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March 18, 2015 - 5:01pm
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The governor of Rhode Island is defending a proposed luxury tax for pricey second homes that has been dubbed the "Taylor Swift tax."

Gov. Gina Raimondo says she wants to raise nearly $12 million by implementing a statewide property tax on second homes worth more than $1 million.

Grammy winner Swift has a beachfront mansion in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Raimondo says the tax policies she proposed in her budget...

March 18, 2015 - 4:56pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles took a detour from his visits to various D.C. tourist spots to deliver a speech on the threat of plastic waste accumulating in the world's oceans.

The Prince of Wales delivered a 10-minute speech on the topic Wednesday afternoon to a conference of about 100 government, corporate and nonprofit leaders at the Hay-Adams Hotel across from the White House.

He cited statistics that half of all marine mammals now have...

March 18, 2015 - 4:53pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it will temporarily close the U.S. Embassy in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to the public for the rest of this week for a security review in light of ongoing threats.

The department said Wednesday that the embassy will be closed Thursday and will remain shut through Friday and Saturday's observed weekend before reopening Sunday. It did not specify the nature or credibility of any threat to the embassy or other U.S....

March 18, 2015 - 4:51pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A timber company where expected Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush until recently served on the board of directors is facing lawsuits.

It's being sued over contamination of the Altamaha (all-tuh-MA-ha) River in Georgia and allegedly making false and misleading statements to investors.

The lawsuits could renew questions about the former Florida governor's stewardship in the corporate world as he aspires to step back into...

March 18, 2015 - 4:49pm
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The governor of Virginia is calling for an investigation into the arrest of a college student who was shown in a photo with his face bloody as he was held down by an officer.

Charlottesville General District Court records show that Martese Johnson is charged with obstruction of justice without force and public swearing or intoxication. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agent who made the arrest, listed in court records as J. Miller, said in the...

March 18, 2015 - 4:45pm
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CLEVELAND (AP) — President Barack Obama says if he could start his presidency over, he would have closed the Guantanamo Bay prison his first day.

Instead, the president ordered the detention center for terrorism suspects closed within a year. He says the politics around closure grew increasingly tough and "people got scared by the rhetoric."

He said Wednesday that "the path of least resistance was just to leave it open." He's been able to cut the...

March 18, 2015 - 4:40pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Tom Perez says his agency is still working on President Barack Obama's directive a year ago to come up with new overtime rules so more workers would be eligible for higher pay for working beyond their scheduled hours.

Perez told a House panel that his department has been working overtime on the issue and that a plan should be ready in the next few months.

A new rule could result in larger paychecks for millions of...

March 18, 2015 - 4:28pm
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Police have arrested a 19-year-old student in connection with a stabbing at Morgan State University that left three football players injured.

Police said Wednesday that Carlos Mars has been charged with assault and weapons charges.

The stabbing happened Tuesday afternoon when a fight broke out between two groups of students at the Baltimore-based campus. Police say two men were slashed, one across the chest and one in the back, and a...

March 18, 2015 - 4:27pm
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MIAMI (AP) — The Pentagon official in charge of war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay has resigned after coming under fire for trying to force military judges to relocate to the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

A Pentagon statement Wednesday announced the resignation of Vaughn Ary.

The retired Marine major general held the post of convening authority for military commissions and was charged with managing war crimes proceedings that have been hampered by...

March 18, 2015 - 4:26pm
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police in Columbia, Missouri, say they've failed to identify a suspect in a case involving a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was raped by several football players, months before she committed suicide.

Police said Wednesday that they have closed their investigation into the case Sasha Menu Courey. The investigation began last year.

Menu Courey killed herself in 2011 at a Boston psychiatric hospital after...

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