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June 23, 2015 - 1:49pm
1 week 2 days ago

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College is reinstating a policy that could block members of the fraternity that partly inspired the 1976 movie "Animal House" from living in its house after the school withdrew its recognition.

Alpha Delta lost its status as a recognized student organization in April after a string of disciplinary violations, including burning brands into the skin of new members.

College officials told students in an email Monday they...

June 23, 2015 - 1:45pm
1 week 3 days ago

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The death of a teenager killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him at a southern New Jersey business last weekend has been ruled an accident.

The Ocean County prosecutor's office announced its finding Tuesday.

Investigators concluded that 17-year-old Jared Marchiano, of Berkeley Township, was trespassing at Stone N' Counters South LLC when he accidentally dislodged the slab, which pinned him beneath...

June 23, 2015 - 1:42pm
1 week 2 days ago

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — A former child actor who starred in one of the "Star Wars" movie sequels was in an all-out flight from South Carolina law officers that hit speeds of about 120 miles an hour, according to details of Jake Broadbent's arrest released Tuesday.

Broadbent performed under the name Jake Lloyd when he played a young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." In the movie Anakin wins a death-defying, high-speed race...

June 23, 2015 - 1:39pm
1 week 2 days ago

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia special education teacher who was accused of holding an autistic boy upside-down and lowering him head-first into a trash can while comparing him to Oscar the Grouch says she was trying to calm the boy, not hurt him.

At a school system hearing Monday near Atlanta, Mary Katherine Pursley said the second-grader was screaming and upset April 30, and she was trying to "shake out the grouchy."

The Atlanta Journal-...

June 23, 2015 - 1:34pm
1 week 3 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a puppy set on fire earlier this month says the dog has been euthanized due to its extensive injuries.

The Fayetteville Observer ( ) reports that Dominique Clark had her 7-month-old miniature terrier, Cocoa, euthanized Monday. On June 14, the puppy was set on fire and badly burned on her hind legs and belly. Authorities charged James Franklin Quick, Clark's ex-boyfriend, with felony animal cruelty and burning...

June 23, 2015 - 1:33pm
1 week 3 days ago

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Public records obtained by The Associated Press show investigators had a hard time believing a Utah man didn't know his wife killed six of their babies and stored them in their garage.

But they didn't have any evidence to pursue charges and eventually concluded he may have been so high on drugs he didn't realize what was happening during the decade it occurred.

Transcripts of police interviews reveal Darren West repeatedly denied...

June 23, 2015 - 1:26pm
1 week 2 days ago

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — West Point says it will start the process to dismiss a cadet who was convicted on child pornography charges.

A federal court jury in White Plains, New York, found 25-year-old Ricky Patrick Hester guilty Tuesday of possessing and distributing pornographic photos and videos.

Within hours, the U.S. Military Academy issued a statement saying it would take action to "separate" Hester from West Point.


June 23, 2015 - 1:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man has been charged with murder and child abuse after police say he passed out after drinking on Father's Day, leaving his 2-year-old daughter strapped into a car seat for more than 16 hours on an 89-degree day.

Police say paramedics found 2-year-old Leasia Carter unconscious and suffering from second-degree burns Monday evening in northeast Baltimore. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Charging documents state that...

June 23, 2015 - 1:13pm
1 week 3 days ago

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. says it will lay off 50 more workers at its East Peoria plant in addition to the 120 layoffs announced last week.

Company spokeswoman Lisa Miller says all 170 layoffs are effective June 29 and are the result of "weak market conditions." She says Caterpillar plans to offer support services to the impacted employees.

The announcement, made Monday, marks the third round of layoffs this year at the plant in East...

June 23, 2015 - 1:01pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — EBay is banning the sale of Confederate flags and similarly themed merchandise on its site because it has become a symbol of "divisiveness and racism."

The e-commerce company is the latest to prohibit the sale Confederate merchandise following Wal-Mart Inc. and Sears Holding Corp. The shooting deaths of nine black church members last week in South Carolina has reignited debate on what the flag symbolizes. Gov. Nikki Haley said this week that the...

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