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February 20, 2015 - 6:32pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 48-year-old Philadelphia woman who authorities say split her 10-year-old stepdaughter's head open has been sentenced to life in prison in the girl's death.

The district attorney's office says Margarita Garabito began abusing her stepdaughter, Charlenni Ferreira, in 2006. They say Garabito beat "every inch of her body."

Ferreira died in 2009 from a buildup of fluid inside her chest as a result of broken ribs.

February 20, 2015 - 6:27pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Fight is finally on.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing's richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online.

The long anticipated bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will almost surely break every financial record ever, and make both boxers richer than ever. Mayweather...

February 20, 2015 - 6:25pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Friends and family of an unarmed man shot by police in a darkened stairwell at a New York City public housing complex have released doves there to mark the three months since his death.

Akai Gurley was headed to the lobby at the Louis Pink Houses in Brooklyn on Nov. 20 when he stepped into the pitch black stairwell. Officer Peter Liang and his partner were patrolling the complex, and Liang fired a shot that ricocheted and struck Gurley. The 28-year-old...

February 20, 2015 - 6:21pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A beluga whale has died at SeaWorld Orlando after being treated for an infection associated with a fractured jaw.

Sea World officials said Friday that the beluga whale Nanuq died Thursday.

The cause of death won't be known until a post-mortem examination, but the beluga whale had been under treatment for an infection.

Nanuq's jaw was fractured during an encounter with two other whales that were part of a...

February 20, 2015 - 6:06pm
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An arctic blast that forecasters are calling the "Siberian Express" plunged the eastern half of the United States into a deep freeze Friday — as far south as Florida.

Meanwhile, a place less accustomed to the big chill got a taste as up to 10 inches of snow fell in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Here's a look at 10 exceptional winter weather pictures from around the world.

February 20, 2015 - 5:55pm
1 week 2 days ago

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Supreme Court struck down legislation to allow a do-over of last year's presidential primary election.

In an order Friday, the high court said it was rejecting the Navajo Nation Council's "feeble attempt" to confound the election process.

The justices asked the council speaker to hold a special session as early as possible to appropriate funding for a general election.

The court ordered...

February 20, 2015 - 5:51pm
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Activists have met with the U.S. attorney in Dayton, Ohio, to urge him to investigate the use of force by police in a suburb where a white officer fatally shot a black man holding an air rifle in a Wal-Mart store.

Friday's meeting involved members of Greene County Black Lives Matter. It was about the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III at a store in Beavercreek.

Participants pushed for a thorough civil rights investigation and an...

February 20, 2015 - 5:41pm
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new study found that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inconsistent reporting of data can lead to a skewed perception of the state of border security.

The study by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank in Washington, was released this week.

The report found that inadequate data collecting and reporting practices at the parent agency of the U.S. Border Patrol creates a misperception about the true state of border...

February 20, 2015 - 5:41pm
1 week 2 days ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A second professor has resigned from the University of Missouri-Kansas City after an audit found that its business school knowingly submitted false data when applying for rankings and awards from national organizations.

The university said Friday that John Norton's exodus as associate director of its Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will take effect March 15.

Norton's supervisor, Michael Song, quit as the...

February 20, 2015 - 5:15pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri police officer has been indicted on assault charges after shooting and injuring a man police were trying to arrest last summer.

Kansas City officer Jacob Ramsey was arraigned Friday after being indicted by a Jackson County grand jury. He's facing charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. A judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Investigators say Ramsey shot 37-year-old Anthony Contreras...

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