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August 3, 2015 - 2:21pm
5 hours 11 min ago

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts prosecutor says an anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him.

Prosecutor William McCauley says in a filing released Monday that an attempt by Hernandez's lawyer to question the woman under oath is an "unwarranted fishing expedition."

The woman's identity has been redacted in court...

August 3, 2015 - 2:19pm
5 hours 11 min ago

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's jam-packed presidential class is facing off in New Hampshire, where more than a dozen White House hopefuls aim to warm up for the first full-fledged debate of the primary season.

The Monday night forum will bring together almost all of the 17 major Republican candidates for president for a debate-lite event.

Unlike Thursday's nationally televised debate in Cleveland, it doesn't have a cut-off for...

August 3, 2015 - 2:10pm
5 hours 41 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of inspectors general is appealing to Congress to pass legislation that affirms their ability to conduct independent oversight.

The Council of Inspectors on Integrity and Efficiency represents 72 inspectors general.

The group sent a letter to members of Congress on Monday saying new legislation is needed to shore up their authority following the release last month of a memo from the Justice Department's Office of Legal...

August 3, 2015 - 2:07pm
4 hours 31 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The effort to build a new football riverfront stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use bond proceeds for the project.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley's ruling voided a city ordinance requiring voter approval for any project using tax dollars for a professional sports facility. He called the 2002 law's language confusing and vague.

A spokeswoman for...

August 3, 2015 - 2:07pm
6 hours 1 min ago

The price of oil is sliding as traders brace for softer demand amid an increase in the number of active rigs and weak U.S. economic reports on construction spending and manufacturing activity.

U.S. crude was down $1.80, or 3.8 percent, to $45.32 a barrel in afternoon trading in New York Monday, the lowest price in more than four months.

Benchmark U.S. crude has been declining since reaching a high this year of $61.43 a barrel on June 10. It's down 15...

August 3, 2015 - 2:06pm
6 hours 1 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says Justin Bieber is complying with the terms of his probation in a vandalism case and has given the singer until later this year to complete community labor requirements of his sentence.

Superior Court Judge Leland Harris made the comments Monday in a hearing in the pop singer's misdemeanor vandalism case filed after he damaged a former neighbor's home with eggs.

Bieber has already completed the anger management and...

August 3, 2015 - 2:06pm
6 hours 11 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The National Baseball Congress is suspending the use of bat boys and girls during its World Series in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was hit by a bat.

Kaiser Carlile died Sunday after he was hit in the head with a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle during the Liberal Bee Jays' game a day earlier. He was wearing a helmet.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that the general manager of...

August 3, 2015 - 1:55pm
6 hours 11 min ago

HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) — More than any single Democrat, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's greatest rival has been the biggest teachers union in his home state.

Running for the Republican presidential nomination, Christie is now taking on teachers unions nationally. When was asked Sunday in an interview on CNN who deserved to be punched in the face, he didn't hesitate: "Oh, the national teachers union."

Here's a look at Christie's history of...

August 3, 2015 - 1:55pm
6 hours 31 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Carter Center says former President Jimmy Carter has undergone a medical procedure to remove a small mass in his liver, and that he's expected to make a full recovery.

A statement released by Carter's spokeswoman Deanna Congileo described Monday's operation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta as an elective procedure.

It said the procedure was done without issues, and that the prognosis "is excellent for a full recovery." The...

August 3, 2015 - 1:44pm
6 hours 31 min ago

SANTA CRUZ,Calif. (AP) — The mother of a slain 8-year-old California girl says she doesn't fault the mom of the 15-year-old neighbor boy accused of the killing.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( ) reported Monday that Laura Jordan says she hugged Reggie Factor at a makeshift memorial for Madyson Middleton, the daughter of Jordan.

Factor's son, Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing Madyson inside his...

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