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September 2, 2014 - 3:37am
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NEW YORK (AP) — In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness — the passing of the sweat-soaked towel. 

It happens dozens of times in a long match and is in full glory on the courts at Flushing Meadows: Players call for a towel to be brought to them in the middle of a game, and they quickly wipe the sweat from their faces, sometimes even their necks, arms and legs.

And then,...

September 2, 2014 - 3:27am
11 min 41 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. Five things to know about marijuana and driving:

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1. WHAT WE KNOW

While marijuana users can perform simple tasks well while...

September 2, 2014 - 3:25am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.

Beer, who was 17 in October 2012 when the crash occurred, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and was sentenced last week to 5 years to 15 years in prison.

As states liberalize...

September 2, 2014 - 3:24am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war.

Wrapping up almost 6,200 miles from Baghdad, the trial is the best hope the survivors and the families of the victims have for accountability for the violence at Nisoor Square on Sept. 16, 2007. After 10 weeks of arguments and testimony, the case goes...

September 2, 2014 - 3:15am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.

Fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels continued in eastern Ukraine as Obama prepared to fly to Estonia for meetings with...

September 2, 2014 - 3:04am
11 min 41 sec ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania groom spent his wedding night in the back of a police car after allegedly harassing a waitress at the reception then resisting arrest after an altercation with the pregnant woman's boyfriend.

A criminal complaint says groom Mark Williams touched the waitress several times during the wedding cruise and tried to pour alcohol down her throat. Police say he then scuffled with the woman's boyfriend after the boat docked early Monday...

September 2, 2014 - 3:04am
11 min 41 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown is expected to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case.

According to court filings, Brown is scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday at 9 a.m. A hearing originally scheduled for Friday was postponed.

U.S. Attorney spokesman Bill Miller declined to comment on the case.

In January and again in June, Brown...

September 2, 2014 - 3:03am
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal jury will hear instructions from a judge before beginning deliberations in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

U.S. District Judge James Spencer is to read his instructions to the seven-man, five-woman jury Tuesday morning. Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up the five-week trial Friday.

The McDonnells are charged with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams...

September 2, 2014 - 2:41am
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — More strong storms rumbled through the Midwest, with a tornado reported in Kansas and other places seeing heavy rains, large hail and strong winds.

The National Weather Service said a tornado was confirmed near Cedar Vale, Kansas, on Monday night. It also cited hail the size of pingpong balls.

As the line of storms moved east, the National Weather Service noted hail nearly 2 inches in diameter near St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-...

September 2, 2014 - 2:22am
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MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Dolly has formed off Mexico's coast over the Bay of Campeche.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 45 mph (75 kph) with additional strengthening forecast until it makes landfall. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dolly will approach Mexico's coast by Tuesday night and move inland by Wednesday morning.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Mexico's coast from Tuxpan to La Pesca....

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