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July 21, 2014 - 11:16am
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight.

Monroe County court records show Hud Mellencamp of Bloomington was charged July 10 with a misdemeanor count of illegal alcohol consumption. Details about the case weren't immediately available.

Defense attorney Jennifer Lukemeyer did not immediately...

July 21, 2014 - 10:47am
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis who is himself mulling a second presidential run, said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service and empty promises" from Washington....

July 21, 2014 - 10:45am
1 week 3 days ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

A man who identified himself as the father of two of the boys said they were once homeless themselves and he had no idea what prompted the beatings. One of the boys told police they had attacked about 50 homeless people over the last...

July 21, 2014 - 10:44am
1 week 3 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

Fifty-seven percent of the 85 respondents to the quarterly survey said sales at their companies rose in the April-June period. That was up from 53 percent in the first quarter and 35 percent in the same period a year ago. Just...

July 21, 2014 - 10:30am
1 week 3 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional refused Monday to allow gay couples to begin marrying in Monroe County, citing a pending appeal by the state attorney general.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia rejected a motion to allow immediate weddings filed by attorneys for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, a pair of Key West bartenders whose lawsuit successfully challenged the ban. Garcia ruled...

July 21, 2014 - 10:27am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access.

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" Obama said Monday from the South Lawn of the White House.

Obama also warned Putin that he could face additional economic costs if he fails to take steps...

July 21, 2014 - 10:26am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former member of the R&B group Destiny's Child was arrested in Myrtle Beach over the weekend after a night drinking with two football players, according to authorities.

Online records show Farrah Franklin, 33, was booked into the Horry County jail just before 5 a.m. Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct.

According to police reports, Franklin had been drinking with Daquan Bowers and Ricky Sapp, both former Clemson...

July 21, 2014 - 10:23am
1 week 3 days ago

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Two teenage brothers from Utah were among six people who died in two fiery, small plane crashes in northern Arizona over the weekend, authorities said.

Daulton Whatcott, 19, was flying the single-engine Cessna that crashed just south of Interstate 15 near the Arizona-Utah border Sunday evening. He and his brother, Jaxon, of Clinton, were headed to a basketball tournament in Nevada, a family spokeswoman said.

The National...

July 21, 2014 - 9:59am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening lower as more U.S. companies turn in their quarterly results and as investors worry about tensions with Russia over the downed airliner in Ukraine.

Hasbro fell 2 percent in early trading Monday after the toy maker reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analysts' targets.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell five points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,972.

The Dow Jones...

July 21, 2014 - 9:52am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."

"America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," Obama declared at a White House signing ceremony.

Obama said it was unacceptable that being...

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