, no-big-deal-if-it’s-destroyed launch …

Read More »

Dee Rees: More interested in the future than making history

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “Mudbound” director and co-writer Dee Rees is more interested in the future than she is excited about making history. Rees recently became the first black woman to get nominated for a best adapted screenplay Academy Award. “Mudbound” also scored another historic nomination for cinematographer Rachel Morrison, …

Read More »

Common dons glasses to hide a black eye from the weekend

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Common is looking so dapper Monday at the annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills you can hardly tell he’s trying to hide a black eye. The musician and producer says he’s trying to look good after getting beat up on the basketball court this weekend. …

Read More »

Del Toro says he didn’t get Apatow quip about him at DGAs

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It’s Monday at the annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon but “The Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro is still riding high from his Directors Guild Award win on Saturday night. The Mexican director was all smiles thinking about the evening with his peers. Del Toro said …

Read More »

Renewed Natalie Wood death investigation may be nearing end

LOS ANGELES — Detectives hope the latest round of renewed interest in the mysterious 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood will bring forward new witnesses, but this may otherwise be the end of the investigation, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s official said Monday. “We’re doing our last shot here, seeing …

Read More »

Lions hire Matt Patricia as coach, eyeing the Patriot Way

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions hired Matt Patricia on Monday, doubling down on the franchise’s hope it can copy the New England Patriots’ formula for success. The expected hiring of the defensive co-ordinator came a day after the Patriots lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl. “This position comes with …

Read More »

Sledgehammered police cars raise concerns for officer safety

DALLAS — A Dallas man is accused of walking into a Dallas police substation parking lot and damaging 12 police cars with a sledgehammer. Police arrested 58-year-old Gregory Simpson early Sunday. He’s charged him with criminal mischief causing damage of more than $2,500 and less than $30,000. An arrest affidavit …

Read More »

$300M health care system cost to protect religious rights

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s new effort to protect the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and other procedures will cost the health care system more than $300 million to set up, according to a government estimate. More than 40 complaints have been filed since Trump’s …

Read More »