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US stocks open broadly higher as company earnings impress

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:40 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as more companies turn in healthy earnings reports.

Paper products maker Kimberly-Clark gained 5 percent in early trading Tuesday after its income and revenue easily beat analysts' forecasts. Fifth Third Bancorp also rose after releasing better-than-expected results.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,084.


Former RI mobster Ouimette dies in North Carolina prison

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:39 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former mob enforcer in Rhode Island with ties to late New England crime boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca has died in a federal prison in North Carolina. Gerard T. Ouimette was 75.

The Federal Bureau of Prison's website reported that Ouimette, who had lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, died Sunday.

His nephew, Kevin Ouimette Lynch, tells the Providence Journal that his uncle was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and died in his sleep at a prison in Butner, North Carolina.


Former officer accused of injuring Indian man due in court

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:35 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer is due in court on charges of violating the rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation.

Federal court records show 26-year-old Eric Sloan Parker is set for an arraignment hearing before a federal magistrate in Huntsville on Tuesday.

A defense lawyer says Parker will plead not guilty. Such hearings are typically brief.

Parker is accused of using unreasonable force against 57-year-old Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel in February.


Police: Woman killed farmer husband, buried him under manure

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:34 AM

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her husband of 30 years and burying his body under a manure pile on the couple's western New York farm.

State police troopers say they were called to the home of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on Monday in the Wyoming County town of Attica and told by his son that his father didn't go to work and hadn't been seen since 8 p.m. Sunday.

Police launched an air and ground search and found Mess' body concealed in a mound of manure at the back of his farm.


Michelle Obama to speak at Tuskegee University commencement

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:28 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama.

The May 9 event is one of three graduation ceremonies the first lady will speak at this year. Mrs. Obama will also deliver remarks at Oberlin College and King College Prep, a high school in her hometown of Chicago.


UConn baseball team adopts 5-year-old battling leukemia

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:14 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut baseball team welcomed its newest member: 5-year-old Grayson Hand of Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Hand, who is battling leukemia, joins the Huskies with the help of Team IMPACT, an organization that matches children with life-threatening and chronic illness to college sports teams.


Teva offers to buy Mylan in $40.1B cash-and-stock deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:14 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Teva has offered to buy Mylan in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $40.1 billion.

The potential combination would result in a powerhouse of a generic drug developer competing against rivals such as Sun Pharma.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. offered to pay $82 per share, a 21 percent premium to Mylan's closing price on Monday.

Earlier this month Mylan NV offered to buy generic drug and ingredients maker Perrigo for about $29 billion.


Lilly Pulitzer's family couldn't beat the rush at Target

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:13 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lilly Pulitzer's own family couldn't beat the "Pink Sunday" rush for the brightly colored limited edition collection at Target.

The Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection sold out online and in stores shortly after debuting Sunday. The granddaughter of the late Palm Beach fashion trendsetter managed to buy a floral-printed hammock online, but only because she set an alarm.


Venezuelan man is last to finish Boston Marathon in 20 hours

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:11 AM

BOSTON (AP) — An inspirational Venezuelan man has become the last finisher of this year's Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line about 20 hours after he started.

Maickel Melamed finished at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, after battling torrential downpours and thunderstorms for the last few miles.

The 39-year-old Melamed has a form of muscular dystrophy that severely impairs his mobility.

He was accompanied along the race by volunteers and was met at the finish line by dozens of cheering friends and supporters.


Judge considers releasing video of officer-involved shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 09:09 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge is considering whether to release video that police say shows an officer fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back.

Dauphin County Judge Deborah Curcillo did not indicate when she would rule after a hearing Tuesday.

Hummelstown Police Officer Lisa Mearkle's defense is trying to prevent its release. Her lawyer says the video could unfairly influence the opinions of potential jurors in her homicide case.


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