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July 28, 2014 - 3:41pm
20 hours 27 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a security breach involving the changing of flags at the Brooklyn Bridge last week is "a wake-up call."

De Blasio said Monday police have increased security on all the city's bridges.

Police believe four or five people climbed the bridge's two towers on July 22 and replaced the giant American flags with white ones.

The operation involved disabling a pair of...

July 28, 2014 - 3:17pm
19 hours 27 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration.

"At times like this, people try to isolate Israel - but we are here to stand with Israel," Boehner said in remarks at the National Press Club. "Not just as a broker or observer — but as a strong partner and a trusted ally."

Boehner defined that support: "Well, it...

July 28, 2014 - 3:03pm
19 hours 7 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission...

July 28, 2014 - 2:49pm
20 hours 17 min ago

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

Harrell's answer to that question got her arrested. She spent the night in jail, temporarily lost custody of her girl for 17 days, thought she lost her job, and still faces 10 years in prison if convicted of felony child...

July 28, 2014 - 2:41pm
21 hours 7 min ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lawyers in Las Vegas want immigration authorities to release a wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme and remains in custody even after his poker star friends posted his bail.

Wei Seng "Paul" Phua, 50, and his son, Darren Phua, 22, were in the Henderson Detention Center on Monday on a hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to jail records. A few days earlier, poker professional Andrew Robl and...

July 28, 2014 - 2:37pm
22 hours 17 min ago

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say one person died and three others were injured in an explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.

Moss Point Fire Chief Tommy Posey tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1nzt9za ) a storage tank at Omega Protein exploded around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Posey says there was no fire after the explosion.

The plant has been closed for the day.

Identities of the victims were not...

July 28, 2014 - 2:32pm
20 hours 27 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

The bipartisan legislation would roll back federal regulations that since 2012 have required ads to most prominently display the full ticket price. Under the bill, the base price could be the figure most prominently shown in ads...

July 28, 2014 - 2:19pm
18 hours 57 min ago

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the Navajo Generating Station could either shut down one of the plant's 750-megawatt units or reduce power generation by an...

July 28, 2014 - 2:14pm
19 hours 37 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.

It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was against American Airlines for $24.2 million in August 2010. That one was ultimately settled for $24.9 million as part of American's bankruptcy...

July 28, 2014 - 2:03pm
7 hours 27 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said Monday.

The man, Charles Richard Mozdir, was recently featured on a CNN show about fugitives. He was wanted in a San Diego case and was charged with lewd acts upon a child younger than 14, a...

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