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  • Infant found dead at Oregon resort; mother sought

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A hotel housekeeper discovered an injured 13-year-old girl and the body of her 2-year-old sister at an inn on the Oregon Coast on Friday, and police were searching for their mother. Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said Jessica Smith, 40, of Goldendale, Washington, is a person of interest in the case and...

  • Records show Arizona inmate was injected 15 times

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — During the nearly two hours it took for an Arizona death row inmate to die last week, executioners injected him with 15 times the amount of a sedative and a painkiller that they originally intended to use, according to documents released Friday. Records released to Joseph Rudolph Wood's attorneys show he was administered...

  • Doctors: Stabbing suspect sees fictional beings

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two preteens accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to please a fictional horror character was ordered Friday to receive treatment rather than stand trial, based on doctors' testimony that she claims to see and have conversations with things others cannot — including unicorns and a Harry Potter villain. Judge...

  • North Dakota town sees 1st human trafficking case

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A convicted sex offender from California now living in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston was charged Friday in what police say is their first human trafficking case. Keith Graves, 38, faces several charges for acts that authorities allege happened over a few days in July. During a hearing Friday, Graves denied...

  • 70 kidnapped migrants rescued in northern Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico say security forces have rescued 70 migrants who had been kidnapped and were being held at a house inside a gated community in the coastal city of Madero. Tamaulipas state officials say in a statement Friday that there were 41 Hondurans, 18 Salvadoran, six Guatemalans, four Nicaraguans and one...

  • 2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

    ATLANTA (AP) — Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital. Dr. Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner oversees the isolation unit. He said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients of the...

  • NKorea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea drills

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea said Friday it has asked for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, warning the drills increase the danger of war on the Korean peninsula. North Korea's deputy ambassador Ri Tong Il criticized the council for its failure to respond to the country's...

  • Ex-banker sentenced in NY insider trading case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former investment banker who admitted making trades based on inside information to cover child support was sentenced on Friday on securities fraud charges to 2 1/2 years in prison. Frank Perkins Hixon Jr., 55, was sentenced in federal court in Manhattan by Judge Ronnie Abrams. In April, he pleaded guilty to insider-trading...

  • California killer given additional death sentences

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chester D. Turner is no stranger to murder or the punishment that comes with it. He squeezed the life out of more than a dozen women during a decade of terror, and two juries decided he should die for his crimes. So it was merely a formality Friday that Turner, already on death row for 10 murders, was given four more death...

  • Last ex-city official sentenced in corruption case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last of seven former city officials involved in a multimillion-dollar corruption case in the tiny Los Angeles suburb of Bell, California, was sentenced Friday to a year in jail, most of which he has already served. The sentencing of former Councilman Victor Bello marked the end of the largest corruption case in Los...

  • Dogs that killed Michigan man will be euthanized

    LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A couple charged with second-degree murder after their two dogs fatally mauled a Michigan jogger agreed Friday to give up ownership of the animals and have them euthanized. Valbona Lucaj and husband Sebastiano Quagliata signed the agreement with Lapeer County authorities on the same day they appeared in court on charges...

  • China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gillnet fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left. Despite nearly two decades of efforts by Mexico to save the vaquita, new studies...

  • Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt. The agency is also citing a continued commitment by the bailed out country's conservative-led government to improve public finances. In Friday's announcement, the agency said it had...

  • Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis wants the new map by Aug. 15, meaning that legislators would have to hold a special session over the next two weeks in order to comply with the decision....

  • UCLA will replace flooded Pauley Pavilion floor

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The famed hardwood court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will be replaced because of damage caused when 20 million gallons of water cascaded onto campus from a broken water main, the school announced Friday. In addition, the university began removing hundreds of cars that were swamped in underground parking structures. Athletic...

  • Fired Ohio band head's backers sets up legal fund

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Friends of fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters, who's accused of failing to stop salacious behavior among band members, have established a legal assistance fund to help him tell his side of the story. The university fired Waters last week after a two-month investigation concluded he knew...

  • Parched Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply. The hope is that adding a biodegradable palm oil-and-lime-based product on the surface of a lake...

  • Steps North Texas city has taken to save water

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Wichita Falls in North Texas near the border with Oklahoma is dealing with a persistent drought that's in its fourth year. The main lake for residential water use was just 22 percent full Friday. The city's two reservoirs are on a trajectory to run dry by August 2016, according to the Texas Water Development Board. Here is...

  • Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife exchanged 1,200 text messages and phone calls with the CEO of a dietary supplement company in less than two years, including 52 in one day, according to evidence presented Friday intended to contradict the businessman's claim their relationship was strictly business. As Jonnie...

  • Sudanese family 'very tired,' thankful for freedom

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The husband of a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence said Friday the family is healthy but "very tired" and grateful for the global efforts to free his wife. Meriam Ibrahim flew from Rome with her husband, Daniel Wani, and two children to Philadelphia and ultimately...