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April 21, 2016 - 11:51am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania utility regulators are fining ride-hailing company Uber a record $11.4 million for operating in the state for six months in 2014 without the required approval.

The Public Utility Commission voted 3 to 2 on Thursday for a penalty considerably lower than the $50 million fine recommended by a pair of judges last year.

Uber drew criticism from the judges for continuing to operate a month after being issued a cease-and-...

April 21, 2016 - 11:44am
1 week 3 days ago

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A top Twitter executive who dropped out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to pursue a career as a high-tech entrepreneur has been selected to deliver the keynote address at the school's commencement.

Wayne Chang is the director of product strategy at Twitter. He will also receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony May 6, when about 5,500 students are expected to receive bachelor's degrees.

Chang co-founded a mobile...

April 21, 2016 - 11:39am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee are adding new sting to the bee after the competition ended in a tie the past two years. Championship rounds will last longer, and the words will be harder.

Instead of a predetermined list of 25 words for the final two or three spellers, they'll now have to get through up to 75 words. And bee organizers won't compile the list weeks in advance. That way, they can use more difficult words, if necessary, to...

April 21, 2016 - 11:29am
1 week 3 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on an agreement in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

A judge says an agreement will give consumers who bought hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen vehicles rigged to cheat on emissions tests the option of having the automaker buy back the cars or fix them.

Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer did not give details Thursday on how much car owners would be paid...

April 21, 2016 - 11:18am
1 week 3 days ago

A year after Freddie Gray's death, and the riots that followed, daily life in Baltimore has largely returned to its old ways.

Gray's death on April 19, 2015 — a week after he was arrested and injured in a police transport van — became a focal point in the national debate over police treatment of African-Americans. On April 27, looting, rioting and arson broke out after his funeral and continued through the night. More than 200 people were arrested. The Maryland National...

April 21, 2016 - 11:11am
1 week 3 days ago

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A city official says a 16-year-old girl is dead after a fight broke out in a high school restroom in Delaware.

Alexandra Coppadge is a spokeswoman for Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams. She confirmed on Thursday that the student had died. Coppadge says there was a confrontation involving multiple people in the women's restroom at Howard High School of Technology.

Wilmington Police spokeswoman Sgt. Andrea Janvier said by...

April 21, 2016 - 11:09am
1 week 3 days ago

HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a former Louisiana district attorney who pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstructing a federal investigation of allegations that he solicited sex from at least 20 women in exchange for leniency from his office (all times local):

10:00 a.m.

Authorities have released tapes of a 911 call and other recorded statements by a woman who accused a former Louisiana district attorney of sexually assaulting her in 2010...

April 21, 2016 - 11:07am
1 week 3 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the recommendations for Chicago Police reform (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing changes to the way police-involved shootings and police misconduct are investigated but stops short of a task force recommendation to abolish the agency that handles those investigations.

The mayor's office said in a news release Thursday morning that the city will create a new Public...

April 21, 2016 - 10:55am
1 week 3 days ago

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's American Civil Liberties Union is joining the defense team for a man facing a fine for flying flags supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Joseph Hornick was ticketed for violating a West Long Branch ordinance that restricts the display of political signs until 30 days before an election. The town considers the "Trump-Make America Great Again" flags equivalent to a political sign.

Chapter...

April 21, 2016 - 10:51am
1 week 3 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on charges related to a missing Florida priest whose body was found in Georgia (all times local):

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1:15 p.m.

Investigators say they've positively identified a body found in a wooded part of east Georgia as a Florida priest who has been missing since April 10.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday afternoon that dental records confirm the body is that of the Rev. Rene...

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