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  • World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

    World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:40:55 GMT
    The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.
    The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.
  • Report: Obamas may be moving to California

    Report: Obamas may be moving to California

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:41:24 GMT
    President Obama and his family may be buying a home in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
    President Obama and his family may be buying a home in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

    NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:11:36 GMT
    By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NASA has honored one of its most famous astronauts by renaming a key building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
    By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • White flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    White flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:52:11 GMT
    Police responded to the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday for a major security breach at one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the span connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is not clear who raised the flags that had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes or why.  The American flags that are normally up at the bridge were removed.
    Police responded to the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday for a major security breach at one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the span connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is not clear who raised the flags that had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes or why.  The American flags that are normally up at the bridge were removed.
  • Police: Woman posted selfies in stolen dress

    Police: Woman posted selfies in stolen dress

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:51:17 GMT
    Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewelry from a southern Illinois boutique say they arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items.
    Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewelry from a southern Illinois boutique say they arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items.
  • 200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

    200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:06:41 GMT
    Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall.
    Authorities are investigating after a thief at an east Georgia shopping mall made off with a bagful of women's unmentionables.
  • Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize

    Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize

    The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
    The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
  • Wawona Packing Company

    Fruit recall 2014

    Fruit recall 2014

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:51:58 GMT
    Fruit packaged by the Wawona Packing Company out of Cutler, California and sold at stores across the country is being voluntarily recalled. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is a possibility the recalled products may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have been linked to the recall. Certain lots of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold at Trader Joe's, Costco, Sam's Club and Fresh Direct could be contaminated with the dangerous food-borne pathogen.
    Fruit packaged by the Wawona Packing Company out of Cutler, California and sold at stores across the country is being voluntarily recalled. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is a possibility the recalled products may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have been linked to the recall. Certain lots of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold at Trader Joe's, Costco, Sam's Club and Fresh Direct could be contaminated with the dangerous food-borne pathogen.
  • Four days off: Mexican billionaire calls for three-day work week

    Four days off: Mexican billionaire calls for three-day work week

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:40:29 GMT
    How do you feel about this: a three-day work week? One of the richest men in the world says that's the way to go-- but there might be a small catch.
    How do you feel about this: a three-day work week? One of the richest men in the world says that's the way to go-- but there might be a small catch.
  • The Fitz File: July 22, 2014

    The Fitz File: July 22, 2014

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:17:36 GMT
    Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.
    Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.
  • Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

    Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:41 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:41:23 GMT
    The future of the Los Angeles Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is...
    The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to...
  • Better weather aiding Washington wildfire fight

    Better weather aiding Washington wildfire fight

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:33 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:33:25 GMT
    Forecasters say calmer winds and cooler temperatures are headed for a fire-scorched region of Washington state, conditions that could help firefighters in their battle against wildfires that have charred hundreds...
    Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.
  • Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

    Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:51:14 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia and says she backs President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger...
  • Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

    Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:41:18 GMT
    Pro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing...
    Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
  • Friends: Man in NYC chokehold case 'gentle giant'

    Friends: Man in NYC chokehold case 'gentle giant'

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:00:53 GMT
    The medical examiner's office says it's still trying to determine what caused the death of a New York City man who appeared to be held in a chokehold as police attempted to arrest him.
    Eric Garner was a familiar figure on the streets near Staten Island's ferry docks: to his friends, a congenial giant with a generous gesture or a calming word; to police, a persistent face of the small-time crime of...
  • Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide

    Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:40:18 GMT
    Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.
    Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.
  • White House reports drop in minors crossing border

    White House reports drop in minors crossing border

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:13:15 GMT
    The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.
    The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.
  • JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in Boston drug bust

    JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in Boston drug bust

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:42:05 GMT
    A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common.
    A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common.
  • Arizona execution drug case heads to Supreme Court

    Arizona execution drug case heads to Supreme Court

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:41:58 GMT
    A federal appeals court has denied the state of Arizona in its latest attempt to challenge the postponement of an inmate's execution, prompting state officials to say they will take the case to the U.S. Supreme...
    A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Arizona cannot execute a death row inmate without providing detailed information about the drugs intended for his lethal injection, a decision that prompted state officials to say...
  • Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:13:13 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border, a local lawmaker confirmed Monday.
    Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.
  • Murder charges filed in California bank robbery

    Murder charges filed in California bank robbery

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-21 23:50:15 GMT
    A 19-year-old Stockton man is expected to be charged Monday with triple-murder in the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other robbery suspects who died amid a violent police shootout in broad daylight,...
    A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two alleged accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun...
  • Chase ends as man runs into a Miss. police academy

    Chase ends as man runs into a Miss. police academy

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-07-21 23:31:20 GMT
    Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy.
    Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy.
  • Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:58:25 GMT
    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.
    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.
  • Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:53:31 GMT
    President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access.
    President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access.
  • Americans from Texas, California killed in Gaza

    Americans from Texas, California killed in Gaza

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:32:05 GMT
    By TAMI ABDOLLAH and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.
    By TAMI ABDOLLAH and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America and had a passion for Israel.
  • US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

    US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:03:45 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East, as the civilian death toll in the conflict has sharply escalated.
    With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire...
  • Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:54:41 GMT
    Federal workers and contractors who are gay and transgender are getting new protections from President Barack Obama.
    President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the...
  • Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

    Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:43:44 GMT
    Jurors in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have resumed deliberations in his obstruction of justice trial.
    A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room...
  • Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:42:44 GMT
    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from...
    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from...
  • Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

    Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:41:58 GMT
    Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
    Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
  • Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys

    Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:35:33 GMT
    The nation's largest public school systems are now working with the White House to improving the lives of boys and young men of color as part of the "My Brother's Keeper" program.
    President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority...
  • Health dept.: West Virginia clinic reused needles

    Health dept.: West Virginia clinic reused needles

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:21:53 GMT
    Health officials on Monday advised patients of a West Virginia pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found potentially that needles had been reused.
    Health officials on Monday advised patients of a West Virginia pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found potentially that needles had been reused.
  • US stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks

    US stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:13:38 GMT
    US stock futures are drifting lower ahead of the opening bell as more companies line up to post quarterly results. Halliburton edged up after reporting higher earnings and sales in the second quarter.
    The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil.
  • Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

    Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:05:22 GMT
    More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps signaling widespread apathy within both...
    More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political...
  • Army intelligence system pulled from key test

    Army intelligence system pulled from key test

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:31:43 GMT
    The Army's troubled intelligence system has suffered another setback.
    Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system.
  • Trial to start in death of unarmed woman on porch

    Trial to start in death of unarmed woman on porch

    Monday, July 21 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:52:16 GMT
    Roused from sleep by the sound of pounding in the wee hours, a suburban Detroit man grabbed his shotgun, opened the front door and blasted a young woman in the face.
    Roused from sleep by the sound of pounding in the wee hours, a suburban Detroit man grabbed his shotgun, opened the front door and blasted a young woman in the face.
  • Another tiny Wyoming town goes up for sale

