• Time magazine longtime film critic Richard Corliss dies

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, has died after suffering a major stroke last week, the magazine said Friday. He was 71. "He conveyed nothing so much as the sheer joy of watching movies — and writing about them," Time theater critic Richard Zoglin said in an online tribute to Corliss. "He was a perceptive, invaluable guide through three and a half decades of Hollywood films, stars and trends." In his 35 years as the magazine's film critic, Corliss wrote more than 2,500 reviews and other articles. Time Editor Nancy Gibbs called Corliss a master of the written word. Words "were his tools, his toys, to the point that it felt sometimes as though he had to write, like the rest

  • Police: NYC airplane cleaner pocketed 1,429 liquor bottles

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say an airplane cleaner has been arrested on charges she pocketed nearly $15,000 worth of contraband from planes grounded in New York City, including nearly 1,500 unopened bottles of liquor. A spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police says Juanette Cullum has been charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. The spokesman, Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN'-jeh-loh), says a witness told American Airlines security officials that the 48-year-old Brooklyn woman was stealing property at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He says detectives interviewed Cullum and searched her apartment, finding 1,429 bottles of unopened liquor, seven iPads, two laptops, 19 Ki

  • Keith Urban, Jimmy Cliff headline opening day of Jazz Fest

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Friday's opening day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival highlighted a worldwide spectrum of musical influences, — from the alternative Chicago-based rock band Wilco to Irish singer-guitarist Hozier and the Jamaican and reggae stylings of singer Jimmy Cliff. Headlining the day's biggest stage is country music star Keith Urban, who festival producer Quint Davis describes as one of the world's "monster rock-blues-country guitar players." Davis said when the New Zealand-born Urban was told the Tedeschi Trucks Band was playing before his scheduled Friday evening performance, his reply was: "They're not opening for me, I'm closing for them." Urban is a returning headliner, having last played

  • New video raises questions in 2013 Florida police shooting

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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy's shooting of an unarmed man is under renewed scrutiny after the emergence of video. Palm Beach County Deputy Adams Lin was cleared of any wrongdoing in the 2013 shooting of 22-year-old Dontrell Stephens. He said he believed Stephens was reaching for a gun and only fired shots after the man failed to comply with commands to raise his hands. But new video shows the only object in Stephens' hand was a cellphone and no commands are heard from Lin. An attorney representing Lin and the sheriff's office said Friday that a microphone on the deputy simply didn't capture the audio, and that he had seconds to figure out what was in the man's hands. Stephens was left a paraplegic by

  • Man charged with making threats in Islamic State group case

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man was charged Friday with threatening law enforcement officials and writing on Twitter that a "massacre" would happen if authorities did not free six men who were arrested earlier this week and accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. According to an FBI affidavit, Mahamed Abukar Said used his Twitter account to threaten to kill a federal law enforcement official and demand that the men be freed. In one tweet on Wednesday, Said wrote, "the Feds are getting two choices. Either they gon free my bros or the gon have a massacre happen then they gon take me too," the affidavit said.

  • Legislature passes oil train safety bill

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature has passed a measure to improve the safety of oil transportation due to a sharp increase in the number of oil-carrying freight trains in the state. Lawmakers reached a compromise Friday afternoon to resolve differences between competing versions that earlier cleared the Senate and House. The Senate voted 46-0 and the House 95-1 on House bill 1449, which now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for consideration. The compromise includes some provisions that Inslee and Democrats had pushed for, including requiring railroads to show they can pay to clean up oil spills. It extends a barrel tax on boat-transported oil to railroads to help pay for oil spill response, but doesn't cover pipeline

  • Column: Bonds, Clemens, Rose deserve to be in Cooperstown

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    Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown. While we're at it, so does Pete Rose. Bonds' criminal conviction stemming from baseball's shameful steroids era was thrown out this week, Clemens was never convicted of anything, and the sport's new commissioner gave a green light for Rose to take part in festivities surrounding the All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati. All of which makes it a good time to revisit the exclusion of these three — undoubtedly among the greatest ever to play the game — from their well-earned spots in the Hall of Fame. Bonds and Clemens have each been passed over three times already by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, presumably for taking perfo

  • Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home. Fred W. Pagan, an office administrator for Cochran, was arrested Thursday. Court papers said Customs and Border Protection officers found a package on April 9 in Cincinnati, Ohio, that contained 1.1 kilograms of the drug known as GBL. The package was bound for Pagan's home address. GBL has similar effects to alcohol, but also can used in a compound commonly known as a date rape drug. The documents said Pagan allegedly said he planned to distribute the drugs "in exchange for sexual favors.

  • Attorneys: Memo shows special treatment for reserve deputy

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    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect, according to a report released Friday by lawyers for the dead man's family. Lawyers for Eric Harris released a sheriff's office memo outlining an investigation into Robert Bates, 73, who says he confused his handgun for his stun gun during an April 2 sting involving gun sales. Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death. Bates is a longtime friend to Sheriff Stanley Glanz, serving as his insurance for 25 years and his re-election campaign manager in 2008.

