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April 24, 2015 - 2:50pm
2 days 10 hours ago

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island may have a new guard for its animal herd after a baby donkey was unexpectedly born.

Jenny, one of the university's two guard donkeys, gave birth to the foal Sunday at the school's Peckham Farm.

The university uses the donkeys to protect its goats and sheep from coyotes and feral dogs. The animals are part of the university's animal science and pre-veterinary classes.

URI...

April 24, 2015 - 2:48pm
2 days 10 hours ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Many Roman Catholics in San Francisco are sparring over Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Cordileone is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage in one of the country's most gay-friendly cities. He has proposed that staff at archdiocese high schools teach that marriage is between a man and a woman and that sexual relations outside of marriage are "gravely evil."

Critics of Cordileone placed a full-page ad this month in the San...

April 24, 2015 - 2:47pm
2 days 5 hours ago

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a New Hampshire man who shot himself in the courthouse parking lot while awaiting a jury's verdict on charges he sexually assaulted a piano student more than a decade ago.

Authorities say 75-year-old John Goodwin of Atkinson went on trial this week on six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

The jury began deliberating the case Friday morning, about two hours before...

April 24, 2015 - 2:45pm
2 days 10 hours ago

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1JjZBRg ) that a homeowner in Petaluma went downstairs to find the man asleep on her sofa Thursday.

The woman rushed to her bedroom, called police and then ran out the front door. She woke up the man, who fled...

April 24, 2015 - 2:44pm
2 days 11 hours ago

MIAMI (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber has reached a settlement with a photographer who claimed he was assaulted by the singer's bodyguard outside a South Florida recording studio.

Attorney Mark DiCowden confirmed the settlement Friday between his client, photographer Jeffrey Binion, and Bieber. DiCowden said terms of the agreement are confidential.

Binion filed the lawsuit in 2013 seeking unspecified damages. The photographer said he was roughed up...

April 24, 2015 - 2:43pm
2 days 11 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House does not expect President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) to announce a final agreement next week on trade talks between the two nations.

The talks are central to a broader 12-country Asia Pacific commerce pact.

Abe is making an official visit to Washington Tuesday that will include a state dinner with about 300 guests. Trade is a top issue, as are new security arrangements...

April 24, 2015 - 2:41pm
2 days 11 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Tourists have been evacuated today from the Statue of Liberty, where New York City police say they responded to a report of a suspicious package.

One man says he had just made it up to the statue's crown when a park ranger got a call on his phone and announced, "It's time to leave." John Blount, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, says his wife's purse was in a locker, and they had to leave without reclaiming it.

A Massachusetts man, Eric...

April 24, 2015 - 2:36pm
2 days 11 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida has raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's strategy for dealing with abducted Americans.

A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, administration officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the policy is to be...

April 24, 2015 - 2:29pm
2 days 11 hours ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Health has agreed to let a Tennessee couple give their child the surname of their choice, bringing to an end a contentious legal battle that began last year.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of Dr. Carl Abramson and Kimberly Sarubbi of Brentwood after the state refused to allow the couple to give their third child the last name Sabr. The name is a combination of both parents' last...

April 24, 2015 - 1:59pm
2 days 11 hours ago

MIAMI (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber has reached a settlement with a photographer who claimed he was assaulted by the singer's bodyguard outside a South Florida recording studio.

Attorney Mark DiCowden confirmed the settlement Friday between his client, photographer Jeffrey Binion, and Bieber. DiCowden said terms of the agreement are confidential.

Binion filed the lawsuit in 2013 seeking unspecified damages. The photographer said he was roughed up...

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