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May 29, 2015 - 10:25am
14 hours 3 min ago

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 1988 Nobel Prize put up for auction by a retired experimental physicist has sold for $765,002.

The online auction went into overtime Thursday evening until a final bid went unchallenged for half an hour. Nate D. Sanders Auctions spokesman Sam Heller says the final amount is the fourth-highest ever paid among the 10 Nobel Prizes that have been sold at auction.

The Los Angeles company declined to identify the buyer....

May 29, 2015 - 10:21am
13 hours 53 min ago

MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin cheesemaker is debuting a 20-year-old cheddar this week that's short in supply and big on price.

The cheddar from Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point goes on sale Friday for $209 a pound. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1FdMxpv ) reports that most of the 450-pound supply is already spoken for, with orders coming in after the planned sale went public earlier this year.

Cheesemaker Tony Hook says there's...

May 29, 2015 - 10:10am
14 hours 3 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A weak U.S. economy pulled down consumer sentiment in May.

The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment fell to 90.7 from 95.9 in April. The May reading was the lowest since November.

Consumers of all ages and income levels were gloomier this month. And they were less confident both about current economic conditions and the future.

Still, Richard Curtin, chief economist of the surveys, noted...

May 29, 2015 - 9:56am
14 hours 23 min ago

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who stored images of himself raping an 8-year-old girl on a computer tablet that he later sold at a flea market will spend 15 to 30 years in state prison for the sex acts.

The New Castle News (http://bit.ly/1EDV1FE ) reports that 44-year-old Donald Miller of New Castle was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty to child rape in November.

He was sentenced earlier this month to 27 years in federal prison for the...

May 29, 2015 - 9:43am
14 hours 23 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after the government reported that the domestic economy contracted in the first three months of the year.

The revised figures published early Friday, which showed gross domestic product contracting 0.7 percent in the first quarter, was worse than the government's initial estimate of growth of 0.2 percent in the period.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 50 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,078 as...

May 29, 2015 - 9:37am
14 hours 23 min ago

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Police say a U.S. airman who fatally shot one worker and injured another at a Grand Forks Wal-Mart before killing himself did not use a military-issued weapon.

Lt. Derik Zimmel says 21-year-old Marcell Willis personally owned the Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Zimmel says Willis legally bought the gun, though the officer didn't provide details on when and where.

The gun was found near Willis at the scene...

May 29, 2015 - 9:36am
14 hours 33 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate.

Under the agreement reached in Brooklyn federal court this week, Equifax will enter God Gazarov's name into its database. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Gazarov now has a robust 820 credit score.

He says he was shocked by Equifax's refusal to...

May 29, 2015 - 9:29am
1 hour 3 min ago

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have reopened seven miles of Southern California beach that were shut down three days ago when balls of oily goo washed ashore.

A.J. Lester of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division says the stretch of shore from Manhattan beach to Redondo Beach was deemed safe and reopened around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

County health authorities determined that the sand and water were safe enough for...

May 29, 2015 - 9:21am
10 hours 53 min ago

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has yet to decide on an activists' request for an independent probe of the county prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Joseph Walsh III ended a hearing Friday by saying he'll weigh the matter and begin working on his ruling after a vacation next week.

The activists who filed the lawsuit want Walsh to appoint a special prosecutor...

May 29, 2015 - 9:11am
1 hour 3 min ago

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin jury has convicted TV actor Dustin Diamond of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but cleared the former "Saved by the Bell" actor of the most serious felony charge.

The jury's verdict Friday came just hours after the 38-year-old actor testified that he never intended to stab anyone in the fight last Christmas Day.

Diamond said he was trying to scare bar patrons in Port Washington after his...

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