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April 9, 2015 - 1:25pm
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says an iconic Alaska tree may warrant protection as threatened or endangered because of climate change.

The agency announce Thursday it will consider protections for yellow cedar, a tree revered by Tlingit (TLING'-kit), Haida (HEYE'-dah) and Tsimshian (SIM'-she-an) cultures and used for totem poles, canoe paddles and weaved blankets and hats.

Yellow cedar can live more than 1,000 years but...

April 9, 2015 - 1:16pm
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon authorities are searching for the woman they've dubbed the "Military Mistress," saying she and her husband have been writing fraudulent checks in three states.

Bobbi Ann Finley of Dallas, Oregon, got her nickname in 2010, when national news outlets spotlighted allegations she went from one military base to the next, marrying service members to gain access to their bank accounts. In all, she married 14 U.S. service members.

April 9, 2015 - 1:14pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says a man arrested inside Sandra Bullock's home should stand trial on stalking and weapons charges.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry A. Bork ruled Thursday that prosecutors had presented enough evidence against Joshua James Corbett for him to stand trial on multiple felony charges.

Bork's ruling came after a hearing in which a recording of Bullock's panicked 911 call was played.

Corbett was...

April 9, 2015 - 1:11pm
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SEATTLE (AP) — The man who married his former sixth-grade teacher after she was imprisoned for raping him says their relationship hasn't always been good, but they've persevered.

Vili Fualaau and Mary Kay Letourneau discussed their lives together with Barbara Walters in an interview that will air on ABC News' "20/20" Friday night. Fualaau told Walters: "I don't think there's ever a full 10 good years of marriage. ... But, you know, what matters is how you pull through...

April 9, 2015 - 1:10pm
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police and witnesses say a man was fatally shot during a confrontation with police near a middle school when he refused to drop his gun and instead raised it toward two officers.

The names of the officers and the man haven't been released.

Cherylyan Rayhel says she called police after the man fired several shots about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers arrived and found an armed man in a field near the school....

April 9, 2015 - 12:59pm
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Miss USA pageant will return to Baton Rouge this summer for the second year in a row.

The Advocate reports ( ) that the production company is being offered a package of $545,000, and it applied for the same amount in tax credits, which are often swapped out for cash by out-of-state film companies.

Last year, Miss USA BR Productions received an incentive package of $365,000 plus tax credits....

April 9, 2015 - 12:48pm
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LEROY, Minn. (AP) — Police are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota.

Mower (MOH'-ur) County Sheriff Terese Amazi (AM'-uh-zye) says a LeRoy man reported Tuesday that a storage canister with vials of bull semen was taken from his unlocked barn.

The theft happened sometime between April 1 and 7. The man said the only time he and his hired hand were away from the farm was on Easter Sunday....

April 9, 2015 - 12:46pm
1 week 2 days ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Police in Gaza say they have seized a door bearing a drawing by British graffiti artist Bansky after the door's owner said he was tricked into selling it for less than $200.

The popular street artist is believed to have entered Gaza earlier this year, leaving behind four murals, including one of a Greek goddess drawn on a metal door. The door was the last remaining part of the Dardouna family's house, which was destroyed in last year's war....

April 9, 2015 - 12:43pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the U.S. will be represented by its ambassador to Russia at a military parade in Moscow next month. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.

The State Department said Thursday that the U.S. honors the sacrifice of those who fought the Nazis during World War II, including millions of Russians. But the department says it considered Russia's actions in Ukraine in deciding on...

April 9, 2015 - 12:41pm
1 week 2 days ago

Several hundred times over the last decade, intruders have hopped fences, slipped past guardhouses, crashed their cars through gates or otherwise breached perimeter security at the nation's busiest airports — sometimes even managing to climb aboard jets.

In all, an Associated Press investigation has found 268 perimeter security breaches between January 2004 and January 2015 at more than two dozen of the busiest U.S. airports that together handle three-quarters of...

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