Closings start in NY trial of Madoff ex-employees

NEW YORK (AP) — Three of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff’s managers and two computer programmers played a “crucial role” in his mammoth fraud by helping him churn out fake documents to fool thousands of investors into thinking they were worth...
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Motorists stranded on icy eastern Arkansas roads

This March 3, 2014, Ariel photo shows semitrailers filling a truck stops in West Memphis, Ark. Some motorists on the highway in eastern Arkansas were stranded overnight due to lingering icy conditions from a weekend winter storm. An Arkansas highway department spokesman said...
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Carmakers bank on small SUVs as next big thing

The New Jeep Renegade is on display at the 84. Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Sandro Campardo) The New Jeep Renegade is on display at the 84. Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday,...

House pushes bill to ease flood insurance hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is pressing ahead with legislation to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program after homeowners in coastal areas and near rivers that often overflow their banks complained about sharp premium increases....

Kentucky’s top Democrats divided by gay marriage

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two of Kentucky’s top Democrats split sharply Tuesday over same-sex marriage, with Gov. Steve Beshear saying outside lawyers will be hired to appeal a decision granting recognition to gay couples married in other states after the attorney...
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Police say 1 person killed in NJ explosion

Debris is strewn about after an explosion at a townhouse complex Tuesday, March. 4, 2014, in Ewing, N.J. Authorities say just three of seven people hurt in the gas explosion will need to be admitted to a hospital, and a hospital official says none has life-threatening injuries....
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NJ judge doesn’t yet force parents to support teen

Rachel Canning, right, sits with her friend Jamie Inglesino during a hearing at the Morris County Courthouse, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Morristown, N.J. Canning, an honor student who says her parents kicked her out of the house when she turned 18, is now suing them, asking a...

Oscar pizza delivery man gets $1,000 tip

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pizza delivery man who fed stars at the Oscars received a best tip award for a supporting player: $1,000 in cash handed over by ceremony host Ellen DeGeneres. That included money collected from A-list celebrities who chowed down on the pies during...
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Putin talks tough but cools tensions over Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin answers journalists’ questions on current situation in Ukraine at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Putin accused the West of encouraging an “unconstitutional coup” in Ukraine, Vladimir...