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July 23, 2015 - 7:31pm
1 week 4 days ago

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — A 23-year-old man thought it would be funny to put a dead rattlesnake on a northern Arizona police memorial, but authorities were not amused.

Nathan Cody Cumiford, of Cottonwood, was arrested Monday and faces a misdemeanor littering charge. He was released on his own recognizance.

Cottonwood police say surveillance video shows Cumiford placing the reptile on a statue honoring fallen officers.

Sgt. Tod...

July 23, 2015 - 7:26pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Boston police captain's son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts.

Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, Massachusetts. The indictments had been expected after Ciccolo's arrest July 4.

Authorities say...

July 23, 2015 - 7:21pm
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An attorney says federal authorities seized cellphones, computers and other electronics from the family of two classmates who attended high school with a Georgia teenager found dead more than two years ago inside a rolled-up gym mat.

The family's attorney, Brice Ladson, said Thursday that federal marshals served search warrants about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday on the parents of two brothers who were classmates of Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta. The 17-year-old...

July 23, 2015 - 6:54pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drug testing is coming to e-sports.

The Electronic Sports League said Thursday it will begin randomly drug testing players at its competitive video game tournaments.

The e-sports organization plans to work with the World Anti-Doping Agency to create and enforce rules surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The announcement came after a competitive video game player said in a YouTube video posted...

July 23, 2015 - 6:54pm
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Tye Tribbett has organized a benefit concert to help two charities established in response to the fatal shooting deaths of nine parishioners at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Tribbett said in a news release that he will donate a portion of proceeds from Thursday's "Hate Won't Win" concert to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund and the Low Country Ministries-Reverend Pinckney Fund....

July 23, 2015 - 6:53pm
1 week 4 days ago

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a cyclist started a 73-acre wildfire in southwest Idaho by lighting his toilet paper on fire after taking a comfort break.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say the cyclist stopped to defecate in a ravine in the Boise foothills on Wednesday afternoon. The man then lit the toilet paper on fire but lost control of the embers in the dry grass while trying to extinguishing the waste.

Firefighters contained the...

July 23, 2015 - 6:10pm
1 week 4 days ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he's optimistic Congress will act soon to address a looming budget crisis that could force the shutdown of some VA hospitals.

McDonald said during a visit Thursday to the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis that he's "quite confident" that by the end of next week Congress will approve transferring up to $3 billion from the new Veterans Choice program to close a $2.5 billion agency...

July 23, 2015 - 5:59pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Three men have been sentenced to over three years in prison for their roles in a cyber scam that infected more than 4 million computers in over 100 countries.

The sentences were announced Thursday by Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan federal court. Kaplan said general deterrence was an important reason for tough sentences during a summer when it's impossible to pick up a newspaper without reading about another scam.

He imposed sentences...

July 23, 2015 - 5:55pm
1 week 4 days ago

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal court officers are recommending what attorneys are calling an "unprecedented" sentence of life in prison for a peanut executive convicted in a salmonella-poisoning case.

Former Peanut Corporation of American owner Stewart Parnell was convicted last fall of selling truckloads of peanut butter from his southwest Georgia plant to food processors even after they tested positive for salmonella.

Food containing the tainted...

July 23, 2015 - 5:39pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's watchdog is criticizing a legal opinion that he says restricts his office's access to materials during investigations.

The opinion from the department's Office of Legal Counsel concerns the inspector general's ability to get confidential grand jury, wiretap and credit information.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Thursday that the opinion means his office will need permission to obtain certain records...

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