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May 4, 2016 - 10:09pm
15 min 25 sec ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An assistant says former Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, one of the first incumbents ousted in a national wave of tea party-led anger in 2010, has died.

Bennett assistant Tara Tanner said he died from complications of pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke. He was 82.

Bennett was first elected in 1992 and served three terms. He developed a reputation as a moderate conservative in Washington.

At home,...

May 4, 2016 - 9:21pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union has decided against striking over the lack of a contract, for now.

The union's House of Delegates met Wednesday and did not take a vote on a strike or set a strike date. Union officials have indicated teachers could wait until fall to strike. Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said there's concern over losing health insurance and end-of-the-year pay checks.

Chicago teachers have been working without a...

May 4, 2016 - 8:56pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy and fight bigotry.

Obama says America's tradition is to welcome newcomers because it's a nation that was born of immigrants. And he says that tradition makes it difficult to understand why some people are blocking attempts to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.

In a reference to Donald Trump, the likely Republican...

May 4, 2016 - 8:34pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jail guard was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison after an inmate gave an in-court account of how he sexually assaulted her inside a New York City lockup last year.

"You raped me," the unnamed woman told Rudell Mullings, as she read from a statement in federal court in Brooklyn. "It wasn't consensual sex. It was rape."

The inmate, who was sentenced to 30 years for a homicide, told U.S. District Judge Edward Korman...

May 4, 2016 - 8:31pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — NBC "Today" show anchor Natalie Morales is moving West to become host of the entertainment show "Access Hollywood," but will keep a role on the morning program.

Morales has been the news anchor for the "Today" show and co-hosts the morning program's third hour, which begins at 9 a.m. ET.

Noah Oppenheim, NBC News senior vice president in charge of the show, says in a memo to staff that she'll become the "Today" show West Coast anchor,...

May 4, 2016 - 8:29pm
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The governor of California has raised the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he signed a bill calling for the change.

Supporters of the law aimed to deter adolescents from the harmful,...

May 4, 2016 - 8:25pm
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge has blocked a temporary residential child-care license for one of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border illegally.

The licenses are needed because a federal judge ruled last year the centers would have to eventually release the immigrant children without them.

State District Judge Karin Crump signed a temporary restraining order Wednesday that blocks issuance of a...

May 4, 2016 - 7:57pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — A group that served as guardian of the Alamo for more than a century says it has prevailed over the "bureaucratic bullying" of a Texas agency now that the state has acknowledged that about 38,000 books and artifacts at an Alamo library don't belong to the state.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed suit last year, alleging the Texas General Land Office "unilaterally declared" the state owner of the organization's private library collection at the...

May 4, 2016 - 7:27pm
15 min 24 sec ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on investigators saying a bald eagle struck a small plane before in crashed last month in Alaska (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

Federal investigators in Alaska are trying to determine which part of a small airplane an eagle struck before the aircraft crashed, killing all four on board.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Shaun Williams says pieces of the eagle's remains were on the...

May 4, 2016 - 7:22pm
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska couple face child neglect charges after authorities say their two teenage daughters lived in the basement of a filthy, mold-filled house without heat or power while the couple stayed in a camper in the driveway.

Timothy Hogan and Patricia Haugstad-Hogan of Anchorage are charged with misdemeanor counts of child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The two were arrested in March and are out on bail.

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