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Mother in drowning case found mentally incompetent

FILE – This Tuesday, April 1, 2014 file booking photograph released by the Allegheny County Police shows Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, who is charged with drowning her 3-year-old son and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition Tuesday, April 1 after she allegedly...

‘Whitey’ Bulger backs man’s efforts at freedom

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man who claims that convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger helped frame him in a 1980 murder is now getting support from Bulger in his quest for a new trial. Fred Weichel has spent more than three decades in prison in the fatal...
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NTSB: Sensors too far back in O’Hare train crash

FILE – In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O’Hare International Airport station after it derailed in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured. A preliminary report released Monday, April 7, 2014, by...
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Rescues needed as storms drench the Southeast

Firefighter Rusty Murphy wades through flood waters in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., on Monday, April 7, 2014. Police and firefighters rescued about a dozen people who were trapped by muddy, fast-moving water after storms dumped torrential rains in central Alabama. (AP...
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Hagel tours China’s new aircraft carrier

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is welcomed by Rear Admiral Guan Youfei, Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Chinese Defense Ministry and U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, upon his arrival at Qingdao International Airport in Qingdao, China, Monday, April 7,...

Scattered flooding as storms drench the Southeast

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say severe thunderstorms punching across the Southeast have forced the evacuation of an Alabama mobile home park as heavy rains cause scattered flooding and power outages and snarl rush hour commutes. The vast storm system swept across...
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Baby improving after ocean rescue by US Navy

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 49) assist in the rescue of a family with a sick infant via the ship’s small boat as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard...
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AP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, legend of Holloywood

AAA Apr. 7, 2014 4:19 AM ETAP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, legend of Holloywood By The Associated Press FILE – In this Jan. 5, 1942, file photo, Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland’s No. 1 box office star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in Santa Barbara,...

Survey: Health insurance gains pick up

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major new survey finds that a growing percentage of Americans gained health insurance as the initial sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law drew to a close last month. Released Monday, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index...

Face of gay marriage in Utah an unlikely pair

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yards signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Kitchen felt angry but...