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February 20, 2015 - 11:48am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A large mirror fell off the wall at a trendy New York City restaurant and injured one person.

The mirror toppled onto diners at Balthazar, a French brasserie in Manhattan, on Friday morning at about 10 a.m. A spokesman for the Fire Department of New York says one person was transported to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries.

The restaurant declined to comment.

February 20, 2015 - 11:38am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it's "not an accident" that the economy is improving on his watch and that Republicans' "doom and gloom" predictions haven't come true.

Speaking to the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting, Obama said the party's belief in "middle class economics," including his health care law, has spurred economic growth and job creation.

The president says he is encouraged that some Republicans are talking...

February 20, 2015 - 11:27am
1 week 6 days ago

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The president of Wright State University and its dining services vendor have apologized for a Black History Month menu that included fried chicken and collard greens.

The menu screens at the Ohio university also offered mashed potatoes and cornbread under photos of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black leaders. The Dayton Daily News reports ( that people circulated images of it on social media, calling it offensive...

February 20, 2015 - 11:22am
1 week 6 days ago

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has announced it's keeping its headquarters in downtown Peoria and expanding its corporate campus in what it calls a re-commitment to the central Illinois city.

Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman told a crowd of about 200 people Friday that after two years of study, the $55 billion global construction equipment maker will modernize its riverfront complex to include a three-tower building.

The company said it will...

February 20, 2015 - 11:02am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court says thousands of victims of Bernard Madoff's multibillion-dollar fraud are not entitled to interest or inflation when they get a share of recovered funds.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said publicly in 2009 and again before a bankruptcy judge that Madoff's victims should get an inflation adjustment.

On Friday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said that was inconsistent with the SEC's...

February 20, 2015 - 10:58am
1 week 6 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has a simple message on labor and economic development for automakers looking to build new plants: We're not Tennessee.

The Democrat is touting Kentucky's neutrality on labor matters as "a positive sales point" and a contrast to Tennessee. That's where GOP officials have pulled out all the stops to keep the United Auto Workers from gaining collective bargaining rights at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga....

February 20, 2015 - 10:57am
1 week 6 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Seven dogs have been safely reunited with their owners after two men stole a minivan they were left in outside a pet day care in Chicago.

The day care owner originally told the Chicago Tribune the van's driver was ordered away from it at gunpoint Wednesday, but surveillance video released Thursday shows that the van was unattended when two men walked up to it, got inside and drove away.

The van was found about 4 miles from the day care...

February 20, 2015 - 10:56am
1 week 6 days ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A law school lecture by St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch at his alma mater was repeatedly disrupted by protesters calling for judicial sanctions over his handling of the Ferguson police shooting.

An audience member wearing a judicial robe interrupted the speech Friday at Saint Louis University soon after it began. Minutes later, six other protesters stood in the packed mock courtroom, chanting and holding signs with the names of St. Louis-area...

February 20, 2015 - 10:48am
1 week 6 days ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scheduled a special election for May 5 to replace U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who resigned after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

Cuomo's announcement comes days after a federal judge ordered him to set the date by noon Friday in a lawsuit brought by voters.

U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein said the Staten Island Republican congressman's resignation Jan. 5 left 750,000 residents in a 66-square-mile...

February 20, 2015 - 10:37am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A speeding driver who crashed into a hired car taking expectant parents to a New York City hospital has been convicted in the deaths of the couple and their baby, who was delivered alive after the wreck but didn't survive.

Julio Acevedo (ah-seh-VAY'-doh) was found guilty Thursday of two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide.

The New York Times ( ) reports that he...

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