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March 27, 2015 - 10:11pm
6 min 38 sec 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 Sterrett took lead...

March 27, 2015 - 9:38pm
6 min 37 sec 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
6 min 37 sec 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
6 min 37 sec 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...

March 27, 2015 - 8:53pm
6 min 37 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in a motor vehicle stop has opened fire on Boston police and seriously wounded an officer before being killed by authorities. An apparent bystander also has been injured.

The shootout happened Friday evening in the city's Roxbury section.

Police Commissioner William Evans says the officer was shot just below his right eye and is hospitalized in critical condition in an induced coma. He says the suspect died at the scene and a...

March 27, 2015 - 8:45pm
6 min 37 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A nurse who helped bring two badly injured Afghan children to the United States for treatment has met them again for the first time in nearly 1 ½ years.

Lynette Austin, known as "Captain Sam," got hugs, smiles and a drawing of a heart from 8-year-olds Abdul Wahid and Shah Bibi Tarakhail on Friday at the Shriner children's hospital in Los Angeles. Austin says she was surprised to see them speaking English and looking healthy and cheerful....

March 27, 2015 - 8:42pm
6 min 37 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco jury decided that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.

The lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers claimed she was fired when she complained about discrimination at the firm.

Pao waved quickly to the jury as she left the courtroom...

March 27, 2015 - 8:24pm
6 min 37 sec ago

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — St. Olaf College is canceling the rest of its baseball season because of hazing.

College President David Anderson made the announcement Friday.

The school says in a statement that an investigation found that serious violations of St. Olaf's hazing policy occurred on and off campus during the weekend of Feb. 28. The investigation was conducted by the school and its independent counsel.

The investigation...

March 27, 2015 - 8:08pm
6 min 38 sec ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mystery of Portland's pink chickens is solved.

Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to "make people smile."

Owner Bruce Whitman of Portland says the prank succeeded beyond his wildest hopes. In his words, "I didn't expect to get this many people to smile."

He says he tucked the...

March 27, 2015 - 7:17pm
6 min 37 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack.

Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in a seat as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie."

Authorities say the girl's family didn't know she had awoken and unlocked the backdoor to start her trek during a downpour early Friday. They found nothing amiss at the house and have no...

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