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June 22, 2015 - 1:48pm
1 week 6 days ago

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ordered convicted murderer Jodi Arias to pay about $30,000 in restitution to the victim's family.

Judge Sherry Stephens ordered Arias on Monday to pay family members of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander for trial expenses such as travel and lodging.

Alexander's family initially asked for about $100,000 in restitution, but Arias' attorney Jennifer Willmott says the family didn't receive the full amount because they didn't...

June 22, 2015 - 1:45pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With summer barely begun, forecasters are already issuing heat advisories for much of the Southeast.

A heat index of 103 degrees was expected Monday in southeast Mississippi, south central and southwest Alabama and southeast Georgia. It's expected to rise to between 103 and 109 through midweek and decrease slightly the next few days.

In Atlanta, city officials said 11 public swimming pools will remain free for everyone until...

June 22, 2015 - 1:23pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The day after the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, a longtime confidant wrote then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that a Libyan security official thought the attack was inspired by a video mocking Islam's prophet Muhammad.

The information was in emails to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal released Monday by a Republican-led House panel investigating the attack, which killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris...

June 22, 2015 - 1:18pm
1 week 6 days ago

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware say two Michigan men were arrested with hundreds of doses of LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms and the drug known as bath salts at the Firefly Music Festival campground.

Dover police said Monday the men were arrested Friday after officers made an undercover purchase of a substance the men called MDMA or Molly. Police say it tested positive for mephedrone, or bath salts.

After the arrest, police say officers...

June 22, 2015 - 12:59pm
1 week 6 days ago

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 49-year-old man is accused of drowning his pet rabbit in a hotel swimming pool near Tampa.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Steve B. Rodd of Tampa intentionally dropped the rabbit into the pool at the Vista Inn on Friday. He was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals on Monday.

Sheriff's officials say Rodd stood on the pool deck, tossed the rabbit into the water, and walked away after about two minutes when the...

June 22, 2015 - 12:59pm
1 week 6 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling against animal rights groups that want a captive killer whale removed from Miami Seaquarium.

The case concerns an orca named Lolita that has lived at Seaquarium since 1970. Last year, a Miami federal judge dismissed the groups' lawsuit alleging that the tank holding Lolita violates USDA standards under the Animal Welfare Act.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said last week that although the...

June 22, 2015 - 12:51pm
1 week 6 days ago

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A girl whose mother was shot to death by the child's grandfather at a Delaware courthouse has testified against other family members being tried on federal cyberstalking charges.

The 13-year-old testified for about 45 minutes Monday against her father, former optometrist David Matusiewicz; her grandmother, Lenore Matusiewicz; and her aunt, Amy Gonzalez.

Details of her testimony, which took place in a sealed courtroom, were not...

June 22, 2015 - 12:48pm
1 week 6 days ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled as accidental the death of a man who fell from an elevated tram at Orlando International Airport last month.

The medical examiner in Orlando released a report Monday showing that 32-year-old Adam Lee died from blunt trauma to the head.

Lee was one of four people aboard the tram during an early morning maintenance run last month.

An employee of Bombardier Transportation, which...

June 22, 2015 - 12:47pm
1 week 6 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists are likely to remain free because the government will not seek to have a sabotage charge reconsidered.

Sister Megan Rice was originally sentenced to three years and Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were each sentenced to five years for vandalizing the outside of a Tennessee bunker storing bomb-grade uranium. They painted the walls with slogans and splatted them with blood....

June 22, 2015 - 12:44pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines continue to collect record fees from passengers who check suitcases or make changes to their reservations. In the first three months of this year, airlines took in $1.6 billion in such fees, up 7.4 percent from the same period last year.

That's the highest amount for the first quarter since bag fees started in 2008, according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Those months are traditionally the slowest for air travel....

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