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November 25, 2015 - 9:05pm
2 hours 40 min ago

MELROSE, Mass. (AP) — School officials in a Boston suburb say they are outraged by a bullying incident in which a group of middle school students kicked other students with red hair during a break in classes.

A statement from Melrose Public Schools says the seventh-graders were imitating an episode from the TV cartoon series "South Park" when they sought out redheads last Friday at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School.

The school's assistant...

November 25, 2015 - 8:35pm
2 hours 50 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Paul Walker has sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death over the accident that killed the "Fast & Furious" star two years ago.

Walker's father, who is the executor of his son's estate, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The lawsuit claims the Porsche Carrera GT that Walker was riding lacked safety features that could have prevented the actor's death when it crashed in Valencia, California, on Nov. 30, 2013....

November 25, 2015 - 8:28pm
3 hours 5 sec ago

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say the world's oldest known seabird has returned to Midway Atoll.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday the Laysan Albatross named Wisdom was spotted at the remote island on Nov. 19.

An ornithologist first put an identification band on Wisdom in 1956. She's estimated to be at least 64 years old, but she could be older.

Laysan albatrosses typically mate for life, but Wisdom...

November 25, 2015 - 8:09pm
3 hours 5 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement of up to $8 million between Sony Pictures Entertainment and current and former employees related to the hack of the company's computers last year.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner provided the preliminary approval Friday and scheduled a final approval hearing for March.

Under the deal, Sony agreed to reimburse employees up to $10,000 apiece for identity-theft losses...

November 25, 2015 - 7:46pm
3 hours 10 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three of legendary radio personality Casey Kasem's children have sued his widow, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Jean Kasem accuses her of elder abuse and infliction of emotional distress by restricting their access to their ailing father.

A call and email sent to her attorney, H. Michael Soroy, was not immediately returned....

November 25, 2015 - 7:34pm
3 hours 10 min ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida State University official who counsels campus rape victims told lawyers suing the school that her office has handled 20 allegations of rape involving football players in the past nine years.

Assistant Dean of Students Melissa Ashton made the statement in a deposition given last summer in an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by former student Erica Kinsman against the university. Kinsman says the university failed to respond to her...

November 25, 2015 - 6:56pm
3 hours 10 min ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has been hospitalized.

Edwards' wife, Trina, confirmed in a text message that the 88-year-old was admitted Wednesday to a hospital for pneumonia. She did not divulge where he's being treated.

She says Edwards is being treated with antibiotics and is already feeling "much better." She told WDSU-TV ( ) that they're hoping to have him home in time for Thanksgiving dinner....

November 25, 2015 - 6:51pm
3 hours 10 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is reminding state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees.

A letter sent Wednesday by the Office of Refugee Resettlement says states may not deny benefits and services to refugees based on a refugee's country of origin or religious affiliation.

The letter says states that do not comply with the requirement would be breaking the law and could...

November 25, 2015 - 6:32pm
3 hours 10 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The uncle of a 12-year-old Ohio girl wounded in a shooting that killed her parents and 7-year-old brother says she could be released from the hospital soon.

Jason Lozier told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his niece was doing well two days after the shooting.

Columbus police say a man shot Lozier's brother, John Anderson II, as well as Anderson's wife, Christina, and their son, Landon, at their Columbus home on Monday....

November 25, 2015 - 6:12pm
3 hours 30 min ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Winds and high tides have seriously damaged most of an Anchorage public art installation that is focusing on mental health.

The Alaska Dispatch News ( reports that fewer than a dozen statues remained standing Wednesday among 74 that were originally installed on rebar stakes along Point Woronzov.

Lead project artist Sarah Davies said her volunteer team was assembling at the beach Wednesday to assess the...

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