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February 18, 2015 - 3:53pm
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DUNBAR, Pa. (AP) — Cold case investigators in western Pennsylvania have arrested a childhood friend in the 1974 death of a boy killed while running a bike errand for his mother.

Police believe then-17-year-old Joseph Leos shot 14-year-old John David Watson Jr. in Dunbar Township, about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

A police affidavit says Watson had biked to a motel to buy cigarettes for his mother but never made it home that night. His body was...

February 18, 2015 - 3:44pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Television viewers in 10 U.S. markets are now able to watch their local NBC stations live on computers and mobile devices — if you're a paying customer.

Although the stations are available on TV free with an antenna, NBC is limiting online streaming to cable and satellite TV subscribers.

Viewers will need to sign in with their provider's account information, similar to ABC's approach. CBS doesn't require a cable or satellite...

February 18, 2015 - 3:27pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The top prosecutor in Pennsylvania's largest city is challenging Gov. Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium, telling the state's highest court that the action was illegal and unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. It comes five days after Wolf said he would issue reprieves at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that has been studying the issue since 2011....

February 18, 2015 - 3:24pm
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health insurance in both the state and federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

Federal health officials said Wednesday that Florida's roughly 1.6 million enrollees includes both first time enrollees and some of the nearly 1 million Floridians who enrolled last year. California led the country last year with 1.2 million consumers, but lagged...

February 18, 2015 - 3:22pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to expand air quality monitoring at some U.S. embassies and consulates to help increase awareness on the dangers of pollution.

The initiative announced Wednesday by the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency builds on a monitoring service begun five years ago at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Secretary of State John Kerry says the service will expand to India, Vietnam, Mongolia and elsewhere...

February 18, 2015 - 3:13pm
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BOSTON (AP) — New England's winter blast is serious business, but there's been no shortage of shenanigans.

People have been jumping out windows into the snowbanks. Thrill-seekers have been snowmobiling through normally busy city streets. College students in Cambridge have been using mountaineering gear to scale a huge snowpile perhaps three stories high, dubbed "the Alps of MIT," despite the university's efforts to discourage it.

And on the website...

February 18, 2015 - 3:10pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Florida man who admitted he produced and sold potentially deadly toxins and plotted to kill a woman in London has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison.

Jesse William Korff was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in New Jersey. He pleaded guilty last year to producing and smuggling the toxins ricin and abrin and to conspiring to kill a person in a foreign country.

The U.S. attorney's office says the 20-year-old...

February 18, 2015 - 3:08pm
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PORT MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued a couple and two children after their pleasure boat ran aground during chilly, gusty conditions in South Texas.

Lt. j.g. Margaret Kratz said Wednesday that the family members were examined by medical workers in Port Mansfield and did not require hospitalization.

The boaters used a cellphone to seek help late Monday afternoon. Strong winds had pushed their boat aground.

A...

February 18, 2015 - 3:03pm
1 week 2 days ago

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — An explosion at an Exxon Mobil refinery in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance triggered a huge smokestack flare, raining down ash and leaving two with minor injuries.

A Fire Department spokesman told KCBS-TV that the Wednesday morning blast most likely involved gasoline.

Residents within a mile or two reported feeling a sharp jolt that they initially thought was an earthquake.

TV news helicopters showed a...

February 18, 2015 - 3:01pm
1 week 2 days ago

PHOENIX (AP) — A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000.

Zach Norris said he perused a Goodwill store's watch section when he went shopping for a golf cart there in January.

Norris told KTVK-TV (http://goo.gl/EvU1to ) that he was excited when he recognized the 1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre (YAY'-ger la-CULL'-treh) diving watch.

Paul White,...

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