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After life without parole: 2 held for decades savor freedom

By ADAM GELLER and SHARON COHEN, AP National Writers WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — It's just a few blocks from the house Earl Rice Jr. left behind as a teenager to the places he remembers. But after more than four decades in prison, he has ground to cover. Skirting Franklin Street's neatly ...

Worsening drought conditions in parts of U.S. stressing crops

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces those ...

Cancer patient sues over license photo, cites distress

EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A cancer patient is suing the New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission for compelling her to remove her headscarf to take a driver's license photo. Forty-year-old Jennifer Giordano said she was still uncomfortable without wearing a wrap to cover her balding head caused by ...

Gambler tied to golfer Phil Mickelson gets 5 years in prison

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison by a judge who said the businessman collected tens of millions of dollars illegally in the stock market to seem like "a winner" to himself ...

96-year-old vet gets his wish of visiting U.S. Navy station

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A 96-year-old World War II veteran who dreamed of returning to a Navy installation to reminisce about his more than 20-year naval career got his wish. Edmund DelBarone (del-bah-ROHN') toured Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island Thursday in a visit arranged by ...

New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to bust drivers using phones

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in New York state may soon have a high-tech way of catching texting drivers: a device known as a "textalyzer" that allows an officer to quickly check if a phone has been in use before a crash. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on ...

Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — A man is accused of drunkenly strolling down a Maine road wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to where his arm had been amputated. Maine State Police told WCSH-TV (http://on.wcsh6.com/2uZu4Db ) that 31-year-old Corey Berry, ...

Things looking up as Los Angeles Zoo unveils baby giraffe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Things are looking up at the Los Angeles Zoo, where visitors are getting their first glimpses of a baby giraffe. The female Masai giraffe born July 11 made its public debut Wednesday. Still without a name, the giraffe already stands about 6 feet tall and weighs 156 ...

Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policy

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers will be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the acting police chief announced Wednesday, following widespread criticism that two officers involved in the ...

Appeals court lets suit by Michael Brown’s friend press on

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's refusal to throw out a lawsuit questioning a Ferguson police officer's use of force involving the man who was with Michael Brown when that officer shot Brown to death three years ...