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Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

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SEATTLE (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she... Full Story

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  • Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox
    Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

    SEATTLE (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.

  • Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
    Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

    DETROIT (AP) — A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.

  • NY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line
    NY mayor: Someone may have 'inappropriately' tapped gas line

    NEW YORK (AP) — Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.

  • Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate
    Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.

  • Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader
    Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

  • California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know
    California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman and her boyfriend say kidnappers entered their house in the middle of the night this week, abducted the woman and held her for ransom before releasing her two days later. Police are skeptical.

  • Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial
    Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial.

  • JetBlue pilot who yelled during flight sues airline for $16M

    NEW YORK (AP) — A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill.

  • Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure
    Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup sytems in many places.

  • Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated
    Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated

    Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.

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