• New Jersey's Democratic US Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll be 'vindicated' in corruption case

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    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democratic US Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll be 'vindicated' in corruption case.

  • 35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity

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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it. Wednesday's strikes marked a week of airstrikes by the Saudi-led campaign, which aims to weaken the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and forces allied with them, largely fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since their advance began last year, the Houthis have overrun Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and several provinces, forcing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee the country.

  • Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage

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    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages. The fast food workers who staged walkouts to advance the idea, however, won't be seeing anything close to $15 an hour in their paychecks this week, as the increase is being phased in gradually through 2017 and beyond. The change in Seattle is part of a larger trend toward higher wages playing out in statehouses and on ballots across the nation. In November, San Francisco voters approved their own phased-in minimum wage hike to $15 an hour by July 2018.

  • GOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue

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    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016. Cruz told an audience Wednesday he could carry the banner for that cause in his GOP presidential campaign. "We need to stand up as courageous conservatives," he told a packed auditorium in the heart of northwest Iowa's conservative northwest in his first visit to the state since declaring his candidacy last week. "Religious liberty is not some fringe view." Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a law giving heightened protections to businesses that object on religious grounds to providing certain services.

  • Pending Oklahoma earthquake cases critical to energy sector, property owners

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Durbin, Larimore & Bialick’s David Donchin discusses pending Oklahoma earthquake cases and the jurisdictions of the state Corporation Commission and district courts.

  • Teen who got heart transplant dies in crash during chase

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    ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records. Anthony Tremayne Stokes, 17, died Tuesday when the car he was driving hit a bank sign, a Roswell police officer wrote in an incident report. The officer noticed the black Honda Accord fit the description of a vehicle involved in a home invasion a short time earlier, the report says. The officer tried to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop, the report said. The car had also been reported stolen in a carjacking in nearby Dunwoody earlier Tuesday, the report says.

  • Search warrant details explosives plot at Edmond, Oklahoma, high school

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Matthew S. Rexwinkle, 16, of Edmond, reportedly threatened to kill students, teachers and his family using homemade explosives, according to a search warrant filed in Oklahoma County District Court.

  • Judge to decide if Notre Dame police records are public

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame argued Wednesday that its police department isn't subject to Indiana's open records laws because it's acting under powers granted by the school's trustees, not the state, while ESPN said a department with the power to arrest should be subject to public scrutiny. St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler heard an hour of oral arguments in a lawsuit filed Jan. 15 on behalf of ESPN and reporter Paula Lavigne alleging the private school was violating Indiana's public record laws by withholding police incident reports about possible campus crimes involving certain student-athletes. The lawsuit doesn't specify what incident reports ESPN is seeking or which athletes may have be

  • 11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

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    ATLANTA (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams. The defendants, including teachers, a principal and other administrators, were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta school system. A 12th defendant, a teacher, was acquitted of all charges by the jury. The racketeering charges carry up to 20 years in prison. Most of the defendants will be sentenced April 8. "This is a huge story and absolutely the biggest development in American education law since forever," said Uni

  • Southwest Oklahoma cities look to dredging project to survive drought

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    After several years of drought have devastated drinking water supplies, several southwest Oklahoma cities are working on a plan to access what little water is left in Waurika Lake.

  • Mom whose 2 kids were found in freezer charged with murder

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    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit mother was charged Wednesday with murder and torture in the slayings of two of her children whose bodies were found last week in a deep freezer inside the family's eastside apartment. The new charges against Mitchelle Blair, 35, include two counts each of felony murder, premeditated murder and torture, the Wayne County prosecutor's office said in a news release. Blair was arraigned last week on five counts of first-degree child abuse, but amended charges were expected after the Wayne County medical examiner's office classified the deaths of Stoni Ann Blair and Stephen Gage Berry as homicides. The office said both died from multiple blows and that Stephen also had "thermal injuries.

