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Navy: Nuclear shipyard workers got unearned credit

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of nuclear workers at a Navy shipyard have been placed on restrictive duty after investigators discovered they were given credit for attending continuing training they didn’t actually attend, an official said Tuesday, Sept. 30. Norfolk Naval Shipyard spokesman Jeff Cunningham said about 300 workers, or about 6 percent of the shipyard’s [...]

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NSU Basketball to Host Spartan Madness on Oct. 17

  NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State basketball programs will host Spartan Madness on Friday, Oct. 17 at Joseph Echols Hall, giving fans a sneak peek at the 2014-15 NSU basketball teams.   Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with action getting underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will go on sale on Friday [...]

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Group aims to put food policy on the kitchen table

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans like to talk about food, and they certainly like to eat. But they don’t normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change that. They’re putting money and organizational effort into elections for the first time, including an [...]

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Forensics at center of missing U.Va. student case

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Morgan Harrington’s parents were so convinced that a serial offender was responsible for their daughter’s killing in 2009, they started a nonprofit foundation aimed at protecting other young women. Five years later, the Harringtons are reacting with a mixture of both sadness and relief to the news that the arrest [...]

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New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible

  BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s new secretary-general on Wednesday struck a more conciliatory tone on Russia, saying there is now a chance for improved relations between Moscow and the West. “We see opportunity in the cease-fire that has now been established in the eastern Ukraine,” Jens Stoltenberg said. On the day he took office, Stoltenberg [...]

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Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk Wednesday, Oct. 1, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists. At least 10 people were killed as residential areas near the airport were caught in the crossfire, further undermining a shaky truce that was [...]

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FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal [...]

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GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television has increased its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday, October 1st, by the advocacy group GLAAD. Networks are promoting the understanding of gay lives with some of the most inclusive [...]

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Review: ‘Men, Women & Children’ doesn’t click

If ever there was a movie that needed a window to be opened, a blast of fresh air to be let in, it’s Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children.” The film, adapted from Chad Kultgen’s novel, is about dreary faces in front of digital screens. A grim overview of the way the Internet, smartphones, sexting and all [...]

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Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard

  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and performer-activist Harry Belafonte were among those honored at Harvard University on Tuesday at its annual celebration of African American culture. The university’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research presented its annual W.E.B. Du Bois Medals to eight people at the ceremony, also including British architect [...]

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Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country’s tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists are political power brokers. The socially conservative Pentecostal population now includes more than one-fifth of the electorate, just three decades after barely registering any presence [...]

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Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil

  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country’s tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists are political power brokers. The socially conservative Pentecostal population now includes more than one-fifth of the electorate, just three decades after barely registering any [...]

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3 soldiers charged in Mexico army killing of 22

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Months after the Mexican army said it had killed 22 suspected gang members in a fierce shootout, three soldiers are being charged with homicide. The announcement late Tuesday was another step in dismantling the official version of the June 30 confrontation, which came under question almost immediately because of the [...]

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Mexico announces homicide charges in army killings

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors announced homicide charges Tuesday against three soldiers in the June killings of 22 suspected gang members in southern Mexico, challenging the army’s version that the suspects died in a shootout. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that after a brief initial firefight the three soldiers entered a warehouse [...]

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Karadzic: I am not linked to wartime atrocities

  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insisted Wednesday that U.N. prosecutors do not have “a shred of evidence” linking him to atrocities throughout the Bosnian war and accused them of putting the Serb people on trial. In an 874-page defense summary, Karadzic said he should not be convicted by [...]

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Convicted priest says El Salvador backed gang work

  MADRID (AP) — Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him affectionately as “Father Tony,” the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador’s roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of a gang lifestyle that often ends in death. Others say he got too close to the gangs that plague [...]

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Nazi hunter pushes for new probe

  BERLIN (AP) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned. The Wiesenthal Center’s top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, told the AP on Wednesday that in September he [...]

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Man to be sentenced for plot to bomb holiday event

  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mohamed Mohamud, the young Somali American convicted of trying to bomb Portland’s downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer, will learn Wednesday if he gets to leave prison before he’s an old man. Mohamud, 23, could get life in prison at the hearing in U.S. District Court, but [...]

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Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during gun training

  CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper was accidentally shot during a gun training exercise at a safety facility and later died. Trooper David Kedra was shot in the chest Tuesday during a yearly training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, near Philadelphia, state police said. He’s the [...]

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Tim Rice wants ‘From Here to Eternity’ new life

  NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Rice is hoping his musical ”From Here to Eternity” doesn’t take an eternity to get to Broadway. The celebrated lyricist is hoping a filmed version of the West End production broadcast this month will generate some interest in America. The ambitious adaptation of James Jones’ novel lasted only six months in [...]

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Forensics at center of missing U.Va. student case

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Morgan Harrington’s parents were so convinced that a serial offender was responsible for their daughter’s killing in 2009, they started a nonprofit foundation aimed at protecting other young women. Five years later, the Harringtons are reacting with a mixture of both sadness and relief to the news that the arrest [...]

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Coppin State Downs NSU, 3-1

  BALTIMORE, Md. – Coppin State kept the Norfolk State volleyball team winless on the season with a 3-1 victory over the Spartans on Sunday afternoon in a conference matchup at CSU’s Physical Education Complex.   The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead by winning the first two sets, 25-12 and 25-18. After the Spartans [...]

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