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$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

AP Photo/Susan Walsh WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. A government report in November said the...

Chief Urges Civil Online Comments After Stabbings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A small-town Ohio police chief with a forthright style and an outsize Facebook following has drawn a large online response with a post urging commenters to be respectful instead of political after stabbings at a Pittsburgh-area high school. Brimfield...

NBA To Play Preseason Games In China, Brazil

NEW YORK (AP) — Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will play an NBA game back home in Brazil for the first time when Cleveland takes on the Miami Heat in an exhibition in October. The NBA announced five international preseason games Thursday. The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings...

Indians Place 3B Chisenhall On Paternity List

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have placed third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on the paternity list and recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus. Chisenhall is batting .400 (6 of 15) so far this season for the Indians, who open a four-game series Thursday in Chicago...

Indians Place 3B Chisenhall On Paternity List

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have placed third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on the paternity list and recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus. Chisenhall is batting .400 (6 of 15) so far this season for the Indians, who open a four-game series Thursday in Chicago...
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NM mayor embraces changes for police force

An overflow crowd watches the City Council meeting outside City Hall Monday evening, April 7, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales) An overflow crowd watches the City Council meeting outside City Hall Monday evening, April 7, 2014, in...
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Putin: Ukraine debt threatens Europe gas supplies

Russian national flags fly above barricades with a road sign “Stop” with an Orthodox icon in front of an entrance of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Luhansk, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the Russian border, Ukraine, Thursday, April 10,...

Ohio Trooper Indicted On Porn-related Charge

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A state trooper in northern Ohio has been indicted on a charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. The State Highway Patrol put Sgt. Ricky Vitte Jr. on leave Wednesday after he was indicted. Vitte has been under investigation in Sandusky County...
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Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict

In this photo taken on Thursday, April 10, 2014, Dr. Aruba Hamed, right, gives 6-month old Jumana Baqir a polio vaccine at a health center in Baghdad, Iraq. With the assistance of international health organizations, Iraqi health officials are scrambling to vaccinate millions of...
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Judges hearing gay marriage case appear divided

As viewed through a fisheye lens, Anna Simon of Denver carries a sign about the state of her marriage to her partner at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was...