• Rare Honus Wagner baseball card sells for $1.32 million

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    WATCHUNG, N.J. (AP) — A Honus Wagner T206 baseball card has been auctioned for $1.32 million in online bidding. Robert Edward Auctions said Monday that 42 bids were placed by Saturday's deadline for the card, which was rated as a three condition on a scale from one to 10, with 10 the best. The winning bid was for $1.2 million, plus a 20 percent commission. The names of the buyer and seller were not announced. The company says the same card had sold for $791,000 at auction in 2008. New Jersey-based Robert Edward Auctions says the record price for a Wagner T206 American Tobacco Co. card is $2.8 million. That one was rated as an eight condition. The card is from 1909 to 1911.

  • Burundi Red Cross: 6 killed in anti-president protests

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    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — At least six people have been killed in clashes between police and civilians demonstrating against the Burundian president's bid for a third term, a spokesman for the Burundi Red Cross said on Monday, as hundreds continued to protest in the capital despite a heavy military presence. Three people were killed in clashes with the police on Sunday and three others died of their injuries overnight, Alexis Manirakiza told The Associated Press by phone from Bujumbura, Burundi's capital. Seven more people had been wounded, he said. The security forces are using tear gas, water cannon and gun shot to break up any gatherings in Bujumbura, said Carina Tertsakian, a Rwanda researcher for Human Rights Wat

  • Judge: Caesars can demolish Harrah's casino in Mississippi

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Chicago bankruptcy judge has blessed plans to dismantle the former casino at the shuttered Harrah's complex in Mississippi's Tunica County. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar authorized the dismantling March 30. It's one facet of a massive bankruptcy case involving Caesars Entertainment Corp. and its attempt to restructure or shed almost $20 billion in debt. It's unclear when Caesars will begin demolition or how long it will take. Alicia Draper, a permit clerk with the Tunica County Planning Commission, said Monday that Caesars has yet to seek a required permit. Spokesman Patrick Collins would only say Friday that Caesars is "proceeding with the court-approved process.

  • 5 TV crew members found dead in Libya

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    CAIRO (AP) — Five crew members from a private Libyan TV network were found dead on Monday, eight months after they were abducted in eastern Libya, a government spokesman said. Hatem al-Aribi told The Associated Press that the bodies were found near the eastern city of Bayda — the temporary home of Libya's internationally-recognized government. The capital, Tripoli, was overrun last year by militias allied with Islamist factions — who then set up their own government and revived the previous parliament. The elected parliament now meets in the eastern city of Tobruk and the executive branch operates from nearby Bayda.

  • A look at judge, lawyers in Colorado theater shooting trial

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Key players in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes: ___ THE JUDGE Carlos A. Samour Jr. became a district court judge in 2007 after working as a private defense attorney, then a Denver prosecutor. Samour moved to the United States from El Salvador in 1979, when he was 13. He received his law degree from the University of Denver. This is Samour's first death penalty trial. ___ THE DEFENSE Tamara Brady and Daniel King are chief trial deputies for the state public defender office and handle death penalty cases like this one. King, a law graduate of the University of Denver, defended Sir Mario Owens, one of three people now on Colorado's death row.

  • Mother charged after 4 kids locked in basement for 13 hours

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A mother was charged Monday with locking her four children in the basement for more than 13 hours without food or a bathroom as punishment. Charnae Lee, 29, was charged with four counts of unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person. Firefighters broke through a second-floor window of the home in the city's Kensington section on Sunday afternoon after one child used a cellphone to dial 911, authorities said. The children told officers that they had been told by their mother at about midnight to "carry their mattresses down to the basement and stay there," police said. While there, they lacked "access to food, running water, th

  • Police say man was shot following rap concert in Iowa

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    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a Minnesota man was shot following a rap concert in Iowa. The West Des Moines Police Department says officers were directing traffic after the concert at the Val Air Ballroom when they heard at least one shot just before 2 a.m. Monday. The show featured Chicago rappers Twista and King Louie, also known as King L. Sgt. Brent Kock says 24-year-old Daroyce Mills, of Burnsville, Minnesota, was shot in the abdomen. He was taken to a Des Moines hospital, where police say he was listed in stable condition Monday. No suspects have been identified.

  • UN envoy: Parties in Yemen had been 'very close' to deal

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s outgoing special envoy to Yemen said Monday the parties there had been "very close" to reaching a political agreement before the current violence and that the main sticking point had been who would lead the Arab world's poorest country. Jamal Benomar also told reporters that a new targeted arms embargo could "inadvertently restrict the flow of much-needed commercial goods and humanitarian assistance" during the crisis. Benomar spoke just after his final briefing to the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors. He is stepping down after sharp criticism from Saudi Arabia and allied Gulf countries after his peace efforts fell apart in the violence.

  • Review: 'Age of Ultron' is an Avengers overdose

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    It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director's filmography that in between Joss Whedon's two "Avengers" films there reads "Much Ado About Nothing": a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantuan blockbusters ever made. In "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Whedon (and Marvel's) sequel to the third highest grossing film of all-time, there is definitely aplenty ado-ing. Too much, certainly, but then again, we come to the Avengers for their clown-car excess of superheros, their colorful coterie of capes. What binds Whedon's spectacles with his Shakespeare are the quips, which sail in iambic pentameter in one and zigzag between explosions in t

  • New Ellis Island center to complete US immigration story

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A gallery opening next month at the Ellis Island Museum will complete the story of America's immigration history. The Peopling of America Center opens on May 20. The museum will then be renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The center's new exhibits focus on immigration after Ellis Island closed as a port of entry in 1954. The center also includes exhibits that explore the American immigrant journey before the island became a processing station in 1892. Those galleries opened in 2011. With the new gallery's opening, the museum will chronicle the American immigration experience through the centuries, from the 1550s to the present.

