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Obama meets with at-risk youth ahead of Chicago speech

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 5:31pm

Former President Barack Obama met Sunday with at-risk young men and boys in his hometown of Chicago before his first major post-presidency speech.

Convicted jihadist with California ties loses US citizenship

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:53pm

A federal judge revoked the U.S. citizenship of a man who prosecutors say ran a communications hub for an Egyptian terrorist group out of his Northern California apartment, authorities said.

3 children among victims in New York City house fire

Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:53pm

A fast-moving fire killed five people, including three children, as flames surged through a New York City home on a sunny spring afternoon, leaving authorities to scour for clues about what sparked the deadly flames.

Caldwell facing serious shortage of affordable housing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:50pm

The southwestern Idaho city of Caldwell has no vacancies for those seeking affordable housing, and there's a waiting list of nearly 500 families hoping for subsidized housing units.

Pilot killed in crash of replica WWI-era plane in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:34pm

Authorities say a pilot was killed when a replica World War I-era biplane crashed in a field on California's central coast.

Local bulldog named Drake University's beautiful bulldog

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:33pm

The blue tutu and diamond necklace that Prudence was wearing helped win over the judges at this year's Beautiful Bulldog contest at Drake University.

Scams push foreclosure fraud to limit, taking victims' homes

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:02pm

The phone call came as Raymond Murray neared the bottom of his luck. His wife had died, his career had been ended by injuries, and struggling to get by on his disability check, he had scraped together just enough to pay a lawyer to avoid imminent foreclosure on his modest Brooklyn home.

US gas prices rise 3 cents over 2 weeks, to $2.46 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:33pm

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46.

Restoration mantra has created a bump for logging

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:26pm

Logging is up in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest under the U.S. Forest Service timber program that focuses less on commercial sales and instead sees logs as a byproduct of restoration and efforts to cut the risk of fire.

Tight, tense French presidential vote echoes around world

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:05pm

Whatever the result of France's presidential election, the choice will resonate far beyond France's borders, from Syrian battlefields to Hong Kong trading floors and the halls of the U.N. Security Council.

Costs mount despite Waco motorcycle gang trials on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:56pm

Costs are mounting for the Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of more than 150 bikers.

On Holocaust day, Netanyahu says its lessons guide him

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:30pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Israel's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II by saying the lessons of the Holocaust guide him daily and issuing a warning to Israel's enemies not to test it.

Rubik's cube competitions take hold in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:25pm

Competitions in which participants race to solve Rubik's cubes with their eyes closed or even with their feet have become popular in Utah nearly four decades after the puzzle was first introduced in the U.S.

New York reopens oldest surviving theater in Hudson

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:10pm

New York has renovated the state's oldest surviving theater.

College student killed during hammer throw at track meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:34pm

A college student has died after being struck during a hammer-throw event at a track meet in suburban Chicago.

North Carolina civil rights center faces conservative ire

Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:16pm

A center founded at the University of North Carolina by a civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised is the latest institution to come under fire from conservatives as they work to leave their mark on the state's higher education system.

US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:41pm

Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday.

Remains of Illinois man killed at Pearl Harbor come home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:30pm

An Illinois sailor has been laid to rest near the community where he grew up — more than 75 years after he was killed at Pearl Harbor.

Police: Utah man dies after his motorcycle crashes into SUV

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:30pm

Authorities in Utah say a 52-year-old Lehi man is dead after a crash in Saratoga Springs.