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April 9, 2014 - 4:00pm
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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning at Fort Hood with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during last week's shooting spree. "We somehow bear what seems unbearable," he declared.

It was yet another sad observance for a president who has had to deliver words of consolation across the nation many times during his years in...

April 9, 2014 - 3:58pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A group of convicts who say they were framed by a corrupt New York City detective urged a New York City prosecutor Wednesday to speed up an ongoing review of potentially tainted murder investigations, some decades old.

The demand came at a rally on the steps of City Hall, one day after a Brooklyn man convicted of murder in 1989 and serving a sentence of 25 years to life, Jonathan Fleming, was released on new evidence that established he was in Florida...

April 9, 2014 - 3:54pm
1 week 1 day ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Less than two months after his daughter was killed on a film set in southeast Georgia, Richard Jones grapples with waves of unexpected grief, such as a day last week when a riverside walk at home in South Carolina took him past a railroad bridge.

"The train came and I lost it," Jones said, tearing up at the painfully fresh memory. "It just hits and it's hard to say when it's going to come."

A freight train crossing the Altamaha River...

April 9, 2014 - 3:53pm
1 week 1 day ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Captured on tape kissing another man's wife, a married Republican congressman was urged Wednesday by the leader of the Louisiana GOP to resign from the seat he's only held since November.

Rep. Vance McAllister appealed for privacy for his family "during this difficult period." He and his wife have five children.

A person close to the Republican Party of Louisiana told The Associated Press that party chairman Roger Villere was...

April 9, 2014 - 3:50pm
1 week 1 day ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week.

The damage caused by the "Heartbleed" bug is currently unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years. While it's conceivable that the flaw was never discovered by hackers, it's nearly impossible to tell....

April 9, 2014 - 3:37pm
1 week 2 days ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York transit officials say they will reconsider their advertising standards after a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo objected to a cleavage-baring subway ad for breast enhancement surgery.

Howard Glaser, Cuomo's director of state operations, wrote to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Tuesday asking the agency to take action regarding the revealing advertisement placed on 1,000 New York City subway cars.

"Tens of...

April 9, 2014 - 3:31pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwestern University is asking the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional director's ruling that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize.

The university filed a formal appeal Wednesday.

Northwestern says that it had presented "overwhelming evidence" that its athletic program "is fully integrated with its academic mission, and that it treats its athletes as...

April 9, 2014 - 3:27pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwestern University is asking the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional director's ruling that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize.

The university filed a formal appeal board Wednesday.

Northwestern says that it had presented "overwhelming evidence" that its athletic program "is fully integrated with its academic mission, and that it treats its athletes as...

April 9, 2014 - 3:21pm
1 week 2 days ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A House ethics panel dismissed a complaint against Arkansas congressman and Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton that accused him of illegally soliciting donations during a radio interview at the U.S. Capitol, according to a letter released by his campaign Wednesday.

The letter was released as Cotton faced a new ethics complaint from a former chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court accusing the freshman lawmaker of breaking House rules...

April 9, 2014 - 3:18pm
1 week 2 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring.

He replaces Patrick Cannon, who resigned after less than six months in office after he was arrested on federal bribery charges.

Cannon was elected as mayor last November after councilwoman Patsy Kinsey served as interim mayor. Kinsey replaced Anthony Foxx, who resigned the post last year to become U.S. Transportation Secretary in the Obama...

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