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  • Friends: Jeffords took Vermont roots to Washington

    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Sen. Jim Jeffords left his mark on the state and the nation during more than 30 years in Washington, but family and friends said he never lost his affinity for the Vermont countryside or let his position eclipse his love for his family and the simple things in life. The three members of Vermont's congressional delegation...

  • Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself. Zachary Brimhall's first note says he had been mentally ill his entire life, and he had reached the point of...

  • Embattled NY jail's investigations chief quits

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of internal investigations at the embattled Rikers Island jail complex resigned Friday amid intense scrutiny over civil rights violations and inmate deaths. Deputy Commissioner Florence Finkle's departure came weeks after federal investigators released a blistering report that criticized the jail system for poor...

  • College mourns 3 students killed in crash

    SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Three Japanese college students were killed and five others injured when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials said Friday. The eight students were trapped in the 2000 Honda Prelude after the crash late Thursday on state Route 78 in Oceanside, California Highway Patrol...

  • Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. In one incident, masked gunmen lined up seven men, their heads covered by...

  • Historic Cleveland ballpark gets new shot at life

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Even in Cleveland, League Park probably doesn't mean much to a casual baseball fan. The former home of the Cleveland Indians sat neglected and largely forgotten for decades in a not-so-well-traveled east side neighborhood. But the persistence and, after her death, the memories of a longtime Cleveland councilwoman kept her...

  • DUI arrest is California Democrats' latest blow

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday for investigation of drunken driving after being stopped for going the wrong way on a one-way street, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber. Hueso, 44, of San Diego, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol at 2:39 a.m....

  • West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct invasion," and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well. In another ominous turn in the crisis, NATO said it...

  • Rights group asks Mexico probe into army slayings

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The New York-based group Human Rights Watch is calling on the Mexican government to fully investigate a supposed shootout in which soldiers killed 22 suspects while suffering only one soldier wounded. It is unclear whether there has been any investigation at the federal level. Human Rights Watch said Friday that nearly two...

  • Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people and prompting Sunni lawmakers to freeze talks on forming a new government — a move that presents a major challenge to efforts to create an administration that can confront Islamic extremists who have seized large swathes of Iraqi territory. It was...

  • Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels

    HAVANA (AP) — Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebels for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase. Peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia taking place in Cuba's capital the past two years still face a number of obstacles. But reflecting...

  • Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Rain in Washington state unleashed mudslides on land left bare by wildfires, washing down hillsides, damaging homes and closing highways as the threat of more storms loomed Friday. There were no reports of injuries from Thursday night's mudslides, but specifics were hard to come by because some of the phone and radio towers...

  • McDonnell says he was angry about investigation

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that there was nothing inappropriate about accepting gifts and loans from a wealthy vitamin entrepreneur who had asked nothing of him other than routine political courtesies and calling his father on his 80th birthday. However, McDonnell acknowledged during his third day on...

  • Sheriff: Fugitive may be using apps to hide out

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities looking for a Minnesota man suspected of fatally shooting his former lover say he may be relying on social media to find shelter while on the run. The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office released a "wanted" poster Thursday that says 44-year-old Lyle "Ty" Hoffman could be evading capture by using Craigslist and...

  • New Jersey teacher in recording flap reinstated

    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer says a New Jersey special-education teacher has been reinstated two years after she was placed on leave when a student made a secret recording of possible abuse in her classroom. Lawyer Matthew Wieliczko says Kelly Altenburg is returning to the Cherry Hill school district next month. Altenburg was placed on...

  • Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama back

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea. The owner, Tiffany Bruce, says she was relieved to get it back Thursday. The statue,...

  • Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children. The American...

  • Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries

    A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says it will be several weeks before a decision is made. Here is a look at how grand juries work in Missouri: ___ Q: How many...

  • Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada has banned journalists with China's official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper from joining Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Arctic trip. Chinese reporters claimed they're being discriminated against. Jason MacDonald, chief Harper spokesman, said in an email Friday from the Arctic that "some media outlets...

  • 2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

    PARIS (AP) — Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads. The action is one example of how France is taking judicial action against citizens suspected of seeking careers as foreign fighters, even if they...

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