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Obama signs agreement for US-Afghan partnership

May 1, 2012

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye) have signed an agreement aimed at cementing a lasting U.S. commitment to Afghanistan after the long and unpopular war comes to an end.

Obama says the costs of ...

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Supreme Court ratings down in Pew poll

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new survey finds the Supreme Court's popularity is at a 25-year low, though still much higher than that of Congress.

The Pew Research Center says 52 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the court, the lowest rating since the group started asking Americans their view ...

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Judge: Maid's NY suit vs. Strauss-Kahn can proceed

May 1, 2012

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A hotel maid's sexual assault lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn can go forward to trial, a judge ruled Tuesday, rebuffing the former International Monetary Fund leader's diplomatic-immunity claim.

Bronx state Supreme Court Justice Douglas ...

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Filings: Pfizer settles lawsuit involving Celebrex

May 1, 2012

By PAUL FOY, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Pfizer Inc. has settled a lawsuit filed by Brigham Young University over development of the blockbuster painkiller Celebrex for $450 million, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.

Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed in an announcement ...

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Obama tightens penalties on Iran, Syria

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is tightening penalties on foreign entities and individuals who try to evade sanctions on Iran and Syria.

Obama authorized the penalties in an executive order signed Tuesday. The administration said he took the step in response to efforts by the Iranian and ...

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Ex-student wants hate crime convictions dismissed

May 1, 2012

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press

A former Rutgers University student who was found guilty of hate crimes for using a webcam to view his roommate kissing another man has asked a judge to overturn the jury's conviction.

In a legal filing Tuesday, Dharun Ravi's lawyers said the jury convicted ...

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Audit slams Ky. hoops icon who ran state agency

May 1, 2012

By ROGER ALFORD, Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — En route to having his jersey retired by the University of Kentucky, Richie Farmer embodied the traits of a storied basketball program that's as deeply ingrained in the culture of its state as any in the country. He was a hardworking,

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Wal-Mart paying $4.8M for overtime violations

May 1, 2012

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $4.8 million in back wages and damages to more than 4,500 employees nationwide for unpaid overtime, The Labor Department said Tuesday.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based company also will pay nearly $464,000 in civil ...

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Ohio wild animal stampede ignites vast law review

May 1, 2012

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Of all the beasts set free by the suicidal owner of an exotic animal farm in Ohio last year, few were as scary or as lethal as the big cats.

Tigers, leopards and lions — more than two dozen — were loose before being hunted by sheriff's deputies.

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US hopeful Myanmar opposition can work with gov't

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says the decision of Myanmar's opposition party to take up its parliamentary seats despite a dispute over the oath of office is a hopeful sign it can work with the military-run government there.

Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) said she and other lawmakers ...

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South Dakota man to plead guilty in grudge killing

May 1, 2012

By DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

MADISON, S.D. (AP) — A 73-year-old South Dakota man accused of fatally shooting his long-ago classmate will plead guilty but mentally ill to a second-degree murder charge, his attorney said Tuesday.

Carl Ericsson has been charged in the Jan. 31 killing of retired ...

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Highway bill enters legislative homestretch

May 1, 2012

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying expectations, Congress has reached the homestretch on a major overhaul of federal transportation programs that is critical if the nation is to avoid steep cutbacks in highway and transit aid.

The bill is driven partly by election-year ...

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Woman gets 2 life terms for raping infant daughter

May 1, 2012

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Missouri woman to consecutive life prison terms for sexually assaulting her infant daughter along with a California man she met online.

Attorneys for 22-year-old Tessa Vanvlerah, of Ballwin, failed to persuade St. Louis County Circuit Judge Colleen Dolan to ...

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Secret Service closes ranks in sordid scandal

May 1, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of disturbing revelations about a tawdry prostitution scandal, the Secret Service and its supporters are circling the wagons to restore the "secret" part of its mission.

Retired agents have been instructed to stop talking ...

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Recall news

May 1, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

The following recall has been announced:

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TEA LIGHT HOLDERS

DETAILS: Farm Glass & Metal Spiral Tea Light Holders imported by Nantucket Distributing Co., Inc. of Middleboro, Mass.; sold at Christmas Tree Shops in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and ...

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Obama seeks to streamline US, overseas regulations

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is launching a new effort to minimize differences between U.S. and international regulations that force companies to spend more money to abide by different sets of rules.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Tuesday calling on a White House committee ...

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Bin Laden said to have wanted Obama assassinated

May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Obama administration official says al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden wanted to see President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus assassinated.

But Michael Leiter (LYT'-uhr) tells NBC's "Today" show he didn't think that necessarily was bin Laden's highest priority,

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Woman accused of putting bleach in daughter's eyes

May 1, 2012

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors have accused a Washington state woman of repeatedly putting bleach into her daughter's eyes, causing permanent vision loss in the toddler's right eye.

Jennifer Mothershead was arrested Friday and was charged with assault after a lengthy investigation.

Authorities ...

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Formerly conjoined twins thrive post-separation

May 1, 2012

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors have given a clean bill of health to two-year-old twins who were born attached at the chest and abdomen and who underwent separation surgery at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital six months ago.

Angelina and Angelica Sabuco were the guests of ...

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Idaho Case Shows Midwife Tension With Hospitals

May 1, 2012

By JOHN MILLER, Associated Press

MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — Midwives and doctors are longtime rivals in the politics governing where women should give birth: Home or hospital.

But that tension, typically played out privately between pregnant women and their health care providers, was laid bare this month ...

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