• Powerball jackpot winner in North Carolina: Single mom of 4

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A single mother of four from a small North Carolina town came forward Monday as one of three winners in a huge Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month. For Marie Holmes, the best thing about the lucky ticket in the $564 million jackpot is that she'll be able to...

  • Kayla Mueller's brother: Swap with Taliban raised IS demands

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The brother of an American woman who was killed after spending months as a hostage of Islamic State militants says Kayla Mueller's situation worsened after the government traded five Taliban commanders for a captive U.S. soldier. The militants increased their...

  • After the Oscars, diversity remains a topic of discussion

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. The lack of non-white contenders for major acting awards this year became a focus on the day Oscar nominations were announced....

  • Beloved K9 gets police escort to be euthanized at clinic

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A beloved K9 suffering from seizures and arthritis received a final salute and a police escort, with lights flashing, to the Maine vet clinic where he was euthanized. Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this month to pay their respects to Sultan, a...

  • Housecleaners say they saw guns in Aaron Hernandez's home

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 17, 2013, killing...

  • Tension rises between Adrian Peterson's agent, Vikings at NFL combine

    By Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The decaying relationship between Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson and the organization took a dramatic turn during the combine last week in downtown Indianapolis: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, had to be separated from a member of Minnesota's front office during a heated verbal...

  • Mom: Suspect in Facebook abduction case offered to baby-sit

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The mother of a Maine teenager who police say was lured to her death with a fake Facebook page has testified that the suspect offered to baby-sit her other children after the girl's disappearance. Kristine Wiley says Kyle Dube (DOO'-bee) was a friend of her...

  • Oscars explains why Joan Rivers wasn't in tribute

    USA TODAY
    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The late Joan Rivers didn't have to be at Sunday's Oscars ceremony to make her presence felt. Many fans were upset that Rivers, the caustic queen of so many red carpets, was not pictured during the annual In Memoriam TV segment that honors those connected to the film industry who...

  • Correction: Bobbi Kristina Brown story

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — In a Feb. 22 story about Bobbi Kristina Brown, The Associated Press reported erroneously where Brown has been hospitalized. Police said Brown was first taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, after she was found unresponsive Jan. 31. She is now being treated...

  • Families of 3 missing UK girls urge 'Please come home!'

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Turkish police searched Monday for three missing British schoolgirls believed to be headed to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group as their frightened families issued urgent pleas begging the girls to return home. The girls, said to be "straight-A students"...

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