• Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, told conservatives Friday night that no defense strategy will protect the nation unless federal leaders rebuild the U.S. military. Pence is among several Republican White House prospects to appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. The former congressman says it's "imperative that conservatives again embrace America's role as leader of the free world and the arsenal of democracy." He says that means that defense spending must be "dramatically increased.

  • Report: LA-area stadium near airport would pose terror risk

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report commissioned by the developer of a downtown Los Angeles football stadium warns that a rival project nearby could be a potential terrorist target because of its proximity to Los Angeles International Airport. The report was released Friday at a time when several potential stadium projects are competing to bring an NFL team to Southern California, two decades after the Rams and Raiders pulled out. The 14-page report was commissioned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, which wants to build a stadium in downtown Los Angeles. A development venture linked to Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed a stadium in Inglewood, about 10 miles from downtown.

  • Coroner: Carbon monoxide likely caused 2 teenagers' deaths

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    TROY, Ohio (AP) — Two teenage sisters died and two other children were hospitalized after a relative found all four unresponsive Friday from a suspected carbon monoxide leak in their western Ohio home, officials said. Sisters Dionanna Bishop, 14, and Dejah Bishop, 13, died in an emergency room, said Dr. William Ginn, the acting Miami County coroner. He said the likely cause of death is carbon monoxide poisoning. The other two found at the home in Troy, about 20 miles north of Dayton, were flown to a hospital in Dayton. Troy police Capt. Joe Long identified them as 13-year-old Jakia Jones and 8-year-old Jakari Ward. He said they were in critical condition.

  • Autopsy: Teen killed by Denver police had 4 gunshot wounds

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    DENVER (AP) — An autopsy shows a 17-year-old girl who was killed by Denver police officers while driving a stolen car suffered four gunshot wounds. In a report released Friday, the Denver medical examiner's office said Jessica Hernandez also had marijuana and a small amount of alcohol in her system during the Jan. 26 shooting that sparked protests and calls for an outside investigation. The shooting came during a national debate about police use of force after racially charged killings in Missouri and New York. Police say two Denver officers fired at Hernandez after she drove toward one of them. The case remains under investigation by the district attorney. Two bullets entered through the left side of her chest

  • House Roll Call: Rejecting 3-week DHS funding bill

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    The 224-203 roll call Friday by which the House voted down a three-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the measure. Voting yes were 12 Democrats and 191 Republicans. Voting no were 172 Democrats and 52 Republicans. X denotes those not voting. There are 2 vacancies in the 435-member House. ALABAMA Democrats — Sewell, N. Republicans — Aderholt, Y; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. ALASKA Republicans — Young, Y. ARIZONA Democrats — Gallego, N; Grijalva, N; Kirkpatrick, N; Sinema, Y. Republicans — Franks, N; Gosar, N; McSally, Y; Salmon, N; Schweikert, Y. ARKANSAS Republicans

  • Some California farmers to go without federal water

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted. Many farmers had been bracing for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's announcement as California's drought enters its fourth year. Some farms are exempt from complete cuts under California's antiquated water rights system dating to Gold Rush-era days. But many farmers are running out of short-term options to deal with water shortages, such as uprooting orchards and tapping groundwater wells.

  • Senate starts moving transportation bills

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate started moving some pieces of a state transportation package off the chamber floor Friday, including a measure that would exempt all state highway projects from the state sales tax and would redirect sales tax money from non-highway transportation projects away from the state general fund. However, an effort to bring an incremental gas tax increase to the floor was put on hold after Democrats questioned whether it would require a two-thirds vote of the Senate before it could advance to the chamber floor for a final vote under a new Senate rule that requires higher thresholds for bills on new taxes. The chamber passed the sales tax measure on a 26-23 vote.

  • Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

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    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes. They were reluctant given the substance-abuse problems that already plague many reservations. But the attendance at a conference on the topic Friday gave an early indication of just how many might be weighing it, even if a thicket of potential legal issues remain. Representatives of about 75 tribes from around the country converged on the Tulalip Indian Tribes' resort and casino for a $605-a-head seminar on the regulatory, legal and social issues related to pot legal

  • Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor kill himself?

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    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state's most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month. But in his final days, Tom Schweich described having knots in his stomach over what he thought was an anti-Semitic whisper campaign by a GOP consultant who now runs the state party. His intensity had served him well in the past — he was proud of exposing corruption in his four years as auditor. But his tendency to fixate on issues also sometimes made it hard for him to get over political attacks, say some of his advisers and colleagues.

  • Reaction to death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Reaction to the death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who helped transform the University of Notre Dame while serving as its president from 1952 to 1987: ___ "During his lifetime of service to his country, his church, and his beloved University of Notre Dame, Father Hesburgh inspired generations of young men and women to lead with the courage of their convictions. His deep and abiding faith in a loving God, and in the power of our shared humanity, led him to join the first-ever United States Civil Rights Commission, and join hands with Dr. King to sing 'We Shall Overcome.' His belief that what unites us is greater than what divides us made him a champion of academic freedom and open debate. ...

