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August 20, 2014 - 2:48pm
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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former school teacher charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed trespasser told police he had considered guarding the often-burglarized duplex in the past but was concerned he might shoot a child, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

The statement came at a hearing for Wayne Burgarello, 73, whose bail was reduced from $2 million to $150,000 after a judge found that his failing health and lifelong ties to the community made it unlikely Burgarello would...

August 20, 2014 - 2:45pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business.

In an interview this week, Bob Bowman said he is optimistic that a deal could be reached soon with various cable operators, channels and ballclubs. The catch is that even with an MLB.TV subscription, which starts at $20 a month, fans will also need a cable or satellite TV subscription to view...

August 20, 2014 - 2:44pm
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LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff says he intends to finish the case before the November general election.

Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee held a status conference Wednesday in Laurel, Mississippi.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel filed a lawsuit last week demanding that a judge declare him the Republican nominee or order a new runoff between him and...

August 20, 2014 - 2:36pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor and archbishop convened a round-table meeting of police and minority community leaders on Wednesday to diffuse tensions between the groups, days before a march to protest the death of a black man placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he hoped the meeting — which appeared noticeably less tense than a previous gathering after the death of Eric Garner — will help a city grappling with the renewal of...

August 20, 2014 - 2:36pm
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EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is engaging in his favorite pastime -- a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The outing at Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast came shortly after the president delivered a somber statement over the brutal killing of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.

Obama is in the second week of a two-week vacation. Domestic and international eruptions have...

August 20, 2014 - 2:34pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — How much will Bank of America's expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much.

In mega-settlements negotiated with the government, a dollar is rarely worth an actual dollar.

Inflated figures make sensational headlines for the Justice Department, and $17 billion would be the largest settlement by far arising from the economic meltdown in which millions of people in the United...

August 20, 2014 - 2:16pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

One of the officials, who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement isn't scheduled until Thursday at the earliest, said the bank will pay $9.65 billion in cash and...

August 20, 2014 - 2:05pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.

In a new report, the Agriculture Department said that staffing for fighting fires has more than doubled since 1998. Meanwhile, the number of workers who manage National Forest System lands has dropped by about a third.

Agriculture...

August 20, 2014 - 2:05pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.

Minutes of the Fed's discussion at its July 29-30 meeting released Wednesday show that some officials thought the Fed would need "to call for a relatively prompt move" to reduce the stimulus it has supplied since the financial...

August 20, 2014 - 2:01pm
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ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A Texas father's claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seemed to be bolstered Wednesday by testimony from prosecution witnesses.

Two of the witnesses — a current deputy and a former one — told jurors they failed to note in reports that more gunfire had taken place well after the driver was shot. A third witness, a cousin of the motorist, gave contradictory testimony about whether David...

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