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March 17, 2015 - 11:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet at the White House next month with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

The White House says their April 17 meeting will cover a broad range of global issues. Likely topping the list is support for Ukraine and continued unity by the U.S. and European Union on pressuring Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to abide by the terms of a recently negotiated peace accord.

Other likely topics of...

March 17, 2015 - 9:44pm
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WESTON, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida high school teacher is being suspended without pay for a week after being accused of calling a Muslim student a Taliban.

The Broward School Board approved the suspension Tuesday against Cypress Bay High School teacher Maria Valdes. She must also attend diversity training.

The 14-year-old boy's father wanted Valdes fired or suspended for a year.

Superintendent Robert Runcie said he filed an...

March 17, 2015 - 9:40pm
1 week 3 days ago

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's oldest death row inmate has been put to death for the 1996 killing of a sheriff's deputy.

Cecil Clayton's execution Tuesday came after the U.S. Supreme Court and the governor declined to spare the 74-year-old, who was missing part of his brain from a 1970s sawmill accident. His attorneys said he had a diminished mental capacity and dementia.

Clayton was convicted of gunning down Christopher Castetter, a 29-year-old...

March 17, 2015 - 9:29pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service says an envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide.

The letter was received at an off-site mail screening facility Monday. Initial biological testing was negative.

The agency says additional testing Tuesday returned a "presumptive positive" for cyanide.

The sample has been taken to another facility for further testing.

The Secret...

March 17, 2015 - 8:32pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved a new definition of marriage that includes gay marriage.

The denomination is now the largest Protestant group to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings churchwide.

The new definition was endorsed last year by the denomination's top legislative body as an amendment to the church constitution. The change required approval from the majority of regional bodies or...

March 17, 2015 - 8:14pm
1 week 3 days ago

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — Andy Fraser, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem "All Right Now" when he was the teenage bassist for the British rock band Free, has died in California at age 62.

Fraser was living in Temecula. The Riverside County coroner says he died Monday of causes that aren't yet known.

At age 15, Fraser briefly became a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The group functioned as a training ground for young British rockers...

March 17, 2015 - 8:04pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The ex-wife of a former Chinese official has been arrested in Washington state on allegations of immigration fraud and money laundering.

Shilan Zhao, of Newcastle, Washington, was arrested Tuesday and ordered held without bail. Her attorney, Kirk Davis, says he can't comment but looks forward to "challenges as they come."

Federal prosecutors contend Zhao and Jianjun Qiao falsely claimed to be married and lied about their source of...

March 17, 2015 - 7:54pm
1 week 3 days ago

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — Three upstate New York high school students, all under 16, have been charged with misdemeanors in the alleged bullying of a special needs classmate that was recorded and posted on social media.

Police say the charges stem from incidents in a Greece Athena High School bathroom. Police declined to release details, citing the boys' ages.

But the mother of one boy, Angela Fernandes, confirmed an account she gave WROC of Rochester....

March 17, 2015 - 6:29pm
1 week 4 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney for the NCAA says a ruling that opened the door for college football and basketball players to be paid goes against previous court rulings, including a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The NCAA is appealing a decision last year that the organization violated antitrust laws by limiting student-athlete compensation.

Seth Waxman told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that courts...

March 17, 2015 - 6:25pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The trustee finding money for victims of Bernard Madoff's epic fraud is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a court ruling that he says may prevent the recovery of nearly $4 billion.

Trustee Irving Picard asked the high court Tuesday to look at the December ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. He says the appeals decision blocked the trustee from recovering and distributing nearly $2 billion and calls into question an...

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