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General Mills buying Blue Buffalo Pet Products in $8B deal

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:20:35 -0800

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills is buying Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. in a deal valued at about $8 billion. General Mills Inc. will pay $40 per Blue Buffalo share. That’s a 17 percent premium to the pet food company’s Thursday closing price of $34.12. Shares of Blue Buffalo surged more than 5 percent in […]



Illinois man awaits sentencing in nearly $100K elder fraud

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:18:19 -0800

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man is set to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded an elderly person out of nearly $100,000. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Peoria says the case of 42-year-old Deryl Wright of Pekin is one of 250 defendants across the country to be charged […]



Online scam pretends to be Illinois Attorney General

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:12:37 -0800

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Attorney General warns that a social media scam is soliciting personal information with promises of “free money” through her office. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she received complaints of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts falsely claiming association with her office. The accounts provide links to get “free money” through government […]



Germany says another citizen detained in Turkey released

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:10:20 -0800

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BERLIN (AP) — The German government says one of its citizens held in Turkey has been released, but must remain in the country. The foreign ministry’s announcement Friday follows the release last week of German journalist Deniz Yucel, who had been detained in Turkey for over a year. Yucel was held on terrorism and propaganda […]



Court: Man who killed officer was ordered to surrender guns

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:07:27 -0800

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BRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) — Court records say the man who fatally shot a Maryland police officer earlier this week had been court-ordered to surrender his guns at least three times in the last five years. The Washington Post reports three different judges ordered Glenn Tyndell to “immediately surrender all firearms” after they found his wife, […]



Flooding continues into weekend in several Midwest states

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:03:51 -0800

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flooding is expected to continue through the weekend in Michigan, Indiana and other Midwest states that have been swamped by high water from heavy rains and melting snow. Waters receded in South Bend and Goshen, Indiana, but flooding continued. And the National Weather Service says a number of Michigan rivers could […]



GOP, Dem governors push national health care compromise

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:02:33 -0800

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan group of governors says the two parties can and should work together to improve the nation’s health care system. Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and others are set to discuss the group’s latest policy work on health care during a news conference Friday […]



Lawsuit: Chiropractor forced sex, Scientology on ex-employee

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:51:26 -0800

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former employee of a South Carolina chiropractor says he sexually assaulted her and tried to convert her to Scientology. The State reports a lawsuit filed in state court accuses Joseph Ben Barton of unlawfully firing the woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” in retaliation for rejecting sexual advances. The lawsuit says […]



US envoy summoned after Duterte named in threat report

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:51:10 -0800

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s top aide has summoned the U.S. ambassador to discuss a global threat assessment by American intelligence agencies that mentioned Duterte along with dangers facing democracy in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Friday that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea discussed the U.S. intelligence community’s […]



Winners in 2017 North Carolina AP News Excellence Contest

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:49:19 -0800

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Winners of the North Carolina Associated Press News Excellence Awards were announced Thursday at the North Carolina Press Association Winter Institute in Raleigh. AP-member newspapers across the state submitted entries in the AP contest to recognize exemplary journalism published in 2017. The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing thousands of […]



West Virginia man charged in 1981 death of 7-year-old boy

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:46:31 -0800

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been charged in the 1981 slaying of 7-year-old Conrad Roger “C.R.” Diaz. News outlets report convicted sex offender William Clyde Jeffries said at his Wednesday hearing that he doesn’t want a life sentence and wants to get treatment. Outlets report Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Detective Dixon Pruitt […]



Spend more or do less: EU leaders discuss post-Brexit budget

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:44:15 -0800

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BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders — minus Britain’s prime minister — are meeting to discuss how the bloc will cope with a multibillion-euro hole in its budget caused by Brexit. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, a former EU budget commissioner, said Friday the meeting will gauge the EU’s ambitions as it sets a new multiyear budget […]



Man rescued from capsized boat rows himself back to shore

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:42:05 -0800

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RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — A man whose boat capsized has been rescued from a Florida river. The Tampa Bay Times reports Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to the incident at about 2 a.m. Thursday when they received a call about a man crying out for help in Little Manatee River. Deputies arrived to […]



MTA administrators ask for peer review of upkeep practices

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:40:40 -0800

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Transportation Administration officials have asked for an outside review in the face of mounting criticism of the agency’s maintenance issue handling. A spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Transportation, Erin Hensen, tells The Baltimore Sun that MTA’s Thursday request comes as the Federal Transit Administration is conducting its own review of […]



Police in Mississippi identify victim in fatal hit-and-run

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:39:28 -0800

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GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi police are searching for a driver who struck a pedestrian in a fatal hit-and-run. The Sun Herald of Biloxi cites a release by Gulfport police Sgt. Josh Bromen that says police were on their way to conduct a welfare check when they found a man lying unconscious in the road. […]



Student’s gun should’ve been logged as evidence 10 years ago

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:38:21 -0800

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CALEDONIA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi student has been arrested for possessing a gun which should have been logged into evidence 10 years ago. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office’s announcement this week comes after the Caledonia High School student was arrested on Jan. 31. It says the firearm was in possession […]



A 2nd Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:27:36 -0800

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee’s executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday’s closing ceremony. Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexander Zubkov told The Associated Press on Friday that a drug-test sample […]



BMW looking at Chinese-made electric MINI

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:24:43 -0800

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BEIJING (AP) — BMW Group said Friday it is talking with China’s biggest SUV maker about a possible partnership to produce electric versions of its MINI as automakers ramp up electric development under pressure from Beijing to meet sales quotas. BMW said it signed a letter of intent with Great Wall Motors Co., headquartered in […]



Council votes to give 3 more years to redevelopment effort

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:24:05 -0800

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Lewiston City Council has approved an agreement that will give a local redevelopment effort at least three more years for completion. The agreement gives developer Tom Platz exclusive rights to purchase a 350,000-sq. foot building owned by the city for $1, but leaves the door open for another developer to […]



New Hampshire lawmakers decry beach lawsuit against state

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:22:34 -0800

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HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers in New Hampshire are questioning the merits of a lawsuit over shared costs at Hampton Beach, saying the state has done a lot to give money to the town of Hampton. Republican State Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says he sympathizes with Hampton’s call for aid for emergency services, but […]