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February 12, 2016 - 1:46pm
53 min 19 sec ago

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Feb. 11, 2016:

Top Songs

1. My House, Flo Rida

2. Work (feat. Drake), Rihanna

3. Love Yourself, Justin Bieber

4. Stressed Out, twenty one pilots

5. PILLOWTALK, ZAYN

6. Adventure of a Lifetime, Coldplay

7. Hello, Adele

8. Me, Myself & I, G-Eazy &...

February 12, 2016 - 1:42pm
53 min 19 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have failed to release their tax returns despite promises to do.

Mitt Romney offered Republican presidential candidates this advice about a hard-won lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening.

Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have already...

February 12, 2016 - 1:39pm
53 min 19 sec ago

WACO, Texas (AP) — A judge has postponed the first trial scheduled for one of the many bikers arrested after last year's deadly shootout at a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

During a pretrial hearing Friday, Judge Matt Johnson scheduled a hearing for April 1 to consider Matthew Clendennen's motion for a change of venue. Clendennen had argued that pretrial publicity would taint the jury pool.

The district court judge also ordered the state to turn over...

February 12, 2016 - 1:33pm
43 min 25 sec ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is being accused of racial insensitivity over a joke about a Chinese investor's name.

The man's first name is Chiu — pronounced "choo." When LePage mentioned him Thursday at a Lewiston business breakfast, the Republican governor pronounced it with an emphatic fake sneeze. LePage smiled, and many at the luncheon laughed.

The governor's office said Friday that the investor is Chiu Feng Chuan, chairman of a...

February 12, 2016 - 1:23pm
53 min 19 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A court-appointed mediator in New York is reporting more progress in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders claiming they are owed billions of dollars.

Last week, two of six leading bondholders settled their claims for over $1 billion.

On Friday, mediator Daniel Pollack reported that the remaining large bondholders engaged in intensive discussions with high-ranking Argentine government officials this week. The...

February 12, 2016 - 1:23pm
53 min 19 sec ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian lawmakers have voted on a bill allowing the restitution of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property expropriated during the Holocaust.

The World Jewish Restitution Organization said Friday Serbia is one of the first countries in Eastern Europe to pass such a bill, which means the property will be returned to the local Jewish community.

Gideon Taylor, WJRO chair of operations, says "this is a step toward justice and the...

February 12, 2016 - 1:15pm
1 hour 3 min ago

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina's most dangerous prisons is also home to some beautiful music.

Thanks to a partnership with a chamber ensemble affiliated with Carnegie Hall, several dozen inmates at Lee Correctional Institution will be putting on a concert they've written themselves.

Organizers and inmates say the rehearsals and Saturday's concert encourage harmony not only in their music but also in learning to work together....

February 12, 2016 - 1:05pm
2 hours 3 min ago

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops and for helping threatened species recover.

The conservation efforts at bases in Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina are among 84 conservation projects chosen to receive $720 million from the federal government as well as private and nonprofit partners.

Agriculture Secretary Tom...

February 12, 2016 - 12:56pm
2 hours 13 min ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Legal experts say prosecutors face a tough road in their case against a former priest accused this week in the killing of a young Texas teacher and beauty queen nearly 56 years ago.

As with many cold cases, the challenges include decades-old evidence, a lack of DNA and the long delay in bringing charges.

Eighty-three-year-old John Bernard Feit remained in jail Friday in Phoenix after he was indicted in South Texas in the murder of 25-...

February 12, 2016 - 12:50pm
53 min 20 sec ago

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law.

State lawmakers rebuked Thursday's veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, voting along party lines in their House and Senate. Some House Republicans voted "no," though only a simple majority was required.

"Right-to-work" laws prohibit companies from requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Unions are still required to...

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