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March 18, 2015 - 2:30pm
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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Investigators say they have found the body of a New Jersey mother missing since New Year's Eve by using a GPS device in her husband's vehicle.

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi announced Wednesday that the body of 26-year-old Erica Crippen was found Tuesday afternoon in Sykesville, Maryland.

Her hands and feet were bound with an electrical cord that also was around her neck. Duct tape was found on her face and nose...

March 18, 2015 - 2:21pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rallying after the Federal Reserve indicated that it's not in a hurry to raise interest rates.

In a statement released at the end of a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, the Fed forecast that the U.S. unemployment rate can fall further without spurring inflation.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped after the Fed news. The Dow was up 145 points, or 1.4 percent, at 17,990 as of 2:15 p.m., fifteen minutes after the Fed's...

March 18, 2015 - 2:18pm
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have charged a North Carolina man with first-degree murder in the deaths of a finalist from the TV show "Food Network Star," her husband and their unborn child.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday (http://avlne.ws/1MGHPqo) that Robert Jason Owens is being held without bond in the deaths of 38-year-old Cristie Schoen Codd and 45-year-old Joseph Codd.

Cristie Codd was a movie-set caterer and past finalist...

March 18, 2015 - 2:18pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — An intelligence agency employee whose drone crashed on the White House lawn earlier this year won't face criminal charges.

The U.S. attorney's office in Washington says the operator, who works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, was piloting the drone near the White House early on Jan. 26 when he lost control of it. Assuming it had crashed somewhere on the National Mall, the unidentified man went to bed.

The drone was...

March 18, 2015 - 2:17pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says budget cuts will not require the tax agency to shut down for two days after all.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen had warned in January that spending reductions could force a temporary shutdown later this year, resulting in unpaid furloughs for employees and service cuts for taxpayers.

On Wednesday, Koskinen said in a message to employees that furloughs will not be necessary. He said the agency has been able to reduce...

March 18, 2015 - 2:12pm
1 week 2 days ago

A comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting January 27-28:

INTEREST RATES:

Now: The Fed no longer says it can be patient about raising rates: "Consistent with its previous statement, the (Fed) judges that an increase in the target range for the federal funds rate remains unlikely at the April FOMC meeting. The (Fed) anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for...

March 18, 2015 - 2:09pm
1 week 2 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A union official says the San Francisco Police Department is expanding its probe into whether offensive text messages were sent by officers.

Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1CvYJqm ) in a story Wednesday that at least 10 additional officers are under investigation by the internal affairs unit.

Police Chief Greg Suhr did not release names, ranks or provide...

March 18, 2015 - 2:03pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve forecasts that the U.S. unemployment rate can now fall further without spurring inflation, a sign that it may move slowly in raising interest rates.

Fed officials reduced their estimate of the unemployment rate that they think is consistent with a healthy economy to a range of 5 percent to 5.2 percent. That is down from a previous range of 5.2 percent to 5.5 percent. Unemployment now stands at 5.5 percent, the top of the previous...

March 18, 2015 - 2:03pm
1 week 2 days ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Wild Turkey officials say there were no signs anyone had broken into a Kentucky warehouse where five barrels of aging bourbon were taken in a heist that led authorities to a backyard where the whiskey was found.

Dave Karraker, a spokesman for Campari America, the U.S. subsidiary of Wild Turkey owner Gruppo Campari, says tests showed the purloined liquor was distilled in 2009. Karraker said Wednesday the bourbon was destined to become Wild Turkey...

March 18, 2015 - 2:01pm
1 week 2 days ago

The Federal Reserve is signaling that it's edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows in light of a strengthening job market. The Fed no longer says it will be "patient" in starting to raise its benchmark rate.

The central bank did say a rate increase at its next meeting in April was unlikely. Most analysts believe that dropping the word "patient" makes a rate increase in June likely. The Fed says it will raise rates when it is "reasonably confident" that...

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