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April 15, 2015 - 9:41pm
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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are asking the public's help in finding two paintings — one of them by famed American Roy Lichtenstein — that were stolen from a Malibu foundation established by the late co-creator of "The Simpsons."

City News Service says the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued the call Wednesday as it tries to find artworks valued at $400,000.

They were reported stolen last Friday from the Sam Simon Foundation....

April 15, 2015 - 9:37pm
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SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle zoo has sent its two elephants, Bamboo and Chai, on their long journey to a new home in Oklahoma City after a federal appeals court declined to block the transfer.

A flatbed truck carrying the elephants' climate-controlled crates left the Woodland Park Zoo early Wednesday evening on the 2,000-mile trip, expected to take about 40 hours.

Earlier Wednesday, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by...

April 15, 2015 - 9:21pm
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest.

At least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana have come down with the illness. That's according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine.

The virus has been identified as the strain as H3N2, which is believed to have come from Asia. It's not yet known how effective current vaccines are against this strain. An older strain,...

April 15, 2015 - 9:06pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a Los Angeles County jail inmate has filed a $25 million lawsuit alleging guards fatally beat her son and then tried to cover up the attack.

The federal civil rights suit, filed last week, alleges that sheriff's deputies at the Men's Central Jail beat Earl Lee Johnson unconscious last September, then hung him from a bedsheet in his cell.

The 24-year-old died three weeks later.

James Orland, an...

April 15, 2015 - 9:06pm
1 week 4 days ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of firefighters were called out to battle a huge fire that devastated a commercial block and injured some people in north Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says four people were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. No firefighters were hurt.

The fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday in a building that houses several side-by-side businesses. Officials say the fire...

April 15, 2015 - 9:05pm
1 week 4 days ago

FRESNO, California (AP) — A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1ywNBbF ) the judge also ordered Gabriel Quintero to enroll in anger management and drug treatment programs and to take mental health counseling once he is out of jail. He also has to pay Foster Farms $4,620 for the dead chickens.

Authorities say Quintero and...

April 15, 2015 - 9:04pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The board of the Clinton Foundation says it will continue accepting donations from foreign governments but only six nations, a move aimed at insulating presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton from controversies over the charity's reliance on millions of dollars from abroad.

Clinton resigned from the foundation's board last week amid criticism over the charity's ties to foreign governments.

Foundation officials said Wednesday...

April 15, 2015 - 8:57pm
1 week 4 days ago

PHOENIX (AP) — A civil rights group says Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's refusal to help married same-sex couples with adoptions must be rescinded or they will sue.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona sent Montgomery a letter on Wednesday. The letter says his policy of helping straight couples adopt but refusing to provide gay and lesbian couples the same services violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.

ACLU...

April 15, 2015 - 8:52pm
1 week 4 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has approved a $5 million settlement with the family of a teenager who died after being shot by a police officer 16 times last October.

Federal and county prosecutors and the FBI are investigating the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who police said was wielding a knife.

But a city attorney recommended the settlement and told reporters that dashboard camera footage of the Oct. 20 shooting prompted the city...

April 15, 2015 - 7:59pm
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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing.

They're hoping to save the West Coast sardine fishery from the kind of collapse that led to the demise of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name set in Monterey, California.

Meeting outside Santa Rosa, California, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted...

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