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July 18, 2014 - 3:36pm
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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia reporter who ducked for cover after she heard gunfire at the scene of a killing actually heard an aging pickup truck backfire.

Beckley police detective Morgan Bragg said Friday the driver of the truck was passing by the crime scene on Monday when his vehicle backfired, as he said it is prone to do.

WVVA-TV says reporter Annie Moore was recording video when she believed someone in a passing vehicle...

July 18, 2014 - 3:35pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.

The crew is working first to neutralize the raw material for sarin nerve gas, which makes up 581 metric tons of the chemical material on the ship.

Mustard gas accounts for the remaining 19 metric tons of chemical material on the Cape Ray.

The Pentagon has said it could take up to 60...

July 18, 2014 - 3:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Forbes said Friday it will sell a majority stake in the family owned magazine publisher to a Hong Kong-based investor group.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The New York company said in November it was putting itself up for sale.

The buyers are led by Integrated Asset Management Ltd., a Hong Kong investment firm that invests in telecommunications, finance and technology companies.

The Forbes family...

July 18, 2014 - 3:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH (AP) — A decision by the Obama administration is going to be welcomed by the oil industry, but not by environmentalists.

The administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration. It gave final approval today to the use of sonic cannons that can find energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

It will mean plenty of new jobs -- but environmentalists are worried about the short-term and long-term...

July 18, 2014 - 3:15pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is calling for the release of Cambodian opposition officials held after a clash with security forces who prevented their followers from rallying in a public park.

The clash has heightened fears of political violence as Cambodia approaches the anniversary on July 28 of an election that the opposition says was rigged. Lawyers say at least six leading opposition members, including five lawmakers, have been charged with leading an...

July 18, 2014 - 3:14pm
1 week 3 days ago

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves.

Fallin issued a statement today after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Fallin says she hopes the decision is eventually overturned....

July 18, 2014 - 3:05pm
1 week 3 days ago

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Cornhole, the strange-sounding game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties, is taking on a serious side this week.

The American Cornhole Organization will crown its world champions as about 380 competitors from 17 states vie for $10,000 in prize money in singles and doubles events.

Cornhole involves tossing one-pound bags filled with plastic pellets into a hole in a slanted board 27 feet away. Players earn...

July 18, 2014 - 2:56pm
1 week 3 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the Internal Revenue Service, rejecting a request by the federal government to dismiss all the allegations that the agency subjected conservative groups to additional, often burdensome scrutiny.

In her ruling Thursday, Judge Susan Dlott allowed two of the tea party groups' claims — including that the IRS discriminated and retaliated against them based on their views in...

July 18, 2014 - 2:44pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White House that were released Friday. The documents also touch upon Osama bin Laden, consideration of military action in Haiti in 1994 and preparationsfor Supreme Court nomination hearings.

The National Archives released about 1,000 pages of previously...

July 18, 2014 - 2:32pm
1 week 3 days ago

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Former major leaguer Jose Offerman testified Friday that he neither swung his bat at two minor leaguers nor caused their injuries during a scuffle that broke out when he was hit by a pitch during a 2007 comeback attempt.

Offerman took the stand in a civil assault and injury trial in federal court in Bridgeport. He is being sued by a former member of the Bridgeport Bluefish who claims Offerman injured him when the two-time All Star charged the...

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