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April 21, 2015 - 12:54pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has placed two Greek far-left militants on a terrorism blacklist amid concerns that a third could soon be released from prison to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

The State Department on Tuesday added Christodoulos Xiros and Nikolaos Maziotis to the blacklist that freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdictions. It also prohibits Americans from any transactions with them. Xiros was a member the...

April 21, 2015 - 12:53pm
1 week 6 days ago

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Nissan has launched production of its redesigned Maxima sedan at a ceremony at the Japanese automaker's sprawling Tennessee plant.

Nissan refers to the Maxima as its flagship, but sales of large sedans have been struggling in recent years.

They've been squeezed at one end by midsize cars that have become larger and more luxurious and on the other end by the increasing popularity of small SUVs.

According to...

April 21, 2015 - 12:48pm
1 week 6 days ago

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of trying to bomb an Army installation for a terrorist group.

John T. Booker Jr. appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, wearing an orange jumpsuit and his legs in shackles. The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1OChysl ) reports Booker politely responded to Judge James P. O'Hara's questions as he entered his plea.

He's...

April 21, 2015 - 12:43pm
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DETROIT (AP) — An Arab-Jewish woman who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that the federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated.

Frontier Airlines, the Transportation Security Administration and Wayne County Airport Authority were named in the federal lawsuit.

The...

April 21, 2015 - 12:37pm
1 week 6 days ago

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Donors have contributed more than $300,000 for a Wisconsin family of eight children who lost their father when a deer struck his van.

By Tuesday afternoon, more than 4,000 people had contributed to the Rogan family's fundraising site.

Michael Rogan was driving his pregnant wife, Niki, and the children to the hospital for the birth of their eighth child last Friday when a deer struck their van windshield on a rural highway in...

April 21, 2015 - 12:33pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists at the National Zoo have traveled around the world to prepare for this year's giant panda breeding season.

The zoo says a scientist arrived back in Washington on Monday night with frozen panda semen from a giant panda base in China. The zoo is planning an artificial insemination on the female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG).

This is the first time frozen semen has been transported from China for breeding at the National...

April 21, 2015 - 12:29pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society's view of what constitutes a marriage, especially without more information about how same-sex marriage affects children who are raised by two fathers or two mothers.

The idea that...

April 21, 2015 - 12:27pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes in Texas to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.

A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications says researchers from Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking from nearly 30 small quakes west of Fort Worth from November 2013 to January 2014. The area hadn't had any recorded quakes in 150 years.

The scientists...

April 21, 2015 - 12:19pm
1 week 6 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — Federal investigators are targeting 700 businesses in the Miami area for enhanced scrutiny to detect trade-based money laundering schemes.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Tuesday that the focus would be on electronics exporters, including those in the cellphone business. The targeted companies will be required to file certain Treasury Department forms for transactions over $3,000 rather than the current $10,000 threshold....

April 21, 2015 - 12:19pm
1 week 6 days ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — A vigil is planned this evening in Baltimore at the spot where Freddie Gray was arrested.

Authorities say the arrest took place earlier this month after police "made eye contact" with him and another man, and the two started running. Gray was placed in a transport van, and about a half-hour later he was rushed to the hospital with what's described as a "significant spinal injury." He died a week later.

According to court documents,...

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