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April 9, 2014 - 12:54pm
1 week 1 day ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A fleet-footed pooch is lucky to be alive after racing a commuter train in New York City.

The dog ran alongside the Metro-North Railroad train on a parallel track Tuesday, The New York Post reported. About half a dozen other trains in the area or scheduled to pass through were told to slow down and watch out for a stray animal, said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs Metro-North. The trains run on tracks that are electrified by a third...

April 9, 2014 - 12:46pm
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators' accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and reporting services they didn't receive.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced the agreement Wednesday with the second-largest U.S. bank.

It is the...

April 9, 2014 - 12:36pm
1 week 1 day ago

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A suspected contract killer charged with killing nine people in three California counties over several decades is being investigated in connection with other unsolved slayings,.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Jose Manuel Martinez targeted victims in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties between 1980 and 2011. Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said Martinez was charged with the nine slayings on Tuesday.

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April 9, 2014 - 12:31pm
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to refer a former Internal Revenue Service official to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency's tea party controversy.

Committee investigators say they have uncovered evidence that Lois Lerner may have violated the constitutional rights of conservative groups, misled investigators and risked exposing confidential taxpayer information.

Lerner, who...

April 9, 2014 - 12:25pm
1 week 1 day ago

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath a museum in Kentucky.

The last car buried is a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette. The vehicle is upside down, about 40 feet beneath the surface.

National Corvette Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli says the workers hope to recover the car Wednesday or Thursday.

The prized cars were swallowed...

April 9, 2014 - 12:24pm
1 week 1 day ago

DETROIT (AP) — Police on Wednesday arrested a fifth person in the mob beating of a 54-year-old motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old Detroit boy struck by his pickup truck.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig declined to release details about the arrest but told reporters during a news briefing that the 19-year-old man "didn't turn himself in" and that more arrests in the April 2 attack on the city's east side are "a strong possibility."

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April 9, 2014 - 12:19pm
1 week 1 day ago

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with killing nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Errek Jett, the district attorney in Lawrence County, Ala., said that Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, told investigators he carried out the crimes working as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Jett said they believe Martinez because of the details he gave...

April 9, 2014 - 12:11pm
1 week 1 day ago

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Vonte Skinner's graphic, violence-laced rap lyrics bore no relation to the shooting of a fellow drug dealer in 2005 and shouldn't have been introduced at his attempted murder trial, attorneys asserted Wednesday as New Jersey's Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that is being closely watched by civil liberties advocates.

Skinner's conviction, after a first trial ended in a hung jury, was overturned by an appeals court that faulted the trial judge...

April 9, 2014 - 12:08pm
1 week 1 day ago

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was executed in Texas on Wednesday for fatally beating a former Baylor University history professor and attacking his wife more than 16 years ago.

Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, 44, was lethally injected in the state's death chamber in Huntsville.

He was in the U.S. illegally when he was arrested for the October 1997 slaying of 49-year-old Glen Lich. Just...

April 9, 2014 - 12:07pm
1 day 23 hours ago

Obama to faith leaders: No immigration fix planned

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has told religious leaders that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws.

That's according to the Rev. Luis Cortes, president of the Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza. He was among six religious leaders who met with Obama in the Oval Office Tuesday. Wesleyan, Baptist and Mormon leaders also were there....

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