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July 1, 2014 - 9:07am
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ACTON, Mass. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department is apologizing to a Massachusetts woman for offering an appointment to her husband almost two years after he died.

Suzanne Chase, of Acton, tells WBZ-TV ( ) her Vietnam veteran husband, Doug, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011.

In 2012, she tried to move his medical care to the VA hospital in Bedford. They waited four months and never heard anything. He died in August...

July 1, 2014 - 8:44am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at ports from San Diego to Seattle expired Tuesday afternoon, but both sides pledged to continue negotiations without a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the West Coast waterfront.

The union which represents dockworkers and the association which represents shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 ports issued a joint statement saying that while the current six-year...

July 1, 2014 - 8:37am
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SHALIMAR, Fla. (AP) — A 350-pound black bear found sleeping in a Florida Panhandle tree has been euthanized.

The bear had been caught, tagged and removed from the same area twice since April but kept finding his way back to the neighborhood near Panama City.

A spokesman for Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Northwest Florida Daily News ( ) that the bear was euthanized because he created a risk of...

July 1, 2014 - 8:36am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Magic will be take center stage on Broadway this winter in a new, high-paced show but don't expect just one illusionist with a trick up his sleeve. Try seven.

"The Illusionists" starring seven international stars of magic — ranging from a card conjurer to a wizard with a crossbow — will play the Marriott Marquis Theatre from Nov. 26-Jan. 4, the first time in almost 20 years that a magic show plays Broadway.

"We're going to bring magic...

July 1, 2014 - 8:34am
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.

Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements during his initial court appearance in Des Moines federal court. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Han was...

July 1, 2014 - 8:31am
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Rescue crews peered beneath manhole covers, used sonar in a lake and deployed divers in the search for a teenager who was swept away in a Cedar Rapids storm drain after rainfall overwhelmed the eastern Iowa city's sewer system.

Logan Blake, 17, somehow ended up in the drain while playing Frisbee with friends, said city public safety communications coordinator Greg Buelow.

Buelow and Cedar Rapids Fire Department Battalion...

July 1, 2014 - 8:18am
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DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales grew at the fastest pace in eight years in June, surprising the industry and setting it up for a strong second half of the year.

Sales rose 1.2 percent over last June to 1.4 million cars and trucks, according to Autodata Corp. GM, Toyota, Hyundai and Nissan all saw increases over last June. Honda sales were flat, while sales at Ford and Volkswagen were down.

June's annualized sales rate — which estimates annual sales if...

July 1, 2014 - 8:01am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May compared with a year earlier, but the gains have slowed.

Data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices increased 8.8 percent in May compared with 12 months earlier. The pace of gains has slowed as more homes have come onto the market, according to CoreLogic.

On a month-to-month basis, prices rose 1.2 percent from April to May. But CoreLogic's monthly figures aren't adjusted for seasonal patterns, such...

July 1, 2014 - 7:34am
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CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — Three men who scaled a median and tried to cross about a dozen lanes of a metro Atlanta freeway were struck and killed by a pickup early Tuesday, snarling traffic into rush hour and puzzling police, who said they were unsure why the group made the risky move.

Moments after the 5 a.m. crash, two bodies could be seen on the pavement in the southbound lane of Interstate 85 just northeast of Atlanta. Commuters drove slowly past flashing lights, and all...

July 1, 2014 - 7:10am
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A hearing examiner has affirmed the suspension of a Maryland boy who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

The Washington Post ( reports that hearing examiner Andrew Nussbaum supported a principal's assertion that the suspension was based on a history of problems, not the pastry episode some refer to as "the Pop-Tart case." Nussbaum's 30-page opinion is dated June 26.

The incident took place...

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