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April 24, 2014 - 4:39pm
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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Mexican gang leader has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2010 slayings in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, of a U.S. consulate employee, her husband and the husband of another employee.

Prosecutors say Arturo Gallegos Castrellon was sentenced Thursday. A judge also ordered him to pay over $1.7 million in restitution and forfeiture. He was found guilty in February of three counts of murder.


April 24, 2014 - 4:39pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. says its first-quarter net income rose 36 percent due to a strong performance in Macau.

Billionaire CEO Sheldon Adelson said Thursday that the company delivered growth in every sector of business in Macau, the only place in China where gambling is legal.

Sands was the first U.S. casino company to enter Macau, which is now the world's largest gambling market.

Sands derives a...

April 24, 2014 - 4:33pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights.

It said a previously scheduled vote by Northwestern football players on whether to unionize could go forward Friday but ballots would be impounded for now.

The Chicago office of the National Labor Relations...

April 24, 2014 - 4:30pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.

The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics that billionaire executives such as late Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt deployed to corral lower-paid employees working...

April 24, 2014 - 4:27pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The director of the upcoming "X-Men" film is calling a lawsuit that accuses him of raping an aspiring model and actor in 1999 a shakedown.

Bryan Singer wrote in a statement released Thursday that he's avoiding promotional events for his upcoming film "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to avoid distracting from the movie.

His statement comes a week after he was sued by Michael Egan III in Hawaii in a case that accuses the director of...

April 24, 2014 - 4:26pm
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TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a teenager whose mother led police on a high-speed chase in a videotaped incident during which a State Police officer fired at her fleeing minivan carrying five children.

The son of Oriana Farrell of Memphis, Tennessee, had been accused of battery and assault in connection with a scuffle with officers during a chaotic traffic stop near Taos last October.

Nobody was injured by the officer's gunfire...

April 24, 2014 - 4:21pm
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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A medical examiner says an 18-year-old woman was intoxicated on cough syrup when she and her cousin were fatally shot after breaking into a Minnesota man's home.

Dr. Kelly Mills with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office testified Thursday at the murder trial of 65-year-old Byron Smith. Smith is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile (HAY'-lee) Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day...

April 24, 2014 - 4:19pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.

In court documents filed earlier this month, Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine alleges the March 22 collision was caused by gross negligence on the part of Sea Galaxy Marine, the ship's owner.

In its own court filings, Sea...

April 24, 2014 - 4:12pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are finishing slightly higher, led by the technology sector after Apple reported a big earnings gain.

Apple also announced a stock split, a dividend increase and a larger share repurchase program. The stock gained 8 percent. Caterpillar also rose 2 percent after posting better-than-expected results.

3M was among those companies whose results disappointed investors. 3M finished down 1 percent. Defense contractor Raytheon also...

April 24, 2014 - 4:01pm
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Xavier University basketball player who was expelled over what he says was a false rape allegation has settled his lawsuit against the school over their handling of the case.

Federal Judge S. Arthur Spiegel dismissed Dez Wells' lawsuit against Xavier on Thursday, saying the two had resolved their conflict.

Wells' attorney says the settlement terms are confidential and declined to comment further. A university spokeswoman...

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