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Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

Apr 23, 2014

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical ...

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Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

Apr 23, 2014

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.

William Rousan's last words were, "My trials and transgressions have ...

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Fugitive killed in Oregon had 'moveable dungeon'

Apr 23, 2014

By STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.

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Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

Apr 23, 2014

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.

As the case of the San Jose stowaway ...

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Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request

Apr 23, 2014

By JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge on Wednesday will consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley, as she continues serving a 35-year sentence for passing loads of classified U.S. government information to the ...

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Republican activists push party on gay marriage

Apr 23, 2014

By MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by ...

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Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

Apr 23, 2014

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday who was convicted of killing a farming couple in 1993.

William Rousan, 57, was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. He was declared dead at 12:10 a.m., Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman ...

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California bill reignites affirmative action fight

Apr 23, 2014

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful ...

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Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure

Apr 22, 2014

By OSKAR GARCIA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — A law enforcement official says surveillance video from San Jose International Airport shows the boy who survived a flight to Hawaii in a plane's wheel well was on the airfield seven hours before the jet departed.

The official ...

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Indictment: Prosecutor targeted in kidnapping plot

Apr 22, 2014

By MITCH WEISS, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday.

Nine ...

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Fla. man guilty of killing newlywed wife for money

Apr 22, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man was convicted Tuesday of beating his newlywed wife to death so he could collect a $1 million life insurance policy.

Michel Escoto was married to 21-year-old Wendy Trapaga for only four days in October 2002 when he strangled and beat her, prosecutors said. Escoto ...

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Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

Apr 22, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

The high court heard ...

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Man who avoided prison for 13 years seeks release

Apr 22, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for more than a decade before he was locked up last year is asking a Missouri judge to set him free.

A petition filed by Cornealious Michael Anderson in Mississippi County Circuit Court on ...

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FBI investigates suspected serial child molester

Apr 22, 2014

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month ...

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Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

Apr 22, 2014

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline — possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery, scientists say.

A University of ...

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Court: Ohio man must pay $489,000 for false call

Apr 22, 2014

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man who was 19 when he made a false distress call that triggered a massive, 21-hour search on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 in restitution to the U.S. and Canadian agencies involved in the needless rescue effort, a federal appeals court ...

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Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

Apr 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary.

Bourne, Mass.-based Hydroid ...

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Globe had 4th hottest March; US cooler than normal

Apr 22, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marches on record — except in the United States.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday that it was the fourth hottest ...

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David Moyes out as Manchester United manager

Apr 22, 2014

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's some feat to turn one of the world's most storied and valuable sports brands into a mere also-ran in the space of 10 months.

That's what David Moyes managed to achieve at Manchester United — and there was only going to be one outcome.

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