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March 18, 2015 - 6:53pm
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A fraternity at the University of South Carolina has been suspended by its national chapter as authorities investigate the death of an 18-year-old member.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says the male student was found dead about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in a private home about a mile from the heart of campus.

Watts says there was no indication the student had suffered any trauma. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. Watts didn'...

March 18, 2015 - 6:04pm
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prosecutor who handled the case of a Texas man executed for the fire deaths of his three daughters has been formally accused of misconduct over allegations that he concealed evidence during the 1992 murder trial.

John Jackson was the lead prosecutor against Cameron Todd Willingham. He declined comment Wednesday on the accusations against him and referred questions to an attorney.

The State Bar of Texas has asked a Navarro...

March 18, 2015 - 5:47pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A new report indicates that a gas leak that was reported just before a deadly explosion in New York's East Harlem may have come from a relatively new section of plastic pipe.

At the time of the explosion last year, attention was focused on the Con Edison gas main's cast-iron section that was installed in 1887.

But a National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday says that during testing with a tracer gas, high gas...

March 18, 2015 - 5:46pm
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COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Jim Smith has decided to retire after 51 seasons as men's basketball coach at St. John's University in Minnesota.

Smith, 80, announced his retirement to his players on Tuesday afternoon, according to the St. Cloud Times. He finishes with a record of 786-556 at the Division III school.

Smith played at Marquette in the 1950s, and became the St. John's coach before the 1964-65 season. Under him, St. John's made 17 postseason...

March 18, 2015 - 5:28pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The executive chairman at Google is urging Congress to increase the number of high-skilled work visas made available to foreigners and to deal with other immigration issues later on.

Eric Schmidt spoke Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute. He says he believes the United States is better off having more immigrants, not less.

But Schmidt's particularly focused on allowing more immigrants into the U.S. with specialized...

March 18, 2015 - 5:26pm
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — New surveillance video is deepening the mystery around the kidnapping and killing of a 3-week-old baby girl earlier this year in California.

Authorities said Wednesday that the video shows a woman in a black Range Rover SUV closely following a bus carrying the child and her mother.

Long Beach police Lt. Lloyd Cox says the woman stopped the mother and spoke to her about her infant daughter after they got off the bus on Jan. 3...

March 18, 2015 - 5:24pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says African Americans and Hispanics have improved health care and are less frequently victims of violent crimes this year than last.

But the State of Black America report also shows that these minorities still lag behind whites when it comes to most areas of social justice in the United States.

The National Urban League is to release the report on Thursday.

The reports says full equality with...

March 18, 2015 - 5:23pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy official says a SEAL was killed in a parachute jump accident in southern California.

The official says the SEAL's parachute malfunctioned during training near Perris, California, and that he died of his injuries.

Details are not immediately available.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the death had not yet been official announced by the Navy.

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March 18, 2015 - 5:19pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A newly released court document describes what former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell would have said had she testified in her husband's public corruption case.

The affidavit from her lawyer says she would have testified that she hid vitamin executive Jonnie Williams' gifts from her husband because she figured McDonnell would make her return them.

The affidavit was filed under seal last year and was made public Wednesday....

March 18, 2015 - 5:03pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is confirming that a U.S. airstrike last week killed Adan Garar, a senior member of the al-Shabab extremist group who allegedly helped plan the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 67 people.

It was widely reported shortly after the March 12 airstrike that Garar had been killed, but the Pentagon had not publicly confirmed it until Wednesday. It said in a brief statement that Garar was killed when a U.S. drone aircraft...

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