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April 27, 2016 - 11:08am
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, a longtime civil rights leader who was present when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, has died in Memphis. He was 81.

Erica Cunningham, an administrative assistant at Monumental Baptist Church, where Kyles was a pastor for decades, said he died Tuesday at a hospital. An official cause of death was not immediately released, but Cunningham said he had been living with dementia.

King had come...

April 27, 2016 - 11:07am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top State Department official says China is risking conflict and isolation through its assertive behavior in the disputed South China Sea.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken says U.S. allies and partners in the region are concerned about China's land reclamation and militarization of reefs. Six Asian governments have conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Blinken tells the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

April 27, 2016 - 11:02am
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ATLANTA (AP) — Convicted drug offenders released from prison will become eligible for food stamps in Georgia this year under legislation signed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

The provision is included in a broad criminal justice package Deal signed on Wednesday. Deal has prioritized changes to the courts and prison system during his two terms in office.

Deal said the entire package is focused on helping people obtain work and adjust to life after...

April 27, 2016 - 10:54am
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In proposing a tougher limit for lead in drinking water, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to lift his state from the depths of the Flint crisis to being a national model for lead monitoring.

Snyder's idea would cut the lead limit from 15 parts per billion to 10 parts. He says the proposal could also help assess whether current lead rules are too lax.

Marc Edwards is a professor of environmental engineering at Virginia Tech...

April 27, 2016 - 10:54am
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say they're sending to the grand jury the case of a former police officer who fatally shot a legally armed man who was awaiting a tow truck.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced during a news conference Wednesday that his office would continue its investigation of former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja in the shooting death of musician Corey Jones.

Jones had left a gig before dawn...

April 27, 2016 - 10:42am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Delta Airlines jetliner had a flat tire after landing safely at Los Angeles International Airport following a flight from Atlanta.

Airport police officer Rob Pedregon says the pilot of Flight 2355 reported a possible wheel problem before landing around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Delta spokesman Ashton Morrow says the tire deflated during takeoff.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor...

April 27, 2016 - 10:41am
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Liberty University will allow students with concealed handgun permits from the state to keep their weapons in their dorms beginning next fall.

The News & Advance reports (http://bit.ly/1VB2IdP) those students would need permission from the school first. The guns would be kept in safes inside the residence halls at the private Christian university.

The policy change was given the go-ahead by the university's board of trustees...

April 27, 2016 - 10:25am
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IRVINGTON, N.J. (AP) — In the age of podcasts and streaming services, you might think pirate radio is low on the list of concerns of federal lawmakers and broadcasters. You'd be wrong.

They're increasingly worried about its presence in some cities as unlicensed broadcasters commandeer frequencies to play anything from Trinidadian dance music to Haitian call-in shows. And they complain the Federal Communications Commission can't keep up with pirates.

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April 27, 2016 - 10:21am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the prosecution in Louisiana of property heir Robert Durst (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Real estate heir Robert Durst was fined $5,000 as part of his sentence on a weapons charge in Louisiana, but his lawyer says that's not all the money involved.

Defense attorney Richard DeGuerin (duh-GEHR-in) says Durst will also forfeit $117,000 in cash that he asked a friend to send to New Orleans and arrived...

April 27, 2016 - 10:10am
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A survey conducted in 10 Muslim-majority countries found "striking" differences in the extent to which people believe the Quran should influence a nation's laws.

Wednesday's poll by the Pew Research Center found that in four countries, a majority of people say laws should strictly follow the Muslim holy book.

Pakistan, an Islamic republic, scored highest, with 78 percent supporting the statement. In Turkey, founded as a...

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