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April 23, 2015 - 9:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama hometown of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee will no longer host annual plays based on the classic novel.

Monroe County Museum Board officials were told Thursday that there is no agreement between the organization and Dramatic Publishing Co., which licenses the play, to continue operating in the small city of Monroeville, about 100 miles south of Montgomery.

The play features townspeople portraying...

April 23, 2015 - 8:46pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging solidarity with Armenians but isn't calling what happened to them 100 years ago "genocide."

Obama says the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks is a solemn moment that calls for reflection on the importance of historical remembrance and the work of reckoning with the past.

Obama says he has consistently stated his view on what happened in 1915 and that his view has not changed....

April 23, 2015 - 8:25pm
1 week 4 days ago

PLEASANT HILL, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a newborn found encased in concrete at a suburban Kansas City home has been convicted of second-degree murder.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports that a jury also convicted 30-year-old Krystal Scroggs on Thursday of endangering the welfare of a child and abandonment of a corpse.

Police found the baby's body in a concrete-filled bucket in a Pleasant Hill, Missouri, garage in 2013 while...

April 23, 2015 - 8:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Officials are looking for a "priceless" sculpture stolen from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen.

The arboretum says the sculpture by the late Paul T. Granlund was removed last week between Thursday evening, April 16, and Saturday morning, April 18.

Granlund, a Minneapolis native, was an internationally recognized sculptor and served as artist in residence at Gustavus Adolphus College for more than 30 years....

April 23, 2015 - 7:49pm
1 week 4 days ago

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries says it will close all three of its creameries in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama for intensive cleaning and employee training in response to listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream.

In a statement Thursday, the Brenham-based creamery said the program comes after a thorough review of its operations and discussions with an expert microbiologist.

The creameries will be closed next week and possibly into the...

April 23, 2015 - 7:42pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is defending President Barack Obama's record of supporting Israel and its security.

Biden is speaking at a celebration of Israel's independence day hosted by Israel's ambassador to Washington. The speech comes during a period of rough relations between Israel and the U.S. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fiercely opposing President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Biden says it's no secret...

April 23, 2015 - 7:18pm
1 week 4 days ago

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied defense attorneys' longstanding request to move the trial to another county.

District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said in an order Thursday he would have to search outside the state and perhaps even the country to find jurors who haven't been exposed to extensive publicity.

Samour says he's confident the 12 jurors and 12 alternates selected in the trial of James Holmes...

April 23, 2015 - 7:14pm
1 week 4 days ago

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge who was censured by the state's high court for his comments about a 14-year-old rape victim has been chosen for a lifetime achievement award by his local bar association.

Yellowstone Area Bar Association President Jessica Fehr said Thursday that former state District Judge G. Todd Baugh was chosen for the award by the group's board of directors.

Fehr declined to say why Baugh was chosen or who nominated him....

April 23, 2015 - 7:07pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — One moseyed around Manhattan's East Village. Another was caught in trendy Chelsea. Yet another rambled through a Hudson River park this week.

Tourists? Hipsters?

No: coyotes.

They've been spotted periodically in New York since the 1990s, but a string of recent sightings in Manhattan has drawn new attention to them.

And experts say New Yorkers should expect to see more of the adaptable animals...

April 23, 2015 - 6:47pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A Columbia University student has sued the school, saying it failed to protect him against harassment after a female student went public with claims he raped her after the school and police rejected her case.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court by Paul Nungesser. The German citizen says the student's campaign to muddy his name by dragging a mattress around campus and demonstrating has isolated him and hurt his job prospects and...

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