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  • Florida school closed for now after shooting

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A northeast Florida school will remain closed through next week’s spring break after its headmistress was gunned down in her office by a former teacher. Authorities say 28-year-old Spanish teacher Shane Schumerth was fired Tuesday before returning to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville in the afternoon and killing 63-year-old Dale Regan. […]
  • More info on Green Beret who died in fire released

    HOPE MILLS, N.C. (AP) – The Army’s Special Forces Command is releasing more information about the Green Beret who died trying to save his two daughters from their burning home in North Carolina. The elite military force says 36-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell was born in Dyersburg, Tenn., and joined the Army in 1994 […]
  • Chef Paula Deen’s attorneys say accusations false

    SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) – Attorneys for Paula Deen said Tuesday that a former worker who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother made false claims after the celebrity chef refused to pay her to keep quiet. A lawsuit filed Monday by […]
  • Super Tuesday: What we learned

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans in 10 states weighed in on the GOP presidential nomination race in its busiest day yet. Mitt Romney won six states, Rick Santorum clinched three and Newt Gingrich prevailed in one. And along the way, clues were gleaned from the results about the path ahead. A look at what […]
  • Tribes make push for Violence Against Women Act

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – American Indian leaders say they want support from two more Republican senators for the Violence Against Women Act and they are making a big push this week to muster support for the bill, which includes measures to specifically help American Indian and Alaska Native victims. As of Tuesday, the legislation […]
  • Jewish headstones vandalized in veterans’ cemetery

    BUSHNELL, Fla. (AP) – Detectives in central Florida are investigating as a hate crime the vandalism of Jewish headstones in a veterans’ cemetery. Sumter County Sheriff’s Office detectives started their investigation into what happened to the headstones Monday. Several headstones in two sections of the Florida National Cemetery were found pushed over or dug out […]
  • Analysis: Romney must ease independents’ concerns

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Mitt Romney’s uninspiring showing in Super Tuesday’s primaries nonetheless moves him closer to the Republican presidential nomination. But a string of events and voter data underscore his challenge in winning independent voters turned off by the long, divisive primary. Romney won a tight race against Rick Santorum in Ohio, where […]
  • Teen charged in OR girl’s death waives jury trial

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – A teenage boy charged with aggravated murder and first-degree rape in the July 2010 death of a 5-year-old Oregon girl has waived his right to a jury trial and will let a judge decide his fate. The News-Review reports that ( http://is.gd/rHNKDF) Douglas County Circuit Judge Randy Garrison will preside over […]
  • NYC: Eatery grades, drop in food poisoning linked

    Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – Giving letter grades to the thousands of restaurants in New York City _ from humble delis to celebrity chef-powered eateries _ has been a boon to business and has led to a decline in the number of cases of salmonella food poisoning, the mayor and health officials said Tuesday. […]
  • APNewsBreak: Gov. would add 20 forensic scientists

    Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder wants to move criminal cases faster through the courts by spending $5 million on forensic services and hiring 20 more forensic scientists so crime cases can be turned around in 30 days. Snyder spokesman Ken Silfven told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the proposal is […]
  • 2 brothers get prison for LA-based cocaine ring

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – The head of a small hip-hop record label who prosecutors say led a drug trafficking ring that used chartered jets to ship cocaine and cash between Baltimore and Los Angeles has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. City News Service says Ricky “DP” Brascom received the sentence in a […]
  • Oregon health care picks up where Obama left off

    Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Pregnant with her seventh child and desperate to kick a meth addiction, Madeline Hutchinson turned to a program from the local Medicaid provider that connected her with a mentor and other support that she says helped her get off drugs. Emmanuel, now 2, was born healthy. “We need mentors. […]
  • Wis. Assembly approves limiting recall reasons

    Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) – In the face of an expected recall election targeting Gov. Scott Walker and four Republican state senators, the Wisconsin state Assembly voted Tuesday to amend the state constitution to make it more difficult to toss an official from office. The measure, which still faces major hurdles before taking effect, […]
  • RI city settles legal fees in prayer banner case

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) – Officials in a Rhode Island city have agreed to pay $150,000 in legal costs to the state American Civil Liberties Union to end a court dispute stemming from a prayer banner at a high school. The Providence Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/zgzunGschool) Cranston school district chief operating officer Raymond Votto disclosed the […]
  • Justice Department hails Minn. school settlement

    Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A settlement with Minnesota’s largest school district over the harassment and bullying of students who are gay, or perceived to be gay, should serve as a model for other schools in the U.S., federal officials said Tuesday. The Anoka-Hennepin School Board agreed Monday night to strengthen the district’s efforts to […]