  • Global effort to help Nepal earthquake victims intensifies

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    LONDON (AP) — The desperate effort to save lives in earthquake-ravaged Nepal intensified Monday as aid flights arrived carrying emergency medical teams, search-and-rescue equipment and tarps for shelter. Governments, charities and development agencies also announced broader plans for further help to arrive in the coming days and weeks. Priority at the damaged international airport in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, was given to aid flights carrying either doctors or search teams, said Capt. Chezki, an Israeli air force pilot who landed an early aid flight and then returned to Israel. He could only be identified by his first name according to Israeli military guidelines.

  • US citizen wants pardon, compensation in Dubai video case

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An American who spent nine months in a United Arab Emirates prison for his role in an online parody video is seeking a pardon and financial compensation. Shezanne Cassim, 30, of Woodbury, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has faced difficulty getting a job in the United States because he now has a criminal record. "I have to explain to them (prospective employers) I was in prison for violating the country's (UAE) national security," said Cassim, a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota. He said he had hoped for a consulting career in aviation in the UAE where he grew up. In a March 9 letter to Emirati President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Cassim — a U.S.

  • Search warrants: Accused Ohio terror suspect hid identity

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An accused Ohio terrorist misled authorities about his identity and tried to have his slain brother's Facebook martyrdom photo deleted to avoid police scrutiny, according to newly unsealed search warrants. Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud also trained two "associates" in Ohio on how to shoot guns after he allegedly trained with terrorists in Syria and communicated with his brother online about supporting terrorism, the warrants show. Mohamud, of Columbus, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of supporting terrorism, supporting a terrorist group and making a false statement involving international terrorism. Prosecutors said he lied to an Ohio FBI agent by saying he had been in Istanbul when he was really

  • Suspect arrested after crashing through Utah airport fence

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man has been arrested after crashing through a fence and sprinting onto a runway at the Salt Lake City airport early Monday. Authorities say 39-year-old Leo Greene of Salt Lake City is facing charges, including driving under the influence, fleeing and resisting arrest. The 8-minute chase started on a public road near the airport at 3 a.m. An airport police officer tried to stop a car with its bumper dragging, but the car took off, crashing through the fence lines and onto the tarmac area. Authorities say Greene was arrested after a short foot chase. He suffered minor injuries and is being treated in a hospital before being taken to the Salt Lake county jail.

  • Starbucks breakdown shows how registers have evolved

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A glitch that disabled registers at thousands of Starbucks stores Friday was a reminder of the invisible systems restaurants rely on to run increasingly sophisticated operations. Registers that once merely rang up tabs and stored cash have evolved into hubs that can collect enormous volumes of data and carry out many tasks. They process credit cards, send orders to computer screens in kitchens and help run loyalty programs. In the industry, they're called point-of-sale, or POS, systems, and vary greatly in what they can do. The register malfunction that forced Starbucks to close stores last week was surprisingly large; it affected all company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada, or more than 60 percent

  • Schmiedlova and Arruabarrena advance in Marrakech

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    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Seventh-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia and 97th-ranked Lara Arruabarrena of Spain won their opening matches at the Grand Prix SAR clay-court tournament Monday. Schmiedlova beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-4, 6-4, and Arruabarrena defeated Kurumi Nara of Japan 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round at the Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech. They were the only two main-draw matches of the day. The top two seeded players in the tournament are 20th-ranked Garbine Muguruza of Spain, a semifinalist last year, and 21st-ranked Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, who has had a breakthrough start to 2015, going 23-3.

  • By The Numbers: Colorado theater shooting trial

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A by-the-numbers look at the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes: 421: Number of people inside the movie theater at the time of the shooting 12: People were killed 70: People were injured 4: Weapons Holmes had on him, including a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns 6,295: Rounds of ammunition Holmes purchased before the attack 30: Homemade explosives set up in Holmes' apartment to go off at the time of the theater attack (they didn't) 85,000: Estimated pages of evidence in the trial $2.

  • Expert says other officers fired at end of fatal shootings

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — A sound expert testifying in the case against a Cleveland patrolman says at least one other officer fired a gun during the final volley of a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed suspects after a high-speed chase. The expert testified Monday for the defense at the voluntary manslaughter trial of 31-year-old Michael Brelo (BREE'-lo). Two sound experts who testified for prosecutors reached a similar conclusion: Three other rounds were fired while Brelo fired the final 15 rounds of the 49 shots he shot that night in November 2012.

  • Cuomo: NY is 1st state to offer English lessons by cellphone

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York will be the first state to offer English-language lessons to Spanish speakers over their mobile phones. Cuomo announced the pilot program Monday. It's designed to help immigrants who don't have the time or means to get traditional language lessons. The service uses audio and texts and is free — aside from typical fees for minutes and texts. A version for Spanish-language users will be introduced first in New York City, the Hudson Valley, North Country and the Finger Lakes. Other languages could follow if the initial $14,000 program is extended. The state is working on the initiative with Cell-ED, a company that got its start using cellphones to improve litera

  • Defense seeks light sentence in Virginia terror support case

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman who lied to federal investigators about supporting the Islamic State militant group was a gullible loner who got ensnared online in a radical cause without fully understanding the seriousness of her actions, her lawyers said in court papers Monday. Heather Elizabeth Coffman's attorneys recommended a prison sentence of three years and 10 months, which is the low end of a guideline range that extends up to four years and nine months. Coffman, 30, will be sentenced in federal court on May 11 on a single count of making a materially false statement about an offense involving terrorism. She pleaded guilty in February. Defense attorneys said that since her Nov.




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