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OU hires former federal judge amid fraternity racism probe

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:22 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma has retained a prominent Oklahoma attorney and former U.S. District judge to assist school officials with an investigation into a racist chant by some fraternity members.

In a statement released by the university on Monday, Oklahoma City attorney Michael Burrage says he will advise OU on a "range of legal matters." Burrage says he's been fully briefed on the university's investigation, which is focused on potential violations of the school's Student Code.

Ohio River to stay above flood stage for most of the week

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:10 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Forecasters expect the Ohio River to remain above flood stage for most of this week after reaching its highest level in two decades.

The National Weather Service says the river was at 57.1 feet Monday morning, after cresting Sunday morning at 57.7 feet. That was 7 feet below the 1997 level that caused severe, widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky.

Coroner: No foul play suspected in professor's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:02 AM

STAHLSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A coroner's office says no foul play is suspected in the death of a professor whose body was found in some woods about 15 miles from the Pennsylvania college where she worked.

The Westmoreland County coroner says Monday that a final cause of death for 36-year-old Laura Wilkinson is pending toxicology tests.

Volunteer searchers found the part-time Saint Vincent College professor's body around 8 a.m. Sunday in Cook Township. They found Wilkinson's car Saturday in the same wooded area, about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

US homebuilder sentiment slips in March

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:01 AM

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index slipped this month to 53, down two points from 55 in February. It's the third monthly decline in a row for the index.

Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.

More mutilated animals found in Northern California

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:44 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More beheaded animals have been found near the Northern California city of Sacramento, the latest in a string of mutilations since the beginning of the year.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1GUudYe) a birdwatcher working the fields of Yolo County on Sunday found a collection of five beheaded chickens and a beheaded turtle.

Gina Knepp, who runs Sacramento's Front Street Animal Shelter, says it's the second find that included a turtle.

US stocks open higher following declines last week

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:38 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising in early trading after getting hit hard last week.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 81 points, or 0.5 percent, to 17,829 as of 9:32 am. Eastern time Monday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained eight points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,061. The Nasdaq composite climbed 20 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,892.

Seven of the 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 index rose. Stocks of utility companies gained the most.

Pregnant woman shot several times; bullets miss unborn baby

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:37 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman shot multiple times at a Los Angeles park is in critical but stable condition, and police are searching for the gunman.

Investigators say the woman was on a basketball court at Toberman Park late Sunday when the man opened fire, striking her several times in the upper torso.

Officer Julie Sohn says the victim is 18 years old and six or seven months pregnant. Her condition stabilized Monday after surgery.

Philadelphia man shot 11 times on walk down street survives

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:32 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man has survived being shot 11 times while walking down the street.

Police say the 21-year-old was wounded in the forearm, legs and buttocks late Saturday night in the city's Point Breeze section.

They say the man fell to the ground as a suspect in a dark blue denim jacket, white shirt, black pants and white sneakers fled.

The victim is in stable condition at a hospital.

No arrests have been made. The investigation is continuing.

Family photos restored after 3 boys, grandma die in fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:25 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The parents of three boys killed with their grandmother in a house fire the morning after Christmas have received a gift of hundreds of restored family photos after they were damaged in the Ohio blaze.

Art conservation graduate students at the University of Delaware worked for weeks to restore about 260 photos charred by the fire and damaged by water. A university professor and a family friend delivered the photos Friday to the family in their hometown of Washington Court House.

Man shoots self after robbery, flags down deputy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:25 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an Orlando man panicked after robbing someone of a phone and shot himself while fleeing the scene and eventually flagged down a deputy for help.

Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Crabb says 24-year-old Lashawn Williams ran across the street after shooting himself early Sunday and jumped into a Mercedes that had its door open in the parking lot of a gentleman's club.

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