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  • Jurors in Jodi Arias case: We were 11-1 for death penalty

    Tanisha Sorenson, sister of murder victim Travis Alexander, cries as she leaves the courthouse with family and friends, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Phoenix. A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial after a jury deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or sent to prison for life for the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — It took just one juror to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias on Thursday — and the woman had to survive an attempt by her colleagues to boot her from the jury before she could do it.


  • Air Force veteran who saved orphans in Korean War dies at 97

    FILE - In this Sept. 16, 1950, file photo, Maj. Dean Hess, second from right, points out target area on map as he briefs two American-trained South Korean pilots just before takeoff as Brig. Gen. Kim Chung Yui, right, chief of staff of the Korean air force, looks on. Hess, a retired Air Force colonel who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits prompted a Hollywood film, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at his home in suburban Dayton, Ohio, after a short illness. He was 97. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — Retired Air Force Col. Dean Hess, who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits prompted a Hollywood film starring Rock Hudson, has died at age 97.


  • Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years

    FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, a performer waves as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, pause for a photo opportunity in front of the Capitol in Washington, on their way to the Verizon Center, to promote the show coming to town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press. exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants.


  • Jury hears closing arguments in 'Blurred Lines' case

    Pharrell Williams leaves Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lied about how they crafted the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" and should be financially punished for using music by Marvin Gaye, a lawyer for the late singer's family told a jury Thursday.


  • Giants' outfielder Pence breaks arm

    Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants, seen in action during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 4, 2015World Series champions San Francisco will likely start the baseball season without outfielder Hunter Pence, whose left arm was broken Thursday when he was hit by a pitch. Pence was plunked in the Giants 8-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs in a Spring Training game in Arizona. "It doesn't look good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said as Pence headed off for the X-rays that would confirm the fracture.


  • Knifed US envoy to Seoul in pain as officials investigate

    South Korean protesters burn North Korean flags and a photo of a suspect of slashing U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, during a rally denouncing the attack and demanding the alliance between South Korea and the United States, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday. The letters read "Strengthen South Korea-U.S. alliance." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to South Korea struggled with pain as he recovered Friday from a knife attack, while police searched the offices of the anti-U.S. activist who they say slashed the envoy while screaming demands for Korean reunification.


  • Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles

    An airplane sits after crash landing at Penmar Golf Course in Venice CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars" star Harrison Ford was seriously injured on Thursday when the actor crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a local airport, a source told Reuters. The single-engine plane clipped a tree as it went down shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport, about a mile (1.6 km) away, and the pilot survived in "fair to moderate" condition, Assistant Los Angeles Fire Chief Patrick Butler said. Butler declined to confirm that Ford was on board the aircraft, but a source close to the investigation said it was the 72-year-old actor.


  • Philadelphia officer shot dead while trying to stop robbery PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday.
  • Men more narcissistic than women: study

    Men tend to be more narcissistic than women and as a result are more likely to exploit others, a US study saidMen tend to be more narcissistic than women and as a result are more likely to exploit others, a US study said Thursday after analyzing three decades of data from more than 475,000 people. The findings were consistent across multiple age groups and generations, said the University at Buffalo School of Management, pointing out that narcissism has good and bad points. "Narcissism is associated with various interpersonal dysfunctions, including an inability to maintain healthy long-term relationships, unethical behavior and aggression," said lead author Emily Grijalva, assistant professor of organization and human resources in the UB School of Management. The researchers examined more than 355 journal articles, dissertations, manuscripts and technical manuals, and studied gender differences in the three aspects of narcissism: leadership/authority, grandiose/exhibitionism and entitlement.


  • Google providing car insurance quotes in latest expansion SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company's latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry.
  • South Korea police say probing U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to North Korea

    Handout photo of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Lippert leaving after he was slashed in the face by a member of a pro-Korean unification group at a public forum in central SeoulSouth Korean police said on Friday they were investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's frequent past visits to North Korea as they review whether to charge him with attempted murder. The head of the police team probing the attack also said they plan to seek a formal detention warrant on Friday against the Korean nationalist who slashed Ambassador Mark Lippert at a forum discussing Korean reunification on Thursday. Yoon Myeong-seong, chief of police in the capital's Jongno district, told a news briefing the suspect, Kim Ki-jong, visited North Korea seven times between 1999 and 2007. "We are investigating whether there is any connection between the suspect's visits to North Korea and the crime committed against the U.S. ambassador," Yoon said.


  • Harrison Ford injured in LA plane crash

    The small plane owned by actor Harrison Ford is seen after crashing at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California on March 5, 2015Los Angeles (AFP) - "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars" actor Harrison Ford was injured Thursday when his small plane crash-landed on a golf course outside Los Angeles, media reports and officials said. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, initially said the pilot was critically injured, but that was later changed to moderately hurt. "When we arrived on scene we had a small aircraft that was down on Penmar Golf Course, near the Santa Monica Airport," spokesman Erik Scott told AFP, recounting the early afternoon crash at the golf course in Venice, southwest of Los Angeles.


  • Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship

    This Sunday March 1, 2015, image provided by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and captured with a high-definition camera mounted on an underwater probe, shows what Allen’s team believes is a catapult system from a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the coast of the Philippines. In a statement Allen’s team says it found the battleship just off the Sibuyan Sea, using an autonomous underwater vehicle in its third dive after narrowing down the search area using detailed undersea topographical data and other locator devices. Japanese experts said that they were eager to study the images to try to confirm the ship’s identity. (AP Photo/Paul Allen)TOKYO (AP) — A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.


  • Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient site BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants "bulldozed" the renowned archaeological site of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said.
  • AP source: Harrison Ford crash-lands plane on golf course

    A small plane lies where it crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The course is near the Santa Monica, Calif. Municipal Airport, just west of a runway, but there was no immediate confirmation on whether the plane had taken off or was trying to land. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Ford crash-landed his small vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course Thursday, shortly after taking off from a nearby airport and reporting engine problems.


  • Amid crisis, Venezuelans remember Chavez 2 years after death

    Elena de Chavez stands at the tomb of her son, Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, as she, family members and government officials gather on second anniversary of Chavez's death inside the 4F military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Chavez died of cancer at age 58 on March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Early morning fireworks burst over Venezuela's capital Thursday for a commemoration of Hugo Chavez on the second anniversary of his death, even as economic crisis threatens to undo his legacy of lifting many out of poverty.


  • Plane skids off snowy NYC runway, stops feet from icy bay

    A plane that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport hangs over the edge of the runway in New York, Thursday, March 5, 2015. The plane, from Atlanta, skidded off the runway while landing, and crashed through a chain-link fence. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A Delta jetliner landing at LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm Thursday skidded off a runway and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest just feet from the roiling waters of an icy bay.


  • NJIT, which upset Michigan, gets postseason hoops bid

    FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 file photo, N.J.I.T. players celebrate along the bench, as forward Daquan Holiday, bottom right, reacts after drawing a foul late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. After upsetting then-No. 17 Michigan in the regular season, NJIT is headed to the postseason, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — After upsetting then-No. 17 Michigan in the regular season, NJIT is headed to the postseason.


  • Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on industry SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the elite investment companies vying to fund the next Google and Amazon.
  • Hunter Pence breaks arm in Giants' 8-6 win over Cubs SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants' 8-6 win over a Chicago Cubs split-squad on Thursday.
  • Eastern Oregon dig uncovers ancient stone tool

    This undated photo provided by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History shows a scraper chipped out of agate found at an ancient rock shelter in the high desert of eastern Oregon. Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at the ancient rock shelter that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America. The find was announced Thursday, March 5, 2015, by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which controls the land on which the site was found. (AP Photo/University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Patrick O'Grady)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at an ancient rock shelter in the high desert of eastern Oregon that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America.


  • Can Clinton live up to pledge to learn from 2008 mistakes?

    FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. Clinton insists that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around. But revelations that she sidestepped the government email system as secretary of state suggest she may have a long way to go in making good on that promise. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around.


  • Bubbles from glacier ice turn up the noise in Alaska fjords

    In this photo taken May 14, 2009 and provided by the University of Washington, is the deployment of a hydrophone in Icy Bay, Alaska. Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what calving glacier ice sounded like to a humpback whale. The sound of the ice in the water turned out to be more interesting. Acoustic research in Alaska’s Icy Bay and other glacier ice-filled waters found that the fizz created by the release of air bubbles under high pressure makes fjords with glacier icebergs the noisiest places in the ocean. (AP Photo/University of Washington, Jeffrey Nystuen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what humpback whales heard when a big piece of ice falls from a glacier and crashes into the ocean. But the sound generated by ice drifting in the water turned out to be just as interesting.


  • Father tells jury about boy's death at Boston Marathon

    In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing described the moment when he looked down at his son's pale, torn body and realized he wouldn't make it.


  • Motor mishap: Indians manager Francona's scooter wrecked

    FILE - This Feb. 26, 2015 file photo shows Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (17) watching during spring training baseball practice in Goodyear, Ariz. The Indians have their first major injury of the spring _ Francona's red scooter is on the disabled list. Francona said Thursday, March 5, 2015 that the scooter he rides around during training camp and to and from Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland during the regular season was wrecked recently by a team employee during a promotional video shoot. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, file)GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Indians have their first major injury of the spring — manager Terry Francona's red scooter is on the disabled list.


  • Plane skids off New York runway as winter storm hits US

    This image provided by @NYPDSpecialops shows Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta after it skidded off the runway on March 5, 2015 at La Guardia Airport in New YorkAn airliner skidded off a runway at New York's La Guardia airport Thursday and slid to a halt just yards from frigid waters, as a snow storm battered the US coast from Texas to Boston. Heavy snow was falling as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta careered off the runway, plowed up an embankment and demolished a fence after its late morning landing. New York firefighters said 24 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including three who were transported from the scene. The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 was carrying 127 passengers and five crew.


  • BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame By Edward McAllister and Catherine Ngai NEW YORK (Reuters) - A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company. The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments in North America and the third in three weeks involving trains hauling crude oil, which has put a heightened focus on rail safety. Dark smoke was seen for miles around the crash site, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency told local WREX.com that two of the cars were potentially on fire. Images posted online by Dubuque Scanner showed flames several hundred feet high, while aerial footage showed the wreck spread across two sets of track.
  • Announcer Craig Sager returns from leukemia to NBA sideline

    Craig Sager, left, gets a hug from Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dion Waiters, right, before the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sager returns to broadcasting as a sideline reporter for TNT tonight at the Bulls game in Chicago. He’s been out all season recovering from leukemia, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO (AP) — Craig Sager returned to his familiar spot on the NBA sideline Thursday after being treated for leukemia.


  • AP source: Harrison Ford crash-lands small plane on Los Angeles golf course LOS ANGELES (AP) — AP source: Harrison Ford crash-lands small plane on Los Angeles golf course.
  • Hall and Oates sue over granola-maker's Haulin' Oats cereal

    FILE - In this May 20, 2008 file photo, Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates, recipients of BMI Icons awards, pose together before the 56th annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The pop music duo has sued Brooklyn, N.Y. based Early Bird Foods in federal court. The suit asks the court to order Early Bird Foods to stop using the Haulin' Oats name on packages of granola. They’re accusing the company of violating trademark protections with its "phonetic play on Daryl Hall and John Oates' well-known brand name." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Hall and Oates are saying "no can do" to a granola-maker's Haulin' Oats cereal.


  • Holmes opens 4-shot lead at Blue Monster

    J.B. Holmes hits on the second fairway during the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)DORAL, Fla. (AP) — J.B. Holmes never liked the old Blue Monster at Doral because he thought it was too easy for a World Golf Championship.


  • Dog stable after being shot, tied to Florida train tracks TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot was expected to survive Thursday after being found by police.
  • Veteran defensive tackle Dockett joins 49ers on 2-year deal

    FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Glendale, Ariz. Dockett has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will keep him in the NFC West after playing all of his 10 NFL seasons with Arizona. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the deal Thursday morning, March 5, 2015, for the three-time Pro Bowler. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett notes on his Twitter page header that he will be "2016 comeback player of the year."


  • For Northeast, a brutal winter redefines 'enough is enough'

    A pedestrian and cyclist join vehicles on Flatbush Avenue during a slushy snowfall in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Northeasterners are enduring one of the coldest, snowiest seasons in decades. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Forget the winter of our discontent. For Northeasterners enduring one of the coldest, snowiest seasons in decades, it's the winter of our exasperation, full-on funk and enough-is-enough rage.


  • No murder charge for 15-year-old girl in brother's slaying GAINSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old north Florida girl who authorities say fatally shot her 16-year-old brother after years of abuse at home pleaded no contest on Thursday to felony burglary and will receive probation and counseling.
  • Father tells Boston trial how family was ripped apart

    A photo of Martin Richard, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, is displayed near the finish line of the marathon on April 20, 2014 in Boston, MassachusettsA father described in excruciating detail Thursday how his little boy was killed, his young daughter lost a leg and his wife was blinded in one eye in the Boston Marathon bombings which ripped his life apart. Bill Richard spoke carefully and calmly at the trial of one of the brothers blamed for the bloodshed, at times pausing to keep his emotions in check, as he gave devastating testimony about how the April 15, 2013 bombings ruptured his family forever. "I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion and I just knew from what I saw that there was no chance," Richard recalled. He told his badly wounded wife that he had to leave her to go to a hospital with the children.


  • Largest US banks all pass latest round of Fed 'stress tests'

    This combination made from file photos shows bank branches of, clockwise from top left, Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citibank. All of the nation's 31 largest banks are adequately fortified to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve said Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — All of the nation's 31 largest banks are adequately fortified to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.


  • Mysterious dwarf planet Ceres gets ready for the spotlight

    FILE - This Feb. 19, 2015 file image provided by NASA shows the dwarf planet Ceres, taken by the space agency's Dawn spacecraft from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). On Friday, March 6, 2015, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrives at the mysterious dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter after a nearly eight-year journey. Dawn, which previously visited Vesta, also in the asteroid belt, has already beamed back images of Ceres as it closes in. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres is ready for its close-up.


  • Homeowners group denies playhouse for cancer-stricken girl KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a young girl with leukemia want to build their daughter a playhouse, but they've been blocked by their homeowners association.
  • Delta jet skids off runway during snowstorm at NY airport

    Plane slides off runway at LaGuardiaBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Delta Air Lines Inc jet landing during a snowstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday slid off the runway and struck a fence before coming to rest on a snow-covered embankment just feet from the frigid waters of Flushing Bay. None of the 127 passengers and five crew members were seriously injured as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta skidded on the tarmac at about 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT). LaGuardia, the smallest of the New York area's three major airports, was immediately closed after the mishap. Hundreds of flights were canceled at LaGuardia, compounding weather-related travel disruptions in many parts of the country.


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