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  • Dispatcher on Powell call: Case a ‘nightmare’

    SEATTLE (AP) – The dispatcher who took a much-criticized 911 call from a social worker trying to alert authorities to danger at Josh Powell’s house before he killed himself and his children says the case has been “a nightmare.” The dispatcher says in an interview with “Dateline NBC” airing Friday that he didn’t realize who […]
  • Ginsburg questions 1973 abortion ruling’s timing

    AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested Friday that her predecessors on the high court mistimed the milestone 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. “It’s not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast,” Ginsburg told a symposium at Columbia Law […]
  • Feds slap CA utility for San Onofre ammonia leak

    Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – An ammonia leak that caused an emergency alert at the San Onofre nuclear plant in November was caused by employees who failed to recognize degraded equipment and fix it, federal regulators said Friday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission report concluded the problem had “very low safety significance,” and faulted plant […]
  • 5 killed in wrong-way crash on I-10 in Louisiana

    LaPLACE, La. (AP) – Five people were killed early Friday when a driver going the wrong way crashed into another vehicle on Interstate 10 outside New Orleans, closing the westbound lanes for nearly five hours, state police said. Louisiana State Trooper Nick Manale said a driver in a Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling eastbound in […]
  • NHTSA: BMW fined $3M for untimely 2010 recalls

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – German automaker BMW has agreed to pay $3 million for delays in reporting safety defects and recalls to the federal regulators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday. An examination of 16 recalls issued by BMW of North America LLC in 2010 found a pattern in which the automaker […]
  • Feds investigating Nagin travel, family business

    Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Longstanding questions about free trips and gratuities that former Mayor Ray Nagin allegedly accepted while in office are now the subject of a federal investigation, people with direct knowledge of the probe said Friday. Federal authorities also are investigating how a firm founded by Nagin and his two sons […]
  • 3 senators introduce a bill for oversight of NYPD

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Three Democratic New York state senators want an independent inspector to oversee the New York Police Department after what they called several abuses, including reports of widespread surveillance of Muslims and the crackdown on Occupy Wall Street protesters. The bill follows stories by The Associated Press that detailed monitoring of Muslims, […]
  • Hackers claim attack on Ala. government websites

    Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Computer hackers claiming to be from the loose-knit group known as Anonymous say they have broken into several Alabama law enforcement and government websites and have stolen the personal information for more than 46,000 people. In an online news release Friday, the group claimed to have taken Social Security […]
  • Conn. ex-cop gets 10 years for child porn

    Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A former police captain was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for amassing what authorities said was one of the largest and most disturbing child pornography collections they’ve ever seen in Connecticut, one that included images of infants and toddlers. Former Granby Capt. David Bourque, 51, told a […]
  • AG: Pa. man’s Facebook ‘surfer’ page lured teens

    Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) – A married father used phony Facebook profiles to pose as two different Florida surfers to solicit sexually graphic messages and photos from seven teenage girls in western Pennsylvania, and two of the girls eventually agreed to meet for sex with the surfers’ middle-aged “friend” _ yet another fake persona he […]
  • Fla. sheriff: 3 dead after RV park standoff

    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say three people are dead and two critically injured after a hostage standoff at a quiet Florida recreational vehicle park. The Broward Sheriff’s Office reports that 41-year-old William De Jesus fatally shot 76-year-old Ovila Plante late Thursday outside the older man’s RV at Highland Woods RV Park in Deerfield […]
  • FBI restores Conn. crime lab’s access to database

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The FBI has restored a Connecticut crime lab’s access to national DNA databanks. The forensic laboratory in Meriden has been struggling with a huge case backload and other problems identified in U.S. Justice Department audits, but it won back its professional accreditation earlier this week. The FBI’s decision Friday was announced […]
  • Border officials: Pilot program trims wait times

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Federal officials say a pilot program designed to make it quicker for pedestrians to enter the U.S. from Mexico has reduced wait times by 26 percent at a West Texas crossing. Customs and Borders Protection spokesman Roger Maier said Friday that studies will determine whether the project at the Paso […]
  • Embalmer takes speech case to Mass. high court

    AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON (AP) – Troy Schoeller admits he could have chosen his words more carefully when he talked to a reporter about bodies he worked on as an embalmer at a funeral home. Among a litany of graphic remarks Schoeller made was that he hates embalming fat people. He also described the […]
  • Court hears appeal for woman who shot at US troops

    Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – Lawyers for a Pakistani scientist serving an 86 year prison sentence for shooting at U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan told an appeals court Friday that she was so mentally ill, she should have been barred from testifying at her own trial. Aafia Siddiqui, once a bright young student at the […]