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Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 07:48 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.

The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles.

With the box was a card stating, "With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince & Princess of Wales."

Auction house spokesman Sam Heller says the buyer is a private collector.

California teacher reprimanded for sending tweets

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 07:12 PM

NEWARK, Calif. (AP) — A teacher in Northern California has been disciplined for making threatening and explicit remarks about students on her Twitter account.

The Newark Unified School District gave a written reprimand to Newark High School teacher Krista Hodges, who tweeted between April and June that she wanted to stab and pour coffee on some of her students, according to the Oakland Tribune (http://bit.ly/1Cb0beT ).

In one tweet she said some students "make my trigger finger itchy."

GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 07:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager is resigning as a result of a scandal involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012.

Jesse Benton said Friday he's stepping down from his top role in the Republican senator's re-election effort.

Benton calls the decision heartbreaking but the right one to keep the matter from becoming a distraction in Kentucky's Senate campaign.

Army vet pleads guilty to arms export violations

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:59 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former U.S. Army officer who operated a business in Portland selling military-grade weapons parts and accessories pleaded guilty Friday to arms export violations and mishandling classified documents.

The pleas by Justin Gage Jangraw in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia involved violating the Arms Export Control Act by selling restricted parts overseas via a website and on eBay.

No new trial for doctor convicted of killing wife

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:57 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted in November of killing his wife won't get a new trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Martin MacNeill argued cellmates lied when they testified that he confessed to the killing to them, but jurors said publicly they considered the inmates untrustworthy and disregarded their testimony.

Authorities said Martin MacNeill gave his wife drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and left her to drown in the bathtub of their home so he could begin a new life with his mistress.

Comedian Tracy Morgan still struggling after crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:52 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former "Saturday Night Live" actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead.

Attorney Benedict Morelli tells The Star-Ledger newspaper (http://bit.ly/1sR1Kbk ) that Morgan relies on a wheelchair and it may be months before he can fully walk again. Morelli says Morgan appears to be making progress, but it will be a month before he is assessed "cognitively."

2 Guard troops along border getting financial help

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:49 PM

PHARR, Texas (AP) — At least two Texas National Guard troops are in need of financial assistance after being sent to the Texas-Mexico border in response to a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally, officials said Friday.

The National Guard had initially identified 50 soldiers who might need financial help, said spokeswoman Lt. Col. Joanne MacGregor. The Guard members are part of the up to 1,000 troops ordered to the border in July by Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:46 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion.

Purchased pie crust could void woman's blue-ribbon

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:46 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That's what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.

Now that quest for the best may cost Horton the blue ribbon that her pie won.

Horton, 67, of Louisville, said Friday she just hasn't been successful making homemade pie crust.

"I tried and tried, but it either comes out too buttery and flaky and falls apart, or else it's hard," she said.

Talking bird helped break school abduction case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 06:41 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school.

The girl said she heard a talking bird during the 19 hours she spent blindfolded in a house where she was sexually assaulted.

She also glimpsed the back of the west Philadelphia house before she was abandoned at a park.

Detective Daniel O'Malley testified Friday that he focused on the bird as he worked the case in January 2013.

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