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May 6, 2015 - 11:47pm
22 min 53 sec ago

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The first boats of the Volvo Ocean race have arrived at Rhode Island shores at Newport, their only North American stop of the round-the-world race.

The six boats competing in the 44,580-mile, nine-month race began arriving Wednesday night, with Dongfeng Race Team in the lead, arriving about 3 minutes before Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

Netherlands-based Team Brunel; Spain's Mapfre; Team Alvimedica, skippered by Rhode Islander Charlie...

May 6, 2015 - 10:38pm
22 min 53 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum says he'll hold an event at the end of May to announce his decision on a potential 2016 presidential campaign.

The Republican tells Fox News Channel he will make the announcement May 27 in Butler, Pennsylvania, where he was raised.

Santorum ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, and surprised many by winning the leadoff Iowa caucuses. But his strong support among social...

May 6, 2015 - 10:01pm
22 min 53 sec ago

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill working its way through the Alabama Legislature would allow probate judges and ministers to refuse to marry same-sex couples on religious grounds.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday heard passionate testimony about the bill that the sponsor says came about after a brief period of legalized gay marriage in Alabama.

Proponents say the bill would protect religious beliefs, but opponents say it opens the door to...

May 6, 2015 - 9:53pm
22 min 53 sec ago

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a mountain lion was shot and killed in the Omaha area.

The cougar had been spotted Wednesday afternoon near Project Harmony, a nonprofit agency in Omaha. The Omaha Police Department said the Nebraska Humane Society had been contacted about the situation and officials were heading to the scene.

Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Humane Society, confirmed with the Omaha World-Herald that the...

May 6, 2015 - 8:26pm
22 min 53 sec ago

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian advisory panel has endorsed a long-debated plan to bury waste from nuclear power plants less than a mile from Lake Huron.

The Joint Review Panel made its recommendation Wednesday in a report to Canada's environment minister, who is expected to render a decision within 120 days.

Publicly owned Ontario Power Generation wants to bury 7.1 million cubic feet of low- and intermediate-level waste from nuclear plants...

May 6, 2015 - 8:22pm
22 min 53 sec ago

GRANT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say they arrested a naked drunken woman who was driving the wrong way after leaving her naked husband and their child at a rest stop.

The Clare County sheriff's department says 23-year-old Jessie Schwaub-Devault of Harrison left her husband and child along U.S. 127 about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. It's in Grant Township, about 15 miles north of Mount Pleasant.

The department says Schwaub-Devault refused to...

May 6, 2015 - 8:16pm
22 min 53 sec ago

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A 23-year-old man arrested by police in Virginia Beach for robbing a bank posted a photo and videos of the theft on Instagram — but says he shouldn't be charged because he didn't threaten anyone and asked for the money politely.

Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca was arrested on Monday about 20 minutes after a TowneBank branch was robbed.

Alfonseca told news media outlets in interviews from jail Wednesday that he posted a photo and...

May 6, 2015 - 8:10pm
1 hour 12 min ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The head of Texas' law enforcement agency called Snoop Dogg a "dope smoking cop hater" in an email before reprimanding a state trooper who posed for a picture with the rapper.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw wrote in a March email that Trooper Billy Spears "must not understand" he was being lampooned in the picture that was taken during the South by Southwest music festival.

Spears is now suing DPS over...

May 6, 2015 - 7:51pm
1 hour 32 min ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is returning to New Hampshire as he struggles to press forward with a likely presidential bid following indictments in the 2013 George Washington Bridge scandal.

The Republican will be in the early-voting state Thursday and Friday for several events.

The trip will include a visit to a drug treatment center and a keynote speech at a Lincoln Day dinner. He'll also lead another happy hour-timed town...

May 6, 2015 - 7:44pm
22 min 53 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it's assessing a threat posted on a website related to the Islamic State group against the organizer of a cartoon contest about the Prophet Muhammad.

Blogger Pamela Geller organized the contest over the weekend in Texas, where two men started shooting before they were killed by police. She leads an organization called American Freedom Defense Initiative.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis says the threat...

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