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May 3, 2015 - 12:35pm
7 hours 54 min ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina law enforcement agencies are offering their parking lots as a safe place to finalize deals made on Craigslist and other online marketplaces.

Officers say they won't get involved in the deals. But officials hope that, by doing the transactions at a police station or sheriff's department, people will be less likely to cut a shady deal — or get violent.

At least two people have been killed in South Carolina when...

May 3, 2015 - 12:12pm
7 hours 54 min ago

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The odd requests, strange bits of advice and deep emotion sometimes found on the obituary pages now have a global audience.

A recent death notice that included "do not vote for Hillary Clinton" won nationwide attention. So did a heartbroken plea to find help for drug addicts — from a man whose daughter died of a heroin overdose.

Another man said, "Don't give my ashes to my mother. She'll put them in a drawer with my...

May 3, 2015 - 12:12pm
7 hours 54 min ago

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — In ongoing efforts to diversify Silicon Valley's tech sector, Google is embedding engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities where they teach, mentor and advise on curriculum.

Today, 35 percent of African Americans receiving computer science degrees come from those schools, but they don't make their way to Silicon Valley's top tech firms.

Google is typical — about one percent of its technical...

May 3, 2015 - 12:07pm
7 hours 54 min ago

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont Roman Catholic church's electronic broadcast of bells and hymns is clashing with some residents of a neighborhood in a state that has been identified as the least religious in the country.

Some residents say the chiming that started being broadcast through the Christ the King church's sound system three times a day last summer is noisy and intrusive.

They have complained to the city that the church is violating the...

May 3, 2015 - 12:03pm
7 hours 54 min ago

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Weather experts are hoping that their social media skills will one day match their forecasting skills.

The National Weather Center in Oklahoma is working on several projects to increase the amount of time people have to prepare for storms.

One project suggests creating threat assessments for each square-kilometer area, particularly those in Tornado Alley. Smartphone users could perhaps receive the assessments through an app....

May 3, 2015 - 11:57am
7 hours 54 min ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nearly 400 women tried out for a chance to join the all-female Team SCA in this year's Volvo Ocean Race, the most prestigious offshore sailing event in the world. The team is only the fifth all-female team in the race's 40-year history.

About 50 applicants started training over two years ago to compete in the race. Officials say because women have fewer professional sailing opportunities than men, they have less experience, and need to train...

May 3, 2015 - 11:48am
7 hours 54 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "Avengers" sequel has failed to top the record opening weekend of the first film. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" grossed a staggering $187.7 million in its first three days in theaters according to Disney estimates on Sunday, but it is a far cry from the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012.

Although "Ultron" was the only new film in wide release this weekend, it had some significant small screen competition too: The Kentucky Derby, the NBA...

May 3, 2015 - 11:43am
8 hours 24 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Associated Press has documented that half of Ohio's abortion providers have either closed or reduced services over the last four years as the number of abortion procedures is also falling.

According to AP interviews and examinations of state licensing and business records, seven of 16 abortion providers operating in 2011 have since closed or restricted abortion offerings. Numerous restrictive new laws have passed in that time....

May 3, 2015 - 11:40am
8 hours 24 min ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State police in South Carolina refuse to release dashcam video that apparently shows a white police officer shooting a 68-year-old black man to death in his driveway after a nine mile car chase.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said the video could ruin North Augusta officer Justin Craven's chance at a fair trial. Craven is charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle in the February 2014 killing of Ernest Satterwhite. A...

May 3, 2015 - 11:34am
8 hours 24 min ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — For the better part of three decades, Virginia operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation. Not anymore.

Statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center show that Virginia has sent only six people to death row in the last nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years. As a result, the state only has eight inmates awaiting execution — down from a high of 57 in 1995.

Virginia has slipped...

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