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10 arrested on drug charges tied to Indiana HIV outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:30pm

Ten people were arrested Friday on charges alleging they distributed drugs that helped fuel the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana history, authorities said.

As fix nears for gas leak, residents worry about return home

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:30pm

With a possible end in sight to a massive 15-week gas leak, anxious residents displaced from a Los Angeles neighborhood are skeptical a fix is near and worry they may be forced to return too soon to unhealthy homes.

Judges strike down 2 North Carolina congressional districts

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:30pm

A panel of federal judges has struck down two North Carolina majority black congressional districts, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked the justification for doing so.

Parole recommended for former California Mexican Mafia chief

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:21pm

Acting amid extra tight security, parole commissioners on Friday again recommended the release of a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, Board of Parole Hearings spokesman Luis Patino said.

Lawyer: New York-born man was mistreated after terror arrest

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:21pm

The lawyer for a New York City-born man serving a 15-year prison sentence for supporting al-Qaida urged a judge Friday to find the U.S. government liable for failing to quickly diagnose a medical condition after his 2010 arrest, but a federal prosecutor said he was treated properly.

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:21pm

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.

Strong quake hits Taiwan; 160 pulled alive, many trapped

Wally Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:20pm

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling a complex of two high-rise residential buildings where rescuers pulled out more than 160 people. More are still believed to be trapped inside.

Widow of slain American missionary headed back to Africa

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:11pm

The widow of an American missionary said Friday that she believes it is God's plan for her to return to the African country where al-Qaida fighters killed her husband last month, and she has no hesitation about doing so.

IU associate dean on leave amid sex misconduct allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:10pm

Indiana University has placed its associate dean of students on administrative leave amid allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in Texas during a December conference.

Calif. attorney joins effort to recover Nazi-looted painting

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:10pm

California's attorney general is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling allowing a priceless 19th century painting to remain in a Spanish museum rather than going to the heirs of a Jewish woman forced to hand it over to the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Couple wanted in crime spree led police on chase; 1 killed

Melissa Nelson-Gabriel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:10pm

A weeklong search for a Missouri couple wanted in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended with one suspect dead and the other wounded Friday, after authorities say they chased the pair across the highway and through a rural neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with them in Florida's Panhandle.

Idaho's interim committees still working on suggestions

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:01pm

Idaho lawmakers who spent last summer dissecting some of the state's most contentious issues have yet to submit legislation, but key leaders remain hopeful that proposals will be finalized before the end of the session.

NYC crane accident followed several others in recent years

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:01pm

A construction crane collapse that killed one person and injured three others Friday in New York City followed a number of crane accidents in recent years in the nation's biggest city. A look:

Court rejects AG Kane's request to reinstate law license

Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:01pm

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's law license will remain suspended after the state's highest court on Friday denied her request to have it reinstated while she fights criminal charges of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it.

Gov. Baker signs bill barring teens from tanning salons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:50pm

Massachusetts law now bans anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.

Lawyer: Omission of witness crippled 'Serial' case's defense

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:50pm

An attorney told a Baltimore judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of the popular "Serial" podcast would have been "critical" in the man's first trial, had she been contacted by his original defense team.

Doctor sentenced after victims die from pain drugs

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:50pm

A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison in a landmark case that many in the medical community believe will create a chilling effect among physicians across the country.

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, dies in Florida

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:47pm

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring the mind, physics and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida. He was 85.

EPA: Mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals in river

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:41pm

The Environmental Protection Agency says millions of gallons of wastewater that gushed from a Colorado gold mine last year may have sent more than 880,000 pounds of metals into a river.