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November 19, 2015 - 3:29pm
1 week 5 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it's forming a panel to look into allegations regarding Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger's family business.

The committee announced its probe Thursday but said it was delaying action at the request of the U.S. Justice Department.

Pittenger has said the FBI was looking into the real estate company he founded.

Pittenger said he cut ties with the company right after he was...

November 19, 2015 - 3:28pm
1 week 5 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Square bounced back in its stock market debut Thursday after the once-hot mobile payments service slashed the price of its initial public offering to get the deal done.

The 6-year-old company's shares gained $4.07, or 45 percent, to close at $13.07. The surge helped ease the pain of a mortifying markdown in Square's IPO price. The San Francisco company sold 25.7 million shares at $9 apiece after money managers leery of Square's unprofitable history...

November 19, 2015 - 3:28pm
1 week 5 days ago

WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) — Prosecutors say a Secret Service officer charged with trying to solicit sex from an undercover agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl also had online sex chats with actual young girls and had a small arsenal of weapons at home.

They said in court filings that a preliminary investigation indicates Lee Robert Moore has had online contact with two young girls.

Moore, who worked as a uniformed officer at the White House,...

November 19, 2015 - 3:26pm
1 week 5 days ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The national debate over how to accommodate transgender students in public schools has been playing out today in a Wisconsin state Assembly hearing.

At issue is a bill that would make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to prohibit transgender public school students from using the bathroom or locker room assigned to the gender with which they identify.

One of the sponsors, Republican Rep. Jesse Kremer, disagrees with...

November 19, 2015 - 3:17pm
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest on the search of a JetBlue plane at Los Angeles International Airport (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport believe a mystery person spotted on a passenger bridge, prompting a search of a plane and a terminal, was likely an off-duty pilot scheduled to catch a courtesy flight to New York.

Airport Police Officer Rob Pedregon says the JetBlue aircraft was cleared...

November 19, 2015 - 3:14pm
1 week 5 days ago

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an Oregon man accused of a rampage that left three people dead this weekend used a baseball bat in the attack on his parents that killed his father.

Springfield police Sgt. David Lewis told The Register-Guard ( ) on Wednesday that a bat was the only weapon used in Sunday's attack.

Lewis says 31-year-old Michael Jefferson Bryant also killed the family's two dogs and torched their home. His...

November 19, 2015 - 3:01pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Libya — the country in North Africa where four Americans, including then-Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in 2012.

Peter William Bodde will become the new ambassador, though the U.S. Embassy in the Tripoli, the Libyan capital, is closed. Diplomatic work is now done out of Tunis, the capital of neighboring Tunisia.

After Stevens and the Americans...

November 19, 2015 - 2:57pm
1 week 5 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of calling in a hospital bomb threat because he was upset he couldn't attend his child's birth is being charged in federal court.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah says Michael Morlang was indicted Wednesday and faces up to 10 years if convicted.

The threat led to an evacuation and lockdown on Sept. 17 at a hospital in the small central Utah city of Richfield.

Sevier County authorities...

November 19, 2015 - 2:54pm
1 week 5 days ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer who slit a dog's throat while trying to restrain it was cleared of all charges stemming from the canine's death.

Jeffrey Bolger, a retired 20-year veteran of the department, was acquitted on Wednesday after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict.

Bolger faced animal cruelty and misconduct in office charges stemming from the June 14 incident when Bolger cut a 7-year-old Shar Pei's throat...

November 19, 2015 - 2:49pm
1 week 4 days ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked days of demonstrations (all times local):

12:45 a.m.

Two people were arrested after police say they spray-painted walls and windows of a precinct building with profane messages during a protest over the fatal shooting of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer.

The Minneapolis Police Department...

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