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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The "violent sleepwalking" defense worked for a man who strangled his 4-year-old and tried to kill his other two children. A jury decided unanimously that Joseph Anthony Mitchell is not guilty of murder and attempted murder after an expert witness said he was...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to provide Superstorm Sandy victims who think their insurance claims were not fairly paid out a chance for a review. The review could include up to 144,000 claims and won't limit corrective action to...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama official says a state agency closed an inquiry into whether the deal to publish Harper Lee's upcoming novel involved financial fraud. Some in Lee's hometown of Monroeville questioned whether the 88-year-old "To Kill A Mockingbird" author was...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study. Other researchers found fault with the study, which looked at how Democrats and Republicans differ in positive language...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attacks on Michigan referees so alarmed Jim Dworman, an accomplished lawyer who also officiates high school basketball and football games, that he contacted his lawmaker two years ago about toughening penalties for such actions. "People just weren't that...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to let Superstorm Sandy victims who think their insurance claims were not fairly paid out to undergo a review. The review could include up to 144,000 claims and won't limit corrective action to 2,200...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Willie Barrow, a front-line civil rights fighter for decades and a mentor to younger generations of activists, died Thursday in Chicago. She was 90. Barrow was a field organizer for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., marched on Washington and Selma in the '...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The vast majority of federal correctional officers are being equipped with pepper spray, a tool their colleagues in a pilot program say has been a game-changer in prisons where inmates have long tilted the balance of order with shivs and smuggled razor blades...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The triggerman in the Pamela Smart murder trial was granted parole Thursday, nearly 25 years after he killed his school instructor's husband and launched a global spectacle packed with lurid details of sex and manipulation. William Flynn was 16-year-old "...