• Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight. The Australian newspaper's obituary of Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies...

  • St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files list of assets, debts

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has assets totaling more than $45 million — including about $11 million in real estate — according to a schedule of assets and liabilities filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The filing, required as part...

  • Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is...

  • Father of 1st known surviving US quintuplets dies

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Andrew Fischer was a stock clerk earning less than $100 a week in 1963 when a doctor explained why his pregnant wife's belly had grown so large: She was about to give birth to five babies, who would become the first known surviving quintuplets born in the U.S....

  • Prison for NYC duo accused of abusing partly paralyzed woman

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City couple accused of battering a partially paralyzed woman and controlling her finances for more than a year has been sentenced to over a decade in prison. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday that Patrick Donovan was sentenced to 12 years in...

  • US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census

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    DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other...

  • Kansas tax collections $47M short of expectations in January

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    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected $47 million less than anticipated this month, signaling that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators may have to be more aggressive with spending cuts or other measures to balance the budget. But the Department of Revenue said Friday that a key factor...

  • German World War II panzer ace Otto Carius dies at 92

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92. Carius died at home in western Germany Jan. 24 after a short illness, according to a statement Friday on the website of the...

  • Sheriff: Gun in City Hall shooting came from straw buyer

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The shotgun used by a man who was killed in a confrontation with police outside a City Hall meeting in suburban Minneapolis was illegally channeled to him by a straw buyer, a sheriff said Friday night. But prosecutors said the suspect in the so-called straw purchase...

  • Connecticut legislature approves NRA-opposed judge nominee

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to confirm a state judge nominee who was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other groups because she supported a gun control bill approved in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. The House...

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