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May 22, 2015 - 9:57am
9 min 17 sec ago

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Weather has slowed cleanup efforts at the site of an oil spill that fouled a California shoreline.

The National Weather Service says gusty winds are whipping up waves as high as 4 feet early Friday off Santa Barbara County. Several days of calm seas had helped crews.

A small watercraft advisory was issued overnight and Santa Barbara news station KEYT-TV says oil skimming vessels were brought in late Thursday because of bad...

May 22, 2015 - 9:56am
9 min 17 sec ago

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who used to house-sit for character actor Luis Guzman has agreed to stay at least 300 feet away from him.

The Caledonian-Record reports ( that Guzman alleged in court documents that Joda Hodge was stalking him. The 58-year-old Guzman was granted a temporary restraining order in April.

In a court settlement Thursday, the 39-year-old Hodge agreed to not have contact with Guzman, who lives in...

May 22, 2015 - 9:53am
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says there's a slight chance for severe weather along the Texas-New Mexico border and rainfall over the Memorial Day weekend will likely cause flash flooding across the southern Plains.

Meteorologist John Hart of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the risk Friday is mostly confined to southwest Texas and eastern New Mexico, where hail, thunderstorms and even a tornado could be possible overnight....

May 22, 2015 - 9:41am
9 min 17 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower in early trading as energy companies decline along with the price of oil.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell nine points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,277 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gave up a point to 2,129. The Nasdaq composite edged up five points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,097.

Deere rose 3 percent after the company raised its profit forecast for the...

May 22, 2015 - 9:39am
9 min 17 sec ago

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A judge has tossed a portion of a lawsuit that alleged negligence against a cement company in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied.

Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from a silo at Cemex Construction near Lakeland in 2013. Circuit Judge John Radabaugh wrote in a recent decision that the company wasn't at fault.

The Ledger of Lakeland ( ) reports the...

May 22, 2015 - 9:38am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities are investigating a suspicious package found on the lower level of New York City's Grand Central Terminal and have closed the area to the public.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Adam Lisberg says the package was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. Friday at the transit hub on the east side of Manhattan. The terminal's lower level has been shut down during the investigation. That area includes a food court and numerous train tracks...

May 22, 2015 - 9:34am
9 min 18 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — A cruise ship that ran aground on a reef near Bermuda during a seven-day roundtrip from Boston has returned stateside.

The Norwegian Dawn, carrying nearly 3,500 passengers and crew, returned Friday morning to the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston.

The ship hit the reef late Tuesday and was stuck for more than six hours before a rising tide helped push it into deeper water.

Norwegian Cruise Line says a temporary...

May 22, 2015 - 9:16am
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Connecticut say they are announcing federal charges related to the distribution of a party drug that led to the hospitalization of a dozen people at Wesleyan University.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly is holding a news conference Friday morning in New Haven.

Five Wesleyan students already have been arrested on state charges related to the on-campus overdoses in February. The university announced last month that two...

May 22, 2015 - 8:52am
9 min 18 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict who once worked for a wealthy D.C. businessman has been arrested in the deaths of the family and their housekeeper.

Authorities arrested 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint about 11 p.m. Thursday. He is charged with first-degree murder while armed and is expected to appear in D.C. Superior Court Friday afternoon.

Police have not detailed why Wint would want to kill 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos; his 47-year-old wife, Amy;...

May 22, 2015 - 8:38am
9 min 18 sec ago

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas police officer will not face charges in the 2014 fatal shooting of an armed man during a fight outside a bar.

A Galveston County grand jury on Thursday declined to indict Texas City Officer Christopher Ham.

Authorities say Ham fatally shot Carlton Smith Jr. on Dec. 26 outside a Texas City nightclub as the bar closed and a fight broke out in the parking lot. Investigators say a woman had a gun and fired into...

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