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July 10, 2014 - 2:03pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Five California men who say they came under police scrutiny for innocent behavior sued the Obama administration Thursday over an information-sharing program designed by the federal government to help flag potential terrorist activity in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The men, including an accountant and a photographer of public art, say law enforcement produced "suspicious activity reports" on them even though they had done nothing...

July 10, 2014 - 1:59pm
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.

Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops...

July 10, 2014 - 1:52pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The testimony of nine military officers undermines contentions by Republican lawmakers that a "stand-down order" held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

The "stand-down" theory centers on a Special Operations team of four — a detachment leader, a medic, a communications expert and a weapons operator with his foot in a cast — who were...

July 10, 2014 - 1:48pm
1 week 4 days ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis says President Barack Obama should visit the Texas border to witness firsthand the crisis of tens of thousands of young migrants entering the U.S.

Her comments Thursday made Davis the most high-profile Texas Democrat yet to urge Obama to make the trip. She is the Democratic nominee for Texas governor and has garnered nationwide support.

The White House has insisted there was little the president could learn...

July 10, 2014 - 1:45pm
1 week 4 days ago

This is part of a periodic series about the New Jersey shore's efforts to rebuild and return to normalcy the second summer after Superstorm Sandy ravaged many coastal communities.

July 10, 2014 - 1:45pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a top health administrator to serve as interim director of its Office of Medical Inspector.

The inspector's office came under scrutiny last month, after an independent investigator issued a scathing report saying the office downplayed whistleblower complaints outlining serious problems at VA facilities across the country.

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said that Dr. Gerard Cox will...

July 10, 2014 - 1:37pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley and countless others, has died.

She was 92 and died Wednesday of complications from a brain tumor and osteoporosis, according to Arielle Baran, a spokeswoman for Derris & Co., which handles public relations for Ford and announced the death Thursday.

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July 10, 2014 - 1:35pm
1 week 4 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Home Depot says it has fired a Georgia man who faces a murder charge in his son's death in a hot SUV.

Company spokeswoman Catherine Woodling confirmed Thursday that Justin Ross Harris no longer works for the company but wouldn't say when he was terminated. She said he'd been on leave without pay since his arrest.

Harris faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June 18 death. He has said he left the toddler in the SUV for about...

July 10, 2014 - 1:35pm
1 week 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, say they have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of running up to a police horse, uttering a "karate-like battle cry" and delivering what a spokesman calls "a jumping, double kick" to the horse's right thigh.

Police say the horse named Olin was unfazed and unhurt Wednesday. A police spokesman notes Olin outweighed his attacker by about 1,000 pounds.

Olin and his human partner took Joseph Cruz into...

July 10, 2014 - 1:32pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at this year's Emmy contenders with the most nominations:

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— HBO's "Game Of Thrones," 19 nominations

— FX's "Fargo," 18 nominations.

— FX's "American Horror Story: Coven," 17 nominations.

— AMC's "Breaking Bad," 16 nominations.

— HBO's "The Normal Heart," 16 nominations.

— NBC's "Saturday...

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