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  • NJ OKs sports betting, off-track betting laws

    Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Twenty years after missing a deadline to let its residents bet on professional or collegiate sporting events, New Jersey legislators passed a law Monday night that would make it legal. But that was the easy part. Once Gov. Chris Christie has signed the measure, as expected, the state faces […]
  • San Francisco launches Golden Gate anniversary

    Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The city on Monday launched a yearlong 75th anniversary celebration of the opening of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge with a string of parties, guided tours and festivals to be held along the waterfront graced by the burnt-orange span since 1937. “The Golden Gate Bridge stands today as a […]
  • Muslim man from Kosovo charged in Fla. bomb plot

    Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A Kosovo-born man was charged with plotting to attack Tampa-area nightclubs and a sheriff’s office with bombs and an assault rifle to avenge wrongs done to Muslims, federal authorities said Monday. According to a federal complaint, 25-year-old Sami Osmakac recorded an eight-minute video shortly before his arrest explaining why […]
  • Ark. woman stabbed granddaughter, killed self

    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas woman who adopted her granddaughter after her son’s death in Iraq stabbed the 7-year-old girl in the chest and then set fire to their home in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said Monday. Janice Robbins, 63, left a suicide note in her pickup truck before killing her granddaughter, Abby Robbins, […]
  • Schools chief defends keeping accused Ala. teacher

    Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Two longtime Alabama school board leaders are defending the panel’s decision in 1993 to reinstate an elementary school teacher who was accused of molesting a student, even though the teacher is now charged with more abuse. School board President Lee Doebler and Vice President Steve Martin said students, parents […]
  • Father arrested in Facebook post case indicted

    Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago man accused of posting a photo on Facebook of his young daughter bound to a chair with tape over her mouth has been indicted on several felony charges, a prosecutor’s office official said Monday. A grand jury last week indicted 21-year-old Andre Curry on felony counts of aggravated […]
  • Ill. lawyer wins appeal in NY trial of $2.4B fraud

    Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – A Chicago lawyer sentenced to seven years in prison in a $2.4 billion fraud at Refco Inc. is entitled to a new trial because of errors the judge made in dealing with the jury, a federal appeals court said Monday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the […]
  • Indiana, Amazon.com reach online sales tax deal

    Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Amazon.com will begin collecting Indiana’s 7 percent sales tax from customers in the state in 2014, under an agreement announced Monday. The deal with the online sales company could lead to Indiana bringing in at least $20 million more in annual sales tax revenue. Gov. Mitch Daniels’ office said Indiana […]
  • Boss of costumed NYC crime ring gets 9 to 18 years

    Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – The leader of a crime ring that combined old-fashioned pickpocketing, modern-day identity theft and an array of costumes to steal more than $700,000 from banks was sentenced Monday to 9 to 18 years in prison. Disguising himself as a construction worker and doctor _ complete with stethoscope _ as […]
  • Groups: Barricades at NYC ex-Occupy camp illegal

    Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – Barricades surrounding a New York City park that was the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement are a violation of city zoning law because they restrict public access to the space, civil rights groups said Monday. The New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild filed […]
  • Outgoing Miss. Gov. Barbour pardons 4 killers

    Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned at least four convicted killers who worked as inmate trusties at the Governor’s Mansion, including a man who was denied parole less than two weeks ago. Relatives of three victims told The Associated Press on Monday that state corrections officials notified them […]
  • Md. man charged with trying to aid terrorist group

    Associated Press GREENBELT, Md. (AP) – A Maryland man who converted to Islam shortly before leaving the U.S. Army and who found living an Islamic way of life in the United States oppressive has been charged with attempting to join a foreign terrorist organization in Somalia, authorities said Monday. Craig Baxam of Laurel was arrested […]
  • Plane bought in France forfeited to authorities

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A judge in Alabama is ordering a decades-old Navy plane to be forfeited to federal authorities because it was brought into the country illegally from France. Claude Hendrickson says he bought the plane because his father had flown a similar model when he was in the Navy in the 1950s. The […]
  • Ohio priest convicted in nun’s death loses appeal

    Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – A Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun inside an Ohio hospital chapel a day before Easter in 1980 won’t get a new trial. A judge ruled Monday that police reports discovered after the priest’s trial didn’t contain any new information that would have changed the outcome. It […]
  • Some of the recommendations about sex education

    (AP) – Below are some of the recommendations offered Monday to states and school districts on sexual education by a coalition of health and education groups. _By the end of second grade, students should be able to: Use proper names for body parts; explain that all living things reproduce; identify different kinds of family structures; […]