• Nigeria's new president pledges fight against Boko Haram

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram "head on," asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn't be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive....

  • AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the...

  • Ginsburg urges young women to wage inspiring fights

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday advised young women to fight for things they care about, but to do so in a way that inspires others to join their cause. "Young women today have a great advantage, and it is that there are no more closed doors,"...

  • Texas lawmakers clear bill allowing open carry of handguns

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era. Gun owners would...

  • Jury deliberating in TV actor's Wisconsin stabbing case

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — TV actor Dustin Diamond testified Friday that he didn't intentionally stab a man in a Christmas Day barroom scuffle in Wisconsin and that other patrons had been harassing him and his girlfriend before the fight broke out. Diamond, 38, said some people had...

  • Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson tentatively ruled on Thursday that FM Holdings Inc. had established...

  • Holmes: Mind 'was kind of falling apart' before shooting

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes said his "mind was kind of falling apart" and he began to have homicidal thoughts months before he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater, according to a video excerpt presented Friday at his murder trial. Holmes told a...

  • 2 plead guilty in Los Angeles fashion district raids

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Father and son Chinese immigrants pleaded guilty Friday in a case of suspected money laundering for Mexican drug cartels in the Los Angeles fashion district. Xilin Chen and his son, Tom Chen, pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles and are set to be sentenced...

  • Jury begins deliberations in Nevada trespasser killing

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A jury on Friday began deliberating the fate of a Nevada man accused of murder in the shooting of two unarmed trespassers in the latest case to test the boundaries of so-called stand-your-ground laws. Wayne Burgarello maintains he was acting in justified self-defense...

  • Marathon bomber's friend fights officer's family testimony

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are trying to prevent the family of a slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer from testifying at his sentencing. Dias Kadyrbayev (DY'-us...

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