    Another tiny Wyoming town goes up for sale

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-07-21 17:53:31 GMT
    If you missed out on buying the tiny Wyoming town of Buford (BYOO'-ferd), another village is on the market.
    Here's a gift for someone who has everything: A tiny town in far northeastern Wyoming named Aladdin.
  • Former NFLers: Painkillers easy to get up to 2012

    Former NFLers: Painkillers easy to get up to 2012

    Monday, July 21 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-07-21 16:21:34 GMT
    By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few - if any- safeguards as recently...
    By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few - if any- safeguards as recently as 2012....
  • Man breaks world record after devoting arm to Homer Simpson tattoos

    Man breaks world record after devoting arm to Homer Simpson tattoos

    Monday, July 21 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-21 16:19:25 GMT
    A Simpsons fan who was banned from watching the show as a child has broken a world record after covering one of his arms in Homer Simpsons tattoos.
    A Simpsons fan who was banned from watching the show as a child has broken a world record after covering one of his arms in Homer Simpsons tattoos.
  • Netherlands Embassy invites public to remember Malaysia Airlines crash victims

    Netherlands Embassy invites public to remember Malaysia Airlines crash victims

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:59:02 GMT
    The public is invited to sign a condolence book at the Netherlands Embassy in D.C. in honor of the victims of last week's Malaysia Airlines crash.
    The public is invited to sign a condolence book at the Netherlands Embassy in D.C. in honor of the victims of last week's Malaysia Airlines crash.
  • US Embassy apologies to Ghana leader for tweet

    US Embassy apologies to Ghana leader for tweet

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 14:41:13 GMT
    The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is apologizing after a staff member sent what's being described as "an errant tweet" criticizing the president from the official Embassy Twitter account.
    The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is apologizing after a staff member sent what's being described as "an errant tweet" criticizing the president from the official Embassy Twitter account.
  • July 21 is National Junk Food Day

    July 21 is National Junk Food Day

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-07-21 14:18:37 GMT
    Candy. Chips. Chocolate. Fries. Cookies. Ice cream. Shouldn't they get their own day? Welcome to July 21-- also known as National Junk Food Day!  But what's your favorite???
    Candy. Chips. Chocolate. Fries. Cookies. Ice cream. Shouldn't they get their own day? Welcome to July 21-- also known as National Junk Food Day!  But what's your favorite???
  • Cornhole champions being decided in West Virginia

    Cornhole champions being decided in West Virginia

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:40:02 GMT
    A game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties is taking on a serious side as the American Cornhole Organization crowns its champions this weekend in West Virginia.
    Cornhole, the strange-sounding game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties, is taking on a serious side this week.
  • Deja Phew: Plane lands on NY highway for 2nd time

    Deja Phew: Plane lands on NY highway for 2nd time

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:39:58 GMT
    A New York pilot has experienced deja phew.
    A New York pilot who landed his disabled plane on a highway for the second time in eight days said Friday he's lucky to have escaped unhurt and thankful he didn't hit anyone.
  • Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

    Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:39:54 GMT
    Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along...
    Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a...
  • New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

    New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:38:49 GMT
    Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids. The latest version of the company's Sienna minivan has a feature called "Driver Easy Speak." It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats.
    Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids. The latest version of the company's Sienna minivan has a feature called "Driver Easy Speak." It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats.
  • Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:10:18 GMT
    Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."
    Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."
  • Playful Pooch Feels Guilty, Gives All Toys To Crying Baby

    Playful Pooch Feels Guilty, Gives All Toys To Crying Baby

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-07-21 11:14:15 GMT
    A playful pooch learned very quickly that when there's a crying baby in the house all bets are off.
    A playful pooch learned very quickly that when there's a crying baby in the house all bets are off.
  • Dog attacks, kills 7-month-old baby in Ohio

    Dog attacks, kills 7-month-old baby in Ohio

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-07-21 10:10:38 GMT
    Police in Dayton say a dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy.
    Police in Dayton say a dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy.
  • Cop who choked man during fatal arrest loses badge

    Cop who choked man during fatal arrest loses badge

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:48 AM EDT2014-07-21 09:48:57 GMT
    The police officer seen in a video apparently putting a chokehold on the man who later died has had his gun and badge taken away pending the outcome of investigations into what happened.  The NYPD announced over the weekend that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, has been placed on "modified assignment," pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. Eric Garner, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital after officers tried to apprehend him.
    The police officer seen in a video apparently putting a chokehold on the man who later died has had his gun and badge taken away pending the outcome of investigations into what happened.  The NYPD announced over the weekend that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, has been placed on "modified assignment," pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. Eric Garner, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital after officers tried to apprehend him.
  • Facebook tests 'Buy' button

    Facebook tests 'Buy' button

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:21 AM EDT2014-07-21 05:21:10 GMT
    Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses drive sales through the world's biggest online social network.
    Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.
  • FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

    FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-20 17:58:00 GMT
    Federal authorities have charged FedEx Corp. with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.
    Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.
  • States sue 5-Hour Energy over ad claims

    States sue 5-Hour Energy over ad claims

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-07-20 17:57:59 GMT
    The Oregon attorney general has sued the makers and marketers of 5-Hour Energy, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.
    Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.
  • FDA: Powdered caffeine can be lethal

    FDA: Powdered caffeine can be lethal

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-07-20 17:57:55 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered pure caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.
  • NY's Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives

    NY's Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-07-20 17:57:54 GMT
    Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide...
    Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide contraceptive...
  • Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

    Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-07-20 17:57:51 GMT
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that many Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health....
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general...
  • History buffs? Police say museum's dinosaur stolen

    History buffs? Police say museum's dinosaur stolen

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-07-20 17:51:51 GMT
    Talk about exploring the past. Police say a pair of thieves stole a baby dinosaur replica from a science museum and took props from a history exhibit at another facility.
    Talk about exploring the past. Police say a pair of thieves stole a baby dinosaur replica from a science museum and took props from a history exhibit at another facility.
  • IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

    IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:52:37 GMT
    The IRS says Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.
    The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.
  • Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

    Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:52:21 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption for religious...
    President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested...
  • US building case tying separatists to plane crash

    US building case tying separatists to plane crash

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:51:59 GMT
    President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House Friday morning.
    The United States began building a case Friday linking pro-Russian separatists to the shocking downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine. A somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those on board, including at...
  • Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

    Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:51:40 GMT
    The U.S. Sentencing Commission is voting on a proposal that could result in the early release of tens of thousands of drug inmates.
    Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation's prison population over time.
  • Lawyer: Clippers sale could miss August deadline

    Lawyer: Clippers sale could miss August deadline

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:10:46 GMT
    A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion told a judge Friday that Donald Sterling's stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.
    A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion told a judge Friday that Donald Sterling's stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.
  • Lawyer: Unclear where Casey Kasem's body is

