Rutgers changes counsel to conduct review

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University is changing the law firm leading the review of how the school handled to the dismissal of head basketball coach Mike Rice. University officials announced Wednesday Stephen Robinson and Christopher Gunther…

Senate group pushes new round of Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators are pushing for a new round of penalties on Iran, determined to cripple the regime’s economy and thwart any nuclear ambitions. The legislation unveiled on Wednesday would essentially penalize any…

Senate rejects firearms on more federal lands

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate rejected an effort Wednesday to expand the use of firearms on some of the nation’s most frequently visited federal lands, handing gun control advocates a modest success. The measure, backed by the National…

Mich. governor OKs bill that could allow wolf hunt

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that could lead to the first wolf hunting season in Michigan since the predator was placed on the endangered species list in 1974. The new law…

AP PHOTOS: Verdict in Jodi Arias murder trial

PHOENIX (AP) — After four months, verdict day at the Jodi Arias trial brought a crowd to the courthouse to find out the jury’s decision— guilty of first-degree murder. Dozens of people have been lining up every day…

Arias case likely far from over even after verdict

PHOENIX (AP) — A jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder, but the case is far from over. Arias, 32, was convicted of first-degree murder in the June 4, 2008, death of her Travis Alexander, her one-time…

APNewsBreak: Wrigley halts caffeinated gum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wrigley says it is taking a new caffeinated gum off the market temporarily as the Food and Drug Administration investigates the safety of added caffeine. The company said Wednesday that it has stopped new sales…

Jurors end 1st day in Texas horse ranch case

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A jury has begun deliberating the case against five men charged in a Texas federal court with using a race horse breeding operation to launder drug cartel money. Jurors began deliberating about Wednesday afternoon…

Teen charged with homicide by assault in ref death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah teen accused of punching a soccer referee who later died was charged Wednesday with homicide by assault, a count issued when an attack unintentionally causes death. Salt Lake County District Attorney…

Public viewing held for former Kris Kross rapper

ATLANTA (AP) — Mourners are paying their respects at an Atlanta funeral home to former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly. An uncle, Lemar Williams, said Wednesday that Kelly was a good person who was very devoted to his…

Parents of once-missing woman: Watch your children

CLEVELAND (AP) — The parents of one of three missing Cleveland women found safe after years of captivity raised their arms in triumph and had a message for communities everywhere: watch your children. Felix DeJesus (deh-HAY’-zoos) and Nancy…

Man gets 14 years in cartel beheading in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — A man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday for his murder conviction in the beheading of a man in Arizona who police say had stolen drugs from a Mexican drug cartel. Crisantos Moroyoqui-Yocupicio,…

NM legislators receive pensions, but no salary

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters booted Republican Dan Foley from office after a decade in the New Mexico Legislature, and within months he began collecting taxpayer-financed pension benefits — even though he was only 39 years old.…

Feds probe nuclear contractor over allegations

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal regulators are investigating whether workers at a factory that supplies parts to nuclear plants broke quality control rules and falsified records, according to regulatory filings. A dozen workers at the Shaw Modular Solutions facility…

Disabled Carnival ship leaves Alabama port

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Carnival Triumph is headed back to sea three months after limping into port following an engine room fire. The cruise ship left the Alabama Cruise Terminal in Mobile under its own power Wednesday…