  • Coroner: 2005 post-Katrina police shooting was a homicide

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The death of a man shot by a police officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina was newly classified as a homicide Wednesday by the New Orleans coroner. Coroner Jeffrey Rouse made the announcement in the case of Henry Glover, whose body was burned by one police officer after another officer shot him on Sept. 2, 2005. In a news release, Rouse said the classification — one his predecessor had declined to make — was based on a review of all available evidence and a review of court transcripts. "This action today reflects my medical opinion, based upon the totality of the evidence, that the death of Henry Glover was due to the actions of another person," Rouse said. The immediate legal implicat

  • Johns Hopkins sued over sexually transmitted disease study

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — More than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp. over its role in a series of medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s during which subjects were infected with venereal diseases. The lawsuit in Baltimore seeks $1 billion in damages for individuals, spouses and children of people infected with syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases through a U.S. government program between 1945 and 1956. The suit claims Johns Hopkins officials had "substantial influence" over the studies, controlling some advisory panels, and were involved in planning and authorizing the experiments. An attorney for Hopkins calls the suit "baseless." It's the latest in

  • Two adults, two children found dead in apparent murder-suicide at east Tulsa home

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    They were found Wednesday afternoon.

  • Pittsburgh Diocese eliminating fees for marriage annulments

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Diocese of Pittsburgh has eliminated fees for annulments in keeping with comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Roman Catholics to remarry and receive other sacraments. "My staff and I have long dreamed of this move," Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said Wednesday. "Our dear Pope Francis inspired us to act now." The fees in the six-county diocese ranged from $50 to $650 depending on the complexity of the case, said the Rev. Thomas Kunz. As judicial vicar, Kunz heads the diocesan marriage tribunal, which investigates annulment requests and decides whether they'll be granted under church law.

  • Blanchard police investigate 'threatening note'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Police are investigating a “threatening note” found at Blanchard High School and will have officers present at the school Thursday.

  • Hot cars at the New York International Auto Show

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York International Auto Show opens this week with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across the globe. There are a handful of new midsize cars and compact cars, including the Malibu from Chevrolet, the Optima from Kia, Scion's first-ever sedan and a sporty new concept Civic from Honda that may be the highlight of the show for everyday car buyers. Lovers of luxury and performance won't be disappointed. Among the introductions are an updated Lexus RX SUV, a big Cadillac, the return of the Lincoln Continental, and the 570S, a high-performance sports car from Formula One racing company McLaren priced under $200,000. Media days are on Wednesday and Thursday. The public st

  • Service held for 2 Coast Guard cadets killed in crash

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    NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Two Coast Guard Academy cadets from the Republic of Georgia who died in a car crash last month had lived the dream of many young people in their country by attending school in the United States, a fellow cadet said Wednesday at a memorial ceremony at the Connecticut school. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, were among hundreds of people who gathered at the academy in New London to pay tribute to cadets Soso Makaridze and Besarion "Beso" Gorjoladze, whose families also attended. "They both enjoyed making people happy and making people laugh," said cadet George Talakhadze, a fellow Georgian.

  • Officials: Couple bled to death in chain saw murder-suicide

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    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Philadelphia-area husband and wife bled to death in a murder-suicide in which a chain saw was used. Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman said Wednesday that 48-year-old Christopher Peppelman killed his wife, 41-year-old Nicole Peppelman, and took his own life. Hofman said both suffered "gaping, sharp-force injuries" to the abdomen and in the husband's case, also to the right thigh. Police in Lower Moreland Township had said the couple's son found them unresponsive, "with lacerations from a chain saw," on Tuesday. The autopsy found Nicole Peppelman was also choked and stabbed. A chain saw and a knife were recovered.

  • McDonald's joins Wal-Mart, Gap, other cos. in raising wages

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    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Wednesday it is raising pay for workers at restaurants that the company owns. Here's a look at all the big companies that recently have announced they are boosting hourly wages for their employees: In February Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest private employer in the U.S., said it will boost its minimum pay to $9 an hour in April and to $10 by February 2016. That means 500,000 employees will get a raise. TJX Cos., the parent of discount store operator TJ Maxx and Marshall's, said in February that it will pay all of its U.S. workers at least $9 an hour starting in June. Health insurer Aetna Inc. said in January that it will pay a minimum of $16 an hour starting in April. That's more than