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July 17, 2014 - 3:59pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kentucky congressman behind an amendment that would undo the District of Columbia's strict gun control laws said Thursday he doesn't think it will become law.

The GOP-controlled House on Wednesday approved Republican Rep. Thomas Massie's amendment, which blocks the District from spending any money to enforce local gun laws. A day after he got the language in a spending bill, Massie said he suspects his amendment will not get through the Senate....

July 17, 2014 - 3:56pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Magicians Siegfried & Roy welcomed three new snowy white lion cubs to their Secret Garden habitat on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 14-week-old felines were born near Johannesburg, South Africa, and brought to the Mirage casino three weeks ago. They will be available for public viewing starting on Friday.

"Millions of people each year visit the Secret Garden and are awed by these great creatures," Siegfried Fischbacher said in a...

July 17, 2014 - 3:44pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is defending holding a counterterrorism dialogue with China this week.

Human Rights Watch criticized the discussions, saying it could be viewed by Beijing as acceptance of its repressive treatment of minority Uighur (WEE'-gur) Muslims.

A State Department statement said senior U.S. and Chinese officials met in Washington on Tuesday and committed to "address the shared threat that terrorism poses to both countries...

July 17, 2014 - 3:39pm
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Barack Obama has announced a new program aimed at attracting more private money to help pay for new roads, bridges and highways. And he's criticizing Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of transportation funding.

Obama spoke today at the Port of Wilmington in Delaware, where a recently-closed Interstate 495 bridge served as the backdrop. The bridge was closed indefinitely last month after four support columns were...

July 17, 2014 - 3:39pm
1 week 3 days ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge gave a lawyer until July 30 to produce proof that former NFL running back Larry Johnson met terms of his sentence following his conviction in a domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Attorney Gregory Knapp appeared in court for Johnson on Thursday, and said later that he'll provide paperwork showing the 34-year-old former Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins star has completed required community...

July 17, 2014 - 3:39pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.

People sometimes need the information quickly to verify their income when applying for a loan or other government benefits, such as housing assistance.

The field offices were scheduled to stop issuing the statements in October as part of Social...

July 17, 2014 - 3:28pm
1 week 3 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are sending more agents to Chicago to help the police department fight violence after the city experienced a bloody July 4 holiday weekend that left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured.

The Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assigning seven more agents to work in the city, upping the total number of agents to 52, to "bring more resources to Chicago to combat some of the gun violence."


July 17, 2014 - 3:11pm
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney for one of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate in hopes of pleasing a fictional online character has filed a motion seeking access to the mental health records of the other girl charged in the case.

One girl has been found mentally incompetent by two doctors — one for the defense and one appointed by the state. Prosecutors asked for the right to challenge those conclusions and may do so at a...

July 17, 2014 - 3:05pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.

The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday updated its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

The maps are used for building codes and...

July 17, 2014 - 3:04pm
1 week 3 days ago

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

Officials for the Las Vegas-based Warner Hospitality and the Tahoe-based Park family that owns the property say Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will include more than 500 hotel rooms and a 25,000-square-foot casino.

The resort...

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