    Lawyer: Unclear where Casey Kasem's body is

    Sunday, July 20 2014 6:49 AM EDT2014-07-20 10:49:16 GMT
    A judge in Washington state has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's second wife from cremating or removing his remains from a funeral home.
    A judge has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains, but it's unclear where those remains are or whether they've...
  • Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes

    Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes

    Saturday, July 19 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-07-19 16:59:31 GMT
    A new study found that cities that regularly replace old natural gas lines don't leak as much methane as older cities who don't fix them.
    Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new...
  • Robbers' families say police acted appropriately

    Robbers' families say police acted appropriately

    Saturday, July 19 2014 2:08 AM EDT2014-07-19 06:08:21 GMT
    Misty Holt-Singh planned to be gone for just a few minutes when she stepped into her local bank. Instead, she became the victim of three robbers who had gone there, too, planning to take both money and hostages.
    The families of two slain bank robbery suspects said Friday that police in the Northern California city of Stockton acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with their sons.
  • Destructive Washington fire empties another town

    Destructive Washington fire empties another town

    Saturday, July 19 2014 1:51 AM EDT2014-07-19 05:51:09 GMT
    A Washington sheriff says a small town and nearby hospital threatened by a wind-whipped wildfire have been evacuated, and the blaze has burned at least 35 homes in his county.
    A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes has forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community, a sheriff said...
  • Federal judge sends key GM case to Georgia court

    Federal judge sends key GM case to Georgia court

    Saturday, July 19 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-19 04:04:07 GMT
    A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court.
    A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court.
  • Downed jet claimed victims from 13 countries

    Downed jet claimed victims from 13 countries

    Friday, July 18 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-07-19 03:32:18 GMT
    The human cost of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 hit home around the world Friday, upending scores of families and small communities spanning half of the planet, from a Dutch fishing village to an Australian soccer club and a Dubai cake store.
    The human cost of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 hit home around the world Friday, upending scores of families and small communities spanning half of the planet, from a Dutch fishing village to an Australian soccer club and a Dubai cake store.
  • US: Can't rule out Russian role in plane downing

    US: Can't rule out Russian role in plane downing

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-19 02:29:10 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has approved a statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation" of a downed Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.
    U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a...
  • Top Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages

    Top Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages

    Friday, July 18 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-07-19 00:02:50 GMT
    Colorado's Supreme Court is ordering an end to gay marriages while the state's ban against the unions remains in place.
    Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the state's ban against the unions remains in place.
  • Mayor says NYC man's arrest, death 'troubling'

    Mayor says NYC man's arrest, death 'troubling'

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:34:43 GMT
    A New York City man died during an arrest - partially captured on amateur video - during which a police officer placed him in what appeared be a choke hold as several others brought him to the ground and struggled...
    A New York City man died during an arrest - partially captured on amateur video - during which a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a choke hold while several others brought him to the ground and...
  • Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

    Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:14:15 GMT
    New records from the Clinton White House show former President Bill Clinton asking his advisers for details on Osama bin Laden after reading a New York Times story. Other files show the White House considering...
    President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White...
  • 5 former NFL players sue union over concussions

    5 former NFL players sue union over concussions

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:08:19 GMT
    Former NFL players Christian Ballard and Gregory Westbrooks are suing the union for not providing accurate information about the risk of head injuries.
    Five former NFL players, including six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith, are suing the union for not providing accurate information about the risk of head injuries.
  • Mom who left kids in hot car may avoid prosecution

    Mom who left kids in hot car may avoid prosecution

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:30:12 GMT
    Prosecutors and a Phoenix woman reached a deal Friday that would allow her to avoid prosecution for leaving her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview.
    Prosecutors and a Phoenix woman reached a deal Friday that would allow her to avoid prosecution for leaving her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview.
  • Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

    Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:29:40 GMT
    President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the...
    President Barack Obama is forgoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: A weekend at the presidential...
  • US appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

    US appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:10:43 GMT
    A federal appeals court on Friday ruled Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.
    A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that has vehemently fought policy changes brought on from outside its borders.
  • New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

    New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:03:45 GMT
    Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids.
    Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids.
  • Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

    Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:19:26 GMT
    The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, in a disaster that could dramatically escalate the crisis in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for an unfettered investigation.
    The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, in a disaster that could dramatically escalate the crisis in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for an unfettered investigation.
  • Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

    Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:06:55 GMT
    In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned on Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine.
    In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned on Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine.
  • Wildfire prompts evacuation order for Wash. town

    Wildfire prompts evacuation order for Wash. town

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-07-18 06:00:50 GMT
    With a wildfire fueled by strong winds tearing through timber in its path, authorities in Central Washington have urged residents of nearly 900 homes to flee.
    A north-central Washington sheriff issued an urgent evacuation notice late Thursday for the wildfire-threatened small town of Pateros and officials were also evacuating a hospital in a nearby town, authorities said.
  • APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

    APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-07-18 04:38:02 GMT
    The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from a military prison. So the military will begin treatment for her gender-identity...
    The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could...
  • Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call

    Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-07-18 04:31:15 GMT
    Malaysia Airlines says it lost contact with a plane over Ukrainian airspace.
    The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation...
  • AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

    AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:30 AM EDT2014-07-18 04:30:31 GMT
    Several passengers on board a Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine were heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia.
    Several world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine, officials said Friday, as news of their...
  • Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

    Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:56:14 GMT
    Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.
    Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.
  • AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine

    AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:55:12 GMT
    American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.
    American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.
  • US: Israel must do more to protect Gaza civilians

    US: Israel must do more to protect Gaza civilians

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:29:12 GMT
    The Obama administration says Israel must do more to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza as the two sides consider a tenuous cease fire agreement in the latest outbreak of Mideast violence.
    The Obama administration accused Israel on Thursday of failing to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza during cross-border attacks.
  • California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

    California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:28:38 GMT
    Some homeowners following the state's new drought-conscious motto that brown is the new green are being warned by local governments that they could be slapped with fines because of those dried up lawns.
    Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.
  • For Malaysia Airlines, disaster strikes twice

    For Malaysia Airlines, disaster strikes twice

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-07-18 01:30:36 GMT
    Two Boeing 777s. Two incredibly rare aviation disasters. And one airline.
    Two Boeing 777s. Two incredibly rare aviation disasters. And one airline.
  • Discoveries convince family pregnant woman is dead

    Discoveries convince family pregnant woman is dead

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-07-18 01:05:03 GMT
    A person says the discovery of a missing pregnant Maui woman's jawbone helped authorities file a murder against her ex-boyfriend.
    Four days into searching for her pregnant half-sister, Phaedra Wais trudged through a rugged, wet jungle on Maui to chase a new lead in the disappearance.
  • Arizona teacher files $4M claim in prison rape

    Arizona teacher files $4M claim in prison rape

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:52:38 GMT
    An Arizona teacher who was left alone in a classroom and then raped by a convicted sex offender filed a $4 million claim on Thursday against the state Department of Corrections.
    An Arizona teacher who was left alone in a classroom and then raped by a convicted sex offender filed a $4 million claim on Thursday against the state Department of Corrections.
  • Most passengers on doomed airliner were Dutch

