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April 4, 2015 - 3:00am
7 hours 3 min ago

EDITOR'S NOTE: When Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in a farmhouse parlor in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, standing with other war correspondents in the front yard was William Downs MacGregor of The Associated Press.

The names of many AP Civil War correspondents, along with their original manuscript reports, have been lost. But those like MacGregor, whose names were occasionally printed beneath their...

April 2, 2015 - 1:08am
3 min 30 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — It's not just people who love the food in New York City. So do certain ants.

A study says the most common species of ant on New York City pavements has a taste for human food, more than other ant species that are found primarily in parks and other green spaces.

North Carolina State University researchers gathered ant samples of more than 20 species from sidewalks, medians and parks in Manhattan, and tested them to see how much of a...

April 2, 2015 - 12:59am
3 min 30 sec ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Bats are the talk of one Ohio college town after an infestation of the winged vermin drove the university president and his wife out of their on-campus home last month.

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis moved off campus to a posh suburban rental a few weeks ago after his wife had a surprise encounter with a bat that resulted in a fall and a broken ankle.

Now university officials are talking about spending $1.2 million to...

April 1, 2015 - 11:19pm
3 min 29 sec ago

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — One of three men who kidnapped 26 children and their school bus driver in Chowchilla, California, nearly 40 years ago has been granted parole.

The state Board of Parole Hearings on Wednesday granted parole to 63-year-old James Schoenfeld.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) details of the decision to release Schoenfeld from a San Luis Obispo prison were not immediately available.


April 1, 2015 - 11:14pm
3 min 29 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell's famous fans are voicing their support and worry for the folk song icon while she is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

"Harry Potter" star Emma Watson said Wednesday on Twitter that she hasn't "been able to concentrate" since hearing about the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's sickness.

Kiss lead singer Paul Stanley tweeted a recent picture of himself and Mitchell, telling his followers to send her love and prayers....

April 1, 2015 - 10:37pm
3 min 29 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police have charged a 21-year-old woman in the stabbing death of a lawyer at an upscale hotel in Washington, D.C.

Officers said in a news release that Jamyra Gallmon of Washington was arrested Wednesday. She is charged with first-degree felony murder while armed in the death of 30-year-old David Messerschmitt.

The Washington Post quoted a family friend as saying that Messerschmitt was at work at his firm's office on Feb. 9 and left...

April 1, 2015 - 9:56pm
3 min 29 sec ago

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — A Bridgewater State University student accused of sexually abusing two preschool boys at a campus day care center where he worked has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Wrentham, Massachusetts, resident Kyle Patrick Loughlin was arraigned Wednesday on charges of rape of a child and aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Prosecutors say the boys are between 4 and 5 years old.

The 21-year-old Loughlin...

April 1, 2015 - 9:35pm
3 min 29 sec ago

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A recycling truck driver in suburban Phoenix is being credited with saving a kitten from the trash.

Angelo Almendarez was collecting containers along his Peoria route Friday when he heard a strange sound coming from the back of his truck — a kitten's meow.

A city spokeswoman says the kitten is a male orange tabby estimated to be less than 3 weeks old.

Phoenix TV station KPHO reports the kitten has been...

April 1, 2015 - 9:30pm
3 min 29 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The second person killed in a New York City building explosion last week has been identified.

The medical examiner on Wednesday confirmed the identity of 26-year-old restaurant worker Moises Ismael Locon Yac (moy-SEHS' ihs-MY'-ehl loh-KOHN' yak) using DNA analysis.

Yac and another man were killed and 22 other people were injured when a Manhattan apartment building exploded March 26. Officials are investigating whether someone had...

April 1, 2015 - 9:11pm
43 min 29 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for a Minnesota senator says the lawmaker will return campaign contributions she received from indicted New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.

A campaign aide to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar). The aide says Klobuchar will also return contributions from a Menendez friend and donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, who was also indicted Wednesday.

Menendez is accused of performing political favors for Melgen....

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