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NBC’s Holt ready to take over as ‘Nightly’ anchor

AP Photo/Andy Kropa NEW YORK (AP) — New “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt says he doesn’t believe the broadcast needs to take special steps to rebuild trust among viewers following Brian Williams’ demotion, even as NBC’s first advertisement...

‘Win an Inn’ essayists say contest was stacked against them

CENTER LOVELL, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating whether an innkeeper violated state law in an essay contest in which her 210-year-old country inn was the prize. The investigation focuses on whether the “Win an Inn” contest violated state law governing games...

UPDATED 5:45 P.M.: Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until midnight

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Hancock, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties until midnight Severe thunderstorms are possible this evening, with damaging winds and hail being the biggest threats. A severe thunderstorm warning was...

Kings’ Jarret Stoll charged with felony cocaine possession

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been charged with felony cocaine possession stemming from his April 17 arrest at a Las Vegas Strip pool. The Clark County district attorney’s office charged 32-year-old Stoll on Monday with one count of...

Russian consumer rights group warns against trips to Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Prosecutor General’s office has launched a probe against a consumer rights group that has cautioned Russians against traveling to Crimea. Acting on a request from prosecutors, the government communications watchdog on Monday quickly blocked...

Ex-Gulfstream exec gets 11 years for embezzling $10 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Gulfstream Aerospace executive has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after he acknowledged embezzling more than $10 million from the company to fund a lavish lifestyle that prosecutors say included escorts and two homes. Marvin Jay...
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A quintessential American ballerina hangs up her toe shoes

AP Photo/Rosalie O’Connor NEW YORK (AP) — Juliet’s death is always a sad moment at the ballet. But it’s safe to say there were lots more tears than usual when Julie Kent splayed her limber body backward across that cold stone slab in the Capulet crypt over...
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Hemingway’s Havana home to get $900,000 in US improvements

AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa HAVANA (AP) — A U.S. foundation will ship nearly $900,000 in supplies to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Ernest Hemingway’s books, letters and photos – the first major export of construction materials to Cuba since President...

7 students who survived balcony collapse remain hospitalized

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The seven Irish students who survived a balcony collapse in the college town of Berkeley, California, remain hospitalized in varying states of recovery nearly a week later. The Rev. Aidan McAleenan of St. Columba Catholic Church in Oakland says all of...
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Church shootings a reminder of homegrown extremists

AP Photo/Uncredited WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting extremists, law enforcement in the U.S. has been focusing on aspiring jihadists who align with the Islamic State, overshadowing longstanding concerns about avowed racists, neo-Nazis and anti-government militias. The South...