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February 17, 2016 - 12:00am
4 days 7 hours ago

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2016. There are 318 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 17, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia (however, Kasparov lost to Deep Blue in a rematch in 1997).

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In 1815, the United States and Britain exchanged...

February 16, 2016 - 12:00am
4 days 7 hours ago

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2016. There are 319 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

On this date:

In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into...

February 12, 2016 - 7:31pm
11 min ago

The Latest on the turmoil at Mount St. Mary's University after an uproar over the president's plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail and offer them tuition refunds:

7:20 p.m.

Faculty members of Mount St. Mary's University have voted overwhelmingly to ask the school's president to resign by Monday morning.

They announced the 87-to-3 vote Friday evening despite President Simon Newman's afternoon announcement that he was...

February 12, 2016 - 7:21pm
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PULASKI, Va. (AP) — The mother of a Virginia boy found dead in a septic tank has been convicted of neglect and abuse.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1PIitIO) that 31-year-old Ashley White was found guilty Friday on three felony counts in the death of her 5-year-old son, Noah Thomas.

The boy's body was found in a septic tank near his Dublin home last March, four days after he was reported missing.

White and 32-year-old...

February 12, 2016 - 7:21pm
11 min ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state lawmaker has filed a bill that would require men have at least two office visits and swear on a Bible they are married before a doctor could prescribe them erectile dysfunction medication.

The bill by Democratic state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville is in response to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signing a bill last week requiring women to consult with a doctor at least 24 hours before an abortion.

Other state...

February 12, 2016 - 7:15pm
11 min ago

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman serving life without parole in her granddaughter's running death has died.

A prison spokesman says 50-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard died Friday, five days after being stricken at the state's women's prison.

The cause of death wasn't immediately available, but defense attorney Dani Bone says Garrard apparently suffered a heart attack.

Garrard was convicted of killing 9-year-old Savannah...

February 12, 2016 - 7:15pm
11 min ago

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University regents have announced new measures to improve the school's response to sexual assault incidents, including hiring more counselors and providing additional training for faculty and staff.

The private Southern Baptist school has faced criticism over how it responded to recent sexual assault allegations. Baylor has hired a law firm to review how it previously handled such cases and recommend any changes.

Friday's...

February 12, 2016 - 7:11pm
11 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants independent confirmation when a massive natural gas leak near Los Angeles is permanently sealed.

Boxer met Friday with residents in Porter Ranch who don't trust a state agency to confirm the 16-week-long leak is dead.

Southern California Gas Co. says it controlled the leak Thursday, though the blown-out well still needs to be capped with cement.

Once state inspectors certify it is...

February 12, 2016 - 7:08pm
11 min ago

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Two more men accused of participating in a string of jewelry store robberies across the South are facing federal charges in Florida.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Panama City reports that 43-year-old Larry Gilmore and 46-year-old Michael Gilmore made their initial appearances Friday in Atlanta. The office said in a news release that the men had been charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence.

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February 12, 2016 - 6:43pm
11 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — Comedian Conan O'Brien says he was a prankster during his Harvard years, but he also credits his success to hard work in the classroom.

The late-night TV host spoke to an audience of Harvard students on Friday about the value of a liberal-arts education and about his time at the Ivy League school. Harvard President Drew Faust hosted the discussion with O'Brien, who graduated from Harvard in 1985 with concentrations in history and literature....

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