    Most passengers on doomed airliner were Dutch

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:39:49 GMT
    By The Associated Press The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday was carrying 295 people from at least nine countries. Here is a breakdown...
    By The Associated Press The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday was carrying 298 people from at least nine countries. Here is a breakdown of the ...
  • Malaysia Airlines says 298 on board doomed flight

    Malaysia Airlines says 298 on board doomed flight

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:39:32 GMT
    Malaysia Airlines has increased the death toll from Flight 17 that was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday to 298 from 295, saying that three infants had not been included in the original list.
    Malaysia Airlines has increased the death toll from Flight 17 that was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday to 298 from 295, saying that three infants had not been included in the original list.
  • Prosecutor: Bank robbers intended to take hostages

    Prosecutor: Bank robbers intended to take hostages

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:39:23 GMT
    Robbers fleeing a California bank took three women hostage and threw two of them from their getaway vehicle, as they fired repeatedly at police during a high-speed chase. Police shot out their tires but the...
    Misty Holt-Singh had just popped into the bank, leaving her 12-year-old daughter in the car, when the horror began. An hour later, the mother of two lay dead after a bank robbery and planned hostage-taking spun into a...
  • Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs

    Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:23:48 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says if she runs for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledges in an interview that the job of president has "gotten even bigger and more difficult."
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday if she decides to run for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledged in an interview that the modern role of U.S. president has "gotten even bigger...
  • Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

    Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:54:25 GMT
    President Barack Obama is hitting the road again on a weeklong push on spending for roads, bridges and other public works.
    President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads and bridges as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of funding.
  • Biden: US needs a 'rational' immigration policy

    Biden: US needs a 'rational' immigration policy

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:40:43 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is telling protesters he shares their concern about the deportations of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.
    Vice President Joe Biden told protesters Thursday he shared their concern about the deportations of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.
  • What should happen to your online accounts when you die?

    What should happen to your online accounts when you die?

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:23:35 GMT
    Before we die, we all know to prepare a will to leave your things to loved ones and family. But what about social media accounts? Who takes those over? Or should they just be deleted?
    Before we die, we all know to prepare a will to leave your things to loved ones and family. But what about social media accounts? Who takes those over? Or should they just be deleted?
  • Marvel unveils black Captain America

    Marvel unveils black Captain America

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:09:06 GMT
    The new Captain America will be an African American.
    The new Captain America will be an African-American.
  • Pilot mistake means pingpong balls rain on highway

    Pilot mistake means pingpong balls rain on highway

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:07:34 GMT
    A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate.
    A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate.
  • US military didn't seek Afghan pullout in 2017

    US military didn't seek Afghan pullout in 2017

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:33:41 GMT
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is telling senators that military commanders did not recommend the White House announce the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2017, as the president ordered.
    Military commanders did not recommend that the White House announce the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2017 as the president ordered, the top U.S. commander there told senators Thursday.
  • Stranded casino ship frees itself, docks in Ga.

    Stranded casino ship frees itself, docks in Ga.

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:03:27 GMT
    A casino boat stuck on a rocky sandbar freed itself Thursday without help from tow boats and returned to its home dock, a day and a half after the vessel ran aground during its first passenger cruise out of Savannah.
    A casino boat stuck on a rocky sandbar freed itself Thursday without help from tow boats and returned to its home dock, a day and a half after the vessel ran aground during its first passenger cruise out of Savannah.
  • US pilots previously told not to fly over Ukraine

    US pilots previously told not to fly over Ukraine

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:50:28 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration had warned U.S. pilots earlier this year not to fly over portions of the Ukraine in the Crimea region, according to notices posted on the agency's website.
    The Federal Aviation Administration had warned U.S. pilots earlier this year not to fly over portions of the Ukraine in the Crimea region, according to notices posted on the agency's website.
  • Dog hailed as hero for alerting deaf boy to fire

    Dog hailed as hero for alerting deaf boy to fire

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:49:59 GMT
    Rita Reith says Nick Lamb was home alone and sleeping without his hearing aids when the fire began Wednesday.
    Rita Reith says Nick Lamb was home alone and sleeping without his hearing aids when the fire began Wednesday.
  • Lowe's workers fix Vietnam veteran's wheelchair

    Lowe's workers fix Vietnam veteran's wheelchair

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-07-17 12:50:45 GMT
    Some big-hearted home improvement store employees stepped up to the plate to help a disabled war veteran on Staten Island recently. Michael Sulsona lost both of his legs in Vietnam. He said he has spent two years waiting for a new wheelchair from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Last week, while shopping at a Lowe's in Staten Island, Sulsona's wheelchair broke down.
    Some big-hearted home improvement store employees stepped up to the plate to help a disabled war veteran on Staten Island recently. Michael Sulsona lost both of his legs in Vietnam. He said he has spent two years waiting for a new wheelchair from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Last week, while shopping at a Lowe's in Staten Island, Sulsona's wheelchair broke down.
  • 2 arrested in theft of cheese vans in California

    2 arrested in theft of cheese vans in California

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:17 AM EDT2014-07-17 11:17:23 GMT
    Police in Central California are searching for three bright orange Tillamook cheese vans that were stolen over the weekend.
    Two men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing three Volkswagen minibuses that were customized to look like bright orange Tillamook cheese loafs.
  • Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start

    Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-07-17 04:13:03 GMT
    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he is hopeful that the proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers will be completed before next season begins. But he could not guarantee that will happen because the...
    Eyebrow-raising testimony, abrupt changes of plans, courtroom delays. If there is one thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has learned during the Donald Sterling saga, it's that there are no guarantees.
  • Obama on a high wire on immigration law changes

    Obama on a high wire on immigration law changes

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-17 02:49:49 GMT
    President Barack Obama is meeting at the White House with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as he seeks additional authority to more quickly turn back young Central American border crossers.
    Democratic opposition increased Wednesday to legal changes that would speed removals of young Central American migrants, jeopardizing President Barack Obama's call for $3.7 billion in emergency border spending to deal...
  • VA a no show; store workers fix vet's wheelchair

    VA a no show; store workers fix vet's wheelchair

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:19:55 GMT
    What the Veterans Administration failed to do for double amputee Michael Sulsona in two years, some New York hardware store workers delivered in an hour: They fixed his worn-out wheelchair.
    What the Veterans Administration failed to do for double amputee Michael Sulsona in two years, some New York hardware store workers delivered in an hour: They fixed his broken wheelchair.
  • US judge rules against California death penalty

    US judge rules against California death penalty

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:19:46 GMT
    A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional.
    A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.
  • Officials: Complacency drives hike in water use

    Officials: Complacency drives hike in water use

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:14:54 GMT
    Reservoirs are running dry, the Capitol's lawn has turned brown, and farmers have left hundreds of thousands of acres unplanted.
    Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in...
  • Missouri executes man accused of killing 3 people

