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August 27, 2014 - 9:20am
6 min 45 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and...

August 27, 2014 - 9:17am
14 hours 36 min ago

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Alec Baldwin has paid a visit to his mother's cancer research booth at the New York State Fair.

The Post-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1pGv45P ) that the actor spent a couple hours Tuesday at the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY Inc. booth at the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds.

The former "30 Rock" star signed autographs and posted for pictures with his mother, who lives in Camillus, outside Syracuse. Carol...

August 27, 2014 - 9:15am
14 hours 16 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — One of Boston's swankiest hotels is paying tribute to a dingy rock club.

The Hotel Commonwealth next month will start renting a room called the Rathskeller Suite, named after the club of the same name.

Known simply known as The Rat, the club hosted bands that went on to become the biggest names in rock music, including The Ramones, The Police and Metallica. The Rat was a classic basement dive — dirty, smelly, dark and grungy. It closed...

August 27, 2014 - 9:02am
14 hours 36 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson's "The November Man," playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one in a series of Bill Granger novels), giving Brosnan the opportunity to prove his cool remains intact, sans tux...

August 27, 2014 - 8:56am
8 hours 56 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

And as the administration weighed its options for targeting the Islamic State group's strongholds in neighboring Syria, the U.S. Central Command announced three more airstrikes in the vicinity of Ibril and the Mosul Dam. The strikes by...

August 27, 2014 - 8:54am
6 hours 36 min ago

MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) — Boxer Jermain Taylor was freed on $25,000 bond Wednesday after police detained the former middleweight champion in the shooting of his cousin at Taylor's suburban Little Rock home.

Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for his initial court appearance Wednesday. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. Taylor faces preliminary charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault in the late Tuesday shooting of Tyrone Hinton....

August 27, 2014 - 8:32am
12 hours 46 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — He has lied, cheated and killed, but "House of Cards" President Frank Underwood isn't done yet. Next he's going to sing.

Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey will take time out from filming the third season of the Netflix hit series to show off his vocal talents at a one-night-only gala concert Sept. 29 at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. The concert will benefit scholarships and grants for emerging artists.

Spacey,...

August 27, 2014 - 8:12am
11 hours 16 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.

The company said it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone — the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances.

The problem affected all of Time Warner Cable's markets and...

August 27, 2014 - 8:11am
15 hours 26 min ago

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A judge has refused to lower bail for the driver accused of causing a deadly crash at a New Jersey farmers market.

James Woetzel pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death. He remains held on $200,000 bail.

Authorities say the 48-year-old drove his pickup truck through a barricade at the Hawthorne market, killing a woman and injuring two other people on Aug....

August 27, 2014 - 8:07am
11 hours 26 min ago

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A defense lawyer has been ordered to stay on the case of a Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter, despite a "total breakdown" in their relationship.

Benzie County Judge James Batzer turned down a request by Heidi Hodek to stop representing Kelli Stapleton, who goes to trial Sept. 3 in northern Michigan.

"If (Stapleton) wanted to fire the attorneys, she could. Otherwise he wasn't letting them off the case...

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