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New Hampshire ex-priest gets jail time for thefts

A New Hampshire priest who was the former leader of one of the nation’s top clergy treatment centers was sentenced Wednesday to serve at least four years in prison for stealing $300,000 from a hospital, a dead priest’s estate and the state’s Roman Catholic bishop.

Biologists watching fish runs after deadly slide

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DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — As search crews continue to look for two missing people in the devastating mudslide in Oso, Wash., last month, scientists also are closely monitoring how the slide is affecting federally endangered fish runs, including Chinook salmon and steelhead.

Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

Marion County commissioners in Oregon have given final approval to an order to stop a company from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to prevent the burning of fetal material to generate power.

Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

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The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of “flagrant violations” of international law.

Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up

Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.

NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

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With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association’s focus at this week’s annual meeting in Indianapolis is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.

Magnitude 6.7 quake off British Columbia coast

The quake hit at 8:10 p.m. local time and was centered about 25 miles southwest of Port Alice, British Columbia, and about 280 miles northwest of Seattle, Washington. It occurred at a depth of 14 miles.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

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The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria

U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday.

2-year-old gets meth; parents accused of neglect

Two Roseburg parents who took their 2-year-old to the emergency room because she was acting abnormally have been arrested after tests showed methamphetamine in her system.

Ex-CEO admits stealing from prominent NYC charity

The politically connected former CEO of a prominent city charity admitted Wednesday he helped steal more than $9 million from the organization in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions.

Michigan man among 1st in US to get ‘bionic eye’

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A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he has regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.

Soldier accused of killing unarmed teens in Iraq

The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them anyway, a prosecutor said Wednesday as a preliminary hearing opened in the soldier’s case.

Jailers say the found loaded weapon inside inmate

Police in Tennessee say a 19-year-old woman smuggled a loaded gun into a jail after a cavity search revealed she had been hiding the weapon in her crotch.

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Football coach pleads no contest in Ohio rape case

A volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players in 2012 pleaded no contest to two charges on Tuesday, the Ohio attorney general’s office said.

Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

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An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster’s 70th anniversary.