• Germany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey

    Updated: 42 min ago

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Thursday that they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence. The federal prosecutor's office said two of the suspects — identified in line with German privacy rules only as Muhammad Taha G. and Goksel G. — were arrested Wednesday at Frankfurt airport. The third, Ahmet Duran Y., was arrested at his home in western Germany. Muhammad Taha G. is accused of running the other two as agents, and they collected information for him on Turks in Germany as well as their "organizational structures," prosecutors said in a statement. They did not elaborate or say over what period the alleged spying took place, but said arrest warra

  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Updated: 43 min ago

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's collection includes a man standing by tombstones outside Bucharest, Romania; Shiite faithful pilgrims gathering for Arbaeen in Karbala, Iraq; a panda mother playing with her triplet cubs in south China's Guangdong province; and a hostage running for safety in Sydney, Australia. ___ This gallery contains photos published Dec. 11-17, 2014. See the latest AP photo galleries: http://apne.ws/TXeCBN The Archive: Previous "10 Things to See" galleries: http://apne.ws/13QUFKJ ___ Follow AP

  • Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

    Updated: 46 min ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote. The Palestinians have been pressing for some sort of action in the U.N.'s most powerful body. Council member Jordan sponsored the resolution Wednesday, after a day of talks among Arab states. The resolution calls for Israeli forces to withdraw by the end of 2017 from territories captured during the 1967 War. The resolution "comes in the context of our political battle to liberate the land and end the occupation of the Palestinian state," Abbas told a Palestinian leadership meet

  • Woman, 56, arrested after car slams into crowd

    Updated: 47 min ago

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended, killing three people and injuring several others including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash Wednesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. Five children and eight adults, including the suspect and the other driver, suffered injuries including broken bones, abrasions and head trauma, Freeman said. Three of the adults later died. At least two people remained in critical condition Thursday morning, Freeman said.

  • Simply Healthcare Plans Expands Cancer and Cardiovascular Quality Management Services with New Century Health in South Florida

    Updated: 47 min ago

    [STK] [IN] HEA MTC [SU] PDT LIC -- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS, HEALTH, AND MEDICAL EDITORS: Simply Healthcare Plans Expands Cancer and Cardiovascular Quality Management Services with New Century Health in South Florida WELLESLEY, Mass., Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Simply Healthcare Plans, Inc., (Simply) a leading coordinated care company and one of Florida's fastest growing companies, has partnered with New Century Health (NCH) to manage the specialist provider network and oversee the clinical quality of oncology and cardiology services to its Medicare members in South Florida. "We are excited to extend and expand our relationship with New Century Health," sa

  • Experts clash over competency in Slender Man case

    Updated: 47 min ago

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Experts have made contrasting arguments for whether one of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man is competent to stand trial. Psychiatrist Robert Rawski testified Thursday that he believes the girl is extremely intelligent. Psychologist Anthony Jurek testified, though, that the girl doesn't fully understand the criminal justice system. The testimony came during the first of a pair of back-to-back competency hearings for both girls. Court documents say the girls attacked their friend in May in a Waukesha park. The victim was stabbed 19 times but survived. All three girls were 12 at the time.

  • Amazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan

    Updated: 48 min ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon says it is offering one-hour delivery of thousands of basic products to its Prime customers in Manhattan. The online retail giant rolled out the service, known as Prime Now, to select areas of Manhattan on Thursday. It provides delivery of household products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries. Amazon says Prime Now is available to customers who are already enrolled in Amazon Prime, a membership service that costs $99 a year. The one-hour delivery costs $7.99 but the company also offers two-hour delivery for free. Seattle-based Amazon says it hopes to roll the service out to additional cities in 2015.

  • UN urges Syrian warring parties to stop fighting in UN zone

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday urged Syrian government forces and rebel groups to stop fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and withdraw from the area which is patrolled by U.N. peacekeepers. The council strongly condemned recent intense fighting including the use of heavy weapons in the buffer zone, a spillover from the war in Syria. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council extends the mandate of the U.N. force, known as UNDOF, until June 30. UNDOF has patrolled the buffer zone between Syria and Israel since 1974, a year after the Arab-Israeli war and for nearly four decades it helped enforce a stable truce between the two countries.

  • Veteran AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch to retire

    Updated: 54 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linda Deutsch, whose decades-long tenure as an Associated Press courts reporter made her a witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history, is ending a career that saw her report Charles Manson's murder conviction, O.J. Simpson's acquittal and countless other verdicts involving the famous and the infamous. Deutsch, who wraps up a 48-year career with the AP on Monday, was a young general assignment reporter in 1969 when she was thrust onto the court beat. A rag-tag band of young hippies, influenced by a petty criminal who had reinvented himself as their guru, broke into two upscale Los Angeles homes on successive nights and killed seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.