    Missouri executes man accused of killing 3 people

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:14:47 GMT
    A last-minute stay from a federal judge has put a Missouri inmate's execution temporarily on hold.
    A former methamphetamine dealer was executed Wednesday for killing three people in remote northern Missouri out of fear that they would report his drug activity to police.
  • US, Europe escalate economic sanctions on Russia

    US, Europe escalate economic sanctions on Russia

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:14:02 GMT
    U.S. officials say the Obama administration is levying deeper sanctions on Russia as the West grapples for a way to quell an insurgency in eastern Ukraine widely believed to be backed by Moscow.
    Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their...
  • Obama: US using all means to get Israel cease-fire

    Obama: US using all means to get Israel cease-fire

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:39:21 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the United States will use all of its diplomatic resources and relationships to secure a deal on a cease-fire to end violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will use all its diplomatic resources and relationships to secure a deal on a cease-fire to end violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
  • Answers about immigration checkpoints

    Answers about immigration checkpoints

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:27:51 GMT
    The arrest of a prominent immigration activist and former journalist at a Texas airport was a reminder of the authority that the U.S. Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints.
    The arrest of a prominent immigration activist and former journalist at a Texas airport was a reminder of the latitude that the U.S. Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints.
  • After 16 hours, an exit from stalled casino boat

    After 16 hours, an exit from stalled casino boat

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:23:57 GMT
    A casino boat with 123 people aboard was stuck on rocks off the coast of Georgia on Wednesday, and Coast Guard crews said they were awaiting high tide to potentially remove passengers.
    After 16 hours stuck at sea, passengers stranded on a casino boat that ran aground off Georgia's coast were ferried to shore Wednesday aboard two Coast Guard cutters.
  • First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers

    First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:06:54 GMT
    Michelle Obama says every arts organization in the country should embrace the mission of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which focuses on education.
    Michelle Obama says every arts organization in the country should embrace the mission of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which focuses on education.
  • Ron Howard to direct Beatles documentary

    Ron Howard to direct Beatles documentary

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:06:48 GMT
    Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles that focuses on the band's touring years during the early 1960s.
    Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles that focuses on the band's touring years during the early 1960s.
  • Ex-prosecutor asks for pardon in fatal GM crash

    Ex-prosecutor asks for pardon in fatal GM crash

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:06:26 GMT
    A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition...
    A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition switch.
  • What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:58:25 GMT
    A group of influential lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when you die.
    You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?
  • Connecticut court affirms pre-gay marriage rights

    Connecticut court affirms pre-gay marriage rights

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:45:29 GMT
    Connecticut's highest court ruled Wednesday that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005 and gay marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters...
    Connecticut's highest court ruled Wednesday that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005 and gay marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the...
  • California hiker with broken leg ate bugs to live

    California hiker with broken leg ate bugs to live

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:30:31 GMT
    A hiker who was stranded for six days with a badly broken leg in California's Sierra Nevada said Wednesday that survival mode kicked in when he treated his own injury and he sought sustenance by eating crickets...
    A hiker who was stranded for six days in California's Sierra Nevada with a badly broken leg says survival mode kicked in when he treated his own injury and sought sustenance by eating crickets and moths, and drinking...
  • 2 wounded in shooting at Philadelphia playground

    2 wounded in shooting at Philadelphia playground

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:10:59 GMT
    Police in Philadelphia say a shooting at a playground has left two young men wounded.
    Police in Philadelphia say a shooting at a playground has left two young men wounded.
  • Attorney: Woman had no reason to kill Google exec

    Attorney: Woman had no reason to kill Google exec

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:51:51 GMT
    A high-end prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin is scheduled to appear in a California courtroom Wednesday to answer to manslaughter,...
    A woman accused by police of being a high-priced prostitute and abandoning a Google executive after shooting him up with a fatal dose of heroin would never have wanted him to die because he was paying her well, a defense...
  • SC man charged with hugging child to death

    SC man charged with hugging child to death

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:51:29 GMT
    A South Carolina sheriff says a 27-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter more than a year after he hugged a 14-month-old child so tightly that the boy stopped breathing and died.
    A 26-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter more than a year after he hugged a 14-month-old child so tightly that the boy stopped breathing and died, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said...
  • Texas woman gets 18 years in prison for sending ricin to President Obama

    Texas woman gets 18 years in prison for sending ricin to President Obama

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-16 20:18:25 GMT
    A Texas actress who sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and the New York mayor then tried to blame the crime on her soon-to-be ex-husband was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday.
    A Texas actress who sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and the New York mayor then tried to blame the crime on her soon-to-be ex-husband was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday.
  • Lightning deaths at national park concern visitors

    Lightning deaths at national park concern visitors

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:50:28 GMT
    Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are hiking more cautiously after lightning strikes at the popular park killed two people in two days at the height of summer travel season.
    Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are hiking more cautiously after lightning strikes at the popular park killed two people in two days at the height of summer travel season.
  • South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

    South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:50:14 GMT
    A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
    By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
  • Earthquakes cause minor damage in central Oklahoma

    Earthquakes cause minor damage in central Oklahoma

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:50:04 GMT
    Two early morning earthquakes rattled residents in central Oklahoma on Tuesday and caused minor damage at local businesses.
    Two early morning earthquakes rattled residents in central Oklahoma on Tuesday and caused minor damage at local businesses.
  • Senatobia Students Who Created Unique Duct Tape Prom Outfits Won Grand Prize

    Senatobia Students Who Created Unique Duct Tape Prom Outfits Won Grand Prize

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:18:24 GMT
    Remember our two Senatobia High School seniors who made their prom attire out of duct tape?
    Remember our two Senatobia High School seniors who made their prom attire out of duct tape?
  • Apparently A Spider Caused A House Fire

    Apparently A Spider Caused A House Fire

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:18:16 GMT
    How far would your fear of spiders go? Squashing one you find in your home? If it got away, what would you do to go after it? How about burn down your house?
    How far would your fear of spiders go? Squashing one you find in your home? If it got away, what would you do to go after it? How about burn down your house?
  • Orlando TSA agent who stopped DC man didn't know where "District of Columbia" was

    Orlando TSA agent who stopped DC man didn't know where "District of Columbia" was

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:24 AM EDT2014-07-16 11:24:37 GMT
    You probably learned the 50 United States in elementary school--- but don't forget about the nation's capital.  An Orlando Transportation Safety Administration agent apparently needed a geography refresher after refusing to let a D.C. man through a security checkpoint because he didn't recognize his District of Columbia driver's license as a valid form of identification.
    You probably learned the 50 United States in elementary school--- but don't forget about the nation's capital.  An Orlando Transportation Safety Administration agent apparently needed a geography refresher after refusing to let a D.C. man through a security checkpoint because he didn't recognize his District of Columbia driver's license as a valid form of identification.
  • No hints from Hillary Clinton on 'The Daily Show'

