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April 27, 2015 - 12:13pm
1 min 12 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are barely higher at midday as investors look ahead to Apple's results later today and a meeting by the Federal Reserve on interest rates.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 32 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,113 as of 12 p.m. Eastern time Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose one point, or a fraction of a percent, to 2,118. The Nasdaq composite slipped five points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,086.

Along with Apple,...

April 27, 2015 - 12:09pm
1 min 12 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don M. Mankiewicz, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter from a legendary Hollywood family who created the television shows "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Ironside," has died at age 93.

His son John tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that Mankiewicz died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home near Los Angeles.

After graduating from Columbia University and serving in Army intelligence, Mankiewicz became a staff...

April 27, 2015 - 12:08pm
1 min 12 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is struggling over when jail officials should be held accountable for using excessive force against inmates who are accused — but not yet convicted — of crimes.

The argument Monday comes amid a national debate over how police use force in arresting unarmed suspects.

The case involves a Wisconsin man in jail pending trial on drug charges. Michael Kingsley claims officers used excessive force while they transferred...

April 27, 2015 - 12:05pm
1 min 12 sec ago

NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Court documents released after a man was charged in the slaying of an Indiana University student say investigators found blood in the suspect's vehicle and discovered his cellphone next to the woman's body.

A probable cause affidavit released Monday says IU senior Hannah Wilson was last seen around 1 a.m. getting into a taxi alone outside a bar in Bloomington, Indiana, after friends determined she was too intoxicated to stay out....

April 27, 2015 - 12:04pm
1 min 12 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate — and her name is Patty Murray.

The Washington state Democrat, once famously dubbed as "just a mom in tennis shoes," is the real reason behind an uncomfortable power standoff between two men who intend to lead the Democrats in the chamber after Minority Leader Harry Reid retires. She's poised to be the first woman in the Senate's top-tier leadership. And she's outgrown her image as the...

April 27, 2015 - 12:04pm
1 min 12 sec ago

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A by-the-numbers look at the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes:

421: Number of people inside the movie theater at the time of the shooting

12: People were killed

70: People were injured

4: Weapons Holmes had on him, including a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns

6,295: Rounds of ammunition Holmes purchased before the attack


April 27, 2015 - 11:48am
21 min 9 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP negotiators are sealing agreement on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans to more easily target the Affordable Care Act while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon.

The emerging plan drops a controversial House proposal to radically overhaul the Medicare program. And, it eliminates the option of using a fast-track budget bill to target food stamps and Pell Grants. But the plan relies on deep cuts...

April 27, 2015 - 11:42am
21 min 9 sec ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Defense lawyers are asking a judge to go easy on a Virginia woman who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about supporting the Islamic State militant group.

Heather Elizabeth Coffman's attorneys filed papers Monday recommending a sentence of three years and 10 months, which is the low end of a guideline range that extends up to four years and nine months. The 30-year-old Coffman will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Richmond on May...

April 27, 2015 - 11:42am
21 min 9 sec ago

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three teens have been arrested after a carnival turned sour and police struggled to control a hostile crowd of more than 150 people.

The Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper reports ( ) that police were called to Wright's Amusements Giant Carnival on Saturday evening to break up a 15-person fight.

But sheriff's office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said it was more like 75 people by the time deputies...

April 27, 2015 - 11:39am
21 min 9 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says two teams of U.S. Army Green Beret soldiers happened to be in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck Saturday and are staying to help with search and relief efforts.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, says the 26 U.S. soldiers were in Nepal for high-altitude and other training with the Nepalese army. The 11-person crew of a C-130 cargo plane that brought them to Nepal also is remaining in case of a request to evacuate any...

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