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June 30, 2015 - 9:24am
21 hours 14 min ago

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare.

Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday.

But when they arrived in Uniontown, authorities say, Williams refused to pay the bill, and the cab driver called police.

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June 30, 2015 - 9:16am
16 hours 4 min ago

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania thoroughbred track will start its races more than two hours earlier and remove nearby bushes and trees to discourage deer from jumping onto the track.

Officials at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie say races will resume Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. instead of the normal 5:25 p.m. post time. That's to avoid racing at dusk when deer become more active.

A fence around the track will also be made taller....

June 30, 2015 - 9:15am
16 hours 54 min ago

SEYMOUR, Texas (AP) — A 75-year-old woman says she couldn't walk after crashing her car into a ravine in North Texas, but survived for two days after pulling herself through a broken windshield and soaking her T-shirt in a nearby pond to get water.

Wanda Mobley (MAH'-blee) told The Associated Press from her hospital room Tuesday that she could hear vehicles passing on the road above but was weak and worried she'd get lost trying to crawl up the ravine. She suffered a...

June 30, 2015 - 9:13am
21 hours 24 min ago

CENTER LOVELL, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police and the attorney general's office say an innkeeper didn't violate state law in an essay contest in which her 210-year-old country inn was the prize.

The investigation focused on whether the "Win an Inn" contest violated a law governing games of chance.

Sgt. Michael Johnston said Tuesday it was a game of skill, not of chance. He says Maine has no laws overseeing essay contests.

Some...

June 30, 2015 - 9:09am
4 hours 54 min ago

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky defense lawyer's widow is suing psychiatrists and a hospital over their treatment of a patient who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the lawyer's fatal shooting last year.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1eZ25sj ) reports Bethany L. Stanziano filed suit Monday in Fayette Circuit Court against University of Kentucky Healthcare, doing business as Eastern State Hospital, and doctors Andrew T. Cooley, Charles Shelton,...

June 30, 2015 - 9:00am
21 hours 34 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.9 percent in April from 12 months earlier, roughly the same annual pace as March.

Strong job growth and low mortgage rates have prompted greater demand for housing, boosting home values. But the continued gains are at roughly double the pace of wage growth...

June 30, 2015 - 8:49am
21 hours 34 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

Cyclorama officials say Tuesday is the last day visitors can see the 15,000-square-foot oil painting in Atlanta's Grant Park neighborhood.

After the Cyclorama closes Tuesday afternoon, the painting will be prepared for its move across town to a new addition being built at the...

June 30, 2015 - 8:35am
21 hours 34 min ago

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Wal-Mart in Macon, smashing merchandise and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.

Bibb County sheriff's officials say some of the young people snatched a man from a motorized shopping cart and dragged him to the floor during the rampage around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Sheriff's officials said one of the teens later told a Wal-Mart employee the goal was to...

June 30, 2015 - 8:09am
21 hours 34 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — About 2,000 World War I posters collected by an American who served in both the French and U.S. armies during the conflict are up for auction.

The two-day online auction of the Col. Edward H. McCrahon collection of WWI posters was scheduled to start Tuesday at Guernsey's in Manhattan.

The Brooklyn-born McCrahon joined the French army in 1915, a year after the war started and two years before the U.S. joined the fight against Germany...

June 30, 2015 - 7:44am
21 hours 34 min ago

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial for a Massachusetts murder suspect who punched his lawyer in the face in open court.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1CGqBDf ) reports that the jury was not present when 35-year-old Janleer Povez hit his appointed lawyer, Elliot Levine, at a hearing on Monday.

Povez said he didn't want Levine as his lawyer.

Povez is facing a second-degree murder charge for...

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