• US Sen. Thad Cochran marries longtime aide, his office says

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — the Mississippi Republican whose 2014 primary campaign drew national attention over an aspiring blogger's photos of his bedridden wife — has married his longtime aide, his office said Monday. The wedding to Kay Webber took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. The senator's first wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after living in a nursing home for 13 years. Political blogger Clayton Kelly took pictures of a bedridden Rose Cochran in April 2014, and officials say he intended to use the images to advance allegations that the senator was having an inappropriate relationship with Webber. Cochran's aides said then that there was nothing improper

  • 15-year-old dies after being hit by baseball in Minnesota

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    BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old baseball player has died after being struck by a ball in the northern Minnesota city of Bemidji. The president of the Bemidji Youth Baseball League, Bruce Dahlin, tells KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/1IWiKZu ) that Zacharie Schaubhut lived in Des Moines, Iowa, but was living with his grandparents for the summer so he could play baseball in Bemidji. Police say the incident happened just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bemidji High School baseball field. Police say Zacharie was pitching and was struck by a ball that a batter hit. He died later at a hospital.

  • Troubled Memphis-area cemetery reopens for family visits

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    BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of relatives have visited the graves of deceased loved ones at a troubled Memphis-area cemetery for the first time since it closed more than a year ago, after its owner was arrested and charged with mishandling bodies. Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett opened for about three hours Monday afternoon to allow family members of people buried there to pay their respects on Memorial Day. The public has been kept out of the cemetery since it was closed and placed in state receivership in early 2014, based on charges filed against owner Jemar Lambert that he buried bodies on land adjacent to the cemetery and buried three bodies in a single grave. Lambert has pleaded guilty and is serving a s

  • Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

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    Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because of the private nature of the deal talks. One of the people said the deal will be announced early Tuesday morning. Charter had wanted to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. earlier, but Time Warner Cable chose a $45 billion offer from Comcast Corp. instead. Comcast walked away from the Time Warner Cable deal after regulators pushed back against it. Regulators had concerns that the two companies together would undermine online video competition.

  • Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate is calling the claims ridiculous. Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared-for, and King received 24-hour care and monitoring by medical professionals "up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep," attorney Brent Bryson told the AP on Monday. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege that family members were prevented from visiting while King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father's death.

  • Death toll from defective GM ignition switches rises to 107

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    DETROIT (AP) — The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 107. Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM last year. In addition, GM has agreed to make offers to 199 people who were injured in crashes caused by the switches in the Chevrolet Cobalt and other older-model cars. GM recalled 2.6 million of the cars last year, but acknowledged it knew about problems with the switches for more than a decade. Feinberg's compensation fund received 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. About 9 percent remain under review. Just under 83 percent were deemed deficient or ineligible.

  • Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

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    CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after the vacation home they were staying in was swept away by rushing floodwaters in a small town popular with tourists. The baby was also missing after the twister that hit Ciudad Acuna, a city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas, sent its infant carrier flying. Rescue workers began digging through the rubble of damaged homes in a race to find victims. The twister hit a seven-block area, which Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the north

  • The Latest: Mexican president to visit tornado-stricken city

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    5:15 p.m. CDT Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto plans to travel to Ciudad Acuna on Monday evening to see the tornado damage and help with the city's recovery. Pena Nieto announced the plans during a state visit from the president of Finland. He was to make the trip with officials from pertinent government agencies. The president instructed civil-protection officials to send resources to the state. ___ 4 p.m. CDT Authorities say the 12 people reported missing after flash-flooding in Central Texas were staying together in a home swept away by the rushing water in a small town popular with tourists. Hays County Judge Bert Cobb says witnesses reported seeing the house pushed off its foundation by

  • Jeb Bush to get own home at family compound in Kennebunkport

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    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound on the coast of Maine where generations of Bushes have spent summers. The likely Republican presidential contender and his family will stay in the cottage on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport during summer visits, the family said. Bush and his wife also have a home in Coral Gables, Florida. There are several properties at Walker's Point, including the home of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara. The former president said the additional space was needed to make room for the entire family, especially with the arrival of a new generation of great-grandchildren.

  • What does Ireland vote say about US debate on gay marriage?

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. A look at some of the parallels and contrasts in the two countries' situations: ___ QUESTION: Some conservative U.S. leaders say American voters deserve the same chance to decide the issue. Is that feasible? ANSWER: Not at the national level. All 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been initiated and approved by Congress, then sent to the states for ratification by at least three-fourths of state legislatures.

