• Nurse practitioner facing federal drug charges

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    A nurse practitioner at Covenant Family Healthcare Center in Clovis could be facing 20 years in federal prison if found guilty of unlawfully dispensing oxycodone prescriptions to painkiller addicts — sometimes with the expectation to purchase a few oxycodone pills from the addicts at a later date. David L. Jones, 61, of Portales, turned himself in to DEA agents Wednesday morning in Albuquerque and was arraigned in federal court. According to Matt Chandler, his appointed attorney, Jones was released on his own recognizance. Chandler said he and his client are cooperating with the authorities and he was not able to comment further. “A lot of this case is still under investigation,” Curry County Undersheriff Mi

  • Mixed news for Curry County Events Center

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    There was good news, and not so good Tuesday for the Curry County Events Center. The not so good: The L.J. Jenkins Invitational PBR Bullriding Competition has offered $50,000 in prize money to professional bull riders for more than four years. But with the loss of a valuable sponsor, the event will likely not happen this year. “The L.J. Jenkins Invitational has generated a lot of revenue for us,” Curry County Events Center Manager Kevin Jolley told the County Commission. “You’re looking at 20-plus thousand dollars in concession sales over two days on that event.” “We did lose a sponsor a couple of weeks ago, as you all know,” Jolley said.

  • Silence in Egypt over police abuses amid "war on terror"

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    CAIRO (AP) — Three men killed in a single day in the Egyptian capital, their deaths united by one common factor: Each was killed by police. One was a minibus driver, shot to death when he tried to elude officers asking for his license. Another was a 19-year-old under police guard in a hospital bed after suffering a gunshot wound. The teen allegedly taunted the guard, who responded by pumping seven bullets into him. The third was beaten to death in a police station, his family and witnesses said. The Feb. 1 incidents, which took place in two neighboring districts, went largely unnoticed in Egypt.

  • 'Eurabia' fears rise after terror strikes: Myth or reality?

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    BERLIN (AP) — The headlines would suggest Europe is under siege: Thousands of Germans march against the continent's "Islamization." French readers flock to read a novel about a Muslim president who imposes Sharia law on their country. Commentators warn darkly about an encroaching age of "Eurabia" in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. But is Europe actually heading toward Islamization? Research shows that Europe's Islamic population has indeed risen sharply over the last two decades, and continues to grow. But the numbers fall far short of any possibility of Europe becoming predominantly Muslim. And there are little signs that Islamic culture is spreading beyond the boundaries of Muslim communities — let alone becoming

  • Bluegrass music release

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    CODY SHULER, “Cody Shuler,” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks. ——— Cody Shuler, a North Carolina native, began his bluegrass career 14 years ago at age 15, playing mandolin for Raymond Fairchild. In 2004, he joined Pine Mountain Railroad and took over ownership and management of the band two years later. The band has scored six No. 1 bluegrass songs since then. And now, Shuler is stepping out on his own with his first solo album — a collection of 12 songs he’s written. The first release, “My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar,” is an uptempo song about an old hobo talking about his great his life is. “The Beautiful Hills” is a murder ballad about a man who discovers the woman he loves with an

  • North Carolina recovers quickly from latest winter storm

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina seems to be recovering quickly from the latest winter storm. The National Weather Service on Friday canceled a winter weather advisory for the central part of North Carolina. The advisory had warned of the dangers of black ice. It was still in effect until noon for most North Carolina's mountains. Schools in many parts of the state were opened two or three hours later than usual. Duke Energy reported no significant power outages, with only about 230 customers losing service.

  • German singer wins ticket to Eurovision, declines to go

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    BERLIN (AP) — Andreas Kuemmert got handed what many musicians would consider a dream ticket, winning the popular vote to represent Germany at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. But to the shock of his fans, the 28-year-old rock and blues singer passed up the chance to sing for his country at the Vienna finals in May. The annual competition regularly draws more than 100 million viewers with its mix of glitz and kitsch. Kuemmert, whose voice had wowed national audiences, told German television viewers that "I'm overwhelmed by your affection" before adding: "I'm not really in the right state to accept this." Instead, he handed the title to 24-year-old runner-up Ann Sophie, who tearfully accepted.

