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  • Co-defendant in Zumba sex case says broke no laws

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — An insurance agent who helped a dance instructor launch a Zumba studio that police say was a front for prostitution contends he used bad judgment but …


  • Defendant: No broken laws in Maine Zumba case

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The business partner of a Maine woman accused of using her Zumba dance studio as a front for prostitution says the charges against him are untrue. …


  • Judge expected to rule in Bible verse banner suit

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge is expected to rule Thursday whether a group of cheerleaders should be allowed to continue quoting biblical scripture on banners at high school …


  • Official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime

    CHICAGO (AP) — As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet …


  • Decades late, FDR memorial park dedicated in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dignitaries on Wednesday dedicated a new memorial state park overlooking the United Nations to former President Franklin Roosevelt. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, on …


  • Texas AG intervenes in cheerleader banner dispute

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Wednesday he will defend high school cheerleaders who want to use Bible verses on banners at football games. Abbott has …


  • Coach quits in Maine Zumba prostitution scandal

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A long-time high school hockey coach whose name appeared on a list of men accused of paying a local Zumba fitness instructor for sex has stepped …


  • Legal path to US from Cuba still complicated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuba’s surprise decision to make it easier for citizens to leave the country doesn’t mean Cubans can book tickets on commercial planes and head for Miami. Would-be …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Gay man sues Ky. jail, says inmate bit his nose

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An incarcerated gay man sued a southern Kentucky jail and a fellow inmate Tuesday, claiming the prisoner bit off part of his nose after days of …


  • 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 …


  • Police probe Texas agency in case where child died

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Police have launched a rare investigation of the Texas child protection agency after a 22-month-old girl died and her mother claimed her military husband’s deployment overseas …


  • Wis. wolf hunt begins; groups file intent to sue

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt got under way Monday even as animal welfare advocates demanded federal officials return Great Lake wolves to the endangered species list. …


  • Court will hear Ariz. case on voter registration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up an appeal from Arizona over its requirement that people prove they are American citizens before registering to vote. …


  • A public law school faces trial over liberal bias

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Praised by colleagues as smart, friendly and passionate about the law, Teresa Wagner was a leading candidate when two jobs came open to teach writing …


  • Anticipation builds in Maine prostitution case

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The anticipation is building for residents of this seaside community waiting to find out the names of those accused of giving business to a Zumba instructor …


  • Judge denies bail in LA airport weapons case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal magistrate denied bail Friday to a man authorities say was arrested with a cache of weapons in his checked luggage at Los Angeles International …


  • Mom gets 99 years in prison for gluing tot’s hands

    DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler’s hands to a wall was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison by a judge …


  • Chicago schools CEO replaced after 17 months

    CHICAGO (AP) — Just three weeks after the resolution of Chicago’s first teachers’ strike in a quarter-century, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to improve schools face more upheaval with the resignation …


  • Chicago schools CEO replaced after 17 months

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard stepped down Thursday after a little more than a year in the post and just three weeks after the school district …


  • NYC, rabbis clash over circumcision ritual

    NEW YORK (AP) — A group of rabbis is clashing with New York City health officials over the safety of an ancient circumcision ritual. Three rabbis and three Jewish groups …


  • Violent street gang: US targets finances of MS-13

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declared the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 to be an international criminal group on Thursday, an unprecedented crackdown targeting the finances of the sprawling U.S. …


  • US targets violent, central American street gang

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Central American street gang known for using machetes to hack and stab rivals to death became the first street gang to be labeled a transnational criminal …


  • Ex-Peace Corps worker gets 15 years for sex abuse

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Peace Corps volunteer apologized for sexually abusing young girls while serving in South Africa and acknowledged the widespread fallout from his crimes before he …


  • US sends forces to Jordan as check on Syria

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States has sent troops to Jordan to bolster its military capabilities in the event Syria’s civil war escalates, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, …

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