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February 27, 2015 - 4:06pm
1 day 16 hours ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Internet activists took an aerial jab at Comcast to celebrate new government rules affecting the Philadelphia-based corporation.

A plane towed a banner Friday past company headquarters that said, "Comcast: Don't Mess With the Internet." It featured a picture of Grumpy Cat and the hashtags SorryNotSorry and NetNeutrality.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to impose strict regulations on Internet service providers...

February 27, 2015 - 3:57pm
1 day 16 hours ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman who stole her cancer-stricken neighbor's dog and paid to have it euthanized will spend three to six months in jail.

An Allegheny County jury sentenced 58-year-old Gisele Paris on Friday. She was convicted in December of theft, receiving stolen property and cruelty to animals.

Prosecutors say Paris stole a Siberian husky named Thor from the neighbor's yard on Thanksgiving 2013 because she believed it was being...

February 27, 2015 - 3:55pm
1 day 16 hours ago

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-seven California school districts accused in a 2013 lawsuit of skimping on state rules would have to show proof they are providing physical education during the school day under the terms of a proposed settlement.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1zlMd54 ) attorney Donald Driscoll filed paperwork to settle the lawsuit Tuesday. He filed the suit after noticing his son lacked PE at his Northern California school....

February 27, 2015 - 3:52pm
1 day 18 hours ago

BOSTON (AP) — New England's last remaining thoroughbred horse racing track might continue to hold live races after all.

Months after its owners said they would stop hosting races after the 2014 season, Suffolk Downs and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association announced Friday that they've reached an agreement to hold races in 2015 and 2016.

The deal would allow the association to lease the track from Sterling Suffolk...

February 27, 2015 - 3:46pm
1 day 13 hours ago

PHOENIX (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 66 years in prison for shooting a Phoenix police officer and a volunteer sheriff's posse member minutes after robbing two strip-club employees of $18,000 by gunpoint.

Roger Allen Sharp was sentenced Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty last month to charges including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery.

Authorities say the officer chased the 27-year-old...

February 27, 2015 - 3:42pm
1 day 19 hours ago

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say charges against a man accused of trying to blow up the Wichita airport should not be thrown out, even though the explosives used in an undercover sting were fake.

Terry Loewen was arrested in December 2013 when the former avionics technician tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport. Loewen has pleaded not guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in a suicide plot, and...

February 27, 2015 - 3:31pm
1 day 19 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in New York have found that billionaire Ira Rennert plundered a now-bankrupt mining company to pay for personal luxuries, including a Hamptons mansion that's one of the world's biggest private homes.

A Manhattan federal court on Friday ordered Rennert and his Renco Group Inc. to pay $118 million in damages.

Rennert was sued by a bankruptcy trustee for the former Magnesium Corp. of America, or MagCorp. It filed for bankruptcy in...

February 27, 2015 - 3:23pm
1 day 22 hours ago

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state auditor says an indicted county official who committed suicide had been targeted in a prison corruption case, and he is predicting that more charges are to come.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Harrison County Supervisor William Martin's indictment had been "the next step" in the corruption investigation that began with former Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps and Brandon businessman Cecil McCrory.

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February 27, 2015 - 3:22pm
1 day 22 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is inviting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to address a joint meeting of Congress when he visits Washington next month.

Boehner says the speech would give the newly elected Afghan leader a change to talk about the U.S.-Afghan relations going forward. That's at a time when international troops are withdrawing and Afghan security forces have taken over security for the nation.

The speech is set for March 25....

February 27, 2015 - 3:13pm
1 day 22 hours ago

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's "absolutely sickening" to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" wearing a Pirates hat.

Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo (http://bit.ly/1G0K0V9 ), taken from University of Westminster student records, shows Emwazi wearing a hat with the Pirates' distinctive "P'' logo. The AP has been...

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