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9th suspect in NC kidnapping turns self in to FBI
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.... 4/23/2014 1:03 PM

USAF: Colombia crash caused by plane hitting hill
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Air Force investigators say a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane's pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill.... 4/23/2014 1:07 PM

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.... 4/23/2014 4:20 PM

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter campaign backfires
NEW YORK (AP) -- To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled.... 4/23/2014 4:10 PM

Some notable social media gaffes, missteps
A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots of baton-wielding cops battling protesters and taking down suspects. Other recent examples of Twitter gaffes:... 4/23/2014 4:29 PM

Rail safety effort marred by squabbling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.... 4/23/2014 4:34 PM

Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.... 4/23/2014 3:07 PM

Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes.... 4/23/2014 4:48 PM

Wellness programs grow more popular with employers
That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.... 4/23/2014 12:59 PM

High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.... 4/23/2014 2:57 PM