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May 1, 2015 - 3:41pm
2 days 5 hours ago

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A mother duck and her brood got a brief tour of a Montana middle school as teachers and students herded them from their courtyard nest to a nearby creek.

It's a tradition for Tracy Larsen, who teaches family consumer sciences at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Billings.

She says each spring, a mother duck settles in the school's courtyard and hatches her offspring. And each spring, Larsen helps guide the young family to safer...

May 1, 2015 - 3:39pm
2 days 4 hours ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland says a bishop accused of fatally striking a bicyclist while driving drunk in Baltimore has resigned.

The diocese announced Friday that it accepted the resignation of Heather Cook, who was bishop suffragan. Separately, the Episcopal Church announced it has revoked Cook's clergy credentials. She is now considered a layperson.

Cook had been the second-highest ranking Episcopal leader in Maryland....

May 1, 2015 - 3:38pm
2 days 5 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stepchildren of a woman killed in an automobile crash involving Bruce Jenner have sued the Olympic gold medalist.

The wrongful death case was filed Friday in Los Angeles by the stepchildren of Kim Howe, whose car was pushed into oncoming traffic after Jenner's sport utility vehicle collided with it on Pacific Coast Highway in February.

The lawsuit by Dana Redmond and William Howe does not specify how much they are seeking, but...

May 1, 2015 - 3:38pm
2 days 5 hours ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — In the neighborhood at the center of Monday's riots in Baltimore, people today have been welcoming the news that six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

At the intersection where the worst of the rioting took place, drivers honked their horns. When buses stopped, people spilled out the doors cheering.

One woman, Ciara Ford, said she's surprised and "ecstatic" over the decision to prosecute. She says, "I...

May 1, 2015 - 3:26pm
2 days 2 hours ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says several Muslim organizations in the state are raising concerns about a federal program designed to fight terror recruiting.

About 40 Muslim groups and mosques support a statement that asks the Department of Justice to discontinue the "divisive" initiative in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota program focuses on the Somali community. Dozens of young Somalis have left...

May 1, 2015 - 3:18pm
2 days 5 hours ago

FORTY FORT, Pa. (AP) — A man in northeastern Pennsylvania has been reunited with his class ring after losing it in a flood 43 years ago.

State police told the Citizens Voice (http://bit.ly/1c3ePfM ) that Forty Fort resident Roger Stout lost his Wilkes University class ring after it washed away in the high waters from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

They say the ring was recently sold to a jeweler by someone involved with a burglary and robbery case....

May 1, 2015 - 2:59pm
2 days 5 hours ago

SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri woman has told police that a man held her captive in their home, sometimes confining her in a wooden box.

Authorities were searching Friday for 47-year-old James Barton Horn Jr. Online court records show he has a prior conviction in Mississippi for kidnapping and abducting his estranged wife.

Sedalia police Chief John DeGonia said Friday a woman called police Thursday night after escaping a home. She told police...

May 1, 2015 - 2:59pm
2 days 5 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top commander of U.S. special operations forces is expressing "very great concern" about losing a presence on the ground in Yemen, where his forces had been working with Yemeni forces against al-Qaida's affiliate there.

Army Gen. Joseph Votel made the comments during an appearance Friday at the Stimson Center, a Washington think tank. Votel is commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, based in Florida.

Votel was asked by a...

May 1, 2015 - 2:55pm
2 days 5 hours ago

BOSTON (AP) — A Tennessee woman who ran the Boston Marathon is looking for the man she kissed on a dare two weeks ago.

Barbara Tatge (TAY'-jee) says her daughter, Paige, dared her to kiss a random handsome man and take a selfie of it as she ran her first Boston Marathon.

Now Paige Tatge is appealing for help in finding the mystery man. She says it's her birthday present to her mom.

Barbara Tatge says she doesn't want to put the...

May 1, 2015 - 2:48pm
2 days 4 hours ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Utah are moving to dismiss a case alleging a 3-year-old boy was abused on a plane.

Prosecutors said in court documents filed this week that that there's insufficient evidence against 48-year-old Kevin C. Matthews of Illinois.

Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah, declined to elaborate on the reasons for dismissing the abusive sexual contact count but said it's the right...

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