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Man gets maximum sentence for beating deaths of transients

A judge sentenced a young man convicted of beating two homeless men to death with cinder blocks and other objects to the maximum term of 67½ years in prison Friday after hearing tearful pleas for tough punishment from the victims’ relatives.

Texas authorities move ‘affluenza’ teen to adult jail

The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck was transferred to an adult jail on Friday, a week after a judge initially refused to do so.

Gay groups seek to buy NYC church known for hateful messages

The end may be nigh for a Harlem church known for hateful public messages condemning gays and President Barack Obama to eternal damnation, and two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get an ironic last word on the matter.

Doctor gets 30 years to life for prescription drug deaths

A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients apologized in court Friday but that did little to sway the judge, who sentenced her to 30 years in prison and said she seemed to care more about money than the health of those she treated.

Pickups and American flags: Supporters mourn Oregon occupier

Sympathizers of the Oregon armed standoff rolled into this desert town Friday in pickup trucks flying American flags, ready to mourn an Arizona rancher and occupation spokesman who was killed last week in a confrontation with authorities.

Bridgestone-Firestone recalls more than 36,000 truck tires

Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail.

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.

Life in prison for man who shot wife, put photo on Facebook

A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally shooting his wife eight times during an argument, a slaying that gained international notoriety after he posted a photo of her bloody body on Facebook.

National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing.

New England sees first serious snowfall of the season

A winter storm packing heavy, wet snow gave New England its first real taste of winter Friday, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 180,000 customers and threatening to cover some spots a foot deep.

5 victims found in Chicago home stabbed, 1 was shot

Five of the people whose bodies were found in a house on Chicago’s South Side this week were stabbed to death and a sixth victim died of multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said Friday, and none of the victims killed themselves.

Hopeful sign for US economy: Job hunting ticks up

For most of an agonizingly slow recovery from the Great Recession, millions of out-of-work Americans huddled on the sidelines of the job market.

Police officials quarrel over effort to raise bar on force

A police group’s proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what’s minimally required by law in violent encounters has spurred anger and pushback from leading national groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers.

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Couple wanted in crime spree led police on chase; 1 killed

A weeklong search for a Missouri couple wanted in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended with one suspect dead and the other wounded Friday, after authorities say they chased the pair across the highway and through a rural neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with them in Florida's Panhandle.

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In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

Syrian troops push ahead in offensive, take another village

Syrian government forces and allied militias, backed by what an aid official said were “hugely increased” Russian airstrikes, pushed ahead with a major offensive in northern Syria on Friday, moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

IRS resolves computer problems after outage

The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage and is again accepting electronically filed tax returns.

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Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte testing possible diabetes cure

Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder.

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Senators grill personnel office nominee over data hack

President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday promised to strengthen the agency's cybersecurity and information technology systems after what's believed to be the largest data breach in U.S. history.

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Assange finds surprising ally - but it may not be enough

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found a surprising ally — a little known United Nations panel that has decided he has been unfairly detained in Britain while seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual misconduct.

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