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Golf club murder case in Arizona draws to close

The last words Ruth Kennedy heard from her daughter were “oh no!” It was during that call, prosecutors say, that Carol Kennedy’s ex-husband, Steven DeMocker, emerged from hiding and bludgeoned the 53-year-old woman to death with a golf club.

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‘Embarrassed and humiliated’ Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

Moving quickly to quell a widening political scandal, Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the “abject stupidity” of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams as retribution against a Democratic mayor.

 
Man charged with killing stepfather with ‘atomic wedgie’

A 33-year-old Oklahoma man has been charged with killing his stepfather by giving him an “atomic wedgie,” that caused the victim to suffocate on his own underwear.

 
2 dead, 1 missing in Navy helicopter crash off Virginia coast

A Navy helicopter with five crew members crashed into the ocean off the Virginia coast during a routine training mission Wednesday, killing two crew members and leaving two in the hospital and one still missing.

 
Gates: Afghanistan frustrated Obama, Biden consistently wrong

Rushing to curb political fallout, the White House pushed back Wednesday against harsh criticism in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that questions President Barack Obama’s war leadership and rips into Vice President Joe Biden.

 
Christie aide orchestrated NJ traffic jam as political payback

A political dirty-tricks investigation of Gov. Chris Christie’s inner circle broke wide open Wednesday with the release of emails and text messages that suggest one of his top aides engineered traffic jams in a New Jersey town last September to punish its mayor.

 
Utah: Gay marriage not legal unless solemnized before Supreme Court stay

Despite having a marriage license, dozens, maybe hundreds, of couples missed their chance to be legally married in Utah after the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to temporarily halt gay marriages until an appeals court considers whether gay couples have a right to wed in Utah.

 
Hell freezes over … in Michigan

The cold front that has overrun most of the eastern United States is starting to wane today, but cities are not out of the ice just yet.

Waitress gets $6K tip for positive attitude

A Nebraska waitress received far more than just a tip when she served two inquisitive customers this week.