  • BBC exec 'sickened' at phone hacking by UK's Mirror tabloids

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    LONDON (AP) — A senior BBC executive says he feels "invaded and sickened" by the revelation that his phone was hacked repeatedly by staff at Britain's Mirror Group newspapers. Alan Yentob, the broadcaster's creative director, told a High Court hearing Friday that he felt "violated on a truly massive scale." A lawyer for hacking victims said illegal eavesdropping was "rife" at the Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People newspapers for almost a decade from 1999. Hacking produced scores of stories, though none was about Yentob. Journalists eavesdropped on his phone for information on his high-profile friends, who included Sting, Mel Brooks and Salman Rushdie. A judge is hearing a case by eight claimants to determine damag

  • Daylight saving time: Set clocks ahead 1 hour

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spring is closer than you think, and here's a sure sign: daylight saving time arrives this weekend. Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night, and most smart phones should update automatically. Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. You may lose an hour of sleep, but daylight saving time promises an extra hour of evening light for months ahead. It's also a good time to put new batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios. The time change is not observed by Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas. Daylight saving

  • German court gives man 6-year sentence over PKK role

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    BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a man of terrorism charges and sentenced him to six years in prison after finding he ran the finances in Europe of the banned Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK. The Duesseldorf state court said the 49-year-old Turkish national, identified only as Abdullah S. in line with German privacy rules, was convicted Friday of membership in a terrorist organization. The court found the defendant was a PKK leader in Germany over a decade ago before leaving for northern Iraq. It said that, from 2007 until his arrest in Belgium in 2010, he led the finance office of the PKK's European branch in Antwerp. Tens of thousands have been killed since the PKK took up arms in 1984 to fight for Kurdis

  • AP WAS THERE: 50 years ago, MLK led civil rights marches

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    EDITOR'S NOTE In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led several attempts to march from Selma to Montgomery as part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement. The protesters encountered violent opposition from authorities and segregationists. But with federal backing, the demonstrators successfully made the four-day walk, a 50-mile stretch. That year, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which gave African-Americans the right to vote. Using the style and language of journalists of the era, including a reference to blacks as "Negroes," AP reporters captured the tension of the marches. Fifty years after its original publication, The AP is making available excerpts from a series of stories about the marches' progress.

  • South African woman accused of kidnapping baby gets bail

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African woman who allegedly kidnapped a baby from a hospital and raised her for 17 years was released on bail Friday. Magistrate Mark Engel said the accused woman is not a flight risk and has no previous convictions, but ordered her to stay away from the girl she raised, the South African Press Association reported. She was freed on $425 bail. The woman cannot contact her husband either, with whom she raised the child, as he is now a witness in her trial, prosecution spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said. "She must move house," he said. The trial resumes on May 29. The 50-year-old woman, who lives in Cape Town, was arrested last week after the biological parents of the girl, who turns 18 ne

  • Harrison Ford recovering after crash landing plane on golf course

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    LOS ANGELES — Harrison Ford was recovering Friday after his vintage plane crashed on a golf course not far from Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Ford’s World War II-era plane’s sole engine lost power Thursday afternoon., transit officials said. In a recording, the veteran actor is heard alerting the airport’s control tower, “Engine failure; immediate return.” Just blocks from the runway, the plane clipped a tree at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, then landed on a fairway. “He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely,” Ford’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, said in a statement. Ford was hospitalized with fair to moderate injuries, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokes

  • Greek ultra-right lawmaker on trial over TV talk show slap

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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a Nazi-inspired Greek party, who achieved notoriety for assaulting two female left-wing colleagues during a live TV talk show, has gone on trial over the incident. An Athens court is expected to rule Friday on grievous bodily harm charges against Ilias Kassidiaris, one of several Golden Dawn lawmakers in pre-trial custody on separate charges for allegedly running a criminal organization. Footage from the June 2012 show showed Kassidiaris repeatedly slapping one woman and throwing a glass of water at another before running away. The attack followed an exchange of verbal abuse. If convicted Friday, Kassidiaris faces a minimum three-month prison sentence.

