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May 6, 2015 - 12:26pm
11 hours 11 min ago

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut have arrested four people while investigating a batch of synthetic marijuana that sickened about a dozen people, including five who were hospitalized.

Willimantic police say they arrested a dealer of "K2" synthetic marijuana and three buyers Tuesday. Authorities wouldn't say whether the dealer suspect they arrested sold the drug to the people who got sick Monday.

All five of the people hospitalized have...

May 6, 2015 - 12:12pm
1 hour 22 min ago

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area sheriff has been charged in the shooting of a real estate agent at a model home.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav said Wednesday that Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has been charged with reckless conduct in the shooting, which critically wounded 43-year-old real estate agent Gwenevere McCord.

Authorities have said the two were alone in a model home roughly 50 miles northeast of where...

May 6, 2015 - 12:09pm
11 hours 32 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists said global levels of the most prevalent heat-trapping gas have passed a daunting milestone.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 parts per million. That is the first month in modern records that the entire globe broke 400 ppm, reaching levels that haven't been seen in about 2 million years.

Pushed by the burning of fossil fuels...

May 6, 2015 - 12:05pm
10 hours 12 min ago

DENVER (AP) — None of the workers caught on undercover video hitting pigs at a Colorado farm will face criminal charges.

Phillips County Undersheriff Thomas Elliott said Wednesday the district attorney concluded the abuse wasn't bad enough to warrant charges. He noted the workers involved have all been fired.

Seaboard Foods fired the five workers and two supervisors after Mercy For Animals filmed employees hitting animals with cans and boards at the...

May 6, 2015 - 12:04pm
11 hours 32 min ago

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — With her four adult children watching, a Massachusetts woman has pleaded not guilty to running a crack cocaine delivery service from her pickup truck.

Sixty-year-old Donna McLeod entered the plea Tuesday on the trafficking cocaine charge at her arraignment in Springfield District Court. She was ordered held on $10,000 bail.

Prosecutors say police raided her apartment Monday and seized about 1.6 ounces of packaged crack...

May 6, 2015 - 12:01pm
11 hours 42 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting lower in midday trading following some weak reports on the U.S. economy.

Oil prices continued to rise Wednesday, helping drillers and other energy companies move higher.

News Corp., which publishes The Wall Street Journal, fell 7 percent after its results missed analysts' forecasts. Noodles & Co. plunged 18 percent after also reporting disappointing results.

The Standard & Poor's...

May 6, 2015 - 11:59am
11 hours 42 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has approved a $5.5 million reparations package to the victims of the city's notorious police torture scandal.

In addition to the money approved Wednesday, the city also issued a formal apology and promised to teach schoolchildren about one of the darkest chapters in Chicago's history.

Dozens of men who claimed they were tortured by a detective unit under the command of former commander Jon Burge during the...

May 6, 2015 - 11:56am
11 hours 42 min ago

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — One Los Alamos National Laboratory employee has been released from the hospital and another is in critical but stable condition after being burned in an accident last weekend at the nuclear weapons research facility.

Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said Wednesday that the investigation into what caused the accident could take weeks or even months. Officials wouldn't release details about the accident.

It happened Sunday while the...

May 6, 2015 - 11:46am
11 hours 52 min ago

DALLAS (AP) — Jim Wright, a veteran Texas congressman who was the first House speaker in history to driven out of office in midterm, has died. He was 92.

The Harveson and Cole funeral home says Wright died early Wednesday morning. He'd been living at a nursing home in Fort Worth.

Wright represented the Fort Worth area for 34 years, beginning with his election in 1954. He was the Democratic majority leader in the House for a decade, rising to the...

May 6, 2015 - 11:46am
12 hours 2 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. defense officials say setting up a humanitarian safe zone for those caught in the crossfire in Syria can be done militarily but would require the Obama administration to shift troops around.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday that he and other senators want a safe zone to respond to massive humanitarian problems in Syria. He says they hope the United Nations or U.S. allies in the nation could help.

The chairman of...

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