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APNewsBreak: Army says troops lost their way, went off cliff

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 01:25 AM

DENVER (AP) — Investigators say an Army vehicle took the wrong road in the dark and was making a U-turn when it tumbled 250 feet off a cliff at a Colorado training range last year, killing one soldier and injuring five.

Investigators also said medical personnel had recommended that the soldier who died shouldn't go on the exercise because of an unspecified condition. But it wasn't clear if his condition was a factor in the 2015 crash of a Stryker vehicle at Fort Carson.


Critics question mine exploration near Alaska eagle preserve

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 01:10 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian company exploring an Alaska mineral prospect near a wildlife preserve is drawing criticism from residents who say the risk is not worth the potential economic benefits.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Constantine Metal Resources Ltd. has applied to expand exploration near the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines.

The Chilkat River stays open well after other southeast Alaska rivers freeze up. Up to 4,000 bald eagles gather there each year to feed on salmon carcasses.


College student launches new line of dolls for boys of color

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:42 AM

WELLESLEY, Massachusetts (AP) — A Massachusetts college student is launching a new line of dolls intended for boys of color.

Jennifer Pierre started her toy company while she's finishing a master's in entrepreneurship at Babson College. Her business is called Melanites, and she plans to produce dolls of different ethnicities, including African American and Indian American.

Pierre, of Pompano Beach, Florida, says her company is a celebration of brown boyhood, meant to offer boys of all races dolls that looks like them.


Governor, lawmakers react to ex-Assembly speaker's sentence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:30 AM

New York's governor says former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's 12-year prison sentence in a $5 million corruption case sends a message that officials who abuse the public's trust will be held accountable.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that "justice was served."

Silver also was ordered to forfeit $5.3 million and pay a $1.75 million fine.


Researchers say they're closing in on Captain Cook's ship

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:26 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers believe the ship that legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world is still submerged somewhere in Rhode Island's Newport Harbor.

The Endeavour was part of a fleet of 13 ships the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade the port.


FBI: Man admits to contaminating food at Michigan stores

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:11 AM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The FBI says a man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant that officials believe contained mice poison on unpackaged food at several Michigan grocery stores.

In a news release Tuesday, the FBI said an investigation indicates the man sprayed a mixture of hand cleaner, water and mouse poison on produce and open food bars at three Ann Arbor stores within the last couple weeks.

The FBI says an investigation is ongoing to determine if other stores the suspect visited were affected.


Closing arguments expected in Cleveland slayings trial

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:02 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in the trial of a Cleveland man accused of killing three women and hiding their bodies in garbage bags.

Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Madison could face the death penalty if he's convicted on murder charges.

Madison was arrested in July 2013, shortly after the bodies were found near the East Cleveland apartment building where he lived.

During the trial that began last month, prosecutors played a recording of statements that Madison made after his arrest.


Government reports drop in overall crime in nation's schools

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest government snapshot of school crime paints a picture of safer schools, with declines in violent crime, bullying and harassment because of sexual orientation.

The National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department say about 3 percent of students ages 12 to 18 said they were a victim of a crime at school in 2014. About 1.3 million students were suspended for at least one full school day for alcohol violations, violence or weapons possession.


Ohio police cadet won't be charged in other cadet's shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:01 AM

NAPOLEON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they won't charge a police cadet who accidentally shot and wounded another recruit at an Ohio firing range last month.

The Blade in Toledo (http://bit.ly/1TtdEUX ) reports Henry County Sheriff Michael Bodenbender says an investigation shows the cadet fired his handgun unintentionally during a break.

It happened during training last month at a shooting range at the Northwest State Law Enforcement Academy in Napoleon, about 40 miles west of Toledo.


Pig attacks, injures 2 people at Massachusetts farm

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:45 PM

TOWNSEND, Mass. (AP) — A pig attacked and seriously injured a man at a Massachusetts farm hours after the animal attacked a woman.

Police say the animal, an adult boar, or male pig, attacked both victims Tuesday night at a farm in Townsend, about 50 miles northwest of Boston.

The 50-year-old man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say he was attacked a couple hours after the same pig went after a 38-year-old woman. She was taken to a hospital with lacerations on her body.


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