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April 1, 2015 - 9:41am
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SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with fatally beating three neighbors in a public housing complex for the elderly and disabled has been indicted on three counts of murder.

The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1NIP0yO ) reports that the indictment moves the case to Superior Court. Salvatore Guglielmino, who remains held without bail after pleading not guilty in district court, is scheduled for arraignment April 30.

Prosecutors say the 57-...

April 1, 2015 - 9:40am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening April on a weak note, continuing their downward trajectory from the day before.

The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 94 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,660 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The Dow slumped 200 points on Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 11 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,056. The Nasdaq composite declined 24 points, or 0.5 percent, to 4,876.

European markets...

April 1, 2015 - 9:36am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the high-speed action sequel "Furious 7" debuts this weekend, audiences at Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre will see every tire skid and fistfight in Imax's brand-new laser format.

Lasers are supposed to be able to heighten contrast. Deep blacks stand out boldly, particularly in actress Michelle Rodriguez's eyes and hair, a suit worn by actor Jason Statham, Vin Diesel's tank top, black car paint and shadows in the grooves of tire treads....

April 1, 2015 - 9:28am
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UNION, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a convicted cop killer who fled to Cuba.

The school announced the Academy Award winner's selection on Monday, but said Tuesday night he would not be the speaker.

University spokeswoman Susan Kayne tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1yzl3Zi ) newspaper the announcement was made prematurely and the...

April 1, 2015 - 9:05am
4 min 10 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Provocative ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader have started appearing on Philadelphia transit buses.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority buses serving riders Wednesday bear ads with the tagline: "Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran."

The ads from the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative will appear on 84 buses. One features a 1941 photograph of Hitler and supporter Hajj Amin al-...

April 1, 2015 - 8:59am
4 min 10 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is creating the first sanctions program that would allow the U.S. to penalize individuals overseas who engage in cyberattacks and cyber spying.

Obama signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the sanctions regime, though no specific penalties were being announced.

In a statement, Obama says cyberthreats post "one of the most serious economic and national security challenges" to the U.S. He says the new...

April 1, 2015 - 8:51am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI agent accused of abusing heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botching dozens of cases has pleaded guilty in his own case.

Matthew Lowry of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, formerly a special agent with the agency's Washington field office, pleaded guilty to multiple counts Tuesday. His attorney, Robert Bonsib, had previously said his client would plead guilty in the case.

Lowry pleaded guilty to 20 counts of...

April 1, 2015 - 8:33am
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DETROIT (AP) — The parent of Chrysler and Fiat says its U.S. sales rose 2 percent in March as strong demand for Jeep offset lower Ram pickup truck sales.

FCA says it sold 197,261 vehicles last month. It was the company's best March since 2007.

Jeep sales jumped 23 percent thanks to brisk sales of the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Patriot SUVs. Chrysler brand sales were also up as sales of its 200 sedan more than doubled.

But Ram...

April 1, 2015 - 8:27am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The modest gains suggest that harsh winter weather has generated a broader slowdown that caused the survey to report gains of less than 200,000 jobs for the first time in 13 months.

Payroll processor ADP says companies added 189,000 jobs last month.

The figures come just before Friday's government report, which economists forecast will show an increase of...

April 1, 2015 - 8:16am
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fort Worth police say a man who won $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket apparently fatally shot his live-in girlfriend and then himself after they argued because he didn't want to share the winnings with her.

Sgt. Joe Loughman said Tuesday that 48-year-old Laurice Hampton was able to call 911 to report the shootings Saturday night despite being critically injured with a gunshot wound to the chest

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram...

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