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April 23, 2015 - 10:59am
1 week 5 days ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A U.S. official says the cause of illnesses among passengers on a SkyWest flight to Connecticut remains a mystery to investigators.

The official is familiar with the incident, wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official says the pilots on Flight 5622 put the aircraft into a steep dive from 37,000 feet Wednesday after being told some people in the cabin were feeling dizzy, queasy or had...

April 23, 2015 - 10:58am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The electronic billboards of Times Square will show short silent films that Andy Warhol made of such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and Lou Reed.

The rarely seen footage was shot in Warhol's studio, the Silver Factory, in the mid-1960s.

It will be shown every night during May from 11:57 p.m. to midnight.

Warhol created nearly 500 of the 16mm black-and-white films he called "screen tests."...

April 23, 2015 - 10:48am
1 week 6 days ago

AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts native has been reunited with his high school class ring nearly 50 years after he lost it at a beach.

The Daily News of Newburyport (http://bit.ly/1QnCKWZ ) reports that Dan Toomey's ring was found March 19.

Toomey says he was at the beach with his friends in 1966 when he lost the 10-carat Amesbury High School Class of 1967 ring.

Toomey now lives in Anchorage, Alaska. He says he hadn't...

April 23, 2015 - 10:45am
1 week 6 days ago

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled next week in the trial of a New York City investment banker accused of raping an Irish tourist on Long Island.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1OhiTtY ) reports testimony ended Wednesday in the non-jury trial of Jason Lee. The former Goldman Sachs executive has pleaded not guilty to raping a 20-year-old woman in the bathroom of an East Hampton home he rented in the summer of 2013.

Prosecutors say Lee...

April 23, 2015 - 10:39am
1 week 6 days ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The government trustees who will assess the scale of damage to New York's Hudson River from prolonged contamination say the waterway's recreational and commercial fisheries have been severely harmed.

The updated fisheries report released Thursday by the Natural Resources Trustees will be used as they assess the broader damages of PCBs, potentially cancer-causing chemicals.

General Electric Co. discharged about 1.3 million pounds...

April 23, 2015 - 10:31am
1 week 6 days ago

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A bra bandit has struck again at a northeast Pennsylvania mall.

Police say someone stole 25 bras Tuesday from a Victoria's Secret store at the Wyoming Valley Mall.

That's after nearly 150 bras were taken in three heists at the same store in February and March in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Police say 94 bras were taken from display drawers on Feb. 17, and 39 bras were stolen on Feb. 25. They say 12 more bras...

April 23, 2015 - 10:19am
1 week 5 days ago

2:35 p.m.

Massachusetts' Episcopal Church bishops, like their Roman Catholic counterparts, say they're opposed to the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz.)

The bishops issued a statement Thursday saying they're praying for all those affected by the 2013 bombings, including the victims' families and those involved in bringing Tsarnaev to justice.

They reaffirmed their opposition...

April 23, 2015 - 10:19am
1 week 5 days ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has refused to allow a Minnesota man accused of killing his 10-year-old son to see his boy's body before the funeral.

Hennepin County Judge Tanya Bransford denied Pierre Collins' request Thursday because of the risk to public safety.

Defense attorney Shawn Webb said Collins, who is jailed on $2 million bail, wanted to go to the funeral home and "say goodbye to his son."

But a prosecutor opposed the...

April 23, 2015 - 10:11am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government official says two separate U.S. drone strikes killed the two hostages and two Americans who died in U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida targets in January.

The official said one drone strike was on Jan. 14 and the other on Jan. 19. The official was not authorized to discuss details of the attacks and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The deaths were announced Thursday by the White House....

April 23, 2015 - 10:07am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says a security alarm at the Texas home of former President George H.W. Bush was broken for at least 13 months before the Secret Service fixed it.

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth says in a report released Thursday that Secret Service personnel protecting Bush noticed a failure in the alarm system at Bush's Houston home in September 2013. A temporary alarm wasn't installed until April 2014.

Roth...

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