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August 8, 2014 - 2:45pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration ordered U.S. airlines not to fly over Iraq following the first U.S. airstrikes there Friday, while carriers from other nations said they were suspending service to the Iraqi city of Irbil because of the hostilities.

A Federal Aviation Administration notice to pilots says the ban was prompted by the "potentially hazardous situation created by fighting between militants" associated with the Islamic State group and "Iraqi security...

August 8, 2014 - 2:44pm
1 week 5 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Republican National Committee erased any scintilla of doubt on Friday when its members cast a unanimous vote to make Cleveland the host of its 2016 national convention.

The vote, which came during the RNC's summer meeting in Chicago, puts the pressure on the host organizing committee to raise the $60 million it promised Republicans to cover some of the convention costs.

Unofficially, estimates are that between $25 million and $30...

August 8, 2014 - 2:34pm
1 week 5 days ago

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say the wildfire burning in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge about 75 miles east of Portland has destroyed a home, damaged two others and is threatening 740 more.

Residents of more than 140 homes have been told to evacuate and nearly 600 households have been put on alert in the community of Rowena near The Dalles (dalz).

The official information page for the Rowena Fire on Facebook says the fire covered about 5 square...

August 8, 2014 - 2:30pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is condemning the renewed rocket fire in the conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip and urging both sides to cease hostilities immediately.

Militants in Gaza resumed rocket attacks on Friday and refused to extend a three-day truce. Israel responded with airstrikes. The violence has thrown broader cease-fire talks in Cairo into doubt.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Israel has agreed to extend...

August 8, 2014 - 2:26pm
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 14-year-old girl held with four other teens after the beating of a University of Southern California graduate student has been charged with seven felonies in an unrelated Dockweiler Beach robbery that took place later that day, authorities said.

The girl, who was not named because of her age, faces charges including carjacking, second-degree robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday ( )....

August 8, 2014 - 2:21pm
1 week 5 days ago

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Tourists who want a bird's-eye view of the New York City skyline might be out of luck.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey joined local officials from both sides of the Hudson River in Hoboken on Friday to call for a ban on tourist helicopter flights.

Interrupted repeatedly by the buzzing sounds of helicopters, officials said the flights are a threat to the quality of life and public safety of waterfront residents....

August 8, 2014 - 2:21pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has apologized for what it called an "inadvertent" mistake that underreported the number of deaths linked to delays in cancer treatment at VA medical facilities.

"VA inadvertently caused confusion in its communication" of a review of cases involving patient harm or deaths linked to delays in treatment for gastrointestinal cancers, the agency said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.


August 8, 2014 - 2:14pm
1 week 5 days ago

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine a motive after multiple men in masks stormed a Central California apartment and opened fire, killing three men and wounding another.

Kern County Sheriff's officials say the suspects fled on foot after Wednesday night's shooting in Bakersfield, and they remain at large. There also were children inside the apartment, but they were not hurt.

The wounded man was listed in serious but stable...

August 8, 2014 - 2:05pm
1 week 5 days ago

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has ordered a teen who accused a man of rape to turn over access to her Facebook account, providing another example of social media's growing use in courtrooms and the resulting privacy concerns.

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier this week agreed to a request from David Stevens-Parker's defense attorney, and the judge said he will privately review two weeks of Facebook postings for any comments related to the...

August 8, 2014 - 1:50pm
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 16 for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub.

Arizona, which has charged Sharper in a similar case, wants to extradite him there for trial. He's also been investigated in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. But in May authorities in Florida found insufficient evidence to pursue charges there.

He has...

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