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May 6, 2015 - 6:33am
5 min 33 sec ago

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — State police say a police car struck and killed two people from New York City after they got out of their disabled vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The accident happened just after 1 a.m. Wednesday in the northbound lanes of the eastern spur in North Bergen, approaching the Vince Lombardi service area.

State police say 41-year-old Jason Champion of Brooklyn and 34-year-old Nuwnah Laroche of East Elmhurst were walking in the...

May 6, 2015 - 6:20am
1 hour 35 min ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHICH CLUES HINTED AT TEXAS PLOT

Minutes before the cartoon contest shooting, a final tweet on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors.

2. KERRY TRIP TO DJIBOUTI HIGHLIGHTS SMALL NATION'S IMPORTANCE

With U.S. ground forces out of Yemen amid a...

May 6, 2015 - 5:35am
5 min 33 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — A boy missing for 11 days before he was found in his Detroit basement says he was ordered there by his stepmother who gave him food and electronic devices.

Thirteen-year-old Charlie Bothuell is testifying Wednesday against his father, also named Charlie Bothuell, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell.

They're charged with torture and child abuse. A judge must decide whether there's enough evidence to send them to trial in Wayne County court....

May 6, 2015 - 5:03am
2 hours 5 min ago

AVON PARK, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida woman who says her boyfriend was holding her and her children hostage sent a secret message asking for help in an online pizza order.

Highlands County Investigators told WFLA-TV (http://bit.ly/1bwXJ96) a Pizza Hut in Avon Park received an online order for pizza Monday afternoon from Cheryl Treadway. Under the comments section, Treadway wrote a message asking employees to call 911. The employees alerted police.

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May 6, 2015 - 4:25am
2 hours 25 min ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray has challenged police and a top prosecutor to produce a knife that prompted the arrest, arguing in a court motion it's an illegal weapon.

Attorneys filed the motion Monday for Officer Edward Nero, who's charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. The motion appeared to challenge the basis for charges Nero faces after the arrest of Gray, a black man who...

May 6, 2015 - 4:03am
3 hours 15 min ago

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — New forensic evidence has led a prosecutor to obtain a capital murder indictment against the man already charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student. And the prosecutor says she'll seek the death penalty against Jesse Matthew Jr. in the 2014 death of 18-year-old Hannah Graham.

Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford said Tuesday that she received "compelling evidence" from the state crime lab in...

May 6, 2015 - 3:07am
3 hours 35 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.

A report being released Wednesday by Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania acknowledges recent efforts by the VA to reduce disability and pensions claims backlogs but says it's not been enough....

May 6, 2015 - 3:02am
3 hours 45 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new study says major technology companies are far more likely to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives.

The analysis released Wednesday uncovered a glaring imbalance between the number of Asian technology workers in non-management jobs and the number in leadership positions in Silicon Valley.

Ascend, a group focused on Asian business issues, based its findings on 2013...

May 6, 2015 - 2:58am
3 hours 55 min ago

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Author Jon Krakauer doesn't like to make public appearances, so there will be no book tour to promote his latest work, "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town."

Instead, he plans to make one public appearance Wednesday night in Missoula. There, he'll face angry critics who say his decision to focus on the small city is unfair.

Krakauer said Tuesday he wants to give people in the town the chance to confront him...

May 6, 2015 - 2:53am
4 hours 5 min ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daimler officials rolled out their truck of the future Tuesday night, a driverless big rig that negotiated some very tight turns — but with a driver.

As the Freightliner navigated switchbacks traveling to the top of the Hoover Dam on the Nevada/Arizona border, Daimler Trucks officials compared their self-driving semi to man's first steps on the moon.

The company's Freightliner of the future was revealed at a news conference...

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