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February 16, 2015 - 11:40am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A homeless woman who was raped nearly a year ago in Ohio says she sometimes begged for bus money or walked up to 8 miles so she could face her attacker in court.

A police officer in Columbus says without her determination, it's unlikely her attacker would have been convicted.

A judge last week sentenced 54-year-old Paul Hubert to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to rape.

Hubert's attorney blamed...

February 16, 2015 - 11:24am
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pitching himself to New Hampshire Republicans as a straight-talking problem solver who can reshape the country's economy and foreign policy.

Christie delivered the keynote address Monday at the Concord and Merrimack County Republican parties' annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner.

Christie, in his second term as governor, is actively exploring a presidential bid and traveling the country to make his pitch...

February 16, 2015 - 11:17am
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NEW YORK (AP) — The New Yorker is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a special double issue featuring nine covers.

The magazine's famous Eustace Tilley character of a gentleman with a top hat and monocle appears in various depictions on each of the covers.

The magazine says it selected nine covers for each decade to "reflect the talent and diversity" of its contributors.

The special issue came out Monday.

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February 16, 2015 - 10:50am
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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say that when a Jewish woman wanted to divorce an unwilling husband, Mendel Epstein was the rabbi who could gather a kidnap team to make it happen.

Prosecutors say the Orthodox rabbi was recorded telling two undercover FBI agents that it would cost at least $50,000 to carry out a kidnapping. Authorities say the men brought surgical blades, a screwdriver and rope to a staged kidnapping in 2013.

Epstein's trial...

February 16, 2015 - 10:50am
1 week 5 days ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal statistics show California prison inmates are killed at a rate that is double the national average and far higher than that of other large states.

What's more, an Associated Press analysis of corrections records shows that sex offenders account for a disproportionate number of California's victims.

Male sex offenders made up about 15 percent of the prison population but accounted for nearly 30 percent of homicide...

February 16, 2015 - 10:35am
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BOSTON (AP) — Picking a jury in a high-profile death penalty trial takes time, especially when a succession of powerful snowstorms forces repeated delays. So it goes in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Since a judge began questioning prospective jurors Jan. 15, six days of jury selection have been canceled because of weather. The expected start date for testimony in the trial has come and gone. Here is the latest in the halting effort to put Tsarnaev on trial...

February 16, 2015 - 10:25am
1 week 5 days ago

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A former Notre Dame player and her husband have donated $5 million to endow the position of women's basketball coach, making it the first endowed coaching job at the school.

The university announced Monday that the position has been endowed by Karen Robinson Keyes and her husband, Kevin. Keyes played for the Irish under coach Muffet McGraw from 1987-91, leading Notre Dame to its first top-20 ranking her senior year.

She ended...

February 16, 2015 - 10:23am
1 week 5 days ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of The Hartford financial services firm who was credited with guiding the company as it recovered from the recession has died. Liam E. McGee was 60.

The Hartford, Connecticut-based company announced Monday that McGee had died Friday of cancer.

Presiding director Thomas A. Renyi says McGee made the "tough decisions necessary to guide the company" after the recession in 2009.

The Hartford...

February 16, 2015 - 10:19am
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man says he will prove his client does not belong in adult court.

A preliminary hearing for the two girls got underway Monday in a packed courtroom in Waukesha County. Prosecutors charged the girls as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack at a Waukesha park last May. The defendants and victim were all 12 at the...

February 16, 2015 - 9:58am
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.

Large-scale livestock farmers insist they're using...

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