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Choi elected to lead county attorneys association

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:31:29 -0800

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has been elected president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. The association is the statewide professional organization for all 87 elected county attorneys and their assistants, which includes more than 800 attorneys. It offers leadership on legal and public policy issues. Choi was elected last […]



Jurists: NK’s Kim should face crimes against humanity charge

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:31:09 -0800

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Three renowned international jurists say Kim Jong Un and other North Korean officials should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity committed in the country’s camps for political prisoners. The camps are believed to hold up to 130,000 people. The jurists’ report, published Tuesday, is based on testimony from defectors and experts. It […]



Italy: helicopters ferry flood victims to safety

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:30:41 -0800

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MILAN (AP) — Italian firefighters used helicopters and rubber dinghies to evacuate stranded residents of a town in the northern region of Emilia Romagna that flooded when waters overran earthen dikes. Video provided by firefighters Tuesday shows houses under water after the Enza River flooded its reinforced banks in the town of Lentigione. The news […]



Prison reports suicide of man who killed mother, stepfather

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:30:39 -0800

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LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina inmate serving a life sentence for killing his mother and stepfather has died in an apparent suicide. The state Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying that 42-year-old Gerard Altman died Monday after he was found unresponsive in the inmate dormitory at Lumberton Correctional […]



Maine regulators open inquiry into utilities’ storm response

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:30:06 -0800

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HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission is opening an inquiry into the preparedness and response of Maine’s electric companies following a powerful windstorm the day before Halloween. The storm left more than half the state’s population in the dark, and it took Central Maine Power up to 10 days to restore power […]



Federal prosecutors seek higher restitution in fraud case

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:29:23 -0800

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking higher restitution from a western Idaho woman who authorities say performed work as dentist despite being licensed as a dental hygienist. The Idaho Statesman reports 62-year-old Cherie R. Dillon pleaded guilty in January to multiple counts of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. She was sentenced […]



Fetid attraction: London fatberg to go on museum display

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:26:55 -0800

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LONDON (AP) — Part of a monster fatberg that clogged one of London’s sewers is destined for fame in a museum. The Museum of London says it will put the only remaining chunk of the 130-metric-ton (143-U.S.-ton) mass of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes on display early next year. Workers for utility company Thames […]



Masked men invade Houston hotel, steal unsecured ATM

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:26:45 -0800

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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police are looking for seven to 10 men who invaded a luxury hotel in the city’s Galleria area and walked out with the hotel’s ATM machine. Authorities say the men, all wearing masks, stormed into a Marriott hotel about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, threatened an unarmed security guard and a cleaning person […]



Harassment lawsuit filed against Indiana superintendent

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:25:36 -0800

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A former official for an eastern Indiana school district has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the district’s superintendent regularly made sexist, racist and intimidating remarks. The Star Press reports the lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of Kathy Ray, the former human resources director for Muncie Community Schools. The lawsuit cites […]



Complaint: Woman assaulted son on flight to Salt Lake City

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:25:10 -0800

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal complaint accuses a Colorado woman of assaulting her son during a flight from Boston to Salt Lake City. The complaint filed in U.S. District Court against Cherice Dawn Klipfel states a passenger on the Sunday JetBlue Airways flight witnessed the mother striking, slapping, kicking and shoving her 8-year-old […]



First Sikh nominated to be New Jersey attorney general

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:24:03 -0800

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy says he’s nominating Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s next attorney general. If confirmed, Grewal would be New Jersey’s first Sikh to serve in that position. Grewal is currently prosecutor in Bergen County, the most populous county in the state. He was appointed to the position by […]



Prisoner dies 2 days after murder indictment

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:23:44 -0800

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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A man being held at a Rhode Island prison has died two days after he was indicted for murder in the death of his girlfriend. The Providence Journal reports that 40-year-old Christian Boucher, of East Providence, died at the Adult Correctional Institutions on Sunday night. Boucher had been indicted by a […]



Wyoming science building designs $11M over budget

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:23:34 -0800

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A planned science building at the University of Wyoming is over budget by roughly $11 million. University officials recently informed the state Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee about the Science Initiative Building being over-budget. Construction of the building is scheduled to begin early in 2019. The Laramie Boomerang reports it’s estimated the […]



Commute is back to normal as NYers shrug off terror attack

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:21:35 -0800

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York subway riders are shrugging off the city’s latest terrorist attack. The underground passageway at the Times Square station was crowded with commuters Tuesday, a day after it was targeted by a would-be suicide bomber. The only sign of Monday’s explosion was an increased police presence in the station and […]



Former Carthage rehabilitation center worker sentenced

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:21:25 -0800

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CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — A former employee of a Carthage rehabilitation center was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $44,000 from center residents. A judge sentenced 41-year-old Kristi Metcalf Monday for receiving stolen property and abuse of a health care recipient. Three other counts of financial abuse were dismissed. The Joplin […]



Police: Man’s bag of cheeseburgers stolen in armed robbery

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:16:19 -0800

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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police are looking for the suspect in the theft of a bag of cheeseburgers. Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith says the 23-year-old victim was walking on the street carrying the bag of cheeseburgers Saturday night. The New Haven Register reports he was then held up by an armed man who […]



Most fake bomb calls that beset Russia coming from Syria

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:15:31 -0800

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MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian official says most of the fake bomb calls that have plagued cities across Russia have come from Syria. Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said Tuesday in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that most of the anonymous calls came from areas controlled by “terrorists” in Syria. Russia has waged […]



Officer honored for adopting baby from opioid addicted mom

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:15:20 -0800

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ALBUUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A police officer who persuaded a pregnant woman he found using heroin to let him adopt her unborn child has been honored by the city of Albuquerque. Officer Ryan Holets and his wife were praised Monday for adopting a baby girl they named Hope after the addicted mom agreed to let […]



In snow, all-wheel drive beats two-wheel drive

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:15:02 -0800

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The added weight of battery-powered car also boosts traction.



Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:14:28 -0800

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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian female pop singer has been convicted of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison. The Cairo court also ordered Shaimaa Ahmed, better known by her stage name Shima, to pay a fine of 10,000 pounds (about $560). Shima appears in the video in […]