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Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:09 PM

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — All three defendants in a fatal Halloween-themed hayride crash in Maine have pleaded not guilty at their first court appearance.

The driver, 55-year-old David Brown of South Paris, and a farm mechanic, 38-year-old Phillip Theberge of Norway, appeared in court Thursday to enter their pleas to reckless conduct.

A Portland attorney represented Harvest Hill Farm of Mechanic Falls, which is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, driving to endanger and reckless conduct.

The Latest: Colorado shooting judge holds woman in contempt

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:04 PM

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The judge in the Colorado shooting case has sentenced a woman to three weeks in jail for interrupting the lead prosecutor during closing arguments in the latest stage of the penalty phase.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. found Deborah Cave in contempt, saying her outburst Thursday "was offensive to the authority and the dignity of the court."

'Gone Baby Gone' actor is pulled from water at beach, dies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:04 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say an actor who had roles in "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Fighter" has died more than a week after he was pulled from the water at a Boston beach.

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald says 54-year-old Sean Malone died Wednesday night at a hospital.

Malone was pulled from the waters on July 20 after a Boston firefighter and three Milton teenagers saw him go under. The firefighter and two of the teens performed CPR, and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Dem Kildee: I support Obama's Iran nuclear deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan Democratic congressman says he supports President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee counts an American held hostage in Iran as a constituent. Kildee tells The Associated Press he sees the nuclear deal as the only viable way to keep Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Judge defends actions in country singers' divorce case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:58 AM

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge is defending his actions in allowing country music stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to keep details of their divorce private.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1U9ohP8 ) that attorneys and others had criticized Pottawatomie County Associate District Judge John Gardner after he sealed the musicians' entire divorce file.

Gardner made public a protective order on Tuesday explaining his July 6 decision. He is retiring this week.

Ex-NY Senate leader, son plead not guilty to latest charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:53 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader and his son have pleaded not guilty to the latest charges against them in a corruption case.

Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) and his 33-year-old son, Adam, entered the pleas Thursday at their arraignment in Manhattan federal court.

They've been free on bail since their May arrests.

Dean Skelos was the state's most powerful Republican before stepping down from the leadership position after his arrest on conspiracy and extortion charges. He retains his Senate seat.

US stocks eke out tiny gains after erasing an early loss

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:49 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing with tiny gains after clawing back ground they lost earlier.

Investors have been focusing on a rush of company earnings reports Thursday, and the results have been mixed.

Procter & Gamble and Facebook slid after investors didn't like what they heard from the companies. Murphy Oil and Western Digital rose.

Whole Foods plunged 12 percent. Its sales growth slowed sharply after New York City officials found it was overcharging customers.

Cops: Man impersonated brother to avoid $7K in unpaid tolls

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:49 AM

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey motorist assumed his brother's identity to avoid $7,500 in unpaid tolls after he was stopped for not paying another toll on the George Washington Bridge.

A spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police says officers arrested the man after finding cocaine in his pocket June 15. He was released with a court date.

Fire chief: More training planned after dispatcher hung up

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:47 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Fire Department will undergo more training after a dispatcher told a 911 caller trying to help a shooting victim who later died to "deal with it yourself."

Fire Chief David Downey told reporters Wednesday that the department will start giving crisis intervention training to all firefighters and dispatchers next week.

UVa grads sue Rolling Stone over retracted campus rape story

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:39 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Court records show three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author.

The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York. They're also suing Rolling Stone's publisher, Wenner Media.

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