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February 19, 2015 - 11:32am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by four death row inmates who challenged a new Ohio law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs.

The inmates argue the law violates free speech rights. They sought to stop the provisions from taking effect in March.

But Judge Gregory Frost ruled Tuesday that the inmates lacked standing to challenge the law. He wrote that the law doesn't suppress speech or...

February 19, 2015 - 11:14am
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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers.

As part of its biggest investment in worker training and pay ever, Wal-Mart tells The Associated Press that within the next six months it will give raises to about 500,000 workers. That's nearly 40 percent of its 1.3 million U.S. employees.

Wal-Mart follows other retailers that have boosted hourly pay recently, but because it's the...

February 19, 2015 - 11:13am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of almost two dozen liberal Democrats have signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking him to postpone Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint meeting of Congress next month.

Netanyahu's speech is controversial because it comes as the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran over that country's nuclear program and just two weeks before Netanyahu faces voters for re-election.


February 19, 2015 - 11:12am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A rabbi accused of videotaping women at a Jewish ritual bath has pleaded guilty to more than 50 counts of voyeurism.

Barry Freundel pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in D.C. Superior Court to 52 counts of voyeurism.

Freundel was initially charged with six counts of voyeurism for videotaping six women. But prosecutors told a meeting of victims last week that Freundel had taped more than 150 women, though the statute of limitations...

February 19, 2015 - 11:10am
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MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man who wrote a discredited memoir about meeting his wife at a World War II concentration sub-camp has died.

Officials at Levitt Weinstein Eternal Light Funeral Service say Herman Rosenblat died Feb. 5, and was buried Feb. 8 in Hollywood, Florida. He was 85.

In 2008 Berkley Books cancelled Rosenblat's memoir, "Angel at the Fence," after he acknowledged he and his wife of 50 years did not meet — as they said for years — at...

February 19, 2015 - 10:33am
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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case says jury selection is moving more quickly than expected and that could allow the trial to begin as early as May instead of June.

Individual questioning of potential jurors had been scheduled to last 16 weeks. The Aurora Sentinel ( ) reports that Judge Carlos Samour said Wednesday that it could wrap up in six weeks instead. Twelve jurors and 12 alternates would then be picked...

February 19, 2015 - 10:30am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials say State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki will become President Barack Obama's new communications director, filling a key slot as Obama embarks on the final two years of his presidency.

She replaces veteran Democratic media strategist Jennifer Palmieri, who is leaving the White House to join Hillary Rodham Clinton's likely presidential campaign. She will step into her new role April 1.

Psaki will be returning...

February 19, 2015 - 10:28am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police records show a quadruple murderer and two of his acquaintances have given conflicting statements about whether anyone knew about the killings before he confessed to police.

Forty-one-year-old Donald Hoffman pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison for the slayings last year in the city of Bucyrus (byoo-SY'-rus).

Hoffman told police he'd confessed to a woman and man who drank and used cocaine with him. The man...

February 19, 2015 - 10:24am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities allege a drunken Delta Air Lines passenger assaulted airline staff and police at Los Angeles International Airport before she was arrested.

City News Service reports 32-year-old Lisa Piasecki of Irwin, North Carolina, was held at Terminal 6 by three flight crew members, who told officers she assaulted airline personnel.

Airport police say Piasecki was uncooperative and combative and was dragged away "kicking and...

February 19, 2015 - 10:20am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturers in the Philadelphia area expanded at a slower rate in February compared with the previous month. New orders have dipped, although shipments and hiring have improved.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity fell to 5.2 this month from 6.3 in January. Any figure above zero indicates expansion.

The index has tumbled for three straight months, after reaching the highest point in...

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