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Sailor sentenced to six months for hate-crime attack on Seattle taxi driver

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SEATTLE -- A sailor who attacked an immigrant taxi driver in Seattle last year, telling him to "go back to your own country," was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail.

Jesse A. Fleming, 27, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree assault and malicious harassment under the state's hate-crime statute.

Fleming, a sailor based in Everett, ...Read more

Mount Zion church fire not arson

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina investigators have concluded that the fire that destroyed the predominantly black Mount Zion AME Church near Greeleyville Tuesday night was sparked by lightning, not intentionally set.

Declaring the investigation complete, the State Law Enforcement Division Thursday evening stated: "Based upon the scene ...Read more

Google proposes Internet expansion to Cuban authorities, sources say

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Google executives have proposed to the Cuban government a way to expand Internet access on the island quickly and massively, but Cuban authorities are skeptical of the plan, several sources familiar with the proposal have told El Nuevo Herald.

The sources said the proposal would make the Internet available through Wi-Fi connections and cellular...Read more

Iran signals willingness to let inspectors question nuclear scientists

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VIENNA -- Iran signaled Thursday that it may allow United Nations inspectors to question its experts about the country's nuclear activities, potentially resolving a dispute that has blocked a nuclear deal now in the final stages of negotiation.

With pressure growing to resolve the remaining problems, Yukiya Amano, head of the International ...Read more

73 years after being denied library card, NC woman is honored

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pearl Thompson was a student at Shaw University in 1942 when she was told she couldn't check out a book from Raleigh's public library because she was black.

She was sent to the library's basement, where she had to wait for a staff member to bring her the book she was assigned to read for a history class. Blacks weren't issued ...Read more

Impartial reporting hard to find in waning days before Greek bailout referendum

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ATHENS -- Anyone looking for an account of the big anti-government, pro-European Union rally in the heart of the Greek capital this week can find it easily on the Skai TV network's website.

There are news articles written before and after the event, which was held in Athens' Syntagma Square. You can watch a video of the thousands of protesters ...Read more

Fence jumper caught by dogs on White House lawn is sentenced

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A man who jumped over the White House fence in October and was taken down on the lawn by Secret Service dogs was sentenced Thursday to time served and a year of supervised release.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., who was arrested Oct. 22, pleaded guilty April 17 to entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, according to ...Read more

Pa. man faces 22 felony counts for allegedly chopping down trees

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PHILADELPHIA -- The crime is more common in Western mountain towns, where people cut down -- even poison -- their neighbors' trees for a better view.

But "vanity logging," as it's sometimes called, could apply to the alleged acts of a lawyer-turned-Zumba instructor who lives outside New Hope.

Police say David L. Topel felled 22 of his neighbor...Read more

Mexico troops in Tlatlaya slayings had orders to kill, report says

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MEXICO CITY--In one of the most polemic large-scale killings confronting the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, a new report says Mexican army soldiers were acting on orders to eliminate suspected criminals "in the darkness" without regard for their rights or due process.

The 50-page report on killings last year in the town of Tlatlaya...Read more

Marriage equality, religious freedom collide in Texas town

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GRANBURY, Texas -- Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton just want to get married.

But the two men haven't been able to get a license from the Hood County Clerk's office despite asking nearly every day since last week's Supreme Court ruling legalized their pending union.

Their struggle -- which began when County Clerk Katie Lang refused to issue such ...Read more

Animal rights group files complaint against California poultry company

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WASHINGTON -- Just as the chickens were about to go to slaughter, employees at a Foster Farms poultry company in Fresno County, Calif., began hitting them and pulling out their feathers.

That video footage, obtained in an undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group based in Los Angeles, led it to file a complaint ...Read more

Syria's lost generation: Children are main breadwinners in many families

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Before Syria's disastrous war, nearly all the country's children went to school. Now, they are carrying guns, selling fuel, harvesting potatoes, baking bread and repairing shoes.

Many of these children are their families' sole or primary breadwinner, and 2.7 million of them no longer are receiving an education, according to a report released ...Read more

Ted Cruz signs books in Arlington, talks of breaking 'Washington cartel'

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sitting under a patio umbrella display at an Arlington Costco, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz signed copies of his new memoir for several hundred discount shoppers and other supporters who waited in a line that snaked through aisles and along a wall.

He opened with comments for the news media, saying his campaign ...Read more

Navy expands paid maternity leave in effort to attract more women

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WASHINGTON -- Looking for a way to persuade more women to enlist in the Navy and the Marines, the two service branches have expanded a benefit, tripling the amount of time off new mothers will be given after the birth of a child.

Under a policy change announced Thursday, female sailors and Marines will get 18 weeks maternity leave. With pay.

...Read more

Coast Guard repatriates 38 Cuban migrants

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MIAMI -- Four migrant interdictions at sea in the South Florida Straits led the Coast Guard to repatriate 38 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, on Thursday.

In all four stops, Cubans were attempting to enter the United States illegally on "unseaworthy vessels," according to the Coast Guard.

"The Coast Guard strongly discourages attempts...Read more

5 officers to face dereliction charges in East Cleveland for deadly 2012 pursuit

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Five Cleveland police officers who supervised a wild 2012 pursuit that left two people dead will now face dereliction charges in the suburb where the chase came to its deadly end, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Lt. Paul Wilson, Sgt. Patricia Coleman, Sgt. Randolph Dailey, Sgt. Michael Donegan and Sgt. Jason Edens "failed to do to their duty to...Read more

Sanders raises $15 million for presidential run

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WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders may not have the big-money donors behind in him in the 2016 presidential race, but the liberal Vermont senator is showing he can raise plenty from regular people, who are lining up in impressive numbers to give.

Sanders' campaign announced Thursday that it had raised roughly $15 million from 250,000 donors since he ...Read more

Obama's call for expanded overtime pay shows he will be a force in 2016 campaign

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LACROSSE, Wis. -- President Barack Obama is signaling he's going to be a major voice in the 2106 election even if he's not on the ballot.

Obama made his case for an expansion of overtime pay Thursday in the home state of one of the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, Gov. Scott Walker, delivering a campaign-style ...Read more

Bay Area news crews robbed on live TV while reporting on homicide

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Two Bay Area news crews were robbed at gunpoint and a camera operator was pistol-whipped on live TV Thursday while they were reporting on a homicide in San Francisco, according to area news reports.

Crews from KNTV-Channel 11 and KTVU-Channel 2 were reporting live at 6:03 a.m. on the shooting death of a woman at Pier 14 when someone stole ...Read more

Obama launches pre-emptive strike on Scott Walker, 2016 GOP field

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President Barack Obama touted his push for a host of benefits for workers in Gov. Scott Walker's Wisconsin -- while lampooning the rest of the 2016 GOP field.

With Walker one of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination, Obama took direct aim at his policies. Although Walker greeted Obama at the airport, Obama tore into his attacks on ...Read more