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March 27, 2015 - 4:30am
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HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — When a Florida sheriff's deputy responded to a 911 call of a shooting at a mobile home, he heard someone screaming.

What officers found inside the mobile home Wednesday was even more horrific. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says a 12-year-old boy had shot his 6-year-old brother to death, wounded his older brother in the leg and then turned the gun on himself.

The boys' mother, 38-year-old Helen Campochiaro, was working at the...

March 27, 2015 - 4:17am
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors who will decide the outcome of a much-watched gender discrimination lawsuit against a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm are set to enter their third day of deliberations.

The jury of six men and six women are due back in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday morning in Ellen Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Pao says the firm discriminated against her because she was a woman and...

March 27, 2015 - 4:16am
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9:15 a.m. (0815 GMT, 4:15 a.m.)

German police have searched the home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Duesseldorf and seized material that will now be examined as part of the investigation into the crash that killed 150 people in the French Alps.

French investigators believe Lubitz locked himself inside the cockpit and then intentionally smashed the Germanwings plane into a mountainside.

A spokeswoman for Duesseldorf police denied...

March 27, 2015 - 4:13am
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says 100 wood bison have been safely delivered to a rural Alaska village for reintroduction into the wild.

Biologist Cathie Harms says the last 14 cows reached Shageluk (SHAG-eh-luk) Tuesday afternoon.

The department and sponsors of the project on Sunday began moving wood bison from a conservation center south of Anchorage to the village about 350 miles west of Fairbanks....

March 27, 2015 - 3:50am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank is leaving it isolated among its Asian and European allies.

That's giving some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.

One of America's closest friends in Asia, South Korea, announced Thursday it will join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The institution is intended to help finance construction of roads and other...

March 27, 2015 - 3:35am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pilots and safety experts say that despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking actually takes place.

A French prosecutor has said the co-pilot of a German airliner locked the flight's captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane into a mountainside on Tuesday. The crash has raised questions about whether enough is being done to vet...

March 27, 2015 - 3:33am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade.

The vote was 52-46 after a marathon session lasting until after 3 a.m. The House approved a slightly different version Wednesday night on a similar party-line vote.

Next up are compromise budget talks between the two houses,...

March 27, 2015 - 3:22am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-run Senate has delayed giving final congressional approval to bipartisan legislation permanently blocking Medicare cuts for physicians until next month.

The GOP-led House approved the $214 billion bill Thursday, moving Congress close to resolving a problem that has long plagued it.

That 392-37 vote, plus President Barack Obama's endorsement of the legislation, intensified pressure on the Senate to finish the measure...

March 27, 2015 - 3:15am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is bruising some key liberal allies by helping craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare.

Lawmakers say it will enhance her deal-making status. And it might help her party avoid being sidelined by majority Republicans on future issues.

Pelosi and other Democrats disappointed friends in the abortion-rights lobby by backing a bill to avoid future cuts in Medicare physician payments. The House...

March 27, 2015 - 3:11am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have nearly finished muscling a balanced-budget plan through the Senate that sets up months of battling between President Barack Obama and Congress over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

Senators worked into Friday's pre-dawn hours on amendments to the measure.

Like a similar House budget, it embodies a conservative vision of shrinking projected federal deficits by more than $5...

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