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January 29, 2016 - 12:56am
1 week 6 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — One of the nation's first professional baseball players lies largely forgotten by history in an unmarked grave in Boston.

Now, nearly 150 years after Andrew Leonard signed his first deal, his grandson hopes to raise enough money for a marker to honor his relative and his contributions to the game by auctioning his grandfather's contracts.

They are among the oldest professional contracts in existence and include one that shows Leonard...

January 29, 2016 - 12:52am
1 week 6 days ago

American colleges sorting through a record number of applications from China are increasingly turning to video interviewing services to assess students' language skills, get a feel for their personality — and weed out fraudsters.

The recorded interviews emerged several years ago as a way to address cheating concerns highlighted by a breach that forced the cancellation of SAT exams in China last weekend. The interviews are recommended by dozens of schools....

January 29, 2016 - 12:02am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there's more to do to ensure equal pay for women despite the efforts he's taken as president.

Obama was pressing for more protections to close the gender pay gap during a White House event marking the seventh anniversary of signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The legislation was the first that Obama signed after becoming president.

Obama says ensuring equal pay will be "a long haul." He says more...

January 28, 2016 - 11:36pm
1 week 6 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Paul Kantner, an original member of the seminal 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane and the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74.

Kantner, who had survived close brushes with death as a younger man and recovered from a heart attack last year, died at a San Francisco hospital on Thursday after falling ill earlier in the week, former girlfriend and publicist Cynthia Bowman told The Associated Press....

January 28, 2016 - 9:53pm
1 week 6 days ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints banned a member from contact with children who is accused of sexually abusing children during a camping trip nearly four decades ago when he was known as child television show host "Mr. Wonder."

A church spokesman said Thursday that Frank Szeles, as he was known in the San Diego area, was "removed from all positions related to children" after failing to comply with the church's child protection policies....

January 28, 2016 - 9:47pm
1 week 6 days ago

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A missile defense rocket has been successfully test-launched from a military base in Central California.

Authorities say a long-range interceptor blasted off Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch was testing thrusters on the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, which is designed to crash into enemy missiles and destroy them.

Officials say a target representing a missile was launched from an Air Force...

January 28, 2016 - 9:27pm
1 week 6 days ago

HONOLULU (AP) — Four employees of a company that provides security at Honolulu International Airport have been indicted for taking bribes.

State Attorney General Doug Chin says an Oahu grand jury indicted the Securitas employees Thursday.

Deputy Attorney General Albert Cook says the men allegedly solicited and accepted more than $3,000 in bribes from taxi and shuttle drivers at the airport. In exchange, the drivers were allowed to circumvent ground...

January 28, 2016 - 8:50pm
1 week 6 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Bill Cosby are accusing prosecutors of playing a game of "gotcha" by waiting 12 years to charge him in a sex-assault case and using his testimony in a civil lawsuit against him.

Defense lawyers filing their final motion Thursday before a key pretrial hearing next week say Cosby had a promise from authorities that his testimony in the accuser's civil lawsuit wouldn't be used against him.

District Attorney Kevin Steele...

January 28, 2016 - 8:29pm
1 week 6 days ago

HANALEI, Hawaii (AP) — Lifeguards have closed a Hawaii bay to swimming after a shark bit a visitor from Minnesota.

The Kauai County Fire Department said Thursday officials didn't see the shark. But lifeguards saw the male visitor had cuts on both of his hands. The cuts weren't life-threatening.

The shark bit the man while he was paddling to shore near the Hanalei Pier on Kauai island. He was on his way back from surfing.


January 28, 2016 - 8:16pm
1 week 6 days ago

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — For the second time in a week, police in Wisconsin have recovered a stolen load of cheese worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Marshfield Police Lt. Darren Larson says 41,000 pounds of parmesan cheese worth $90,000 was stolen from a Marshfield distributor Jan. 15. A semi picked up the cheese that day, but it never reached its intended destination in Illinois.

Larson says investigators received a tip Thursday that the cheese was...

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