• National Lampoon to pay $3M to settle suit over transfers

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — National Lampoon Inc. has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that a financier convicted of swindling investors in an Ohio company fraudulently transferred millions of dollars from those investors to the entertainment company known for movies such as "Animal House." A judge must approve that proposed settlement, which was filed last week in federal bankruptcy court in Ohio. The bankruptcy trustee for Fair Finance Co. had sued National Lampoon in 2011, seeking more than $9 million and alleging that money was fraudulently moved from Fair Finance to the Los Angeles-based company which owns the rights to the "Vacation," ''Animal House" and "Van Wilder" movies.

  • Judge delays Hastert's arraignment in hush-money case

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday delayed former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's first court appearance until next week following his indictment in Chicago in a hush-money case. The Illinois Republican was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, but the hearing has now been pushed back to June 9. The change was made without explanation in a one-sentence court filing by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin's clerk. The 73-year-old former congressman was charged last week in an indictment that alleges he agreed to pay $3.5 million to ensure someone from the town where he taught and coached high school wrestling stayed quiet about his "prior misconduct." Hastert hasn't spoken or appeared in public since his indic

  • Utah defends anti-polygamy law, saying it prevents abuse

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state attorneys defending the state's anti-polygamy law argue it should stay on the books because it protects women and children from abuse. The Utah Attorney General is appealing a ruling striking down key provisions of the law in the case of Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of the reality TV show "Sister Wives." The state says in newly filed court documents that monogamous marriage is an important social unit and court rulings dating back to 1878 have upheld laws against polygamy. "The United States Constitution does not protect the practice of polygamy as a fundamental right," state attorney Parker Douglas wrote.

  • Kentucky folksinger, dulcimer player Jean Ritchie dies at 92

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Jean Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward, died Monday evening. She was 92. Ritchie died in her home in Berea, Kentucky, with family around her, her niece Judy Hudson said. The tall, red-haired Ritchie, who grew up in Kentucky's Cumberland mountains, sang ballads with a clear soprano voice. She accompanied herself on the guitar, autoharp or the mountain dulcimer, a string instrument played while placed on the performer's lap that Ritchie helped rescue from obscurity. Among the hundreds of songs she performed were "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair," ''Old Virginny," ''One Morning in May" and "Aunt Sal's S

  • Friendly fire likely hurt cop in battle with Boston bombers

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    BOSTON (AP) — It's "highly likely" that a police officer who was critically injured in a dramatic gunbattle with the Boston Marathon bombers was struck by friendly fire, a district attorney said Tuesday. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, whose office has been investigating the gunfight between officers and Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, said whatever wounded Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard Donohue is still embedded in his leg, leaving investigators unable to confirm which gun fired the bullet. "We don't know what struck Officer Donohue because it has not been removed," she said at a news conference. "It is likely that it came from the gun of one of the officers attempting to stop Dzhokhar

  • Man's red underwear leads to burglary arrest

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    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — The blue sneakers were the subject of the crime, but police say it was a man's red underwear that led to his arrest on Long Island. Police say 18-year-old Taykim Ross stole $200, electronics and Air Jordan sneakers from an apartment Monday and stopped in the backyard to try on the new kicks. That's when a neighbor snapped a photo of the suspect with red boxers visible above his jeans. Hempstead Village Officer Russell Harris says he was returning after a canvass of the neighborhood when he noticed someone taking garbage out. He saw someone bending over with "bright red underwear." Turns out, it was an exact match.

  • Obama: Israel's commitment to Palestinian state in doubt

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama said in remarks broadcast Tuesday that Israel's prime minister had reinforced a belief by the international community that Israel is not committed to peace when he said there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has walked back those comments, made in the frantic days before a March election, asserting that he is committed to a Palestinian state under certain conditions. But Obama said the initial comments were "fairly unequivocal." "Already, the international community does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution.

  • Agency cancels mistakenly scheduled hearing in soda death

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    ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction has canceled a hearing that had been mistakenly scheduled to determine whether to shorten the sentence of a woman convicted of killing her stepdaughter by forcing her to drink grape soda. Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor said 58-year-old Mary Vaughn was mistakenly certified for a hearing on June 15. Vaughn was sentenced six months ago to 15 years for aggravated child abuse and 20 years for second-degree murder. It was not immediately clear when a new hearing would be scheduled. Prosecutors said Vaughn and her husband forced 5-year-old Alexa Linboom to drink grape soda as punishment, killing her in January 2012. Vaughn's husband was also sentenced to 3

  • Russian missile maker: MH17 shot down by Ukrainian missile

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    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian maker of the Buk air defense missile system said Tuesday that it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downed by an older version of the missile, which isn't in service with the Russian military but is in Ukrainian arsenals. Controversy continues over who shot down the plane last summer over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard. Ukraine and the West suspect it was destroyed by a Russian surface-to-air missile fired by Russian soldiers or Russia-backed separatist rebels fighting in the area. Russia denies that.

  • Cops: Pennsylvania man ran fake DUI checkpoint while drunk

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    SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man who set up a drunken-driving checkpoint complete with road flares while pretending to be a Pennsylvania state trooper was drunk. Troopers say 19-year-old Logan Shaulis, of Somerset, parked his vehicle diagonally across state Route 601 and set up road flares at about 4 a.m. Saturday. A motorist who stopped says Shaulis claimed he was a trooper and demanded to see a driver's license, registration and insurance papers. When real troopers arrived, police say Shaulis tried to hand a BB pistol to the car's passenger and said, "I can't get caught with this." He faces charges including drunken driving, impersonating a public servant and unlawful restraint. He remained jailed Tuesday

  • Potential candidates to replace Blatter as FIFA president

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    Now that Sepp Blatter says he will be resigning, the race opens to succeed him as FIFA president. The job has been held by nine men since FIFA's founding in 1904, but just two over the past four decades: Joao Havelange of Brazil from 1974-98 and Blatter since then. Blatter announced his decision to resign Tuesday, just four days after he was elected to a fifth four-year term through 2019. An election is expected to be held by an extraordinary FIFA congress between December and March. The rules call for a vote by secret paper ballot. Africa has 54 votes, Europe 53, Asia 46, North and Central America and the Caribbean 35, Oceania 11 and South America 10.

