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  • Hollywood Boulevard 'Mr. Incredible' gets jail for brawl

    LOS ANGELES (AP) What happens when superheroes go bad?Ask Mr. Incredible, who was convicted of battery on Tuesday for punching out Batgirl on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.Muhammet Bilik — who wore the Mr. Incredible costume to pose with tourists —...

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  • Audit ordered for Los Angeles County nonprofit health plan

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County lawmakers have ordered an audit of a nonprofit health plan that handles coverage for 1.6 million residents.The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday for a financial review of L.A. Care, which administers...

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  • Los Angeles County jail overcrowding beginning to ease

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say overcrowding at Los Angeles County jails is beginning to ease thanks to a state measure that reduced penalties for many nonviolent offenders.The county Board of Supervisors was told Tuesday that the jail...

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  • Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

    BETIN, West Bank (AP) — The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment...

    By Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press|

  • Texas inmate set to die Thursday for 1996 slaying

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Robert Ladd was paroled after serving about a third of his 40-year prison sentence for the fatal stabbing of a Dallas woman whose body was set ablaze in a fire that killed her two children.Four years later, a mentally...

    By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press|

  • Detroit officer won't go on trial 3rd time in girl's death

    DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor will not pursue a third trial against a Detroit police officer in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl during a raid that was filmed by a reality TV show.Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said her office told...

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  • Group's ad featuring 911 call grabs attention at Super Bowl

    No celebrities or NFL players facing the camera, saying "No more." This ad simply depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling police with her attacker still in the house.The Super Bowl commercial by No More, the group...

    By Teresa M. Walker, AP Pro Football Writer|

  • Bankruptcy judge approves financing for Trump Entertainment

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware approved $20 million in new bankruptcy financing Wednesday for Trump Entertainment Resorts from billionaire investor Carl Icahn as the company continues to work to keep the struggling Taj Mahal...

    By Randall Chase, AP Business Writer|

  • Officials: Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in blaze that killed 6 at Maryland mansion

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Officials: Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in blaze that killed 6 at Maryland mansion.

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  • UC's Santa Barbara campus recognized for Latino enrollment

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Santa Barbara has become the fourth UC campus to be recognized for having a student body that is at least one-quarter Hispanic.University officials announced Wednesday that the Hispanic...

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  • Officers shoot, kill man who hit police dog with a hammer

    STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man who hit a Northern California police dog with a hammer and then swung the tool at an officer.Stockton police spokesman Joe Silva tells KFSN-TV (http://on.news10.net/1zYure6 ) that the...

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  • NY Assembly considers rewriting rules after speaker's arrest

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sheldon Silver's 21-year reign as the speaker of the New York state Assembly is ending — a tectonic shift in state government that many reform-minded lawmakers say provides an opportunity rewrite Albany's political...

    By David Klepper And Michael Virtanen, Associated Press|

  • Facebook's status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.The world's biggest...

    By Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer|

  • Ohio judge orders state to return exotic animals to owner

    STONY RIDGE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge says the state must return a dozen exotic animals to their owner just hours after they were taken away from an animal sanctuary near Toledo.The Ohio Department of Agriculture began rounding up the animals...

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  • Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily 3 Midday' game

    SACRAMENTO (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the California Lottery's "Daily 3 Midday" game were:8-7-0(eight, seven, zero)

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  • Gitmo officer: Limits on female guards put mission at risk

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The commander of a top-secret Guantanamo prison housing unit testified Wednesday that two court orders barring female guards from jobs requiring physical contact with certain Muslim detainees could jeopardize the safety of...

    By David Dishneau, Associated Press|

  • Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in fatal Md. fire

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that reduced a 16,000 square-foot riverfront mansion near Maryland's capital to ruins, killing a couple and four of their young grandchildren,...

    By Brian Witte, Associated Press|

  • US stocks slump as another dip in oil drags down the market

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is slumping at the close as oil falls to its lowest level in nearly six years.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 195 points, or 1.1 percent, to close at 17,191 Wednesday, near its low point for the day....

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  • Owners of Ohio mansion gutted by fire sue insurer for $60M

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The owners of a $4 million mansion that burned to the ground in suburban Cincinnati last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million, saying it didn't honor their claims.Court documents show homeowners Jeffrey...

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  • Andersen earns 3rd career shutout, Ducks blank Canucks 4-0

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — As they dive into the second half of the season, Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks don't want to change a thing.Andersen had to make only 17 saves in his third career shutout as the Ducks defeated the...

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  • Utah parents showed troubling signs before deaths

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — Benjamin and Kristi Strack often talked about the apocalypse and wanting to leave the evil they saw in the world, but friends and family thought that meant they would one day move somewhere remote and live off the...

    By Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press|

  • Rose's shot lifts Bulls over Warriors 113-111 in overtime

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One after another, teams trotted into rowdy Oracle Arena the past two months confident they could cool off the NBA's hottest team on their home floor.It took 113 points, 53 minutes and one big shot from a former MVP to...

    By Antonio Gonzalez, AP Basketball Writer|

  • Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations

    NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse.Streets across the nation's largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren't there. The subway system was shuttered, the...

    By Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press|

  • Beverly Hills High principal to retire amid conflict

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The principal of Beverly Hills High School says he will step down, a year after suing the school district alleging racial discrimination.Carter Paysinger, who taught at the school before becoming principal in 2010,...

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  • Man guilty of killing housemates whose bodies left to rot

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man has been convicted of murder and other charges after the decomposed bodies of his two housemates were found behind a Los Angeles home.The Los Angeles Times said (http://lat.ms/1zyt6Lz ) 46-year-old Brent Zubek was found...

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  • Prosecutors: Man suspected in wife's death is missing

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 48-year-old Orange County man suspected of killing his wife and dumping her body has vanished.Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy told City News Service on Tuesday that Peter G. Chadwick has...

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  • Man guilty of killing housemates whose bodies left to rot

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man has been convicted of murder and other charges after the decomposed bodies of his two housemates were found behind a Los Angeles home.The Los Angeles Times said (http://lat.ms/1zyt6Lz ) 46-year-old Brent Zubek was found...

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  • Crossing guard, 76, struck, killed in Monterey Park

    MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say a 76-year-old crossing guard has been struck and killed by a car at an intersection.The coroner's office says Abel Castellanos died at the scene Tuesday afternoon in Monterey...

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  • Maui fisherman reels in tiger shark, gets bitten

    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A 20-year-old Maui fisherman is recovering after being bitten by an 8- to 10-foot tiger shark while he was trying to throw it back to sea.The Maui News (http://is.gd/qqZHsL) reports Michael Pollard received 38 stitches...

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  • Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison and three years of supervised releasePedro Leonardo...

    By Russell Contreras, Associated Press|