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August 22, 2014 - 5:48pm
1 week 3 days ago

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Three people accused of misleading police officers investigating the disappearance of a 5-year-old boy who later was found dead were indicted by a grand jury on Friday.

The indictments against Cailey Thibault, Ashley Cormier and Christian Sierra move their case to Superior Court, the Worcester district attorney's office said.

Thibault, Cormier and Sierra face charges of intimidation of a witness and perjury. They previously...

August 22, 2014 - 5:42pm
1 week 3 days ago

BREWTON, Ala. (AP) — A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.

Charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and six criminal counts involving a teacher having sex with students have been filed against 32-year-old Jeffrey Lance Gainous in Brewton, about 65 miles northeast of Mobile. Two days after he was arrested in Georgia, Gainous spoke briefly...

August 22, 2014 - 5:37pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.

The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for software known as "Backoff," discovered last October. It previously explained in detail how the software operates and how retailers could find and remove it....

August 22, 2014 - 5:26pm
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland authorities say a traveler who refused to turn off his cellphone and fought with flight attendants as a plane taxied for takeoff has been jailed and charged with aggravated disorderly conduct.

Federal regulations allow passengers to use cellphones in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled but not for voice communications.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1qxiaTS ) says Bowie, Maryland, resident Jay...

August 22, 2014 - 5:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman is to be sentenced next month for setting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that 23-year-old Sadie Renee Johnson of Warm Springs pleaded guilty in May to one count of starting brush and timber on fire, and is to be sentenced Sept. 3.

She was riding in a car with two little brothers in July...

August 22, 2014 - 5:16pm
1 week 3 days ago

A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says it will be several weeks before a decision is made. Here is a look at how grand juries work in Missouri:

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Q: How many people are on the grand jury and how are they selected?

A: A grand jury...

August 22, 2014 - 5:15pm
1 week 3 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — An auto safety advocacy group has asked the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven.

The Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit group founded by Ralph Nader, filed a petition Friday asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the probe.

The center contends that an electrical power control module used by Chrysler in millions of vehicles...

August 22, 2014 - 5:04pm
1 week 3 days ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities looking for a Minnesota man suspected of fatally shooting his former lover say he may be relying on social media to find shelter while on the run.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office released a "wanted" poster Thursday that says 44-year-old Lyle "Ty" Hoffman could be evading capture by using Craigslist and dating apps such as Grindr and Scruff.

Hoffman is accused of killing 48-year-old Kelly Phillips, a Boston...

August 22, 2014 - 5:02pm
1 week 3 days ago

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer says a New Jersey special-education teacher has been reinstated two years after she was placed on leave when a student made a secret recording of possible abuse in her classroom.

Lawyer Matthew Wieliczko says Kelly Altenburg is returning to the Cherry Hill school district next month.

Altenburg was placed on leave in April 2012 following the recording, which received national attention.

A man sent...

August 22, 2014 - 5:01pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of an incident that is under active federal criminal investigation, said the number of victims could be greater. The department was informing employees whose files were...

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