• Trafficking twins get sharply reduced sentences

    Updated: 17 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Identical twin brothers who ran a drug-trafficking ring that spanned much of North America were sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison after a judge agreed to sharply reduce their penalty as a reward for becoming government informants and secretly recording Mexico's...

  • Confessed killer testifies against man with bodies in yard

    Updated: 33 min ago

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A confessed killer told a jury Tuesday he helped a man torture and kill a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend as part of a plot to rob him of tens of thousands of dollars he had made from illegal drug sales. Paul Weakley testified that he helped Hugo...

  • Police: WVU frat pledge drank 6X legal limit of alcohol

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University fraternity pledge drank a lethal amount of alcohol shortly before he died during an initiation function last year, police said Tuesday. Tests showed 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch's blood alcohol level was 0.493 — more than six...

  • San Francisco pays $3 million for hospital stairwell death

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved a payment of nearly $3 million to the family of a woman who was found dead in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her hospital room. Lynne Spalding's body was found by a building engineer checking the...

  • 2 ask pope to investigate their diocese sex abuse complaints

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who says she was groped by a teacher when she was a Catholic school cheerleader and a man who says a priest abused him beginning when he was 10 are asking Pope Francis to investigate the way a diocese handled their sexual-abuse complaints. They also are...

  • TSA finding more guns in airport carry-on bags

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government says it is finding more guns in carry-on bags at U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration says officers discovered 2,212 weapons during safety screenings last year. That is 22 percent more than 2013. The numbers are relatively...

  • Grounds laid out for death penalty in trooper ambush case

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor formally notified a court on Tuesday he is seeking the death penalty for the survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush in September. Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin filed a document...

  • White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama made the proposal last week as part of his State of the Union address. It was...

  • Leader of Yemen's rebels urges 'peaceful transfer of power'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The leader of Shiite rebels who control the Yemeni capital called for a "peaceful transfer of power" on Tuesday, after his forces released a presidential aide whose abduction set in motion a violent escalation that led to the resignation of the president and the...

  • UN: 3 killed, 13 hurt in northern Mali protest

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers said they fired tear gas and warning shots on Tuesday to disperse a protest that had degenerated into violence outside one of their bases in northern Mali. Three people were killed and several wounded, including some by gunfire, the force said....

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