    No hints from Hillary Clinton on 'The Daily Show'

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-07-16 11:19:22 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't give Jon Stewart any hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday's taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday's taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become...
  • States told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

    States told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:19 AM EDT2014-07-16 09:19:22 GMT
    A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.
    A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.
  • Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game

    Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:11 AM EDT2014-07-16 09:11:44 GMT
    Derek Jeter started his last All-Star game with a long ovation and a leadoff double, and Miguel Cabrera followed with a two-run homer to lift the American League to a 3-2 lead over the National League through three...
    Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.
  • All-Star farewell: Jeter takes bow, hits double

    All-Star farewell: Jeter takes bow, hits double

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 1:16 AM EDT2014-07-16 05:16:45 GMT
    Derek Jeter was a big hit from the start in his final All-Star game.
    Derek Jeter was a huge hit from the very start in his final All-Star game.
  • Study: Friends share similarities in their DNA

    Study: Friends share similarities in their DNA

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-07-16 04:48:58 GMT
    You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers.
    You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers.
  • US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia

    US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-07-16 04:48:29 GMT
    U.S. and European officials say the Obama administration is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama...
    The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to...
  • Arizona protesters hope to stop immigrant transfer

    Arizona protesters hope to stop immigrant transfer

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:46 AM EDT2014-07-16 04:46:59 GMT
    Dozens of protesters on both sides of the immigration debate showed up in a small town near Tucson on Tuesday after the sheriff said the federal government plans to transport about 40 immigrant children to an...
    Protesters carrying "Return to Sender" and "Go home non-Yankees" signs faced off with immigrant rights activists Tuesday in a small Arizona town after a sheriff said a bus filled with Central American children was on its way.
  • California approves fines for water-wasters

    California approves fines for water-wasters

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:49:16 GMT
    In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and...
    California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen...
  • Comcast apologizes after service rep stonewalls customer during cancellation request call

    Comcast apologizes after service rep stonewalls customer during cancellation request call

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:08:02 GMT
    Cable and Internet giant Comcast is apologizing after a tech-savvy California customer posted eight minutes of telephone conversation online in which he tried repeatedly to get a customer service representative to disconnect his service.
    Cable and Internet giant Comcast is apologizing after a tech-savvy California customer posted eight minutes of telephone conversation online in which he tried repeatedly to get a customer service representative to disconnect his service.
  • Obama seeks to ease Germany's concerns on spying

    Obama seeks to ease Germany's concerns on spying

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:27:30 GMT
    President Barack Obama has spoken with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) about cooperation between the United States and Germany.
    President Barack Obama sought to allay German concerns Tuesday over allegations of espionage, pledging to work to improve cooperation during his first conversation with Germany's leader since two Germans were revealed...
  • Anxiety grows as possible NY rail strike nears

    Anxiety grows as possible NY rail strike nears

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:08:26 GMT
    Anxiety grew among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute as a weekend strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad grew closer.
    Anxiety grew among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute as a weekend strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad grew closer.
  • 2 ex-Utah attorneys general charged with bribery

    2 ex-Utah attorneys general charged with bribery

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 00:09:46 GMT
    Two former Utah attorneys general were arrested on a battery of bribery charges Tuesday stemming from their cozy relationships with several businessmen, a stunning fall for a pair of politicians who built immense...
    Two former Utah attorneys general were arrested on an array of bribery charges Tuesday stemming from cozy relationships with several businessmen, a stunning fall for a pair of politicians who built immense political clout...
  • Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

    Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:53:32 GMT
    States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry...
    States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of...
  • Review: Systematic errors led to bridge collapse

    Review: Systematic errors led to bridge collapse

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:35:12 GMT
    Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year's Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent...
    Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year's Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars...
  • House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

    House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:52:21 GMT
    The House has voted to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
    The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
  • Not guilty plea in murder of pregnant Maui woman

    Not guilty plea in murder of pregnant Maui woman

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:51:42 GMT
    The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared in February has been indicted on charges of killing her and torching her SUV to cover up the crime.
    The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in her death.
  • Second probe details more CDC anthrax lab problems

    Second probe details more CDC anthrax lab problems

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:49:09 GMT
    A second investigation found more safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags.
    A second investigation has detailed additional safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags.
  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:24:29 GMT
    The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial...
    With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial...
  • US stocks mostly down as investors digest earnings

    US stocks mostly down as investors digest earnings

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:19:17 GMT
    By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Stock futures edged higher Tuesday as investors digested mixed U.S. retail sales data and several corporate earnings reports. The latest earnings from Johnson...
    By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy put many investors into sell mode Tuesday, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day.
  • 2 die in home explosion; propane fuel suspected

    2 die in home explosion; propane fuel suspected

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-07-15 20:49:23 GMT
    Authorities say a man and woman were killed in an early morning house explosion in a rural area of western Pennsylvania.
    A husband and wife were killed Tuesday in an early-morning house explosion Tuesday in western Pennsylvania.
  • House Democrats' campaign arm has $51M banked

    House Democrats' campaign arm has $51M banked

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-15 19:40:12 GMT
    Donors last month gave another $9.6 million to the committee tasked with keeping House Republicans in the majority, according to a summary the campaign arm released Tuesday.
    House Democrats' campaign arm once again outraised its Republican rival last month, according to summaries of fundraising reports released Tuesday.
  • Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Tesla museum

    Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Tesla museum

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-07-15 19:28:46 GMT
    The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name.
    The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name.
  • Maggots in food among new prison food complaints

    Maggots in food among new prison food complaints

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-07-15 19:28:26 GMT
    Maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of foods are among new complaints facing the vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.
    Maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of main and side dishes are among new complaints against the vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.
  • Pope seeks protection of young US-bound migrants

    Pope seeks protection of young US-bound migrants

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-07-15 19:12:13 GMT
    Pope Francis has called for "urgent intervention" to welcome and protect minors traveling on their own from Central and South America to the United States in increasing numbers.
    Pope Francis on Wednesday called for "urgent intervention" to protect minors traveling on their own in increasing numbers from Central and South America to the United States.
  • Ride-sharing Lyft's New York City plans postponed

    Ride-sharing Lyft's New York City plans postponed

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:59 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:59:57 GMT
    New York officials say they've obtained a temporary restraining order against Lyft, the on-demand ride-sharing app, from operating in New York City.
    The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft postponed its scheduled Friday launch in New York City while a state judge will wait until next week to consider whether its planned operations violate state and local laws.
  • 4 teens charged in New Jersey sex assault

    4 teens charged in New Jersey sex assault

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:29:47 GMT
    Four teens are facing charges from what New Jersey authorities say was the sexual assault of a highly intoxicated 15-year-old girl that was videotaped on a cellphone.
    Four teenagers are facing charges in what authorities say was the sexual assault of a highly intoxicated 15-year-old girl that was videotaped on a cellphone.
  • Man charged with 3 murders in California rampage

    Man charged with 3 murders in California rampage

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:29:05 GMT
    A man arrested after a weekend shooting rampage in Pasadena, California, has been charged with three counts of murder.
    A man arrested after a weekend shooting rampage in Pasadena, California, has been charged with three counts of murder.
  • Lay's newest flavor: Cappuccino?

