Officials ID body of NY Angel Flight crash victim

EPHRATAH, N.Y. (AP) — Officials have confirmed the body of a cancer patient who was in a small plane crash last month in upstate New York has been found. Authorities told local media outlets an autopsy Thursday determined…

Lawyers: Holmes could withdraw insanity plea

DENVER (AP) — Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes say they might withdraw his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity after they see the results of his mental evaluation. The defense made the statement…

A glance at the history of Nicaragua canal plans

For hundreds of years, explorers and governments have dreamed of a waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific. Proposed routes have ranged from Mexico to Colombia, but many have focused on Nicaragua. A few key moments: — 1524: Spanish…

‘Kinky Boots’ kicks off national tour in Vegas

NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off its Tony Award-winning night, “Kinky Boots” is planning a national tour that will kick off in Las Vegas in September. Producers said Thursday the tour will start at the Smith Center for…

Macon, Ga., duplex fire kills mom, 3 daughters

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an early-morning fire swept through a duplex in central Georgia, killing a mother and three of her daughters. Fire officials say the blaze was reported shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday in Macon.…
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Lyden Stripper Pleads Guilty

The former stripper accused of blackmailing former Mahoning County Sanitary Engineer Robert Lyden because Lyden paid for sex and met her multiple times using his county-issued cell phone and car during work hours pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Thursday.…

Changes suggested to reduce Ohio Medicaid fraud

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s auditor says the state can cut down on Medicaid fraud by verifying that home health care workers are where they say they are. Auditor……

Months later, Sarah Palin back as Fox News analyst

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin is rejoining Fox News Channel. The network said Thursday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate has signed on as a contributor to Fox and the Fox Business Network. Her first appearance…

Tunisia rapper gets 2 years prison for police song

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court convicted on Thursday a rap artist for insulting police with a song calling them dogs and sentenced him to two years in prison, his lawyer said. The verdict comes as Tunisia’s…

The Replacements to reunite for at least 3 shows

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twenty-two years after breaking up, The Replacements are reuniting for at least three shows. The celebrated 1980s alt-rockers say they’ll play at Riot Fest in Toronto, Chicago and Denver. Exact dates haven’t been announced, but…

Grocers allege potato group pumped up spud prices

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. wholesale grocer says America’s potato farmers are running an illegal price-fixing scheme, driving up spud prices while spying on farmers with satellites to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can…

Israel military faces new Facebook fiasco

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military is looking more and more like “Girls Gone Wild.” A new video has surfaced on YouTube showing a group of female soldiers dancing suggestively around a rifle in what appears to be…

7 years in prison for Argentine ex-leader Menem

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Argentine President Carlos Menem was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday for illegally smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia in violation of international embargoes in the 1990s. The court also…

NOAA: Weather-related damage in 2012 was near record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal weather experts say extreme weather caused extreme losses in 2012. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration says 11 weather- and climate-related disasters caused over 300 deaths last year, and damage that exceeded $1 billion…

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage at 3.98 pct.

Fixed U.S. mortgage rates rose for the sixth straight week, putting the average rate on the 30-year loan just shy of 4 percent. Here’s a look at rates for fixed and adjustable mortgages this week and over the…

New anti-demonstration rule at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has come up with a new regulation banning demonstrations on its grounds. The rule approved Thursday comes two days after a broader anti-demonstration law was declared unconstitutional. The new rule bans activities…

Nicaragua approves massive canal project

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A multi-billion dollar Chinese plan to plow a massive rival to the Panama Canal across the middle of Nicaragua was headed for approval by the leftist-controlled National Assembly Thursday, capping a lightning-fast approval process…

Last suspect found guilty in Ohio bomb plot trial

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The last of five suspects in a failed Ohio plot to bomb a highway bridge has been found guilty on all counts. Joshua Stafford of Cleveland had acted as hi……

Lawsuit: Man allowed to curse on NY ticket payment

LIBERTY, N.Y. (AP) — A 22-year-old Connecticut man who wrote obscenities and “Tyranny” on his speeding ticket payment claims in a federal lawsuit that his free speech rights were violated when he was arrested. William Barboza is suing…