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April 15, 2015 - 12:31pm
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buy underwear from the commissary or go commando.

That's a new policy from one Ohio jail that's grown tired of finding contraband hidden in undergarments sent to inmates by relatives and friends.

Franklin County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $95,000, one-year outside contract to provide T-shirts, socks, bras, men's boxers and briefs, and women's briefs to the county jail.

Corrections Division Chief...

April 15, 2015 - 12:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — A taxi driver is facing attempted murder charges after investigators say he fired an assault rifle at police officers during a shootout in Miami.

North Miami police say 29-year-old Frantzy Armand is charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer in Tuesday's shootout. Armand was shot and wounded by police following a car chase and remains hospitalized.

Police say Armand was involved in a disturbance at a Miami taxi company...

April 15, 2015 - 12:17pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Public defenders for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin are telling an appeals court that Nagin's convictions on 20 counts involving corruption during his two terms as mayor should be thrown out.

The arguments were made in court briefs filed late Tuesday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nagin's attorneys argue that the jury that convicted him received erroneous instructions on 10 counts involving wire fraud. They argue...

April 15, 2015 - 12:11pm
1 week 3 days ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College fraternity that partly inspired the 1978 movie "Animal House" and was recently accused of branding new members is appealing a campus judiciary committee's decision to withdraw its recognition as a student organization.

George Ostler, an attorney for Alpha Delta, said Wednesday that the fraternity disagrees with the committee, which found it responsible for causing harm to members and not following terms of its suspension for...

April 15, 2015 - 12:08pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising oil prices and stronger earnings from big U.S. companies are pushing the stock market higher at midday.

The price of oil jumped $2.30 a barrel to $55.59 a barrel in New York. Energy companies climbed the most among the 10 industry groups in the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

Among energy companies, offshore drilling services firm Noble Corp rose 7 percent.

Delta Air Lines climbed 4 percent after its...

April 15, 2015 - 12:04pm
1 week 3 days ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recent disclosures that a Nevada prison inmate was shot dead by a prison guard in November are bringing to light other previously unreported shootings that left inmates wounded at High Desert State Prison outside Las Vegas.

That's a facility where records show officers fired guns 215 times in five years from 2007 to 2011.

In January 2012, six inmates were wounded by shotgun blasts from a guard breaking up a breakfast scuffle....

April 15, 2015 - 12:02pm
1 week 2 days ago

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island cardiologist accused of having two men set fire to another doctor's office and hiring an undercover police officer to have the doctor hurt or killed has pleaded not guilty.

Dr. Anthony J. Moschetto (muh-SHEH'-toh) of Sands Point, New York, is out after posting a $2 million bond. Authorities have issued an order of protection to the fellow cardiologist whose office was torched.

Moschetto had been caught on video...

April 15, 2015 - 11:53am
1 week 3 days ago

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The complicated case of three men charged in the disappearance of a Tennessee nursing student four years ago will move forward after a judge signed off the on the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Circuit Court Judge C. Creed McGinley ruled Wednesday there were no irregularities in the appointment of Jennifer Nichols to handle the criminal case related to the disappearance and murder of Holly Bobo in Decatur County.

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April 15, 2015 - 11:50am
1 week 3 days ago

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged in a political corruption case along with New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez will remain in jail while his lawyers try to negotiate his bond.

Sixty-year-old Dr. Salomon Melgen made a brief court appearance Wednesday in West Palm Beach, shackled and slightly disheveled after a night in jail.

Already charged in a New Jersey corruption case linked to Menendez, Melgen was hit with a 76-count Medicare...

April 15, 2015 - 11:38am
1 week 2 days ago

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-area man suspected of killing two people and wounding another in Oregon has been fatally shot by police in Texas.

Dallas police said in a statement Wednesday that officers from neighboring DeSoto killed Colby Robinson during a chase that ended in Dallas. A bystander was wounded in the Tuesday night incident.

Robinson had been charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the Friday night shooting deaths of Gary Pham and his...

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