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July 26, 2014 - 10:33am
1 day 12 hours ago

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Since 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez returned home last week, her photo has been taken off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website. The missing-person posters that hung in her hometown for nine months are now scrawled with "Found." Her mother says she and her family are "the happiest people on earth."

But investigators are left with questions about how and why Abby vanished after leaving her high school in Conway on Oct....

July 26, 2014 - 9:50am
1 day 11 hours ago

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.

In "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father," which hit the shelves at some central Pennsylvania bookstores this week, Jay Paterno writes that his father said...

July 26, 2014 - 9:46am
1 day 19 hours ago

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) — Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a New York server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant.

A spokesman for Franklin says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant in Lewiston near Buffalo.

The spokesman says Franklin ordered a hamburger after performing a sold-out show. But he says the server screamed at Franklin, saying...

July 26, 2014 - 9:44am
1 day 19 hours ago

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) —

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source.

So far, it's not working.

Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete with other electricity sources. The first two reactors built after a...

July 26, 2014 - 8:30am
1 day 21 hours ago

HRABOVE, Urkaine (AP) — The parents of a woman who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 travelled from Perth, Australia to honor their daughter at the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski, parents of 25-year-old Fatima, crossed territory held by pro-Russian rebels to reach the wreckage-strewn farm fields outside the village of Hrabove.

They last spoke to Fatima shortly before she boarded the flight for Kuala...

July 26, 2014 - 8:09am
1 day 21 hours ago

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza officials now say at least 985 Palestinians have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded in 19 days of conflict with Israel. Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip have also destroyed hundreds of homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing.

A Palestinian health official says 85 bodies were pulled from the rubble today.

The scope of the destruction is becoming apparent as the two sides observe a 12-hour humanitarian truce....

July 26, 2014 - 7:56am
1 day 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had already been operating with limited staffing, left the capital around dawn and traveled by road to neighboring Tunisia, with U.S....

July 26, 2014 - 7:07am
1 day 21 hours ago

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has burned at least two structures and prompted the evacuation of homes along a rural road east of Sacramento.

CalFire says an unknown number of homes on Sand Ridge Road off Highway 49 were evacuated.

A CalFire spokeswoman says the fire broke out Friday afternoon in a riverbed along the Amador and El Dorado county line, north of the town of Plymouth. She says the fire crossed the...

July 26, 2014 - 6:02am
1 day 21 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.

Obama is denouncing "tax inversions" in his weekly radio and Internet address. He says companies are essentially renouncing their citizenship to avoid paying their fair share.

Obama says the best way to address the problem is through tax reform that lowers the corporate tax rate. But he says the problem...

July 26, 2014 - 5:56am
1 day 21 hours ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People are being allowed to return to about 200 homes in Utah that were threatened by a brush fire.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that evacuation orders were lifted last night for the Rockport Estates subdivision outside the resort town of Park City.

Fire crews are using bulldozers to build a line around the 120-acre fire. Officials don't know what caused it.

A wildfire in the same area burned seven houses...

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