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August 10, 2014 - 4:41am
1 week 2 days ago

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Tony Stewart says "there aren't words" to describe his sadness over the collision that killed Kevin Ward Jr.

In a statement released by spokesman Mike Arning, Stewart says "my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy."

The three-time NASCAR champion struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. with his car on Saturday night as Ward walked toward it following contact between the two during...

August 10, 2014 - 1:46am
1 week 2 days ago

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.

In a sport steeped with bravado, what happened next was another familiar, but treacherous, move: Wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, the 20-year-old Ward unbuckled himself, climbed out of the winged car into the night and defiantly walked onto the track at Canandaigua...

August 10, 2014 - 1:37am
1 week 3 days ago

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii state Sen. David Ige (EE-gay) has won the state's Democratic primary for governor, upsetting incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Ige has promised to bring a different leadership style to Hawaii, saying he wants the state to live within its current revenues rather than raise taxes. The Democrat also pledged to collect $450 million in unpaid taxes.

Abercrombie had sought a second term after sparring with some Democrats in the state...

August 10, 2014 - 12:55am
1 week 2 days ago

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A 17-year-old has been arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the Washington state mobile home park she vanished from last weekend, authorities said.

The boy was arrested Saturday without incident by deputies and FBI agents at his home in the same Bremerton-area mobile home park, Kitsap County sheriff's Detective Earl Smith said at a news conference.

The Washington state crime...

August 10, 2014 - 12:45am
1 week 2 days ago

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Aug. 9 about the crash of a fire truck, The Associated Press misidentified William Tweedy. He is a retired spokesman for the department, and was at the scene of the crash working as a freelance videographer.

A corrected version of the story is below:

4 firefighters, 3 drivers hurt in California crash

4 firefighters, 3 drivers hurt in Northern California crash involving ladder truck...

August 10, 2014 - 12:34am
1 week 3 days ago

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Julio to Category 1, the least powerful level.

Sam Houston, a forecaster with the weather service, says Julio's winds have weakened to about 92 mph or 80 knots.

The hurricane is about 355 miles northeast of Hilo and 510 miles east of Honolulu. Julio is expected come closest to Hawaii early Sunday and linger near the state into Monday.

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August 10, 2014 - 12:21am
1 week 3 days ago

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a plane that took off from Steamboat Springs bound for Boulder is missing and has apparently crashed.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1spIjdc ) that search teams were preparing Saturday night to head toward the area where the plane is believed to have gone down in Routt County.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, tells the Post that the plane was a Piper PA-28 and...

August 10, 2014 - 12:00am
1 week 2 days ago

Today is Monday, August 11, the 223rd day of 2014. There are 142 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 11, 1954, a formal peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Viet Minh.

On this date:

In 1786, Capt. Francis Light arrived in Penang to claim the Malaysian island for Britain...

August 9, 2014 - 9:55pm
1 week 3 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — Police and Jewish community leaders say an Orthodox rabbi from New York was fatally shot as he walked to a Miami temple.

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez says there is no indication that the Saturday shooting of 60-year-old Joseph Raksin was a hate crime. Authorities have not released a motive, but the Anti-Defamation League says it has been in close contact with lead investigators and the crime appears to be a robbery gone badly....

August 9, 2014 - 9:34pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has dropped food and water for a third time to thousands of Iraqi refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement Saturday night that the latest airdrop involved planes from multiple air bases and included one C-17 and two C-130 cargo planes. Fighter aircraft flew in support of the airdrop.

Officials say the aircraft delivered 72 bundles of supplies, including more than 3,800 gallons of...

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