NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) - Cpl. Gene Cole was a musician, TV repairman and father. People appreciated his respectful manner and ability to defuse a volatile situation. At 62, the sheriff's deputy was nearing retirement. John Williams is a former high school class officer whose life spiraled downward because of drugs, according to friends.
An explosion rocked a refinery in northwestern Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring at least 11 people, forcing the evacuation of homes, schools and a hospital, and sending a plume of noxious smoke billowing into the air.
VINITA, Okla. (AP) - A man charged in the 1999 deaths of an Oklahoma couple and the disappearance of their 16-year-old daughter and her friend said he doesn't know when the missing victims are, but that he's willing to speak with the victims' families.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal jury in Texas has found a 30-year-old man guilty of several charges relating to a 2015 assassination attempt on a judge outside her home. Jurors Thursday found Chimene Onyeri guilty of multiple counts of fraud, racketeering and other charges. Prosecutors say Onyeri as part of a racketeering enterprise shot state District Judge Julie Kocurek as she was in an SUV returning to her home.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - Two black men said they were humiliated when staffers at their New Jersey gym twice called police on them and wrongly accused them of not paying, despite one of them being a member for eight years. Rachid Maiga, 27, and Tshyrad (shah'-RAHD) Oates, 25, told WNBC-TV they were playing basketball for a few minutes at the LA Fitness club in Secaucus on April 15 when an employee asked them to leave.
NEW YORK (AP) - The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it's only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children. About 1 in 59 U.S. children were identified as having autism in 2014, according to a Thursday report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focused on 8-year-old children. That's up from 1 in 68 children in both 2010 and 2012.
The Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro today filed a notice of appeal of a district court ruling last month that dismissed certain charges in the 2017 hazing death of a Penn State student of Timothy Piazza.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump will be back in court Thursday as part of his attempt to limit investigators' access to records the FBI seized from his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. A judge in New York scheduled a noon conference to discuss electronic files and communications seized from Cohen's home and office April 9 as part of an investigation of his personal business dealings.