• Suspect arrested in deadly stabbing of woman, 3 kids

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Police on Saturday arrested a fugitive suspected of stabbing his girlfriend and all three of her small children with a kitchen knife in a brutal attack at a hotel used as homeless housing, ending a four-day manhunt. Michael Sykes was last seen on surveillance footage Wednesday heading to the Staten Island Ferry shortly after the fatal attack, and a call to his mother to say he'd killed his girlfriend and was going to kill himself, police said. But he took the ferry back to Manhattan and had been traveling through Brooklyn and Queens. He was nabbed in Queens Saturday afternoon and brought back to a police precinct on Staten Island. He was arrested on three counts of murder, attempted murder and robbery charge

  • AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST

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    Fight night: Personal attacks, court debate for GOP hopefuls GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Republican White House hopefuls insisted that President Barack Obama step aside and let his successor nominate the next Supreme Court justice, in a raucous Saturday night debate that also featured harshly personal jousting over immigration and foreign policy. The debate was shaken by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hours before the candidates took the stage. Among the contenders, only Jeb Bush said Obama had "every right" to nominate a justice during his final year in office. The former Florida governor said the presidency must be a strong office — though he added that he didn't expect Obama to pick a candidate who could

  • Some key opinions from Justice Antonin Scalia

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    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative and provocative judge who died at age 79, was known for pointed language, fiercely held opinions and a sardonic wit that at times invoked fairy tales, foreigners and hippies. Since joining the court in 1986, Scalia weighed in — often colorfully and memorably — on the major issues of the day, including guns, gay marriage and the death penalty. Some of the significant opinions he wrote for the court's majority — as well as the dissents for which he is perhaps even better known: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER, 2008 Scalia was responsible for the majority opinion in a seminal Second Amendment case, writing for the court in a 5-4 ruling that upheld the right

  • 2 charged in robbery gone wrong where arm was severed

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Both people involved in a bizarre botched robbery over pricey sneakers have been arrested after the victim rammed the teenage robber with his SUV, severing his arm, police said Saturday. Zachary Sam, 17, had arranged online to meet Philippe Pierre to buy a pair of $190 Air Jordan sneakers on a Brooklyn street, police said. But when he hopped into Pierre's SUV, he pulled out a gun and demanded the shoes for free, according to authorities. Surveillance footage from the scene shows the teenager get out of the car, put something in his pocket, and walk away with a white plastic bag. Pierre, 39, drives away slowly, but then makes a sharp U-turn and rams Sam, pinning him under the car and a fence. The teen h

  • Australian shepherd wins agility at Westminster

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A high-leaping Australian shepherd named Holster scrambled and sprang to take the Westminster Kennel Club agility title Saturday, seeming undaunted by anything the obstacle course could throw at him. Then he jumped up and merrily pawed his owned and handler, Wendy Cerilli of Greenwich, New York. "He's a very loyal and hardworking dog," she said. Meanwhile, a 10-year-old Boston terrier-beagle mix named Hailey won a separate title for the No. 1 mixed-breed agility dog, a win that left owner and handler Karen Profenna drying her eyes. With Holster's win, Aussies barked their arrival at an event that border collies had won since it started in 2014. Not that participants are necessarily keeping

  • The Latest: Suspect arrested in stabbing of woman, 3 kids

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the hotel stabbing that left a 26-year-old woman and her two small children dead. (all times local): ___ 11 p.m. New York City police have arrested a fugitive suspected of stabbing his girlfriend and all three of her small children with a kitchen knife in an attack at a hotel used as homeless housing. Michael Sykes was arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations. Police said that before his arrest, Sykes was last seen on surveillance footage Wednesday heading to the Staten Island Ferry shortly after the fatal attack. They say he took the ferry back to Manhattan and was nabbe

  • Major cases heard by or scheduled for the Supreme Court

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    Some of the major cases heard or scheduled to be heard this term by the Supreme Court. Justice Antonin Scalia's death casts uncertainty on the court's term. No rulings have been issued in any of these cases. VOTING RIGHTS The court heard a case in December about the constitutional requirement to make electoral districts roughly equal in population. Two voters in Texas asked the court to order a drastic change in the way states divide their electoral districts. Rather than basing the maps on total population, including noncitizens and children who aren't old enough to vote, states must count only people who are eligible to vote, the challengers argue.

  • Recordings reveal the lies former LA sheriff told prosecutor

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca told three lies to federal authorities who were investigating corruption at the jails he ran, according to a newspaper report. The Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1R1Dj8z ) Saturday that recorded interviews reveal Baca denied knowing about efforts to stifle the probe into abuse at the jails by hiding an inmate who was working as an FBI informant, or that two of his deputies intimidated an FBI agent at her home. "I wasn't aware of any of the ... particulars," he said. Baca, who headed the nation's largest sheriff's departments for more than 15 years, had largely been out of sight since leaving office in January 2014.

  • West Texas ranch where Scalia died is celebrity retreat

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Rich in history as well as rugged West Texas landscapes and big sky, the Cibolo Creek Ranch where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away has long been a secluded retreat for celebrities from business leaders to rock stars and actors. Scalia, 79, was found dead on Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast, the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington said. A Catholic priest, the Rev. Mike Alcuino, was hurriedly summoned from 30 miles away in Presidio to administer last rites over the body of Scalia, a staunch Catholic and defender of religious freedom on the high court, according to Diocese of El Paso spokeswoman Elizabeth O'Hara.

