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  • Anchorage TV station wrongly airs contentious ad

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage television station has taken full blame for accidentally airing a commercial for U.S. Sen. Mark Begich that the campaign had pulled because it had sparked outrage. "One-hundred percent our error," said Andy Tierney, the national sales manager for CBS affiliate KTVA. The snafu caused the commercial to be...

  • Ex-Mountie hero of shooting at Canada's Parliament

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder. For more than two minutes, the lawmakers applauded and pounded their desks Thursday for the white-haired former Mountie, hailed as a hero for...

  • Navajo Nation lawmakers recess for solar eclipse

    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Council has taken a recess from its fall session in observance of the partial solar eclipse. Navajo tradition teaches that tribal members shouldn't gawk at an eclipse, and they should refrain from eating and drinking while the new moon hides part of the sun from view. It's seen as a sign of respect...

  • Jury in Tsarnaev friend trial still deliberating

    BOSTON (AP) — A jury in the federal trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has completed a second full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. Robel Phillipos is charged with lying to the FBI about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the bombing, when two other...

  • 1 killed, 11 injured in German gas pipe explosion

    BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a western German city. Police in Ludwigshafen said the explosion outside a house in the city happened midday Thursday. Gas transport company Gascade said it wasn't clear why the gas pipe, part of a...

  • Wilson attorneys, county official question leaks

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County's top elected official and attorneys for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson are criticizing recent leaks of information related to investigations into Michael Brown's shooting death. Wilson's attorneys said Thursday that they are not responsible for the leaks and that any commentary should come in a legal...

  • Man charged with assault in Seattle groping case

    SEATTLE (AP) — A man accused of groping a woman — who took his picture and publicized it on social media — has been charged with assault with sexual motivation. The city attorney's office said Thursday that 36-year-old Daryl R. Sharma of Kirkland was charged with a gross misdemeanor in the Oct. 12 incident in downtown Seattle. The city is...

  • Lawsuit says ICE attorney forged document

    SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a Seattle U.S. District Court, seeks $500,000 in damages for Ignacio Lanuza-Torres because the alleged...

  • South Africans indicted in US on illegal hunts

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two South African brothers have been indicted in Alabama on charges of conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunting trips to Americans and of selling rhino horns on the black market. Federal prosecutors unsealed the indictments of Dawie and Janneman Groenewald and their safari company Thursday in Montgomery. Federal...

  • Jurors hear doctor's dying wife on 911 recording

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jurors heard from prosecution and defense attorneys — and then from the dying woman herself — as the homicide trial began Thursday for a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with poisoning his neurologist wife. Assistant District Attorney Lisa Pellegrini told the jury that 41-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein can be...

  • NY state to review schools' immigration compliance

    ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials have ordered a statewide review of public school compliance with enrollment policies for unaccompanied minors and immigrant children, following reports that several dozen children who had recently arrived from Central America were not admitted to a Long Island high school. The action follows reports...

  • Student released brake before fatal bus accident

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio say a student accidentally released the emergency brake on a bus that rolled back and killed the driver as she conducted an evacuation drill last month. Akron police on Thursday said the 10-year-old ran to the back of the bus after releasing the brake. The driver, 51-year-old Laura Zborowski, tossed...

  • Man faces new charges after forced labor case ends

    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials charged a former African tennis pro with child abuse on Thursday, just days after a federal judge declined to keep him behind bars in a case of fraud, immigration crimes and forced labor. Attorney General Bill Schuette announced three counts of first-degree child abuse against 45-year-old Jean-Claude Toviave....

  • Pennsylvania town can keep Jim Thorpe's body

    Jim Thorpe's body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago after a federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a ruling that could have resulted in his reburial on American Indian land in Oklahoma. The famed athlete's surviving sons have been fighting to move the body to Sac and Fox land in the state where...

  • Poll: Rousseff takes lead in Brazil president race

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has pulled ahead of her rival and taken a six-point lead just days before Sunday's presidential vote, according to a poll released Thursday. A series of recent surveys had indicated that Rousseff, whose left-leaning Workers' Party has governed Brazil the past 12 years, was nosing into...

  • Obama fundraises for Dems at Sen. Rockefeller home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is raising money for Democrats at the sprawling Washington home of West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Obama's fundraiser on Thursday will benefit the Democratic National Committee. The DNC says about 25 donors paid up to $32,400 — the legal maximum — to attend. The fundraiser comes as Democrats seek...

  • Driver attacked after ice cream truck kills boy

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The child had been riding alongside the truck on Wednesday when he apparently slipped for an unknown reason and was caught under a rear wheel, police...

  • Police: Ottawa gunman had recently applied for a passport, believe he intended to go to Syria

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police: Ottawa gunman had recently applied for a passport, believe he intended to go to Syria.

  • Canadian police: no link between soldier attacks

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian police say they have found no connection between the two attacks on soldiers this week. Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Bob Paulson also says authorities had not been watching the gunman in advance of his deadly attack on a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a...

  • Ohio State: Fired band director was dishonest

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's fired band director witnessed more sexually charged incidents than previously reported, once proposed punishing a female band member who reported sexual assault and had a calendar of nearly nude male band members in his office that he never brought to investigators' attention, school attorneys said...

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