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July 18, 2014 - 6:24pm
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Geoff Johns, executive producer of "The Flash," says the upcoming CW series is probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever.

Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, who becomes the fastest man alive, known as The Flash. He was introduced last fall on two episodes of The CW's "Arrow."

The cast and executive producers spoke to journalists Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour about the show set...

July 18, 2014 - 6:09pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation said it will resume using drones in its work after a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that a warning the group received to stop using them didn't have any legal consequences.

Texas EquuSearch had sued the Federal Aviation Administration, seeking to overturn what the group described as an order it had been sent in February by email prohibiting the nonprofit organization from...

July 18, 2014 - 6:00pm
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BUENOS AIRES (AP) — The relatives of 85 people killed in Argentina's deadliest terror attack are demanding justice and calling on their government to annul an agreement with Iran to investigate the bombing 20 years ago.

The call came Friday on the anniversary of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in downtown Buenos Aires. The attack remains unsolved, but an Argentine prosecutor last year released an indictment that accuses Iran and Hezbollah of...

July 18, 2014 - 5:58pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — CNN has pulled reporter Diana Magnay out of the Middle East after she referred to a group of Israelis who had allegedly threatened her while reporting on Gaza as "scum" in a tweet.

Magnay was reporting live on the air as a group watched the Israeli bombardment of Gaza around her. After the report was over, she wrote on Twitter: "Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to 'destroy our car if I say a word wrong.' Scum."...

July 18, 2014 - 5:57pm
1 week 2 days ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon found Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. in contempt of court.

Taishan had contested U.S. Courts' jurisdiction over claims that gases released by the...

July 18, 2014 - 5:55pm
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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. That extends by four years the time frame for similar claims made in the original complaint and could open the door to a criminal investigation.

"On flights home, the routine was the same everywhere," said Brett Romberg, who played center in Jacksonville (2003-05), St. Louis (2006-08) and Atlanta (...

July 18, 2014 - 5:50pm
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An Oregon defense contractor has pleaded guilty to selling $10 million worth of phony parts for attack helicopters and military vehicles to the U.S. government, including a locknut that secures the rotor on the Kiowa attack helicopter.

According to court records, the company Kustom Products Inc., a longtime seller of truck and RV parts based in Coos Bay; owner Harold Ray Bettencourt II, and four employees pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland to...

July 18, 2014 - 5:46pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

Vilsack also announced $9.7 million in new emergency drought aid to help rural Californians hurt by the state's three-year drought.

A drought monitor sponsored by the federal government says 81 percent of the state is...

July 18, 2014 - 5:38pm
1 week 1 day ago

ATLANTA (AP) — As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.

The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Some contain propane, which is flammable and can explode or catch fire if, for example, a technician servicing an...

July 18, 2014 - 5:31pm
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The new leader of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization says it has moved on from the controversy that erupted 2½ years ago over its decision, quickly reversed in an onslaught of criticism, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

"I think we as an organization have moved past it and I think that's the important thing — that we keep focusing on our mission," said Judy Salerno, who was named Komen's...

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