• Babies behind bars: Should moms do time with their newborns?

    Babies behind bars: Should moms do time with...

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    BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — Jennifer Dumas sits on a sofa, her smiling 6-month-old girl on her lap. The room is full of bright toys and children's books. A rainbow-colored activity mat is on the floor, and Winnie the Pooh is painted on the walls. It looks like any other nursery, except that there are bars on the windows and barbed-wire fences outside the austere brick building. New York's maximum-security Bedford Hills Correctional Facility is one of the very few prisons in the U.S. that allow inmates and their babies to live together, a century-old approach that not all corrections experts agree is the best way to deal with women locked up while pregnant.

  • Church in Alabama's rocket city replacing "Cosmic Christ"

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Mention "Eggbeater Jesus" and most any Huntsville resident will know what you're talking about. The glass-tile mosaic that graces the front of First Baptist Church - officially, its name is "Cosmic Christ" - has been a local landmark for more than 40 years. The church doesn't embrace or reject the mosaic's unofficial (and somewhat irreverent) nickname, said Jud Reasons, First Baptist's executive pastor. At this point, it's inescapable. "It's on Google maps as 'Eggbeater Jesus,'" said Reasons. "I can't change it." The mosaic, which depicts Jesus Christ surrounded by the cosmos, is 47 feet high and 154 feet long. It weighs 6 tons, but "it's getting lighter every day," said Todd Westbrook, c

  • In Iraq battle, IS prevents Fallujah residents from fleeing

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group is preventing people from fleeing Fallujah amid a military operation to recapture the city west of Baghdad, a local Iraqi official and aid groups said on Wednesday. Thousands of civilians are estimated to remain inside Fallujah, located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, which IS has held for over two years. On Sunday, government forces launched a large-scale offensive, teaming up with paramilitary troops and backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led coalition. Nearly 20 families have fled from Fallujah's outskirts, where sporadic clashes have been taking place, since the offensive started, said Shakir al-Issawi, the head of the council in the nearby town of Amiriyat al-

  • Ford recalls 271K pickups to fix brake fluid leak

    Ford recalls 271K pickups to fix brake fluid leak

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    DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling some of its top-selling vehicles in the U.S. to fix a fluid leak that can reduce braking power. The recall covers about 271,000 F-150 pickups in North America from the 2013 and 2014 model years that have 3.5-liter V6 engines. Ford says brake fluid can leak from the master cylinder. That could reduce the ability of the front brakes to stop the trucks. The company reports nine alleged crashes with no injuries, but one person said they suffered a knee injury while applying the brakes. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder for free. They'll also replace the brake booster if they find leaks from the master cylinder.

  • Hearing set for man charged in death of Oklahoma politician

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing his father, Oklahoma's former labor commissioner, is scheduled to appear before an Oklahoma County judge. A pre-trial hearing is set Wednesday for 27-year-old Christian Costello. Costello has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 23 death of his father, former Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. Prosecutors say Christian Costello attacked his father with a knife and repeatedly stabbed him at an Oklahoma City restaurant. In February, Costello waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the case. Defense attorney Bob Ravitz has said Costello is "very remorseful" and was examined by a private psychiatrist.

  • Congressional panel releases critical Cover Oregon report

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    SALEM, Oregon (AP) — A U.S. House committee has found former Gov. John Kitzhaber and a federal agency mishandled the creation of Oregon's health insurance enrollment website, with the Democratic governor's political advisers making decisions based on his re-election campaign. In a report released Wednesday, the committee said it's asking the Justice Department and state attorney general to conduct criminal investigations into the actions involving Cover Oregon. "More than $305 million in federal taxpayer dollars were sent to Oregon state for purposes of implementing a state exchange to benefit the people," the committee said in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. "The state exchange never came to fruition, and

  • PETA asks LSU to stop using captive tigers as mascots

    PETA asks LSU to stop using captive tigers as...

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two animal rights groups are asking that Louisiana State University stop using captive tigers as mascots a day after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. News outlets report People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and LSU Animal Advocates wrote in a letter Tuesday to LSU President F. King Alexander that Mike VI shouldn't be brought out to games this coming season due to his condition. LSU announced Monday that Mike VI was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and has a tumor on its face. The group says the university should instead use only "willing, costumed human mascots." WAFB-TV reports (http://bit.

