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April 17, 2014 - 7:07am
4 hours 7 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accusing singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard of punching him in the face is trying to "get rich" as a result of a bloody nose, a lawyer for the bodyguard said Thursday.

Bernard Grimm made that statement in a courtroom in Washington during the start of a trial for his client, bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, who is charged with misdemeanor assault.

Both Hollosy and Brown were arrested in October after a man accused them of...

April 17, 2014 - 6:53am
18 hours 37 min ago

SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) — Evacuees from hundreds of homes and businesses in the Central California town of Solvang were returning early Thursday after experts removed a military ordnance found in the town's business district and rendered it safe.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said the evacuation call was issued Wednesday afternoon for between 500 and 700 residences and work sites after the potentially explosive ordnance was found near some homes. Spokeswoman...

April 17, 2014 - 6:46am
12 hours 17 min ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A jury says a former Catholic priest stricken with late-stage cancer should serve a 15-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a teenage boy at a Louisville church in the early 1970s.

James Schook's attorney urged the jury to give the former church leader a more lenient sentence, since the 66-year-old is terminally ill. A judge will make a final determination on Schook's punishment on May 30.

Attorney David Lambertus said...

April 17, 2014 - 6:25am
19 hours 17 min ago

DOVER, Del. (AP) — DuPont says that lost sales and increased operating costs from adverse weather conditions dragged on first-quarter earnings.

The Wilmington, Del., chemical maker reported net income Thursday of $1.4 billion, or $1.54 per share, for the quarter ended March 31. That's down from $3.35 billion, or $3.58 per share, for the same quarter a year ago, which included a one-time gain from completion of the sale of DuPont's performance coatings unit....

April 17, 2014 - 5:52am
17 hours 37 min ago

The price of oil remained near $104 a barrel Thursday as investors weighed the upheaval in Ukraine against a big increase in U.S. oil supplies.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was up 14 cents to $103.90 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Nymex contract rose 1 cent on Wednesday.

Trading was somewhat cautious ahead of a long weekend — the market will be closed on Good Friday, one...

April 17, 2014 - 5:50am
19 hours 57 min ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CLASHES AT UKRAINIAN BASE KILL THREE PRO-MOSCOW MILITANTS

As international talks get underway in Geneva, tensions in eastern Ukraine flare.

2. FEARS RISE OVER DEATH TOLL IN KOREAN SHIP SINKING

An anxious search, facing bad weather and sea conditions, has so far failed to locate nearly 300 passengers...

April 17, 2014 - 5:39am
5 hours 17 min ago

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lacey Holsworth did not stop smiling until cancer took her life.

At an emotional celebration of her legacy, about 2,500 people saw a great grin pushing up Lacey's cute cheeks countless times during a moving 43-minute video that ended the memorial ceremony for her at Michigan State on Thursday night.

The 8-year-old girl, whose battle with nerve-cell cancer inspired the Spartans' basketball program and strangers who followed...

April 17, 2014 - 4:47am
9 hours 47 min ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into an explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one person and injured three others.

The blast Wednesday at the Rio Ammunition plant in McEwen, about 55 miles west of Nashville, killed Rodney Edwards and critically injured Joey Clark, who was being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Thursday. A woman whom...

April 17, 2014 - 4:31am
21 hours 7 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta.

"I love this one," Blank said, looking down at the red, black and gold scarf draped over his dark suit. "I haven't taken it off since it was given to me. I may not sleep in it tonight, but I may. I haven't decided yet."

Major League Soccer announced its latest team Wednesday, an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at...

April 17, 2014 - 3:46am
21 hours 37 min ago

MIAMI (AP) — Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.

It took the entire season to fill out those brackets.

Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte, a go-ahead dunk in Oklahoma City to win a game and cap another scoring title for Kevin Durant, plus some good old-fashioned disinterest by Brooklyn ... all that, and more, on the final night of the season was needed before the eight conference-quarterfinal matchups in this season's NBA playoffs could be...

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