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April 21, 2016 - 10:34am
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BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts native who has tracked lions in the African bush and gathered wild plants to eat to slow the onset of multiple sclerosis leads the cast of a new History Channel reality show.

Nicole Apelian (uh-PEL'-ee-uhn) appears in Season 2 of "Alone," which premieres at 9 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Apelian tells The Associated Press that being in the wilderness alone gives her strength and helps with her MS, which has affected her eyesight...

April 21, 2016 - 10:30am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says average long-term U.S. mortgage rates stayed near 2016 lows this week, potentially good news for the housing market as the spring home-buying season begins.

The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.59 percent from 3.58 percent last week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 2.85 percent, lowest since May 2013, and down from 2.86 percent last week.

The rate on 5-year adjustable...

April 21, 2016 - 10:22am
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PHOENIX (AP) — An American Airlines plane diverted to Phoenix after a bird strike cracked a cockpit window during takeoff from Las Vegas.

Airline spokesman Matt Miller says nobody was injured and that the six crew members and 174 passengers boarded another plane in Phoenix early Thursday morning to resume their flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Miller says the aircraft with the cracked window remained in Phoenix so repairs can be made....

April 21, 2016 - 10:13am
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KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A pilot is preparing to take off for a flight from Hawaii to California with no jet fuel aboard his plane.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 is preparing to leave Hawaii on Thursday to continue its circumnavigation of the globe using only energy from the sun. The crew landed on Oahu last July but was forced to stay in the islands after the plane's battery system sustained heat damage on its trip from Japan.

The plane, now...

April 21, 2016 - 10:09am
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey Transit's new director deciding he doesn't want the job. (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Gov. Chris Christie says that he's disappointed that the incoming New Jersey Transit head backed out of the job after telling him face-to-face he was going to take it.

Christie said Thursday that it's better than William Crosbie had second thoughts before starting the job.

He...

April 21, 2016 - 10:09am
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ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to a dozen years in prison for beating a man to death and leaving him to choke on his own dentures.

Local media outlets report that 30-year-old Carson Nance was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter. He was originally charged with murder.

Authorities say Nance admitted beating 61-year-old Artis Leon Valentine of Anderson to death in October 2014. The men had gotten into...

April 21, 2016 - 10:07am
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Some neighborly hospitality has earned one of Mark Wahlberg's biggest fans a chance to meet the actor and an invite to the premiere of his new movie.

WFXT-TV (http://fox25.com/1Nmi2bw ) reports that when Jackie Becker and her mother, Jean, found out Wahlberg was shooting scenes for the upcoming film "Patriots Day" in their suburban Boston hometown of Framingham, they delivered pizza and cookies to the set.

Jackie Becker is 38...

April 21, 2016 - 9:46am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Friday's start of the 47th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival might be wet.

Meteorologists say scattered showers likely will fall, but then, they're predicting sunshine through the rest of the weekend.

Festival producer Quint Davis says he's been keeping his fingers crossed in the days leading up to the festival, watching the clouds and monitoring weather forecasts, while hoping for the best.

Friday'...

April 21, 2016 - 9:39am
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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will offer tuition rebates to full-time, qualifying students who begin their studies at a community college and go on to earn a bachelor's degree at a state university.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and state higher educational officials unveiled what they called a first-in-the-nation program, dubbed Commonwealth Commitment, on Thursday. The program for state residents is to be phased in over the next two academic years.

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April 21, 2016 - 9:18am
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CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — The mother of a toddler who wandered off and drowned in a small pond in North Carolina is in jail on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child neglect.

Local news outlets report that 30-year-old Samantha Nacole Bryant of Carthage was arrested Wednesday after she was indicted in the April 14 death.

It was not immediately known if she had an attorney.

Authorities say Bryant's 23-month-old Rylan Ott was...

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