• Low milk prices, glutted market put strain on dairy farmers

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    WEST CHARLTON, N.Y. (AP) — In an online profile of "Our Farmers," New York City milk bottler Elmhurst Dairy tells the story of how David Wood bought his first two calves as a part-time hobby in 1970 and grew his Saratoga County farm to more than a thousand Holsteins, whose milk is trucked every day to its plant in Queens. At least, it used to be. Elmhurst abruptly cut ties with Wood's seven-farmer Mohawk Valley Cooperative and another small co-op in central New York in March, giving them 30 days to find new buyers for their milk. It couldn't have happened at a worse time, with a nationwide glut of milk and plummeting prices.

  • BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 1 pm, KS

    Updated: 28 min ago

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Kansas. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Kansas City bureau at 816-421-4844 or apkansascity@ap.org. Margaret Stafford is on the desk. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORY: KANSAS TAXES-ANALYSIS TOPEKA, Kan.

  • Derby winner American Pharoah a likely go in Preakness

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lured by the promise of carrots, American Pharoah was led out of the barn to face a throng of cameras. Reluctant at first, the Kentucky Derby winner perked up when trainer Bob Baffert offered the colt's favorite snack. American Pharoah pricked his ears upon hearing the click of cameras and struck a regal pose. "The good ones," Baffert said Sunday, "they love the clicks." And the white-haired trainer has got himself a good one. "He's just so good and so special," a clearly biased Baffert said. "He was born with that talent." Now he and his fourth Derby winner are likely headed to Baltimore for the Preakness in two weeks, the next stop on the Triple Crown trail. Baffert has won that ra

  • Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher

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    TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) — The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss. Appearing at a church in the same Pocono Mountains region where Eric Frein spent 48 days on the run, Bryon and Darla Dickson said forgiveness has helped them move on and avoid becoming bitter. "It doesn't do you any good to hate somebody for whatever they have done to you, because all it does is eat you up. And in the end, what does it do for you? Absolutely nothing," said Bryon Dickson. Frein, 31, is charged in the Sept. 12 ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically injured Trooper Alex Douglass.

  • BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest, TN

    Updated: 46 min ago

    The news editor is Scott Stroud and the photographer is Mark Humphrey. Reach the Nashville bureau at (800) 453-1282 or (615) 373-9988 or apnashville@ap.org. Please send your story contributions by email (plain text only, no attachments) to apnashville@ap.org. Please send photo contributions, including caption information, by ftp or by email to statephotos@ap.org. Please send separate emails for each image you are sharing. AP stories, photos, graphics and video can be found at http://www.apexchange.com. Help getting content you can't find at the website is available from the Service Desk at (877) 836-9477 or apcustomersupport@ap.org. For more information about the AP in Tennessee, please check http://www.ap.org/sta

  • Texas the front line on high school ECG debate

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cody Stephens was trying to shed some of the 290 pounds from his 6-foot-9 frame before graduating high school and attending his first college football training camp three summers ago when he took a nap and didn't wake up. The autopsy showed he had an enlarged heart, which gave out. Spurred by the deaths of teenagers like Cody who are struck down each year by sudden cardiac arrest, Texas lawmakers are pushing to make their state the first to require public high school athletes to undergo electrocardiogram testing. Those pushing for the change, including some of the parents of children who have died, say testing is relatively cheap and simple, and that it could save lives. "Kids are dying.

  • SC Police stations act as havens for online buyers, sellers

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some law enforcement agencies in South Carolina are offering up their parking lots as a well-lit, secure place to finalize deals made on Craigslist and other online marketplaces. Officers say they won't get involved in the deals themselves, staying out of the individual transactions. But officials say they hope that, by doing the buying and selling at a police station or sheriff's department, people will be less likely to cut a shady deal — or get violent. At least two people have been killed in South Carolina in recent years when online transactions went wrong in real life.

  • Defense faces challenges as theater shooting victims testify

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Half-empty tissue boxes littered the floor of Courtroom 201 after a day in which survivors told stories of heartbreak, revulsion and horror about the night James Holmes shot scores of people inside a packed a suburban Denver movie theater. Some in the courtroom reached for the colorful boxes to wipe their eyes as more than two dozen victims and first responders — each with their own tragic stories — testified during the first week of Holmes' trial, describing how a theater full of moviegoers excited to see a new Batman film became a scene of life-altering carnage and terror.

  • Google embeds engineers as professors

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    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m. if that's what it took to see everyone, and had an additional title: Google In Residence. "It was an awesome class," said Alanna who has already chosen her major at the Washington D.C.-based university: computer science. In ongoing efforts to diversify Silicon Valley's tech sector, Google is embedding engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities where they teach, mentor and advise on curriculum.

