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May 17, 2016 - 12:26pm
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SEVERANCE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado baby sitter is accused of using two children she was watching to help her rob a bank — a heist allegedly planned to help her pay back money stolen from her employers.

The Weld County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Rachel Einspahr went to the bank's drive-up window Friday and sent a note to the teller saying there was a man in the back of her SUV who wanted money and was threatening to hurt the children. Investigators say the teller...

May 17, 2016 - 12:21pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City teacher who laced her two children's grape juice with windshield wiper fluid before drowning them has been ordered to serve eight years in prison.

Lisette Bamenga was convicted in April of manslaughter in a nonjury trial. Her attorney says she suffered from postpartum depression. Investigators say Bamenga acted in a jealous rage after learning her boyfriend had fathered a child with another woman.

Judge Martin...

May 17, 2016 - 12:20pm
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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A Canadian-based group of men who post pictures and videos of their travels on social media are in hot water with Yellowstone National Park officials after walking out to a hot spring where people are prohibited.

Rangers filed a criminal complaint Monday against three members of the group known as High on Life SundayFundayz for stepping onto a geothermal feature.

The group has posted an apology on its website...

May 17, 2016 - 12:11pm
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A group planning a permanent memorial to the victims of the Newtown school shooting is looking for a new site after its first choice stirred a backlash.

A field at Newtown's highest point with sweeping views of its rolling hills had been chosen by planners as the site to honor the 20 children and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Open space advocates, however, objected to construction on the pristine area known as the High Meadow...

May 17, 2016 - 11:59am
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge will decide whether agencies in Georgia have immunity from a lawsuit claiming discrimination and neglect have eroded one of the last Gullah-Geechee communities of slave descendants from Florida to the Carolinas.

The suit claims state and county agencies have pressured black residents and landowners to leave the tiny Hogg Hummock community on Sapelo Island by charging unfair tax rates in return for few services.

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May 17, 2016 - 11:56am
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant advocates are complaining about U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' actions toward residents along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and New Mexico.

A coalition of advocacy groups said Tuesday that they filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security saying at least 13 residents have experienced abuse, including that officers falsely accused them of being prostitutes and seized their legal documents for no...

May 17, 2016 - 11:49am
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NEW YORK (AP) — The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's victory over the Soviet Union is forever remembered as the "Miracle on Ice."

Now, the goaltender of that gold medal-winning team, Jim Craig, is parting with his most prized items from one of the greatest sporting moments of the 20th century.

Estimated to bring between $5 million and $7 million, the 17 items are being offered through the online auction house Lelands.com.

The sale...

May 17, 2016 - 11:35am
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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials say two couples from Texas died in a plane crash near Tupelo Regional Airport.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green says the dead include the pilot, 75-year-old Henry Jackson and his wife, 70-year-old Gwynn Groggel. Another married couple, 69-year-old Charles Torti and 59-year-old Carrie Torti, also died. All were residents of Kerrville, Texas.

Green says she identified the victims by interviewing family members...

May 17, 2016 - 11:34am
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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero, who faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from the arrest and death of Freddie Gray (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The fourth day of testimony in the trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray has ended.

Officer Edward Nero is charged with assault, misconduct in office...

May 17, 2016 - 11:29am
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Justice Departments plans to review operations of the North Charleston Police Department. (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

An attorney for the family of an unarmed black motorist who was shot and killed by a white North Charleston officer says word that the Justice Department will review the city police department is great news.

Justin Bamberg, who is also a South Carolina state...

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