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March 20, 2015 - 5:16pm
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MUNROE FALLS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio policewoman can be heard on a 911 call screaming and crying as she tells the dispatcher that she shot her ex-boyfriend after he broke into her suburban Akron home and began beating her.

Thirty-year-old Kent Officer Sarah Berkey was placed on administrative leave after the fatal shooting Thursday of 29-year-old Adam Jovicic of Munroe Falls. A medical examiner says Jovicic was shot twice in the abdomen.

A recording of...

March 20, 2015 - 5:10pm
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NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two former U.S. Army soldiers have been sentenced for stealing millions of dollars from the government while they were stationed in Saudi Arabia.

Authorities say 44-year-old Jasen Minter of Fayetteville, Georgia, and 48-year-old Louis E. Nock of Orlando, Florida, have each been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for stealing more than $2.7 million in government funds.

Authorities say Minter...

March 20, 2015 - 5:02pm
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NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A New Jersey father accused of violating a custody agreement by taking his two sons out of New Jersey has waived extradition from Florida.

A Pinellas County Court spokesman said Kristopher Dohm appeared in court Friday.

Dohm was found with his two sons at the Royal Palm Inn in New Port Richey, Florida, on Wednesday. He was arrested on charges of interference with custody and unlawful flight.

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March 20, 2015 - 4:34pm
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers from an apple-growing region in New York have delivered 1,000 of them to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) to protest education funding levels.

The teachers from the Finger Lakes say each of the shiny red apples represents a local teaching position unfilled because of years of underfunding for public education. They laid the baskets of apples in front of Cuomo's office Friday as a guard looked on.

Cuomo's spokesman says the...

March 20, 2015 - 4:28pm
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A woman who was among 13 selected for training as possible astronauts in the early 1960s has died at her northern Michigan home. She was 89.

Bernice Steadman was a member of the so-called "Mercury 13." NASA dropped the program, and it was 22 more years before a U.S. woman went to space.

Robert Steadman says his wife died Wednesday in Traverse City. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Steadman had a pilot's...

March 20, 2015 - 4:22pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of being the getaway driver in a shooting in a Las Vegas cul-de-sac that killed a mother of four and led to the arrest of a 19-year-old neighbor.

Officer Larry Hadfield says 26-year-old Derrick Andrews was taken into custody Friday, a little more than an hour after his name was made public in the death of 44-year-old Tammy Meyers.

An indictment filed about noon charges Andrews and Erich Milton...

March 20, 2015 - 4:21pm
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's House speaker wants a state representative to apologize for invoking abortion during the debate of a group of fourth-graders' bill to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor.

The students drafted the measure as part of a lesson on how a bill becomes a law. As they watched the debate from the House gallery, Republican Rep. Warren Groen (GROO'-ehn) said the bird tears prey apart "limb by limb" and would be a better mascot for...

March 20, 2015 - 4:18pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two dozen California vintners are facing a lawsuit claiming their wines contain dangerously high levels of arsenic.

The industry group Wine Institute dismissed the allegations as "false and misleading."

The lawsuit names numerous low-priced wines, including popular brands such as Franzia, Mogen David and Almaden.

It says tests by three independent laboratories found arsenic levels that in some cases...

March 20, 2015 - 4:12pm
1 week 4 days ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Kastenmeier, an early and staunch opponent of the Vietnam War who served 32 years in Congress, has died. The Wisconsin Democrat was 91.

Kastenmeier's wife, Dorothy, tells The Associated Press he died Friday at their home in Arlington, Virginia. She says his heart had been failing.

Kastenmeier, who represented the Madison area, served in the U.S. House from 1959 to 1991. He was upset by Republican challenger...

March 20, 2015 - 4:05pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher, led by gains in energy companies as the price of oil recovers.

Strong earnings from Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants and Nike also helped lift the market on Friday.

The Nasdaq composite index edged closer to the all-time high it set at the height of the dot-com bubble.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 168 points, or 0.9 percent, to 18,127.

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