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April 17, 2014 - 10:52am
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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified three more bodies pulled from the debris of the mudslide that swept through the Washington town of Oso last month, leaving four names left on the list of the missing.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday it has now identified all 39 victims it has received.

The latest are 4-year-old Wyatt M. Ruthven of Arlington, 64-year-old Sandra K. Miller of Everett, and 52-year-old Ronald P...

April 17, 2014 - 10:36am
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who helped himself to a refill of his 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital found it cost a lot more than he expected when he was fined $525.

WCSC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1r2k6V6 ) there are signs in the cafeteria telling people refills are not free. When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket.

Lewis is a construction...

April 17, 2014 - 10:30am
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FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A woman tried to drown her three teenage children by driving a van into a river, police said, but all four of them were rescued by a man who said he heard screaming from the partially submerged vehicle.

Joann Smith, 49, of Florence Township, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and child endangerment. She was being held on $600,000 bail, and it was not clear if she had a lawyer.

Authorities said Smith drove...

April 17, 2014 - 10:30am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange.

National Park Service spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall says scientists noticed the cat known as P-22 was sickly when they recaptured it last month to replace batteries in its tracking collar.

She says the 4-year-old cougar probably ate animals exposed to poison from...

April 17, 2014 - 10:27am
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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A 10th-grader in Maine has been suspended for 10 days for having a bright yellow squirt gun.

The Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/Qg2BFn) says the teen was suspended in accordance with Lewiston High School policy after the toy fell out of his backpack. The student wasn't identified.

School Superintendent Bill Webster tells the newspaper that the suspension could be reduced and that administrators "will work to balance the discipline...

April 17, 2014 - 10:26am
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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Five Ivory Coast newspapers whose publications have been temporarily suspended are denouncing the measure.

Most of the newspapers were suspended for mocking President Alassane Ouattara or referring to him as a dictator. One was targeted for discussing the safety of bush meat, which the government banned in the wake of an Ebola outbreak. The National Press Council, acting on a government complaint, banned the papers for several issues....

April 17, 2014 - 10:09am
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DALLAS (AP) — Twin boys who were born conjoined have been released from the Dallas hospital that's been their home since birth.

Owen and Emmett Ezell were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver and intestines when born. They were separated at Medical City Children's Hospital last August.

Mother Jenni Ezell says the now-9-month-old twins can sit up and that they try to coo over the trachea tubes that help them breathe. They are fed through tubes in...

April 17, 2014 - 10:06am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent.

Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago....

April 17, 2014 - 9:50am
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Technology stocks are leading an early decline on Wall Street after Google and IBM reported disappointing earnings.

Mattel and UnitedHealth Group also fell in early trading Friday after their own results fell short of what investors were expecting.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,859 in the first few minutes of trading. The index rose for the previous three days in a row.

The Dow Jones...

April 17, 2014 - 9:16am
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to attend a service for the three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and several religious leaders are expected to join Holder at the Jewish Community Center for an interfaith service for the victims Thursday.

Frazier Glenn Cross is charged with capital murder and premeditated first-degree murder in the killings Sunday of Dr....

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