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May 5, 2015 - 3:07am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to approve a compromise Republican budget that makes deep cuts in spending while boosting Pentagon accounts by an additional $38 billion next year.

The House approved the non-binding blueprint last week, and the Senate was scheduled to vote on it Tuesday.

The measure promises to speed repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law. It also would balance the budget in nine years with more than $5 trillion in...

May 5, 2015 - 3:03am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14 as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. officials say he is nominating Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to the post to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.

Obama plans to make the announcement at the White House...

May 5, 2015 - 3:03am
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For the second time this year, criminal charges against a top New York lawmaker have thrown one of America's most powerful state capitals into turmoil.

Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) of Long Island was charged Monday with using his influence to extort payments for his son Adam Skelos, who also is charged in the case. Both say they are innocent.

The charges come four months after Democratic Assembly Speaker...

May 5, 2015 - 2:36am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys are scheduled to give closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of a Cleveland patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

Thirty-one-year-old Michael Brelo (BREE'-loh) faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison if convicted on two counts of voluntary manslaughter.

Brelo was one of 13 officers who fired at a car carrying Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in November...

May 5, 2015 - 1:58am
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are asking an appellate court to stay a federal judge's order that the state immediately provide a transgender prison inmate with sex reassignment surgery.

State officials say they filed a request for a stay Monday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The state already is appealing this month's ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar that California's corrections department must provide the...

May 5, 2015 - 1:50am
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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) showed emotion for the first time at his trial as his aunt sobbed uncontrollably on the witness stand.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev grabbed a tissue and dabbed his eyes and cheeks Monday as his aunt became so upset that she was unable to testify on his behalf.

Tsarnaev had maintained an uninterested expression since his trial began in January. Most of the time, he has...

May 5, 2015 - 1:30am
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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial got their first look at a video of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?"

The video was played in court Monday. It showed a dazed-sounding Holmes at police headquarters about two hours after the attack.

The detectives don't answer Holmes about children, but one says, "We'll get to that."

Det. Chuck Mehl testified...

May 5, 2015 - 1:27am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Officer Brian Moore had already started carving out a promising career for himself at the New York Police Department. He made more than 150 arrests and earned service medals in less than five years on the job.

But that trajectory ended Monday. The 25-year-old was pronounced dead at a Queens hospital, two days after being shot in the head by a man with an extensive criminal record, including serving five years in prison on an attempted murder conviction....

May 5, 2015 - 1:23am
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WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — An Irish nanny accused of killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care two years ago is asking a judge to release her while authorities review medical evidence in the case.

Lawyers for Aisling Brady McCarthy will argue for her provisional release at a bail hearing Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court.

McCarthy's trial has been postponed indefinitely as the state Medical Examiner's Office reviews a finding that Rehma Sabir...

May 5, 2015 - 1:23am
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A cleanup proposal for a Montana town where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure calls for leaving some of the dangerous material in place rather than removing it.

Details on the final cleanup plan for Libby, Montana, were to be released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA project manager Rebecca Thomas said asbestos would be left behind only where there is minimal risk of human exposure, such as...

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