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April 24, 2015 - 5:44pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is charging two nuclear missile launch officers with illegal drug use.

The cases at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana were linked to a separate Air Force investigation of exam cheating by Minuteman 3 nuclear missile officers.

The Air Force announced Friday that a week ago it charged 1st Lt. Michael Alonso and 1st Lt. Lantz Balthazar with a range of drug offenses. Each will be reviewed at what the military calls an...

April 24, 2015 - 5:23pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court says a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired across the border from Texas into Mexico and killed a teenager cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family.

The unanimous ruling was issued Friday by the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision reverses most of an earlier 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the court.

There's no dispute the agent, Jesus Mesa Jr., shot 15-year-old Sergio...

April 24, 2015 - 4:58pm
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Game bird producers in the Midwest are ramping up disease prevention measures in an effort to shield their multi-billion-dollar industry from the highly contagious avian influenza outbreak sweeping the region's poultry producers.

The deadly H5N2 strain of avian influenza has cost turkey and chicken producers millions of birds but the virus hasn't affected game bird producers who supply the nation's hunting preserves.

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April 24, 2015 - 4:45pm
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MIAMI (AP) — A Florida appeals court says the city of Miami Lakes should restore a mayor who was acquitted after his arrest on federal corruption charges, even though a replacement mayor was later elected.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal on Friday rejected arguments from Miami Lakes' attorneys that Wayne Slaton's 2013 election after Michael Pizzi's arrest made him the rightful mayor.

In a statement issued by his attorney,...

April 24, 2015 - 4:43pm
1 week 4 days ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The FBI in Pittsburgh says a man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by pretending to work for a Japanese talent agency on behalf of musician Pharrell Williams.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sigismond Segbefia (SIHG'-ihs-mawnd sehg-BEHF'-ee-ah) faces multiple charges, including wire fraud, bank fraud and identity theft.

Federal authorities say he also stole the identity of a Pennsylvania postal worker and used that to bilk...

April 24, 2015 - 4:41pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of people have been marching in Los Angeles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

Throngs joined today's six-mile walk from the Little Armenia neighborhood to the Turkish Consulate, carrying flags and signs.

The event comes after President Barack Obama once again stopped short of calling the 1915 killings a genocide.

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April 24, 2015 - 4:39pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — Six Texas jailers have been fired and 29 others have been suspended after a mentally ill inmate was left unattended in his jail cell for weeks.

Among those fired by Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia on Friday were two jail sergeants who have been indicted on record-tampering charges for signing off on paperwork stating that Deterrius Rashad Goodwin was in good condition in his second-floor cell in the Harris County Jail. Investigators said they found...

April 24, 2015 - 4:37pm
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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The interim city manager in Ferguson is stepping down to work for another city in St. Louis County.

Pam Hylton was assistant city manager before becoming interim city manager in March, following the resignation of John Shaw. She is taking a job as assistant city manager in nearby Richmond Heights. Her last day in Ferguson will be May 15.

Shaw resigned in the fallout of a scathing report by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging...

April 24, 2015 - 4:09pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Big gains by Amazon, Microsoft and Google sending technology stocks to a higher close.

The broader market also rose Friday, but not as much. The Nasdaq composite rose again, a day after beating its record-high close from the peak of the dot-com boom 15 years ago.

Amazon soared 14 percent after revealing details about its cloud computing service for the first time. Microsoft and Google also rose after reporting their latest quarterly...

April 24, 2015 - 4:05pm
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has shielded from public disclosure evidence the U.S. government turns over to attorneys for a Kansas man accused of trying to bomb an Army installation.

An order signed Friday in the case of 20-year-old John T. Booker Jr. comes at the request of prosecutors and with the agreement of his defense attorneys. Prosecutors say the evidence includes general discovery typical in criminal cases, as well as declassified and sensitive law...

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