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April 18, 2015 - 2:59pm
21 min 7 sec ago

MEXICO (AP) — Authorities say the arrest of the man who headed the once powerful Gulf Cartel sparked the gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles that left at least three people dead near Mexico's border with the United States.

The arrested leader was identified as Jose Tiburcio Hernandez Fuentes, who stepped into the cartel's leadership vacuum as the group was steadily losing influence with the arrests of key members.

National Security Commission...

April 18, 2015 - 2:15pm
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BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — A Texas veterinarian has been fired from her job and authorities are looking into whether animal cruelty charges should be pursued against her after she's shown in a Facebook posting holding a feral cat she says she killed with a bow and arrow.

Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes says the image is disturbing and it's the "kind of stuff that shouldn't happen in our society."

He says the results of his department's investigation...

April 18, 2015 - 2:07pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was released from jail Friday night after his arrest for suspected cocaine possession at a Las Vegas resort.

KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reports ( ) Stoll was released on $5,000 bond from the Clark County Detention Center. He is accused of possession of controlled substances, including cocaine and Ecstasy.

He was arrested late Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic...

April 18, 2015 - 2:02pm
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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are again proposing a commemorative coin to help fund a National Coast Guard Museum in New London.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Joe Courtney announced their renewed effort Friday. Courtney says he has 116 bipartisan sponsors for his House version of the bill reintroduced last month.

The legislation requires the U.S. Treasury to create the coin. Supporters...

April 18, 2015 - 1:52pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials see a number of growing threats on the horizon to the economy's post-recession recovery.

Atop the list is the looming threat of a possible Greek debt default.

Financial officials are wrapping up three days of talks in Washington. And they're pledging renewed efforts to achieve what they call "more robust, balanced and job-rich global economy."

But a statement from the International...

April 18, 2015 - 1:49pm
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Musical chairs is a common game on "The Voice": Pharrell is sitting in a seat originally owned by CeeLo Green and once occupied by Usher, while Shakira and Gwen Stefani have filled in when Christina Aguilera took a hiatus from the show.

Blake Shelton says he has an idea who he would like to fill in his seat — if he ever took a break from the show, currently in its eighth season.

Shelton says his buddy Luke Bryan could do the...

April 18, 2015 - 1:32pm
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Firefighters arriving at a burning house in Idaho last night say they heard what sounded like calls for help from inside.

Once they got the flames contained, they found the source of the calls: two parrots.

The firefighters say the birds were actually saying "Help!" and "Fire!"

KBOI-TV reports that fire crews got the birds out of the house and gave them oxygen. They're expected to be OK.


April 18, 2015 - 1:10pm
21 min 7 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hugely popular game "Angry Birds" is showing Earth Day some love this year.

Game developers at Rovio Entertainment are announcing plans Saturday to create an in-game experience about climate change. The game will debut in September to coincide with the U.N. General Assembly as world leaders discuss sustainability goals.

The Finnish game developers are also creating an Earth Day level in "Angry Birds" to debut Wednesday on the...

April 18, 2015 - 1:10pm
21 min 7 sec ago

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — One of the worst serial killers in California's Orange County's history has been denied parole and will remain in custody for at least seven more years.

Fifty-six-year-old Brett Matthew Paul Thomas was denied parole Friday after family members of his victims traveled to San Diego to attend the hearing.

In 1977, Thomas and Mark Titch went on a nine-day killing spree that claimed four lives. The killings all happened during...

April 18, 2015 - 12:50pm
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RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — A mail carrier is driving back to Florida to await his next hearing for flying his gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn.

Doug Hughes was charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating national airspace after landing his gyrocopter near Congress on Wednesday.

The 61-year-old told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday ( ) that he was driving back to his Tampa Bay-area home. Hughes said he needs to arrive...

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