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February 10, 2016 - 11:10am
7 hours 32 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are searching for a man they say stabbed his girlfriend and her three daughters in a New York City hotel, killing the woman and one of the girls.

A police official tells The Associated Press that 23-year-old Michael Sykes called his mother early Wednesday to say he was going to kill his girlfriend and himself.

The official wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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February 10, 2016 - 11:04am
9 hours 52 min ago

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, says the flagship school is running a $150 million deficit and must undertake a top-to-bottom review of expenses to sustain its national standing.

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks notified the campus in a letter Wednesday that he has initiated a process aimed at cutting costs and boosting fundraising.

Dirks says every aspect of UC Berkeley will be open to evaluation and that...

February 10, 2016 - 11:03am
8 hours 32 min ago

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Caddies have lost their class-action lawsuit against the PGA Tour claiming they were forced to wear bibs that made them "human billboards."

The ruling came just over one year after the lawsuit, which grew to include 168 caddies, was filed in federal court in northern California.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning the caddies cannot refile their complaint....

February 10, 2016 - 11:01am
3 hours 32 min ago

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The mayor of Flint, Michigan is asking President Barack Obama to visit her city, where lead has contaminated the water supply, caused health problems and put children at risk for developmental delays.

Mayor Karen Weaver told reporters that her message to the president is simple: "President Obama, come to Flint...

February 10, 2016 - 11:00am
10 hours 2 min ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Three Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case are asking Maryland's second-highest court to block the state from appealing a lower-court ruling barring another officer from testifying against them.

Lawyers for Lt. Brian Rice and officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero attached the motions to Baltimore Circuit Court filings made public Tuesday. The motions are directed to the Court of Special Appeals.

Prosecutors...

February 10, 2016 - 10:59am
9 hours 22 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is tweaking its timeline.

The social media site will let people turn on a setting that lets popular tweets related to people you follow show up first in your timeline, followed by the real-time feed most people on Twitter are used to.

It's a significant change for the microblogging service, although its existing "while you were away" feature also highlights tweets from the recent past.

The Twittersphere...

February 10, 2016 - 10:36am
10 hours 22 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful commission that oversees development on California's famed coastline could oust its top executive.

The 12-member California Coastal Commission is expected to consider the move Wednesday, a change that environmentalists fear could open an era of unchecked development.

Charles Lester has served as executive director since 2011. The panel has not provided an explanation for his possible dismissal.

The...

February 10, 2016 - 10:27am
4 hours 12 min ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The latest on efforts by Ferguson to reach a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve police and court practices in the St. Louis suburb (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving how police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb...

February 10, 2016 - 10:19am
10 hours 32 min ago

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will visit Duke University to observe cancer research and discuss the White House's proposed $1 billion effort to accelerate progress on developing cures.

Biden will tour labs and participate in a discussion Wednesday afternoon on his effort to streamline cooperation between government agencies and researchers.

Don Graves serves in the White House as counselor to the vice president. He says Duke was chosen...

February 10, 2016 - 10:14am
10 hours 42 min ago

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a couple from Grants Pass, Oregon, were rescued after spending two nights in their pickup in a snowy ditch in the mountains.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://goo.gl/yYs6MT ) a woman and 80-year-old man left their home Saturday to go for a drive in a four-wheel drive pickup truck.

Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department say the truck slid off a slick road and got stuck in a ditch later that day...

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