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  • 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 […]
  • Nebraska regent to seek US Senate seat nomination

    Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A University of Nebraska regent will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Ben Nelson. Spokesman Aaron Farber confirmed Friday that Chuck Hassebrook will run. The news of Hassebrook’s intention comes three days after former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey announced his decision not to […]
  • NY’s AG isn’t backing down from Wall Street probe

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE’-dur-muhn), a lead investigator into the mortgage collapse that wobbled the U.S. economy, says he won’t take the title “sheriff of Wall Street” that his predecessor held. But he’s not backing down, either. He rejected a settlement with major banks a year ago because it […]
  • Mentally challenged teen rescued, woman arrested

    HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) – A missing, mentally challenged teenager was rescued and a woman was charged with false imprisonment after she befriended the girl and taunted her mother with text messages giving phony information on the girl’s whereabouts, investigators said. Mayra Gonzalez, 24, was taken into custody late Wednesday after a cellphone carrier zeroed in […]
  • Groups demand new probe into Marine photo

    Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) – A leading Jewish organization and others outraged by a photo showing Marine snipers in Afghanistan posing with a logo resembling a notorious Nazi symbol are demanding President Barack Obama order an investigation and hold the troops accountable. The Marine Corps has said it does not plan any discipline because […]
  • Marine veteran found after 2 days in Oregon snow

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – A former Marine sniper who suffers from panic attacks and fled on foot following a minor traffic accident in Oregon was found after two days in the snow. Jason D. Cooper, 37, of Temecula, Calif., was found Wednesday in a remote wooded area lying on tree branches, trying to keep warm, […]
  • Turbo-traders take Bank of America for a ride

    AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) – On a normal day, 4 billion shares of stock change hands on the New York Stock Exchange. One in 10 belongs to a single company. It’s not McDonald’s or IBM, both of which have been on a tear. It’s Bank of America _ bailed out by the government […]
  • Florida offers look at problems with education law

    AP Education Writer MIAMI (AP) – By almost any measure, Norma Butler Bossard Elementary is a top performing school in Miami: It has consistently been rated an `A’ by the state, and students have achieved high scores on Florida’s standardized math and reading exams. Yet when it comes to the federal No Child Left Behind […]
  • National Archives shows Benjamin Franklin’s papers

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Documents from the National Archives are going on view to explore the life of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, diplomat, philanthropist and founding father. A new exhibit, “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” will follow Franklin’s life from his youth in Boston where he was surrounded with Puritan traditions to […]
  • 2 men, boy plucked from Pacific in dramatic rescue

    Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) – West James beamed as he showed off a new entry in his journal: “I survived a dangerous rescue.” Some 30 hours earlier, the 9-year-old, along with his father and uncle, was plucked from the Pacific Ocean in a harrowing rescue made all the more difficult by a container ship that […]