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February 23, 2015 - 2:38pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man whose plot to hire a hit man to kill his wife became the inspiration for the book "Blind Faith" and a TV movie has died. Robert O. Marshall was 75.

New Jersey's Department of Corrections says Marshall died Saturday at South Woods State Prison.

Marshall was convicted in 1986 of arranging the murder of his wife, Maria, and sentenced to death. She was found shot to death in a picnic area along the Garden State...

February 23, 2015 - 2:38pm
1 week 4 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A medical examiner has testified at the trial of a Utah doctor charged with killing his ex-wife that an autopsy showed she had suspicious wounds on her wrist and leg.

Examiner Erik Christensen said Monday that the 2011 death of Uta von Schwedler in Salt Lake City initially looked like a suicide, but the wounds pointed to a homicide.

He ultimately found she died of drowning and stopped short of ruling her death a homicide or...

February 23, 2015 - 2:24pm
1 week 4 days ago

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A pickup truck hit and killed three children and critically injured a woman in the same busy Oregon intersection where a pedestrian was fatally struck two months ago and then carried on the roof of the fleeing car for 11 blocks.

Police say the four people hit Sunday were in or near a crosswalk on Springfield's Main Street. Police say the driver cooperated, and no charges have been filed.

Police are notifying relatives and...

February 23, 2015 - 2:15pm
1 week 4 days ago

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (AP) — Classes are expected to resume Tuesday at a rural Nevada school that was evacuated last week after a student spilled mercury in the hallways and others tracked it through the building.

The student got the mercury from a relative's garage, and on Thursday he brought a salt shaker containing the hazardous material to the junior high in Winnemucca, about 170 miles east of Reno.

No one was hurt, but about a dozen students were...

February 23, 2015 - 2:01pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Three boxes of evidence from the lengthy investigation into the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz have turned up in a New York police station during the suspect's murder trial.

An attorney for Pedro Hernandez says there are thousands of pages to go through and she may have to seek a mistrial or recall witnesses who have already testified.

Hernandez was a stock clerk at a convenience store near where Etan went missing May 25, 1979....

February 23, 2015 - 1:58pm
1 week 3 days ago

NORWALK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they believe they've found a party bus that dragged a man more than 200 feet in a weekend hit-and-run in a Los Angeles suburb.

Witnesses described the bus as having flashing lights and blaring music, and City News Service says it was located Monday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Barazza says it's unclear whether the owner was behind the wheel but he's cooperating with investigators....

February 23, 2015 - 1:56pm
1 week 4 days ago

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he is looking forward to working with new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox to consider moving the team to a few miles south to Rhode Island's largest city.

Elorza issued a statement Monday following the announcement that Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and several Rhode Island businessmen purchased the Triple A baseball club for an undisclosed price.

Elorza says moving the team could be an "...

February 23, 2015 - 1:55pm
1 week 4 days ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nearly all West Coast seaports began the week with dockworkers hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months-long labor-management dispute.

The exception Monday was the Port of Oakland, where problems persisted three days after negotiators for the dockworkers' union and for employers reached a new contract covering all 29 West Coast ports.

Port of Oakland spokesman Mike Zampa said nine ships are at...

February 23, 2015 - 1:15pm
1 week 4 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The leader of an Amish community in Ohio whose followers cut the hair and beards of Amish who had criticized them wants to be released from prison immediately when he's resentenced.

All 16 members convicted in the hair cuttings are scheduled to be resentenced next month after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned their hate-crimes convictions.

Defense attorneys for Sam Mullet Sr. are asking a federal judge to reduce his...

February 23, 2015 - 1:14pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is naming its first international envoy for gay rights.

The State Department says Randy Berry will be its special envoy to promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Berry is a veteran diplomat currently serving as consul general at the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He's also served at U.S. posts in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda and South Africa, and speaks Spanish and...

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