  • Agent: 'Lawrence of Arabia' star Omar Sharif has Alzheimer's

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday. No additional details were provided about the 83-year-old or his care. His son, Tarek Sharif, revealed the diagnosis in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo on May 23. The Egyptian-born Sharif rose to international stardom with his role in the 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia"— Sharif's first English-language film. He earned an Oscar nomination for his turn as Sherif Ali in David Lean's iconic film opposite Peter O'Toole. Sharif followed the breakthrough performance with the title role in Lean's "Doctor Zhivago," co-starring Julie Christie.

  • Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest in California

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said. Police say the assault happened at his home in Santa Clara. He was found about three hours later at a home in San Jose and arrested. Police did not disclose if the woman or the baby were injured. The Chicago Bears released a statement Monday afternoon about the decision to let McDonald go.

  • Suspects charged in senior prank that released ladybug swarm

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    CHAPTICO, Md. (AP) — Police have charged seven suspects in a senior prank that released 72,000 ladybugs in a public high school. The St. Mary's County's Sheriff's Office says in a news release that early May 20, five people forced open a door at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland. Deputies say the pranksters, who were wearing masks and hoodies, released a swarm of ladybugs throughout the school while two others waited in a car. One suspect ordered the ladybugs online, deputies say. Four juveniles have been charged with burglary, property destruction and disruption of school activities. They were released to their parents. Deputies say three adults will be charged by criminal summons.

  • Cops: Man fires BB gun at 11-year-old, said boy shot his son

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    MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man shot an 11-year-old boy in the chest with a BB gun on a playground because he said the boy had previously shot his own young son with the same kind of weapon, authorities said Monday. Albert Clark, 31, of McKeesport, approached the boy Sunday outside the former George Washington Elementary School and fired twice, police said. The boy fell to the ground, saying he couldn't breathe, and was later hospitalized in critical condition, police said. Clark told investigators he then gave the weapon to a child who "was walking up the street," according to a criminal complaint.

  • Fatal cherry picker accident occurred during demonstration

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a cherry picker accident in Albuquerque that killed two people and injured three others happened while a man was giving boys in the neighborhood a demonstration of the elevated lift. Police spokesman Simon Drobik says the cherry picker carrying the group toppled over from a gust of wind and its boom crashed to the ground. All five were thrown from the lift. The man in his 50s and a 12-year-old boy died in Sunday's accident. Two boys, ages 7 and 10, are in critical condition. Another 10-year boy is in stable condition. Drobik says there were probably too many people inside the lift's bucket, and the legs used to stabilize the lift hadn't been extended.

  • Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

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    Charter Communications is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, say two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the deal talks. One of the people says the deal will be announced early Tuesday morning. Charter had wanted to buy Time Warner Cable earlier, but Time Warner Cable chose a $45 billion offer from Comcast instead. Comcast walked away from the Time Warner Cable deal after regulators pushed back against it. Regulators had concerns that the two companies together would undermine online video competition. The combined company would have served more than half the country's broadband subscribers.

  • Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest

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    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning. Student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said. D'Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said. She spent the weekend attached to the ship in an environmental protest against Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska.

  • Anonymous threats against airliners prompt plane searches

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners, possibly from the same source, caused a scare on Monday involving four international flights at airports in New York and New Jersey. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done on three of the jets as a precaution. In one instance Monday morning, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft, the FBI said. "Out of an abundance of caution, Air France flight number 22 was escorted to John F. Kennedy airport by U.S. Air Force fighter jets following a phone threat," the FBI said in a statement.

  • Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

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    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war. Speaking under sunny skies to some 5,000 people in an amphitheater on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, Obama said the graveyard is "more than a final resting place of heroes." "It is a reflection of America itself," he said, citing racial and religious diversity in the backgrounds of the men and woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve "the ideals that bind us as one nation.

  • Police: 3 kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

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    MIAMI (AP) — A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, sending it flying above palm trees, across a parking lot and over four lanes of traffic, police said. All three children were injured but were alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital, Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree said. Additional information about the children or their conditions was not immediately known. Video on local television stations showed the waterspout — a whirling column of air and water mist — moving from the ocean onto the sand of Fort Lauderdale beach, tossing a canopy and rolling the bounce house before lifting it into the air.