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  • 1st lawsuit filed over missing South Carolina seal

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first legal challenge has been filed following the discovery that more than a hundred South Carolina laws are missing the state seal. Greenville attorney Joshua Hawkins filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking confirmation to determine if two tort reform bills passed in 2005 and 2011 have the state’s Great Seal. […]
  • ‘France is a Feast’: Photo exhibit celebrates Julia Child

    YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Mention Julia Child and the image that comes to mind is a tall woman with a spoon in one hand, saying in a high voice, “Bon appetit!” That was Child in her heyday as a 1960s TV show host teaching Americans the art of French cooking. But a new photo exhibit […]
  • Former Virginia death row inmate granted parole

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia death row inmate who came within two days of being executed before his sentence was commuted decades ago amid questions about his guilt was granted parole. The Virginia State Parole Board on Monday approved Joseph Giarratano’s release, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported . Giarratano, now 60, was convicted of the […]
  • Former Virginia death row inmate granted parole

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia death row inmate who had his sentence commuted to life in prison more than two decades ago has been granted parole. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia State Parole Board on Monday approved Joseph Giarratano for release. Board chairwoman Adrianne Bennett says it may take a month before Giarratano, […]
  • Iran-based hacker charged with trying to extort HBO

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Iran-based hacker plotted to extort HBO out of $6 million by threatening to release stolen episodes and scripts of hit shows, such as “Game of Thrones,” at one point taunting the network with a twist on a catch phrase form that series: “Winter is coming. HBO is falling.” An indictment […]
  • The Latest: Informants helped locate accused cop shooter

    NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on suspect arrested in Pennsylvania police officer shooting (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Officials in Pennsylvania say tips from informants led them to a home where they arrested a man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer during a traffic stop. Twenty-nine-year old Rahmael Sal Holt was […]
  • Transgender woman awarded $1M in discrimination lawsuit

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal jury has awarded a transgender woman more than $1 million after finding Southeastern Oklahoma State University discriminated against her and wrongfully denied her tenure. Jurors sided with former English professor Rachel Tudor on Monday, The Oklahoman newspaper reported. Her lawsuit alleged the university treated her differently than non-transgender professors, […]
  • German police retrieve 100 stolen John Lennon items

    BERLIN (AP) — German police recovered around 100 items that belonged to late Beatles star John Lennon that were stolen from his widow in New York, including three diaries, two pairs of his signature metal-rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score. The retrieved possessions were displayed Tuesday at Berlin police headquarters. “This […]
  • The Latest: Startup could bring back Vioxx for hemophilia

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the possible return of Vioxx (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Could the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx (VEYE-ochs) get a second life? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so. In 2004, Merck & Co. voluntarily pulled the blockbuster drug amid evidence it doubled the chances of having a heart attack […]
  • Kennedy arrested after party to attend diversion program

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Kennedy family member charged with disorderly conduct after police responded to a noisy party is being sent to a pretrial diversion program. Caroline Rose Kennedy was set to be arraigned in Barnstable on Wednesday, but her hearing was rescheduled for March pending her completion of the program. Officials say case […]
  • The Latest: Victims of rural Illinois fire identified

    DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a house fire that killed six people in rural northern Illinois (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Authorities in northern Illinois have identified the victims of an early morning house fire that left two adults and four children from one family dead. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department identified the […]
  • Asian stocks rise after Wall Street gain

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Wednesday after Wall Street hit new highs ahead of the two-day U.S. break for the Thanksgiving holiday. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.5 percent to 3,427.66 and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.7 percent to 22,579.18. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 0.9 percent to 30,087.73 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX […]
  • Conservatives knew ‘family values’ pol had secret gay life

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including “committed natural marriage,” the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office. The office encounter was the final straw that last week ended his political rise as […]
  • More charges filed against woman in Missouri teen’s suicide

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More charges have been filed against the former manager of a small-town Missouri Dairy Queen accused of bullying a teenage employee so relentlessly that he killed himself. A special prosecutor filed an amended criminal complaint Monday against Harley Branham, 22, of Fayette. It adds two counts each of aggravated stalking, […]
  • 2 more men indicted in slayings of couple at used car lot

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Two alleged accomplices indicted in the slayings of a couple at their used car lot in Cleveland are accused of helping the suspected shooter, who already was charged. Cleveland.com reports that authorities accuse the newly indicted suspects of helping to rob the business in April as victims Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik […]