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Ex-Mets pitcher Burgos gets jail in assault

Posted: 04/14/2009 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors say former New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos (am-bee-OR'-iks BUR'-gos) has been sentenced to 9 months in jail for throwing his girlfriend against a wall and pummeling her in a hotel near Shea Stadium. The 24-year-old reliever was sentenced Tuesday. A jury convicted him last month of assault in the Sept. 8 attack. Defense lawyer Edgar De Leon didn't immediately return a telephone message Tuesday evening. Prosecutors say Burgos punched, slapped and stepped on then-girlfriend Maria Lopez when she tried to leave the hotel where he was staying. She testified that he told her, "The police won't do anything to me. I am a baseball player." The Mets released Burgos in December. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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International donors pledge $324M for Haiti

Posted: 04/14/2009 - International donors are pledging to provide Haiti with $324 million over the next two years as the Western Hemisphere's poorest country struggles to recover from last year's devastating hurricanes and food rio

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Driver injured after losing control of pickup in Anderson County

Updated: 04/14/2009 - A single-vehicle wreck temporarily shut down part of Andersonville Highway near the Museum of Appalachia after the driver of a pickup truck lost control and hit a utility pole Tuesday afternoon, according to the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department.

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Man charged with murder in Cocke County

Updated: 04/15/2009 - Authorities in Cocke County have charged a man with first degree murder and felony murder charges in the killing of a Newport man on April 10, according to a news release from District Attorney General James B. Dunn.

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Peterbilt closes Nashville facility

Posted: 04/14/2009 - Peterbilt Motors Company announced the temporary closure of its Madison facility, which has been on a work stoppage due to union contract negotiations.

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East Tenn. coach resigns after alleged hazing

Posted: 04/14/2009 - An East Tennessee high girls' softball coach has resigned after a school probe of an initiation where freshmen players were made to stand seminude in a swimming pool.

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