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July 16, 2014 - 4:16pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — She hadn't done splits and high kicks in years, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal — to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.

Faced with competition from women in their 20s and 30s, Lewis never thought she'd make the team — and then, she did.

"I wanted to set a goal for myself, and the audition was a specific date that required specific training, so my goal was...

July 16, 2014 - 4:14pm
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since.

He and Neil Armstrong were on the moon.

They missed the whole celebration 45 years ago this Sunday. So did Michael Collins, orbiting solo around the moon in the mother ship.

Now, on this Apollo 11 milestone — just five years shy of the golden anniversary — Aldrin is asking everyone to...

July 16, 2014 - 4:13pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher following strong earnings results and deal news from big U.S. companies.

The gains pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record high close this month.

The Dow rose 77 points, or 0.5 percent, to 17,138 Wednesday, beating the record high close it set on July 3.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose eight points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,981. The Nasdaq composite rose nine...

July 16, 2014 - 4:10pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House passed a $20 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.

The House passed the bill on a nearly party-line, 228-195, vote.

Companion legislation has yet to advance in the Senate and the White House has promised a veto of the House bill for numerous reasons, including a...

July 16, 2014 - 4:09pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged Wednesday that systemic safety problems have for years plagued federal public health laboratories that handle dangerous germs such as anthrax and bird flu.

Testifying at a congressional hearing in Washington, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the agency had long thought of the lapses as unrelated accidents. But two particularly serious mistakes this year caused officials to re-...

July 16, 2014 - 4:04pm
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawyers for tea party candidate Chris McDaniel said Wednesday that they intend, in the next 10 days, to file a challenge of McDaniel's loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary.

Attorneys and advisers to McDaniel said they need more time to examine ballot boxes and poll books. They said they are seeking voting irregularities in the June 24 runoff. McDaniel did not appear at the event at attorney Mitch Tyner's office in...

July 16, 2014 - 4:02pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.

The 236-186 vote rejected a move by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., to block the Treasury Department from implementing guidance it issued in February telling banks how to report on their dealings with marijuana-related businesses without running afoul of federal money-laundering laws.

Marijuana dealing...

July 16, 2014 - 4:00pm
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The uncle of four Palestinian boys who were killed in an Israeli naval strike today is calling it a "cold-blooded massacre."

The four -- ages 9 to 11 -- were killed during the bombardment of a coastal area in the Gaza Strip. Israel says it's investigating what happened.

The boys' uncle says "with all of the advanced technology they claim they're using," Israel should have been able to identify them as kids. A Palestinian...

July 16, 2014 - 3:58pm
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut ordered a psychiatric assessment Wednesday of a Venezuelan man charged with making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents in the days following the December 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Wilfrido Cardenas Hoffman, who faces up to five years in prison if convicted, was arrested last month at Miami International Airport while traveling to Mexico from Venezuela.

At his...

July 16, 2014 - 3:57pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The bomb threat that shut down one of Louisiana's largest universities for a day was a hoax, Louisiana State Police said Wednesday, after disposing of a suspicious device and evacuating the campus.

Although teams were continuing to search the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, investigators found no explosives in a device uncovered after a man called in threats to a television station, Master Trooper Brooks David said Wednesday....

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