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Woman accused in kidnap plot branded self mogul, motivator
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who police say is at the center of a scheme to kidnap babies to claim as her own calls herself a mogul, a motivational speaker, a poet, a songwriter and one of the "kindest women you will ever meet," on her many websites....
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Lawyer: Woman talking to police, kidnapping wasn't hoax
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) -- The lawyer for a California woman whose reported kidnapping is being investigated as a possible hoax said she has met with police and is cooperating with them....
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Quotations in the News
"The victims realized just at the last moment. We can hear them screaming." - Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin, describing passengers' cries of terror just before a co-pilot deliberately plowed Germanwings Flight 9525 into a French mountainside....
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Sea otter rescued in California oil spill dies of shark bite
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- A sea otter that became an ambassador for her species after a remarkable recovery from an oil tar soaking off the coast of Northern California has been killed by a shark....
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Utility: Inspectors found faulty work before NYC blast
NEW YORK (AP) -- An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty....
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Video shows 'hospitality ambassador' beating homeless man
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- A man has been fired from his job as a "hospitality ambassador" in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating up a homeless man....
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Semi plows into unfinished Texas interstate bridge; 1 killed
SALADO, Texas (AP) -- A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams along a major interstate in Central Texas on Thursday, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions for several hours, authorities said....
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Victim's mom to confront man with bodies in yard
Geraldine Kerkowski knows the northeastern Pennsylvania man convicted of strangling her son, a pharmacist and father of two, probably won't care when she tells him exactly what she thinks of him....
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Jury finds ex-San Francisco bank executive guilty of fraud
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A former executive of a San Francisco-based bank that received federal bailout money has been convicted of fraud....
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San Francisco Chronicle heir, board member Nan McEvoy dies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Nan Tucker McEvoy, the last member of the San Francisco Chronicle's founding family to head the newspaper, died Thursday after a long convalescence. She was 95....
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School board: Disabled student can use faculty restroom
MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) -- A school board in western Pennsylvania voted unanimously Thursday night to deny a grievance brought by teachers seeking to prevent a special needs student from using a faculty restroom....
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Deputy police chief in California arrested on drug charges
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Fresno's deputy police chief was among four people arrested on federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Thursday....
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No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb
DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night....
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Filing: Teen says mom killed her siblings found in freezer
DETROIT (AP) -- A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew....
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Jesse Jackson Jr. at halfway house after leaving prison
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrived at a Baltimore halfway house late Thursday, hours after leaving an Alabama federal prison where he was serving a sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items....
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