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  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 317 cases, 24 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • Georgia store offers gun raffle tickets to voters

    ATLANTA (AP) — Want a chance to win a rifle or handgun? Go vote. That’s the message from an Atlanta-area sporting goods store. The promotion caught the attention of the …


  • Experts: Killer shark was probably great white

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Experts say the shark that bit and killed a surfer off California’s central coast probably was a great white and may have been 15 feet long. …


  • Parents: Slain NJ girl was treated like ‘trash’

    CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who was strangled and dumped in a recycling bin said Wednesday that the two teenage brothers accused of …


  • Prosecutor: Day care owner betrayed parents’ trust

    HOUSTON (AP) — A woman charged with murder after a fire at her Houston home day care killed four children betrayed the families who entrusted her with their kids’ lives, …


  • Terrorist sentenced to 37 years in millennium plot

    SEATTLE (AP) — Algerian terrorist Ahmed Ressam was sentenced Wednesday to 37 years in prison for plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport around the turn of the new millennium. …


  • Ex-megachurch employee sought in fatal shooting

    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — A church volunteer leading prayer was shot and killed Wednesday inside the chapel of a Georgia megachurch, and authorities were searching for a former church …


  • Family member arrested in Calif. triple slaying

    RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested the 19-year-old brother of a man whose wife and two young children were found brutally slain inside their …


  • No suspect yet in 6 deaths in Tennessee, Alabama

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Investigators trying to solve six killings at four locations along the Tennessee-Alabama state line have found a common thread: one of the slain knew all the …


  • White House told of Libyan attack claim Sept. 11

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two hours after the U.S. Consulate came under attack in Benghazi, Libya, the White House was told that a militant group was claiming responsibility for the violence …


  • Kennedy cousin denied parole in 1975 slaying

    SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was denied a bid for freedom Wednesday at his first parole hearing since he was convicted a decade ago of killing his …


  • US backs idea of temporary cease-fire in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is cautiously welcoming the possibility of a temporary cease-fire in Syria, saying it hopes calm might lead to political transition. Secretary of State Hillary …


  • Gunman kills 1 person in chapel of Ga. megachurch

    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — A man opened fire Wednesday morning inside a Georgia megachurch chapel, killing one, and police were still searching for the suspect. The suspect got away …


  • Man detained in Calif. slayings of mom, toddlers

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police detained a man early Wednesday in the deaths of a woman and her two toddler children, whose bodies were found in a horrific scene that …


  • Panel: Pregnant women, get whooping cough shot

    ATLANTA (AP) — An expert panel is urging every expecting mother to get a shot preventing whooping cough, preferably in the last three months of her pregnancy to help protect …


  • Kennedy cousin Skakel proclaims innocence

    SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel pleaded for mercy Wednesday at his first parole hearing since he was sent to prison a decade ago, proclaiming his innocence once …


  • Google cameras map popular Grand Canyon trails

    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Google and its street-view cameras already have taken users to narrow cobblestone alleys in Spain using a tricycle, inside the Smithsonian with a …


  • NY cop killed in traffic stop called ‘exemplary’

    BELLEROSE TERRACE, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York City police officer killed after being shot in what started out as a traffic stop was an “exemplary officer,” a county …


  • Vroom! Nation’s fastest road to open in Texas

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Motorists, start your engines. It’s opening day for the last leg of a Texas toll road with the nation’s fastest speed limit. The final 41-mile stretch …


  • US Supreme Court upholds stay of execution in Fla.

    STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Following a slew of conflicting court rulings, a federal appeals court has blocked the scheduled execution of a mass killer convicted of eight killings that jolted …


  • Man sells giant autograph collection for daughter

    OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Three decades ago, Ken Kallin began amassing the 120,000 pieces in a memorabilia collection that includes photographs signed by Muhammad Ali and Neil Armstrong along …


  • Links sought for deaths of 6 in Tennessee, Alabama

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three women and an 18-month-old boy are slain in Tennessee, but an infant and toddler are spared. A man wanted for questioning in the homicides is …


  • Ex-Britney Spears manager faces cross-examination

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who presided over Britney Spears’ life during her well-publicized meltdown is portraying himself in court as a benevolent personal manager who saved her from …


  • 2 toddlers, mother found dead in California home

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A woman and her two toddler children were found dead in a violent and horrific scene that authorities said has shocked even veteran law enforcement. The …


  • Stranded paraplegic survives 3 days in NM desert

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A paraplegic man who says he was stranded in the New Mexico desert without his wheelchair dragged himself about four miles down a dirt road over …


  • Clues left all around in slaying of NJ 12-year-old

    CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — Two teenage brothers charged with killing a 12-year-old girl who disappeared while riding her bike left behind evidence in their house, and one wrote a Facebook …


  • Ex-Goldman executive awaits sentence from NY court

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble Co. board member convicted of insider trading will serve up to 10 years in prison if the government …


  • State officials find problems at Mass. pharmacy

    BOSTON (AP) — Water from a leaking boiler collected just outside a room that was supposed to be sterile. Floor mats used by technicians were filled with dirt and debris. …


  • State officials find problems at Mass. pharmacy

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials say their preliminary investigation has found problems with cleanliness and sterilization at a pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak. They said the problems at …


  • Ex-Goldman executive awaits sentence from NY court

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble Co. board member convicted of insider trading is about to learn whether prison or community service is his …