• Obstacles abound in prosecution of Texas priest in cold case

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors face a tough road in their case against a former priest accused this week in the killing of a young Texas teacher and beauty queen nearly 56 years ago, according to legal experts. John Bernard Feit, 83, remained in custody Friday in Phoenix following his indictment in South Texas' Hidalgo County for the murder of 25-year-old Irene Garza. Feit had been considered a suspect in the past, and two fellow priests told authorities he confessed to them. But like many cold cases, this one will pose special difficulties stemming from decades-old evidence, a lack of DNA and the long delay in bringing charges.

  • After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Right fight; wrong strategy. That's what many ranchers and sympathizers opposing federal control of public lands in the West concluded after the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. For some, the weekslong standoff that ended Thursday with the surrender of the final occupiers has only strengthened their resolve to fight the government's control of vast expanses of Western land. But not all condone the tactics of the armed group that drew the nation's gaze to the snowy landscapes of eastern Oregon. "We're not backing off," said Greg Whalen, a military veteran from Las Vegas who supports the Bundy ranching family that led the occupation. "We're actually going to fight harder — pea

  • Colorado's newest pot shop tied to strip club and mayor

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    GLENDALE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's newest pot shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned on a busy highway just east of downtown Denver. The Smokin Gun Apothecary opened on a site formerly occupied by the Denver area's best known strip club, Shotgun Willie's. The strip club hasn't gone away — it's moved just across the parking lot, testing ethical and potentially legal issues about the state's growing legal recreational pot industry. Beyond banning the sale of pot and alcohol in the same shop, Colorado has no regulation regarding marijuana and other adult businesses. Zoning rules require shops to be away from schools or anywhere children congregate. Colorado's rules about using pot are

  • Deutsche Bank and Wynn Resorts rise, Pandora tumbles

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market: NYSE Deutsche Bank AG, up $1.87 to $17.38 The bank offered to buy back more than $5 billion in bonds in a display of financial strength. Pandora Media Inc., down $1.09 to $8 The Internet radio company's fourth-quarter profit fell short of estimates and it declined to comment on rumors it's looking to sell itself. Square Inc., up 68 cents to $9.30 Visa disclosed a stake in the mobile payment services company and investors interpreted it as a major endorsement of Square. Nasdaq Groupon Inc., up 65 cents to $2.

  • Former transgender inmate settles with prison officials

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    ATLANTA (AP) — The state of Georgia has agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender inmate whose case drew the attention of the Justice Department after she complained prison officials didn't provide adequate treatment for her gender identity condition. Court records show Ashley Diamond, 37, voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit Thursday. The state agreed to pay $250,000 to settle the lawsuit, said Nick Genesi, a spokesman for Attorney General Sam Olens. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which filed the lawsuit on Diamond's behalf, disputes that. "The amount specified by the attorney general's office is not an accurate representation of the final settlement award," attorney Chinyere Ezie said in an emai

  • Organizers plan no course changes for this year's Iditarod

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials decided Friday there will be no course changes for this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race despite a lack of snow in Anchorage. The March 5 ceremonial start of the competition will be staged as usual in Anchorage, and the official start will be held the following day in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage, Stan Hooley, chief executive officer, announced after an executive session of the board of directors in Anchorage. "We're sure that we're going to be able to stage the restart out of Willow, as anticipated," Hooley told reporters. A lack of snow in the Anchorage area last year forced organizers to move the official start of the race 225 miles farther north over the Alaska Ra

  • Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state

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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law. In House and Senate party-line votes Friday, lawmakers rebuked a veto Thursday by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The move will solidify a law that proponents say will draw in business and give workers more freedom over their ties to unions, but which opponents say is solely meant to undercut unions. The law becomes effective July 1. Along similar partisan lines Friday, the Legislature dealt another blow to unions by overriding a second Tomblin veto, of a law that will eliminate the state's prevailing wage on public construc

  • Visa discloses stake in Dorsey's company, Square

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company. While Visa's stake amounts to about 1 percent of the company, and the stake was established at least 5 years ago, investors interpreted the announcement as a major endorsement of Square by Visa, the world's largest payment processing company. According to a regulatory filing, Visa owns 4.2 million of Square's Class B shares. While Class B shares are not traded publicly, Visa could convert up to 3.5 million of its Class B shares to Class A, which would give Visa a 9.99 percent ownership of that class of shares. That conversion would amount to just 1 percent of Square

  • Feds: Remove 3 California foxes from endangered species list

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their populations have made an historic recovery. The foxes on islands lying just off the state's southern coast were once on the brink of extinction. "We've been able to stop impairment and recover a species," said Russell Galipeau, superintendent of Channel Islands National Park, which encompasses five of the archipelago's eight islands. Four fox subspecies that live on San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Santa Catalina islands were placed on the endangered species list in 2004. Disease and predators had dramatically reduced their populati

  • New York City officials decide it's too cold for ice fest

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    NEW YORK (AP) — It's too cold in New York City for the annual Central Park Ice Festival. The Central Park Conservancy says Saturday's event has been canceled. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the teens on Saturday for New York. But wind chills could drop to between zero and minus-10, and wind gusts could reach around 44 mph. The free event was to feature ice-carving artists and music. Last month, Central Park's free winter sports day called Winter Jam was canceled due to a major snowstorm.