  • 94-year-old Navajo Code Talker's home gets major facelift

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    TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Code Talker who was forced out of the home he built 60 years ago when it fell into disrepair is settling back in thanks to some extensive renovations done by volunteers. Dan Akee and his wife, Margaret, had been living in a trailer alongside the home in Tuba City for the past six years. But now a week into living in their newly restored house, the couple was celebrating Saturday with the 200 volunteers who helped them. Tribal officials first took note of their living situation and reached out to the Red Feather Development Group, a nonprofit organization that focuses on reservation housing needs in Arizona. Volunteers and donors pitched in to renovate the house for the 94-year-old Akee

  • As teeth-chattering temps move in, officials urge caution

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Bitter temperatures and biting winds had much of the northeastern United States bundling up for the some of the worst cold of the winter — a snap so bad it forced an ice festival in Central Park to cancel and caused an Interstate pileup that killed three. Officials urged residents to take precautions while forecasters warned that high winds in New England could make it feel as cold as 35 degrees below zero. "These temperatures can be life threatening — especially for seniors, infants and people with medical conditions," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Stay indoors and take care of each other, he counseled.

  • Positive signs for endangered monk seal population

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    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's monk seal population is improving slowly, though researchers warn it'll take many more good years to reverse a decline that's been ongoing since the 1950s. The lead monk seal researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported during a State of the Seal address Friday that more seal pups were born across the archipelago, and the survival rates are among the highest in decades. A population estimate of 1,100 increased to 1,272. Charles Littnan said the NOAA is including monk seal survival in its national "Species in the Spotlight" initiative.

  • Skydiver dies after possible parachute malfunction

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    LODI, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a skydiver has died after crashing against a wall next a road near the Lodi Airport. San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Pease tells KCRA-TV (http://bit.ly/1mzmeYA ) deputies were called to the scene at the parachute jump center at Lodi Airport Saturday. Pease says deputies do not know if the accident was caused by a malfunctioning parachute or the operator. He says the person hit a cinder block that wraps around a neighborhood and fell into a drainage ditch. Pease says the FAA has been brought in to investigate. No information about the skydiver has been released.

  • Obama says he will "fulfill my Constitutional responsibility" to nominate Scalia successor to Supreme Court

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    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Obama says he will "fulfill my Constitutional responsibility" to nominate Scalia successor to Supreme Court.

  • Columbine shooter's mother says she thinks of victims daily

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    DENVER (AP) — The mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold says she didn't know anything was wrong with her son before the 1999 attack, and she prayed for his death when she heard he was involved and that the rampage might still be underway. In an interview that aired on "20/20" late Friday, Sue Klebold told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that before the attack she considered herself a parent who would have known something was wrong. "I think we like to believe that our love and our understanding is protective, and that 'If anything were wrong with my kids, I would know.' But I didn't know, and it's very hard to live with that," she said. "I felt that I was a good mom ... That he would, he could talk to me about

  • Reaction to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death

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    Influential conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in West Texas, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Saturday. He was 79. Reaction to his death follows: ___ SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS: "He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family." ___ FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: "Laura and I mourn the death of a brilliant jurist and important American, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a towering figure and important judge on our Nation's highest court.

  • Train trestle fire near New Orleans doused, Amtrak route cut

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    NORCO, La. (AP) — Firefighters Saturday used helicopters and airboats to douse a blaze on a train trestle west of New Orleans, but some Amtrak and freight service remain disrupted. St. Charles Parish spokesman Tristin Babin said Saturday evening that the fire had been extinguished following an all-day effort. He said remaining hot spots should be out by Sunday morning. Officials responded after 8 a.m. when people working on the Canadian National Railway trestle reported the fire. Babin had earlier said workers were grinding rails, but later said he couldn't confirm the cause. CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said the cause is being investigated. Amtrak truncated the southbound run of its City of New Orleans train in Jacks

  • The Latest: Rail bridge fire out, Amtrak service disrupted

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    NORCO, La. (AP) — The Latest on a railroad trestle fire west of New Orleans (all times local): 6 p.m. A train trestle fire west of New Orleans has been extinguished. St. Charles Parish spokesman Tristin Babin says a few hot spots are still being monitored, but are expected to be clear by Sunday morning. Firefighters Saturday used helicopters and airboats to douse the blaze in a swampy area west of New Orleans. Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron says Amtrak's City of New Orleans and freight service can't run pending repairs. Waldron said rail workers were on the bridge across the Bonnet Carre (BON-ee KAYR-ee) Spillway on Saturday morning when the blaze began. The cause is undetermined.

  • College officials suspend hockey season over hazing claims

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    RINDGE, N.H. (AP) — Officials at a New Hampshire college say they are suspending the rest of the men's hockey season over hazing allegations. Franklin Pierce University Athletic Director Bruce Kirsh notified the Northeast-10 Conference of the school's decision on Thursday, after the school wrapped up an internal investigation on the allegations. WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1odXSFF ) that no details of the allegations or any actions against students were given. University President Andrew Card apologized to the three schools Franklin Pierce had left to play this season, saying the incident "is not who we are.

  • 5.1 magnitude earthquake among several temblors in Oklahoma

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in northwest Oklahoma that was reportedly felt across Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, Texas, Arkansas and Iowa. Fairview police and the Major County Sheriff's Office say there are no reports of injury or damage as a result of the quake that struck Saturday at 11:07 a.m. about 17 miles north of Fairview. Ten smaller quakes ranging from magnitude 2.5 to 3.9 were recorded in the same area over the next several hours following the larger temblor. The area is about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma is a magnitude 5.6 centered in Prague in November 2011 that damaged 200 buildings.