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Russia seeks Clinton's help in NY terror arms case

Apr 6, 2012

By JIM HEINTZ and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian authorities say they'll pressure the U.S. government, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to send home an ex-Soviet officer known as the Merchant of Death after he was sentenced to 25 years in prison on ...

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Man guilty of murder in Kansas cheerleader's death

Apr 6, 2012

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Jurors convicted a central Kansas man of capital murder on Friday in the killing of a 14-year-old cheerleader whose charred body was found at the asphalt plant where the he worked.

Adam Longoria, 38, stood and stared straight at jurors,

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Marines seek DOD guidance on social media use

Apr 6, 2012

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Marine Corps officials are seeking additional guidance from the Pentagon regarding service members' use of social media amid discharge proceedings against a Camp Pendleton sergeant who criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook.

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Mother of Ohio soldier: He was a natural leader

Apr 6, 2012

By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mother of one of three Ohio soldiers killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan said on Friday he was a natural leader who belonged to a family of men who chose to serve their country by enlisting in the military.

Pamela Mitchell,

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5 indicted in Ohio woman's dismembering

Apr 6, 2012

By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The live-in boyfriend of a western Ohio woman whose dismembered remains were found in her bathtub has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges.

The Champaign County grand jury indicted Matthew Puccio and four others Thursday ...

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Kan. says Mega Millions winner will stay anonymous

Apr 6, 2012

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Lottery officials say the winner of a share of a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot wants to remain anonymous.

Lottery Director Dennis Wilson says the person came to the agency's Topeka headquarters Friday morning with an attorney and ...

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Md. high court hears lesbian divorce case

Apr 6, 2012

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland routinely grants divorces for couples who married in other states, and divorces for same-sex couples should be no different, lawyers for a lesbian couple told the state's highest court Friday.

The case involves two women who were ...

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Alleged Mega Millions winner says she lost ticket

Apr 6, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman who has claimed to have Maryland's winning Mega Millions ticket now says she has lost it.

Mirlande Wilson of Baltimore told WRC-TV (http://bit.ly/Hk55w9) in Washington she would claim the jackpot if she finds the ticket.

Wilson had previously said she hid the ticket at ...

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Reports: Navy jet crashes in Va., 2 pilots eject

Apr 6, 2012

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Navy jet with two aviators aboard crashed Friday into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, according to the Navy and media reports.

There were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground. TV footage showed black smoke billowing from near some buildings and local ...

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Ohio rabbi's books tied to Holocaust survivors

Apr 6, 2012

By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Holocaust survivors languished in displacement camps around Europe at the close of World War II, the U.S. Army gave them some of their first tangible connections to their faith since before the war: passages from the Talmud.

Now two ...

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C. Guard guns sink ship adrift since Japan tsunami

Apr 6, 2012

By MARK THIESSEN and RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press

OVER THE GULF OF ALASKA (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter poured cannon fire into a Japanese ghost ship that had been drifting since the last year's tsunami, sinking the vessel in the Gulf of Alaska and eliminating the hazard it posed to shipping ...

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A bold move in the small world of college chess

Apr 6, 2012

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It was one of the most brazen moves in the chess world since the Najdorf Sicilian Defense, perhaps even the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

Fresh off her second straight national championship, the legendary chess coach at Texas Tech is jumping ...

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Cops: School shooter may have had multiple targets

Apr 5, 2012

By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police said Thursday they were investigating the possibility that a gunman who killed seven people at a tiny private Christian college had multiple targets that he intended to kill in his rampage.

The director of the nursing program at ...

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Fla. task force told 'stand ground' law confusing

Apr 5, 2012

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A task force examining Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law was told Thursday that the Trayvon Martin shooting is one example of the law's ambiguity and the potential unintended consequences it has created.

"What we've ...

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Ex-CIA officer charged with leaking secret info

Apr 5, 2012

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA officer who became a focal player in the debate over waterboarding as an interrogation technique was indicted Thursday on charges he leaked classified secrets to journalists, including the role of an associate who participated in a ...

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Despite outburst, Russian arms dealer avoids life

Apr 5, 2012

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor was only two minutes into an argument urging a harsh prison sentence for Viktor Bout, when the notorious arms dealer dubbed the Merchant of Death made it clear he had heard enough.

"It's a lie!" Bout blurted ...

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George McGovern released from Fla. hospital

Apr 5, 2012

By CHET BROKAW, Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota senator and Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern was released from a Florida hospital Thursday after undergoing tests, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Patty McAnnally, nursing supervisor at Flagler Hospital in St.

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Top Juarez cartel figure sentenced to life in US

Apr 5, 2012

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A top Juarez cartel figure was sentenced to life in prison in a U.S. court on Thursday after he admitted ordering more than 1,500 killings, including the slaying of a U.S. consulate employee in Mexico.

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez ...

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No immunity for top Mexican cartel lieutenant

Apr 5, 2012

By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago federal judge issued a ruling Thursday denying a sensational claim by an admitted Mexican cartel lieutenant imprisoned in Michigan that the U.S. government granted him blanket immunity that gave him carte blanche to smuggle cocaine over ...

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Ala's tough immigration could undergo changes

Apr 5, 2012

By PHILLIP RAWLS, Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Changes could be coming to Alabama's tough immigration law that has been challenged by the courts, churches and businesses.

Its author, Republican Rep. Micky Hammon, on Thursday offered revisions that he said would make the law more ...

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