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  • Mexico official: Police capture top capo 'La Tuta' Gomez

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to Mexican officials. Gomez was arrested in a house in Morelia, the capital of the western state of Michoacan, without a shot fired,...

  • Prosecutor: Fake, rather than real bomb, irrelevant to plot

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors argued Friday that charges against a man accused in a plot to blow up the Wichita airport should not be thrown out, even though the explosives used in an undercover sting were fake. In a court filing, prosecutors said it was important to determine whether Terry Loewen, a former avionics technician who was...

  • Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor kill himself?

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state's most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month. But in his final days, Tom Schweich described having knots in his...

  • Cops: Man attacked ex-wife's lawyer with hatchet, wasp spray

    QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man attacked his ex-wife's lawyer with a hatchet and wasp-killing spray, and the victim needed nearly two dozen staples to close wounds on his face. Fifty-three-year-old Michael Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday in Quincy District Court to attempted murder and assault charges. He's being detained...

  • Man gets 66-year term for shooting Phoenix officer, robbery

    PHOENIX (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 66 years in prison for shooting a Phoenix police officer and a volunteer sheriff's posse member minutes after robbing two strip-club employees of $18,000 by gunpoint. Roger Allen Sharp was sentenced Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty last month to charges including attempted...

  • Reaction to death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Reaction to the death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who helped transform the University of Notre Dame while serving as its president from 1952 to 1987: ___ "During his lifetime of service to his country, his church, and his beloved University of Notre Dame, Father Hesburgh inspired generations of young men and women...

  • Well-educated 'Jihadi John' no surprise to experts

    PARIS (AP) — The profile of "Jihadi John," the university-educated Londoner whose masked face is emblematic of the grisly executions by the Islamic State group, is vastly different from that of the marginalized men who carried out terror attacks in France and Denmark. That comes as no surprise to those who work with tracking such threats, who...

  • Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone. Evidence presented to the jury Friday also showed multiple calls placed from the phone of...

  • Ex-school worker pleads guilty to obstruction in rape case

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio say the remaining charges related to the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players have been resolved with a guilty plea by a former school employee. The Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) school district's former technology director pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing official...

  • Notre Dame president credited for transforming school dies

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches. And he did it while championing human rights around the globe, from civil rights close to home — he joined...

  • Greek prime minister rules out third bailout

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new radical left government has no intention of seeking another bailout deal from international creditors and will spend coming months trying to ease the terms of its current commitments, the financially struggling country's prime minister said Friday. Alexis Tsipras remarks came hours after lawmakers in Germany,...

  • Santorum wants US ground troops to fight Islamic State group

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who is considering another presidential run, called for putting 10,000 U.S. troops on the ground to fight the growth of the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. Speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Friday afternoon,...

  • Woman who stole, euthanized dog of man with cancer gets jail

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman who stole her cancer-stricken neighbor's dog and paid to have it euthanized was sentenced Friday to three to six months in jail. Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani ordered sheriff's deputies to handcuff 58-year-old Gisele Paris and immediately take her to jail. "I don't see anything to indicate you understand the...

  • Syria expels 3 key UN humanitarian staffers

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government has expelled three key U.N. humanitarian staffers, a decision the U.N. says could have "a major impact" on critical aid operations and harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city. The expulsions come as the U.N. and aid groups have struggled to get badly needed...

  • Mexico to replace embattled attorney general

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's embattled attorney general, Jesus Murillo Karam, is leaving the post to take a new cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development. The outgoing attorney general has weathered scathing criticism over his handling of the Sept. 26 disappearance of 43 students in southern Guerrero state. He had also been...

  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on a crowded sidewalk as he and his wife, Rafida...

  • Maine weighs revoking seat belt law days after 75-car pileup

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It's an effort that even the bill's sponsor acknowledges is poor timing. Just two days after a 75-vehicle pileup injured at least 17 people in the state, lawmakers in Maine are considering legislation that would allow adults to opt out of wearing seat belts. Sen. Eric Brakey told lawmakers on Friday that it's too bad...

  • Anti-Islamic protesters shout at Muslims at Oklahoma Capitol

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of supporters formed a makeshift greeting line to escort Muslims into the Oklahoma state Capitol for Friday's first-ever Muslim Day as a smaller group of protesters heckled participants as they arrived. The event was hosted by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a means to foster...

  • Louisiana governor's budget: Avoid tax hikes, but limit cuts

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offers a $24.6 billion state budget proposal, the potential presidential hopeful is seeking to protect his longstanding refusal to raise taxes while avoiding deep slashes to health care and colleges that might damage a national campaign. The Republican governor's administration on Friday...

  • County supervisor who killed self was target in prison case

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state auditor says an indicted county official who committed suicide had been targeted in a prison corruption case, and he is predicting that more charges are to come. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Harrison County Supervisor William Martin's indictment had been "the next step" in the corruption...

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