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New York prison worker got 'caught up' in escape plot

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who got "caught up in the fantasy" of a prison escape planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one man and took naked photos of herself for the other. Learn More

 

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Colorado theater shooter's dad unaware he saw psychiatrist

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes came home for winter break from graduate school looking haggard and making odd facial expressions that looked similar to the wide-eyed smirk he flashed in one of his first jail booking photos after he opened fire on a crowded Colorado movie theater seven months later, his father said. More »

 

Missing teens strayed from planned route into open ocean

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — Two teens whose lives were intertwined with the sea remained lost in the Atlantic on Tuesday, as their families and authorities tried to maintain hope against the fading odds of their survival. More »

 

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. More »

 

New video shows more of Sandra Bland's time in Texas jail

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities released additional footage from Sandra Bland's three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving. More »

 

Man accused in lion death says he thought hunt was legal

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dentist who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe said that he had no idea the lion he killed was protected and that he relied on the expertise of his local guides to ensure the hunt was legal. More »

 

Human fetal tissue long used for variety of medical studies

NEW YORK (AP) — Controversy over Planned Parenthood's supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science. More »

 

Immigrants, poor fish for their dinner, unaware of mercury

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's midday and the white bucket balanced on the rocky shore at Mountha Uppasay's feet holds five or six white bass, moving sluggishly in the water she scooped from the Des Moines River. More »

 

'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater. More »

 

End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Scout units — warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own. More »

 

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