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  • Murder trial starts in Fla. foster child case

    MIAMI (AP) — The foster parent of 4-year-old Rilya Wilson abused the girl for months before finally smothering her, and then lied to child welfare workers who failed to discover …


  • Ark. girl chained to dresser last year now dead

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday were investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl whose father is in prison for chaining her to a dresser last year in …


  • Even apes have ‘midlife crises,’ study finds

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chimpanzees going through a midlife crisis? It sounds like a setup for a joke. But there it is, in the title of a report published Monday …


  • Storm-wrecked NY gay youth center gets quick help

    NEW YORK (AP) — It took only hours for Superstorm Sandy’s surging waters to destroy an emergency drop-in center for homeless gay youths. Four feet of water swamped the hallways …


  • Census: New gauge shows 49.7 million poor in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America’s poor edged up last year to a high of 49.7 million, based on a new census measure that takes into account medical costs …


  • Fuller picture of poverty: 49.7M poor people in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A different way of calculating America’s poor by taking into account medical costs and work-related expenses finds a higher total than the government’s official count. This measure …


  • Kids’ mom in Ohio murder-suicide wanted them back

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — For the past three years, Mandy Hayes had counted on her mother to care night and day for three of her children after another son at …


  • Grandmother, uncle plot murder-suicide, 3 kids die

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Caught up in a family disagreement over who should care for three young children, a grandmother and her son barricaded themselves and the kids in a …


  • Generals backed Kelley’s sister in court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest twist of the David Petraeus sex scandal, court records show the former CIA director and Gen. John Allen intervened last September in a messy …


  • Doctor: veins of obese Ohio inmate inaccessible

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A doctor says the veins of an obese Ohio inmate condemned to die are inaccessible and questions whether he could be injected with lethal drugs. Ohio …


  • Pot votes in 2 states challenge US drug war

    DENVER (AP) — First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people. Those who have argued for decades that legalizing and taxing weed would be better than …


  • Housing, voting, power: Problems abound post-Sandy

    NEW YORK (AP) — From trying to figure out where people would live to how they would be able to vote and when all the lights will finally come on, …


  • Where will housing be found for Sandy’s victims?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Government leaders are turning their attention to the next crisis unfolding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy: finding housing for potentially tens of thousands of people …


  • Officials: Gambling-addicted NY nun stole $128,000

    HOLLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a nun with a gambling addiction is accused of stealing $128,000 from two rural parishes where she worked. Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone …


  • Penn St. officials arraigned on new charges

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Penn State administrators were arraigned Friday on new accusations they hushed up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The hearing …


  • New charges bring Penn State officials to court

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Penn State administrators facing new charges they hushed up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky were preparing to be arraigned, while …


  • New charges bring Penn State officials to court

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Penn State administrators facing new charges they hushed up child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky are about to be arraigned in a central Pennsylvania …


  • Ex-Penn St. president charged in Sandusky case

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The “conspiracy of silence” that protected Jerry Sandusky extended all the way to the top at Penn State, prosecutors said Thursday as they charged former university …


  • APNewsBreak: Boy Scouts host anti-abuse forum

    Even as its past policies on sex-abuse prevention fuel controversy, the Boy Scouts of America is hosting an unprecedented closed-door symposium Thursday with other national youth organizations, hoping to share …


  • Ryan’s challenger campaigns against … no one

    JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Rob Zerban spent his morning on his hands and knees scrubbing a toilet in a homeless shelter. Half a country away, Paul Ryan stood under a …


  • Jailers worry about dental floss as a weapon

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Dental floss may prevent toothaches, but it’s given jailers plenty of headaches. When a group of New York prisoners sued last month to demand access …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Ex-CIA man likely to plead guilty in leak case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA officer accused of leaking the names of covert operatives to journalists is expected to enter a guilty plea as part of a plea deal. …


  • ‘Little czar’ in Ohio school drug ring gets prison

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A teenager convicted of selling up to $20,000 worth of high-grade marijuana a month to high school students in southwestern Ohio was sentenced Monday to serve …


  • NJ mom denies hitting boy she says bullied girl

    TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who says her 9-year-old daughter was bullied took matters into her own hands and confronted one of the students she says …


  • Clintons remember McGovern for anti-hunger efforts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, say they are saddened by the passing of former presidential candidate and Sen. …


  • “Perversion files” show locals helped cover up

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters …


  • Memorial service scheduled for slain Colo. girl

    DENVER (AP) — Hundreds are set to attend a public memorial service Tuesday for a 10-year-old Colorado girl as the search for her abductor continues. Multiple agencies are checking every …


  • Medical marijuana advocates want drug reclassified

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington is considering whether marijuana should be reclassified from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use. Last …


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