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  • Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters. Josef Wesolowski had already...

  • Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River. Environmentalists said the plan was a good first step, but didn't go...

  • El Nino forecast to help Texas out of drought

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — El Nino appears to be on its way. The long-awaited weather pattern that brings rain to Texas is forecast to arrive next month, National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy in Fort Worth said. El Nino raises the chances in many parts of the state for abundant rain...

  • Meters eyed as possible cause of Nevada fires

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada utility officials said Tuesday they will turn over all data demanded by state regulators investigating whether smart electricity meters pose a fire danger. The state fire marshal and local fire chiefs sought the preliminary inquiry after investigators linked the meters...

  • FSU picks politician as next school president

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University on Tuesday chose powerful state Sen. John Thrasher as its next president despite significant opposition from people on campus who contended he isn't qualified for the post. The FSU board voted 11-2 Tuesday to hire Thrasher over three academics,...

  • After the bombs fall, can U.S. allies get the job done?

    Air power alone doesn't win wars, military history shows. That fact was the basis for Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey's statement last week that he would recommend sending U.S. combat troops back to Iraq if it were the only way to defeat Islamist extremists. Though his...

  • Lawyer: Offers made for closed Revel casino

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer for a Florida developer who has offered $90 million for the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City says multiple offers have been received for it, and an auction will be held Wednesday. Stuart Moskovitz, the attorney for developer Glenn Straub, said...

  • Treasurer hopefuls look to boost office's image

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two candidates vying to be Illinois' next chief investment officer have different ideas about how to restore the image of the Treasurer's office, which has been tarnished by a sexual harassment suit and questions about whether the man leaving the job used taxpayer...

  • Attorney accused of falsifying asylum requests

    CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago attorney and a translator were arrested Tuesday for immigration fraud after allegedly falsifying requests for asylum from a dozen foreign nationals, authorities said. Attorney Robert DeKelaita, 51, of Glenview, and Adam Benjamin, 61, of Skokie, were each...

  • Cal State to hire advocates for assault victims

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The California State University system is planning to appoint independent victim's advocates at its 23 campuses to work with students who have been sexually assaulted. Cal State Chancellor Timothy White announced the move Tuesday, days after U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer...

  • Manning sues Defense Dept. for gender treatment

    Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning asked a federal court Tuesday to order the Defense Department to provide hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender identity condition while she serves her 35-year sentence in military confinement. A spokeswoman at the Pentagon, Army...

  • Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self." Administration officials said...

  • DHS says airstrikes may have 'disrupted' plotting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no indication of advanced al-Qaida or Islamic State group terror plotting inside the United States, but airstrikes in Syria may have temporarily disrupted attack planning against U.S. or Western targets, according to a security bulletin Tuesday from the FBI and the...

  • 'Imminent' threat from new terror group emerges as first target in Syria strikes

    The first targets of U.S. air and missile strikes in Syria late Monday were bases of an Islamist extremist group that had received little mention amid the focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria but that U.S. officials now say posed an imminent threat to the homeland.

  • Alaska: Begich trails as new GPS ad hits the air against him

    Crossroads GPS has released a new ad against incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, just as a new poll has come out showing him trailing his Republican challenger, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan, 41 percent to 43 percent.



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