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  • Meningitis outbreak deaths rise to 19

    NEW YORK (AP) — Four more people have died in the national meningitis outbreak, bringing the death toll to 19, health officials said Wednesday. The deaths are among the 247 …


  • Defense: Case against Somali terror suspect faulty

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a Minnesota man accused of helping supply fighters to a terror group in Somalia says the government’s case is built on the testimony of …


  • Man pleads guilty in plot to kill Saudi ambassador

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, agreeing to hire what he thought was a drug …


  • Feds: Suspect sent ‘cannon fodder’ to Somalia

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota terrorism suspect used young men as “cannon fodder” when he helped send them from Minneapolis to their native Somalia to join the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab, …


  • Lawsuit claims evangelical church hid abuse claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three female plaintiffs claim in a lawsuit that an evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children. The suit filed Wednesday in state court …


  • US, Israel to begin major air defense exercise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Israel are embarking on the largest exercise in their long military relationship, against a backdrop of tension with Iran and sharp rhetoric in the …


  • Tentative June trial set in Trayvon Martin case

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge set a tentative trial date next year for a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. In her first hearing since taking …


  • Earthquake in Maine rattles New England states

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The earthquake that rattled southern Maine was felt in New England states as far away as Connecticut, but caused no apparent damage or injuries. Patrons of …


  • Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men

    America’s favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these …


  • Disgraced NYPD chief surfaces at perjury trial

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal inmate No. 84888-054 has saluted victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on his blog. He’s also used it to lend his opposition to an …


  • Government: Violent crimes rose 18 percent in 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Violent crimes unexpectedly jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, and property crimes rose for first time in a decade. But academic …


  • 5 dead in apparent arson-homicide at Denver bar

    DENVER (AP) — Police were investigating the deaths of five people whose bodies were found in a neighborhood bar after a fire broke out around closing time early Wednesday. Police …


  • 5 found dead at in arson-homicide at Denver bar

    DENVER (AP) — Denver police believe a bar was set fire to hide the slayings of the five people found inside who apparently were killed by other means. The blaze …


  • Decades late, FDR memorial park is opening in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been nearly 40 years since New York City started planning a memorial to President Franklin Roosevelt on an island in the East River. Welfare Island …


  • Armed posse patrols timber land in sheriff’s place

    O’BRIEN, Ore. (AP) — There’s no room in the county jail for burglars and thieves. And the sheriff’s department in a vast, rural corner of southwest Oregon has been reduced …


  • Thousands mourn slain Colo. girl; police seek help

    ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — More than 2,000 family members, friends, neighbors and others remembered a 10-year-old girl who was abducted on her way to school in a Denver suburb and …


  • Texas landowners take a rare stand against Big Oil

    SUMNER, Texas (AP) — Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code …


  • World Food Prize activities attract Occupy protest

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation — to recognize people who have helped improve the quality and availability …


  • Ex-wife: Kidnapping suspect might have ‘snapped’

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Wyoming girl is a talented photographer and graphic designer who is a good father to his …


  • Release of names in prostitution case stirs debate

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The first batch of men charged with being clients of a woman accused of turning her Zumba dance studio into a brothel included a former mayor …


  • Decades late, FDR memorial park is opening in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City memorial park honoring President Franklin Roosevelt has been completed 40 years after the original design. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park …


  • After spat, La. to have 1st black chief justice

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court resolved a racially tinged power struggle inside its own ranks, ruling Tuesday that Bernette Johnson should be the state’s first black chief …


  • Daughter offers no clues on Mexican drug lord

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The daughter of one of the world’s most sought-after drug lords didn’t share information that might lead to her father’s capture after she was detained on …


  • More than 2,000 attend slain Colo. girl’s memorial

    ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — More than 2,000 family members, friends, neighbors and others gathered Tuesday to remember a 10-year-old suburban Denver girl who was abducted on her way to school …


  • NY evangelical college probes ‘Obama’ filmmaker

    NEW YORK (AP) — A conservative scholar behind a high-grossing documentary that condemns President Barack Obama is under investigation by the evangelical college he leads over a report he took …


  • Similar names create trouble in prostitution case

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Paul Main’s quiet evening was shattered by a phone ringing off the hook and a half-dozen TV crews showing up on his porch. Everyone wanted to …


  • Hundreds expected at memorial for slain Colo. girl

    DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of friends, family and community members will gather Tuesday to remember a 10-year-old Colorado girl who was abducted on her way to school and killed. Even …


  • Ex-wife: Kidnapping suspect might have ‘snapped’

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Wyoming girl is a talented photographer and graphic designer who is also a good father to …


  • Prosecutor: Breakup upset missing Ariz. baby’s mom

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman charged in the disappearance of her infant son more than two years ago was consumed with anger over the demise of her romantic ties …


  • Gallaudet employee seeks reinstatement

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The chief diversity officer at the nation’s leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing is fighting for her job after signing a petition to …


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