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  • Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world. Royal...

  • From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and ultimately unsuccessful — health care overhaul,...

  • Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom. The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped...

  • Autopsies done on 7 Utah babies found in garage

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — The Utah State Medical Examiner's Office has completed autopsies of seven infants found in cardboard boxes in a woman's garage, but it is unclear when the results will be released. Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said Friday the medical examiner will review the autopsy reports with police and prosecutors....

  • American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Seattle man told a jury Friday that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago. David Smith, the second witness in a Manhattan trial expected to last a month, identified Mustafa Kamel Mustafa as he testified for the government about an effort to open an al-Qaida...

  • Lawyer: Director not in Hawaii during alleged acts

    HONOLULU (AP) — Credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show that "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands, a defense attorney said Friday. Singer was mainly in Toronto working on the first "X-Men" movie from August through October...

  • Tillis is 4th to appear in WRAL Senate debate

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — House Speaker Thom Tillis now plans to join three other North Carolina Republican U.S. Senate candidates in a second televised debate next week. Tillis' campaign said Friday that he will now participate in the half-hour debate scheduled for the WRAL studios in Raleigh next Wednesday. The campaign said previously he had...

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a 'gold standard'

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts...

  • Year after blast, Texas town ponders new plant

    WEST, Texas (AP) — Leaders in a Central Texas town that was devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are contemplating building a new facility, calling it a crucial step toward West's economic recovery. The idea rankles some residents, who say the continued lack of state and local regulations would put them at risk of...

  • Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

    NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults. That's according to a new study by New York City doctors. Experts say the findings could lead to better training for guards on how to deal with the symptoms of such...

  • Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on a...

  • Ferry captain arrested in South Korea disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prosecutor says the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested. Senior prosecutor Yang Jung-jin says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok and the crew members were detained early Saturday. The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead. The investigation into...

  • Man sentenced in USC shooting that wounded 4

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who shot and wounded four people outside of a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison. Brandon Spencer, 21, of Inglewood wept and banged his head on the table after he was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court. During the hearing, he...

  • Blast in busy Cairo square kills 1 police officer

    CAIRO (AP) — An explosion rocked a busy square in central Cairo late Friday, killing one police officer and causing panic, Egypt's Interior Ministry and security officials said. The ministry said the bomb detonated next to a traffic post in Lebanon Square in Cairo's Mohandessin district, killing Maj. Mohammed Gamal Eddin. A security...

  • Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

    ROME (AP) — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. With his head bowed and eyes often closed, Francis joined tens of thousands of faithful...

  • Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

    HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. He was being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail. Sixteen-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn't...

  • Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said. Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, where he had served since November, officials said in...

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts...

  • Prosecutor: Body fits description of missing boy

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A child's body found off a highway in central Massachusetts on Friday matches the height and weight of a missing 5-year-old boy who has been missing for seven months, and whose disappearance led to calls for changes in the state's child welfare agency, authorities said. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early...

  • AP PHOTOS: Sailors return from 9-month deployment

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Thousands of sailors were greeted Friday by cheerful friends and family who packed a pier at Naval Station Norfolk to welcome them home from a nine-month deployment. The ships of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group had been deployed to the waters near Europe and the Middle East. While deployed, the Truman's aircraft...

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