  • Russian banker in spy case could spend 2½ years in US prison

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian banker who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a Cold War-style spy ring could be spending 2½ years in a U.S. prison. Evgeny Buryakov (YEHV'-jeh-nee BUHR'-yah-kohv) is scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in New York City federal court. He pleaded guilty in March. Prosecutors say he teamed up with diplomats to gather sensitive economic intelligence on potential U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and on U.S. efforts to develop alternative energy resources. The activities occurred from 2012 through January 2015. The case was announced less than five years after the arrest of 10 covert agents. The sleeper cell was referred to as "The Illegals" by the foreign intelligence agency based in Mosco

  • Pennsylvania county jail kept inmate 17 months too long

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    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Officials at a county jail in Pennsylvania say they mistakenly kept an inmate locked up 17 months too long. The Lancaster County commissioners tell LNP (http://bit.ly/25loqIj ) the inmate doesn't want to be identified. But they say the inmate was supposed to be released in November 2014, but wasn't released until last month. The commissioners didn't immediately make clear when or how the error was discovered, but officials say they know how it happened. Officials say new charges against another inmate with the same name were mistakenly duplicated and put in both inmates' files. Warden Cheryl Steberger issued a statement saying officials wanted to publicly acknowledge the mistake and apologi

  • Indy 500 champions choose Andretti as best to never win

    Indy 500 champions choose Andretti as best to...

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The words were stunning as they flew out of announcer Paul Page's mouth in the waning laps of the 1992 Indianapolis 500. "Michael is slowing! Michael is slowing!" Page declared. "The rest of the field is coming past. Michael Andretti is slowing down." Andretti was within 20 miles of earning a coveted Indianapolis 500 victory. He'd dominated the race, led 160 laps, had the field covered. Then just like that, his car slowed to a crawl because of a broken fuel pump and his heartbreak was complete. "It was that close to being the greatest moment in my life and it turned out to be the worst moment," he later told Indianapolis Motor Speedway historians. "Me breaking down with 10 laps to go with a totally

  • Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, reveals tattoo tribute

    Michael Jackson\'s daughter, Paris, reveals...

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    Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, is showing off another tattoo honoring her late father. In a tweet Monday with a picture of the new ink , Paris Jackson writes, "Never forget your roots, and always be proud of where you came from." The tattoo copies part of the cover art of Michael Jackson's 1991 album, "Dangerous," which shows Jackson behind a mask with only his eyes and trademark hair curl visible. Last month, the 18-year-old revealed a different tattoo that says "Queen of My Heart" in her father's handwriting. She wrote on Instagram : "To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart." Next month marks the seventh anniversary of Jackson's death.

  • Police investigate video of sex between girl and boys

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    Florida sheriff's detectives are investigating a cellphone video purportedly showing a 15-year-old girl having sex with multiple boys in a public high school bathroom after school. Authorities originally decided not to pursue any criminal charges, but when the video surfaced and was sent to news outlets and posted online, detectives and the Florida Department of Children and Families decided to investigate further, Lee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Schall said Tuesday. Schall declined to elaborate on what possible charges could be filed in the case. According to a police report, the girl confirmed she had sex with a number of "willing males" in the bathroom at South Fort Myers High on May 17.

  • Seeking greater powers, Erdogan chairs Cabinet's 1st meeting

    Seeking greater powers, Erdogan chairs...

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is presiding over the first meeting of Turkey's new Cabinet led by a trusted ally, in a clear sign that he intends to maintain influence on the running of government. Erdogan on Sunday appointed Binali Yildirim as prime minister. Yildirim promised to immediately work toward a constitutional overhaul that would increase the powers of the largely ceremonial presidency. He replaced Ahmet Davutoglu, whose support for a powerful presidential system seemed lukewarm. Erdogan chaired the new government's first meeting at his palace on Wednesday. Constitutionally, the prime minister has executive powers in Turkey. But Erdogan, a former premier, has continued to wield powers

  • Turkish minister: EU membership not Turkey's 'only option'

    Turkish minister: EU membership not Turkey\'s...

