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February 23, 2015 - 1:55pm
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nearly all West Coast seaports began the week with dockworkers hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months-long labor-management dispute.

The exception Monday was the Port of Oakland, where problems persisted three days after negotiators for the dockworkers' union and for employers reached a new contract covering all 29 West Coast ports.

Port of Oakland spokesman Mike Zampa said nine ships are at...

February 23, 2015 - 1:15pm
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The leader of an Amish community in Ohio whose followers cut the hair and beards of Amish who had criticized them wants to be released from prison immediately when he's resentenced.

All 16 members convicted in the hair cuttings are scheduled to be resentenced next month after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned their hate-crimes convictions.

Defense attorneys for Sam Mullet Sr. are asking a federal judge to reduce his...

February 23, 2015 - 1:14pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is naming its first international envoy for gay rights.

The State Department says Randy Berry will be its special envoy to promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Berry is a veteran diplomat currently serving as consul general at the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He's also served at U.S. posts in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda and South Africa, and speaks Spanish and...

February 23, 2015 - 1:08pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. jury has decided that Palestinian authorities should be held responsible for terrorist attacks in Israel that killed or wounded Americans.

Jurors also awarded the victims $218.5 million in damages. The jury reached the decision Monday at a civil trial in federal court in Manhattan. The U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act could allow for that to be tripled.

The plaintiffs sued the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian...

February 23, 2015 - 1:03pm
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez has reported to the New York Yankees following a season-long suspension, arriving three days ahead of schedule.

Rodriguez arrived shortly before 1 p.m. Monday in a white SUV at the team's minor league complex, a short distance from Steinbrenner Field. New York's position players start workouts Thursday.

Suspended for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez apologized to team officials...

February 23, 2015 - 12:51pm
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A single mother of four from North Carolina is one of three winners in a huge Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month.

At a news conference Monday, 26-year-old Marie Holmes said the best thing about the lucky ticket in the $564 million jackpot is that she'll be able to provide for her children. They're all under 7, and one has cerebral palsy.

Holmes says she gave her mom $15 to buy five tickets on her way to church. Weeks...

February 23, 2015 - 12:41pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors are playing recordings made by undercover agents who met with a New Jersey rabbi on trial for allegedly using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives.

Rabbi Mendel Epstein is seen on grainy video speaking with two undercover agents posing as a brother and sister. They wanted to get the woman a divorce from her unwilling husband.

Epstein is heard saying it would cost at least $60,000 to...

February 23, 2015 - 12:26pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — A study in Finnish men suggests frequent sauna baths might help you live longer.

That's welcome news if proven true — not just in Finland where saunas are commonplace, but also for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter.

Previous research suggested that saunas might improve blood vessel function and exercise capacity, or even lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. The new study links long, hot sauna baths with...

February 23, 2015 - 12:22pm
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A beloved K9 suffering from seizures and arthritis has gotten a police escort to the Maine vet clinic where he was to be euthanized.

Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this month to pay their respects to Sultan, a 13-year-old German shepherd who sniffed out drugs and bad guys with the Yarmouth Police Department.

Officers gave a last pat or scratch to the dog. Then they provided an escort for Sultan's final...

February 23, 2015 - 12:22pm
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq has been found guilty of desertion charges related to his disappearances there and in Lebanon.

The judge, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, gave his verdict Monday in the bench trial of Cpl. Wassef Hassoun.

Martz found that Hassoun was guilty of deserting in Iraq in 2004 and then deserting again in 2005 by fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.

Hassoun...

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