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July 14, 2014 - 11:26pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising Egypt's proposal for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

At a White House dinner Monday evening celebrating Ramadan, Obama told Muslim-Americans he's hopeful that the plan can restore calm in the wake of a deadly wave of violence.

The upbeat assessment came hours after Egypt presented a plan to end a week of heavy fighting that has killed at least 185 people. Both...

July 14, 2014 - 10:09pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. and China must improve their communication and coordination to address the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) spoke by phone on Monday. The U.S. has been pressing China, North Korea's most powerful ally, to take a harder line against the North's nuclear program.

The White House says Obama and Xi will meet in November at a regional economic...

July 14, 2014 - 10:01pm
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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A man faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend, who was found bludgeoned in her suburban New Orleans apartment over the weekend, officials said Monday.

Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, 43, was arrested early Monday with his three children in a trailer park in Katy, Texas, Jefferson Parish sheriff's Col. John Fortunato said.

"Unless he fights extradition to Jefferson Parish, he will be returned here and...

July 14, 2014 - 9:48pm
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WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — No injuries or hazardous spills have been reported after 14 Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad cars carrying automobiles and fingernail polish derailed Monday night in southwestern Virginia, a county spokesman said.

Wythe County public information officer Jeremy T.K. Farley said in a statement that a 911 call reported a derailment around 6:15 p.m. in the town of Wytheville.

Emergency personnel on scene said they have not found any...

July 14, 2014 - 9:00pm
1 week 2 days ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. ISRAEL DOWNS DRONE FROM GAZA STRIP

It's the first time the Israelis have encountered an unmanned aircraft since the start of their offensive against Hamas militants last week. Egypt, meanwhile, calls for a cease-fire.

2. CITIGROUP TO PAY $7 BILLION IN SUBPRIME MORTGAGES PROBE

The bank acknowledges a...

July 14, 2014 - 8:49pm
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CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — The former manager of a northern New Jersey diner pleaded guilty Monday in what authorities say was a foiled plot to kill the co-owner of the restaurant, who is his uncle by marriage.

Georgios Spyropoulos, 46, of Clifton faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 19. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and signed a consent order that bars him from having any contact with the victim, the victim's family or...

July 14, 2014 - 8:18pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama praised Egypt's proposal Monday for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, telling Muslim-Americans that he's hopeful that the plan can restore calm in the wake of a deadly wave of violence.

"We're going to continue to do everything we can to facilitate a return to the 2012 cease-fire," Obama said at a White House dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "We are encouraged that Egypt has...

July 14, 2014 - 8:17pm
1 week 2 days ago

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A woman said Monday that she was expelled from a private, Christian college in suburban Oklahoma City because she married her same-sex partner.

Christian Minard, 22, said she received a letter last week from Southwestern Christian University notifying her of the expulsion after returning from her honeymoon in Las Vegas. Minard said she did not know how the university learned of her March 17 marriage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, though she did say she...

July 14, 2014 - 8:01pm
1 week 2 days ago

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The challenger who narrowly lost a Republican primary runoff to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel is trying to prove that some people who voted in the June 24 runoff also voted in the June 3 Democratic primary, which would be illegal. His goal is to force another runoff.

On Monday, he asked the court for an emergency...

July 14, 2014 - 7:53pm
1 week 2 days ago

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Lisa Edelstein, the star of Bravo's new "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," is in a far happier place in her personal life.

The former "House" star said she was married the day before she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to begin working on the scripted series about a marriage dissolving.

But even her new relationship carries the tinge of divorce: Edelstein said she met her husband a short time after he and his wife...

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