  • Landowners win case against Bluegrass Pipeline

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Landowners who had opposed efforts to put a natural gas pipeline across 13 counties have been victorious in the Kentucky Supreme Court. The court decided Thursday not to review a May 2015 ruling from the Kentucky Court of Appeals that said Bluegrass Pipeline LLC did not have the power of eminent domain because it was not a utility regulated by the state, according to multiple media reports. Because the Supreme Court didn't review the appeal, the appellate court's decision stands, said Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain attorney Tom FitzGerald. "Today is a good day for Kentucky landowners and for freedom," FitzGerald posted on his Facebook page.

  • Man gets 60 days for punching JetBlue flight attendant

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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of punching a flight attendant and threatening to blow up a Florida-bound plane has been sentenced to 60 days in jail. The Palm Beach Post (http://goo.gl/ERGsfd) reports a federal judge sentenced 30-year-old Alija Kucuk on Friday. He pleaded guilty in December to interfering with a flight attendant. Kucuk was on a JetBlue flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Palm Beach International Airport in October when witnesses say he ran down the aisle, pushed two flight attendants and punched a third. The Queens, New York, man said during his sentencing hearing that he was drunk and on drugs during the attack.

  • Commissioner: Boston police kill armed man who fired at them

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    BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say Boston police officers exchanged gunfire with a man who was helping a gunshot victim, killing him. Commissioner William Evans says officers spotted two men leaving the area in the city's Dorchester neighborhood Friday morning, one of whom was assisting another with a gunshot injury. Evans says the officers ordered the uninjured man, who was armed, three times to "Drop your gun," before shots were fired. He said it's still not clear whether the injured man had been struck by police gunfire. A third victim with a gunshot wound was found in a nearby residence, which police believe the two men had been in prior to the shootout with police.

  • Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

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    DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary. But the German automaker, already in hot water with the government for cheating on U.S. pollution tests, eventually agreed to the recall, according to documents posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Volkswagen AG is recalling about 850,000 Audi and VW vehicles in the U.S. from model years 2006 to 2014. But in a letter to the safety agency, the company said the request to recall most of the Volkswagens "may be overbroad.

  • 'No rhyme or reason' for machete attack at Ohio restaurant

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — From the front door, the man with the machete didn't have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other Mediterranean pastries. Immediately, police said, he started swinging. "There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after," said Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus police spokesman. By the time it was over, four adults were wounded and the attacker was dead, shot by police in a confrontation a few miles away. Columbus police identified the attacker as 30-year-old Mohamed Barry. They didn't give a hometown for him, and his back

  • The Latest: Information about attacker's car alerted FBI

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio restaurant attack by a machete-wielding man later killed by police (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Police say information connected to the registration of a car driven by a suspect in a restaurant machete attack led them to contact the FBI. Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner says the information triggered an alert that required contacting the local terrorism task force, which then contacted the FBI. He wouldn't describe the information. Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said Friday that authorities don't have a motive yet and the man wasn't known to police. FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren would say only that the agency is assisting Columbus police in its investig

  • Florida man gets prison for defrauding investors of $3.3M

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say a Florida man has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for defrauding over 70 investors of $3.3 million. U.S. Attorney Robert Capers announced Friday that 54-year-old Cecil Speight, of West Palm Beach, had been sentenced late Wednesday. Speight had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and securities fraud. Judge Roslynn Mauskopf also ordered him to pay $3.3 million in restitution and forfeiture. Capers says Speight carried out his fraud through his ownership of International Stock Transfer. He says Speight used investors' funds as his own, paying personal expenses including his purchase of a luxury car.

  • Plans for Colorado shelter for immigrant children scrapped

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    DENVER (AP) — The federal government is abandoning plans to open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in suburban Denver, saying it would take too much time and money to get the site ready. An assessment by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that it would cost an estimated $28 million to $37 million and take about a year to transform a warehouse at the sprawling Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado into a shelter for up to 1,000 children, spokeswoman Andrea Helling said. The department wants to be ready to handle an expected surge in Central American children crossing the border starting this spring.

  • Restaurant owner charged in fire that killed immigrants

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    DETROIT (AP) — Federal officials charged a suburban Detroit restaurant owner and his wife Friday with harboring immigrants who were in the U.S. without legal permission after a fire at a house he owned killed five employees about two weeks earlier. Roger Tam, 55, was arrested Thursday and appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. His wife, Ada Lei, 48, also has been charged, but has not been arrested because she is hospitalized for an undisclosed reason. Five Mexican nationals lived in the basement of the home owned by Tam in an upper middle-class neighborhood in Novi, northwest of Detroit, while working at Tam's restaurant, Kim's Garden. The Jan. 31 fire has been ruled accidental and possibly caused by smoking; a

  • Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina's debt

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A court-appointed mediator reported more progress Friday in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders who claim they are owed about $10 billion by the financially strapped South American nation. A week after two of six leading bondholders settled their claims for well over $1 billion, the rest of them were completing a week of "intensive discussions" with high-ranking Argentine government officials, mediator Daniel Pollack said in a statement. "These discussions have gone late into the night and will continue. I do not know whether agreements in principle will be reached with these four bondholders, but I will continue to do everything in my power to see that it happens," Pollack said.




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