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July 24, 2014 - 1:45am
7 hours 14 min ago

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Jessica Hunt, 33, was convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to illegally obtain prescription drugs.

Her attorneys and the federal...

July 24, 2014 - 1:39am
18 hours 24 min ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters.

Bavarian prosecutors had hoped to extradite 89-year-old Johann "Hans" Breyer because of his alleged service as a Waffen SS guard at Auschwitz in 1944.

However, Breyer died at a Philadelphia hospital Tuesday, hours before a U.S. judge approved the...

July 24, 2014 - 1:34am
1 day 1 hour ago

In its annual report on human development, the United Nations Development Program ranks 187 countries based on measures such as the health and longevity of their people, education and income, and personal security. Since 1990, those measures have been compiled into the agency's index of human development that is watched by governments around the world. Here are some of highlights from its latest global rankings:

— THE BEST

Top ranked is Norway,...

July 24, 2014 - 1:30am
18 hours 4 min ago

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors' coins that restore the original 1964 design, which incorporated suggestions from a grieving Jacqueline Kennedy.

Gold coins being stamped at the mint's West Point plant this...

July 24, 2014 - 1:22am
10 hours 24 min ago

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has found wreckage from an airplane piloted by a teenager who was killed when he crashed during an around-the-world flight, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday.

A C-130 pilot spotted sections of the plane's fuselage and other aircraft components Wednesday night in a remote section of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of American Samoa, spokesman Gene Maestas in Honolulu said, and ships later recovered some of that debris....

July 24, 2014 - 1:16am
8 hours 24 min ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A third day of jury deliberations in a defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has ended without a verdict.

Jurors broke for the day after about 7½ hours of deliberations Thursday and are due to reconvene at 9 a.m. Friday. Altogether, the jury has deliberated for about 19 hours since midday Tuesday.

Ventura says the late author Chris Kyle made up a story in his best-seller "American Sniper" about...

July 24, 2014 - 12:03am
1 day 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bank that serves farmers and agribusiness is donating $10 billion to spur private investment in rural America.

The White House was announcing the money Thursday as part of a rural conference it is holding this week. Colorado-based CoBank is part of a network of banks that provides financing to agribusiness and rural areas.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he hopes private investors will follow with additional dollars for the...

July 23, 2014 - 10:35pm
1 day 1 hour ago

Arizona used a two-drug protocol for Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who had been sentenced to die for the 1989 deaths of a former girlfriend and her father.

Witnesses saw Wood gasp and snort for an hour and 40 minutes after the execution drugs were injected in his veins. He finally was pronounced dead an hour and 57 minutes after the process started.

Executions without problems typically take 10 minutes or so.

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July 23, 2014 - 10:31pm
1 day 1 hour ago

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the doctors as they made preparations for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms.

Wood then uttered his final words, smiled at the victim's family members and made eye contact with a deacon. Just after declaring that he was at peace with his death, he smiled at the deacon, but for a second, a subtle look of panic took over his face....

July 23, 2014 - 9:45pm
1 day 1 hour ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, and nine people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The derailment occurred during the afternoon run of the White Pass & Yukon Route tourist train, which goes from Skagway, Alaska, into Canada.

There were few immediate details of what happened, but railroad President John Finlayson said the train derailed as it reached the White Pass...

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