• NY congressman drafts bill making police chokeholds a crime

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York congressman, citing last year's videotaped death of Eric Garner in a police chokehold, announced Monday that he's sponsoring a bill that would make the maneuver a federal crime. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said at a news conference outside New York Police Department headquarters that the legislation would amend civil rights laws that deal with excessive force by defining chokeholds as a depravation of rights under the color of law. The Brooklyn Democrat was joined by Garner's mother. "The chokehold is the classic example of an unnecessary violent police tactic," Jeffries said. "It is an unreasonable measure, it is an uncivilized measure ... and this bill will make it an unlawful measure.

  • Prosecutor describes Colorado gunman's path to carnage

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could inflict more "collateral damage." "Meticulous" was how Holmes twice described his plans during the exams, District Attorney George Brauchler said at the start of a long-awaited trial to determine if he'll be executed, spend his life in prison, or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. "Boom!" Brauchler said repeatedly as he showed pictures of the victims and the weapons that killed them on a screen, describing in detail how bullets pierced their orga

  • Corinthian Colleges closes all 28 remaining campuses

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation. The Santa Ana, California-based company said it was working with other schools to help students continue their education by making transcripts available and coordinating with other educational institutions to accept them. The closures include Heald College campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon, as well as Everest and WyoTech schools in California, Arizona and New York. Corinthian was one of the country's largest for-profit educational in

  • Teen who fought cancer treatment heads home from hospital

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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer has finished that treatment and was released Monday from a hospital where she had been confined since December. The teen, identified only as Cassandra C, told The Associated Press in text messages that she was discharged from a Hartford hospital on Monday afternoon and was going home to Windsor Locks, about 15 miles away. "I'm so happy to finally be on my way home, after 5 months," she wrote. "It feels almost unreal. The feeling of fresh air is wonderful." Doctors say her Hodgkin lymphoma, diagnosed in September, is in remission. Cassandra posted photos online Friday after having the ports used to administer the chemo

  • Sarkar named AP's deputy editor for east region

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pia Sarkar, a veteran reporter, editor and newsroom leader, has been named deputy editor for the east for The Associated Press, charged with helping to oversee news coverage in 10 states. The appointment was announced Monday by Karen Testa, editor for the news cooperative's east region, which includes New England, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. "Pia brings the experience and enthusiasm to be a strong leader in developing sharp news content across formats," Testa said. "Her competitive fire and collaborative nature make her a great fit for working with reporters and editors across our region to build on AP's role as an essential source of news.

  • BC-Business News Digest

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  • For third straight year, St. Louis Blues make an early exit

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the third straight year, it's one and done for the St. Louis Blues. Jobs may be on the line after coach Ken Hitchcock's team won the Central Division but fell flat in the playoffs in a six-game opening-round loss to the Minnesota Wild. The Blues had believed this was their best chance at winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup with four strong lines, solid defense and good to great goaltending. "It's the worst," forward Steve Ott said. "You put in a lot of months, a lot of effort, you never know when you get a special group like we had in here. This series, I thought it was a telling tale of what can go wrong at times and what does go wrong." Players anticipate general manager Doug Armstrong wil

  • Vegas sets up 'concentric' security for upcoming megafight

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather hadn't even decided how much it would cost home viewers to watch their fight when the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission started planning security for their big bout. Five times in the 10 weeks since the two welterweights set a date for their long-awaited fight, commission chief Francisco Aguilar has convened state, federal and local police, fire, tourism and fight officials for one thing: to keep hundreds of thousands of people outside the ring safe. Boxing, particularly in big matches like this one, poses a special challenge to Las Vegas officials. "We're not preparing for a fight night.

  • Texas storms bring band of tornadoes, damage to buildings

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    DALLAS (AP) — A band of tornadoes that swept across parts of rural Texas over the weekend flattened buildings, tore the roofs off other structures and forced people to rush for shelter. National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad confirmed Monday that at least four tornadoes struck an area southwest of Fort Worth. She says as many as 14 may have touched down Sunday in an area stretching eastward just south of Stephenville and Granbury. No injuries have been reported. The storm system also brought large hail and several inches of rain that caused flash flooding and inundated roadways. Part of the Waxahachie police headquarters south of Dallas flooded as water several inches deep rushed into the buildi

  • Forget the watch: Apple's iPhones are still the main event

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple's phenomenal success, even as its new smartwatch has gotten much of the attention in recent weeks. While skeptics question whether the company's future is tied too much to one product, the iPhone's popularity was the reason Apple turned in another blow-out financial report Monday. The results far surpassed most analysts' expectations for the first three months of the year, when sales traditionally fall from their holiday-season peak. Apple sold more than 61 million iPhones in the quarter. As expected, the numbers were down from the previous quarter, when holiday shoppers snapped up a record 74 million of Apple's new iPhone 6, 6 Plus and older models.

