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April 9, 2014 - 9:01pm
1 week 3 days ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restrict voting, notably photo identification requirements, saying they threaten to roll back half a century of progress.

Clinton spoke Wednesday night during the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas in Austin. The library is hosting the three-day event to mark the...

April 9, 2014 - 8:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A medical helicopter crashed while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center Wednesday evening, but the three crew members aboard didn't appear to be seriously injured.

The male pilot was was reported in satisfactory condition late Wednesday night, while the two other crew members aboard were under observation after the crash at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, authorities said. No patients were aboard...

April 9, 2014 - 8:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Denouncing the current Congress as the least productive in modern history, President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Wednesday for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the gender pay gap — an issue Democrats are counting on to give them an advantage in the fall elections.

Revving up Democratic donors at an opulent home in Houston, Obama said the legislation advocated by Democrats seems like common sense to most Americans, creating a pathway to...

April 9, 2014 - 8:10pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Big Sean and actress Naya Rivera are no longer engaged.

A spokeswoman for the rapper announced Wednesday that he has canceled plans to marry the "Glee" star. Publicist Tracy Nguyen said Sean hopes the two can continue to work through their issues privately.

Twenty-seven-year-old Rivera and 26-year-old Sean, whose real name is Sean Anderson, announced their engagement in October. Though the couple met on Twitter, neither...

April 9, 2014 - 8:03pm
1 week 4 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say a northeast Ohio man has pleaded guilty to charges alleging he tried to buy a 10-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach (DEHT'-ehl-bahk) in Cleveland said Wednesday that 37-year-old Robert W. Thomas Jr. pleaded guilty to enticement and receiving and distributing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Thomas' attorney hasn't commented. A...

April 9, 2014 - 7:55pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one.

The cover image of next month's Rolling Stone magazine featuring the "Veep" star depicts a nude Louis-Dreyfus with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

Louis-Dreyfus jokingly blamed the blunder on Mike McClintock, the fictional "Veep"...

April 9, 2014 - 7:34pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer.

Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3-D printed heart would ever be put in a person.

The technology, though, is not all...

April 9, 2014 - 7:10pm
1 week 4 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

The breakdown revealed this week affects a widely used encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for a variety of online...

April 9, 2014 - 7:04pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — In stories March 10 and April 9 about the French rail company SNCF, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the company acknowledged guilt and paid more than $6 billion in reparations for its role in the Holocaust. The company has expressed regret for its role in deportations, and the reparations were paid by the French government itself, not the government-owned SNCF.

A corrected version of the April 9 story is below:

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April 9, 2014 - 6:59pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-award winning actress Katherine Heigl (HEYE'-guhl) has sued Duane Reade Inc., saying the company is using a picture of her leaving one of its pharmacies in its promotional materials.

The 35-year-old who acted in the television series "Grey's Anatomy" and in movies including "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses" is seeking at least $6 million in damages. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan.

A Duane Reade...

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