Man convicted of hiring hit man to kill pregnant girlfriend

05/28/2015 01:32 PM PDT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion. 
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Rebates drive grass removal frenzy during California drought
05/28/2015 01:41 PM PDT - LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that's providing a big boost to landscapers. Full Story

Alabama, feds reach agreement over alleged prison abuse
05/28/2015 12:26 PM PDT - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a state prison for women that federal officials said subjected inmates to a toxic culture of abuse and harassment. Full Story

Pennsylvania man faces sentencing in counterfeiting, scams
05/28/2015 12:21 PM PDT - PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Pittsburgh man to 7½ years in federal prison for his role in a counterfeit money scheme based in Uganda and several other scams. Full Story

Father charged after 3-year-old son shoots 1-year-old sister
05/28/2015 11:57 AM PDT - VENICE, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man faces a felony charge after authorities say he left a loaded firearm within easy reach of a his 3-year-old son, who shot his 1-year-old sister. Full Story

Lithuania wants NATO battalion as 'security guarantee'
05/28/2015 12:11 PM PDT - UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Lithuania's foreign minister says his government wants a NATO battalion deployed permanently in the country as a "security guarantee" — not a provocation against Russia which has stepped up military action in the Baltic states. Full Story

Massive coal breaker, Pennsylvania's last, is coming down
05/28/2015 11:47 AM PDT - MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (AP) — When coal was king, its castle was the breaker — an imposing fortress that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons of Pennsylvania anthracite for use in factories, foundries and homes up and down the East Coast. Full Story

A bite out of crime: K-9 partner saves deputy under attack
05/28/2015 12:11 PM PDT - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As three men beat and cut a deputy checking on a car at a highway rest stop, his partner — on all four of legs — came to the rescue. Full Story

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