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Man shot dead at home of Colo. prosecutor, deputy

Authorities in Colorado say a Michigan man who died after an altercation outside the home of a sheriff’s deputy and a prosecutor was shot multiple times. Grand County coroner’s officials said Wednesday that 32-year-old Joshua Lee Stevens, of Coral, Mich., died of gunshot wounds to the torso. Authorities say a deputy district attorney for Colorado’s 14th Judicial District called 911 late Monday to report a stranger behaving erratically outside her home. Shots were fired after the person tried to force his way in. The prosecutor and her husband, who is a sheriff’s deputy, had minor injuries. Continue Reading →

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US home prices rose in February by most in 7 years

U.S. home prices jumped in February by the largest amount in seven years, evidence that the housing recovery strengthened ahead of the all-important spring-buying season. Home prices rose 10.2 percent in February compared with a year earlier, CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, said Wednesday. The annual gain was the biggest since March 2006. Prices have now increased on an annual basis for 12 straight months, underscoring the recovery’s steady momentum. The gains were broad-based. Continue Reading →

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Lewinsky lawyer William H. Ginsburg dies at 70

William H. Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer during the sex scandal of the Clinton presidency, has died. He was 70. His daughter-in-law, Virginia Ginsburg, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/12eIurv ) that Ginsburg died of cancer on Monday at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. An obituary notice also appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News (http://bit.ly/16niniL ). Ginsburg was a medical malpractice attorney and a friend of the Lewinsky family when he agreed to represent her in 1998. Continue Reading →

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4 killed after Florida police chase ends with deadly crash

Four innocent people died Wednesday morning on I-95, south of Fort Lauderdale, after a high-speed police chase ended on the wrong side of the road, WSVN.com reported. The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened early Wednesday. They say police were pursuing a sport utility vehicle when it headed northbound in the interstate’s southbound lanes and collided with a minivan, the Miami Herald reported. Authorities say the driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with two broken legs. Opa-locka police spokesman David Chiverton says officers had stopped pursuing the SUV before it got onto I-95. Continue Reading →

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State closes Pa. day care after duct tape report

The Department of Public Welfare has shut down a northeastern Pennsylvania day care after reports that a child was duct-taped and otherwise mistreated. Welfare officials tell WNEP-TV (http://bit.ly/XIJG7J ) that owner Doreen Tomasetti is appealing the shutdown of Just 4 Kids Day Care and Learning Center in Hamlin. Nobody answered the facility’s phone on Wednesday and a cellphone number given on a voice mail message was out of service. Tomasetti doesn’t have a listed home phone. Welfare officials say two workers held a child upside-down by his ankles to stop him from biting staff and made the boy walk around in underwear to punish him for soiling his pants. Continue Reading →

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NY barber who survived rampage says he played dead

The barber who survived last month’s shooting rampage in neighboring central New York villages says he played dead and prayed after being wounded by the gunman who opened fire inside two businesses, wounding another man and killing four others. John Seymour of Ilion tells the Utica-Observer Dispatch (http://bit.ly/Z0eJYF ) that he initially thought Kurt Myers was carrying an umbrella when he walked into the barbershop in Mohawk on March 13. The object turned out to be a shotgun that Myers used to shoot the 66-year-old Seymour and three of his customers. Seymour and Dan Haslauer survived, but Michael Ransear and Harry Montgomery Sr. were killed. Myers then drove to neighboring Herkimer, where he fatally shot two men inside Gaffey’s Fast Lube. Continue Reading →

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