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July 11, 2014 - 4:41pm
1 day 19 hours ago

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

Experts have been predicting for months the lingering drought will lead to significantly more bear problems throughout the Sierra Nevada this summer. Three consecutive years of...

July 11, 2014 - 4:40pm
1 day 20 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has hailed as "historic" a Japanese government decision to loosen restrictions on its military.

Hagel said once Japan's parliament passes implementing legislation, the Asian nation will be able to contribute more to regional security and expand its role on the world stage.

Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera met with Hagel Friday and discussed a recent Cabinet decision to reinterpret the nation's...

July 11, 2014 - 4:28pm
1 day 20 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is coming back to Cleveland. Forget about all those fans who burned jerseys when he left — the city is ready to welcome its NBA superstar home.

Within hours of his announcement Friday that he was leaving Miami to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, fans celebrated in the streets and an electronic billboard with James' image lit up the side of a building.

James explained in a Sports Illustrated essay that being near his...

July 11, 2014 - 4:27pm
1 day 20 hours ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend.

A document filed with U.S. District Court in Charlotte says the woman is charged with producing child pornography and distributing child pornography.

James Burns, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, says in the document that the woman told investigators she used her mother's cellphone to take the...

July 11, 2014 - 4:27pm
1 day 16 hours ago

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.

State Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican farmer from Willow City, said he plans to revisit legislation the state Legislature rejected last year that would mandate flow meters and cutoff switches on such lines.

"This is a...

July 11, 2014 - 4:26pm
1 day 20 hours ago

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that plummeted from a bridge survived and is recovering at an animal shelter.

Police are believe a person who tossed him and are looking for suspects.

Construction crews reported hearing a noise Thursday, then seeing the kitten fall toward the water over the bridge railing and into the Intracoastal Waterway. Police say the kitten swam to shore but got stuck in the mud. Marine...

July 11, 2014 - 4:25pm
1 day 19 hours ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The notice of appeal in the case of Kurt Mix was filed Friday in U.S. District Court, where Mix was tried, and at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prosecutors accused Mix of deliberately deleting text messages to and from a supervisor and a...

July 11, 2014 - 4:21pm
1 day 19 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's environmental protections designed to reduce water pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining.

In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Environmental Protection Agency acted within its authority when it instituted two measures under the Clean Water Act that address damage from surface mining.

Under a process set...

July 11, 2014 - 4:17pm
1 day 20 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is ending slightly higher as investors assess corporate earnings.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28 points, or 0.2 percent, to finish at 16,943 Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,967. The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,415.

Fastenal, which makes industrial fasteners, fell 4 percent after reporting revenue that fell...

July 11, 2014 - 4:15pm
1 day 19 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

At the same time, deficit hawks fear that letting veterans turn more to providers outside the VA for health care could cost far more if Congress, under pressure from powerful veterans groups, decides to...

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