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March 21, 2015 - 3:50am
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GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether they think she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.

The jury convicted 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday in the death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who said Garrard became so enraged over a lie that she made the girl run until she dropped in February 2012.

In the...

March 21, 2015 - 3:39am
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PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — The body of a black man found hanging in a Mississippi tree has been sent from a state crime lab to a funeral home, but the FBI says it will be days before autopsy results are complete.

Investigators are holding off on saying whether 54-year-old Otis Byrd was killed or took his own life.

Don Alway, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Jackson, urges patience as investigators search Byrd's belongings and interview...

March 21, 2015 - 3:15am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A budding bipartisan House deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups.

But the proposal is also attracting influential foes like AARP. A House vote seems likely late next week, shortly before Congress begins a two-week spring recess, but its Senate fate is less clear.

House aides released an outline of the...

March 21, 2015 - 3:11am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's 100 members don't agree on much these days. But they did agree that they want legislation to help the victims of sex trafficking. Then the bill got caught up in the emotional and uncompromising politics of abortion.

Now the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act is stalled, with Democrats insisting that Republicans remove an abortion funding provision and Republicans refusing to do so.

President Barack Obama's attorney...

March 21, 2015 - 1:34am
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Corrections Department says a "major technical glitch" in a crime victim notification system has triggered thousands of false notices about the release of inmates.

KGW-TV reports that one of those error messages generated Friday evening said a notorious convicted murderer had been released. Corrections spokeswoman Betty Bernt confirmed that Ward Weaver III remains locked up. He was convicted of aggravated murder in 2004 for the deaths of...

March 21, 2015 - 1:22am
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KENNER, La. (AP) — Police say a man shot several times in an incident at the new Orleans international airport is still alive and in surgery.

Authorities say 63-year-old Richard White sprayed TSA agents in the face with wasp killer then swung a machete at guards before being shot several times at a security checkpoint.

After running through a metal detector, White was chasing a female TSA agent when Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Lt. Heather Slyve...

March 21, 2015 - 12:56am
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LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey police officers remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition, a day after they were injured in a wrong-way crash in New York City that killed another officer and a friend.

Investigators have applied for a warrant to test the driver's blood-alcohol level following the crash early Friday on the West Shore Expressway in Staten Island. But a New York Police Department spokesman said Saturday he did not know if the warrant had been...

March 21, 2015 - 12:33am
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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge says the U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ruling comes in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the U.S. military treated prisoners.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's decision Friday gives the government two months to decide whether to appeal before the photos can be released.

The Defense Department says it's...

March 20, 2015 - 11:49pm
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The director of an ill-fated movie about singer Gregg Allman said Friday that it's "ultimately my responsibility" that his crew ended up on a Georgia railroad bridge in the path of a freight train that killed a camera assistant.

"Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller issued a statement to The Associated Press less than two weeks after he pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. A judge sentenced him to two...

March 20, 2015 - 10:46pm
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The youngest half-brother of late President Gerald Ford has died. He was 90.

Richard Ford's death Friday in Grand Rapids was disclosed by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

Gerald Ford had three half-brothers after his mother's second marriage. Marty Allen, a longtime family friend, tells The Grand Rapids Press ( ) that Richard Ford was a "relatively quiet person who was not interested in the...

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