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  • Couple sent to trial in son's starvation death

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple has been ordered to stand trial on criminal homicide charges in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son. A Dauphin County judge announced the decision after a two-hour preliminary hearing Thursday at the jail where Kimberly and Jarrod Tutko Sr. are held without bail. Police who found Jarrod...

  • Man charged in attack that killed trooper's son

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Oklahoma have charged a 21-year-old man with first-degree murder in the killing of a man who was nearly decapitated. Isaiah Marin of Stillwater was charged Thursday in the attack that killed 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett a day earlier. Police say Marin was arrested Wednesday afternoon after someone...

  • EU holds largest-ever cyber-security exercise

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union on Thursday carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks. The director of the European Network and Information Security Agency, Udo Helmbrecht, told The Associated Press that Thursday's one-day exercise involving 29 countries and 200...

  • Pair convicted in secret $1.6 M Navy silencer deal

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A senior Navy intelligence official and a California race-car mechanic were convicted in federal court for their roles in pushing through a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers for an unspecified, classified program. Navy civilian Lee Hall of Sterling was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy and...

  • Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war. UNRWA says Malala is donating all of the proceeds of the $50,000 World Children's Prize, which she collected in Stockholm on...

  • Pa. coroner auctioning off guns used in suicides

    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania coroner is auctioning off about 100 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths. Coroner Ken Bacha says the Nov. 8 surplus weapons sale is Westmoreland County government's first since his father was coroner in the 1980s. He says state law requires local governments sell off unclaimed...

  • Hall of fame for mustaches? Why not?

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock 'n' roll, so why shouldn't those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards? The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute says it will unveil its inaugural class for the International Mustache Hall of Fame on Feb. 11 — the birthday of Burt Reynolds. The...

  • Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust. Defense lawyers said the FBI shut off Internet access to the suspects' villas and then agents...

  • Bodies of 5 men found inside car in Brazil slum

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police have found the bodies of five men inside a car abandoned in one of the slums of Rio de Janeiro. At least one body was decapitated. Police say in an email that they're investigating what appears to be retribution by one drug gang against members of another gang for the death of a 17-year-old boy in the...

  • Spain OKs 'Google Tax' demanded by news publishers

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results. The law goes into effect Jan. 1 but does not specify how much aggregators like Google News could be charged. Spain's AEDE group of news publishers had lobbied for...

  • Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday. McCulloch released a statement criticizing leaks in the investigation...

  • Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has matched prices of local store competitors but has not followed other retailers including Best Buy and Target in...

  • Syrian official slams Turkey 'aggression'

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad's political adviser accused Turkey on Thursday of committing "aggression" against the country by allowing rebels to cross into the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to battle the Islamic State group. In an interview with The Associated Press in Damascus, Bouthaina Shaaban said the move...

  • Latvian musical on Nazi collaborator stirs anger

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — A famous Latvian aviator who joined a Nazi killing squad during World War II is being brought to life in a musical that has outraged Jews in the Baltic country and beyond. Critics say the show, touring theaters across Latvia until February, is an attempt to whitewash the legacy of Herbert Cukurs, who was assassinated by...

  • Judge won't toss most charges in homeless killings

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has refused to throw out most of the charges against three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks and other objects. KOV-TV reports that a state District Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss 24 of the 27 charges. The teens are charged with first-degree...

  • Suspect jailed, 2nd man sought in NC shooting

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought on an assault charges in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men. A Nashville police news release said 36-year-old Demond Levar Morris of Rocky Mount was being held on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill after his...

  • Bird strike forces flight to return to Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Spirit Airlines flight forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport because of a bird strike is back on its way to Florida. Flight 310 originally took off late Wednesday. After the bird strike, it circled Los Angeles and returned to the airport. Spirit spokesman Paul Berry tells City News Service that the flight...

  • Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June, an international rights group said on Thursday. Some 600 male Shiite inmates from Badoosh prison outside Mosul were forced to kneel along the edge of a nearby ravine...

  • Amnesty: Libyan militias committing war crimes

    CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International said rival militias and armed groups in Western Libya are committing "mounting war crimes" with impunity. In a new report released Thursday, it accused fighters of having complete disregard for civilian lives, saying militants have fired GRAD rockets and artillery into civilian neighborhoods. "In today's...

  • Bodies found in Mexico where 3 Texans missing

    MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials say four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamoros, near where three young Americans went missing more than two weeks ago. Tamaulipas state investigator Raul Galindo Vira on Wednesday confirmed the bodies had been found, but he declined to discuss who they might be. A second state...

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