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Teacher accused of sex with students pleads not guilty

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 01:07 PM

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — A teacher in the Iberville Parish school district accused of having sex with students has pleaded not guilty.

WAFB TV reports (http://bit.ly/1gmHAGw) 30-year-old Keavin Keith entered his plea Wednesday.

Keith was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month on five counts of felony carnal knowledge and 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student.

University president offended by bias-free language guide

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 01:05 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The president of the University of New Hampshire says he's troubled and offended by many parts of a "bias-free language guide" developed by students and staff, particularly a suggestion that using the word "American" is problematic because it fails to recognize South America.

The guide was developed two years ago. It attracted little attention until this week, when it was featured the conservative news site Campus Reform.

Whirlpool recalls 40,000 Jenn-Air ovens due to burn risk

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:29 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of its Jenn-Air brand ovens after customers reported burns due to faulty oven racks.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the extendable rack inside the oven can fall out. Whirlpool received eight incident reports from customers, including one who reported second degree burns to the back and arm.

The Latest: Hundreds protest lion killing at dentist office

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:29 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The latest information on the Minnesota hunter and guides in Zimbabwe who killed a protected lion during a hunt in the African nation (all times are Central):

5:15 p.m.

A group of protesters outside the office of a suburban Minneapolis dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe has grown to a couple of hundred people.

Demonstrators carried signs Wednesday and chanted outside the Bloomington office of Walter Palmer.

2 houses from 'Breaking Bad' for sale in Albuquerque

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:03 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque.

A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine on the hit television show.

The house in Albuquerque's Country Club area is listed for $1.6 million.

Susan C. Feil and Alicia Feil Peterson of Coldwell Banker Legacy also listed another house that appeared in the series finale in Albuquerque's North Valley.

Stocks end higher after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:56 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher after the Federal Reserve said it would keep its benchmark rate unchanged.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 121 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,751 Wednesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 15 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,108. The Nasdaq composite climbed 22 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,111.

Northrop Grumman led defense companies higher after it reported strong earnings and raised its outlook for the year.

Appeals court upholds ex-FBI agent's murder conviction

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:53 AM

MIAMI (AP) — An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former FBI agent in the 1982 slaying of a Florida gambling executive in a case connected to imprisoned New England mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

The full 3rd District Court of Appeal's decision Wednesday in the case of ex-agent John Connolly reversed that of a three-judge panel of the same court. The court concluded Connolly could be convicted of second-degree murder with a firearm even though he was 1,500 miles away when a hit man fatally shot World Jai-Alai President John Callahan in 1982.

Police boss' son pleads not guilty in plot to aid IS group

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:37 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Boston police captain's son accused of plotting an attack in support of the Islamic State group has pleaded not guilty to weapons and assault charges.

Alexander Ciccolo, of Adams, Massachusetts, was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

Authorities say Ciccolo plotted to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and was arrested July 4 after he received four guns he ordered from a government witness. Prosecutors say he bought a pressure cooker the day before his arrest.

Summer snow turns Wyoming mountains into winter wonderland

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:36 AM

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. (AP) — The middle of summer looked like the middle of winter in the mountains of western Wyoming.

A cold front that moved through Monday afternoon dumped heavy rain on the valleys and snow above 9,000 feet.

Officials at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort say they saw the storm coming and shut down their tram before it hit. Resort spokeswoman Anna Olson she didn't hear of any problems from the snowy weather.

She says an inch accumulated at most, but some stuck around until Tuesday.

The Latest: Attorney says officer didn't intend to kill man

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:33 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the investigation of the July 19 fatal shooting of a motorist after a traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati police officer (all times local):


10 p.m.

An attorney for a white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed a black motorist during a traffic stop says he was shocked his client was charged with murder.

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