  • US-led coalition doubles down on IS group strategy

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    PARIS (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State is doubling down on its strategy to fight the extremists, insisting on staying the course it set last year despite the radical group's recent conquests on both sides of the border between Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pressed his case Tuesday for more support from the 25 countries in the coalition at a one-day Paris conference on fighting the militant group, organized within weeks of the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the Syrian city of Palmyra. The coalition has mustered a mix of airstrikes, intelligence sharing and assistance for Iraqi ground operations against the extremists.

  • Insurance broker pleads guilty to stealing $10M from Aetna

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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former insurance broker who stole $10 million from Aetna Inc. by failing to submit health insurance premiums paid by a New Jersey university has pleaded guilty to fraud. Bonney Hebert pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut, to wire fraud and a theft charge. Her sentencing is set for August. The 59-year-old Killington, Vermont, resident faces up to 30 years in prison. Hebert owned Boston-based Academic Risk Resources and Insurance and brokered contracts between insurers and colleges. Prosecutors say Hebert failed to give Hartford-based Aetna nearly $10.4 million in premiums paid by Rutgers University from 2009 to 2012 and spent some of the money on personal expenses an

  • Beau Biden funeral scheduled for Saturday in Wilmington

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    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A funeral Mass for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will be held Saturday in his hometown of Wilmington, with President Barack Obama delivering a eulogy, White House officials said Tuesday. Biden, 46, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday of brain cancer. Biden's body will lie in honor Thursday afternoon at Legislative Hall in Dover, where House members opened their session Tuesday with a moment of silence. "It's a very sad time for a lot of us in this building," said House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth. "This week, we're all part of Joe Biden's family," Schwartzkopf added. A public wake is planned for Friday at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic C

  • Sudan swears in President al-Bashir as he shifts alliances

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    CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday was sworn in for another five-year term extending his 25-year autocratic rule, a testament to his ability to survive civil wars, sanctions and an international war crimes indictment. In his latest maneuver to survive, al-Bashir has switched alliances, joining ranks with Saudi Arabia, the region's biggest bankroller, after nearly two decades of strained ties. That means moving away from close relations with the kingdom's rival Iran, which has long used Sudan as a transit route for weapons shipments to armed groups in the region, particularly Hamas. Shortly before his re-election, al-Bashir threw his support to the Saudi-led coalition waging an air campaign against Shi

  • Man dies after struggle with police in eastern Kentucky

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    LOUISA, Ky. (AP) — A man died after a confrontation with officers who used a stun gun on him at a police department in eastern Kentucky, state police said. Billy J. Collins, 56, became combative at the Louisa Police Department after his arrest Friday on charges of driving on a suspended license, failure to maintain insurance and disorderly conduct, according to a Kentucky State Police statement. He struck Sgt. Steven Wilburn multiple times before fleeing into a foyer, where he barricaded himself, the statement said. Wilburn called for backup and state police said three more officers from the city police department and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department responded.

  • Apple's Siri has new role in new 'smart' home systems

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey Siri, turn off the kitchen light. The first "smart" home gadgets that can be controlled by Apple's voice-activated digital assistant are going on sale this week, just days after rival tech giant Google announced it's building its own software for Internet-connected home appliances and other gadgets. The new products could be an important step forward for the emerging industry of "smart" or "connected" homes, where appliances, thermostats and even door locks contain computer chips that communicate wirelessly. While a number of companies are working on similar products, analysts say Apple could persuade more consumers to try them by making it easy to control different products from a familiar device,

  • Home Depot asks judge to dismiss consumers' data breach suit

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by consumers after a massive data breach last year. The nation's biggest home improvement retailer says in court documents this week that the consumers haven't been economically injured. Home Depot says most of the plaintiffs were fully reimbursed for any losses and did not identify any "deceptive act." Consumers have said the company should have done more to prevent breaches. The Atlanta-based retailer has said that hackers initially accessed its network in April 2014. The breach affecting 56 million debit and credit cards was disclosed in September. A U.S. District Court judge split complaints related to the breach into two categori

  • Teacher admits sex with Oklahoma teen; father sues school

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    HOLLIS, Okla. (AP) — A former middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a student, and the boy's father says in a lawsuit that school officials covered up the crimes. The Oklahoman reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1IapVx8 ) that Jennifer Caswell pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree rape and other charges in Harmon County District Court. Sentencing was set for Aug. 31. The boy's father says in a federal lawsuit that local school officials let Caswell resign and keep her teaching credentials. He is seeking $1 million for pain, suffering and his son's mental and emotional anguish. The district denies wrongdoing. "The district's overall position is that they acted appropriately once they were aware of a

  • Boston Marathon bomber's college pal gets 6 years in prison

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    BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison after he apologized to the victims and their families for not calling police when he recognized photos of Tsarnaev as a suspect. Dias Kadyrbayev, 21, pleaded guilty last year to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges for removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room after recognizing his friend in photos released by the FBI days after the bombing. Prosecutors say Kadyrbayev knew Tsarnaev was a suspect soon after the FBI released photos of Tsarnaev and his brother on April 18, 2013, three days after the bombing. At about 8:45 p.m.




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