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May 29, 2015 - 11:15am
1 day 7 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has taken Cuba off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Secretary of State John Kerry has signed an order removing Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.

Kerry acted 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so. Lawmakers had that much time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so....

May 29, 2015 - 10:50am
1 day 8 hours ago

DETROIT (AP) — A young man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old French street artist during a robbery outside an abandoned Detroit housing project.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 18-year-old Jasin Curtis entered the plea Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court to second-degree murder. A sentencing agreement calls for him to serve 25 to 40 years in prison with two additional years for the use of a firearm during a felony.

May 29, 2015 - 10:47am
1 day 7 hours ago

CICERO, Ind. (AP) — A University of Indianapolis basketball player has drowned after officials say he fell into an Indiana reservoir without a lifejacket.

A dive team found the body of 22-year-old senior Dai-Jon Parker around 6 p.m. Thursday at the bottom of Morse Reservoir, north of Indianapolis.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirmed Parker's identity on Friday. The university issued a statement saying the campus community was...

May 29, 2015 - 10:39am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the amount of ethanol blended in the nation's gasoline, a blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers' gas tanks.

The move is unlikely to mean much for consumers or prices at the pump.

A 2007 law requires a steady increase in the amount of renewable fuels like ethanol blended into gasoline over time. The new proposal...

May 29, 2015 - 10:32am
1 day 8 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has denied fired Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters broad access to trustees' records that Waters had argued might help prove his gender discrimination case.

District Judge James Graham issued the decision Friday after a telephone conference with attorneys.

Waters alleged trustees were directly involved in his dismissal, making their actions against other employees throughout the vast university...

May 29, 2015 - 10:29am
1 day 8 hours ago

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a father and stepmother with murder, torture and child abuse after their 5-year-old girl was found malnourished, dehydrated and abused in a Port Huron home.

St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling tells The Associated Press that the warrants were signed Friday morning for 25-year-old Andrew Maison and 27-year-old Hilery Maison. They were arrested after police found Mackenzie Maison unresponsive Tuesday. She was pronounced dead at...

May 29, 2015 - 10:25am
1 day 8 hours ago

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 1988 Nobel Prize put up for auction by a retired experimental physicist has sold for $765,002.

The online auction went into overtime Thursday evening until a final bid went unchallenged for half an hour. Nate D. Sanders Auctions spokesman Sam Heller says the final amount is the fourth-highest ever paid among the 10 Nobel Prizes that have been sold at auction.

The Los Angeles company declined to identify the buyer....

May 29, 2015 - 10:21am
1 day 8 hours ago

MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin cheesemaker is debuting a 20-year-old cheddar this week that's short in supply and big on price.

The cheddar from Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point goes on sale Friday for $209 a pound. The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) reports that most of the 450-pound supply is already spoken for, with orders coming in after the planned sale went public earlier this year.

Cheesemaker Tony Hook says there's...

May 29, 2015 - 10:10am
1 day 8 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A weak U.S. economy pulled down consumer sentiment in May.

The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment fell to 90.7 from 95.9 in April. The May reading was the lowest since November.

Consumers of all ages and income levels were gloomier this month. And they were less confident both about current economic conditions and the future.

Still, Richard Curtin, chief economist of the surveys, noted...

May 29, 2015 - 9:56am
1 day 8 hours ago

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who stored images of himself raping an 8-year-old girl on a computer tablet that he later sold at a flea market will spend 15 to 30 years in state prison for the sex acts.

The New Castle News ( ) reports that 44-year-old Donald Miller of New Castle was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty to child rape in November.

He was sentenced earlier this month to 27 years in federal prison for the...

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