LOS ANGELES - The death last year of actor Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise, was due to sleep apnea and other causes, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said in a statement on Friday. Fisher died aged 60 on Dec. 27, four days after she became unresponsive on a flight from London to Los Angeles and was rushed to a hospital.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case after the jury said it could not reach a verdict, but prosecutors said they would retry Cosby and he still faces a slew of civil lawsuits.
ERIN, Wis. — Paul Casey overcame a stunning triple-bogey eight at the par-5 14th, his fifth hole, to lift himself into a share of the second-round lead at the U.S. Open on Friday. The Englishman rallied with a string of five birdies in a row on the way to a one-under 71 that put the smile back on his face and his name on top of the leaderboard at Erin Hills. "Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an eight on the card, but I'm a pretty happy man," Casey said after his round.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy said on Friday one of its destroyers collided with a merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, and a U.S. official said initial reports indicated multiple injuries aboard the destroyer. In a statement, the Navy said the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka and the extent of any injuries to U.S. personnel "is being determined." A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the destroyer had suffered damage, that there was some flooding, and that it could not operate on its own power.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, has shown improvement over the last 36 hours after being shot by a gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday. "The congressman's status remains critical," Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the Washington Hospital Center, told reporters. "We are encouraged by improvement in his condition over last 36 hours."
BERLIN - A towering figure of post-war European politics, Helmut Kohl pushed through German reunification and was a driving force behind the creation of the euro during a 16-year reign as German chancellor that spanned the tumultuous final decades of the 20th century. Kohl died on Friday morning at his home in Ludwigshafen, according to German media. He was 87.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday that he is personally under investigation as part of a widening probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign, an inquiry that has cast a shadow over his five months in office. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Amazon.com Inc. said it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc. in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion, including debt. The $42 per share offer represents a premium of 27 percent to the upmarket grocery chain's Thursday close. Whole Foods shares were halted at $32.77 in premarket trading, while Amazon's shares were up 0.5 percent at $969. Excluding debt, the deal is valued at $13.39 billion, based on 318.9 million diluted shares outstanding as of April 9.
WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. Congress took the field for their traditional Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honor Representative Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman as his Republican team practiced a day before. When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday after a report that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and he dismissed as "phony" the idea his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 U.S. election. "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice," Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt."