NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly three-quarters of Facebook's advertising revenue now comes from mobile ads, as many more users access the social network on smartphones and other hand-held gadgets.
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been delayed for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape and sexual battery of three women during traffic stops.
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Thousands of teachers across Washington state held the first in a planned series of one-day strikes on Wednesday to demand higher pay, better benefits and a reduction in class sizes, the state's largest teachers' union said. Nearly 3,000 teachers in nine school districts were taking part in the strikes, which forced the cancellation of classes in two districts and a half day at a third, said Washington Education Association spokesman Rich Wood. Wednesday's walkout was the first in a staggered series of actions by Washington state teachers, with smaller strikes planned for Friday and next week. At issue are cost-of-living raises and funding for benefits being considered by the state Legislature.
DETROIT (AP) — A proposal to allow those of Middle Eastern and North American descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census has cleared another hurdle.
Five of the six officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody gave voluntary, recorded statements the night of the incident, a lawyer for the Baltimore police union said on Wednesday. The lawyer, Michael Davey, contradicted comments from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the death of Freddie Gray, 27, who was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. "They have completely cooperated with investigators from day one," Davey, who represents the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, told a televised news conference. Rawlings-Blake has said in interviews that officials had not "fully engaged" officers involved in Gray's arrest.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of 11 people killed in the Newtown school massacre distanced themselves Wednesday from a Sandy Hook advocacy group, saying they want to clarify that victims' families are not receiving money from a Tim McGraw concert planned this summer.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The case against a Cleveland police officer on trial for the deaths of two unarmed suspects in a barrage of bullets after a high-speed chase should be dismissed, the defense argued Wednesday, saying prosecutors failed to prove the officer wrongly resorted to deadly force or fired the fatal shots.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An associate dean of students at the University of Virginia said Wednesday a widely discredited Rolling Stone article caused her professional and personal harm by portraying her as insensitive and unresponsive to an alleged victim of a gang rape.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Recovery crews in Colorado on Wednesday retrieved the body of an 18-year-old Texas man who was killed when his truck went off a treacherous mountain pass, near where another motorist plunged to his death in February, authorities said. Edgar Alfredo Vargas was reported missing on Friday, and his truck was spotted at the bottom of a canyon off Red Mountain Pass in southwest Colorado, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said in a statement. Whitmore said the search was hampered by the steep, rugged terrain.
FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) — A healthy sea lion pup that was returned to the sea by deputies after waddling a quarter-mile onshore seemed to be staying in the waves on Wednesday — at least for now, officers said.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Frail and tired of leading a secret life for four decades, 66-year-old Clarence David Moore called police this week to surrender. The deputy who answered thought it was a prank. It wasn't.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area police chief has resigned, two days after one of her officers was charged with assault in the bloody beating of a motorist.
By William Sokolic MAYS LANDING, N.J. (Reuters) - A judge compared a New Jersey grandmother to gangster Al Capone on Wednesday and sentenced her to 55 years in prison for stabbing and dismembering her husband and then keeping his remains for years. Convicted murderer Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 63, who prosecutors said carried "two Tupperware containers" of her butchered husband's remains through two home moves before being caught, will essentially serve the life sentence requested by the prosecution. Before sentencing her in New Jersey Superior Court, Judge Michael Donio admonished Burroughs for her callousness, noting she left on a family vacation the day after the 2007 murder. "There's been nothing as brutal since Al Capone ordered the St. Valentine's Day Massacre," said the judge, referring to the bloody 1929 gangster killings that allowed Capone to take control of organized crime in Chicago.
Officials say a homeowner who was unaccounted after a fire in Bucks County has been found dead inside the home.
A school bus, a medical transport van and a car collided in Hamilton, Mercer County on Wednesday, leaving several hurt, including three children.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev peered into the security camera in the corner of his jail cell, fussed with his hair while looking in the reflective glass, flashed a two-digit salute like a teenager taking a selfie and then defiantly put up his middle finger.
By Richard Weizel MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - The president of an all-male fraternity locked in a legal fight with a Connecticut university over its no-women membership policy acknowledged in court on Wednesday that his group had been reluctant to admit women but had not ruled it out. Wesleyan University advised its Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity in September that as part of a new university policy requiring all campus groups to go co-ed, it must allow at least six women to live in its on-campus houses within three years. It later told DKE members that they had to move out by the end of the current academic year because they had not made enough progress to admit women. The fraternity filed a lawsuit against the school in February in Middletown Superior Court, contending Wesleyan discriminated against its 32 members and seeking to stop the eviction.
After almost four decades on the run, an escaped North Carolina prison inmate is back behind bars in Kentucky, having turned himself in over medical issues, authorities said on Wednesday. Clarence David Moore, 66, called the sheriff's department earlier this week in Franklin County, Kentucky, where he had been living under an alias for years, Sheriff Pat Melton said. Moore had been convicted on larceny charges, according to North Carolina prison records. He is expected to return to the North Carolina state prison system in the coming days, where a parole commission will review his case to determine what happens next, said a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.