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Officer acquitted in 2 deaths amid 137-shot barrage (05/24/15)
CLEVELAND -- A white patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the Cleveland officer alone fired the fatal shots...
Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage (05/24/15)
DUBLIN -- Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote...
65-year-old German woman gives birth to quadruplets (05/24/15)
BERLIN -- A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday. Annegret Raunigk, gave birth to a girl -- Neeta -- and three boys -- Dries, Bence and Fjonn -- by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday, RTL said. The newborns weighed between 1 pound, 7 ounces and 2 pounds, 2 ounces each...
Man sentenced for stabbing bar doorman over bad drink (05/24/15)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A man was sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for a 2013 assault prosecutors say stemmed from anger over a botched drink. Jovan Felix, 36, was sentenced Friday for the near-fatal stabbing of a doorman outside the Level Up nightclub. Prosecutors say Felix was angry about a bad drink and poor service when he returned to the club about 2 a.m. with a friend and assaulted three people...
Veterans frustrated by presidential debate on Iraq war (05/24/15)
Veterans of the Iraq War are watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party supported to invade that country. Some veterans say they long ago concluded their sacrifice was in vain, and are annoyed a party that lobbied so hard for the war is running from it. ...
B.B. King memorial more cheers than tears (05/24/15)
LAS VEGAS -- A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas. "B.B. was energetic, Amen?" Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the service that drew more than 350 to the Palm Mortuary chapel...
NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program (05/24/15)
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month...
Today in History (05/24/15)
Today is Sunday, May 24, the 144th day of 2015. There are 221 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 24, 1935, the first major league baseball game to be played at night took place at Cincinnati's Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1...
Today in History (05/23/15)
Today is Saturday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2015. There are 222 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 23, 1945, Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide by biting into a cyanide capsule while in British custody in Luneburg, Germany...
Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria (05/22/15)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast's most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian desert town of Palmyra, seizing control Thursday of its temples, tombs and colonnades within hours...
Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable (05/22/15)
NEW YORK -- The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday the organization's long-standing ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change to prevent "the end of us as a national movement."...
Man in scuba gear gets warning after causing restaurant stir (05/22/15)
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Police say a belligerent man dressed in scuba gear caused a stir at a northern Michigan fast-food restaurant. The Traverse City Record-Eagle and MLive.com report the man, who had been drinking, showed up Tuesday morning at a downtown McDonald's. ...
Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray (05/22/15)
BALTIMORE -- All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said Thursday. The indictments were similar to the charges Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about three weeks ago. The most serious charge for each officer, ranging from second-degree "depraved heart" murder to assault, still stood...
Clinton's Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser (05/22/15)
WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received monthly missives about the growing unrest in Libya from a longtime friend who previously was barred by the White House from working for her as a government employee, according to emails received on her personal account...
Today in History (05/22/15)
Today is Friday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2015. There are 223 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 22, 1915, the Lassen Peak volcano in Northern California exploded, devastating nearby areas but causing no deaths. On this date:...
Stuffed tiger on SUV generates 911 call (05/21/15)
CAMAS, Wash. -- The sight of a stuffed tiger -- a large, stuffed tiger -- lashed to the top of an SUV cruising around a southwest Washington lake was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who thought it was real. Connor Zuvich, 19, said he found the tiger in the trash, tied it to the top of his vehicle and cruised around the lake with his friends. Officer Henry Scott was sent to investigate the 911 call. Zuvich said he and the officer traded jokes and photos, then parted ways...
Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover (05/21/15)
WACO, Texas -- As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed Wednesday. The video, shared by representatives of the restaurant, shows bikers on the patio ducking under tables and trying to get inside. At least three people were holding handguns. One biker was seen running with blood on his face, hands and torso...
David Letterman signs off as late-night host (05/21/15)
NEW YORK -- Comedy stars from Steve Martin to Tina Fey and the rock band Foo Fighters ushered David Letterman into retirement Wednesday after 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night shows on CBS and NBC. His final "Late Show" broadcast ran long, some 17 minutes over its usual hour...
As crisis over migrants grows, Malaysia and Myanmar to talk (05/21/15)
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- The foreign minister of Malaysia will visit Myanmar today to discuss Southeast Asia's migrant crisis, a day after Indonesia and Malaysia offered to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea in a major breakthrough that could ease the emergency...
DEA raids clinics, pharmacies in 'pill mill' crackdown (05/21/15)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi were the latest stage of an operation launched last summer by the Drug Enforcement Administration's drug diversion unit, which has netted 280 arrests over more than a year, including 22 doctors and pharmacists...
California farmers offer to cut water usage (05/21/15)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century. A senior state official said Wednesday he would decide whether to accept the offer by Friday. The concession by farmers in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river delta could be one of the most important forced by California's record four-year drought...
Today in History (05/21/15)
Today is Thursday, May 21, the 141st day of 2015. There are 224 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 33 1/2 hours...
Group urges wind turbine rules to protect birds (05/20/15)
PORT AUSTIN, Mich. -- The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south...
Disney World: Stop using selfie sticks (05/20/15)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Disney World is looking to crack down on guests who use selfie sticks on rides at the park. A spokesman said Monday guests can bring selfie sticks on the rides but must store them securely. Disney policy forbids visitors from using the sticks, which can be used to extend cameras out up to 3 feet. On Friday, Disney World workers posted a "No Selfie Sticks" sign at the Magic Kingdom's Thunder Mountain Railroad...
Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million (05/20/15)
WASHINGTON -- Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The chemical that inflates the air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The faulty inflators are responsible for six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide...
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