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July 14, 2014 - 10:25am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question the Idaho native about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity.

In a brief statement Monday, the Army said Bergdahl has been assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

Bergdahl has...

July 14, 2014 - 10:08am
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Stocks shook off last week's doldrums and finished sharply higher Monday, driven by a round of corporate deal news and strong earnings from Citigroup.

Investors cheered AECOM Technology's $4 billion acquisition of engineering and construction services company URS Corp., sending URS' stock up 11.6 percent and AECOM 8.6 percent.

Citigroup rose 3 percent after the bank turned in better-than-expected results and disclosed it has agreed to pay $7 billion...

July 14, 2014 - 10:00am
1 week 2 days ago

Stocks are up sharply in early trading as the market shakes off its worst weekly performance in three months.

Citigroup rose after the bank turned in better results than Wall Street expected and said it had reached a settlement in an investigation into its mortgage business.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 126 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,071 in the first few minutes of trading Monday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index...

July 14, 2014 - 10:00am
1 week 2 days ago

DENVER (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has told a doctor not to video-record the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes, at least until a hearing on the matter.

The judge issued the order Friday after defense attorneys objected to the planned video recording. The judge plans a hearing this week, but hasn't set a date.

The state mental hospital has said the doctor routinely video-records his examinations but didn't...

July 14, 2014 - 9:52am
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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Three Connecticut residents have pleaded not guilty to causing a disturbance at a Rhode Island house owned by Taylor Swift.

Police in Westerly say 29-year-old Michael Horrigan and 28-year-old Tristan Kading of North Stonington and 26-year-old Emily Kading of Stonington hurled beer bottles and shouted expletives at security officers patrolling the singer's seaside property. Swift was not home at the time of the June 14 disturbance....

July 14, 2014 - 9:02am
1 week 2 days ago

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts pop culture store has honored a 25-year-old gift certificate.

Sierra Wales, assistant manager at That's Entertainment in Worcester, says a longtime customer recently brought in the $10 gift certificate bought in 1989.

She tells The Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/1mO9p9V ) that the gift certificate had been sitting in a drawer for years. The customer had been meaning to bring it in for some time and finally...

July 14, 2014 - 9:02am
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Citigroup said Monday that its net income dropped in the second quarter after it took a $3.8 billion charge to settle claims over its risky subprime mortgage business.

The charge pushed down its net income to $181 million from $4.18 billion a year earlier.

On a per-share basis, net income was 3 cents, compared with $1.34 in the second-quarter a year earlier.

Excluding the charges and an accounting loss, the bank's second-quarter...

July 14, 2014 - 8:13am
1 week 2 days ago

Armed guards, tall fences and the threat of prosecution aren't always enough to deter an overzealous fan or celebrity stalker.

For decades, stalkers have presented musicians, actors and even reality television personalities with a persistent, and potentially dangerous, downside to their fame. The unwanted attention ranges from unsolicited love letters and social media messages to kidnapping plots and home break-ins.

Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Sandra...

July 14, 2014 - 8:12am
1 week 1 day ago

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Wear and tear on a pickup truck used to transport bodies caused a hatchback to open and a corpse to fall on to a busy highway, an apologetic coroner in Pennsylvania said.

Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell identified the body as that of a young woman who died of an apparent drug overdose. His office has contacted her family.

"It was a horrible thing," Campbell told the Bucks County Courier Times. "I can't tell you how upset...

July 14, 2014 - 8:10am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — They've shown up in Selena Gomez's guest house, outside Halle Berry's kitchen door and inside Sandra Bullock's home, despite gates, tall fences and guards meant to keep the stars safe.

Celebrity stalkers continue to be one of stardom's most troubling downsides. Many instances involve serious cases of mental illness, making it difficult for private security, police and prosecutors to anticipate those intent on harassing and possibly harming some of the...

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