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Apr 07,2009
CLINTON, Mich. -- A 1-year-old boy found alive with the body of his dead mother may have been in alone their apartment for several days, police in Clinton, Mich., said. Cody Farley was found by the body of his mother Kelly Farley, 31, who had suffered with diabetes for years and had given birth to Cody against her doctor's advice, The Detroit News reported Tuesday. Helen Farley's brother found the boy Sunday when he went to check ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
NEW YORK -- An Episcopal priest has been charged with stealing nearly $85,000 from his parish to pay for his cosmetic makeover, prosecutors in New York said. The Rev. William Blasingame, 66 allegedly stole the money from 2005 though 2008 to pay for plastic surgery, Botox treatments and expensive clothes, said the Staten Island district attorney's office. Blasingame, the pastor of historic St. Paul's Memorial Church on Staten Island for more than 30 years, allegedly took the ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge tossed the conviction and indictment of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, after the Justice Department admitted evidence was mishandled. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan Tuesday also initiated a criminal contempt investigation of the six federal prosecutors in the case, The Washington Post reported. "In 25 years on the bench, I have never seen anything approach the mishandling and misconduct in this case," Sullivan said, calling the allegations "shocking and disturbing." Last ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
WASHINGTON -- The White House says it's not replacing the rubber mulch under Sasha and Malia Obama's play set, despite health warnings from a U.S. environmental group. The ground tire mulch was placed under the set outside the White House after consultation with the National Recreation and Park Association, said Camille Johnston, first lady Michelle Obama's communications director. Environment and Human Health Inc., officials said an analysis of ground tires found a carcinogen as well as chemicals ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
WORCESTER, Mass. -- A Tyngsboro, Mass., man who allegedly damaged a 148-year-old statue of Moses has been committed for psychiatric observation, say prosecutors. Brendan Pemberton, 42, was committed to a state hospital Monday after allegedly toppling a recently restored statue of Moses at the Worcester Trial Court where he was contesting a speeding ticket, The Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette reported. Pemberton also threatened to damage works at the Worcester Art Museum, prosecutors said Monday when Pemberton ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Newly released video of Casey Anthony shows her chuckling with detectives on the day she was indicted in the death of her daughter, Florida prosecutors say. Prosecutors Monday released the video and hours of taped interviews as part of their case against Anthony, 23, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. The videos also include Anthony's reaction when she learned her daughter's ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
TAMPA, Fla. -- U.S. immigration officials detained a former University of South Florida student who recently was acquitted of explosives charges in a federal court. Youssef Megahed, an Egyptian who is a permanent resident of the United States, was arrested by federal immigration officials Monday in a Tampa, Fla., Wal-Mart parking lot, the man's attorney told the St. Petersburg Times. "We're completely disappointed with this action by the government," said Adam Allen, Megahed's public defender. "My understanding ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
MIAMI -- Two bodies pulled from Florida's Biscayne Bay likely are those of a missing father and daughter whose boat was found empty, say Miami-Dade authorities. Phil Burke, 49, and his 8-year-old daughter, Tara Ann, set out Sunday afternoon from Black Point Marina in the family's 17-foot boat, telling family members they would return before dark, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday. Their boat was found floating upright in mangroves, life jackets inside, Monday morning, said search spokesman ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
WASHINGTON -- More than half of U.S. teachers are eligible for retirement during the next decade, says a study urging immediate action to retain younger teachers. "Whether this big retirement tsunami hits in the next two or three years or whether the economy keeps them around for a little bit longer, it's coming," said Elizabeth Foster, director of strategic initiatives for the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. The commission's study urges the establishment of programs ... [full story]
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Apr 07,2009
NEW YORK -- Convicted accessory to murder Annika Ostberg Deasy is heading to her native Sweden after more than 27 years in a California prison, authorities say. Deasy, who was found guilty of murder for being present when her boyfriend killed a police officer and a Stockton, Calif., restaurant owner, will be returned to Sweden to complete her sentence of 25 years to life in prison, the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported. "She has been released ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2009
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- Former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., was arrested again for drunken driving and will lose his driver's license for a year, a district attorney said. Sweeney, who allegedly refused sobriety tests, was arrested Sunday on Route 9 in Clifton Park, N.Y., for speeding, said Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III. Because of a drunken driving conviction in 2007, Sunday's charge is a felony for Sweeney, who once worked as Rensselaer County's "Stop-DWI" ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2009
DOVER, Del. -- Recently reinstated media coverage won't change the dignity of the "welcome home" slain U.S. soldiers receive at Dover Air Force Base, honor guard members say. The Obama administration this year moved to rescind an 18-year-old ban on news coverage of ceremonies performed at the Delaware air base when the bodies of fallen service members are returned to the United States, if family members agree to allow it. Sunday's arrival of a flag-draped casket bearing ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2009
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ordered the U.S. Justice Department to turn over material linked to alleged misconduct in the case against former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan's order Sunday came several days after the Justice Department said it would ask the judge to toss Steven's conviction and indictment on corruption charges, The Washington Post reported Monday. Sullivan is to hear Justice Department arguments on the motion Tuesday. During Stevens's trial last year, ... [full story]
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