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  • Convict pleads not guilty to killing 20th Century Fox exec

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted drug dealer pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing a 20th Century Fox executive whose remains were found in the Southern California desert 2 1/2 years after he vanished. John Lenzie Creech, 42, entered the plea to a charge of first-degree murder. He could face 25 years to life in state prison if convicted....

  • Canadian citizenship oath to Queen to remain law

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Immigrants to Canada will have to keep taking an oath to the Queen Elizabeth II after the Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday to hear a challenge to the citizenship requirement. The decision by the top court leaves intact an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling. At issue is a provision in Canada's Citizenship Act that...

  • New charges for group that disrupted Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors took a hard line Thursday with demonstrators who participated in a rare disruption inside the U.S. Supreme Court, adding additional charges against them and saying disrupting the high court is different from other protests in the nation's capital. The demonstrators, five women and two men, were arrested last month...

  • Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilizations

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lewis Reynolds didn't understand what had been done to him when he was 13. Years later, after getting married, the Lynchburg man discovered he couldn't father children. The reason: He had been sterilized by the state. Reynolds was among more than 7,000 Virginians involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the...

  • Victory for Argentine leader as judge rejects cover-up case

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up the involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, easing a crisis for her government fed by the death of the prosecutor who brought the case. Judge Daniel Rafecas said...

  • Lawyer for Al-Jazeera journalist blasts Canadian government

    TORONTO (AP) — The lawyer for a Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist criticized the Canadian government Thursday for not doing enough to secure his release from Egypt. Mohamed Fahmy is out on bail awaiting retrial after more than a year behind bars in Egypt on terrorism-related charges. Fahmy, a dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen, was asked to give up...

  • Costa Rica says Romanian hanged himself on airline flight

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Authorities in Costa Rica say an autopsy has confirmed that a Romanian man hanged himself in an airliner's bathroom on a flight arriving from Bogota, Colombia. Costa Rica's Office of Judicial Investigation said Thursday that the man died of "asphyxia by hanging." He was identified as Costel Comana. The office says...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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