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Memphis father sentenced for abusing son

Associated Press   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Memphis man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for beating his 7-month-old son. The Shelby County district attorney’s office said Friday that 23-year-old Ray Armstrong  was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated child abuse involving a ...

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Simon Cowell welcomes baby son Eric

Associated Press   LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Cowell is a proud new father. A spokeswoman for Cowell says he and socialite Lauren Silverman welcomed their baby son early Friday evening, Valentine’s Day, in New York. The spokeswoman, AnnMarie Thomson, says the infant weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and is ...

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What can unite liberals and tea partyers? The NSA

CONNIE CASS, Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their “socialistic, Marxist, communist” ways. Toni Lewis suspects tea party Republicans are “a bunch of people who probably need some mental health treatment.” Politically speaking, the tea-party supporter in rural North ...

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Govt. fails to issue rules on musical instruments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal transportation regulators are striking a sour note with musicians and their supporters in Congress. Two years ago, Congress directed the Transportation Department to write regulations requiring airlines to accommodate musicians traveling with their instruments, so that the instruments don’t get damaged or lost. Final regulations are ...

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First lady: Gay football player is ‘inspiration’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says a gay University of Missouri football player is “an inspiration to all of us.” The first lady took to Twitter on Monday to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who announced Sunday that he is gay. Mrs. Obama says she “couldn’t be ...

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Drone use highlights questions for journalists

MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage. The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an ...

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