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July 18, 2014 - 2:03pm
1 week 4 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors responded Friday to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich's appeal, saying the imprisoned ex-governor's lawyers misrepresented a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate campaign-finance case.

The Illinois Democrat is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption — including for seeking to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat for campaign contributions or a job.

In a...

July 18, 2014 - 1:50pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' campaign arm again outraised its Republican rival, the two committees said Friday.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported that it raised $7.2 million in June. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, meanwhile, said it raised $6 million.

The Democrats have now outraised Republicans in 16 of the last 18 months this election cycle. Combined, the two major committees have raised almost $167 million and...

July 18, 2014 - 1:49pm
1 week 4 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — A man arrested after Detroit airport security agents found a knife inside a shoe in his carry-on luggage told police he believed he wasn't breaking the law because the weapon had already passed through screening at an airport in Alabama, according to an investigative report.

The 38-year-old man's statement is contained in a Wayne County airport police report obtained by The Associated Press via a Freedom of Information Act request.

An...

July 18, 2014 - 1:37pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford from Kentucky says he is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

The former four-term Democrat says he was recently diagnosed with a malignancy on one of his lungs.

Ford will turn 90 in September.

Ford issued a statement Friday through a former spokesman indicating that his plans to campaign for Democratic candidates this fall have been put on hold. The statement says Ford will...

July 18, 2014 - 1:30pm
1 week 4 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.

Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and Pennsylvania being the latest to join the list. The others are: Massachusetts, California,...

July 18, 2014 - 1:28pm
1 week 4 days ago

LAWRENCE, N.J. (AP) — Charges were filed Friday against a dump truck driver who was accused of ramming into a car at a traffic light, sending both vehicles into a nearby lake and killing the car's driver.

Daniel C. Everett, 38, of Westampton, faces death by auto and other charges in the Thursday collision that killed 59-year-old James McLean, of Trenton.

Witnesses told police that Everett was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed when he...

July 18, 2014 - 1:07pm
1 week 4 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units he rented, authorities said Friday.

Joseph O'Donnell, 55, of Boston, was being held on $10,000 bail in a larceny case when investigators found the cremated remains Wednesday at a Somerville self-storage business. On Thursday, they found...

July 18, 2014 - 1:06pm
1 week 4 days ago

If Israel and Hamas can agree on one point, it seems, it's that things have to change.

That's why cease-fire efforts carried out by Egypt and backed by the West have until now failed, and it's why Israel decided to roll the dice and launch a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip with a huge potential to turn ugly.

Now comes a pivotal question: With Hamas weakened by a regional realignment, will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu up the ante by attempting...

July 18, 2014 - 12:53pm
1 week 4 days ago

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A 24-year-old man who a month after being released from prison for a bank robbery held up the same bank and teller has been sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars.

Joshua James Driskell was arrested for robbing a Key Bank branch in Bremerton, Washington in October. He had just completed his prison sentence for the 2010 robbery.

The Kitsap Sun says (http://is.gd/2Fwgz8 ) court documents show Driskell went into the bank on...

July 18, 2014 - 12:53pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A black actor who accused Macy's of racially profiling minorities as shoplifters is settling his civil rights lawsuit, one of several cases that drew attention last year to long-simmering complaints about how big retailers treat minority customers.

Macy's Inc. and one of "Treme" star Rob Brown's lawyers said Friday they had reached a settlement, in principle. A federal judge had indicated in a filing Wednesday that an agreement was in the works....

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