News outlets including AP sue state House GOP Caucus

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A coalition of news outlets including The Associated Press has sued the state House Republican Caucus in South Carolina to gain access to information about an investigation into possible Statehouse corruption. The lawsuit filed Thursday asks a judge to declare that the caucus is a public body subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act, and as such, should make its records and meetings public.

North Carolina SBI investigates shooting involving deputies

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation says an intoxicated man who had pointed a gun at his wife and son was shot by a sheriff's deputy when he pointed the gun toward him. Local media outlets report the SBI said on Thursday that two Pitt County sheriff's deputies responding to a call on Wednesday about a man making a threat with a gun encountered the man inside a home.

House seeks charges for tech official in Clinton email case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting the head of a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee accused Colorado-based Platte River Networks and its chief executive, Treve Suazo, of withholding documents demanded under subpoena and of obstructing the committee's investigation "at every turn.

Auction of Soviet art triggers probe; art market on guard

MOSCOW (AP) -- The sale of nine Soviet-era masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction in 2014 is causing uproar in Moscow's art community, where it was largely perceived as a theft of the family jewels. The sale of the paintings, one of which now has a place of pride in a Moscow oligarch's private museum, has triggered a criminal investigation.

2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

PARIS (AP) -- A man suspected of links to radical Islam and of glorifying terrorism shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion during an arrest Thursday, officials said. Police managed to detain the man and his mother, and found weapons and material for making explosives in their apartment in the town of Saint Benoit de la Reunion, according to the Interior Ministry.

South Carolina officers wound suspect who shot at them

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina state police are investigating after two Columbia police officers shot and wounded a suspect who had shot and wounded a man at a gas station. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the shooting happened around noon Wednesday at a Wal-Mart parking lot. Holbrook said officers were called about someone acting erratically.

Ex-Spartan football player returned to Michigan in sex case

MASON, Mich. (AP) -- Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson is jailed on a $250,000 bond after being returned to Michigan from Indiana to face a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. The 19-year-old Robertson was arraigned in 55th District Court in Mason on Tuesday via videoconference from the Ingham County Jail. He is scheduled to return to court next month. Robertson's attorney David Rosenberg says "a strong defense" is planned.

NFL prospect denies rape report made to police; no charges

CLEVELAND (AP) -- An attorney for former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says the player denies an accusation made in a police report that he sexually assaulted a woman. No charges have been filed. Spokeswoman Kathleen Caffrey of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office says the April 9 encounter is still being investigated by police.

Senate confirms No. 2 at Justice; will lead Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has confirmed Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, putting the longtime federal prosecutor in place to oversee a federal investigation into Russian influence in the U.S. elections. The vote was 94-6 on Tuesday. As the Justice Department's No.

Police investigate paratrooper's death in North Carolina

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of a California paratrooper near an Army base in North Carolina. Officials at Fort Bragg said Fayetteville police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Officials say Sgt. Jason C. Wiens of Clovis, California, was found dead in his home in Fayetteville on Sunday. Details about his death were not available Tuesday.

Inmate captured within 4 minutes after escape attempt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A sheriff's office in North Carolina is investigating after an inmate made an escape attempt at the county jail. The Charlotte Observer reports ( ) that 38-year-old Darryl Young gained access to an unsecured maintenance office Sunday night that provided access to other floors, allowing him to escape from his section of the jail.

Man found shot to death in North Carolina apartment

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Police in North Carolina are investigating after a man was found shot to death at his apartment. Fayetteville police said in a news release that officers were called to the home shortly before 630 p.m. Monday by a family member who had discovered a relative who had been shot. Lt. Todd Joyce said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released.

Ex-Spartan football player returning to Michigan in sex case

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson has waived extradition and will be returned to Michigan from Indiana to face a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick says Monday that the 19-year-old Robertson could be arraigned as early as Tuesday. A police task force arrested Robertson on Saturday at a relative's home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Robertson comes from Fort Wayne.

Police: Robertson in custody after sex crime charge filed

OKEMOS, Mich. (AP) -- Police say former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson is in custody after being charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The Meridian Township Police Department updated a message on its website Sunday to say the 19-year-old was in custody. No additional information was provided. Robertson is accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him at her apartment on April 8.

Police seek help locating Robertson after sex crime charge

OKEMOS, Mich. (AP) -- Police have asked for help from the public in locating former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson, who is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors announced the charge against the 19-year-old Robertson on Friday, and the Meridian Township Police Department posted a message on its website seeking information about Robertson's whereabouts. Assistant Chief Ken Plaga indicated on Saturday that the situation had not changed.

House intel panel to hear from top officials on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top law enforcement and intelligence officials are expected to testify next week on Capitol Hill about Russian activities to influence the U.S. presidential election. The House intelligence committee said Friday that it had sent letters requesting FBI Director James Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, to appear at a closed hearing on Tuesday.

AP Exclusive: SEC's Sankey refuses to step down in UNC case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has denied a request seeking his removal as head of the NCAA infractions panel handling North Carolina's ongoing academic case because of a conflict of interest. Sankey stated in an April 14 letter obtained by The Associated Press that the panel would "fairly decide this case.

CONCACAF sues 2 ex-officials charged in FIFA bribery scandal

NEW YORK (AP) -- North America's soccer federation has filed a lawsuit claiming it was victimized by two defendants charged in the FIFA bribery scandal. In papers filed earlier this week in federal court in Brooklyn, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football accuses former FIFA officials Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer of making a fortune through embezzlement -- allegations that mirror those in a sprawling U.S.

Michigan State player charged with criminal sexual conduct

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson was dismissed from the team Friday hours after being charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in an alleged rape earlier this month. Robertson, 19, is accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him at her apartment the night of April 8 in Meridian Township, near the East Lansing school.