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July 16, 2014 - 4:47am
6 days 20 hours ago

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political machine paid to turn out the black vote for Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid, according to campaign finance reports. His vanquished rival insisted that was improper and said Wednesday that a legal challenge to the loss remained likely in the next 10 days.

Barbour, a political giant in his state and a favorite of national donors, backed Mississippi Conservatives and his nephew Henry...

July 16, 2014 - 4:08am
1 week 7 hours ago

A pickup in China's growth has fortified confidence the world's second-biggest economy is stabilizing as the past decade's explosive growth decelerates to the 7 percent range.

China's economic transformation since the 1980s has relied heavily on industrial investment and exports but those engines have run out of momentum. Chinese export manufacturers are surrendering some of their low-cost advantage as workers demand higher wages. Industrial growth has been so intense...

July 16, 2014 - 4:04am
1 week 7 hours ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials in the Philippines say hundreds of thousands of people evacuated dangerous areas ahead of Typhoon Rammasun but the storm still left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas today.

The typhoon's 93-mph wind and 115-mph gusts, brought down trees and power poles and ripped off roofs, while sparing the capital, Manila, and densely populated northern provinces a direct hit.

In a shantytown at the...

July 16, 2014 - 4:00am
1 week 2 hours ago

DENTON, Texas (AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2 after eight hours of public testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.

Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand...

July 16, 2014 - 3:53am
6 days 22 hours ago

Oil prices rose Wednesday on a large drain in U.S. oil inventories and a slight improvement in economic growth in China.

Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery rose $1.24 to close at $101.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract dipped below $100 per barrel for the first time since May.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell 17 cents to $105.85 on the ICE exchange in...

July 16, 2014 - 3:40am
6 days 17 hours ago

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — 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.

John Middleton, 54, died Wednesday night from an injection of pentobarbital, the sixth execution in Missouri this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have performed more executions.

Middleton was convicted of killing Randy "Happy" Hamilton and...

July 16, 2014 - 3:40am
6 days 11 hours ago

DENVER (AP) — Israeli forward Noach Miller is leading his team on quite a run at the world lacrosse championships, even if his mind is thousands of miles away.

His squad, the one formed only four years ago, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 15-1 win over Germany on Tuesday. However, it's hard for him and his teammates to bask in the moment as loved ones back home deal with rocket attacks from Gaza.

"Maybe this provides a little bit of light in the...

July 16, 2014 - 3:17am
1 week 4 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.

The expanded rules adopted by the bipartisan Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers by employers is a form of sex discrimination — and illegal.

Updating its pregnancy discrimination guidelines for the first...

July 16, 2014 - 3:16am
1 week 9 hours ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As candidates for attorney general, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow vowed to root out fraud and uphold the laws of Utah with the highest integrity. They served a combined 13 years as attorney general while holding significant political sway and ambitions for higher office.

On Tuesday, the disgraced former politicians were arrested on a range of bribery charges stemming from cozy relationships with several businessmen who plied them with gold coins,...

July 16, 2014 - 3:13am
6 days 17 hours ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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 a generation.

That's a problem.

Thinking plenty of water was available at the start of summer, residents along a coastal area doused their lawns and filled their pools, while elsewhere in the state farmers...

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