Smuggled dinosaur skeleton returned to Mongolia

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. authorities in New York have returned a 70-million-year-old nearly complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton to the Mongolian government. Authorities say the skeleton was looted from the Gobi Desert. It was seized by Immigration and Customs…

Man who dealt with death faces sentence of life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Wayne Sconce’s past life as a mortician has come back to haunt him decades after he gained notoriety for stealing body parts and plotting to kill a funeral business rival. The 56-year-old Sconce…
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Prizes awarded for translated fiction, poetry

NEW YORK (AP) — An experimental Hungarian novel and a collection of Romanian poetry have won prizes for best English language translations. Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s (LAHZ’-lo krahs-na-HOAR’-kay’s) “Satantango,” translated into English by Georges Szirtes (ZUR’-tes), won the Best Translated…
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NY judge urged not to delay morning-after decision

NEW YORK (AP) — Reproductive rights advocates have asked a New York City judge not to delay a plan to let women and teenage girls buy morning-after birth control without a prescription. The delay has been requested by…
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Shania Twain announces fall show dates in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shania Twain has announced 22 new show dates this fall to round out the first year of her two-year Las Vegas Strip residency. Twain told The Associated Press Monday that the show at Caesars…
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Court: Calif. cities can ban medical pot shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Local governments in California’s have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders, California’s highest court ruled on Monday in an opinion likely to further diminish the state’s once-robust medical marijuana industry.…

NBA’s Collins to headline Democratic fundraiser

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee says NBA veteran Jason Collins will headline its annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender gala. Last week, Collins became the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports…

Alec Baldwin’s ‘Orphans’ to close on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — The play “Orphans” has been orphaned on Broadway. Producers said Monday that Lyle Kessler’s play starring Alec Baldwin will close May 19 after 27 previews and 37 regular performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.…

Stadium decision hurts Miami’s Super Bowl chances

MIAMI (AP) — The Super Bowl might not return to South Florida for a long time. Ten NFL title games have been played in Miami, but last week the Dolphins were denied public money for a stadium upgrade…
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Judge: Sammy Hagar’s memoir did not defame woman

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says rocker Sammy Hagar did not defame a Playboy bunny with whom he allegedly fathered a child when he accused her of extortion in his memoir. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade…
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Montana’s rural schoolhouses face unclear future

DIVIDE, Mont. (AP) — The school day in Divide begins with the four students, ages 5 to 14, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance around the flagpole outside their little red schoolhouse on the outskirts of the southwestern Montana…
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Wash. State graduate wears wedding gown under robe

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — With friends and family already gathered for her graduation from Washington State University, Cassie Dotts thought it would be a good time for another ceremony — her wedding. She married University of Idaho fisheries…
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Justin Bieber faces copyright lawsuit in Va.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia songwriters are suing Justin Bieber and Usher for $10 million for copyright infringement. Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton claim Bieber’s song “Somebody to Love” contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to the…
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Fox’s ‘Cops’ leaving network after 25 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The Saturday night television fixture “Cops” is leaving Fox after 25 years to move to the Spike network. The cable network aimed at young male viewers said Monday it will begin airing the “bad…
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Worcester man wants to send Tsarnaev body to Russia

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts community activist plans to start a campaign to raise money to send the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM’-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) to Russia for burial. Tsarnaev’s body is at a…
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Ex-justice touches JobsOhio in new role

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio Supreme Court justice’s new state job is raising unique ethical issues in the legal battle over Gov. John Kasich’s (KA……
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Warehouse Destroyed by Fire

A warehouse at Henley's Truck Covers in Edinburg was destroyed by a fire on Monday. …
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Obama plays round of golf with 3 senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is playing golf with three senators. Democrat Mark Udall of Colorado and Republicans Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Bob Corker of Tennessee will join Obama for a round…

Packed compact car crashes in NJ, 10 injured

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Police say a compact car packed with 10 people crashed in New Jersey’s largest city, injuring everyone inside, including a mother and her two young children who sustained life-threatening injuries. Newark Police Detective Eugenio…