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Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seem... Full Story

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  • Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock
    Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified Tuesday in the scandal that helped destroy Chrstie's White House ambitions.

  • Suspects, victims in California killings were 'furries'
    Suspects, victims in California killings were 'furries'

    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims' teenage daughter and attended "furry" events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according to friends and their social media pages.

  • Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene
    Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene

    HOUSTON (AP) — A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

  • NYC house blast kills fire battalion chief, a rising star

    NEW YORK (AP) — A star battalion chief at the Fire Department of New York was killed Tuesday morning when a house explosion rocked a Bronx neighborhood, jolting residents out of their beds, authorities and witnesses said.

  • Colleges lavishing more financial aid on wealthy students
    Colleges lavishing more financial aid on wealthy students

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Spencer Mulligan knew his family could pay for his college education, even without loans or grants. So when the University of Connecticut offered a merit award of $20,000 over four years, he saw it as a bonus.

  • Michigan inmates get job training in 'vocational village'
    Michigan inmates get job training in 'vocational village'

    IONIA, Mich. (AP) — Few states have been more aggressive in releasing inmates and diverting offenders than Michigan, where a decade ago, 1 out of every 200 people was in prison, and penal costs were beginning to crowd out basic government services.

  • Bar: Marlins' Fernandez was there before fatal boat accident
    Bar: Marlins' Fernandez was there before fatal boat accident

    MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was a patron at a Miami River bar and restaurant the same night he and two friends were killed in a boat crash, a spokeswoman for the establishment confirmed Tuesday.

  • APNewsBreak: Another prep school finds sex abuse in its past

    The Pomfret School in Connecticut has revealed that several of its teachers engaged in improper conduct with students between the 1970s and 2000s, adding its name to a list of elite boarding schools now reckoning with past sexual misconduct by educators.

  • Mall shooting suspect ate with stepfather before attack
    Mall shooting suspect ate with stepfather before attack

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A man charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of five people at a Washington state mall shared an early dinner with his stepfather then told him he was headed to his job at a gym.

  • California heat wave intensifies wildfire threatening homes
    California heat wave intensifies wildfire threatening homes

    MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — A heat wave stifling drought-stricken California worsened a wildfire Tuesday that burned some buildings and forced people from their homes in remote communities along the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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