    Lay's newest flavor: Cappuccino?

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:28:31 GMT
    American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's?
    American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's?
  • Chris Kluwe's lawyer threatens to sue Vikings

    Chris Kluwe's lawyer threatens to sue Vikings

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:13:57 GMT
    Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says the team has reneged on a promise to give him a copy of their investigation into his allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach.
    Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue the team over allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach, his lawyer said Tuesday.
  • Winds aid crews battling fire in Oregon

    Winds aid crews battling fire in Oregon

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:12:55 GMT
    A destructive wildfire in southern Oregon is now 15 percent contained.
    Firefighters usually dread winds, but crews trying to save rural dwellings in Oregon got a break when a spreading fire ran into breezes that pushed it the other way.
  • On-duty officer delivers his own son in California

    On-duty officer delivers his own son in California

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-07-15 17:01:59 GMT
    Every now and then a police officer has to deliver a baby. The first time Officer Bryan Anderson did it, the baby was his own son.
    Every now and then a police officer has to deliver a baby. The first time Officer Bryan Anderson did it, the baby was his own son.
  • Archie's death latest comic book to inject reality

    Archie's death latest comic book to inject reality

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-07-15 16:30:27 GMT
    For most of Archie Andrew's life, the red-headed comic book icon's biggest quandary was whether he liked Veronica or Betty.
    For most of Archie Andrews' life, the red-headed comic book icon's biggest quandary was whether he liked Veronica or Betty.
  • Ohio woman arrested for refusing to leave motel, but ridiculous mugshot wins the internet

    Ohio woman arrested for refusing to leave motel, but ridiculous mugshot wins the internet

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-07-15 13:43:19 GMT
    An Ohio woman's mugshot is making the rounds after she was arrested for refusing to leave a motel room over the weekend--- and it's not hard to see why. 
    An Ohio woman's mugshot is making the rounds after she was arrested for refusing to leave a motel room over the weekend--- and it's not hard to see why. 
  • Sidewalk memorial honors New Jersey cop killer

    Sidewalk memorial honors New Jersey cop killer

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:09 AM EDT2014-07-15 10:09:31 GMT
    Family and friends say Melvin Santiago had dreamed of being a police officer since he was a boy, seeking to follow in the footsteps of his uncle.
    A day after a rookie police officer was gunned down in an ambush, mourners came to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial with candles, balloons, empty liquor bottles and messages of love from friends scrawled on...
  • 911 tapes depict response to collapse of vet

    911 tapes depict response to collapse of vet

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:46 GMT
    Emergency dispatch tapes released Friday reveal further details about efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.
    Newly released emergency dispatch tapes reveal further details about efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.
  • NYC man's long-lost class ring turns up in Greece

    NYC man's long-lost class ring turns up in Greece

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:16 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:16:55 GMT
    More than 40 years after a New York man last saw his high school ring, the love token he gave his wife has been found on a Greek island.
    More than 40 years after a New York man last saw his high school class ring, the love token his wife had until their wedding night popped up on a Greek island.
  • Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike

    Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 1:49 AM EDT2014-07-15 05:49:22 GMT
    A man whose wife was killed by lightning says he doesn't remember hearing or feeling anything when the bolt struck while they were hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park - only waking up to see a friend trying...
    Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife.
  • In rush to cut benefits backlog, VA made errors

    In rush to cut benefits backlog, VA made errors

    Monday, July 14 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-15 03:27:28 GMT
    In a rush to cut a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs is making payments to tens of thousands of veterans without adequate medical evidence that they deserve the...
    In a rush to cut a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs is making payments to tens of thousands of veterans without adequate medical evidence that they deserve the benefits,...
  • Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:12:54 GMT
    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
  • Guardsman kills 2 people, self in northern Utah

    Guardsman kills 2 people, self in northern Utah

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:06:13 GMT
    A Utah Army National Guardsman killed a Utah State University student and one other person early Monday at an apartment near the college before fleeing and fatally shooting himself at another home, police said.
    An Army National Guardsman left a suicide note in his northern Utah home before killing a college student and one other person early Monday, then fatally shooting himself at another home, authorities said.
  • Giant African snails seized at Los Angeles airport

    Giant African snails seized at Los Angeles airport

    Monday, July 14 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-07-15 00:31:10 GMT
    U.S. Customs and Border protection inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized 67 live giant African snails meant for human consumption.
    Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package - 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa.
  • For Archie fans, character's death makes an impact

    For Archie fans, character's death makes an impact

    Monday, July 14 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-07-15 00:29:59 GMT
    Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.
    For the fans of Archie Andrews, his impending death marks a fitting end for the famous comic book do-gooder.
  • Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

    Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:34:23 GMT
    Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis.
    Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and...
  • Court issues partial win to bin Laden assistant

    Court issues partial win to bin Laden assistant

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:16:10 GMT
    A federal appeals court has set aside two of three convictions against a former personal assistant to Osama bin Laden.
    A federal appeals court on Monday set aside two of three convictions against a former personal assistant to Osama bin Laden.
  • Obama to press for action on transportation funds

    Obama to press for action on transportation funds

    Monday, July 14 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-14 23:01:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states.
    President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to make a long-term commitment to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states, but lawmakers appear headed for a short-term patch to sustain projects through next May.
  • Officials: Gasoline caused mystery odor in homes

    Officials: Gasoline caused mystery odor in homes

    Monday, July 14 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:39:35 GMT
    Authorities say an odor that prompted a voluntary evacuation of about 100 homes in suburban Philadelphia is due to an organic compound coming from the sump pumps in the basements.
    Gasoline-tainted groundwater caused the mysterious smell that led to a voluntary evacuation of more than 150 homes in suburban Philadelphia, authorities said Monday.
  • More than 26 million watch World Cup final in US

    More than 26 million watch World Cup final in US

    Monday, July 14 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:18:40 GMT
    With an estimated 26.5 million viewers, Sunday's World Cup final stands as the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history.
    Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and...
  • Basketball entrepreneur Louis 'Red' Klotz dies

    Basketball entrepreneur Louis 'Red' Klotz dies

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:43:02 GMT
    The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters has died. Louis "Red" Klotz was 93.
    The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters has died. Louis "Red" Klotz was 93.
  • Bill would speed removals of Central American kids

    Bill would speed removals of Central American kids

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:32:57 GMT
    Two Texas lawmakers are teaming up on a bill to speed removals of the unaccompanied Central American kids who've been arriving by the tens of thousands at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Two Texas lawmakers announced legislation Monday to speed removals of tens of thousands of Central American kids from the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington searched for a solution to the growing crisis.
  • Box office top 20: 'Apes' debuts with $72.6M

