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May 26, 2015 - 9:00am
1 min 35 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in March, pushed higher by a limited supply of houses for sale.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5 percent in March from 12 months earlier. Prices increased at the same pace in February.

Home values are rising at a faster rate than incomes, potentially pricing many would-be buyers out of the market. Yet current increases have moderated from the double-digit...

May 26, 2015 - 8:50am
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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys for one of two Wisconsin girls charged in adult court with trying to kill a friend to please a fictional horror character will argue her case belongs in juvenile court.

Lawyers for the 13-year-old girl will argue in court Tuesday that the law requiring adult charges for attempted first-degree intentional homicide is unconstitutional. That girl and a 12-year-old friend are accused of stabbing Payton Leutner in a Waukesha park last May to...

May 26, 2015 - 8:36am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April. But orders in a category that indicates business investment posted a second increase, a hopeful sign that this key sector is starting to revive.

The Commerce Department says that total orders for durable goods slipped 0.5 percent from March, when total orders had surged 5.1 percent. The big swing was driven by changes in commercial aircraft, an extremely volatile...

May 26, 2015 - 8:34am
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An author whose book "To Die For" was inspired by the Pamela Smart case is asking the governor to consider parole for the former school adviser.

Smart is serving a life sentence without parole for being an accomplice to the murder of her husband.

Joyce Maynard's 1991 book later was adapted into a movie starring Nicole Kidman.

WMUR-TV reports ( Maynard sent a letter to Gov. Maggie...

May 26, 2015 - 8:25am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man in need of a kidney donor is taking his search on the road in unusual fashion, with bright yellow letters taped to the rear window of his sport utility vehicle.

The message on Neal Raisman's silver-blue SUV reads: "Got kidney? I need 1." It includes a phone number for interested callers.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports a similar message is taped on an SUV belonging to Raisman's daughter, who...

May 26, 2015 - 8:06am
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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio sheriff's office says about 170 people who received improper gun training from an instructor have been notified that their licenses to carry concealed weapons are invalid and they'll have to retake classes.

Lake County sheriff's Capt. Ron Walters tells The News-Herald in Willoughby ( ) that the instructor offered "fast-track" classes that cut corners and didn't require people to go to a shooting range. Walters...

May 26, 2015 - 8:03am
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CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old boy has been mauled to death by a dog on the South Side of Chicago.

Police say the attack happened Monday night in Gresham. The boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors told WLS-TV ( ) that people hit the dog with rocks and other objects, killing it and freeing the boy. They said the dog was a pit bull. Marquis Lewis says he didn't realize at...

May 26, 2015 - 8:00am
1 min 35 sec ago

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Court reports and attorneys say a Maryland couple investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases.

The Washington Post ( ) reports Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been monitored by Child Protective Services for their advocacy of so-called "free-range" parenting, which encourages independence and exploration.


May 26, 2015 - 7:35am
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Police say the gunman is among the two people who died in a shooting at a Wal-Mart store in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Lt. Derik Zimmel says the shooter was the only person with a gun, and police do not believe there is any further safety risk to the general public.

Zimmel says one other person was injured and taken to a hospital. He says the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.


May 26, 2015 - 7:25am
1 min 35 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

Instead of "black pepper flavor," for instance, Taco Bell will start using actual black pepper in its seasoned beef, says Liz Matthews, the chain's chief food innovation officer.

The Mexican-style chain also says the artificial dye...

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