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November 17, 2015 - 9:00am
1 week 6 days ago

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Authorities say four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a passenger reported suspicious behavior as the plane taxied to the runway.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green said Tuesday that Spirit Airlines flight 969 was taxiing Tuesday morning when the crew decided to return to the gate. He says that the captain asked police to...

November 17, 2015 - 8:59am
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Organizers of Pennsylvania's first breast milk bank say they're pumped up by the initial donations received over the weekend.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) reports three donations of 2,300 ounces of pumped breast milk have arrived at the Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank.

The milk is intended primary for infants in neonatal intensive care units, but up to 20 percent of it could be given to outpatient babies, too...

November 17, 2015 - 8:59am
1 week 6 days ago

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say the mother of a 2-year-old who was fatally shot tested positive for marijuana the night her son was killed.

Jackson Police Chief James Morgan tells WSB-TV ( Choice Clay had marijuana in her system the night her son died.

Police told news media outlets Jayden Jamar Clay was shot Nov. 11 inside the family's home.

Police say the child and his twin brother were in a...

November 17, 2015 - 8:48am
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend after yelling at him for eating all of the salsa has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Ronnie Buckner told officers 50-year-old Phyllis Jefferson yelled at him in March at his apartment for finishing off the salsa. Buckner said Jefferson then picked up a pen and jammed it in the left side of his pelvis.

The 61-year-old Buckner said he tried to catch a television that...

November 17, 2015 - 8:37am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose modestly in October, as low gasoline costs and a strong dollar have suppressed inflation.

The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent last month after falling in September and August. Gas costs increased 0.4 percent in October but have plunged 27.8 percent over the past 12 months.

Overall consumer prices have risen a slim 0.2 percent from a year ago. Core inflation, which excludes...

November 17, 2015 - 8:00am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — And now for the wonky side of "Star Wars," from a former Obama administration official.

Cass Sunstein, the White House regulatory "czar" during Obama's first term, has a deal with Dey Street Books for an "exploration" of the box-office phenomenon. According to Dey Street, Sunstein will touch upon everything from history to politics to fatherhood. The book is scheduled for May, the publisher announced Tuesday, although an exact day hasn't been chosen. May...

November 17, 2015 - 7:42am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen says he has the HIV virus.

In an interview Tuesday on NBC's "Today," the 50-year-old Sheen says he tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

Drug and alcohol use have marred Sheen's personal and professional life in recent years. He was kicked off CBS' "Two and a Half Men" in 2011 after an explosive meltdown that included calling the show's producer "a contaminated little maggot."...

November 17, 2015 - 7:37am
1 week 6 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the Boston police department discriminated against minorities by using a promotional exam that favored white candidates.

U.S. District Judge William Young wrote in his decision released Monday that the multiple choice test focused on a candidate's ability to read and interpret material, but skipped critical skills and abilities, including reasoning and judgment.

Young wrote that the 2008 test "had a...

November 17, 2015 - 7:31am
1 week 6 days ago

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A judge has granted a newlywed husband's request to drop his bid to have his guilty plea withdrawn after admitting he helped kill a Pennsylvania man who was lured through a Craigslist ad.

A judge approved 24-year-old Elytte Barbour's request on Monday after talking with him.

Barbour and his 20-year-old wife, Miranda, are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.

His attorney had argued his...

November 17, 2015 - 6:58am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a mentally ill jail inmate who died after swallowing toxic detergent has reached a $3.8 million settlement with New York City.

The Daily News reports ( ) that Jason Echevarria's family members agreed to settle their lawsuit over Echevarria's 2012 death at the Rikers Island jail complex.

Echevarria died after swallowing a detergent ball he had been given for cleanup.


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