  • Bill O'Reilly's partisan critics stepping up attack

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Following several stories questioning Bill O'Reilly's past reporting, a liberal media watchdog has ordered its researchers to comb through years of the Fox News Channel host's writings, radio and television shows and public appearances to find examples of inconsistencies. O'Reilly is squarely in the crosshairs of Media Matters for America, an illustration of how the media is subject to the same political campaigns as politicians. Fox is standing behind O'Reilly, but the extent to which cable news' most popular personality is damaged may depend on how many more stories come out. "It's a moving target," said Bradley Beychok, Media Matters president, on Friday. "It's too early to tell what the end of this is.

  • Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years

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    Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders: — Feb. 27, 2015: Authorities say federal police capture Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of the world's most-wanted drug lords who once terrorized Michoacan state as leader of the Knights Templar cartel. — Oct. 9, 2014: Mexican officials announce the arrest of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, purported leader of the Juarez cartel. — Oct. 1, 2014: Mexico announces the capture of Hector Beltran Leyva, alias "The H" and "The Engineer," who allegedly became head of the Beltran Leyva cartel after his brother Arturo was killed in a gun battle with troops in 2009.

  • Georgia Power acknowledges rising costs for Plant Vogtle

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power officials say the cost of expanding a nuclear plant near Augusta has reached roughly $7.5 billion. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1ACqbQC) Georgia Power filed a document with the Georgia Public Service Commission on Friday saying construction costs at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) have surpassed the initial $6.1 billion price tag the project was estimated to cost when the commission approved it in 2009. The Southern Co. subsidiary announced in January that the plant's construction would be delayed by 18 months, bringing the project's total delays to roughly three years. The Public Service Commission will have to decide whether the extra costs should be included in custo

  • Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with "a ton of feedback," Google said Friday that it instead will "step up enforcement" against commercial and illegal porn. Google spokeswoman Katie Watson said the company does not disclose how many Blogger users it has nor how many of them would have been affected by the policy change. On Tuesday, Google warned Bloggers that effective March 23 any site hosting nude pictures would be switched to private mode — only available to the authors and invited viewers.

  • Yellen meets with conservative groups unhappy with Fed

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met Friday with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the way the central bank is conducting its interest-rate policies. The meeting, which was set up in early February, came two days after Yellen came under heavy criticism from Republican lawmakers during a House hearing. They said Yellen had politicized decision-making at the central bank by favoring policies pushed by President Barack Obama and other Democrats. Yellen rejected the GOP criticism as unfounded. Yellen listened carefully to the group's proposals and asked thoughtful questions but did not indicate whether she supported its recommendations, said Steve Lonegan, director of monetary policy at

  • Wyly brothers ordered to give up $299 million in fraud suit

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a prominent Texas businessman and his brother's estate to pay $299 million after a federal jury New in York found they engaged in a massive fraud to evade taxes. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHIHND'-lihn) issued a final order Thursday in the Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against Sam Wyly and the late Charles Wyly. It follows earlier orders and legal back and forth over calculating interest and other matters. A lawyer for the Wylys didn't immediately respond to messages Friday seeking comment. SEC official Andrew Ceresney says the agency is pleased with the judgment and will work to enforce it.

  • A look at some of Missouri Auditor Schweich's top findings

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    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tom Schweich released about 570 audits during his roughly four years as Missouri state auditor, which ended Thursday when he shot himself in what police describe as an apparent suicide. Those audits examined local school districts, municipal courts, state agencies and the offices of other statewide elected officials, among others. By Schweich's tally, his audits helped expose more than 30 government officials who allegedly stole taxpayer money. They also pointed out areas of potential savings in state government and highlighted alleged violations of state laws. Here's a look at some of Schweich's highlights from the past year: ST. JOSEPH SCHOOLS On Feb 17, Schweich released an audit re

  • Former US Rep. Rick Renzi reports to prison for 3-year term

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi reported to a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday to begin serving a three-year sentence for corruption, money laundering and other convictions. Renzi previously succeeded in postponing the start of his sentence. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that he must report to the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution by Friday. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross confirmed Renzi had arrived at the Morgantown, West Virginia, facility. Meanwhile Friday, attorneys for Renzi filed paperwork asking for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appeals court ruling.

  • Bill Cosby asks judge to dismiss 3 accusers' defamation suit

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses. The women, all of whom have stepped forward in recent years, say Cosby's representatives publicly branded them as liars while trying to defend his innocence. But Cosby's lawyers say the actor was merely acting in self-defense as his character was under attack. "The law does not require that one stand idly by while he is publicly attacked," the lawyers argue in their 38-page filing. "Instead the law entitles an individual who is accused of serious wrongdoing to rebut the allegations without facing defamation claims.

  • UFC champion Ronda Rousey leads big surge in women's MMA

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronda Rousey spent a year as a bartender after she turned 21, partying every night and wondering what to do with her Olympic bronze medal in judo. When she first saw mixed martial arts on television, her friends warned her away. This complicated new cage-fighting sport was too violent, too primitive, too unregulated. "That just made me really want to try it," Rousey said with a laugh. Six years later, Rousey is nothing less than the face of the UFC, the young sport's dominant promotional company. She has never lost a fight, reigning as the bantamweight champion ever since the UFC finally began promoting women's bouts two years ago.




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