  • Spain premier makes visit to 2 west African countries

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    MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister has started a two-day trip to two west African countries as Europe faces pressure from jihadis and migrants making perilous sea crossings seeking a better life. Mariano Rajoy landed in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on Sunday and met with President Ibrahim Keita, the prime minister said on his official Twitter account, also posting photographs. Speaking at a news conference, Rajoy said Spain was committed to defending "the freedom, rights and safety of all Spaniard" within Spain and overseas. Rajoy said the previously unannounced trip was also to visit Spain's troops in the region. Spain participates in EU missions to train the army in Mali and to monitor the coast of Senegal f

  • Woman, toddler killed when car hits apartment complex

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    LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said Sunday. The crash occurred Saturday evening in Livermore, when a driver lost control near a curve and smashed into the apartment complex. The vehicle struck a 40-year-old woman walking with three children on a path at the complex, Livermore Police Officer Ryan Sanchez said. The woman and one child, a 14-month-old, were killed. A 6-year-old and a 7-year-old with them suffered cuts. Police initially said the car struck victims in a backyard at the complex.

  • Senior year mostly lost time for honor students at Normandy

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    WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) — Cameron Hensley is an honors student at Normandy High School with plans for college. But this year his school quit offering honors courses. His physics teacher hasn't planned a lesson since January. His AP English class is taught by an instructor not certified to teach it. The first-period English class is held in a science lab because the room across the hall smells like mildew and lacks adequate air conditioning. Stools sit upside down on the lab tables. On a recent day, Hensley looked at an assigned worksheet. He wrote "positive" or "negative" beside 15 statements, depending on their connotation. "This is pretty easy," he mumbled.

  • 'Avengers' sequel is second biggest US opener of all time

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Avengers are mighty, but not enough to beat themselves. The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. But "Avengers: Age of Ultron" failed to top the all-time record of the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012. Although "Ultron" was the only new film in wide release this weekend, it had some significant small screen competition: The Kentucky Derby, the NBA playoffs, and the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight. Numbers could shift by the time Monday actuals roll in, but it seems the robust counter-programming may have blockaded another record for Mar

  • Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation. Virginia has sent only six people to death row in the last nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years, according to statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center. As a result, the state only has eight inmates awaiting execution — down from a high of 57 in 1995 — and unless something changes, Jesse Matthew Jr. won't be joining them. Matthew is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 1

  • Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city's mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday morning, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices. The order for residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. had been in place since Tuesday, and officials had planned to maintain it through Monday morning. Protests since Monday's riots have been peaceful, and Friday's announcement of charges against six officers involved in Gray's arrest eased tensions. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement that she didn't want the curfew to continue any longer than necessary.

  • NYPD officer shooting suspect faces attempted murder charges

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head will be arraigned Sunday on charges including two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, officials said. Demetrius Blackwell was arrested Saturday night in the shooting of Officer Brian Moore, who remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Blackwell, 35, was expected to be arraigned Sunday afternoon, the Queens district attorney's office said. It was not clear if he had a lawyer. Moore, 25, was rushed to a hospital in a patrol car after he and his partner pulled up in an unmarked police car to a man who was adjusting his waistband suspiciously, police Commissioner William Bratton said.

  • France tightens Gulf ties with jet deal, security talks

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    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is seeking to solidify strategic alliances in the Persian Gulf, as he heads to Qatar to sign a 7 billion-euro ($7.8 billion) fighter jet deal and then gets a starring role in a regional summit in Saudi Arabia. With the U.S. less dependent on the region's oil, France has emerged as strong regional player. France has led airstrikes against Islamic State extremists, supported international intervention in Yemen, and held a tough line against Iran's nuclear program. Hollande leaves Sunday for Qatar, where he will finalize the deal to sell Qatar 24 Rafale fighter jets Monday. Hollande's office says he will be the guest of honor Tuesday at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit i

  • Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority rallies against racism

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Several thousand people, mostly from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority, protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday shutting down a major highway and scuffling with police. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about 3,000 people took part in Sunday's protest. He said it was mostly peaceful but there were some minor scuffles with police. Protesters blocked roads in central Tel Aviv as well as a main highway leading to the city. It was the second such protest in several days and supporters say the demonstrations will continue. The first rally last week in Jerusalem turned violent. Israel's Ethiopian community was shaken last week when footage emerged of an Ethiopian Israeli in

  • Egypt charges 40 over allegedly being Islamic State members

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    CAIRO (AP) — A Nile Delta prosecutor said Sunday he referred 40 people to trial on charges of belonging to the Islamic State group and planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Egypt. The announcement marks the first time people in Egypt's Nile Delta have been accused of belonging to the group, which holds a third of Iraq and Syria in its self-declared caliphate. Bilal Abu Khadra, a prosecutor in Egypt's Sharqiya province, said that those charged communicated with Islamic State militants in Syria. He also said the cell's leader confessed to receiving money from the extremists to recruit and help militants travel to Syria. Khadra said 20 of the defendants are detained, while the others will be tried in absentia.

  • IS group claims Iraq car bomb attack that killed 19

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Sunday for a late-night car bomb attack in the heart of Baghdad that killed at least 19 people, saying it was targeting a Shiite militia. The extremist group, however, did not shed any light on accusations by Yazidi lawmakers that it had executed at least 25 prisoners from the minority community in the northern city of Tal Afar. The two car bombs in Baghdad went off about 10 minutes apart late Saturday in the Karrada district, known for its restaurants, cafes and ice cream parlors. Police said the dead and wounded were mainly shoppers and people commemorating the birth of Imam Ali, a key figure in Shiite Islam. Two traffic policemen were among those killed.