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February 20, 2015 - 8:23pm
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DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit jury could not reach a verdict in the case of an off-duty suburban police sergeant accused of robbing three men suspected in the theft of a cellphone belonging to his daughter.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Tim Kenny declared a mistrial Friday for Michael Notoriano. The suspended St. Clair Shores officer was charged with armed robbery and unlawful imprisonment stemming from the July 2013 incident.

Authorities say Notoriano's 16-...

February 20, 2015 - 7:42pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is denying that she considered offering her support for a Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative in exchange for a prominent donor stopping his public criticism of her.

The Florida congresswoman says in an interview with The Associated Press that it is "outrageous" to suggest that she would cut a deal to insulate herself from criticism.

Politico reported this week on...

February 20, 2015 - 7:31pm
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MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) — Cheese lovers are already lining up to lock in a nibble when a Wisconsin cheese-maker releases a 20-year-old cheddar this summer.

Hook's Cheese in Mineral Point created a stir in the cheese world in 2009 when it debuted a 15-year-old cheddar. John Hook set aside another 500 pounds for this year.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports ( ) that despite a price tag of $209 per pound, foodies are eagerly...

February 20, 2015 - 7:29pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of measles cases in California has reached 123 in the wake of a December outbreak at Disneyland.

The California Department of Public Health released the new figure on Friday.

The department says 75 reported infections involved people who visited or worked at Disneyland or had contact with a sick person who was there.

The agency says it's unclear how the 48 other people were infected but the virus...

February 20, 2015 - 7:13pm
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Public records show that California firefighters drank on duty at the state fire academy, displayed sexually explicit photographs and an employee now charged with murder allegedly slapped a female cadet on the buttocks.

The allegations are contained in two complaints released Friday to The Associated Press in response to a Public Records Act request.

The complaints became public when two employees appealed their punishments...

February 20, 2015 - 7:12pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sri Lanka's ambassador says its new government has terminated lobbying contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars a month that its predecessor had signed to help win friends in Washington.

The investment in lobbyists to foster political and economic ties with the U.S. gathered steam last summer amid bad strains in the relationship. The previous government resisted international pressure to probe civilian deaths during the South Asian nation's civil...

February 20, 2015 - 7:05pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man who died after setting himself on fire in the restroom of a Los Angeles Starbucks has been identified as a 57-year-old Van Nuys resident.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Friday said the death of Brian Glanz has been classified as a suicide.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says patrons at a Van Nuys Starbucks heard an explosive sound on Tuesday and saw Glanz stagger from the bathroom engulfed in...

February 20, 2015 - 6:52pm
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked federal regulators to reconsider a $1 million penalty imposed against the oil giant over a 63,000-gallon crude spill into Montana's Yellowstone River.

The Texas-based company asked the Department of Transportation to withdraw three of its four findings of pipeline safety violations. It also asked for the penalty amount to be reduced.

Safety regulators said Exxon Mobil failed to adequately heed...

February 20, 2015 - 6:32pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 48-year-old Philadelphia woman who authorities say split her 10-year-old stepdaughter's head open has been sentenced to life in prison in the girl's death.

The district attorney's office says Margarita Garabito began abusing her stepdaughter, Charlenni Ferreira, in 2006. They say Garabito beat "every inch of her body."

Ferreira died in 2009 from a buildup of fluid inside her chest as a result of broken ribs.

February 20, 2015 - 6:27pm
1 week 6 days ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Fight is finally on.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing's richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online.

The long anticipated bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will almost surely break every financial record ever, and make both boxers richer than ever. Mayweather...

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