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  • Police commissioner: NYPD is good with Muslims

    NEW YORK (AP) – New York’s police commissioner says a film that critics say paints Muslims in a bad light wasn’t officially approved for NYPD training. At a news conference Friday, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called the movie “The Third Jihad” inflammatory. But he said it was shown by mistake in a side room of […]
  • Washington cafe taking down dollars from walls

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – The tradition of sticking dollar bills on the walls of Fat Smitty’s cafe in Washington state began years ago when a traveling salesman wrote his name on a bill and tacked it to the wall. Now an estimated 6,000 dollar bills cover the walls and ceiling at the cafe at […]
  • Man rescued from submerged vehicle in Albany, Ore.

    ALBANY, Ore. (AP) – Authorities rescued a man from a car submerged in high water near two storm-fed rivers in Albany, Ore. An Albany fire division chief says the man stayed alive Thursday afternoon by breathing from a six-inch air bubble trapped near the vehicle’s roof, the only visible part of the car. He was […]
  • Montana’s Stillwater mine hit with 27 citations

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A Montana precious metals mine received 27 citations in recent safety inspections triggered by the death of a worker. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says 11 of the citations issued to Stillwater Mining Co. were for significant violations of mine safety regulations. Forty-two-year-old Dale Madson was killed at Stillwater’s platinum […]
  • Boston hospital seeks dismissal of sex abuse suit

    BOSTON (AP) – Lawyers for Children’s Hospital Boston have asked a Massachusetts judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by 11 former patients of a renowned pediatrician who they say sexually abused them in North Carolina. The plaintiffs say the hospital could have prevented alleged abuse by the late Dr. Melvin Levine if it had reported […]
  • NH school principal dives in river to rescue boy

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – An elementary school principal in New Hampshire jumped into a frozen river to save a 10-year-old student who fell through the ice. Firefighters say that because of Principal Gwen Rhodes’ quick action, Andrew Brown was in the Cocheco River for just a few minutes. He had fallen through the ice Wednesday […]
  • NYC’s H&H Bagels evicted from last site

    NEW YORK (AP) – New York City’s famous H&H Bagels has been evicted from its last remaining location. The Wall Street Journal ( reports that the once dominant bagel empire was locked out of its midtown location Thursday as part of a legal possession. It says representatives for the new owners declined to disclose […]
  • Prison dilemma: surging numbers of older inmates

    AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) – In corrections systems nationwide, officials are grappling with decisions about geriatric units, hospices and medical parole as elderly inmates _ with their high rates of illness and infirmity _ make up an ever increasing share of the prison population. At a time of tight state budgets, it’s a […]
  • Grandmother’s remains found inside storage unit

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) – Police in Florida found a woman’s skeletal remains, which were being kept in a storage unit. The discovery Thursday came after the manager of the self-storage business in Clearwater called a woman because she was behind on her rent. The woman told him her grandmother was in the storage unit. Police […]
  • Pa. district bans fur-lined boots over cellphones

    POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A suburban Philadelphia middle school’s ban on a popular type of fur-lined boots isn’t about fashion, it’s about cellphones. Pottstown Middle School parents were informed of the new ban on the unlaced boots on Wednesday. District community relations director John Armato tells the Pottstown Mercury ( students are using the […]
  • NC gov’s re-election decision could benefit Obama

    Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The key battleground state of North Carolina is still within President Barack Obama’s grasp, despite Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue’s surprise decision to drop her re-election campaign. Obama has been running commercials in the state for months, and the Democrats have staked so much on repeating his 2008 success in […]
  • Defamation suit filed against pen-named Utah mayor

    Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah mayor who wrote news stories under a false identify was sued for defamation on the same day he announced he will seek the Republican nomination to run for Salt Lake County mayor. West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder wrote more than a dozen newspaper stories promoting […]
  • Police: 16 kilograms of cocaine seized at UN

    Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) – A shipment containing 16 kilograms of cocaine was seized last week at the U.N.’s mail intake center, a New York Police Department spokesman said Thursday. Paul Browne, NYPD’s chief spokesman, said the drug was in a white bag evidently masquerading as a diplomatic pouch that raised suspicions when it […]
  • Aging reputed Chicago mobster found guilty

    Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge on Thursday convicted a 73-year-old reputed Chicago mobster who first gained notoriety three decades ago for helping to steal the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewelry store. Arthur “The Brain” Rachel grimaced, turned to one of his attorneys and shook his head slightly after Judge Harry […]
  • US Supreme Court won’t review Venezuela suit

    AP Legal Affairs Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio investment group’s lawsuit seeking to collect $100 million on three-decade-old Venezuelan promissory notes is headed back to a federal judge for further deliberations. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the case was a setback for Venezuela, which argued that federal law […]