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AP sources: Texas actress arrested in ricin case

DALLAS — A pregnant Texas actress who told FBI agents her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been arrested for allegedly sending the letters herself, law enforcement officials said Friday.

Obama defends phone data collection program

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama vigorously defended sweeping secret surveillance into America’s phone records and foreigners’ Internet use, declaring “we have to make choices as a society.”

Government monitoring of phone records is laid bare

WASHINGTON — A leaked document has laid bare the monumental scope of the government’s surveillance of Americans’ phone records – hundreds of millions of calls – in the first hard evidence of a massive data collection program aimed at combating terrorism under powers granted by Congress after the 9/11 attacks.

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Judge tosses lawsuit by Pennsylvania governor against NCAA

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge on Thursday threw out the Pennsylvania governor’s lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky, calling his argument “a Hail Mary pass” that easily warranted dismissal.

Judge to label Ohio football players sex offenders

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two Ohio high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year will be classified as sex offenders at a hearing next week.

 
Search resumes in Philadelphia building collapse; six dead

PHILADELPHIA — Buoyed by the discovery of a woman buried in rubble nearly 13 hours later, rescue workers on Thursday were digging through the debris from a building collapse that killed six people a day earlier, even though they believed no one else was trapped.

 
Mayor: One dead in Philadelphia building collapse

PHILADELPHIA — A building that was being torn down collapsed with a thunderous boom Wednesday, raining bricks on a neighboring thrift store, killing a woman and injuring at least 13 other people in an accident that witnesses said was bound to happen.

 
Cheerios stands by TV ad showing mixed-race family

NEW YORK — A mom sits at her kitchen table writing something down when her grade schooler saunters up with a big box of Cheerios.

 
Attorney: Paris Jackson hospitalized but OK

LOS ANGELES — The 15-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson is physically fine after being taken to a hospital early Wednesday, an attorney for Jackson’s mother said.

U.S. soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to avoid the death penalty, setting the stage for him to recount the horrific slaughter in a military courtroom.