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Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state. Nearly every day, police […]

Architect charged in Texas public corruption case

McALLEN (AP) — A South Texas architect has been indicted in a widening public corruption probe involving allegations of bribes and projects in the city of Progreso. Federal prosecutors in McAllen on Wednesday announced the arrest of 57-year-old Jesus Bustos on charges of conspiracy and bribery. Investigators allege Bustos paid bribes to obtain contracts on […]

State declines to step in on water dispute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state commission has rejected a South Texas school district’s plea to force the city to turn the water back on so students can return to class. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Wednesday that it did not have authority to address the underlying water fee dispute between La Villa […]

Kenya: Fighter jets kill 30 militants in Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyan military says it has killed at least 30 Islamic militants in an airstrike on a militant camp in Somalia. A statement from the military Friday said fighter jets attacked the camp at Garbarahey in the Gedo region in Somalia on Thursday, where a meeting was being held. Military spokesman […]

Pakistan to award slain boy for foiling bombing

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister announced Friday that a teenage boy who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber who wanted to attack his school should be honored with the nation’s highest civil award of bravery. Aitzaz Hasan, 17, died Monday in a remote village in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa […]

French president angry over report on love life

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande threatened legal action Friday over a magazine report saying he is having a secret affair with an actress, the latest breach in the French media’s practice of turning a blind eye to presidential love affairs. Rumors have long circulated that Hollande might have a lover. The magazine Closer […]

NJ’s Christie looks to recover after staff shakeup

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A wounded Chris Christie is working to move beyond the most challenging test of his political career, a traffic scandal that rocked his administration this week and threatens to tarnish his national image ahead of the next presidential contest. Allies of Christie, New Jersey’s Republican governor and a possible candidate for […]

Stocks move lower after US reports hiring slowdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving lower early Friday after the U.S. government disappointed investors with news that hiring slowed down sharply last month. The Labor Department reported that only 74,000 jobs were added to payrolls in December, the fewest in three years and far less than economists were expecting. The unemployment rate fell, […]

Chemical spill shuts down much of W.Va. capital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day’s business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as the cause and extent of the […]

Laredo businessman guilty of firearms violations

LAREDO (AP) — A South Texas businessman who owns sporting goods and weapons stores has been convicted of trying to export more than 600 assault gun magazines to Mexico. Prosecutors in Laredo say 42-year-old Arturo Gonzalez awaits sentencing after being convicted Thursday of three weapons counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison and […]

Father, son die in Central Texas house fire

DEANVILLE  (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what started a Central Texas house fire blamed for the deaths of a man and his son. The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office on Friday identified the pair as 70-year-old James Suehs and 49-year-old James Suehs Jr., both from Caldwell. Firefighters late Monday night responded to a 911 […]

Texan gets life term for killing ex-girlfriend

FORT WORTH (AP) — A North Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend.

Bombing kills 21 at Iraq army recruiting center

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military recruiting center in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 21 people in an attack likely meant to send a message to the government and would-be army volunteers over the Iraqi troops’ ongoing push to retake two cities overrun by al-Qaida militants. The blast […]

Rodman apologizes for comments on jailed American

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players. The former basketball star issued the apology through publicist Jules Feiler in an email message to […]

Romania to extradite man over Texas slayings

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian-born Texas fugitive charged in the shooting death of his wife and their son at the family’s Houston-area house can be extradited to the U.S. The Bucharest Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Camil Matase, who was caught in eastern Romania on Nov. 20, can be returned to Houston to […]

Giffords completes skydive on shooting anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again. Across the city, others gathered for bell-ringing and flag-raising […]

Pentagon chief in rare visit to nuke missile base

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making a rare visit to an Air Force nuclear missile base, hoping to boost morale among the men and women who operate, maintain and safeguard the nation’s Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles. Officials have said those service members are increasingly tired of working […]

Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to his constituents and said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by his staff, one day after emails and text messages revealed his administration may have closed highway lanes to exact political retribution. Christie also said he was firing Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, […]

Man on trial for assault flees Texas courthouse

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man charged with beating his ex-girlfriend and setting her house on fire has fled from a South Texas courtroom after stepping out to say he needed to make a call. Bexar County jail records do not list 31-year-old Christopher Jones as being in custody Thursday. A judge in San Antonio […]

Man pleads guilty to 2012 Austin sword slaying

AUSTIN (AP) — A man described by a psychiatrist as delusional has pleaded guilty to murder in a 2012 sword slaying in Central Texas. A judge in Austin will decide whether 37-year-old Thomas Brock must serve up to life in prison for the killing of Luis Hernandez Vigil. The 57-year-old victim was fatally stabbed outside […]

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