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Senator Menendez, amid probe: I have been honest in office

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, defi... Full Story

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  • Senator Menendez, amid probe: I have been honest in office
    Senator Menendez, amid probe: I have been honest in office

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, defiantly said Friday he has always been honest in office even as a person familiar with the matter said he's expected to face criminal charges soon.

  • Ohio terrorism suspect says he would've shot President Obama
    Ohio terrorism suspect says he would've shot President Obama

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol called a television station from jail and said if he hadn't been arrested he would have gone to Washington and shot President Barack Obama in the head.

  • Obama: Ferguson report exposed racially biased system
    Obama: Ferguson report exposed racially biased system

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Racial discrimination from police in Ferguson, Missouri, was "oppressive and abusive," President Barack Obama said Friday as he called for criminal justice reform as part of the modern struggle for civil rights.

  • Groups ask judge to order gay-marriage licenses in Alabama

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A group of civil rights organizations filed a motion Friday asking a federal judge to order Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to expand a suit challenging the state's gay-marriage ban.

  • Ferguson police chief stays on the job after federal report
    Ferguson police chief stays on the job after federal report

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was still on the job Friday, two days after a government report blasted his beleaguered department for years of racial profiling, and the mayor refused to speculate about the chief's future, saying his role was not to "just chop heads."

  • Why 5.5 percent unemployment isn't as great as it seems
    Why 5.5 percent unemployment isn't as great as it seems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent — a level normally considered the mark of a healthy job market. Yet that number isn't as encouraging as it might sound.

  • NTSB has plenty of questions to answer in NYC runway slide
    NTSB has plenty of questions to answer in NYC runway slide

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation into a Delta jetliner that slid off a runway while landing during a snowstorm at LaGuardia Airport, there is no shortage of questions to pursue:

  • Witness: Hernandez DNA matched marijuana butt at crime scene
    Witness: Hernandez DNA matched marijuana butt at crime scene

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's DNA was found on a marijuana joint at the scene of a killing near his home, a crime lab scientist testified Friday.

  • Doctor helping downed pilot is shocked to find Harrison Ford
    Doctor helping downed pilot is shocked to find Harrison Ford

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Sanjay Khurana was close to finishing a golf game when a vintage plane clipped a tree and "dropped like a rock" onto the next hole's green. He rushed to the crash, finding a pilot bleeding from a deep gash in his head.

  • AP PHOTOS: Ringling Bros to retire elephants; tradition ends
    AP PHOTOS: Ringling Bros to retire elephants; tradition ends

    POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hung...

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