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April 15, 2014 - 1:35pm
15 hours 9 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, a central figure in a sweeping San Francisco organized crime and public corruption case, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to money laundering and other charges related to the investigation.

Defense attorney Greg Bentley entered the plea for Chow, who remains in custody and appeared in court in jail clothing. Prosecutors say he is the leader of a notorious gang based in Chinatown.

Chow has been charged with...

April 15, 2014 - 1:24pm
20 hours 9 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

The new regulations are designed to clean the air of toxins such as mercury, lead and arsenic, which contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to the rules....

April 15, 2014 - 1:20pm
20 hours 9 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway.

Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday he's hoping to repeat his success by turning "Soul Train" into a show that attracts both die-hard Broadway fans and those who usually avoid Times Square.

"I'm nervous and I'm humbled and I'm excited," said...

April 15, 2014 - 1:19pm
15 hours 49 min ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A self-described militia commander from Minnesota who was charged with stealing identification information from members of his former Army unit at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has pleaded guilty to identity theft.

Prosecutors say Keith Michael Novak, of Maplewood, planned to use the stolen information to make fake IDs for members of his militia, the 44th Spatha Libertas. He entered his guilty plea Monday on the single count in federal court in...

April 15, 2014 - 1:07pm
20 hours 9 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says such action isn't the preferred option, but that the Ukrainian government has to respond to what he says is an untenable situation.

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, the government said special forces on Tuesday recaptured a small airport...

April 15, 2014 - 1:03pm
20 hours 9 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles has postponed a hearing on rape charges against former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper to await the results of an upcoming bail hearing in Arizona.

Sharper appeared briefly Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom in the case alleging he drugged and raped two women in West Hollywood last year. He has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody without bail.

Superior Court Judge Renee Korn postponed the hearing,...

April 15, 2014 - 12:56pm
19 hours 59 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A women's media group has created a new award for courage honoring Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan, the group announced Tuesday.

The International Women's Media Foundation said the award will be given out every year to a female photojournalist whose work "follows in the footsteps of Anja Niedringhaus."

It is funded with a $1 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation...

April 15, 2014 - 12:54pm
20 hours 49 min ago

HONOLULU (AP) — The Coast Guard says a search has been launched for a Japanese crew member of a container ship who was reported overboard northeast of Oahu.

According to the Coast Guard, the 23-year-old had been on the ship Hercules Highway. He was last seen at about 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard was notified shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday that the man went overboard about 805 miles (1,295 kilometers) northeast of Oahu.

A Coast...

April 15, 2014 - 12:53pm
18 hours 19 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.

The IRS stopped using private tax collectors in 2009 after determining that agency employees could do a better job.

The National Treasury Employees Union said the program failed in the past and should not be forced on the IRS.

"We have been down...

April 15, 2014 - 12:41pm
19 hours 9 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A demonstrator who interrupted arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in February and whose group posted video of the protest online, a first for the court, has been sentenced to time served.

Noah Kai Newkirk of Los Angeles pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with the Feb. 26 disruption, after which he served a night in jail. After Tuesday's hearing, a Supreme Court policeman gave Newkirk a piece of paper that notified him he is also barred from the court...

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