• Man detained after threats at LA Times building

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of making threatening statements about a shooting and forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building was being held Saturday for a mental health evaluation, police said. A psychologist requested a 72-hour hold for the 28-year-old man at a hospital after he was detained Friday night, Sgt. Keith Green said. The sergeant didn't identify the man. The man works at a call center that rents office space in the Times building. Officer Norma Eisenman told the newspaper that after he was reprimanded by his supervisor, he gave her a pillowcase containing ammunition and told her: "I'm not afraid to shoot people, but I don't want to go to jail.

  • Hate crime charge in NY attack on Sikh professor

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor before a group of young men who had called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" attacked him, has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police said Saturday. Christian Morales, 20, was charged with aggravated harassment in connection with September's attack on Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh, who suffered a broken jaw. Singh, 31, was walking home with a friend in upper Manhattan when he was approached by a group of 12 to 15 young men, he said days after his attack. "I heard, 'Get him. Osama.' I heard 'terrorist.' And I felt somebody grab my beard," Singh said then. He was then kicked and punched in an attack that ended

  • Juan Gabriel released from Las Vegas hospital

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mexican singer Juan Gabriel plans to resume his tour concerts May 1 after being released from a Las Vegas hospital. A tour publicist said in a statement Friday night that the 64-year-old singer's health has improved considerably since he was admitted Monday with pneumonia. He was discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon. He was rushed to intensive care with fluid in his lungs after performing a three-hour concert Sunday at the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip as part of his "Volver" tour. The publicist says Gabriel will rest in Las Vegas and Los Angeles until his tour resumes May 1 in Los Angeles. He was forced to postpone three shows during his hospitalization.

  • Body found by highway is missing Massachusetts boy

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    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were immediately announced related to Jeremiah's death. He was last seen by relatives in September but wasn't reported missing until December. Authorities had said they feared the Fitchburg boy was dead. Early said in a statement Saturday that the autopsy report is not complete. The investigation is continuing, he said. "It appears to be a homicide," the prosecutor said at a news conference Fr

  • Mayor's menu filled up: 1 day, 24 restaurants

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    JENKINTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won't be going to bed hungry. Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley is eating at every one of the town's 24 restaurants Saturday to draw attention to its burgeoning restaurant scene. He said before his 16th stop of the day that he's had to battle "mom guilt" from restaurant staff as he's been eating his way around the borough. The second-term Democrat says he's not counting calories, but he did weigh himself before starting with a single pancake from IHOP at 6 a.m. The marketing manager for a Philadelphia insurance company is using the meal marathon to promote Jenkintown's first restaurant week, which starts

  • Archaeologists plan dig at NY's 1755 battleground

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    LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — An archaeological dig at a French and Indian War battleground in the southern Adirondacks has been given the green light. Archaeologist David Starbuck says he has received permission from state officials to conduct excavations this summer in an area of Lake George Battlefield Park. The park on the lake's southern shore was the site of the September 1755 Battle of Lake George. A force of Colonial American militia and Mohawk warriors defeated an army of French and Indians in one of the war's earliest battles. The site to be excavated was the scene of extensive military activity throughout the Revolutionary War. Starbuck leads summertime digs in the Lake George region as part of SUNY Adiron

  • San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate. The agents, posing as honest businessmen and a Mafia figure, spent freely and aggressively offered their targets criminal schemes, leading to the indictment of 29 people — including state Sen. Leland Yee — on charges that included money laundering, public corruption and gun trafficking.

  • Hundreds paddle out for surf icon Hobie Alter

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    DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of surfers and rowers have honored Hobie Alter's request by paddling out in the Pacific in his memory. Alter, who died in March at age 80, revolutionized surfing by developing the foam surfboard that was lightweight and maneuverable. He was also credited with bringing masses to the water with his "Hobie Cat" sailboat. On Friday, the Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1iyTo5C ) his family released bowls filled with soil brought from Hawaii, ocean water and sand from Waikiki Beach and rock salt. During the Hawaiian paddle-out ceremony, surfers splashed water to the sky. The Orange County Harbor Patrol boat sprayed water, creating a rainbow.

