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  • Amy and Jason Wright on the day of their wedding. (Morning Call)A newlywed couple's marriage is off to a rough start after thieves took more than $10,000 worth of gifts that the couple left unprotected outdoors overnight.

    "Somebody had come and taken all of the wedding gifts," Amy Wright, the bride, told local Pennsylvania affiliate WFMZ. "Every last card was gone, the boxes, the gift bags."

    To be clear, the wedding gifts weren't just sitting out on the sidewalk. But they were left unattended inside the outdoor tent where the wedding reception was held. Amy, 30, and her husband Jason Wright, 31, spent the morning after their Saturday night celebration filling out a police report.

    "We noticed there were no gifts on the table [in one tent], and we said, well, somebody must have moved them into the house," Amy told the Morning Call. "We checked with our friends, and no one seemed to know what happened to the gifts.

    "We had to call every family member and friend and ask them what did you give, it was embarrassing," Amy told the station.

    The gifts

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  • Candidate’s wife throws water on reporter

    One way to get rid of a pesky reporter: Throw a bucket of water on him.

    That's what the wife of a failed candidate embroiled in a campaign scandal did to Miami Local 10 senior political reporter Michael Putney.

    The TV journalist came away drenched but not any more enlightened than when he knocked on the door. The caught-on-tape moment has made a splash on the Web.

    But the strangest part of the story is that the soggy reporter isn't even the weirdest part. According to the Miami Herald, failed Democratic congressional candidate Justin Lamar Sternad is reportedly telling the FBI that the Republican, Rep. David Rivera, secretly contributed to his campaign—in an apparent failed attempt to plant a ringer candidate in the 25th District's primary election.

    Sternad, previously a night-time hotel worker, ultimately lost in the primary.

    But during his attempt to run, the father of five who makes just $30,000 a year, was allegedly funneled unreported cash through his campaign manager, Ana Sol

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  • Family fights highway off-ramp in their backyard

    When the Dodge family bought a modest home in Clark County, Wash., a decade ago it was tucked away at the end of a quiet dead-end street.

    Now a highway ramp is yards from the family's backyard.

    "Come here. Stand in our yard," Melissa Dodge told the Columbian newspaper as cars whizzed off Highway 500 to a ramp just on the other side of a white fence in her backyard. "Imagine your children playing here."

    The newspaper notes that the couple worry that a car or truck exiting the highway too quickly could crash through the guardrail and fence into their yard where their two children, 6-year-old Dylan and 19-month-old Lucas, play.

    "She's in a tough spot, there's no doubt about it," said Abbi Russell, Washington State Department of Transportation spokesperson told the Columbian.

    Russell said measurements of noise levels at the Dodge home are not loud enough to justify a sound-barrier wall to be build along the family's property. WSDOT built a sound-barrier wall at a neighboring mobile home

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    Shares of some top railroad companies are up at 10 a.m.: CSX rose $.12 or .4 percent, to $28.50. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.39 or .7 percent, to $55.55. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose $1.97 ...

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: China Information Technology Inc. rose 18.9 percent to $5.23. Conn's Inc. rose 14.5 percent to $45.48. BioFuel Energy rose ...

  • Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine
    Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine

    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level diplomatic talks on the escalating crisis. Armoured vehicles from the rival sides appeared on the streets of two neighbouring towns after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Kiev's decision to send in troops to put down a separatist uprising in its industrial heartland had dragged the country to the brink of civil war. NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe in the face of the crisis, while Germany warned of more bloodshed if the four-way talks in Geneva on Thursday fail. An AFP reporter in the flashpoint town of Slavyansk saw at least six APCs and light tanks, some flying Russian flags, parked in the city centre with dozens of unidentified armed men in camouflage stationed around them.

  • 'Fargo' coming to TV on Tuesday
    'Fargo' coming to TV on Tuesday

    The new series adapted from the Coen brothers' cult movie will premiere Tuesday, April 15 on FX.

  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil
    Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country, a government minister said Wednesday.

  • Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach returning to job

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The football coach fired from Minnesota State, Mankato announced Tuesday that he will return to the job after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated, saying the decision wasn't easy but that it would help him and his family heal.

  • Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant. The recent earthquake swarm, beginning on March 24 and climaxed by a 4.9 magnitude tremor on Saturday, has produced no reports of injuries or severe damage but has rattled nerves in a region where Idaho's most powerful known quake, measured at 6.9, killed two children in 1983. Saturday's earthquake was the strongest recorded in the state since 2005 and was followed on Monday by a magnitude 4.4 event that struck 10 miles north of the small ranching community of Challis, Idaho, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The likelihood of a severe earthquake coming on the heels of the recent swarm is low, but much is perplexing about the series of tremors, said Bill Phillips, a geologist with the Idaho Geological Survey at the University of Idaho.

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