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August 12, 2014 - 6:03am
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Five law students have sued a Florida software company over a computer submission system that malfunctioned while they and thousands of others across the country were taking the bar exam one day in July — showing that future attorneys may be the last people you want to anger.

With one day of the grueling session behind them, law students taking the bar exam with computers on July 29 were surprised to find they couldn't upload their answers using...

August 12, 2014 - 6:01am
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lake Mead is one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system, and its receding shoreline is raising concerns about the future of a network serving the perennially parched Southwest.

Marina operators, water managers and farmers are closely tracking the reservoir's water level, which is already at its lowest point since Hoover Dam was completed and the lake was first filled in the 1930s.

As federal officials ready to...

August 12, 2014 - 5:59am
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

Hundreds of miles away, farmers who receive water from the lake behind Hoover Dam are preparing for the worst.

The receding shoreline at one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water...

August 12, 2014 - 5:34am
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

1. DETAILS OF ROBIN WILLIAMS' DEATH EMERGE

The 63-year-old actor hanged himself with a belt and was found dead in a bedroom at his home by his personal assistant, authorities say.

2. WHO'S AIDING TRAPPED IRAQIS

For the past few days, Syrian Kurdish fighters have been rescuing members of Iraq's Yazidi...

August 12, 2014 - 5:11am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A global competition looking for innovative projects to take on the world's problems is getting underway.

The Genesis Prize Foundation on Tuesday is officially launching its Genesis Generation Challenge, which would give 10 teams up to $100,000 each. The competition was inspired by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The billionaire philanthropist in May was the inaugural recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, which was...

August 12, 2014 - 5:07am
1 week 2 days ago

HOPEDALE, La. (AP) — Fisherman Randy Slavich drags a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters, long before millions of gallons of oil spilled off Louisiana's coast in 2010.

On this day, Slavich's cage-like net pulls up dozens of empty, lifeless oyster shells.

"It's not good," he said, shaking his head as he...

August 12, 2014 - 3:41am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?

The Liberian government said Monday that it will receive doses of the drug to treat two doctors in the country. They would be the first Africans to receive it.

The manufacturer, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., said in a statement posted Monday afternoon on its website that the supply of the drug is...

August 12, 2014 - 3:01am
1 week 1 day ago

NEW YORK (AP) — When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. That's why airports around the world work hard to keep birds away, even resorting to shooting or poisoning large flocks.

One Ohio airport is now experimenting with a new, gentler way to avoid bird strikes: planting tall prairie grass.

Heavy birds like geese — which cause the most damage to planes — are believed to avoid long grasses because they fear predators might be hiding...

August 12, 2014 - 2:07am
1 week 1 day ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown Sr. stood alone in the center of the narrow street where the blood of his namesake son still stained the gray pavement, two days after the 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer. He straightened a waist-high wooden cross and re-lit the candles erected as part of a makeshift memorial.

"Big Mike," as some of his friends called Michael Brown Jr., wasn't the type to fight, family and neighbors said, though he lived in a restless...

August 12, 2014 - 1:54am
1 week 2 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.

It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to it himself in his comedy routines. But word that he had...

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