  • Kerry, Zarif meet for first time since Iran framework pact

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his Iranian counterpart for the first time since they agreed to a framework for a nuclear deal earlier this month. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sat down Monday in New York at the Upper East Side home of Iran's ambassador to the United Nations. Kerry and Zarif are both in New York to attend a United Nations conference on nuclear non-proliferation. Their meeting comes as negotiators are trying to meet an end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive agreement that would put curbs on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

  • Arrest warrant sought for UFC champ in hit-and-run crash

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are seeking an arrest warrant for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones. Witnesses told police Jones ran from a crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab a handful of cash from the car he was in and then left again. Police say the crash happened when the driver of a rented SUV ran a red light. An off-duty police officer near the scene identified Jones. The police department says it's working to obtain a warrant for Jones for leaving the scene of an accident. Because the woman injured in the crash broke her arm, Jones could face a felony charge. A police report says officers found a pipe with marijuana in the SUV as well as MMA an

  • Nuclear powers gather at UN to talk disarmament

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The hard work of reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran is "far from over, and key issues remain unresolved," Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told a global gathering on nuclear disarmament, where he and Iran's foreign minister were meeting on the sidelines. Several of the world's nuclear powers are meeting to discuss progress on a landmark treaty on disarmament, with Israel attending for the first time in two decades as an observer, and with intense interest in the fate of the talks with Iran. Diplomats said the Iran discussions are separate from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, review conference.

  • ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

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    ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package. The complaint filed Monday in New York's state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon's FiOS TV. The legal showdown could have ripple effects on how other pay-TV programming is packaged. Cable and satellite services are scrambling to retain subscribers as the advent of Internet video spawns new and less expensive ways to stay entertained and informed.

  • Man formally charged with murder of Indiana student

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    NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The man accused in the beating death of an Indiana University student has made his initial court appearance. Forty-nine-year-old Daniel E. Messel of Bloomington was formally charged with murder Monday in the slaying of 22-year-old Hannah Wilson. A judge ordered him held without bond and appointed a public defender for him. A probable cause affidavit says investigators found blood in Messel's vehicle and discovered his cellphone next to Wilson's body. It says she was last seen around 1 a.m. Friday getting into a taxi alone outside a bar in Bloomington after friends determined she was too intoxicated. Her body was found later that morning in Brown County, about 10 miles from the IU campus.

  • Truckers at huge seaport complex strike; impact minimal

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of truck drivers who haul goods from docks at the nation's busiest seaport complex walked off the job Monday in a dispute over their earnings and employment status, but the impact on international commerce did not appear to be significant. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the primary West Coast gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of annual trade, much of it with Asia. Earlier this year, tough contract negotiations involving dockworkers who move containers on and off oceangoing ships nearly closed the twin ports, as well as more than two dozen others on the West Coast. The ongoing dispute between truckers and trucking companies that resurfaced Monday was nowhere near as disrupti

  • 89-year-old former Kansas player scores in alumni scrimmage

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    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An 89-year-old former University of Kansas football player has gained fresh fame after making a touchdown run during an alumni scrimmage. Bryan Sperry was all grins Saturday as he jogged toward the Memorial Stadium end zone during the scrimmage before Kansas' annual spring football game, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1Gy1Tsk ) reported. His decades-younger opponents intentionally missed repeated tackles before showering him with congratulatory hugs and pats on the back. "That was fun," the Pittsburg resident said. "I didn't know if I could run." Sperry was 17 years old when he first left home to play football at Kansas State, but World War II interrupted his schooling.

  • Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000; villages plead for aid

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    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — As the death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine. Help poured in after Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake, with countries large and small sending medical and rescue teams, aircraft and basic supplies. The small airport in the capital of Kathmandu was congested and chaotic, with some flights forced to turn back early in the day. Buildings in parts of the city were reduced to rubble, and there were shortages of food, fuel, electricity and shelter. As bodies were recovered, relatives cremated the dead along the Bagmati River, and at least a dozen pyres burned late

  • Armed group, allied with Mali government, attacks town

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    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An armed group allied with Mali's army has attacked a town in the country's north, a Tuareg rebel group and an official said Monday. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad said in a statement that another Tuareg militia attacked Menaka, a town they held, and took a dozen people as prisoners. An official with the U.N. mission in Mali confirmed the attacks, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't permitted to speak to the press. The NMLA called the act "unacceptable," because it comes after a cease-fire was re-affirmed on Feb. 19 between the government and rebel groups. The violence also comes weeks before a peace accord is expected to be signed in Bamako, Mali's capital.

  • Tiny California tribe turns to adoption to boost revenue

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    ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A tiny, casino-owning Native American tribe in Northern California has pursued an unusual strategy to boost revenue: Adoption. The Alturas Rancheria in Modoc County has adopted five members — two of whom are non-Indian — in recent years, the Sacramento Bee reported (http://bit.ly/1J4jjNJ ). The new members have come with ambitious plans to make money, including a cigarette manufacturing plant. But the plans have fizzled out, and the adopted members have contributed to conflict among the tribe, according to the Bee. The fight has landed in state and federal courts, and it recently required the U.S. Postal Service to decide which of the feuding members was entitled to receive the tribe's mail.