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July 11, 2014 - 5:06pm
1 week 6 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline.

The couple, who own hundreds of acres of protected land in Shelburne Falls, about 100 miles west of Boston, have been opposed to the pipeline since the company notified them last winter of plans to survey their land.

Through a spokesman, the couple said it was "astounding" that...

July 11, 2014 - 5:01pm
1 week 6 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country's aging infrastructure.

"The way things have gotten today, and I'm not singling out any party or any group of people — the politics, the culture in Washington, it's become too personal, it's...

July 11, 2014 - 4:54pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.

Hagel was asked at a Pentagon news conference about reports that Iranian and Russian planes are flying combat missions over northern Iraq and why Washington is not seeking to coordinate with them.

"We are aware of the...

July 11, 2014 - 4:54pm
1 week 6 days ago

The stock market stabilized on Friday, booking a small gain, but it wasn't enough to prevent the biggest weekly drop since early April.

Tobacco company Lorillard was among the biggest gainers in the Standard & Poor's 500 index after rival Reynolds America said it was in talks to acquire the company.

On Friday:

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28.74 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 16,943.81.

The...

July 11, 2014 - 4:41pm
1 week 6 days ago

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

Experts have been predicting for months the lingering drought will lead to significantly more bear problems throughout the Sierra Nevada this summer. Three consecutive years of...

July 11, 2014 - 4:40pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has hailed as "historic" a Japanese government decision to loosen restrictions on its military.

Hagel said once Japan's parliament passes implementing legislation, the Asian nation will be able to contribute more to regional security and expand its role on the world stage.

Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera met with Hagel Friday and discussed a recent Cabinet decision to reinterpret the nation's...

July 11, 2014 - 4:28pm
1 week 6 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is coming back to Cleveland. Forget about all those fans who burned jerseys when he left — the city is ready to welcome its NBA superstar home.

Within hours of his announcement Friday that he was leaving Miami to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, fans celebrated in the streets and an electronic billboard with James' image lit up the side of a building.

James explained in a Sports Illustrated essay that being near his...

July 11, 2014 - 4:27pm
1 week 6 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend.

A document filed with U.S. District Court in Charlotte says the woman is charged with producing child pornography and distributing child pornography.

James Burns, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, says in the document that the woman told investigators she used her mother's cellphone to take the...

July 11, 2014 - 4:27pm
1 week 6 days ago

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.

State Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican farmer from Willow City, said he plans to revisit legislation the state Legislature rejected last year that would mandate flow meters and cutoff switches on such lines.

"This is a...

July 11, 2014 - 4:26pm
1 week 6 days ago

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that plummeted from a bridge survived and is recovering at an animal shelter.

Police are believe a person who tossed him and are looking for suspects.

Construction crews reported hearing a noise Thursday, then seeing the kitten fall toward the water over the bridge railing and into the Intracoastal Waterway. Police say the kitten swam to shore but got stuck in the mud. Marine...

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