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  • Jury deciding punishment for Arias goes home for weekend

    PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors deciding whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison for killing her boyfriend in Arizona will resume deliberations Monday. The Maricopa County Superior Court jury didn't reach a decision Thursday after getting the case a day earlier. Court is in recess Friday. Arias was convicted...

  • Lawsuits keep alive scandals surrounding ex-governor

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's former first lady, Cylvia Hayes — at the center of an ethics scandal that forced the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber — has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye. The lawsuit came to light Thursday, the same day that Oracle Inc., the tech giant that built Oregon's botched health...

  • Jindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday had a tough message for fellow Republicans who were wrestling with how to fund the Homeland Security Department: "Grow a spine." Jindal spoke as House Republicans were considering a short-term funding fix to prevent a partial agency shutdown. To party activists huddled near...

  • Lawyer: Second autopsy shows officers shot man from behind

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An independent autopsy of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state shows he was shot as many as seven times — including twice from behind — contradicting earlier statements from authorities, an attorney for the man's family said Thursday. The second autopsy was commissioned by lawyer Charles Herrmann,...

  • Puerto Rico seeks protection of federal bankruptcy code

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican officials sought Thursday to convince U.S. legislators that the island's financially struggling public corporations should be allowed to restructure their debt under the federal bankruptcy code. The push comes after a federal judge ruled that a local debt-restructuring law pushed through last year by...

  • Migrants in Puerto Rico illegally can now open bank accounts

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill that allows migrants living without legal permission in the U.S. territory to open bank accounts and order checks. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Thursday that the law will give migrants financial stability. He said they can use a special driver's license as...

  • Woman knocked out in Seattle "drive-by egging"

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say a woman was knocked unconscious when she was pelted by an egg in a so-called drive-by egging. Detective Patrick Michaud says the egg hit the woman right behind the ear and knocked her out early Tuesday. Her friends caught her before she fell to the ground and drove her to a local hospital. Police say the...

  • Terror suspect says Internet chats about women, not plot

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man on trial in the U.S. for planning to bomb a British shopping center testified Thursday he was exaggerating his prowess with women in online chats and emails he sent mentioning potential wedding dates and a bride, denying the communiques were coded to disguise an al-Qaida plot. Abid Naseer, taking the stand in...

  • Carly Fiorina criticizes Clinton over foundation money

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina, the only woman known to be contemplating a Republican presidential bid, on Thursday challenged Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton to explain millions of dollars from foreign governments donated to her family's foundation. "She tweets about women's rights in this country and takes...

  • 'Jihadi John' identified as London-raised college grad

    LONDON (AP) — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years. The British-accented militant from the chilling videos...

  • Judge: Keeping Sandusky lawsuit in Philadelphia not a burden

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge presiding over a civil lawsuit against Penn State and ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky by one of the accusers who testified in Sandusky's criminal child sex abuse trial says keeping the case in Philadelphia doesn't present a burden to potential witnesses or to the university. Penn State is based in...

  • Pope's finance czar under scrutiny over spending expose

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances. Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its Friday editions that Cardinal George Pell's economy secretariat had run up a half-million euros (dollars) in expenses in the first...

  • Defense in Las Vegas mom killing wants gunshot residue test

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for a 19-year-old accused of killing a neighborhood mother in a spray of gunfire asked a judge on Thursday to let them check the dead woman's body for gunshot residue. The request came as suspect Erich Milton Nowsch Jr. stood shackled in court with his tattooed hands clasped before him. His lawyers Augustus Claus...

  • Vermont tackles security, access at government buildings

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Issues from same-sex marriage to gun rights to health care have brought hundreds of impassioned Vermont residents to public hearings at their Statehouse, and lawmakers have long prided themselves on their deliberations being accessible to the citizenry. But in an age of mass shootings and fears of terrorist attacks, new...

  • Police: Train hits, hurts woman wearing headphones, eating

    PHOENIX (AP) — An inattentive woman wearing headphones and eating taquitos survived being run over by a locomotive Thursday despite being surrounded by flashing lights and bells at a nearby railroad crossing while the engineer blared the horn, Phoenix police said. The woman was struck as she walked on BNSF Railway tracks near the intersection...

  • Daughter: Doctor accused of murder asked if he was monster

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hours after his ex-wife was found dead in her bathtub, Utah doctor John Brickman Wall asked whether he was a monster and if he was responsible for her death, the couple's oldest daughter testified Thursday. Malkie Wall, now 19, said her father had a mental breakdown when he returned from a police interview. "He said,...

  • Senate votes to award congressional medal to Selma marchers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to honor those who participated in the historic Selma civil rights protest 50 years ago, enduring police violence as they peacefully marched for the right to vote. The unanimous voice vote sends the issue back to the House, which passed its own version earlier this...

  • Ohio GOP senator says campaign wants to show "contrast"

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's Republican U.S. senator said Thursday his campaign is trying to quickly highlight the contrast between him and his new Democratic opponent in the 2016 race. Rob Portman's campaign has come out swinging against former Gov. Ted Strickland. It greeted Strickland's candidacy announcement Wednesday with a "Retread Ted"...

  • Kendall Jenner struts for Fendi, Kate Mara cozy in Max Mara

    MILAN (AP) — Shape and color engaged designers on the second day of Milan Fashion Week of womenswear previews for next autumn and winter, featuring shows by Fendi, Max Mara, Just Cavalli and Prada. Some highlights from Thursday's shows: ____ PRINCESS PRADA Miuccia Prada explored cliches of beauty in her looks for next winter. Her woman is...

  • Feds: 3 accused in Islamic State plot had vocalized beliefs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said. The men were among three charged...

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