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Jodi Arias won't be sentenced to death after jury deadlocks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:46 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has been spared the death penalty after jurors deadlocked on whether she should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008.

The decision in a Phoenix courtroom Thursday means the judge will sentence Arias on April 13 to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years.

Family members of victim Travis Alexander wept when the judge announced that jurors couldn't reach a decision after deliberating for about 26 hours over five days.

Americans spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets in 2014

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:43 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pet industry trade group says Americans spent $58 billion on their pets in 2014.

The American Pet Products Association says that includes $22 billion for food, $15 billion for veterinary care and $14 billion for supplies such as bowls and beds and medicines for fleas and ticks.

The fastest growing category was "other services," which includes grooming, boarding, walking, training, daycare and even trips to the spa, where pets can get facials and massages.

Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:42 PM

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) — A prosecutor says he intends to seek a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct against a police chief who shot his wife on New Year's Day and called it an accident.

Peachtree City police Chief William McCollom called 911 early Jan. 1 and reported accidentally shooting his wife while moving a handgun in their bed. McCollom told a dispatcher that he and his wife, Margaret, were sleeping at the time. Margaret McCollom was seriously injured but survived.

Judge asked to give boy, then 11, new trial in 2009 slaying

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:27 PM

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys for a Pennsylvania boy who was just 11 when he was charged with fatally shooting his father's pregnant fiancee want a judge to dismiss those charges or, at least, grant him a new juvenile trial.

Thursday's hearing wasn't public and state prosecutors aren't commenting on it. But Jordan Brown's defense attorneys say both sides were asked to file written arguments before the judge issues a final ruling.

Brown was charged in the February 2009 shotgun killing of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk and her unborn son.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

This week's collection includes coal miners waiting in a room before going underground at the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, Ukraine; Gentoo penguins standing on rocks in Antarctica; and a mass wedding ceremony at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea.


Actor known for role as dim-witted boss on 'Seinfeld' dies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:15 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's boss on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64.

Harry Gilligan, owner of Gilligan Funeral Homes, confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that von Bargen died Sunday in the Cincinnati area. He says he couldn't provide the cause. WLWT-TV first reported the death.

Yale students protest work requirement for aid recipients

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:06 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A requirement that Yale undergraduates on financial aid pay up to $6,400 annually toward their education is coming under protest from students who argue it creates a divide along class lines and keeps them from participating more in campus life.

A petition drive has gathered signatures from more than a thousand students calling for the elimination of the student contribution.

Plane skids off runway at LaGuardia, crashes through fence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Fire officials in New York say if there are any injuries from this morning's incident at LaGuardia airport, they are minor ones.

A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway while landing, crashing through a chain-link fence and apparently losing its right wing.

The plane carried 125 passengers and five crew members.

Images show the plane resting in the snow, and its right wing appears to have been sheared off. Video shows passengers trudging through the snow in an orderly line after climbing off the plane.

Couple offers $92M to Northwestern University medical school

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:04 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University's medical school has received a $92 million donation to pursue regenerative medicine.

The Chicago Tribune reports Thursday (http://trib.in/1M96kud ) that the money comes from Louis Simpson and his wife, Kimberly Querrey. It will go to support programming at the university's new biomedical research center.

US stocks edge higher, Europe gains as ECB unveils stimulus

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:53 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher in midday trading, breaking a two-day losing streak, as investors were encouraged by positive earnings news.

Supermarket operator Kroger jumped 5 percent Thursday after reporting income that was ahead of what analysts were looking for. Costco rose 2 percent after its earnings beat estimates.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 43 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,141 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time.

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