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April 14, 2014 - 11:13am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.

In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, and flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level.

The U.S. warship issued...

April 14, 2014 - 10:59am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a Justice Department investigation Monday into whether federal hate crimes were committed in shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas that killed three people.

In a statement, Holder said he has instructed the department to provide all available support to state and local authorities to determine whether the shootings outside Kansas City over the weekend broke federal hate crimes law.

The...

April 14, 2014 - 10:54am
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, both registered sex offenders, were both wearing ankle bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year, Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said at a news conference.

Authorities at the news conference did not...

April 14, 2014 - 10:51am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Political and religious leaders expressed sympathy after three people were fatally shot Sunday at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, is jailed on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.

— "Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who lost a loved one and everyone affected by...

April 14, 2014 - 10:43am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — "Yay, it's Nick! How can I help?"

Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft.

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character...

April 14, 2014 - 10:23am
1 week 1 day ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers were also killed.

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Michael Myvett had spent years connecting to autistic children as a therapist, and now was playing chaperone to a different group of youth as he traveled from his Southern California home to...

April 14, 2014 - 10:11am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (GYT'-nur) won't be the only famous person onstage for his upcoming book tour.

Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Geithner's predecessor at the Treasury, Henry Paulson, will be among those appearing with Geithner as he promotes "Stress Test."

Crown Publishers announced Monday that the two-week tour will begin in New York on May 14, two days after "Stress Test" is...

April 14, 2014 - 10:03am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in February as sales rebounded by the largest amount in nine months.

Stockpiles increased 0.4 percent in February following a similar 0.4 percent increase in January, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Sales rose 0.8 percent in February, bouncing back after a 1.1 percent sales decline in January that was blamed on the harsh weather that month. It was the biggest one-month sales gain since last May....

April 14, 2014 - 9:57am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put "Fargo" on series TV.

The 10-episode season premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT on FX. And it mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the TV adaptation is a wonder.

Like that movie, the series is set in rural, snow-glazed Minnesota, but 20 years later (in 2006),...

April 14, 2014 - 9:55am
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Tony Perez was on the road with the Cincinnati Reds in 1966 when he got the call that his first child was on the way. There was no discussion about leaving the team to attend Victor's birth, no such thing as paternity leave.

"They didn't give you any time off when I was playing," the Hall of Fame slugger said, recalling that he got the news about noon before going to the ballpark. "We played that night. We got a day off in Chicago the next day and I flew home on my own...

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