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Processing alligators is a growing business

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of hunters are plying Florida waters every night this time of year, searching the swamps for a prize alligator to take during the state's annual 11-week public hunt.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued nearly 6,000 permits to the public this year, with each permit ... (full story)


AP Exclusive: Team seeks N. Korea volcano secrets

AP Exclusive: Team seeks N. Korea volcano secrets

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu ... (full story)


Tight security, unity drive clash in China's west

Tight security, unity drive clash in China's west

KUQA, China (AP) — In this ancient oasis town in China's restive west, assault rifle-toting police officers patrol the cobblestone lanes of ochre-brick houses in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood. Three police surveillance cameras atop a white pole watch over a narrow dirt road frequented mostly by cows. Wanted posters for suspec ... (full story)


Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.
That's when Margaret Martin as ... (full story)


Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvest

Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvest

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.
Well, almost as usual. This year, harvest workers donned safety vests and hard hats in deference to their proximity to a circa 1886 building left sagging at the knees ... (full story)


State


Court denies application for reconsideration in man's assault case

In a recently released opinion, the 10th District Court of Appeals denied the state’s application for reconsideration of an opinion released in June.
In the previous opinion, the trial court reversed a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas ruling finding John Patterson guilty of felonious assault and ordered that it must a ... (full story)


Bill designed to encourage creation of more community learning centers

In offering support of a bill that would allow underperforming schools to restructure into community learning centers, Eve Bolton said the centers have revitalized Cincinnati schools.
“Our community learning centers are an example of the public taking back their schools,” she said.
Bolton, the board president of C ... (full story)


Arsonist loses challenge to new state registration law

Recently a panel of judges in Ohio’s 1st District Court of Appeals considered an appeal from convicted arsonist Edward Caldwell, who challenged the constitutionality of Ohio’s recently enacted law requiring arson offenders to register annually.
Caldwell pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated arson after he set his ... (full story)


Appellate court: Police lacked evidence for unwarranted entry to house

In a recent opinion from the 9th District Court of Appeals, a panel of three judges affirmed the judgment of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, which granted a motion to suppress from two defendants who were growing marijuana in their home.
The lower court had ruled police did not have a reasonable belief that someone was ... (full story)