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October 6, 2015 - 6:56pm
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to one year of probation for understating the value of fossils imported from China to the United States.

Charles Magovern of Boulder pleaded guilty in July to filing false customs statements. Prosecutors said Magovern understated the fossils' worth by more than $115,000.

The 67-year-old was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


October 6, 2015 - 6:54pm
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A company that built a granite Ten Commandments monument that was removed from the Oklahoma Capitol grounds says it still hasn't been paid for its work.

Wilbert Memorials sales manager Gary Mosier said Tuesday the company fronted the costs of constructing the monument after someone drove a car into the original last year.

Mosier said the second monument was built with the understanding the company would be reimbursed. He said no...

October 6, 2015 - 6:30pm
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BOSTON (AP) — A group of New York inmates has toppled Harvard's prestigious debate team.

It took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Napanoch. The Ivy League undergrads were invited last month to debate the inmates who take in-prison courses taught by Bard College faculty.

Harvard's team won the national title this year and the world championship in 2014.

But the inmates are building...

October 6, 2015 - 6:19pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A white Newark, New Jersey, police lieutenant fired over a Facebook exchange that referred to the city's black mayor as a gorilla is appealing the decision and wants to return to the force. ( ) reports Anthony Caruso was terminated Friday following accusations he violated the police department's social media policy barring "disparaging" remarks.

An investigation was launched after a citizen sent police...

October 6, 2015 - 6:13pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old Florida boy is recovering from burns after he asked a friend to ignite his clothes in a social media stunt called "the fire challenge."

The Orange County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that the teen doused himself with rubbing alcohol and then asked a friend to light a match and hold it to his clothes.

The boy burned his arms and his back Monday night. He was in stable condition at an Orlando hospital. The teen...

October 6, 2015 - 6:05pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to three years in prison for importing counterfeit electronic components from China and Hong Kong for use by American customers, including builders of the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarines.

Peter Picone (pih-COH'-nee) of Methuen (mih-THOO'-uhn), Massachusetts, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut.

The 42-year-old pleaded guilty in June 2014 to conspiracy to traffic...

October 6, 2015 - 6:01pm
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DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — The vice president of a southeast Alabama TV station says he'll press charges against a city commissioner accused of hitting a reporter in the face.

WTVY-TV in Dothan ( ) reports City Commissioner Amos Newsome hit reporter Ken Curtis after a commission meeting Tuesday. The confrontation was recorded and Curtis can be heard asking Newsome if he plans to step down after three women who worked on his campaign were convicted of voter...

October 6, 2015 - 6:01pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has opened an investigation into Volkswagen's use of a federal tax credit intended for fuel-efficient cars as the company's emissions-rigging scandal widens.

Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Ron Wyden of Oregon say in a letter to Volkswagen on Tuesday that more than $50 million in tax subsidies may have gone to VW owners under false pretenses. Hatch, a Republican, chairs the Finance Committee. Wyden is its senior Democrat....

October 6, 2015 - 5:55pm
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A trial is underway for three Georgia jail employees charged in the death of a young inmate who died after being hit with a stun gun while restrained.

WTOC-TV reports ( ) a panel of 12 jurors and four alternates has been selected to hear the trial of two former Chatham County jail workers and a contract health care employee. Opening statements were given Tuesday.

Authorities have said 21-year-old Mathew...

October 6, 2015 - 5:54pm
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The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Sept. 25, to Thursday, Oct. 1, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


1. Gnash, Olivia O'Brien, "I Hate U I Love U (feat. Olivia O'Brien)" (Gnash)

2. DNCE, "Cake By The Ocean" (Republic Records)

3. Rebel, Sophie Simmons, "Kiss Me" (...

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