• Austin Dillon looks to join 'chaos' in Year 2 in No. 3 car

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While driving Dale Earnhardt's legendary black No. 3 Chevrolet last season was the experience of a lifetime for Austin Dillon, "nothing crazy happened" in his rookie season. He wants that to change in 2015. "We have to start getting crazier," Dillon said...

  • Lawmakers propose funding for teen pregnancy prevention

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers want the state to help fund a counseling program aimed at helping prevent teen pregnancy and reducing high-school dropout rates. The bill got initial approval Thursday on a 10-1 vote in a House committee. The program is currently operating only on the...

  • EU official expects clashes but no rash actions from Athens

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country's bailout — not rash actions from Athens. European Parliament president Martin Schulz said he...

  • Jamaican charged with killing US retiree who lived on island

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican man has been arrested and charged with killing a retired New Jersey teacher who had a second home on the Caribbean island, police announced Thursday. Glenda Campbell's body was found on Jan. 9 near a fishing beach southwest of Old Harbour, a gritty,...

  • Balloon crew shifting course toward Mexico due to weather

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The pilots of a helium balloon attempting a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean were aiming for Canada, but now the weather has forced them to make a sweeping right turn toward Mexico. The Two Eagles pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid...

  • Long-awaited trial to open in Etan Patz missing-child case

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — He was just a name in a file for decades, one of many people police encountered while searching for a 6-year-old New York City boy named Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS'). But 35 years later, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case ingrained in the nation's approach to...

  • A look at Etan Patz case that fueled missing-child campaign

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    A look at the murder case stemming from the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, which helped catalyze a national missing-children's campaign: ___ THE CASE Six-year-old Etan Patz was walking to his Manhattan school bus stop alone for the first time when he vanished May 25, 1979; the...

  • Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca known as Lolita belongs to a small population of...

  • Survivalist pleads not guilty in trooper's ambush killing

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for a trial at which prosecutors will seek to put him...

  • Oklahoma official: Executions could resume with other drugs

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections, Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he'll push to resume executions. Pruitt said Thursday that if the state can obtain doses of barbiturates Oklahoma has...

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