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End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

Apr 16, 2014

By JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats, but said ...

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Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

Apr 16, 2014

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren't foolproof.

Two years ago, the pair of registered sex ...

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2 ships collide, cargo ship grounded in Virginia

Apr 16, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two vessels collided in a main shipping channel and a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday in high winds gusting up to 70 mph, the Coast Guard said.

The 79-foot rig vessel Petite and the 1,065-foot container ship MSC Charleston collided about ...

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Detroit strikes 2nd deal with its other retirees

Apr 16, 2014

By ED WHITE, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, key deals that could accelerate the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, officials ...

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College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

Apr 16, 2014

KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.

Sample questions for the new version of the college-entrance test are being released Wednesday by the College Board. The ...

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New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

Apr 15, 2014

By JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that ...

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Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

Apr 15, 2014

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to ...

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New York judge: Jurors can hear imam praise 9/11

Apr 15, 2014

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian Islamic preacher's statements that "everybody was happy" when the World Trade Center was hit by airplanes can be heard by a jury sitting just blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, a judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge ...

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Congress is giving states the transportation blues

Apr 15, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force ...

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Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971

Apr 15, 2014

By CARSON WALKER, Associated Press

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — Two South Dakota girls on their way to an end-of-school-year party at a gravel pit in May 1971 drove off a country road and into a creek where their remains lay hidden until last fall when a drought brought their car into view, authorities ...

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St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture

Apr 15, 2014

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County man sexually tortured five women in his apartment at separate times over a period of several years, using threats and psychological control to keep them from leaving or going to police, the county prosecutor said Tuesday.

Adam ...

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Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths

Apr 15, 2014

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman's life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns.

Utah investigators are examining DNA from the ...

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Man sentenced to life for killing 4 Michigan women

Apr 15, 2014

By JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of killing four women whom he met through an online escort site opted to stay in his jail cell Tuesday when a Detroit-area judge sentenced him to life in prison in a courtroom packed with victims' relatives.

James Brown's ...

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Authorities looking for suspects in NC kidnapping

Apr 15, 2014

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal prosecutor said agents were still looking for more suspects in the abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father as a judge denied bond Tuesday for five people arrested last week.

Frank Arthur Janssen was taken from his home in Wake ...

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US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

Apr 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says U.S. officials are ...

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Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

Apr 15, 2014

By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in a shooting spree that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged ...

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Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year

Apr 15, 2014

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies.

The moon was eclipsed by the Earth's shadow early Tuesday, beginning around 1 a.m. EDT for 5 ½

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Storm topples RVs near Mississippi's Gulf coast

Apr 15, 2014

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, damaging or destroying about a dozen RV trailers at one campground, downing trees and power lines and cutting electricity in some areas.

The storm blew through the Santa Maria RV ...

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US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths

Apr 15, 2014

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER and BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

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