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Highway, bridge tolls higher for out-of-towners

May 23, 2012

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some tolling authorities have found a way to give local motorists a discount on tolls while charging out-of-towners a higher rate for using the same roads and bridges.

The E-ZPass electronic toll reading system used by 24 tolling agencies in 14 ...

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Secret Service agent fired in 2008 prostitute case

May 23, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan says an agent was fired in 2008 after being caught in a Washington prostitution scandal.

Sullivan told a Senate panel that the on-duty agent was caught trying to hire an undercover police officer and ...

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Secret Service boss: 'I apologize'

May 23, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has apologized for the conduct of employees caught up on a Colombia prostitution scandal.

At a Senate hearing on the scandal Wednesday, Sullivan apologized "for the conduct of these employees and the ...

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Library of Congress taps 25 sounds for registry

May 23, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — From rare audio interviews of former slaves to recordings by Donna Summer and the Grateful Dead, 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Summer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love" is ...

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King: Woman on diverted plane not on watchlists

May 23, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A US Airways passenger whose claim to have a surgically implanted device led to the diversion of a cross-Atlantic jet is not listed on terrorist watchlists or law enforcement databases, according to a congressman briefed on the incident.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who chairs the ...

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Senator: Prostitution scandal wider than believed

May 23, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several small groups of Secret Service employees separately visited clubs, bars and brothels in Colombia prior to a visit by President Barack Obama last month and engaged in reckless, "morally repugnant" behavior, Sen.

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Police dogs from around the nation compete in Fla.

May 23, 2012

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — With barely a woof and many a sniff, police canines from around the country are gathering in Lakeland, Fla., this week to see who will be top dog.

Consider it the Westminster Dog Show of policing. For three days, the United States Police ...

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Sheriff: Suspect linked by DNA to missing CA teen

May 23, 2012

By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Police are intensifying their search for a Northern California teen missing for more than two months after arresting a man on suspicion of her murder and kidnapping.

Since 15-year-old Sierra LaMar disappeared on March 16, volunteers and ...

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US executions go from town square to behind bars

May 23, 2012

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press

America's executions have changed dramatically over the years, morphing from daylong events in the town square to somber and tightly controlled affairs held deep inside prisons.

Driving the change was the quest for a less gruesome — even less painful — method of ...

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US Army more selective on recruits, re-enlistments

May 23, 2012

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uncle Sam may not want you after all.

In sharp contrast to the peak years of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Army last year took in no recruits with misconduct convictions or drug or alcohol issues, according to internal documents ...

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Report: More support needed for kinship caregivers

May 23, 2012

By DAVID CRARY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — As more of America's children are raised by relatives other than their parents, state and local governments need to do better in helping these families cope with an array of financial and emotional challenges, a new report concludes.

Compared to ...

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Woman charged in NJ deaths of 2 Canadian tourists

May 22, 2012

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A woman arrested in the daytime stabbing deaths of two Canadian tourists near an Atlantic City casino laughed, frowned, grimaced and repeatedly asked where her lawyer was Tuesday as she was charged with murdering the women, one of them 80 ...

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Phillips, Sanchez face off on 'Idol' finale

May 22, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Sanchez wishes she could've changed one thing about the "American Idol" finale: her final song.

The judges completely dismissed "Change Nothing," the lukewarm potential future single that failed to fully showcase the 16-year-old ...

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US goes after ex-Mexican governor's Texas property

May 22, 2012

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The former governor of a Mexican state bordering Texas accepted millions of dollars in bribes from drug cartels and invested the money in Texas real estate, federal prosecutors alleged in two forfeiture cases filed Tuesday.

No ...

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Passenger's suspicious claim diverts jet to Maine

May 22, 2012

By GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a French passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising fears of a terror scenario that ...

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Sheriff: Suspect linked by DNA to missing CA teen

May 22, 2012

By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A man was in custody Tuesday on suspicion of murder and kidnapping after his DNA was found in the bag of a missing girl whose abduction was believed to be a random act of violence, authorities said.

In addition, the DNA of 15-year-old ...

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Jury sees video of GI buying bomb-making items

May 22, 2012

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Muslim soldier on the run for three weeks after going AWOL from a Kentucky Army post found no help from friends in his Dallas-area hometown, where he hatched a plan and bought supplies to blow up a restaurant filled with Fort Hood troops,

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Man in stable condition after Niagara Falls plunge

May 22, 2012

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A man who survived a plunge of at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls — only the third person known to have done so without a safety device — was in stable condition Tuesday, a day after his apparent suicide attempt that led to a ...

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APNewsBreak: Franciscan files tell abuse story

May 22, 2012

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Van Handel was a 15-year-old seminarian at St. Anthony's, a prestigious Franciscan boarding school, when, he said, a priest slipped into the infirmary where he was recovering from a fever and began to molest him. The priest told him it ...

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Deaths of Neb. mom, son mystery to police, others

May 22, 2012

By MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police, neighbors and friends struggled Tuesday to unravel the mysterious deaths of a Nebraska woman and her 10-year-old son that began with them appearing to go on an excursion and ended with their bodies found deep in the woods of an Iowa ...

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