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  • Man accused of starting fake college from prison

    Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) – A lifelong con man accused of starting a fake university and churning out fake diplomas _ while in prison in Wisconsin _ appeared in court Tuesday to face a fraud charge, years after the complex scheme was uncovered. Kenneth Shong, 45, was allegedly working with associates outside the prison walls […]
  • Valero won’t appeal Texas tax break rejection

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Valero Energy Corp. will not appeal the Texas environmental agency’s rejection of its request for a large tax break and potential $92 million refund at six Texas refineries, a company spokesman said Tuesday. The San Antonio-based energy giant had hoped for a tax exemption for equipment installed at the refineries to […]
  • NJ ringleader of ID theft, fraud ploy admits guilt

    Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – The leader of an identity theft and fraud ring has pleaded guilty in a scheme that federal authorities said operated as a veritable “crime superstore” that reached from northern New Jersey to U.S. territories in the Pacific. Sang-Hyun “Jimmy” Park admitted in federal court in Newark on Monday that […]
  • Ore. company selling $85M in fuel cells in Europe

    HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon fuel cell manufacturer announced Tuesday it is expanding into central Europe with a contract to sell $85 million worth of fuel cell systems to an Austrian company. ClearEdge Power Inc., in Hillsboro, said the contract will provide fuel cell systems that can generate 8.5 megawatts of power to Gussing […]
  • Man slain while rescuing grandfather from robbers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – A man was shot to death while trying to stop his grandfather from being robbed, police said Tuesday. Danilo Estuardo Morales, 24, was shot in the head while chasing the robbers Monday evening outside a North Hollywood home, a police statement said. Three males between 15 and 20 years old fled […]
  • NJ gov eulogizes lawmaker as speech delayed

    Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie postponed his State of the State address to the Legislature on Tuesday, delivering in its place a eulogy for the Republican Assembly leader who collapsed at the end of a lengthy session and died the night before. A somber Christie appeared before the Legislature […]
  • EPA to test sites in Ohio child cancer cluster

    Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is taking another look at what’s behind mysterious cancers in rural northern Ohio that have sickened dozens of children for more than a decade. Environmental investigators plan to test soil, air and water samples at dump and manufacturing sites just south of Lake Erie, where […]
  • ‘Doomsday Clock’ moves 1 minute closer to midnight

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A group of scientists that tracks the likelihood of a global cataclysm says the world is moving closer to doomsday. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Tuesday that it has moved its “Doomsday Clock” to five minutes to midnight. The group says inadequate progress on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons […]
  • TSA agents who stole $40K from NY luggage get jail

    NEW YORK (AP) – Two Transportation Security Administration officers who admitted stealing $40,000 from luggage at a New York City airport are going to jail. The Queens district attorney’s office says 44-year-old Coumar Persad and 31-year-old Davon Webb were sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and five years’ probation. Both had pleaded guilty to […]
  • Michigan man pleads guilty in Ill. racetrack DUI

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Illinois authorities say a central Michigan man who killed a woman when he crashed his truck into a horse she was riding has pleaded guilty to aggravated drunken driving. The Will County prosecutor’s office said Monday that 42-year-old Angus Lake of Riverdale, Mich., faces up to 14 years in prison in […]
  • 2 boys, 10, accused of sex assault on Houston bus

    Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police say two 10-year-old boys have been charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy on a school bus. The boys were arrested last week after authorities reviewed a security videotape from the bus. The alleged incident happened in August but the investigation took several months. Houston police spokesman Kese […]
  • Court: Okla. ban on Islamic law unconstitutional

    Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A proposed constitutional amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law discriminates against religions, and a Muslim community leader has the right to challenge its constitutionality, a federal appeals court said Tuesday. The court in Denver upheld U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange’s order blocking implementation […]
  • Fake gun found in same district of fatal shooting

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) – Authorities in the same South Texas school district where a student brandishing a pellet gun was fatally shot by police last week have found a gun that shoots blanks and a machete in a student’s car on another campus. Brownsville school district spokeswoman Drue Brown says campus police acting on a […]
  • More than 50 suspected arsons in California town

    NOVATO, Calif. (AP) – Authorities suspect more than 50 small arson fires have been set around the California city of Novato since the weekend. Fire officials previously reported 26 blazes but said Tuesday that the number now stands at 56. The blazes have mostly burned grass and brush ranging in size from a dinner plate […]
  • EU leaning to block NYSE-Deutsche Boerse merger

    AP Business Writer BRUSSELS (AP) – European regulators will push to block the planned $10 billion merger of the New York Stock Exchange and its German counterpart, two people close to the merger said Tuesday. Antitrust regulators fear that the combined company, which would be the largest operator of stock exchanges in the world, would […]