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Woman admits stealing thousands from comedian Joe Piscopo

AP Photo/Julio Cortez MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has admitted stealing money from former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Joe Piscopo. Under terms of a plea agreement, 40-year-old Jennifer LaRocca of Hackettstown pleaded guilty to theft. LaRocca...

Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus. Courts have already blocked similar laws that...

Fargo police say officer mortally wounded after standoff

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A police officer who was shot during a standoff with a domestic violence suspect is not expected to survive and his family is with him saying goodbye, authorities in Fargo, North Dakota, said Thursday. Police Chief David Todd said the suspect, who...

N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as...

AP news guide: A look at the turmoil in Ferguson

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the city of Ferguson after the City Council failed to approve an agreement that sought to address concerns about police and municipal court practices in the St. Louis suburb. The civil...

Saint Laurent Palladium show features glam androgynous style

AP Photo/Chris Carlson LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bow-neck blouses aren’t just for women anymore. Couture clothing designer Saint Laurent presented the feminine style – in silk, leather and sequins – for both genders at its rock ‘n’ roll-inspired...

FIFA candidate Ali queries Salman’s role in Bahrain protests

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali has questioned the role of election rival Sheikh Salman in not protecting Bahrain players who alleged abuses after pro-democracy protests in 2011. In the strongest statement yet on human rights ahead of the Feb. 26...

Peyton Manning has a little fun with little brother Eli

NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli’s sad face at the Super Bowl during an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” Peyton said he understood why Eli wasn’t elated like other relatives in the luxury suite at...

South African president faces protests at parliament

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police fired stun grenades at dozens of clashing supporters of the ruling African National Congress and an opposition party ahead of the much-awaited state-of-the-nation address by the president. Earlier, members of the Ses’Khona...

Things to know about the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation

AP Photo/Cathleen Allison BURNS, Ore. (AP) — An occupation by armed protesters of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon started out with demands that two jailed ranchers be freed and that the federal government relinquish 300 square miles to local control for...