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  • California man charged with trying to join Islamic State

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old California man previously charged with lying on a passport application so he could fly to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group was indicted Wednesday on a charge of trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Adam Dandach (DAN-ditch) was also charged in the superseding...

  • TV crew confronted on LA's Skid Row; 1 arrested

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles police officers suffered minor injuries as they arrested a homeless man on Skid Row who confronted a TV news crew. Phil Shuman, a reporter for Fox affiliate KTTV-TV (http://bit.ly/1zYRNLY ), says the crew was filming around noon Wednesday in the wake of a weekend police shooting on Skid Row that killed a...

  • Couple plead not guilty to locking up kids 22 hours a day

    JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — A husband and wife accused of making three of their adopted children virtual prisoners inside their home pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a case that began after prosecutors say two girls crashed the family van while trying to make their escape. The 58-year-old adopted father is charged with sexually abusing the two...

  • Ohio mom, boyfriend guilty; child emailed teacher for help

    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to raping her young children and were sentenced to prison on Wednesday, a year after one of her daughters emailed a teacher for help and said she and her siblings were being chained to their beds, deprived of food and sexually assaulted. The 32-year-old mother pleaded guilty in...

  • Rep. Van Hollen says he will run for Sen. Mikulski's seat

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen will run for the Senate seat opening up when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires, the congressman announced Wednesday in an email to supporters. Van Hollen, the chief budget strategist for Democrats in the House, became the first person to declare his intention to run for the seat held by...

  • 'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

    BOSTON (AP) — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation's biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev's own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college...

  • NYC subway sign campaign takes stand against rudeness

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's case for some of the world's most boorish behavior is made every day in its subways: There's the woman casually clipping her fingernails, the man slurping an especially pungent dish under a fellow passenger's nose, and if nature calls, there are the riders who coat platforms with their urine. Transportation...

  • Merkel dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout. Though Greece's new left-wing government has insisted it won't seek another bailout, the debt-strapped country could need some form of assistance to...

  • Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya made an urgent appeal Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State and other militant groups. Diplomats said Libya has made a sizeable request in the past few days for dozens of fighter jets,...

  • Jury deliberations at Jodi Arias trial to resume Thursday

    PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors at the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial went home Wednesday without delivering a verdict. They will continue to deliberate Thursday on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or death for killing her lover. Jurors have deliberated for five days. Arias was convicted of murder in 2013 after a lengthy trial that...

  • Lawyer: Tsarnaev widow not ID'd as witness in bombing trial

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The sister-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been identified as a witness for prosecutors or the defense in his trial, and she has not been told she's the subject of any investigation, her lawyer said Wednesday. "She has not been identified as a witness to us," attorney Amato DeLuca told The...

  • 2 killed in shootings at California nightclub, gas station

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and five others were wounded in shootings at a Southern California nightclub and a nearby gas station early Wednesday, authorities said. Gunfire erupted as up to 200 people filed out of Stinger's nightclub on the south side of San Bernardino shortly before 2 a.m., police Lt. Rich Lawhead...

  • Deal with 72 Asiana passengers leaves many cases unresolved

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While 72 passengers have settled their personal-injury claims stemming from the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco two years ago, other people are continuing their legal fight with the airliner and others involved in the accident that killed three Chinese teenagers and injured nearly 200 people. There were...

  • Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals. The measure has a rare stamp of approval from the Mormon church and stands a high chance of passing in Utah, where the church is based and...

  • Small plane crashes in botanical garden in Virginia; 3 dead

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A small airplane approaching a runway in heavy fog crashed into an adjacent botanical garden, killing three people inside the plane early Wednesday. The airplane's owner, James Beauchamp of Corapeake, North Carolina, said the 1975 Mooney aircraft was piloted by a friend, Michael Buxton of Portsmouth, Virginia. He said...

  • Vietnamese man pleads not guilty in US terrorism case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Vietnamese man extradited to the United States from London last week pleaded not guilty Wednesday to supporting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in a case built partly on his interactions with two Americans who prosecutors say were once members of the organization. Minh Quang Pham, 32, entered the plea in Manhattan federal...

  • Ferguson employee fired, 2 others on leave over emails

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says one police department employee was fired and two others are on administrative leave over racist emails uncovered in a Justice Department investigation into the city's law enforcement practices. Knowles' comments at a press conference Wednesday were the first response from city leaders to...

  • A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. But advocates said they're not giving up either — and that the justices in Montgomery will find themselves on...

  • Judge confirms plan settling Montana clergy sex-abuse claims

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse that spanned decades in Montana stand to receive payments totaling about $20 million, after a federal judge on Wednesday confirmed the bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Terry Myers approved the plan during an hour-long...

  • Former South Korean dictator's family forfeits $1.2M to US

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relatives of South Korea's corrupt former dictator agreed Wednesday to forfeit $1.2 million in bribery proceeds laundered in the U.S., federal prosecutors said. With the settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the U.S. and South Korea have collected $28.7 million in a joint investigation into bribes that...

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