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State: Voicemail about cracking in bridge wasn't picked up
MIAMI (AP) -- An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday....

Rapid building technique gets scrutiny after bridge collapse
As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride....

Veteran Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter dies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Veteran U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Kentucky blacksmith's daughter who went on to chair one of Congress' most important committees, died Friday at a Washington hospital where she was being treated after falling in her home, her top aide said. She was 88....

Pence protesters win free speech fight over St. Pat's parade
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Protesters seeking to carry signs in an area being secured for Vice President Mike Pence to participate in the South's largest St. Patrick's Day parade won a brisk free speech fight Friday as city officials in Savannah backed off prohibiting signs and posters at the event....

Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hunting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Big-game hunters tapped by the Trump administration to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants and lions as trophies defended the practice Friday, arguing that threatened and endangered species would go extinct without the anti-poaching programs funded in part by the fees wealthy Americans pay to shoot some of them....

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial....

Michael Flynn campaigns in 1st appearance since guilty plea
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- Disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn campaigned for a Republican congressional candidate in California Friday in his first public appearance since pleading guilty to lying to the FBI....

Deputies accused of complex plan to bilk woman with dementia
NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) -- Two California officers are being investigated on allegations of stealing money from a 75-year-old woman with dementia, listing her home for sale and putting her on a plane to the Philippines, where she had family....

Family stunned after police say successful banker shot cops
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A banker suspected of killing a police officer and wounding three others after a domestic dispute two months ago spent eight years in the Army and had a successful professional career making nearly $86,000 a year....

Man convicted of making bomb parts used in US troop attacks
PHOENIX (AP) -- A Syrian man accused of making a key component in improvised explosive devices used in attacks against U.S. soldiers during the Iraq War was convicted Friday on federal conspiracy charges....

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