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July 1, 2015 - 11:35pm
28 min 6 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel has set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show, besting Elton John.

The Piano Man performed for more than two hours before a sold-out crowd in New York City Wednesday night. He sang hits like "Uptown Girl," ''We Didn't Start the Fire," ''It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" and "Only the Good Die Young."

The 66-year-old played piano for most of the night, but also rocked on...

July 1, 2015 - 9:25pm
28 min 6 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a big honor for "Ant-Man."

Paul Rudd, who plays the incredible shrinking hero in the upcoming Marvel film, got a star Wednesday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rudd, who's also appeared in a string of Judd Apatow movies, received star No. 2,554 on Hollywood Boulevard.

City News Service says Rudd joked that millions of people will be able to see his star and ask the same question he did when he read the...

July 1, 2015 - 9:04pm
28 min 6 sec ago

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court is telling judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas they must allow gay marriage because the U.S. Supreme Court says so.

The ruling Wednesday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals instructs federal district judges to conclude cases in those states by legalizing the practice in line with last week's Supreme Court ruling.

The move clears one of the final procedural roadblocks in the three cases, which...

July 1, 2015 - 8:45pm
1 hour 18 min ago

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Marine killed in World War II is being buried in his Massachusetts hometown 71 years after he died in the Pacific battle of Tarawa.

Springfield television's WGGB/WSHM reports (http://bit.ly/1RSMWo4) Capt. Richard Vincent's remains arrived Wednesday at a Connecticut airport. Vincent had been reported killed in action, but his remains weren't identified until last October.

His coffin was escorted to Westfield, Massachusetts,...

July 1, 2015 - 8:34pm
1 hour 18 min ago

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors are watching a video of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes behaving strangely in a police interview room immediately after his arrest.

Defense attorneys on Wednesday began playing the four-hour video, which shows Holmes playing with staples and scratching at a table hours after he killed 12 people and wounded 70 during a packed midnight movie premiere.

Holmes' attorneys say he was in the grips of a psychotic episode...

July 1, 2015 - 8:11pm
1 hour 18 min ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police have arrested a man authorities say set fire to a CVS pharmacy during the height of the riots that rocked the city after the death of Freddie Gray.

Police said at a news conference Wednesday evening that 24-year-old Raymon Carter was arrested in Federal Hill after Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents spotted him. He is charged with federal arson offenses.

Authorities say Carter set fire to the...

July 1, 2015 - 7:45pm
1 hour 18 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. judge has granted early release to a 91-year-old Indiana man imprisoned for taking at least 2,600 pounds of cocaine to Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

Leo Sharp of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced to three years in federal prison in May 2014 after admitting he drove loads of cocaine into Michigan. Prosecutors say the World War II veteran was paid about $1.25 million.

Federal prosecutors requested the early release. On...

July 1, 2015 - 7:06pm
2 hours 38 min ago

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The only biker suing over his arrest following a shootout at a Texas restaurant says he was unfairly singled out with a gag order after publicly criticizing how the investigation has been handled.

Matthew Clendennen was among 177 people arrested after the May 17 shootout in which nine died. On Wednesday, he appealed a gag order as unconstitutional.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is among those named in...

July 1, 2015 - 6:59pm
2 hours 38 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor has offered to drop charges against five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a high-speed car chase that ended in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two unarmed black people if they admit they endangered the public and other conditions.

Lawyers for two supervisors said Wednesday their clients won't take the deal. Calls to the remaining attorneys haven't been returned.

The...

July 1, 2015 - 6:44pm
2 hours 38 min ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a South Carolina inmate's claim that prison officials have violated his due process rights by holding him in solitary confinement for 20 years.

In a unanimous ruling Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said evidence shows that Lumumba Incumma has never received any meaningful review of his solitary confinement, despite having no administrative infractions over the last two...

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