  • Success in NHL playoffs hinges on best players being stars

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    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A group of young, emerging prospects are moving to the forefront in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Of course, there are several key veterans having an impact on their series as well. When it comes to making a run for the Stanley Cup, this is the time of year for the league's biggest stars. Daniel Sedin and Vancouver are hoping to draw even in their first-round series against Calgary when they take on the Flames in Game 6 on Saturday night. Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson, Nashville's Filip Forsberg and Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov also are back in action in their respective series. "I love the playoffs. It's the most fun," said Johnson, who led a stirring comeback that evened the Lightning's series

  • Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest at US Embassy

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    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Three former Guantanamo Bay detainees resettled in Uruguay are protesting in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo. The men were protesting Friday night because they had been asked to leave a hotel where some stayed periodically. They say the house where they were initially resettled didn't have enough space for all of them. In the words of Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, "We are too many to stay in the house." The six men were invited to resettle in Uruguay by former President Jose Mujica. They allegedly were onetime al-Qaida militants and had spent 12 years in the U.S. military prison before being released in December. El Ouerghi says the men want to speak with the U.S. ambassador to

  • UN: Myanmar stability at risk if Rohingya issue not solved

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Stability in Myanmar's most sensitive region can't be achieved unless it addresses the issue of citizenship for minority Rohingya Muslims, the United Nations secretary-general warned its authorities Friday. Ban Ki-moon told a delegation from the Southeast Asian country that the U.N. has seen "already troubling signs of ethnic and religious differences being exploited" as elections approach later this year. The predominantly Buddhist nation recently emerged from a half-century of military rule, but it has been shaken by violence between Buddhists and Muslims in recent years that left at least 280 people dead and 140,000 homeless. Most of the displaced are Muslims confined to squalid camps in in the west

  • Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

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    HONOLULU (AP) — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. It's unclear whether Gov. David Ige will sign the measure, and an Ige spokeswoman said he wasn't immediately available for comment. The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Those caught breaking the rules would be fined $10 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses would lead to a $50 fine or mandatory community service. "It's definitely groundbreaking legislation," said Jessica Yamauchi, executive director of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, which pushed for the bill. "

  • 'Good country' keeps Opry alive

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    Crescent Valley Opry had its roots developed in family, friendship, and country music. Located on U.S. Highway 62, about halfway between Tahlequah and Fort Gibson, the metal building boasts signs out front that blare “Live Music” and “Jamboree.” Passersby may wonder during any given weekday if the business is still open. Driving past on the first or third of any month, those same drivers might be amazed at the number of parked cars. Doyle and Linda Beaver built the building to house Crescent Valley Antiques, but in 1987, they moved the antiques aside to make room for a stage and some chairs. This was the beginning of the Crescent Valley Opry, known previously as Crescent Valley Jamboree. It now packs in around 150 peo

  • TACH fundraiser kicks off campaign to build facility for homeless

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    Tahlequah may have a new day center for local homeless population by this summer, according to Zoë Institute Executive Director Rhonda Clemons-Hill. The city of Tahlequah recently signed a 20-year lease with the institute for $1 a year to rent a building downtown currently housing evidence from the Tahlequah Police Department. “Renovation should start at any time,” said Clemons-Hill. A grant from the USDA for $50,000 will fund renovation of the building once the institute has the keys. Zoë Institute and the Tahlequah Area Coalition for the Homeless will work together to run the day center, as stated in a memorandum of understanding between the two groups.

  • Lawmakers say VA lied, ignored warnings on hospital cost

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    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Mike Coffman accused the Veterans Affairs Department on Friday of lying and ignoring clear warnings that its new Denver hospital couldn't be built within budget or on schedule. But they joined other members of Congress from both parties in vowing to complete the medical center and demanded that those responsible for massive cost overruns be punished. Bennet and Coffman sat in on a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing in Aurora, not far from the site of the half-finished hospital, which is now expected to cost $1.73 billion — nearly triple the estimate VA gave last year.

  • Truckers could stay off job at nation's busiest port complex

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Truck drivers who haul goods from the nation's busiest port complex in Southern California could stay off the job next week as part of a long-running labor dispute, union officials said Friday. It won't be clear until next week how many of the drivers stay away, but the action could disrupt business at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as soon as Monday, after an expected vote this weekend. About 16,000 drivers work at the ports, most of them independent contractors for trucking companies. The truckers say they face shrinking wages and want to become employees of the trucking companies, which they say would mean better wages and workplace protections.

  • Documents: Argument over boyfriend before Wisconsin killings

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    TOWN OF PIEHL, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teen accused of killing her mother and stepfather carried out the slayings the same day they warned her 22-year-old boyfriend to stay away from her, according to court documents made public Friday. Ashlee Martinson, 17, was formally charged in Oneida County after being brought back from Indiana, where she was arrested last month. She is accused of fatally stabbing 40-year-old Jennifer Ayers and shooting 37-year-old Thomas Ayers at the family's home in Town of Piehl. Investigators say Martinson locked her three sisters, ranging in age from 9 to 2, in a room before fleeing their rural home. The Stevens Point Journal (http://spjour.

  • Jury convicts 3 of manslaughter Florida A&M hazing death

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The last three defendants in the death of a Florida A&M drum major were convicted of manslaughter and hazing Friday, ending a 3-year-old case that shined a light on ritualized hazing within the school's famed marching band. The six-member jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours before reaching a verdict. Benjamin McNamee, 24; Darryl Cearnel, 28; and Aaron Golson, 22, were the final three defendants charged in Robert Champion's death in 2011. Defense attorneys said they will likely appeal. "It's a tough pill to swallow, all in all, for some really good kids who had a bright future," said Craig Brown, Golson's defense attorney. "There are no winners or losers. There are only losers in this case, for the Ch

  • Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot. Among the law's many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious "collective gardens" providing cannabis to thousands of people.