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May 24, 2015 - 3:42pm
18 hours 22 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died. She was 85.

Her husband, Jerry Stiller, and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided.

The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life."

"The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said.


May 24, 2015 - 2:28pm
18 hours 32 min ago

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — One of the two protesters who chained themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle has left the vessel.

The Coast Guard reports that protester Matt Fuller requested help getting down from the Arctic Challenger in Bellingham Bay about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The ship is part of a fleet Royal Dutch Shell plans to use to conduct exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska this summer.


May 24, 2015 - 2:05pm
19 hours 42 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.

Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan Belgrave, said the musician died Sunday at an Ann Arbor care facility. The cause of death was heart failure.

Belgrave remained active on the Detroit and international jazz scenes up until his death. He...

May 24, 2015 - 2:04pm
18 hours 22 min ago

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a man who prompted the evacuation of a Washington state courthouse has been arrested without incident about a mile away from the building.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says the man was seen armed with a knife and a crowbar Sunday morning inside the county courthouse in Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton says that while the courthouse is closed on weekends,...

May 24, 2015 - 1:03pm
21 hours 22 min ago

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of New England Patriots fans filled a parking lot at Gillette Stadium to protest the four-game suspension handed to quarterback Tom Brady over the "Deflategate" scandal.

The "Free Tom Brady" rally was organized on Facebook. Many of the fans who gathered on Sunday wore Brady football jerseys with his number 12 on the back and held signs calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to rescind the suspension.

The penalty was...

May 24, 2015 - 12:51pm
21 hours 22 min ago

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A submarine will be the third U.S. Navy vessel named the USS New Jersey.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Sunday that a submarine being built now will get that name when it's completed and commissioned in about five years.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez had been pushing for a ship to be named after his state.

Two battleships have been named the USS New Jersey previously. The most recent one was...

May 24, 2015 - 12:51pm
2 hours 42 min ago

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 92-year-old World War II veteran is slated to receive an honorary diploma from his Ohio high school after he left early more than seven decades ago to fight in the war.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) that Charles Benning plans to wear a cap and gown Thursday to accept his diploma from Yellow Springs High School. He will join more than 50 teenage graduates at the ceremony.

Benning served in a unit of...

May 24, 2015 - 12:34pm
22 hours 42 min ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Iconic filmmaker John Waters says he was surprised to be offered an honorary degree from a prestigious Rhode Island art school. After all, he was thrown out of every school he ever went to.

Waters is known for his quirky films that push the boundaries of good taste, including 1972's outrageous cult classic "Pink Flamingos."

He'll be the keynote speaker at the Rhode Island School of Design's commencement next weekend....

May 24, 2015 - 12:34pm
22 hours 42 min ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A literary treasure trove from the creator of iconic crime mysteries such as "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man" is finding a home at the University of South Carolina.

University officials say it is the largest compendium known to exist of letters, photos, publications and books by the late Dashiell (Dash-EEL) Hammett. It will be available to scholars and students within a year.

Hammett was a high-school dropout who...

May 24, 2015 - 12:34pm
23 hours 22 min ago

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (AP) — Nine brains were found along a street in a northern New York village, but authorities say there's nothing to fear.

The brains are believed to have been part of a collection for educational or research purposes. No criminal activity is suspected. Residents discovered the brains on a street near railroad tracks in Governeur and notified police Wednesday.

A local veterinarian determined one of the brains had been professionally...

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