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Attempts to snag big cat on the loose slowed by onlookers, media

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MILWAUKEE--When big cats capture their prey, they tend to do so with a quiet, stealthy manner.

Unfortunately, officials' efforts to trap a lion-like creature in Milwaukee have hit a noisy snag -- throngs of onlookers and media.

So, the Milwaukee police and Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commissions will next try to move their empty ...Read more

Yakub Memon is hanged for role in 1993 Mumbai bombings, India media reports say

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MUMBAI, India--Indian authorities executed a 53-year-old man early Thursday for his role in a deadly 1993 bombing rampage in Mumbai, news media reported.

The Press Trust of India reported that Yakub Memon was hanged at a jail in Nagpur, in central India, hours after India's president rejected his last-ditch plea for clemency. There was no ...Read more

Grand jury transcript from Eric Garner case to remain sealed, court says

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NEW YORK -- An appellate court ruled Wednesday that most details of the grand jury proceeding that cleared a white policeman in the death of Eric Garner should remain sealed, a setback to activists who say Garner, an unarmed black man, was murdered.

In its decision, the state Supreme Court's 2nd Department Appellate Division said the appellants...Read more

Exclusive: Jahi McMath's mother speaks on legal battle over brain death

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jahi McMath rests in a bedroom in New Jersey with Hello Kitty posters on the wall, her name in glittery letters over her bed, next to Bible scriptures. The room, as described by her mother this week, is like that of many other teen girls -- except Jahi is not like any teenage girl in this country.

By medical standards ...Read more

Malaysian team headed to French island in Indian Ocean to check aircraft wreckage

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PARIS -- A Malaysian government team is being dispatched to the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, where newly found aircraft wreckage awakened speculation over flight MH370, which went missing last year with 239 people aboard.

"I hope that we can identify it as soon as possible," Malaysian Transportation Minister Dato Sri Liow Tiong...Read more

Disturbing details emerge about suspect, how 8-year-old Santa Cruz girl died

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- When they first got word he was a murder suspect, those who watched 15-year-old Adrian Jerry "A.J." Gonzalez grow up before their eyes at the Tannery Arts Center held out hope. It must have been a mistake, or at worst an accident, they thought.

But the image of the mild-mannered yo-yo slinger zipping around on his ...Read more

UVA alumni sue Rolling Stone over discredited rape story

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Three members of a University of Virginia fraternity have filed a defamation suit against Rolling Stone after the magazine published a widely read, and later discredited, article alleging a sexual assault in their fraternity house, according to court papers made public on Wednesday.

George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler filed the ...Read more

Defense provides evidence for claim of 'judge-shopping' in Freddie Gray case

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BALTIMORE--Attorneys for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray presented new evidence Wednesday to support their claims that a prosecutor went "shopping" for a judge to sign warrants for the officers' department-issued cellphones.

The evidence in their motion included text messages between the ...Read more

Gang killings of bus workers freeze San Salvador's transportation system

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MEXICO CITY -- El Salvador's street gangs paralyzed the capital city of San Salvador on Wednesday as many bus drivers stayed clear of their routes after the killing of at least nine transportation workers in a challenge to the government's crackdown on violence.

Police and local media said Wednesday that the chaos was spreading.

"There is a ...Read more

Ex-Rep. Schock in court on possible contempt charge

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WASHINGTON -- Ex-Congressman Aaron Schock appeared in federal court in Springfield, Ill., this week for a two-day hearing to determine whether he should be held in civil contempt for failing to comply with a judge's order to produce campaign and congressional records, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said.

Schock, who is under ...Read more

Export-Import Bank is dealt a blow as it is excluded from highway bill

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WASHINGTON -- The effort to reopen the Export-Import Bank, which has helped thousands of U.S. companies export their goods, lost significant ground as House lawmakers approved a short-term highway funding bill that did not include new authority for the bank.

Supporters of the bank, including President Barack Obama, bipartisan majorities in the ...Read more

Man freed after being wrongly imprisoned for 17 years is fatally shot in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- On the day he was finally released from prison after murder charges were dropped, Alprentiss Nash vowed he would use his freedom studying to become a chef, learning about antique cars and traveling.

And in the nearly three years since, he kept true to his word, visiting New Orleans, Miami and Atlanta and learning to ski at a resort ...Read more

James Holmes' mother, on witness stand, tearfully pleads for life sentence for her son

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This is how you try to make a mass murderer seem like a human being.

You show the jury his birth announcement: James Eagan Holmes, 7 pounds, 5 ounces, 20 inches. You play video of him as a laughing little boy cutting out gingerbread Christmas trees with his grandmother and struggling to pick out "Jingle Bells" on the piano.

And you put his ...Read more

Gulf Stream current may have played a role in capsizing boat, authorities say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Gulf Stream, a fast-moving current that parallels the Florida coast, can be perilous during a storm -- and likely played havoc with the two missing teenage boaters, authorities said Wednesday.

Choppy even in good weather conditions, the Gulf Stream can quickly pull a vessel both north and farther out to sea -- up to...Read more

Man in US illegally was released before Ohio crime spree of which he's accused

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A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally had been stopped by Ohio authorities and released weeks before a crime spree of which he's suspected that left one woman dead, officials said.

Juan Emmanuel Razo-Ramirez, 35, is accused of attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl, shooting a woman in the arm, killing another woman in her home, then ...Read more

Congress poised to avert highway fund shutdown, for now

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WASHINGTON -- Congress is poised to avert a looming shutdown of federal highway accounts with passage of a temporary measure that will keep operations funded for the next three months, but the move creates a possible new crisis point for the fall.

The House approved a compromise stopgap bill Wednesday by a vote of 385-34, as Speaker John A. ...Read more

Chris Christie seeks extension on campaign-finance reports deadline

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is requesting extra time to file mandatory campaign-finance disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission, according to a letter dated Wednesday.

Fox News made the filing of such paperwork a necessity for participants in the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 6. William Palatucci, a political ...Read more

Future of tele-town halls unclear to lawmakers

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WASHINGTON--The Federal Communications Commission was in damage control mode on Wednesday, trying to ratchet back comments made by the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, in testimony to a House Energy and Commerce panel earlier this week.

Wheeler told mystified members of the subcommittee on communications and technology that his agency had ...Read more

How Medicare fulfilled a president's half-century-old promise

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WASHINGTON--Half a century after President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid with a pledge that seniors no longer would "be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine," the promise has been largely fulfilled.

The two entitlements – one for the elderly and one for low-income Americans -- have kept generations ...Read more

Obama facing tougher than expected fight to sustain Iran deal

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is confronting a tougher than expected fight with Congress over the Iran nuclear agreement and is scrambling to muster enough votes to ensure it survives, U.S. officials said.

White House officials are increasingly finding themselves on the defensive against criticism from Republicans and some Democrats, ...Read more