    Box office top 20: 'Apes' debuts with $72.6M

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:17:20 GMT
    "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swung to the top of the box office with a $72.6 million debut, one of the summer's best openings.
    "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swung to the top of the box office with a $72.6 million debut, one of the summer's best openings.
  • 2 police officers tied to KKK in Florida

    2 police officers tied to KKK in Florida

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:50:40 GMT
    A city official says two police officers in Florida are no longer with the department after a law enforcement report tied them to the Ku Klux Klan.
    Two police officers are no longer with the city department here after a law enforcement report tied them to the Ku Klux Klan, an official said Monday.
  • Atlantic City casino revenue, minus closure, rises

    Atlantic City casino revenue, minus closure, rises

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:47:54 GMT
    Like a ship struggling to right itself in a roiling sea, Atlantic City's casinos are trying mightily to find balance amid a rapidly contracting and constantly changing gambling market.
    Like a ship struggling to right itself in a roiling sea, Atlantic City's casinos are trying mightily to find balance amid a rapidly contracting and constantly changing gambling market.
  • Stocks snap higher on Wall Street; Citigroup up

    Stocks snap higher on Wall Street; Citigroup up

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:17:18 GMT
    By The Associated Press Stocks are closing sharply higher as the market shakes off its worst weekly performance in three months.
    By The Associated Press Stocks are closing sharply higher as the market shakes off its worst weekly performance in three months.
  • Hernandez vs Wainwright in All-Star game

    Hernandez vs Wainwright in All-Star game

    Monday, July 14 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-07-14 19:11:08 GMT
    Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
    Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
  • College Football Playoff's trophy is golden

    College Football Playoff's trophy is golden

    Monday, July 14 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-07-14 18:50:10 GMT
    A rising gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff.
    A rising gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff.
  • Coroner: Truck that lost corpse due to be retired

    Coroner: Truck that lost corpse due to be retired

    Monday, July 14 2014 2:36 PM EDT2014-07-14 18:36:28 GMT
    A suburban Philadelphia coroner says a transport vehicle that dropped a corpse onto a busy roadway was to have been taken out of service later this month and replaced.
    Wear and tear on a pickup truck used to transport bodies caused a hatchback to open and a corpse to fall on to a busy highway, an apologetic coroner in Pennsylvania said.
  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

    Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

    Monday, July 14 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-07-14 18:35:15 GMT
    Amazon is officially asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
    Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
  • Chinese man accused of hacking into US computers

    Chinese man accused of hacking into US computers

    Monday, July 14 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-14 18:34:44 GMT
    U.S. authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of U.S. companies with large defense contracts, including Boeing, and stealing data on military projects.
    U.S. authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of U.S. companies with large defense contracts, including Boeing, to steal data on military projects, including some of the latest...
  • Anthrax scare reveals more CDC lab safety problems

    Anthrax scare reveals more CDC lab safety problems

    Monday, July 14 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-07-14 15:48:53 GMT
    Citing a recurring problem with safety, U.S. officials have suspended the shipment of potentially dangerous germs from government laboratories in Atlanta to other labs.
    Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.
  • MUST WATCH: Pregnant Woman Jumps From Burning Building

    MUST WATCH: Pregnant Woman Jumps From Burning Building

    Monday, July 14 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-07-14 14:23:17 GMT
    A video trending on Youtube shows a terrifying moment while a pregnant woman jumps from a burning building.The footage shows a crowd gathering outside the building engulfed in huge flames when a heavily-pregnant young woman stood on the edge of a roof.It appears she may be overcome with smoke as onlookers scramble to make a way for her to land to safety. They eventually make a way for her to jump from the first story of the building and is caught by the crowd.The user who uploaded the online ...
    A video trending on Youtube shows a terrifying moment while a pregnant woman jumps from a burning building.The footage shows a crowd gathering outside the building engulfed in huge flames when a heavily-pregnant young woman stood on the edge of a roof.It appears she may be overcome with smoke as onlookers scramble to make a way for her to land to safety. They eventually make a way for her to jump from the first story of the building and is caught by the crowd.The user who uploaded the online ...
  • Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets' care

    Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets' care

    Monday, July 14 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-07-14 04:17:46 GMT
    Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover...
    Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the...
  • House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

    House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

    Saturday, July 12 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-13 01:37:27 GMT
    The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August unless Congress approves President Barack Obama's emergency request for $3.7...
    A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans...
  • Whoops! Police say tow truck tried to snag cop car

    Whoops! Police say tow truck tried to snag cop car

    Saturday, July 12 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-12 22:59:13 GMT
    Oregon State Police say they've arrested the owner of a company called Whoops Towing as he tried to haul off an undercover vehicle.
    Whoops!
  • Great fall too much _ Humpty Dumpty to be rebuilt

    Great fall too much _ Humpty Dumpty to be rebuilt

    Saturday, July 12 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-12 22:59:07 GMT
    The nursery rhyme proved right: Humpty Dumpty couldn't be put together again.
    The nursery rhyme proved right: Humpty Dumpty couldn't be put together again.
  • LeBron James returns to Cavs: 'I'm coming home'

    LeBron James returns to Cavs: 'I'm coming home'

    Saturday, July 12 2014 3:29 AM EDT2014-07-12 07:29:11 GMT
    LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.
  • Crews battle wildfires in Washington, California

    Crews battle wildfires in Washington, California

    Saturday, July 12 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-07-12 04:40:48 GMT
    Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 30 square miles in central Washington.
    Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 32 square miles in central Washington.
  • FBI: Utah man wanted to bomb police station

    FBI: Utah man wanted to bomb police station

    Friday, July 11 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-07-12 01:47:15 GMT
    Authorities have arrested a 47-year-old Utah man they say wanted to kill police officers and blow up a police department with the hope it would cause an uprising against the government.
    Authorities arrested a 47-year-old Utah man Thursday that they say had been plotting to kill police officers and blow up a police station with the hope the attacks would cause an uprising against the government.
  • 2 more charged in death of girl riding scooter

    2 more charged in death of girl riding scooter

    Friday, July 11 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-07-12 01:29:56 GMT
    A teenager pleaded not guilty Friday in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter, while two other young men were also charged and the girl's family prepared...
    Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday evening for a funeral for a 12-year-old girl killed when she was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in her neighborhood, and three young men faced charges in her death.
  • Dozens of gay-marriage licenses issued in Colorado

    Dozens of gay-marriage licenses issued in Colorado

    Friday, July 11 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-07-12 00:47:33 GMT
    Technically, their state still does not recognize gay marriages. But that hasn't stopped hundreds of gay Coloradans from getting marriage licenses from two county clerks who argue they still have the legal...
    Dozens more gay couples received marriage licenses in Colorado on Friday as a third county began granting them in the midst of a legal fight to resolve the issue for good.
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