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A top Turkish official says Turkey's EU membership is important but is not the country's "only option." Omer Celik, the new minister in charge of relations with the EU, also said Wednesday that the bloc was applying "double standards" concerning its fight against terrorism. His comments come amid tensions between Turkey and the EU over a deal to lift visa requirements for Turkish citizens traveling to Europe. The EU says Turkey must narrow its definition of terrorism before it can grant a visa waiver. Turkey rejects that condition saying it would hamper its fight against Islamic State militants and Kurdish rebels.

  • The highest-paid CEOs by state

    The highest-paid CEOs by state

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    Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2015, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. The survey considered public companies with at least $1 billion in revenue that filed proxy statements with federal regulators on or before April 30, 2016. It includes CEOs who were newly hired, who often receive large grants as incentives. It does not include data for Alaska, Montana or West Virginia. Alabama - Jay Grinney, HealthSouth, $7.8 million Arkansas - Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores, $19.8 million Arizona - Don Slager, Republic Services, $10.9 million California - Mark Hurd, Oracle, $53.2 million Colorado - Gregory Maffei, Liberty Media & Liberty Interactive, $27 million Con

  • The Latest: Crews evaluate damage from Kansas tornadoes

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    DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather affecting parts of the central United States (all times local): 7:35 a.m. Crews are evaluating damage after a series of tornadoes that destroyed at least two western Kansas homes and left two people with critical injuries. National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew White says a storm dropped multiple tornadoes during a two-hour span Tuesday night in Ford and Hodgeman counties. Preliminary reports indicate that at least one of the twisters was a half-mile wide. White says crews will conduct a survey Wednesday in the counties to determine how many tornadoes touched down, their strength and how long they were on the ground. He says less damaging tornadoes were

  • High school student charged in teen's drug-related death

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    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Police say a high school student in northern Virginia has been charged with giving drugs to a classmate who died. Authorities say 18-year-old David Evers turned himself in to Fairfax County police last week and was charged with drug distribution in connection with the death of 17-year-old Alexia Springer. The medical examiner found that Springer's death was accidental and resulted from a combination of alcohol and a cocktail of drugs, including morphine, oxycodone, ethanol. Springer died March 1 after she was found unresponsive at her family's home. Both Evers and Springer were students at Centreville High School in the county, a suburb of the nation's capital.

  • Detroit-area cop delivers pizza after takeout driver hurt

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    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police officer stepped in after a pizza delivery driver was injured in a car crash to make sure a still-warm order made it to its destination. Lincoln Park police Cpl. Joe Sparks tells The Detroit News that Monday's collision sent the Jet's Pizza driver to a hospital with bruises and a sore head. Sparks spotted an oven bag in the wrecked car before it was towed and realized the delivery address was nearby. The 16-year veteran of the force says he "just figured it was the right thing to do" knowing that "someone on the other end was waiting for their food." Carl Babik, who got the pizza, tells WDIV-TV he initially thought that he had done something wrong when Sparks showed up

  • Egypt hires 2 foreign firms in search for plane recorders

    Egypt hires 2 foreign firms in search for plane...

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    CAIRO (AP) — The chief of EgyptAir says Egypt has contracted two foreign companies to help locate the flight data recorders of the carrier's plane that crashed last week in the Mediterranean, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board. Safwat Masalam said on Wednesday that a French and an Italian company will be working with Egyptian search teams to try and find the black boxes, which could give clues as to what happened in the final minutes of the flight. He didn't identify the companies. Earlier, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said a submarine would join the search. Ships and planes from Britain, Cyprus, France, Greece and the U.S. are also participating in the search for the debris from the aircraft, including th

  • Protests for $15 wage expected at McDonald's headquarters

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    OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — Protesters demanding a higher minimum wage are expected to march on the McDonald's Corp. headquarters near Chicago ahead of the fast-food giant's annual shareholders' meeting. Organizers say the protests will begin Wednesday morning with a strike at the Rock N Roll McDonald's in downtown Chicago. Striking cooks and cashiers will later join a march on the McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook. Demonstrations are also expected Thursday during the shareholders' meeting. Home care, child care and other low-wage workers are expected to join the fast-food workers for the demonstrations. The nationwide push for a $15 minimum wage began in 2012. In the first quarter, McDonald's reported $1.1 billio