  • Carriage horse foes picket Liam Neeson's NYC home

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson's home on Saturday said they don't agree with him that the city's carriage horses should keep working. Neeson didn't appear as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police watched, and doormen photographed protesters hoisting signs with such slogans as "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!" and "Worked to Death!" with an image of a dead horse in a park. Holding the second sign was Peter Wood, an animal protection investigator for various organizations that say it's cruel for the horses to be subjected to traffic, pollution and possible accidents. "It's 2014, not 1914. It's time for a

  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

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    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it. Workers and residents have watched helplessly in recent days as the slow-motion landslide spanning hundreds of yards split a house in two and inched ever closer to a cluster of businesses below. Standing at the edge of the slide zone, its rocky slope rising sharply behind him, Jackson Fire Chief Willy Watsabaugh said the rate of movement slowed Saturday, giving crews a chance to get back in and reassess the damage. Yet the fate of the businesses, houses and apartment buildings in the slide zone re

  • Post-rehab, injured snowy owl released into wild

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    SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital flew back into the wild on Saturday, after weeks of rehab in Minnesota and procedures to replace its flight feathers. Officials with the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota released the owl at about noon Saturday outside Superior, Wis., near the Minnesota and Wisconsin state border. That location was chosen by a biologist because snowy owls have been spotted there in recent winters, indicating there is good habitat for hunting. "The snowy flew off with strong steady wing beats, showing off the new flight feathers," Julia Ponder, The Raptor's Center director, said in a statement. "He is in great condition and will hopeful

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected at the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands in the Old City of Jerusalem. While the source of the holy fire is a closely guarded secret, believers say the flame appears spontaneously from his tomb on the day before Easter to show Jesus has not forgotten his followers. The ritual dates back at least 1,200 years. Thousands of Christians waited outside the church for it to open Saturday morning.

  • Fox executive fired over Flight 370 charity email

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired. Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group, said Saturday she had wanted to arrange swift financial aid to families and other loved ones, sparing them lengthy court fights. She said she began by emailing Sarah Bajc, an American whose boyfriend, Philip Wood, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and who has made frequent TV appearances since the plane's March 8 disappearance. Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said Tipton's "conduct and communications" violated company policy.

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

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    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, also didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem.

  • Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

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    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shared with others to slowly illuminate the church. The symbolic service commemorates the darkness of the faithful over the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and their joy and light at his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Francis urged the priests, bishops, cardinals and ordinary Catholics gathered for the late night service to remember when they first found their faith. "Do I remember it? Have I forgotten it?

  • Massachusetts district attorney: Body found by highway is that of missing 5-year-old boy

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    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts district attorney: Body found by highway is that of missing 5-year-old boy.

  • After long wait, ranchers find relief from USDA

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a devastating blizzard killed thousands of cattle in October, South Dakota lawmaker and rancher Gary Cammack wondered whether his state's ranching community could recover. Now Cammack is praising the U.S. Department of Agriculture for quickly providing relief that will help ranchers and others. USDA began taking applications this past week for various programs that had previously expired but were renewed when Congress passed a farm bill earlier this year. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the program will help people who have suffered since the expiration of programs from the last farm bill in late 2011. Eligible losses from late 2011 until now will be retroactively covered by the program.

  • Drone in Yemen kills at least 9 al-Qaida members

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group. A Yemeni military official said the early Saturday strike struck a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by. A security official investigating the strike said one of the civilian survivors said the strike hit a white SUV, tossing it some 20 meters (21 yards) away. He said the survivor said they fled the flying debris and took shelter while "explosions" continued for ano

  • Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat

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    CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown. The film, titled "Roh's Sweetness," had already been in theaters for over a week. It tells the story of a married woman whose husband is abroad and lives with a relative in a poor neighborhood where she becomes an object of desire and sexual obsession for men. Ahmed Awad, undersecretary to the culture minister and head of the censorship authority, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he had submitted his resignation Thursday morning in response to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab's decision to stop the film from being shown.

  • Woman says beau stole her dog, TV on 1st date

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    DOVER, N.J. (AP) — No stolen hearts on this first date. Instead, a New Jersey woman says a man she met on a dating website stole her dog and her flat-screen TV. Dover police tell the Daily Record of Parsippany (http://dailyre.co/1f8Kwz4) that the pair went out for the first time Thursday night. After returning home, the woman said she became occupied in another room, leaving the man alone. When she returned, he was gone — and so were her Yorkshire Terrier named Violet and her TV valued at $3,000. The woman says her dog was worth $4,000. The woman says she knew her date only as Joel and believes he lives in Elizabeth. Sgt. Richard Gonzalez says police are searching for the man and dog and are checking other loc