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July 16, 2014 - 12:10pm
1 week 2 days ago

Land Rover's capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rearview camera.

But thankfully, the upper-crust ambience of this Brtitish-built, well-stocked, middle-range SUV in Land Rover's lineup remains.

The base LR4 still comes with its iconic and dated boxy shape, oodles of headroom, air suspension system and power sunroof over the...

July 16, 2014 - 12:07pm
1 week 2 days ago

Senate Democrats seek to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is preparing to vote on a Democratic-sponsored bill aimed at ensuring that women receive free contraception coverage even if they work for a company that has a religious objection to it.

In the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that employers don't have to provide coverage for birth control methods their faith prohibits. Democrats say that amounts to letting...

July 16, 2014 - 12:06pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and security concerns.

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said retired Adm. Robert J. Papp has broad foreign policy experience and a "passion" for the Arctic that makes him the ideal diplomat to advance U.S. interests in the region...

July 16, 2014 - 11:50am
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving higher following strong earnings results from big U.S. companies.

Time Warner soared 16 percent on news that Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox had made a bid for the media giant.

Intel jumped 7 percent after reporting a surge in earnings as companies spent more on replacing PCs.

Investors are keeping an eye on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who is testifying to Congress for a second...

July 16, 2014 - 11:50am
1 week 1 day ago

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts says it has pledges for about 80 percent of the $100 million it promised toward an effort involving the state of Michigan and major foundations to prevent the sale of art and soften cuts to city retirees during Detroit's bankruptcy.

It announced nearly $27 million in new donations and grants from prominent businesses Wednesday, including $10 million from billionaire Roger Penske and his Penske Corp.

Other...

July 16, 2014 - 11:44am
1 week 2 days ago

One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent said immigration topped their list of concerns.

The issue has gained prominence as a surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the nation's southern border illegally has left the government struggling to process the caseload.

In the July poll, immigration is about even with dissatisfaction...

July 16, 2014 - 11:40am
1 week 2 days ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Just days after his infant daughter's death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face.

The response has been overwhelming.

Hundreds of photos, sketches and paintings have poured into the family's northwestern Ohio home and their inbox.

"I'm getting messages in languages...

July 16, 2014 - 11:38am
1 week 2 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A recent art school graduate who had just moved into a rooming house was strangled and beaten to death by another tenant trying to rob her, police said Wednesday.

The victim, 23-year-old Laura Araujo, had begun living in the building in the Mantua section of Philadelphia just last week, police said. But she just as quickly decided to move out after an uncomfortable encounter with the next-door neighbor who later ended up killing her, police said....

July 16, 2014 - 11:32am
1 week 1 day ago

BOSTON (AP) — The jury in the trial of a man accused of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deliberated for a second day without reaching a verdict on Thursday.

Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of agreeing with another friend to take a backpack containing opened fireworks and other items from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the 2013 bombing. He is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

The jury began...

July 16, 2014 - 11:22am
1 week 2 days ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three men affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel kidnapped a South Carolina man and held him for ransom for nearly a week in a dispute over $200,000 in marijuana, authorities said Wednesday.

The man was blindfolded and bound at a North Carolina home before FBI agents traced phone calls from his abductors and stormed the residence, rescuing him mostly unharmed, authorities said. His identity was being withheld for his safety.

The...

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