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  • Owners of Ohio mansion gutted by fire sue insurer for $60M

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The owners of a $4 million suburban mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million, saying it didn't honor their claims. Court documents show homeowners Jeffrey and Maria Decker sued Chubb National Insurance Co. this month in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The...

  • 'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

    ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed. "In my heart, I was leaping," Graham said....

  • Russia urged to free Ukrainian officer on hunger strike

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has come under pressure from Europe's human rights watchdog and the United States to free Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison. Savchenko is awaiting trial on charges of involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists during the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Her...

  • Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory. Eduard Basurin, the deputy commander of the separatist forces, said the highway linking the town, Debaltseve, to other...

  • Huge YouTube bulk makes it tough to catch all terror videos

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the spread of terrorist propaganda and hostage footage. Google Public Policy Manager Verity Harding said that about 300 hours of video material is being...

  • 35 years in prison for Saudi airman in Vegas child rape case

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant who arrived in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve two years ago may never get to leave Nevada after being sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 35 years in state prison for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Mazen Alotaibi, 25, stared at the courtroom floor as the...

  • Iowa farmer leads Senate panel on high legal posts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate's most enthusiastic tweeter, is steering the venerable Judiciary Committee into a brave new world. The six-term Iowa Republican, 81, debuted as chairman Wednesday at the confirmation hearings on President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, Loretta Lynch. Meanwhile, Grassley reported live...

  • Police: Man arrested in wrong-way accident knew he was drunk

    PHOENIX (AP) — A 39-year-old Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit, authorities said Wednesday. Stephen B. Martin told police and hospital personnel after the early-morning accident Tuesday that he knew he was...

  • Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart's owner was so distraught, he couldn't stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave. Five days later, on Jan. 21, a matted and injured Bart...

  • 2 more rounds of snow could be headed to New England

    BOSTON (AP) — Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days, just as New Englanders are digging out from a historic blizzard. A storm arriving in the region late Thursday and lasting off and on through Friday night will most likely bring 2 to 4 inches of snow to Connecticut, Rhode Island and...

  • Brazil's biggest city may cut water service to 2 days a week

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The worst drought to hit Brazil's biggest city in decades may leave residents with water service only two days a week. Sao Paulo water utility company Sabesp says a five days-off, two days-on system would be a last-ditch effort to prevent the collapse of the Cantareira water system. The reservoir is the largest of six that...

  • Yemen rebels beat, detain demonstrators in capital

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Rebels who control the Yemeni capital beat back dozens of people marching in protest against them on Wednesday, firing automatic rifles in the air and striking protesters with batons and knives. The violence highlighted the volatility in leaderless Yemen, after the president resigned last week under pressure by the Shiite...

  • Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for clash over bailout

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new radical left government has shot the first salvo in what is expected to be a tough clash with fellow eurozone countries over budget cuts that Athens says are choking the life out of its economy. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday it would ignore key budget commitments,...

  • Controversial French comic tells court he seeks peace

    PARIS (AP) — Controversial French comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala has told a court he wants "to make peace" with critics who have accused the 12-times convicted performer of anti-Semitism and inciting racial hatred. Dieudonne is being prosecuted for inciting racial hatred for comments he made during a 2013 performance in 2013 and on a video. The...

  • Libya hotel attack signals growing reach of Islamic State

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Militants loyal to the Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a deadly and complex attack on a hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli, signaling an expansion of the jihadi group's reach in the chaotic North African state while raising questions about the extent of coordination with leaders in Syria and Iraq....

  • Balloon crew close to crossing Pacific Ocean

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Only a few hundred miles and less than two days stand in the way of the international team piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon in a bid to break a pair of major records. Accomplished balloon pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia are aiming for the shores of North...

  • Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison and three years of supervised release Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help...

  • UN can't reach residents of Islamic State's de facto capital

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it cannot deliver aid to 600,000 people in two Syrian cities controlled by the Islamic State group. Deputy humanitarian chief Kyung-wha Kang told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that residents of the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa and the city of Deir ez Zor received no food...

  • Guard hurt in fatal prison bus wreck released from hospital

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A Texas prison guard who was critically injured in a prison bus wreck that killed 10 people has been released from a Lubbock hospital and moved to a rehabilitation center to continue his recovery. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said in a statement Wednesday that corrections officer Jason Self...

  • Supreme Court halts 3 upcoming executions in Oklahoma

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ordered Oklahoma to postpone lethal injections executions using a controversial sedative until the court rules in a challenge involving the drug. The court's order Wednesday came as little surprise after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested...

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