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July 16, 2014 - 3:05am
1 week 5 days ago

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused by police of being a high-priced prostitute and abandoning a Google executive after shooting him up with a fatal dose of heroin would never have wanted him to die because he was paying her well, a defense attorney said Wednesday.

"There was no intent to harm or injure Mr. Hayes," said Larry Biggam, whose Santa Cruz firm has been appointed to represent defendant Alix Tichelman. "Why would she? He was a lucrative source of income...

July 16, 2014 - 3:02am
1 week 5 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bieber's lawyers and Florida prosecutors said Wednesday they need more time to work out a possible plea deal on charges that the pop star drove under the influence and resisted arrest.

Assistant State Attorney David Gilbert and Bieber attorney Mark Shapiro asked for an additional three weeks. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield reset the matter for Aug. 5.

Gilbert said at a brief hearing the two sides would inform Altfield on...

July 16, 2014 - 2:49am
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has appeared in a Los Angeles court but back-to-back hearings on sexual assault allegations he faces were postponed to Aug. 8.

Sharper spoke only to answer a procedural question from the judge.

Wednesday's proceedings had been scheduled to set a date for a preliminary hearing of allegations that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub.

The...

July 16, 2014 - 2:31am
1 week 5 days ago

Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.

The discovery could give a new target for developing drugs and other treatments for Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. It also might help explain why many people have plaques and tangles in their brain yet show no symptoms of the disease. Autopsies on 342 brains revealed that people...

July 16, 2014 - 2:31am
1 week 5 days ago

Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease. It is different from the amyloid plaques and tau tangles that long have been considered hallmarks of this form of dementia.

The discovery could give a new target for developing drugs and other treatments for Alzheimer's. It might also help explain why many people have plaques and tangles in their brain yet show no symptoms of the disease.

Researchers studied 342 people who donated their...

July 16, 2014 - 2:17am
1 week 5 days ago

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) — Ax throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class. It's also OK to dump your classmate in the lake — as long as you're both frantically trying to stay upright on a floating log.

The annual Adirondack Woodsmen's School is being held this summer amid the tall pines and placid waters of Paul Smith's College. Despite the course's name, there are no bushy beards here, no flannel shirts, no suspenders, no oxen.

Instead, 18 young...

July 16, 2014 - 2:13am
1 week 5 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, locked into a competitive re-election bid, is fighting to maintain an image as a reformer who's cleaned up state government as questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election threaten to hang over his campaign for months.

On Wednesday, a bipartisan commission of lawmakers agreed to grant federal prosecutors' request to wait to call a number of former Quinn administration...

July 16, 2014 - 1:58am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A screaming headline that reads "Good luck on that, I'm off to Italy." A composite photo depicting his family in a gondola in Venice. Withering criticism from a former mayor.

Despite the increasingly bad political optics, Mayor Bill de Blasio remains set to depart Friday for a lengthy Italian vacation in the face of a potential strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad.

If Long Island Rail Road workers walk off the job at 12:01...

July 16, 2014 - 1:24am
1 week 5 days ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says it has agreed to a U.N.-brokered five-hour pause in its strikes on the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians to restock supplies.

The military said in a statement Wednesday that it would hold its fire for five hours starting at 10:00 a.m. (0900 GMT, 5 a.m. EDT.)

It warns however that it will retaliate "firmly and decisively" if Hamas or other militant groups launch attacks on Israel during that time...

July 16, 2014 - 1:18am
1 week 5 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor has told jurors that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was trying to protect Tsarnaev when he agreed with another friend to take altered fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room.

Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly taking fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder, Tsarnaev's laptop and other items from...

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