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Women found in Wash. house fire had been shot

Apr 23, 2012

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Two women whose bodies were found in a fire at a home in Washington state had been shot to death, the medical examiner's office said Monday.

Detectives are still trying to find Peter A. Keller, 41, who lives in the house where the women ...

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SC coroner: Mauling death of infant a homicide

Apr 23, 2012

By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Parental neglect led to the dismemberment and death of a 2-month old infant by a dog as the boy's father slept nearby, a South Carolina coroner ruled Monday.

Aiden McGrew's death was ruled a homicide and the infant died from blood loss ...

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Bond denied for Texas nurse accused in baby theft

Apr 23, 2012

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

CONROE, Texas (AP) — Bloody jeans and a handgun believed to be the murder weapon were found in the apartment of a Texas woman accused of kidnapping a newborn boy after fatally shooting his mother, authorities said at a Monday hearing.

Verna McClain, who is ...

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April nor'easter dumps rain, snow on East Coast

Apr 23, 2012

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A nor'easter packing soaking rain and springtime snow churned up the Northeast on Monday, unleashing a burst of winter, closing some schools and triggering power outages in communities that were basking in record warmth a month ago.

The ...

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Obama levies new tech sanctions on Syria, Iran

Apr 23, 2012

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to stop the Syrian government's deadly crackdown, President Barack Obama on Monday levied new sanctions on people and entities in Syria and Iran that use technology to target their citizens and perpetrate human rights abuses.

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Number of US illegal immigrants from Mexico drops

Apr 23, 2012

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades, a dramatic shift as many illegal workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, return to Mexico.

An analysis of ...

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High court hears Arizona immigration dispute

Apr 23, 2012

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will referee another major clash between the Obama administration and the states, this one over Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. The case could add fuel to the partisan split over tough state immigration laws backed by ...

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Missing Missouri mom's husband charged with murder

Apr 23, 2012

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The husband of a Missouri woman who disappeared after a meeting with a divorce attorney was charged with first-degree murder Monday even though her body has not been found.

The case of Jacque Waller, a vibrant 39-year-old mother of young triplets,

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British man gets $1M bail in Iran missile case

Apr 23, 2012

By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA, Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A judge granted a $1 million bail Monday for a British man who was extradited to Texas to face charges that he tried to sell missile parts to Iran.

Under the ruling, Christopher Tappin, 65, must post a $50,000 cash deposit, wear a ...

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No obvious remains found in missing NYC boy dig

Apr 23, 2012

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The excavation of a Manhattan basement yielded no obvious human remains and little forensic evidence that would help solve the decades-long mystery of what happened to Etan Patz, a 6-year-old who vanished while walking to a bus stop 33 years ago.

On ...

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Hearing to set procedures in sheriff's ethics case

Apr 23, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The city ethics commission plans to set the ground rules Monday for the misconduct case against Ross Mirkarimi, the sheriff who was suspended after being charged with domestic violence.

The meeting of the five-member commission comes after months of drama surrounding the ...

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Chicago fake-bomb suspect pleads guilty

Apr 23, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man accused of placing a backpack he thought held a bomb near the home of the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty to weapons charges Monday and could face up to 30 years in federal prison.

Sami Samir Hassoun, 24, admitted he took what he thought was a bomb and dropped it in a ...

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Panetta Dismisses Iran's Claims About Drone

Apr 23, 2012

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed Tehran's claims that it has recovered data from a U.S. spy drone that went down in Iran late last year.

Without providing details, Panetta said that "based on my ...

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Hudson arrives at Chicago trial over family deaths

Apr 23, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — A court official says Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson has arrived at a Chicago courthouse for the start of the trial of a man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew.

Courtroom spokesman Terry Sullivan says Hudson is in the building, but will not be in court for opening ...

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Pentagon spies get new service, stepped up mission

Apr 23, 2012

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is rebranding and reorganizing its clandestine spy shop, sending more of its case officers to work alongside CIA officers to gather intelligence in places like China, after a decade of focusing intensely on war zones.

Several ...

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Coast Guard commandant treated for prostate cancer

Apr 23, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Coast Guard is undergoing surgery for prostate cancer at Walter Reed military hospital in Maryland.

Cmdr. Chris O'Neil says Adm. Bob Papp was being treated Monday for early stage prostate cancer, which was detected during a ...

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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal in Enron-Related Case

Apr 23, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a former Merrill Lynch executive who was convicted on perjury and obstruction charges that stemmed from a bogus 1999 deal involving Enron.

The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling that ...

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Court rejects torture victims' appeal vs. Chevron

Apr 23, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal by Nigerians seeking to hold Chevron accountable for deaths in the Niger Delta under a U.S. law aimed at helping torture victims.

The court's action Monday follows a unanimous decision last week that the Torture Victim Protection Act ...

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Doc rolls out 'Hangover Heaven' on Vegas Strip

Apr 23, 2012

By JULIE JACOBSON and KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — He had a Las Vegas wedding to attend, but Bryan Dalia was hung over from some marathon partying the night before.

"I did two bachelor parties, back-to-back," Dalia said, putting his hand to his forehead as he recalled steins of ...

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A divided Congress confronts a rising cyberthreat

Apr 23, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies weren't falling for it.

The caller, who was never traced or ...

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