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April 27, 2015 - 6:07pm
4 min 10 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The real estate heir being held in Louisiana while awaiting extradition to California on murder charges is moving to a jail closer to New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan signed an order Monday to move Robert Durst from a prison 70 miles away from the city to a jail in St. Charles Parish, about 25 miles away.

Durst's attorneys requested the move.

Durst is being held in Louisiana on a federal charge...

April 27, 2015 - 5:50pm
4 min 10 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Washington lobbyist convicted in the Jack Abramoff scandal is out of federal prison.

Forty-four-year-old Kevin Ring spoke by telephone Monday with The Associated Press. He says he was released Thursday after serving about 15 months of a 20-month sentence at a facility near Cumberland.

Ring says he's on home confinement in Kensington and is working for the nonprofit Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

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April 27, 2015 - 5:32pm
14 min 12 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and TV personality Jayne Meadows, who often teamed with her husband Steve Allen, has died.

Meadows' son, Bill Allen, says she died Sunday in her home in the Encino area of Los Angeles.

A spokesman said Monday that Meadows was 95 and died of natural causes.

The red-haired Meadows was best known as Allen's wife and the sister of "Honeymooners" star Audrey Meadows. But Jayne Meadows also appeared on...

April 27, 2015 - 5:29pm
14 min 12 sec ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Lexington has ruled in favor of a shop that refused to print gay pride festival T-shirts.

The ruling Monday by Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturns a decision by the city's Human Rights Commission. The commission had ruled in 2014 that the print shop, Hands On Originals, violated a city law that bans discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation. The shop says it has refused several jobs because of its Christian...

April 27, 2015 - 5:18pm
44 min 3 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — "Furious 7" had enough gas left in the tank to lead the box office for the fourth straight weekend.

The Universal sequel has dominated the month of April at the box office, but it will soon cede its perch to "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." The Marvel superhero sequel opens in North American theaters Thursday night and has already taken in an estimated $202.1 million internationally.

The Blake Lively fantasy romance "The Age of Adaline...

April 27, 2015 - 5:17pm
44 min 3 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — The world's oldest commissioned warship afloat is closing to visitors as it heads to dry dock in Boston for repairs.

The three-masted frigate USS Constitution is nicknamed Old Ironsides. It closed on Monday. It's slated to enter dry dock near its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 19 and partly reopen on June 9.

A multi-year restoration project will involve re-coppering the hull, replacing worn rigging and old planks and making...

April 27, 2015 - 5:08pm
44 min 3 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A white supremacist accused of killing three people near two Kansas Jewish centers says he's ready to plead guilty to all charges to avoid a lengthy trial.

Frazier Glenn Miller told The Associated Press in a phone call from jail on Monday that he doesn't have long to live and wants to have his day in court.

The 74-year-old from Aurora, Missouri, is charged with capital murder in the April 2014 shooting deaths of 69-year-old...

April 27, 2015 - 5:05pm
44 min 3 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — A jury has convicted an Arizona mother of murder in the death her 5-year-old daughter who disappeared in 2011 and was never found.

The verdict was reached Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Authorities say 41-year-old Jerice Hunter beat and kept her daughter Jhessye Shockley in a bedroom closet at the family's suburban Phoenix home depriving her of food and water until she died.

Prosecutors say Hunter...

April 27, 2015 - 4:56pm
1 hour 4 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his Iranian counterpart for the first time since they agreed to a framework for a nuclear deal earlier this month.

Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sat down today in New York at the Upper East Side home of Iran's ambassador to the United Nations. Kerry and Zarif are both in New York to attend a United Nations conference on nuclear non-proliferation.

Their meeting...

April 27, 2015 - 4:56pm
1 hour 4 min ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One small-town South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, and a second to a year and a day for unnecessarily shocking a mentally disabled woman with a Taser at least eight times.

Franklin Brown received the longer sentence Monday because he shocked 40-year-old Melissa Davis after she had been handcuffed in April 2013. The other Marion police officer, Eric Walters, stopped Davis early one morning to see if she had broken...

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