  • Mother pleads after boy, 2, kills sister with gun

    Updated: 56 min ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman has pleaded guilty after her 2-year-old son picked up a loaded .357 revolver and fatally shot his 11-year-old sister. Prosecutors say the toddler found the gun under a bed and shot Jamara Stevens while their mother, 31-year-old Tiffany Goldwire, was in the bathroom on April 5. Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore says Goldwire has never identified the man who left the loaded gun on top of the refrigerator the night before. She says Goldwire's 14-year-old son moved it to what he thought was a safer place and told his mother. But Pescatore says Goldwire told police she was drunk and high that night.

  • Drug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case

    Updated: 58 min ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal. Paulo Berejuk, a 51-year-old Brazilian citizen with permanent U.S. residency, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone. Investigators said Berejuk was the key source of the substance for Anthony Bosch, who ran the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic that provided steroids to MLB players and other athletes. Berejuk faces a reduced prison sentence of between two and three years because he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, but he also could be deported bac

  • NY rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges

    Updated: 58 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court. Ackquille Pollard was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. His indictment will be made public Thursday. The arrest stems from an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in the city. Pollard, 20, is named with other defendants in the indictment, said Kati Cornell, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. She declined to detail the charges.

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  • Capital Clinical Integrated Network (CCIN) and HEALTHEC First to Achieve EHNAC's Accountable Care Organization Accreditation

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    FARMINGTON, Conn., Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced today that the first two organizations have achieved accreditation under its Accountable Care Organization programs. EHNAC offers two accreditation programs related to Accountable Care Organizations - ACOAP is designed for the organizations themselves, whereas OSAP-ACO is designated for ACO technology providers.

  • BC-TECHNOLOGY

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    DefenDoor, developed by Glate, is a homeowner's personal security guard, concierge, and butler, raises over $20,000 within two weeks of launching. Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) December 18, 2014 -- DefenDoor is the latest smartphone-compatible home security system that allows homeowners to see who is at their front door, make certain their kids got home safely, see if packages have arrived and much more from their smartphone- wherever they are. DefenDoor is wireless (connects via WiFi), Bluetooth activated, and waterproof, making it accessible indoors and outdoors. It is also Cloud-compatible to prevent theft if placed outdoors. The camera, which gets mounted on the front door, has a 150 degree wide-angle HD camera lens that shoots i

  • BC-INDUSTRY

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    Company Accepting Applications for Free Access to Groundbreaking Web Tool That Helps Organizations Assess, Evaluate and Improve Information Risk Management Practices Nashville, TN (PRWEB) December 18, 2014 -- Clearwater Compliance today launched a BETA trial for its Information Risk Management Capability Advancement Model IndexT (IRMCAMiT), offering this new assessment tool for free to a select group of organizations. Clearwater recently unveiled its Information Risk Management Capability Advancement ModelT (IRMCAMT), an extensive, proprietary framework that guides organizations as they shape their information privacy, security, compliance and risk management programs.

  • Denmark targets 2 accused of jihadi propaganda

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish authorities have opened criminal cases against two men accused of incitement to violence by spreading jihadi videos and images online. Police in North Zealand on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old Dane accused of spreading "extremist video material" on the Internet. Investigators say the suspect had been under surveillance since returning from Syria, where he had traveled in 2013. In a separate case, a Copenhagen court on Thursday issued a detention order for a 26-year-old man who in July published Facebook photos of himself posing with severed heads, apparently in Syria. He also posted statements in support of the Islamic State group. Prosecutors said they would file an international arrest w

  • American Academy of Periodontology Reminds the Public to Take Care of Dental Implants

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    [STK] [IN] HEA DEN [SU] TO HEALTH, MEDICAL, AND NATIONAL EDITORS: American Academy of Periodontology Reminds the Public to Take Care of Dental Implants CHICAGO, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Television personality Sharon Osbourne became an unlikely poster woman for dental implant health when her artificial tooth loosened and fell from her mouth during a Dec. 16 episode of the CBS daytime chat show "The Talk." The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) encourages those who wear dental implants to care for them through twice-daily brushing, flossing at least once a day, and regular visits with a periodontist.

  • 'Prison Houdini' set to make his 1st legal escape

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The man dubbed Florida's "prison Houdini" after seven escapes is about to be released following a four-year-sentence that almost became life behind bars. Mark DeFriest went to prison at age 19, accused of stealing the very mechanic tools his father left him in a will. But he escaped and kept on escaping, each time getting more prison time. He has now served 35 years. His original sentence eventually expanded to a 2085 release date, when he'd be 124. Now, Florida's parole commission is giving him another chance, voting Wednesday to move up his release date to March 2015. A documentary filmmaker says DeFriest got trapped in a prison system that can't handle people with mental health issues.

  • Aer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parent

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid by the International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia. Shares in the Dublin-based carrier surged by as much as 21 percent Thursday amid rumors of a possible bid. Those gains were pared after IAG issued a statement confirming its proposal had been rejected by the Aer Lingus board. Analysts long have seen IAG as a likely bidder for Aer Lingus. IAG chief executive Willie Walsh was previously chief executive of Aer Lingus before the formerly state-owned airline's 2006 privatization. Aer Lingus operates a substantial European short-haul network and a half-dozen routes to the United States.