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March 27, 2015 - 7:36am
9 min 27 sec ago

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say some out-of-control birds are chasing people and tying up traffic at a central Florida park.

Ducks, geese, ibis, seagulls and other birds that flock to the 30-acre Wells Park in Melbourne are losing their fear of people. This week, workers installed 'Feeding Wildlife Prohibited' signs.

City Manager Mike McNees told Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/1CsPO7a) three white geese when after him as he jogged in the...

March 27, 2015 - 7:33am
9 min 27 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home.

Authorities say they hope the bodies of Stoni Ann Blair and her brother, Stephen Gage Berry, thaw enough by Friday to allow the medical examiner's office to determine how they died.

Authorities believe Stoni and Stephen died about two years ago, when she was 13 and he was 9. Their bodies were found Tuesday by court officers conducting...

March 27, 2015 - 7:33am
9 min 27 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston woman has been indicted on charges of fraudulently receiving tens of thousands of dollars in benefits by claiming she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Joanna Leigh was indicted on charges of larceny and making a false claim to a government agency.

Prosecutors say she received $8,000 from The One Fund, a charity established to help bombing victims; $18,000 from a state victims' compensation fund; $9,000 from an online...

March 27, 2015 - 7:25am
9 min 27 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — The father and stepmother of a Detroit boy who was reported missing for 11 days are facing a key hearing to determine if they'll face trial on torture and abuse charges.

Charlie Bothuell V was 12 last June when police found him among boxes in the basement. His father, Charlie Bothuell IV, said he was shocked and didn't know the boy's whereabouts.

Bothuell and Monique Dillard-Bothuell are accused of forcing him to stay in the basement,...

March 27, 2015 - 7:22am
9 min 27 sec ago

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A federal audit says Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and is recommending the state pay the money back.

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the audit Friday.

It says Maryland misallocated costs to federal grants instead of the Medicaid program in 2013 and 2014. The audit says Maryland did not use updated estimated enrollment...

March 27, 2015 - 6:45am
9 min 27 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — State and local authorities in Ohio are investigating the cause of a blaze that led to the death of a veteran Cincinnati firefighter.

Fire chief Richard Braun says department policies and procedures will be reviewed to try to learn from the death.

Braun says the department is mourning the loss of firefighter Daryl Gordon, on the force for 29 years, calling him a hero.

Authorities the 54-year-old Gordon died at a...

March 27, 2015 - 6:02am
1 hour 19 min ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. HOW PILOT SCREENING CAN FALL THROUGH CRACKS

Despite regulations requiring that commercial aviators be checked for mental health problems, experts say the program is not effective.

2. SENATE PASSES BALANCED-BUDGET PLAN

The GOP-dominated Congress is now positioned for months of battling Obama over...

March 27, 2015 - 4:48am
2 hours 29 min ago

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors in the case of a young girl who was run to death are turning their attention to the child's stepmom now that the grandmother is headed to prison for life.

Jurors recommended life imprisonment without parole Thursday for the grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, who was convicted of capital murder in the February 2012 death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. The jury rejected prosecutors' pleas for the death penalty. Prosecutors said they would...

March 27, 2015 - 4:30am
2 hours 29 min ago

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
2 hours 29 min ago

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...

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