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April 23, 2015 - 12:06pm
1 week 6 days ago

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

This week's collection includes fishermen washing their day's catch by the Nile River bank in Sudan; a volcano erupting in Chile; and people taking part in the Color Run near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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This gallery...

April 23, 2015 - 12:01pm
1 week 6 days ago

MONROVIA, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man wanted on a probation violation has been rescued by firefighters after he became wedged inside a wall of his home while trying to hide from police.

Officials say Steven Shuler was trying to avoid arrest Monday when he squeezed down a narrow hole in the attic floor near the chimney at his home in Monrovia.

Morgan Township Fire Chief Miguel Ongay says Shuler had to stay in his 16 inch-wide hiding place for...

April 23, 2015 - 11:52am
1 week 6 days ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Defense attorneys and prosecutors agree that James Metts, who was South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff until he pleaded guilty to corruption, should serve no time in prison.

Attorneys for the 68-year-old Metts said in papers filed Wednesday that he had helped protect countless individuals and served his community for more than four decades as Lexington County sheriff.

He has remained free on bond until his sentencing, which...

April 23, 2015 - 11:51am
1 week 6 days ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — What better way to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's quarter-century in orbit than with cosmic fireworks?

On Thursday — one day before the 25th anniversary of Hubble's launch — NASA released an image taken by the space telescope showing a brilliant breeding ground for stars. This stellar nursery is 20,000 light-years from Earth in the Constellation Carina. NASA's science mission chief John Grunsfeld says the fact that it's taken thousands...

April 23, 2015 - 11:49am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed in midday trading as companies report mixed earnings.

AT&T gained 3 percent Thursday after the company said it expects bigger savings from its proposed purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV.

PulteGroup sank 8 percent after reporting income that was well below what analysts were expecting. Other homebuilder stocks also fell.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was essentially...

April 23, 2015 - 11:48am
1 week 6 days ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Visitors will have to pass through metal detectors placed outside three roller coasters to deter them from taking keys, phones, loose change and other items on the rides.

The Orlando theme park tested the metal detectors last month in an effort to keep visitors safe from flying objects. They have decided to make the fixtures permanent.

Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Schroder told the Orlando Sentinel the metal detectors are a...

April 23, 2015 - 11:43am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Jasper Johns assistant will spend 18 months behind bars for stealing artworks from the pop artist's Connecticut studio and arranging for them to be sold at a gallery.

James Meyer, of Salisbury, Connecticut, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in New York City.

He was Johns' studio assistant for over 25 years.

He told the judge he removed 22 pieces from Johns' studio in Sharon without the artist's...

April 23, 2015 - 11:36am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for real estate heir Robert Durst says state weapon charges against him have been dropped, clearing the way for federal proceedings in New Orleans on similar charges.

Durst, who faces a murder charge in an unrelated California case, remains jailed without bond in Louisiana.

Lawyer Dick DeGuerin said in an email Thursday that state and federal prosecutors had been discussing the possibility of the state case being...

April 23, 2015 - 11:36am
1 week 6 days ago

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Phoenix Mercury standout player Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson have been arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in a Phoenix suburb.

The two 24-year-olds were booked into jail in Phoenix following their arrests Wednesday and later released. Agents for the players did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Goodyear police spokeswoman...

April 23, 2015 - 11:30am
1 week 6 days ago

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is planning to spend $10 million to fix the roof and peeling ceiling of its 25-year-old Gampel Pavilion basketball arena.

The project will be presented to the school's Board of Trustees on Wednesday for approval.

According to the proposal, fabric wrapping the triangular ceiling tiles and a sealant in the roof are starting to degrade, causing problems including peeling and water leaks....

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