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November 17, 2015 - 6:33pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Seattle man accused of killing four people in two states in a fit of rage over the U.S. government's role in the Middle East has been convicted in New Jersey of unrelated armed-robbery charges.

Acting Essex County prosecutor Carolyn Murray says Ali Muhammad Brown was convicted Tuesday of robbery and weapons offenses after a two-week trial. She says Brown stole a man's wallet in West Orange in July 2014, about two weeks after he killed a college...

November 17, 2015 - 6:26pm
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MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say an armed robbery suspect has been fatally shot in a confrontation with two South Florida police officers.

Miami-Dade police said in a news release that the suspect, identified only as a black male, robbed a Wendy's restaurant in the southwestern part of the county Monday morning. Officers called to the area reported spotting the suspect near a canal.

The statement says shots were fired during a confrontation between the...

November 17, 2015 - 6:17pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Judges for the Pennsylvania agency that regulates buses and taxis are recommending a record $50 million fine against ride-sharing company Uber for operating in the state without approval.

Two administrative law judges issued an initial decision Tuesday, subject to approval by the Public Utility Commission, to punish Uber Technologies Inc. for rides by its subsidiaries from February 2014 until it received experimental authority six months later....

November 17, 2015 - 6:16pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An animal rights group is suing to get a chimpanzee named Candy out of an amusement park where, it says, she smokes cigarettes and is given soft drinks instead of water.

The federal lawsuit says Candy is in an inadequate cage at the Baton Rouge park, and should be moved to a sanctuary.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued Tuesday in Baton Rouge on behalf of two women who have campaigned to get Candy moved from the Dixie Landin' park...

November 17, 2015 - 6:08pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his corruption convictions that included his bid to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

The Democrat's lawyers filed the request Tuesday.

The Supreme Court hears only around 80 cases a year, out of more than 10,000 requests, and is more likely to accept cases that raise weighty and divisive legal issues....

November 17, 2015 - 5:58pm
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona highway trooper pulled over a speeding driver but wound up helping a woman who gave birth in a car on the side of the road.

Courtney Benavidez tells The Associated Press that her grandmother was driving her to the hospital Saturday but she wasn't able to make it, so they stopped on a highway near the town of Bisbee.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Miguel Rincon said he ran to assist her after letting the speeding...

November 17, 2015 - 5:56pm
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state disciplinary panel is accusing an Arkansas judge of having inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission lodged administrative charges Tuesday against Cross County District Judge Joe Boeckmann. If substantiated, the commission could recommend his removal from office.

The complaint alleges Boeckmann inappropriately handled cases involving a man he was...

November 17, 2015 - 5:49pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Native American tribes could have more autonomy in setting their own labor rules under legislation passed by the House.

The House voted 249-177 on Tuesday to give the National Labor Relations Board less authority to oversee labor organization on American Indian reservations. Republicans who supported the bill said it would free struggling tribes from government overreach.

Many tribes have supported the bill, saying the labor...

November 17, 2015 - 5:20pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — An official says a plan to build a museum focused on black Civil War soldiers at a Georgia park honoring Confederate history has taken priority over a proposed monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( reports the Stone Mountain Memorial Association's board voted Tuesday to explore the museum proposal. Association Chief Executive Bill Stephens says the board didn't discuss an earlier proposal for a...

November 17, 2015 - 5:13pm
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BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to a local CVS store during a riot has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Twenty four-year-old Raymon Carter was also ordered to pay restitution of $500,000. Carter was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Baltimore, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release. Carter pleaded guilty to rioting in August.

Authorities say that after the CVS in the Penn North neighborhood...

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