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January 29, 2016 - 12:43pm
1 week 4 days ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — France's justice minister, who unexpectedly resigned this week, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The university says former French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is expected to attend a ceremony on campus Saturday in honor of her "commitment to the values of liberty and equality for all."

Taubira resigned Wednesday after objecting to President Francois Hollande's push to...

January 29, 2016 - 12:33pm
1 week 4 days ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Members of a satanic group will give the opening prayer at an upcoming Phoenix City Council meeting.

Some council members have objected, but city attorney Brad Holm says the government cannot exclude a religion from praying under such circumstances.

Satanic Temple member Stu de Haan says the group doesn't intend to do anything offensive. He says the Satanic Temple doesn't believe in a literal Satan but see the biblical Satan as a...

January 29, 2016 - 12:28pm
1 week 2 days ago

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

7 p.m.

More than 100 people and dozens of vehicles took part in a rolling rally to protest the killing of one of the armed men who occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge.

The rally occurred in Burns on Saturday night. Some vehicles displayed the United States flag or the Confederate flag at the rally,...

January 29, 2016 - 12:23pm
1 week 4 days ago

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from another woman's womb want to keep comments the victim made during an appearance on the "Dr. Phil" show from being heard at trial.

The Daily Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/1PXZQQA ) attorneys for Dynel Lane have cited 18 specific things Michelle Wilkins said on the September episode of the show, including comments regarding the viability of the baby, who did not survive, and her...

January 29, 2016 - 12:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge has delayed next week's sentencing for a priest convicted of having sex with poor street children during missionary trips to Honduras.

The judge will instead hold a hearing on sealed motions seeking a new trial for the Rev. Joseph Maurizio. The 70-year-old Somerset County priest was convicted in September of sexual tourism, child pornography and money laundering charges.

Maurizio's attorney has filed several sealed...

January 29, 2016 - 12:00pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks soared on the last trading day of January, led by big gains in technology companies after Microsoft turned in a strong quarter.

Visa and MasterCard also joined the rally in technology Friday, and several other companies also surged on strong earnings. Consol Energy jumped along with the price of natural gas.

The gains, as big as they were, weren't enough to make up for a dismal start to the year. U.S. indexes are still down...

January 29, 2016 - 11:52am
1 week 4 days ago

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the case of Ethan Couch, the 18-year-old who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal 2013 drunken driving wreck in Texas and was recently deported from Mexico (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

One of the severely injured victims from Ethan Couch's fatal drunken driving wreck plans to attend the next hearing in the case.

Couch is known for using an "affluenza" defense during a juvenile trial for...

January 29, 2016 - 11:50am
1 week 4 days ago

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — General Electric is objecting to a $619 million federal proposal to clean chemicals from a river in western Massachusetts.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed cleaning PCBs from more than 400 acres along a 10.5-mile stretch of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield and Lenox. It includes dredging and trucking contaminated soil and sediment to an out-of-state facility.

The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1NFdgiL ) reports...

January 29, 2016 - 11:50am
1 week 4 days ago

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A World War II paratrooper from Colorado who was initially denied permission to move into the same nursing home as his wife has passed away after a brief reunion.

Elmer Melchi (Mel-KAI), who had cancer, died in a hospice care center in Pueblo on Thursday, a week after June Melchi, who has dementia, was brought to visit him there. He was 92.

After Elmer Melchi's health worsened on New Year's Eve, the Veterans Administration denied...

January 29, 2016 - 11:45am
1 week 4 days ago

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say cold weather, storms and high tides have led to thousands of starfish washing up along the shoreline in Gulf County on Florida's Panhandle.

The Tallahassee Democrat (http://on.tdo.com/1TrvlrE ) reports that residents in Port St. Joe and visitors to Cape San Blas have been reporting and taking photos and video of stranded starfish for several weeks.

Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Frank McCloy says...

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