National News

July 15, 2014 - 6:00am
1 week 3 days ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. HAMAS REJECTS EGYPTIAN CEASE-FIRE PROPOSAL

Minutes after Israel's cabinet accepted the plan, the militant Palestinian group rebuffed it, prompting Israel to warn of more bloodshed in the Gaza Strip.

2. NORTH KOREA'S "LEAN SEASON"

This year, even more than most years, farmers in the impoverished nation...

July 15, 2014 - 4:49am
1 week 3 days ago

A timeline of events in the federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud at the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam:

— May 4, 2011: An informant contacts the FBI about a regional sales manager's statement that Pilot is cheating customers out of contractually set rebates.

— Aug. 2, 2012: Jimmy Haslam buys the Cleveland Browns for $1 billion....

July 15, 2014 - 4:37am
1 week 3 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers.

In an agreement with prosecutors, the nation's largest diesel retailer acknowledges that employees cheated trucking companies out of promised fuel rebates and discounts. Pilot has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty, which is within...

July 15, 2014 - 3:20am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it.

Allison Hickey, the VA's undersecretary for benefits, told Congress that at the insistence of officials from President Barack Obama on down, the benefits backlog has been whittled down to about 275,000 — a 55...

July 15, 2014 - 3:18am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Peace Corps launched a new online application Tuesday that allows applicants to choose the countries and programs where they want to serve and removes red tape that was dissuading people from completing the international service organization's application process.

Previously, applicants could only identify preferred countries, meaning they could be sent to a country of little interest to them. Being able to pick specific countries to serve in or...

July 15, 2014 - 3:17am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite recent sizable job gains, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is signaling that her agency is in no rush to withdraw the massive support it is providing the U.S. economy.

Extra caution is warranted, she said Tuesday, given a number of "false dawns" in this recovery when a hoped-for acceleration in growth has failed to materialize.

"Although the economy continues to improve, the recovery is not yet complete," she told the...

July 15, 2014 - 3:15am
1 week 3 days ago

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports temporary measures to keep federal transportation aid flowing to the states and to keep construction crews on the job, while he also pressed Congress for a more permanent solution to the longstanding shortfall in funding for road and bridge-building projects.

The House was expected later Tuesday to pass a temporary patch for the Highway Trust Fund, which is projected to run dry next month unless Congress...

July 15, 2014 - 3:15am
1 week 2 days ago

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters carrying "Return to Sender" and "Go home non-Yankees" signs faced off with immigrant rights activists Tuesday in a small Arizona town after a sheriff said a bus filled with Central American children was on its way.

The rallies demonstrated the deep divide of the immigration debate as groups on both sides — and in similar numbers — showed up in Oracle to speak out on the issue.

It turned heated at times, with shouting...

July 15, 2014 - 3:14am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the long term.

The action cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for...

July 15, 2014 - 3:09am
1 week 2 days ago

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in her death.

Steven Capobianco is accused of killing Carly Scott and burning her vehicle to cover up the murder. A Maui grand jury indicted him last week on charges of second-degree murder and third-degree arson.

The 24-year-old appeared at his arraignment Tuesday wearing a neck brace, orange...

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