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Today's News

  • Hamas tells other Gaza militants to stop attacks

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The militant Hamas rulers of Gaza appealed to other armed Palestinian groups in the territory Tuesday to halt a recent spike in violence, fearing an all-out Israeli invasion in response.

  • Neighbor: Parents of shooting suspect devastated

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The parents of a man charged with trying to assassinate an Arizona congresswoman are devastated and guilt-ridden, a neighbor said, mourning their own tragedy as Tucson residents prepare Tuesday for a week of funerals and a visit from the president.

    Jared Loughner's mother has been in bed, crying nonstop since Saturday, neighbor Wayne Smith, 70, told KPHO-TV. Amy and Randy Loughner want to know where they went wrong with their 22-year-old son, who is charged with trying to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing a federal judge.

  • Jackson doc told police of singer's need for sleep

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For nearly three hours, the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death told police about his final hours with the superstar who was so desperate for sleep that he was getting anesthetic injections in his bedroom six nights a week.

    Dr. Conrad Murray's interview two days after Jackson's death in June 2009 led police back to the singer's mansion, where they ultimately found 12 vials of propofol. It was a small fraction of the 255 vials a Las Vegas pharmacist said he shipped Murray in the nearly three months before Jackson's death.

  • DeLay defiant before getting 3-year prison term

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay remained defiant as he faced a judge's sentence to three years in prison for a scheme to illegally influence Texas elections, insisting he committed no crime and was the victim of selective prosecution by authorities targeting his politics.

    "Everything I did was covered by accountants and lawyers telling me what I had to do to stay within the law," the Houston-area Republican said. "I can't be remorseful for something I don't think I did."

  • Cam Do! Auburn wins BCS title 22-19 over Oregon

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Auburn running back Michael Dyer never heard any whistle, so he just kept running — past the tackler who thought he had him down and deep into Oregon territory.

    Dyer broke stride, then took off on a once-in-a-lifetime run in the final minutes, setting up a short field goal on the last play that led No. 1 Auburn over the No. 2 Ducks 22-19 in the BCS championship game Monday night.

  • 'Band of Brothers' inspiration Winters dies at 92

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Even as Parkinson's disease began taking its toll on Dick Winters, who led his "Band of Brothers" through some of World War II's fiercest European battles, the unassuming hero refused, as always, to let his men down.

    Friends accompanied him to public events, subtly clearing a path through the adoring crowds for the living legend, whose Easy Company's achievements were documented by a 1992 book and HBO miniseries. His gait had grown unsteady, and he did not want to be seen stumbling.

  • Martinez proposes 3% budget cuts next year

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing a 3 percent reduction in spending to balance the state's budget next year.

    In releasing her budget proposals on Monday, Martinez recommended spending about $5.4 billion to finance public schools, higher education and general government operations in the fiscal year that starts next July.

  • Locator signal detected in Colo. airplane search

    WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) — Search teams say they've picked up an emergency locator signal in the southern Colorado mountains where a small plane disappeared.

    Air traffic controllers lost contact with the single-engine, six-seat Piper Malibu on Sunday over the Sangre de Cristo range about 50 miles west of Pueblo. It departed from Phoenix.

    Lt. Col. Mike Daniels of the Colorado Civil Air Patrol said Monday that two helicopters, two airplanes and 16 people on foot are searching.

  • AP IMPACT: Meth flourishes despite tracking laws

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Electronic systems that track sales of the cold medicine used to make methamphetamine have failed to curb the drug trade and instead created a vast, highly lucrative market for profiteers to buy over-the-counter pills and sell them to meth producers at a huge markup.

    An Associated Press review of federal data shows that the lure of such easy money has drawn thousands of new people into the methamphetamine underworld over the last few years.

  • Arctic blast coats South in treacherous snow, ice

    ATLANTA (AP) — Southerners more accustomed to sunshine than snow ditched wrecked cars on icy roadsides and huddled in chilly, dark homes Monday as a wintry blast swept the region and threatened days of treacherous conditions.