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April 19, 2014 - 4:24pm
5 min 58 sec ago

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday.

The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were immediately announced related to Jeremiah's death.

He was last seen by relatives in September but wasn't reported missing...

April 19, 2014 - 4:23pm
5 min 58 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired.

Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group, said Saturday she had wanted to arrange swift financial aid to families and other loved ones, sparing them lengthy court fights. She said she began by emailing Sarah Bajc, an American whose boyfriend, Philip...

April 19, 2014 - 4:18pm
5 min 58 sec ago

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital flew back into the wild on Saturday, after weeks of rehab in Minnesota and procedures to replace its flight feathers.

Officials with the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota released the owl at about noon Saturday outside Superior, Wis., near the Minnesota and Wisconsin state border. That location was chosen by a biologist because snowy owls have been spotted there in...

April 19, 2014 - 3:27pm
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DOVER, N.J. (AP) — No stolen hearts on this first date. Instead, a New Jersey woman says a man she met on a dating website stole her dog and her flat-screen TV.

Dover police tell the Daily Record of Parsippany (http://dailyre.co/1f8Kwz4) that the pair went out for the first time Thursday night.

After returning home, the woman said she became occupied in another room, leaving the man alone. When she returned, he was gone — and so were her Yorkshire...

April 19, 2014 - 3:21pm
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A California man says he feels lucky that he survived an avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Mount Everest.

Kenwood, Calif., contractor Jon Reiter and his Australian climbing partner were climbing above 20,000 feet on the world's highest peak Friday when the avalanche swept down the climbing route.

His Sherpa guide pushed him behind some ice blocks and out of harm's way, Reiter told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (...

April 19, 2014 - 2:48pm
5 min 58 sec ago

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Authorities near Houston say four people are dead and two others are in critical condition after a car drifted into oncoming traffic and slammed into a taxi cab.

Pasadena police say the impact sounded like an "explosion" to an officer who happened to be near the early morning crash.

Investigators say the car that hit the taxi apparently went too fast around a curve and lost control.

Police say two people in...

April 19, 2014 - 2:31pm
5 min 58 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker has countersued a company that says it hasn't been paid for work done on her Detroit-area home.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1gJy7lA) Saturday that Baker's attorney says lawyers for Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating "intended to put her in as embarrassing a light as possible."

The 2011 lawsuit against Baker led to a warrant for her arrest, but the warrant was dismissed...

April 19, 2014 - 2:18pm
5 min 58 sec ago

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas-based group of volunteers involved in searches for missing persons around the nation has run afoul of federal aviation authorities for using drones in their work.

A fleet of four unmanned aircraft used by Texas EquuSearch has been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration until the agency develops rules that allow for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. Congress has given the FAA until the end of next year to do so.

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April 19, 2014 - 2:16pm
5 min 58 sec ago

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some Southern California customers.

About 150 people who ordered this week at the Mexican-style fast food chain in Santa Paula, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were mistakenly charged thousands of dollars for burritos, tacos and soft drinks.

Customer Michael Cole said he was surprised when he was charged $4,050 for one CrunchTada Pizza...

April 19, 2014 - 2:06pm
25 min 58 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Animal rights activists protesting outside Liam Neeson's home say they don't agree with him that New York's carriage horses should keep working.

Neeson didn't appear Saturday as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his Manhattan apartment building. They held signs with such slogans as: "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!"

The 61-year-old actor is a vocal supporter of the city's carriage horse industry. His...

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