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February 18, 2015 - 11:42am
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities have accused United Parcel Service in a federal lawsuit of shipping 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in the state between 2010 and 2014 despite an earlier agreement to stop.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter are seeking $180 million from Atlanta-based UPS, saying the cheap cigarettes increased smoking by New Yorkers while also costing $29.7 million in lost tax revenue....

February 18, 2015 - 11:36am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Cyndi Lauper, Toby Keith and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.

The organization announced Wednesday that Linda Perry, country music songwriter Bobby Braddock and "Hoochie Coochie Man" writer Willie Dixon will also be inducted on June 18. Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter will be inducted as a duo for their songwriting work for Grateful Dead.

Perry has written hits such as...

February 18, 2015 - 11:30am
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FRANCONIA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured.

Police and emergency responders in Montgomery County were called to the JBS plant in Franconia Township shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers say two men were involved in a fight outside the facility, and both were left with stab and slash wounds.

The district attorney's...

February 18, 2015 - 11:16am
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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York tourism office's suggestion that potential visitors should go to the Florida Keys instead has ended up crashing its website.

Bruce Stoff of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau tells The Associated Press on Wednesday that the office's overwhelmed server crashed Tuesday afternoon, not long after the AP reported on his agency's stunt.

On Sunday, posted images of Key West and provided...

February 18, 2015 - 11:14am
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A South Sudan government spokesman says that a British aid worker for the Carter Center was killed in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the man was entering his compound Tuesday night when gunmen shot him to death.

The British Foreign office confirmed the death of one of their citizens but provided no further information.

South Sudan has been at war since...

February 18, 2015 - 11:04am
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The leader of a Kansas commune that received millions of dollars in life insurance payouts from dead members has been convicted of murder in the drowning death of a female member.

A jury on Wednesday found 55-year-old Daniel Perez guilty of first-degree premeditated murder for 2003 death of Patricia Hughes at the suburban Wichita compound that was home to the commune. Her death was considered an accident until 2011, when a woman who was 12 at the...

February 18, 2015 - 11:02am
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The City Council in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has approved an expansion of the iconic Steel Pier to make way for a giant Ferris wheel and a zip line ride.

The city is making good on its vow to seek new non-gambling attractions. Those are along with restaurants, a rebuilt Boardwalk and an elevated walkway in its inlet neighborhood.

The plans come as Atlantic City has lost four of its 12 casinos and is trying to make its...

February 18, 2015 - 10:57am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Liberia will visit the United States later this month, her first trip to the country since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf plans to speak Feb. 26 at an event hosted by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and the U.S. Institute of Peace, the senator's office said Wednesday.

The event is part of three days of meetings with Obama administration officials and lawmakers....

February 18, 2015 - 10:52am
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian officials have laid the cornerstone for the rebuilding of a residential high-rise flattened in last summer's war between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel.

Wednesday's ceremony by Gaza's public works minister was a symbolic move to boost the spirits of the nearly 500 residents of Zafer 4 Tower, which was hit by two bombs from the air during fighting in August.

The high-rise was evacuated after...

February 18, 2015 - 10:38am
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Bosnian immigrant accused of funneling money and military supplies to terror groups in Iraq and Syria will remain in federal custody, after her lawyer told a judge that he is seeking clarity on her immigration status.

Sedina Hodzic of St. Louis County is among six people named in a federal indictment earlier this month. Her husband and another St. Louis County man were also named, along with two people from Illinois and one from New York State....

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