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  • Former Jethro Tull bass player Glenn Cornick dies

    HONOLULU (AP) — Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday. Drew Cornick says his 67-year-old father had been receiving hospice care. Cornick performed with Jethro Tull from its inception in late 1967 until 1970. The band's vocalist and...

  • Talking bird helped break school abduction case

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school. The girl said she heard a talking bird during the 19 hours she spent blindfolded in a house where she was sexually assaulted. She also glimpsed the back of the west...

  • Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday. Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court...

  • Man who killed son now charged in 1st wife's death

    WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A man imprisoned in New York for killing his son to collect on his life insurance is now charged with murdering his first wife in 1991 for the same reason. The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/1qNIux5) reports that Karl Karlsen was charged in Calaveras County, California, Friday with first-degree murder in the...

  • Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery. The new pay raises reflect what Obama proposed in his 2015 budget earlier this year. Obama...

  • Mexico's Pemex says production to increase in 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said Friday. Gustavo Hernandez, director of Pemex's exploration and production unit, said...

  • Ex-FBI director: Grateful for support after crash

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured this week in a Vermont car crash. Freeh issued a statement through the office of U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy after the Vermont senator visited Freeh in the hospital. The two have been friends for years....

  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund that's escaped sanctions in spite of international...

  • Utah university removes Reid's name from center

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt acknowledged he was under pressure from a group of conservatives to remove Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name from a center on campus, but he insisted politics had nothing to do with his decision to do so. The Nevada Democrat's name was removed from the front door of the...

  • Mexico authorities stage midnight migrant raid

    SAN RAMON, Mexico (AP) — The lumbering freight train known as "The Beast," a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight. Mexican federal police and immigration agents had waited silently in the brush alongside for at least hour, visible only by the glint...

  • Colombian accused in 5,000-plus killings arrested

    PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Panamanian authorities say they have arrested a fugitive Colombian right-wing militia leader accused in more than 5,000 murders who officials say was posing as a construction company owner. National police chief Omar Pinzon said Armando Alberto Perez was captured in Veraguas province last weekend. In Colombia,...

  • 1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

    CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record. AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/1zT6HTu ) a pair of master measurers from Safari Club International examined the 1,000-pound alligator on Friday, determining a total length of 15-feet, 9-inches. That's 13...

  • Ecuador heralds digital currency plans

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar. The electronic money, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circulating in...

  • Manatees may lose endangered species status

    MIAMI (AP) — As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild....

  • Leader of Bakken drug ring gets 20 years prison

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison Friday for his role in a major trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the Bakken oil fields of the Northern Plains. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said Robert Farrell Armstrong, of Moses Lake, Washington,...

  • Constitution sets sail for last time for 3 years

    BOSTON (AP) — The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat has set its sails for the last time before it heads to dry dock for a three-year repair project. The historic warship the U.S.S. Constitution left its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston on Friday morning. It set and struck three topsails and then fired a 21-gun salute...

  • Suriname leader's son pleads guilty to US charge

    NEW YORK (AP) — The son of the president of Suriname has pleaded guilty to charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Dino Bouterse entered the plea on Friday in federal court in New York. Bouterse was arrested last year in Panama and extradited to the United States following...

  • Westerners linked to extremist groups in Syria

    As many as 12,000 foreigners have gone to Syria to fight the government of Bashar Assad. Many have joined extremist groups, including the al-Nusra front, an al-Qaida affiliate, and the Islamic State group, which now controls a territory straddling Syria and Iraq. The State Department lists these foreigners fighting the Assad government in...

  • Reputed gangster pleads guilty in kidnapping plot

    A South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as "Lady Jamaica" has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father. Chason Renee Chase, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina. She was questioned by FBI agents...

  • Beer gardens helping Milwaukee County budgets

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion music and proclaim "Prost!" — the German equivalent of "cheers." It's a scene that harkens back 150 years, when Germans brought breweries and beer gardens to the city, until Prohibition shut the...

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