  • Imprisoned Ukrainian ready to end hunger strike, lawyers say

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    MOSCOW (AP) — Lawyers for a Ukrainian military officer imprisoned in Russia say she's ready to end her nearly three-month hunger strike if she's offered a balanced diet. Nadezhda Savchenko has been in Russian custody since June on charges that she aided a mortar attack that killed two Russian journalists covering the war between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists. She began a hunger strike on Dec. 13 and concerns for her health have risen sharply in the past week. The Russian prison service claimed on Thursday that she agreed to consume chicken broth. But her lawyers on Friday posted photos on Twitter of a handwritten statement from Savchenko saying the high-fat broth was dangerous to her health and asking

  • NASA craft circling Ceres in first visit to dwarf planet

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA spacecraft for the first time has arrived at a dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration. The space agency on Friday confirmed that the Dawn craft entered orbit around Ceres in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Unlike other orbit captures that requiring thruster firings to slow down, Dawn gradually slipped into place. The encounter occurred when Dawn was pointed away from Earth so it took some time before flight controllers could confirm the craft was healthy. Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, is the second and final stop for Dawn, which previously visited the asteroid Vesta. Ceres is the first of two dwarf planets to receive visitors this year.

  • Aaron Hernandez murder trial resumes after juror note delay

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    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is back underway after the judge received a note from a juror. Hernandez is charged with murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's home. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh began Friday's session by calling prosecutors, the defense and Hernandez up to the bench for a sidebar conference. She mentioned she received a note, but did not announce its contents. After a 15-minute sidebar, the judge called the 16 jurors back in with no explanation. Testimony then resumed with a T-Mobile engineer, who

  • Arlington conference offers resources for young cancer survivors and caregivers

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    Justin Ozuna felt alone when he was diagnosed with chronic myloid leukemia at age 24. “I didn’t understand cancer. I didn’t know anybody my age with cancer,” said Ozuna, now 33. “I just kind of lived as if I didn’t have cancer.” Ozuna said that as a young college student he was irresponsible with his cancer treatment – skipping appointments with his oncologist and not taking his expensive medication regularly because of financial concerns. He dropped out of school to work full-time for insurance benefits. When he finally did seek out a new oncologist after moving to Dallas so he could begin taking medication again, several doctors turned him down because of his history of not sticking with prescribed treatment

  • US trade deficit in January falls 8.3 pct. to $41.8 billion

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit in January dropped sharply as both exports and imports fell. The Commerce Department said Friday that the deficit fell 8.3 percent to $41.8 billion in January from $45.6 billion in December. The shrinking trade gap reflected a drop in exports, which fell $5.6 billion to $189.4 billion. Imports fell $9.4 billion to $231.1 billion. Much of the dip in imports likely came from lower oil prices and a labor dispute that disrupted shipping at West Coast ports. At the same time, the strong dollar that has made American-made goods less affordable abroad is weighing down exports. The trade deficit reached $505 billion last year, up 6 percent from the 2013 deficit of $476.4 billion. It wa

  • Daimler to build van plant in US, creaking 1,300 jobs

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    LADSON, S.C. (AP) — Daimler AG says it will spend about $500 million and create 1,300 jobs with a new plant near Charleston that will build its Sprinter vans. The company issued a news release Friday morning. It is making the formal announcement at the existing plant in Ladson, which is about 30 miles from Charleston. Currently, the Ladson plant assembles vans under the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner brands from parts made overseas and shipped to this country in kits. Construction on the new plant is supposed to start in 2016.




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