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March 31, 2015 - 6:26pm
1 min 37 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee says he is issuing subpoenas to two Secret Service agents who witnessed an episode in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area at the White House without authorization.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says the agents can shed light not only on the March 4 incident, "but also on why the Secret Service appears to be systemically broken and in desperate need of...

March 31, 2015 - 6:26pm
1 min 37 sec ago

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) — The head of the Federal Railroad Administration has stumped in New York for increased education and enforcement of safety regulations at railway crossings.

Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg on Tuesday promoted the agency's safety campaign, which calls for increased police patrols and ticketing. It was prompted by fatal crashes in New York and California.

At the invitation of a local congresswoman, Feinberg and other officials...

March 31, 2015 - 6:18pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 20-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a St. Louis light-rail passenger who says he was attacked after being asked about the "Mike Brown situation."

St. Louis city prosecutors charged Ronald Williams Tuesday with misdemeanor assault, a day after he and a 15-year-old were arrested in connection with the March 23 attack of a 43-year-old commuter.

The case went viral after a passenger who wasn't involved posted video of the...

March 31, 2015 - 6:17pm
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A roving steer lost its bid for freedom because it turns out the University of Kentucky has a rodeo team.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( reports the steer roamed on and near campus for more than an hour Tuesday before rodeo team member Adam Menker deployed his lasso training.

Animal and Food Sciences Department Chairman Richard said the animal had been on its way to be slaughtered when it hit a gate with a...

March 31, 2015 - 6:11pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A guitarist for Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts has died a day before the release of the band's debut album. Jeremy Brown was 34.

Publicist Diana Baron hasn't given a reason for Brown's death on Monday. The band's album, "Blaster," was released Tuesday.

Weiland has posted a statement on Facebook honoring his friend and collaborator. The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman says he grew concerned when Brown didn't show up for a...

March 31, 2015 - 6:10pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials are looking into more laser-pointing incidents at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says two flights reported lasers were pointed at them Sunday night.

An ExpressJet flight and a Shuttle America flight landing at around 9 p.m. said they noticed the red lasers about 20 miles southwest of the airport. No injuries were reported.

Lasers can temporarily...

March 31, 2015 - 5:55pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County coroner's office will wait for blood and urine test results before determining what caused the death of a University of California, Berkeley, soccer player who was hit by a car.

Nineteen-year-old Eloi Vasquez was struck as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway early Saturday during a spring break trip. He was last seen leaving a University of Southern California fraternity party.

Lt. Fred Corral says medical...

March 31, 2015 - 5:51pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Lederman of The Associated Press and Jim Avila of ABC News have won the Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure.

Lederman won in the print category for reporting about a fence jumper who made it inside the White House before being apprehended. Avila won in the broadcast category for his stories on the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross after five years of captivity in Cuba.

Peter Baker of The...

March 31, 2015 - 5:48pm
1 min 37 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge has determined the will signed by Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks that gives all of his assets to his caretaker is valid.

Probate Judge James Riley confirmed the will on Tuesday after hearing testimony from two paralegals for the law firm. They said they witnessed the will's signing on Oct. 17.

The witnesses testified Banks stated during the signing he was not going to leave money to his family. The witnesses also...

March 31, 2015 - 5:42pm
1 min 37 sec ago

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An Alabama woman who blamed the death of her infant son on her toddler daughter has been sentenced in Pennsylvania to 15 to 30 years in prison.

Thirty-two-year-old Wendi Stanford, of Florence, wept in Lehigh County court Tuesday as she again professed her innocence in the November 2003 death of 2-month-old Christopher Harbin, in Allentown. She called herself "a mother who has suffered, not a violent monster."

But a judge imposed...

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