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July 17, 2014 - 3:39pm
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Barack Obama has announced a new program aimed at attracting more private money to help pay for new roads, bridges and highways. And he's criticizing Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of transportation funding.

Obama spoke today at the Port of Wilmington in Delaware, where a recently-closed Interstate 495 bridge served as the backdrop. The bridge was closed indefinitely last month after four support columns were...

July 17, 2014 - 3:39pm
1 week 1 day ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge gave a lawyer until July 30 to produce proof that former NFL running back Larry Johnson met terms of his sentence following his conviction in a domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Attorney Gregory Knapp appeared in court for Johnson on Thursday, and said later that he'll provide paperwork showing the 34-year-old former Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins star has completed required community...

July 17, 2014 - 3:39pm
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.

People sometimes need the information quickly to verify their income when applying for a loan or other government benefits, such as housing assistance.

The field offices were scheduled to stop issuing the statements in October as part of Social...

July 17, 2014 - 3:28pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are sending more agents to Chicago to help the police department fight violence after the city experienced a bloody July 4 holiday weekend that left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured.

The Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assigning seven more agents to work in the city, upping the total number of agents to 52, to "bring more resources to Chicago to combat some of the gun violence."

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July 17, 2014 - 3:11pm
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney for one of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate in hopes of pleasing a fictional online character has filed a motion seeking access to the mental health records of the other girl charged in the case.

One girl has been found mentally incompetent by two doctors — one for the defense and one appointed by the state. Prosecutors asked for the right to challenge those conclusions and may do so at a...

July 17, 2014 - 3:05pm
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.

The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday updated its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

The maps are used for building codes and...

July 17, 2014 - 3:04pm
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RENO, Nev. (AP) — The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

Officials for the Las Vegas-based Warner Hospitality and the Tahoe-based Park family that owns the property say Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will include more than 500 hotel rooms and a 25,000-square-foot casino.

The resort...

July 17, 2014 - 2:58pm
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man who converted his antebellum home into a cluttered, quirky Elvis Presley shrine was found dead Thursday on the front porch, two days after police said he fatally shot a man who forced his way into the museum.

A motorist called police Thursday morning after seeing Paul MacLeod, 71, slumped in a chair outside the shrine known as Graceland Too, said Marshall County Coroner James Richard Anderson. He said there was no blood or trauma to MacLeod's...

July 17, 2014 - 2:56pm
1 week 1 day ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.

The Oregon lawsuit filed Thursday in Portland contends 5-Hour Energy falsely claims customers get extra energy and focus from a unique blend of ingredients, when the boost actually comes from a concentrated dose of caffeine.

The suit also targets claims that users don't...

July 17, 2014 - 2:52pm
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MIAMI (AP) — A judge in the Florida Keys overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after a legal challenge by gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.

The ruling by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia applies only to Monroe County, which primarily consists of the Keys, and will certainly be appealed. The lawsuit contended that the same-sex marriage ban approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2008 violated the federal 14th...

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