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November 25, 2015 - 3:35pm
2 days 7 hours ago

The November gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,070.00 an ounce -- down $3.80.

The current silver contract on the "NYMEX" closed unchanged at $14.17 an ounce.

November 25, 2015 - 3:34pm
2 days 7 hours ago

LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Giovanni R. Santini has spent decades trying to prove he's an American Indian, and folks in his bayou town no longer doubt he's a proud member of Louisiana's 17,000-strong Houma tribe.

Not so for the federal government. For decades, efforts by the Houma to become a federally recognized native American tribe have failed — much like those of dozens of other groups nationwide.

But this could change.

In June, the...

November 25, 2015 - 3:16pm
2 days 7 hours ago

SEATTLE (AP) — The student body president of Western Washington University says she has received death threats involving her race and no longer feels safe on the Bellingham campus.

Belina Seare, a black woman, made her comments Wednesday during a news conference concerning the malicious comments made about her on social media.

Seare compared the racist remarks to similar incidents at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and on campuses across...

November 25, 2015 - 3:14pm
2 days 7 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The attorney for a Cleveland man accused of taking his 5-year-old son from the Alabama home of the boy's mother in 2002 and creating new identities says he will plead not guilty next week.

Bobby Hernandez is due to be arraigned Tuesday on charges that include kidnapping, forgery and tampering with records.

Authorities say Hernandez moved to Cleveland and built a new life for himself and his son.

The ruse fell...

November 25, 2015 - 3:13pm
2 days 7 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death.

In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family says Gifford suffered from unspecified "cognitive and behavioral symptoms" in his later years. He died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84.

His widow, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a...

November 25, 2015 - 3:04pm
2 days 8 hours ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate says he'll appeal to the state's highest court.

Owen Labrie's lawyers say the trial judge shouldn't have allowed a felony count of using a computer to lure the girl.

They also said in a notice of appeal filed Wednesday they will challenge whether Labrie should have been ordered to register as a sex offender for life. They...

November 25, 2015 - 2:59pm
2 days 8 hours ago

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — When someone stole a load of charity firewood from a North Carolina church, the community stepped in to replace it.

The Gaston Gazette reports ( Crimson Timbers Church in Kings Mountain had planned to give firewood donated by a lumber company to a family who needed it to keep warm this winter.

But before church members could split and deliver the wood, half of it was recently stolen. Thieves tried to take...

November 25, 2015 - 2:58pm
1 day 21 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have decided not to prosecute a mother who left her newborn baby in a Christmas manger inside a New York City church.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Wednesday said the unidentified mother felt her newborn was in a warm place and would be found safe.

A church custodian at Holy Child of Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, found the 5-pound baby Monday afternoon. He was wrapped in towels and had his umbilical...

November 25, 2015 - 2:57pm
2 days 8 hours ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man has admitted stealing human brain samples and other tissue from a medical museum.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that 21-year-old David Charles pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to four years in jail, with three years suspended.

Charles was arrested in December 2013 after a San Diego man who purchased about six jars of brain tissue on eBay for $600 alerted authorities. The tissue had been stolen from the Indiana...

November 25, 2015 - 2:53pm
2 days 8 hours ago

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama attorney who was involved in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court libel case has died.

Amy Nachman says her father, Merton Roland Nachman, died Tuesday night in Montgomery at age 91.

Nachman represented Alabama officials in the 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan case. The case stemmed from an effort by authorities in Alabama to limit newspaper coverage of civil rights protests.

The newspaper ran a full-...

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