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  • Surfer killed by shark off central California

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings …


  • US Supreme Court upholds stay of execution in Fla.

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


  • School aide fired after call about ‘65 killing

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teacher’s aide was fired Tuesday after school officials recently learned she was the member of an Indianapolis family who tortured and killed a …


  • Britney Spears’ self-styled manager testifies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ self-styled manager took the stand in his defamation lawsuit against her parents Tuesday, claiming he acted to protect her from paparazzi and others during …


  • Police link Colo. girl’s killing to jogger attack

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Police said Tuesday the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl in suburban Denver this month is connected to a May kidnapping attempt in which a …


  • Paraplegic survives 3 days stranded 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 …


  • New stay blocks Fla. execution of mass killer

    STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday night blocked the scheduled execution of a mass killer convicted of eight slayings that jolted South Florida in the 1970s. …


  • Officers seek links between 6 dead in Tenn., Ala.

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man sought for questioning in four homicides in Tennessee was found dead over the state line in Alabama, the apparent victim of a homicide himself, …


  • Mass. firm in meningitis case: Officials inspected

    BOSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Massachusetts company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak says it’s “hard to imagine” state regulators didn’t know the scale of its operations because …


  • Teenage brothers charged with killing NJ girl, 12

    CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy lured a 12-year-old girl into his house under the guise of getting parts for her treasured bicycle and then, with his older brother, …


  • Fla. set to execute mass killer after stay denied

    STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court denied an emergency request late Tuesday to stay the scheduled execution of a convicted mass killer in Florida who sought a reprieve …


  • Apple’s iPad Mini much pricier than rival tablets

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc.’s pencil-thin, smaller iPad will cost much more than its competitors, signaling the company isn’t going to get into a mini-tablet price war. The …


  • California surfer killed in shark attack

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings …


  • Teenage brothers charged in NJ girl’s death

    CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — Two teenage brothers were charged Tuesday with murdering a 12-year-old girl who had been missing since the weekend, prompting a frantic search by her small hometown …


  • Mass. gov.: Fungus seen at meningitis-linked firm

    BOSTON (AP) — State officials investigating a pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis said Tuesday they found shoddy sterilization practices and unclean conditions there, including debris-covered floor mats …


  • Officers seek links between 5 dead in Tenn., Ala.

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The slayings of three women and a toddler at two homes in southern Tennessee may be related to a body found just across the state line …


  • Fla. set to execute mass killer after stay lifted

    STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A convicted mass killer from the 1970s faced a scheduled execution Tuesday evening after an appeals court lifted a last-minute stay that was based on his …


  • Official: Teen brothers charged in NJ girl’s death

    CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — Two teenage brothers were charged Tuesday with murdering a 12-year-old girl who had been missing since the weekend, prompting a frantic search by her small hometown …


  • Wine and fracking don’t mix, say vineyard owners

    The hillside vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water’s edge. Now winery owners are worried …


  • School aide suspended after call about ‘65 killing

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teacher’s aide has been suspended after school officials learned she was the member of an Indianapolis family who tortured and killed a girl …


  • Gov’t to examine technology for automated cars

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that drive themselves may hold the potential to save thousands of lives, an Obama administration safety official said Tuesday, as the government prepares to launch a …


  • Coroner: Ala. body may be linked to Tenn. slayings

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say the slayings of three women and a toddler in southern Tennessee and a death just across the border in Alabama may be linked. Madison …


  • Ex-CIA man pleads to leaking operative’s identity

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) — A former CIA officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking the identity of one of the agency’s covert operatives to a reporter and will be sentenced to …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 308 cases, 17 states

    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 …


  • NY court: Lap dances are not art and are taxable

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lap dances are taxable because they don’t promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, New York’s highest court concluded Tuesday …


  • 4th bankruptcy in Perry’s tech fund adds to losses

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A fourth Texas high-tech startup that received taxpayer money through Gov. Rick Perry’s signature economic development fund has filed for bankruptcy, pushing the total losses in …


  • US may soon become world’s top oil producer

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer. Driven by high prices and …


  • Court blocks Ind. defunding of Planned Parenthood

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana stepped between women and their physicians when it enacted a law that blocked Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood just because the organization provides abortions, a federal …


  • Ohio teen in Craigslist trial: I feared for life

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The teenage suspect in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers testified at his murder trial Tuesday that he went along only …


  • Police link abduction of Colo. girl, jogger attack

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Police said Tuesday the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl in suburban Denver this month is connected to a May kidnapping attempt in which a …