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July 16, 2014 - 8:22pm
1 week 5 days ago

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Cars and houses were riddled with bullets during a high-speed chase and hostages were thrown from a fleeing SUV after a bank robbery Wednesday that led to the deaths of a hostage and two robbers, police said.

The violence began at 2 p.m. when officers responded to a call of a robbery at a Bank of the West branch in north Stockton. Arriving officers spotted three men taking three female hostages from the bank at gunpoint. The robbers stole a bank...

July 16, 2014 - 7:50pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Guatemalan immigrant accused of killing his girlfriend in Louisiana illegally crossed the Mexican border with his children last month and was released from custody after being issued a notice to report back to immigration authorities once he got settled in the United States, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday.

Pedro Alberto Monterroso Navas was caught crossing the border in South Texas on June 26 with his two children, Immigration and...

July 16, 2014 - 7:48pm
1 week 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Romanian princess Irina Walker pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating an illegal gambling business in connection with a cockfighting enterprise in rural Oregon.

Walker and her husband, John, accepted plea deals in which the government dismissed charges of animal fighting and conspiracy to violate the animal welfare act. Sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 22. The government recommends a sentence of probation for both Walkers, along with the...

July 16, 2014 - 7:36pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of a congressman's wedding last month violated the agency's ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.

The agency's carefully worded statement doesn't mention Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., by name, but said it was looking into "a report of an unmanned aircraft operation in Cold Spring, New York, on June 21 to determine if there was any violation of...

July 16, 2014 - 7:36pm
1 week 6 days ago

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has reinstated a highly regarded defensive back from Miami who last month broke the jaw of a Lady Raiders basketball player.

Tech athletics spokesman Blayne Beal said Wednesday that Nigel Bethel II will return to the team, but will sit out the first three games of his first season.

Berthel punched Amber Battle her during a June 28 pickup basketball game at the campus recreation center and was dismissed from the...

July 16, 2014 - 7:29pm
1 week 6 days ago

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A woman stripped of her Miss Delaware title last month for being too old is suing state pageant officials and the Miss America organization.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Amanda Longacre is seeking to be reinstated as Miss Delaware and to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant. She also is seeking $500,000 in damages for herself and $2.5 million for other contestants who she claims were recruited to compete in pageants before being told they...

July 16, 2014 - 7:20pm
1 week 6 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor, facing criticism that he bypassed a traditional selection process in choosing a poet laureate with only two self-published books to her name, said Wednesday he seeks to give opportunities to those who aren't part of "elite groups."

But Gov. Pat McCrory also said he would review the procedure he used after picking Valerie Macon to serve a two-year term in the high-profile position. A disability examiner for the state, Macon...

July 16, 2014 - 7:10pm
1 week 6 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor, facing criticism that he bypassed a traditional selection process in choosing a poet laureate with only two self-published books to her name, said Wednesday he seeks to give opportunities to those who aren't part of "elite groups."

But Gov. Pat McCrory also said he would review the selection process he used after picking Valerie Macon to serve a two-year term in the high-profile position. A disability examiner for the state...

July 16, 2014 - 7:09pm
1 week 6 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says it's "All the Way" with Bryan Cranston reprising his role as President Lyndon Johnson in a TV adaptation of his recent Broadway debut.

HBO Films has acquired rights to the Tony Award-winning play that opened earlier this year to critical and popular success while also winning Cranston the Tony as best actor.

The company said Wednesday that Robert Schenkkan will adapt his play for HBO.

"All the Way"...

July 16, 2014 - 7:06pm
1 week 6 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor, facing criticism that he bypassed a traditional selection process in choosing a poet laureate with only two self-published books to her name, said Wednesday he seeks to give opportunities to those who aren't part of "elite groups."

But Gov. Pat McCrory also said he would review the selection process he used after picking Valerie Macon to serve a two-year term in the high-profile position. A disability examiner for the state...

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