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Stymied treasure hunter still believes cargo on shipwreck

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 08:50 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter stopped by a judge from trying to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod says he still thinks the valuable cargo is aboard.

Greg Brooks' Gorham, Maine-based company Sea Hunters LP is no longer allowed to salvage additional items from the S.S. Port Nicholson, which was sunk by a Nazi U-boat in 1942. A U.S. judge made the ruling on Wednesday.

Brooks says he "just cannot fight countries."


Phoenix police officer won't face charges in fatal shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 08:47 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix police officer who shot an unarmed drug suspect will not face criminal charges.

Maricopa County Attorney's Office spokesman Jerry Cobb said Wednesday that prosecutors have determined last year's shooting of 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon was justified.

Police say Officer Mark Rine was investigating a tip Dec. 2 that Brisbon was selling drugs inside an SUV in the apartment complex where he lived.

Brisbon failed to heed the officer's commands and ran to an apartment where their struggle turned deadly.


Allegiant Air pilots strike averted by court ruling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 08:26 PM

A federal court has issued a temporary restraining order blocking pilots at discount carrier Allegiant Air from a planned strike Thursday.

The Las Vegas-based airline had gone to court to block the strike, which would have grounded 250 flights and affected 33,000 customers.

The union says it will comply with the judge's decision and Allegiant says all scheduled flights are expected to operate normally.

Thursday is one of Allegiant's busiest travel days.


NYC detective's video rant at Uber cab driver spurs transfer

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City detective heard on video berating an Uber driver and asking how long he'd been in the country has been stripped of his gun and badge.

Detective Patrick Cherry also will be transferred from an anti-terrorism division.

It's not clear exactly why Cherry pulled over the driver for the ride-hailing service Uber on Monday. Cherry is heard on a passenger's video saying the driver committed various traffic violations while Cherry tried to park his car.


Suspect in death of boy found in bag in creek passes on bond

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:41 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A jailed suspect in the death of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found inside a backpack in a central Ohio creek has passed on having bond set.

Columbus resident Kurt Flood didn't enter a plea during arraignment Wednesday in Franklin County. The 24-year-old is charged with murder, assault, endangering children, evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse.

Court records list no attorney for him. A message seeking comment has been left for a lawyer believed to be representing him.


Jeremy Renner, estranged wife, settle custody dispute

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:35 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner and his estranged wife have reached an agreement on custody of their 2-year-old daughter and financial issues.

The accord between Renner and model Sonni Pacheco was reached Wednesday after they and their attorneys spent most of Wednesday negotiating at a Los Angeles courthouse.

Renner's attorney, Laura Wasser, says the actor will share 50-50 custody with his estranged wife.


DA won't seek death penalty in Las Vegas mom's slaying

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:35 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The district attorney in Las Vegas says prosecutors won't seek the death penalty against two men charged with killing a mother of four in what was initially described as road rage.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Wednesday he and a panel of supervisory deputies decided capital punishment isn't warranted in the case against 19-year-old Erich Milton Nowsch Jr. and 26-year-old Derrick Andrews.


NY lawyer charged with helping con man in Maxim magazine bid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lawyer has been charged with conspiring to help a convicted con man in a ruse to borrow millions of dollars in a failed bid to buy Maxim magazine.

Attorney Harvey Newkirk was freed on $500,000 bail after appearing Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.


Advocates say Indiana woman's sentence for feticide alarming

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:18 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An advocacy group says a northern Indiana woman's 20-year sentence in the death of her premature infant is a misuse of the state's feticide law.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women Executive Director Lynn Paltrow says 33-year-old Purvi Patel's sentence marks the first time a woman in the U.S. has been convicted and sentenced for attempting to end her own pregnancy.

Paltrow says feticide laws weren't meant to be used against women who want abortions.


New Jersey's Menendez: I'll be vindicated in corruption case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:18 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll be "vindicated" in a corruption case against him.

He says defiantly he has always acted in accordance with the law and fought for what's right and isn't "going anywhere"

Menendez was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for political favors.


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