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  • Man who fell from SF building to leave hospital

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A window washer who fell 11 stories from a downtown San Francisco building onto a moving car last month is preparing to leave the hospital for a rehabilitation facility where he hopes to walk again. Pedro Perez, 58, fractured his pelvis, broke an arm, ruptured an artery in his arm, and sustained severe brain trauma when...

  • 2 men indicted in deadly California bank robbery

    STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — An indictment unsealed Monday charged two men with murder, kidnapping and other crimes in a violent bank robbery and shootout with police that ended with the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other suspects. Jaime Ramos, 20, and Pablo Ruvalcaba, 21, were each charged with three counts of murder in addition to...

  • 13 primates die at South Texas research facility

    DALLAS (AP) — A South Texas research facility where 13 primates died of hyperthermia in overheated rooms could face federal penalties, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said Monday. A federal inspector found that two animals died in September when a thermostat malfunctioned at Covance Research Products in Alice, causing the room...

  • UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea's bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. North Korea quickly denounced the move....

  • TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust

    MILAN (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency. The antitrust authority said in a statement Monday that TripAdvisor had failed to adopt controls to...

  • Loose bear eludes capture in Phoenix suburb

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities called off the search Monday for a black bear that caused a stir when it was spotted running through an alfalfa field on the eastern edge of metropolitan Phoenix. Still, officials plan to relocate the young bear to a more suitable habitat if they come across it in the future. "The best-case scenario is that we...

  • Man who shot protected hawks gets 6-hour jail term

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who shot protected hawks from the back door of his southern New Jersey home has been ordered to serve six hours in jail and perform 60 hours of community service at a wildlife facility. Federal prosecutors say 70-year-old Robert Losasso, of Somers Point, also must pay $4,350 in restitution to the wildlife...

  • Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are...

  • Argentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentine court has ruled, a decision the ape's attorney called unprecedented and a ticket to greater freedom. The ruling comes a month after a local animal rights group filed a habeas corpus writ...

  • Dozens injured in 3 separate attacks in France

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the violent acts were connected by any terrorist motive. In the latest incident, 11 people were injured after a driver crashed his van into a crowded Christmas market in western France Monday...

  • Police: Teen shot over possible athletic-shoe envy

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A mall shopper shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who attempted a robbery on the sidewalk outside, possibly in pursuit of a pair of limited-edition athletic shoes, police in southwest Ohio said Monday. A Miami Township police official said the slain teenager and two other youths went to the Dayton Mall on Saturday morning for...

  • Mayor invites Obama to see Hawaii lava flow

    HONOLULU (AP) — The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island is inviting President Barack Obama to view lava from an active volcano that has flowed into a rural town. Obama's annual winter vacation in Hawaii is happening as the Big Island community of Pahoa prepares for the molten rock to hit a shopping center. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl...

  • Convict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won't confess

    PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist. And he steadfastly...

  • No bail for man in strangling of girlfriend, kids

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man told them he killed his girlfriend then chased down and strangled her children because they saw their mother's death. Twenty-seven-year-old Keith Coleman of Garland was ordered held without bail Monday. He faces three counts of murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Christina Sargent, her 10-year-old...

  • 48 extra days in rape case probation violation

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence Monday for violating his probation in that case. Matt Belardine was one of six people charged last year by a grand jury investigating whether other...

  • NKorea accuses UN of discussing its rights, not US torture

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean diplomat is accusing Western nations on the United Nations Security Council of "turning a blind eye" to acts of torture and spying by the United States and focusing only on human rights violations in his country. Kim Song told The Associated Press that North Korea "totally rejects" Monday's discussion of...

  • Immigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses

    PHOENIX (AP) — Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began getting Arizona driver's licenses Monday for the first time. Arizona was one of the last states in the country where officials refused to issue driver's licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children but...

  • A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush

    NEW YORK (AP) — Officer Rafael Ramos was called "the best father and husband and friend," and Officer Wenjian Liu was lauded for his facility with Chinese dialects, a bridge between police and community, as relatives and friends recalled the NYPD partners killed in an ambush. Ramos and Liu were in their marked New York Police Department...

  • Charity, school offer aid to NYPD officer's sons

    NEW YORK (AP) — The children of slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL' RAH'-mohs) are getting college aid from a charity founded by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Silver Shield Foundation Chairman Billy Walters said Monday the organization has set aside $40,000 for the educations of Ramos' two sons....

  • Ex-headmaster guilty in child porn case

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The former headmaster of an elite Delaware prep school faces at least 50 years in prison after being convicted Monday of dealing in child pornography. Christopher Wheeler, 54, was found guilty on all 25 counts. Wheeler is a former headmaster at Tower Hill school, where he was paid more than $300,000 a year and where...

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