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Long suspected of murder, she confessed but avoided prison

This photo taken March 1, 2021 and provided by Yavapai County prosecutor Susan Eazer shows members of the Pitts family surrounding a photo of Pamela Pitts who was killed in 1988 outside Prescott, Ariz. Pitts then-roommate, Shelly Harmon, confessed to the killing in March 2021 after already having served time for the 1991 death of her ex-boyfriend. From left, Rhys Tarver, Becky Pitts, Tena Pitts, Carol Pitts (orange shirt), Sara Pitts, Paul Pitts Sr., Kerrie Tarver, Jarrett Tarver, Paul Pitts Jr. and Brett Tarver. (Susan Eazer via AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — There was no shortage of tips about who killed Pamela Pitts, a rowdy but compassionate 19-year-old whose body was found burned beyond recognition in a pile of trash in 1988. A Satanic cult. A drug dealer. A ...

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After court nixes eviction ban, race is on for federal help

BOSTON — The recent court ruling striking down a national eviction moratorium has heightened concerns that tenants won’t receive tens of billions of dollars in promised federal aid in time to avoid getting kicked out of their homes. A federal ...

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AGs urge Facebook to drop ‘Instagram for kids’ proposal

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens in New York's Times Square.  The New York Times reports Wednesday, March 13, 2019, that federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into Facebook's data deals with major electronics manufacturers. Facebook didn't respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

A bipartisan group of 44 attorneys general has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to drop company plans for a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday. The ...

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Tortoise movers sue for $500,000, say Florida moved too fast

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men who relocate gopher tortoises are suing Florida’s wildlife commission, saying they should be awarded at least $500,000 in damages because the agency violated due process by prematurely revoking their company’s license for less ...

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Unpaid rent a major problem that needs more solutions

As the COVID-19 pandemic grew worse last year and employers were forced to reduce their workforce, impacted workers found it difficult to pay rent. To ensure no one would lose their home during the crisis, federal and state eviction moratoriums ...

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Lawsuit filed over fatal motorcycle crash

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A Livingston County man is suing Harley Davidson Motor Co. over an allegedly defective motorcycle design that led to an accident that killed the man’s longtime companion. The complaint filed Monday in state Supreme Court also names Stan’s Harley-Davidson, in ...

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Ex-prosecutor settles for $87K in discrimination lawsuit

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A former Deschutes County deputy district attorney who sued the county, alleging race and sexual discrimination has reached an $87,500 settlement with the county, District Attorney John Hummel announced Thursday. A Portland attorney representing Jasmyn Troncoso, ...

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U.S. citizen in Thailand charged with murdering Thai wife

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Friday they have charged a U.S. citizen from the state of Colorado with murdering his pregnant Thai wife. Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, was interrogated Friday in the northern city of Nan where he ...

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2 arrested in shooting death of 19-year-old man in Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last month in Rochester, New York, police said Friday. Kyrique Massey, 31, and Sohn Travis, 32, are charged with second degree murder and criminal possession ...

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NY: Broadband cos paid for 8.5M fake net neutrality comments

New York State Attorney General Letitia James takes a question after announcing that the state is suing the National Rifle Association during a press conference, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York. James said that the state is seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Office of the New York Attorney General said in a new report that a campaign funded by the broadband industry submitted millions of fake comments supporting the 2017 repeal of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission’s contentious 2017 repeal ...

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Did agents raid home of wrong woman over Jan. 6 riot? Maybe

FILE - In this Jan 6, 2021, file photo, U.S. Capitol Police try to hold back rioters outside the east doors to the House side of the U.S. Capitol. The volume of people inside the Capitol building, along with the lack of arrests made at the time of the riot, has made it difficult to identify people, even with the glut of social media evidence. Federal agents have dug through thousands of social media posts, used sweeping warrants to obtain information on cellphones in the area of the Capitol, facial recognition tools and logs of devices that logged into the congressional WiFi during the riot to try to identify the hundreds of people who stormed the Capitol. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — “We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” FBI agents told Marilyn Hueper after briefly handcuffing her. Hueper shot back: “That still doesn’t explain why you’re in my home. Or in Homer, Alaska.” The search for the House speaker’s ...

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