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April 10, 2014 - 3:40am
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina inmate described as a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang faces a federal kidnapping charge after authorities say he used a mobile phone to help orchestrate the abduction of a prosecutor's father.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Kelvin Melton, who is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a Raleigh man in 2011.

Melton is accused in the Saturday kidnapping of Frank Arthur Janssen of...

April 10, 2014 - 3:32am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority.

With the tax filing deadline looming next week, a majority of Americans say completing a federal tax return is easy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

The findings defy conventional wisdom in Washington, where politicians have made careers out of promising a simpler tax system. In another blow to advocates of tax reform,...

April 10, 2014 - 3:30am
1 week 2 days ago

SEATTLE (AP) — The lights in Amanda Skorjanc's home started to flicker and shake. When she looked outside, she saw a cascade of mud and debris crashing down the hillside and nearby houses "exploding" from its force.

Moments earlier she was watching videos with her infant son, and now she saw a neighbor's chimney barreling toward her door. Skorjanc gripped her son tightly and turned away.

"I held onto that baby like it was the only purpose that I had...

April 10, 2014 - 3:30am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.

The official, Lois Lerner, previously headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last May, after providing an opening statement, Lerner refused to answer questions at a House Oversight Committee hearing about IRS agents improperly singling out tea party...

April 10, 2014 - 3:29am
1 week 2 days ago

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him, a detective said.

Tim McWhorter, a captain and chief investigator with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Alabama, said Thursday that Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, told authorities that he had worked for multiple cartels but that he would never divulge the names or cartel affiliations of his criminal associates....

April 10, 2014 - 3:28am
1 week 2 days ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which Johnson signed into law, Obama lauded his Democratic predecessor's ability to grasp like few others the power of government to bring about change and swing...

April 10, 2014 - 3:26am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The 219-205 vote on the budget outline takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the government's chronic deficits. Follow-up legislation to actually implement the cuts isn't in the offing...

April 10, 2014 - 3:23am
1 week 2 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the architects of a massive corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in prison by a judge who called her a con artist.

Former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia was also ordered to make more than $8 million in restitution to Bell.

Spaccia was the first of seven former public officials to be sentenced for their roles in the scandal that...

April 10, 2014 - 3:08am
1 week 2 days ago

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen.

A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is spending long days this week in a computer lab trying to fend off threats cooked up by experts at the National Security Agency. The annual Cyber Defense Exercise running through Thursday will determine which of the five service academies can create...

April 10, 2014 - 3:03am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The once high-flying hedge fund SAC Capital was sentenced on criminal fraud charges Thursday under a $1.8 billion deal that prosecutors say included the largest criminal fine ever imposed in an insider trading case.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan formally administered the sentence on Stamford, Conn.-based SAC Capital LP and three related entities based on pleas last fall by the companies to wire fraud and securities fraud....

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