L.A.’s Afternoon News: Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Justice Department.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Holder: Americans stand with Kansas City mourners

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are “an [...]

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This artist's rendering provided by NASA on Thursday, April 17, 2014 shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. (AP Photo/NASA Ames, SETI Institute, JPL-Caltech, T. Pyle)

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone [...]

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FILE - In this photo provided by the South Dakota Attorney Generals Office is  Cheryl Miller's driver's license that was found in a 1960 Studebaker pulled from a creek near Alcester, S.D. Miller and Pamella Jackson were last seen on May 19, 1971 driving to a gathering with classmates to celebrate the end of the school year. On April 15, 2014 authorities confirmed the 43-year-old mystery of the girls disappearance was solved and that the two 17-year-olds had died after driving into the creek. (AP Photo/South Dakota Attorney Generals Office, File)

Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road. But the 17-year-old [...]

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This image provided by Facebook shows how users can manually share their location using the “Nearby Friends"  tool. Using your smartphone’s GPS system, Nearby Friends will tell your Facebook friends, provided they have the feature turned on, that you are nearby. Unless you manually share your location, as shown here, it will only show that you are in close proximity, say within half a mile. (AP Photo/Facebook)

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. Called “Nearby [...]

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Big surf pounds the pier at Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in the aftermath of a powerful Pacific storm. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

‘Tour de Pier’ coming to Manhattan Beach

MANHATTAN BEACH (CNS) – More than 300 stationary bikes will be set up on the Manhattan Beach Pier May 18 for the “Tour de Pier,” which will help raise money for cancer research, volleyball Olympic [...]

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Sea lion swims in the coast off California (AP Photo)

Lost sea lion in California found mile from water

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River. The [...]

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Knife found in enchilada at Santa Rosa airport

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A woman is facing a possible fine after federal officials say they found a knife inside an enchilada in her bag during security screening at a Northern California airport. Transportation Security [...]

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Jay Z, also known as Shawn Carter, left and Mayor Eric Garcetti clasp hands as they announce the Made in America Festival from the steps of City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries. Jay Z and [...]

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Rescue helicopters fly over a sinking South Korean passenger ferry that was carrying more than 450 passengers, mostly high school students, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, off South Korea's southern coast. Hundreds of people are missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for [...]

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In this April 4, 2014 photo, B.B King performs at the Peabody Opera House on April 4, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Conard)

Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures. The 88-year-old Rock [...]

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This June 17, 2003 file photo shows British rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams performing on stage during a concert in Munich, southern Germany. (AP Photo/Jan Pitman, File)

Ailing Malcolm Young taking break from AC/DC

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health. The announcement saying the 61-year-old guitarist is in “ill health” was posted on the band’s [...]

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A worker hooks up a fuel hose to an airplane at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian McDermott, File)

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

NEW YORK (AP) — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they operate [...]

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