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July 31, 2014 - 7:19am
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DETROIT (AP) — The defense is to present its side in the trial of a suburban Detroit man charged in the fatal shooting of a young woman on his porch last fall.

Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday after five days of evidence and testimony against 55-year-old Theodore Wafer of Dearborn Heights. He's charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

Testimony resumes Thursday. Wafer is claiming self-defense....

July 31, 2014 - 7:11am
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target has hired Pepsi executive Brian Cornell as its new chairman and CEO as it looks to recover from a huge data breach and troubles in Canada.

Cornell replaces interim CEO John Mulligan, who is chief financial officer for the Minneapolis company. Mulligan stepped into the interim CEO post in May when Target Corp.'s Gregg Steinhafel resigned following a large data breach in the runup to Christmas.

Cornell, 55, most recently...

July 31, 2014 - 6:33am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change a culture of hazing and inappropriate rituals among members when he was dismissed.

Jonathan Waters detailed the changes he was trying to make in a seven-page document prepared when the university began investigating allegations of problems with the band. His attorney released the document Wednesday night.

The university fired Waters last week...

July 31, 2014 - 6:28am
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule on the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Gov. Scott Walker's recall election.

The court was scheduled to release its decision Thursday in a case challenging the constitutionality of the law. It was filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee public workers. They had argued that the law violated workers...

July 31, 2014 - 5:53am
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the network of underground passages in the Gaza Strip will be dismantled "with or without a cease-fire." His statement follows new call-up orders for 16,000 more reservists that will allow the Israeli military to substantially widen its 23-day campaign against...

July 31, 2014 - 5:45am
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's medical examiner is trying to identify several bodies that had been stored for up to a decade or more at a Providence funeral home.

The Providence Journal reports ( six bodies and two cremated remains were found last week in a garage that had been converted into an unrefrigerated morgue at the Pennine Funeral home.

Authorities say the funeral home's director, Alfred Pennine, committed...

July 31, 2014 - 5:40am
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DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man suspected by the Irish government in the killing of two soldiers in 1980 is making his first appearance in immigration court.

Mahmoud Bazzi was arrested two weeks ago at his Dearborn home. He's accused of immigration violations linked to his arrival in the U.S. in the early 1990s.

The 71-year-old native of Lebanon is due in immigration court Thursday.

Bazzi isn't charged with killing Derek...

July 31, 2014 - 5:07am
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick. The other, a multimillionaire entrepreneur who owned a private jet.

They were close in age, and both had big families. As they got to know each other, they even learned they had both honeymooned in Bar Harbor, Maine.

But in...

July 31, 2014 - 4:48am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up the nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Reynolds previously led a $54 million campaign to turn around Ford's Theatre and said he sees similar potential in the museum next to the White House founded in 1869 by William W. Corcoran as a...

July 31, 2014 - 3:47am
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HONOLULU (AP) — The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.

St. Marianne Cope's remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony and Mass.

She was 80 when died of natural causes in 1918 at the remote Kalaupapa peninsula on the island of Molokai, where the Hawaiian kingdom exiled leprosy patients to control the disease. Her remains were...

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