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  • Man tied to 2013 Myanmar hotel blast gets life in prison

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:01:52 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced a man linked to a 2013 bombing that wounded an American tourist in one of the country's most prestigious hotels to life imprisonment and hard labor.

  • Ex-drug lab chemist may have tainted thousands of cases

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:33:16 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Newly released court documents indicate that a former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab convicted of stealing drugs to feed her addictions may have tainted as many as 10,000 criminal prosecutions, not just a few dozen as first thought.

  • AP Exclusive: China Ministry posted bootleg 'Liar's Poker'

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:46:27 GMT

    SHANGHAI (AP) — A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found.

  • BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:12:40 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.

  • Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:14:06 GMT

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian Authority forces arrested over 100 Hamas members in the West Bank who were planning on carrying out attacks, a Palestinian official said, in the biggest raid of its kind in years.

  • Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Obama

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:40:46 GMT

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is being detained in a mental health facility after authorities say he told a security guard he planned to kill President Barack Obama.

  • Authorities: Suspect high on meth during Arizona killings

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:20:52 GMT

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The mystery surrounding a missing Phoenix-area couple has been solved with the discovery of their bodies buried 6 feet under a yard and the arrest of a suspect, who told authorities he was high on methamphetamine the night of the killings.

  • Woman shot to death at busy San Francisco tourist attraction

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:17:03 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kathryn "Kate" Steinle was out for an evening stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront when she was killed by a man who police said she didn't know.

  • Experts: Hacking probe will stretch if Cards execs involved

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:57:55 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — The federal hacking investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros' database, according to legal experts.

  • 2 killed, 1 wounded in Northern California shooting

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:22:46 GMT

    COTTONWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man with a rifle killed two people outside a Northern California store and a stray bullet wounded a customer.

  • Sheriff: Oregon man, suspected in parents' death, kills self

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:40:39 GMT

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of murdering his parents and storing their bodies in a freezer has died in a hospital after a suicide attempt in his jail cell, authorities said.

  • Sheriff's officer: Man accused of killing parents kills self

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:01:25 GMT

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Springfield, Oregon, man jailed on charges of murdering his parents and storing their bodies in a freezer has died in a hospital after a suicide attempt in his county jail cell.

  • Meth in toaster among many drug parcels sent to Hawaii

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:21:42 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Federal agents last month intercepted a package mailed to Hawaii from Southern California containing a toaster oven. Hidden inside the four-slice toaster, there appeared to be 6 pounds of crystal meth.

  • Oklahoma court to look at blocking Tulsa grand jury probe

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:48:46 GMT

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether to stop a grand jury investigation into an embattled sheriff whose longtime friend and volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man.

  • Wife decries police shooting of man, says he had no real gun

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:13:48 GMT

    BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire.

  • Doctor linked to Sen. Menendez released from jail

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:55:28 GMT

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been released under a bond agreement.

  • Q&A: Defense attorneys try to show theater shooter insane

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:43:30 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The first week of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes' defense case has provided new details about his mental state around the time he killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a packed midnight movie premiere.

  • Wife of Massachusetts man killed by police decries shooting

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:37:35 GMT

    BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The wife of a Massachusetts man killed by police says she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors say the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers.

  • Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:22:23 GMT

    GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina.

  • Pope to visit prison where convicted monsignor is locked up

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:06:31 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A prison that Pope Francis plans to visit during his U.S. trip houses a former church official jailed for his handling of priest sexual-abuse complaints.

  • Woman randomly shot to death at popular San Francisco pier

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:58:58 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront.