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April 9, 2015 - 11:31am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eddie Murphy will be awarded the nation's top prize for humor this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The center announced Thursday that the 54-year-old Murphy will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 18 in a show that will be broadcast nationally. The humor prize honors those who influence society through their social commentary and satire in the tradition of Mark Twain.

Murphy got his...

April 9, 2015 - 11:21am
1 week 4 days ago

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Penn State board is authorizing university officials to settle litigation related to Jerry Sandusky, but it's unclear how much money is at stake.

The trustees voted 18 to 6 on Thursday to let high-ranking administrators execute settlements.

Chairman Keith Masser says the board discussed dollar limits during a closed session before the vote.

He says the authorization covers "one or more" claims related...

April 9, 2015 - 11:15am
1 week 4 days ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — General Electric plans to start bringing hourly workers back to its sprawling Appliance Park manufacturing center next week after a massive fire.

GE officials told The Courier-Journal ( on Wednesday that all salaried employees were back to work and the company was running some limited production. Hourly workers will begin coming back in phases.

Meanwhile, lead fire investigator Maj. Henry Ott says it...

April 9, 2015 - 11:08am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential campaign, saying in a video that voters want to "assess the character and experience of those offering ideas."

The Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat says in the video on his website that President Barack Obama has "led admirably" but he remains "alarmed" about instability in the Middle East and North Africa. He says...

April 9, 2015 - 10:57am
1 week 4 days ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marc Marotta, a former Marquette basketball star who became board chairman of the Milwaukee Bucks arena, has died. He was 52.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner says an autopsy showed Marotta died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm.

Marotta was a three-time Academic All-American and drafted by the New York Knicks after graduating in 1984. Instead, he chose Harvard Law School.

He was secretary of the Wisconsin...

April 9, 2015 - 10:43am
1 week 4 days ago

CROFTON, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland police sergeant has been charged with stealing Civil War documents from his father-in-law, a descendant of a staff aide to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Charging documents in federal court say Richard Malcolm took about a fourth of his father-in-law's Civil War documents, appraised at $500,000 in 2012. The court records, obtained Thursday, say Malcolm tried to sell the stolen documents to a collector in White Plains, New York, for...

April 9, 2015 - 10:23am
1 week 4 days ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of traveling to the Middle East in a failed attempt to join the Islamic State has been ordered held without bond.

Thirty-four-year-old Joshua Van Haften made his first court appearance Thursday in Madison one day after being arrested at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. A newly unsealed criminal complaint charges Van Haften with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization....

April 9, 2015 - 10:06am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in February, while sales kept falling.

The Commerce Department says wholesale stockpiles edged up 0.3 percent in February after a 0.4 percent gain in January. Sales dropped 0.2 percent following a 3.6 percent decline in January, which was the largest decrease in six years. Sales have either fallen or been flat for the past seven months.

Economic growth has...

April 9, 2015 - 10:04am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the national average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.66 percent from 3.70 percent last week.

The average rate for a 15-year mortgage, popular with homeowners who refinance, fell to 2.93 percent from 2.98 percent last week.

A year...

April 9, 2015 - 10:03am
1 week 4 days ago

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio man has been indicted on attempted murder and other charges after police say he dumped gasoline on his wife and her 8-year-old granddaughter and threated to set them on fire.

Forty-four-year-old Kevin Bruster was indicted by an Erie County grand jury on Wednesday. Bruster's wife told police that her husband became angry and chased her and her granddaughter onto a porch and poured gasoline on them on March 27. She said he ran away as...

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