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March 28, 2015 - 4:20am
1 hour 40 min ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada.

Popular Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval appears reluctant to change jobs.

And the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him.

Sandoval is likely to face intense pressure from national Republicans and business interests to pick up where Reid leaves off...

March 28, 2015 - 3:43am
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DENVER (AP) — It's become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.

Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as "a real trial for me." Others, too, have shifted on the matter.

Now it's oops for...

March 28, 2015 - 3:01am
1 hour 40 min ago

DENVER (AP) — Immigration has become a wiggly subject for the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has, at times, seemed to endorse a path to citizenship for some of the people living in the U.S. illegally, only to pull back that position. Several others have shifted on the matter, too.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stepped up as a Senate leader on an immigration overhaul only to run into a tea party ruckus. He's backed away...

March 28, 2015 - 2:53am
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi under federal protection a half century ago, says it's a shame that state authorities deferred to the federal government to bring charges after a noose was left on a campus statue of him.

The Justice Department said Friday that a former Ole Miss student, Graeme Phillip Harris of Alpharetta, Georgia, has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using...

March 28, 2015 - 2:13am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Police are searching for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three New York City apartment buildings.

Officials say canines will be used Saturday amid the rubble. Officials from the medical examiners' office will also be at the scene.

Police have released posters seeking information on the whereabouts of Nicholas Figueroa and Moises Lucon.

The 23-year-old Figueroa had...

March 28, 2015 - 12:30am
1 hour 40 min ago

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Michigan State to a 62-58 win over Oklahoma in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal on Friday night.

Counted out for nearly done in February, the Tom Izzo-coached Spartans (26-11) are instead headed to the Elite Eight for the second straight year and fourth time since 2009. And they're going as a seventh-seeded team that knocked off the third-seeded Sooners (24-11), a week...

March 27, 2015 - 10:11pm
1 hour 40 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Saudi airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

The official says a U.S. helicopter flew Thursday from neighboring Djibouti to the Gulf of Aden and rescued the airmen. Initial reports said the rescued airmen were "ambulatory."

The destroyer USS Sterett took lead...

March 27, 2015 - 9:38pm
2 hours 20 min ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys say a Chinese drywall manufacturer — Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. — has paid a $3.2 million judgment to the owners of seven homes damaged by the product.

A news release from attorneys representing homeowners said a damages trial has been set for April 28 on behalf of 4,000 others whose properties suffered similar damages from the same defective Taishan drywall.

Friday's announcement comes after a long legal fight in which...

March 27, 2015 - 9:23pm
2 hours 20 min ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police officers in Alaska's biggest city became wranglers early Friday morning, rounding up a couple of miniature horses that escaped from their corral.

A photo tweeted from the Anchorage police department showed three officers with the two horses they apprehended. The tweet read: "Some interesting runaways patrol came across this morning!"

The two little horses, one black and one tan, were found grazing in the median of a...

March 27, 2015 - 9:08pm
2 hours 20 min ago

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Arnett Doctor, a key figure responsible for securing reparations for victims of the Rosewood massacre, has died in the Tampa Bay area following a long illness. He was 72.

A St. Petersburg funeral home says Doctor was found dead in his Spring Hill home Monday.

The 1923 massacre started in the north Florida town after a married white woman accused a black man of beating her, prompting angry whites to burn nearly every building...

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