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March 6, 2015 - 9:33pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport have been charged with allowing methamphetamine to be smuggled through carry-on luggage at an airport checkpoint in exchange for money.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1H9DtoG ) a federal complaint unsealed Friday names 30-year-old Claudio Rene Sunux of San Francisco and 27-year-old Amanda Lopez of South San Francisco, who were security screeners...

March 6, 2015 - 8:47pm
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter Mondale is hospitalized with the flu.

Mondale was supposed to introduce former President Jimmy Carter Friday at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Instead, Carter told the crowd that his former vice president was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Carter said Mondale had gone to the hospital for a routine check-up and was admitted after doctors discovered he had the flu....

March 6, 2015 - 8:29pm
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has declined to criticize Hillary Rodham Clinton for her exclusive use of private email while serving as secretary of state.

O'Malley is considering a Democratic presidential bid — as is Clinton.

Reporters asked O'Malley about the email controversy during his appearance Friday at a bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire. The state hosts the nation's first presidential primary.

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March 6, 2015 - 8:16pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A member of The Lumineers says a picture of a New Jersey newspaper columnist is the secret to the band's success.

On Thursday, Jeremiah Fraites posted a picture of his keyboard on the folk rock band's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Taped to the keyboard is a photograph of The Record political columnist Herb Jackson.

Fraites says he didn't know who Jackson was when he taped the picture to his keyboard 10 years ago but...

March 6, 2015 - 7:13pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Clinton administration official, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, has been tapped to lead the Clinton Foundation as Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for her expected 2016 presidential campaign.

Former President Bill Clinton announced Shalala's new role as president and chief executive officer of the philanthropy during a meeting Friday of the Clinton Global Initiative University in Coral Gables, Florida.

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March 6, 2015 - 7:09pm
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SEATTLE (AP) — The Free Methodist Church says a Seattle missionary abducted last month from a school in Nigeria has been released and is safe.

In a statement Friday on the website of the Free Methodist Church USA, Bishop David Kendall says Phyllis Sortor was released Friday evening, Nigeria time, "into the care of authorities and Free Methodist Church leaders."

The 71-year-old woman was abducted Feb. 23 from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi...

March 6, 2015 - 6:56pm
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The body of a Mexican man shot dead by police last month has been flown to Mexico and buried in the man's home village.

The Mexican Consulate in Seattle says the body of Antonio Zambrano-Montes was flown to Mexico on Thursday and buried in La Parotita in the state of Michoacan on Friday.

Consulate spokesman Pablo Mendicuti Villafan says the body of the 35-year-old orchard worker was flown first from Washington to Guadalajara,...

March 6, 2015 - 6:54pm
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PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities are providing security for the sole juror who voted to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias.

The precautions were taken Friday after the name of the juror was posted on social media.

Prosecutors also say they're examining whether the holdout juror disclosed that her husband had been prosecuted by the same district attorney who headed the case against Arias.

The name of the juror was leaked...

March 6, 2015 - 6:44pm
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Republican controlled state Senate has given speedy approval to a landmark anti-discrimination bill that protects gay and transgender people from discrimination while also protecting religious rights.

Members of the Senate voted 23-5 on Friday afternoon to give final approval to the Mormon church-backed bill, which was unveiled Wednesday. It now advances to the Utah House, where it would need approval before lawmakers adjourn at midnight on...

March 6, 2015 - 6:37pm
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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who killed his dog with vehicle exhaust has been sentenced to probation.

Ocean County prosecutors say Clifford Robbins attached a hose from the exhaust pipe of his car to a sealed animal travel carrier containing the dog, a lab mix named Mocha.

Police received a call on April 14 and discovered the dog inside the carrier. Robbins pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

On Friday a judge sentenced...

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