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July 18, 2014 - 11:27am
1 week 6 days ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that juveniles cannot be given mandatory minimum sentences, making it the first state to interpret federal court directives that broadly.

More than 100 prisoners who as juvenile offenders were tried as adults and received mandatory minimum sentences before 2013 must be resentenced, the court said in a 4-3 ruling. The state law mandating that juvenile offenders who received a prison sentence with no opportunity...

July 18, 2014 - 11:25am
1 week 6 days ago

DALLAS (AP) — As former first lady Laura Bush gazed at the elegant knee-length Oscar de la Renta dress and coat she wore to the swearing-in ceremony at her husband's 2005 inauguration, she recalled that white turned out to be the perfect color choice.

"The floor of the platform was a beautiful sky blue, which I didn't know that it would be ... So the white dress with snow all out on the ground and then this beautiful sky blue platform really looked perfect," Bush said....

July 18, 2014 - 11:20am
1 week 6 days ago

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia entertainment company is suing Tyler Perry, accusing the filmmaker of unfairly working with government officials to transform a former military base into a studio for Perry's company.

Atlanta-based Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios filed the federal lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court. Also named as defendants are the U.S. Army and a government authority working to redevelop Fort McPherson, a former Army base south of downtown Atlanta....

July 18, 2014 - 11:09am
1 week 6 days ago

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing former "Little Rascals" actor Jay R. Smith and dumping his body in the Nevada desert in 2002 died in prison this week, authorities said.

Charles Wayne Crombie, 64, died Thursday at Northern Nevada Correctional Center's Regional Medical Facility in Carson City. Prison officials said he suffered from a chronic medical condition.

Crombie had been in prison since 2005 and was serving two...

July 18, 2014 - 11:08am
1 week 6 days ago

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Friday that Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional spurred celebration among gay rights activists but sparked sharp anger among Republican leaders in a conservative state that prides itself on being the buckle of the nation's Bible Belt.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upholding a federal judge's ruling is the latest in a decade-long legal battle. That...

July 18, 2014 - 11:06am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. But the gains haven't been spread evenly across the country.

Some states have boomed. Others have struggled to add jobs.

North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase -- by far the best in the country. New Mexico, hard hit by federal...

July 18, 2014 - 10:59am
1 week 6 days ago

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Police say a Maryland woman has been charged after leaving her 7-year-old son and puppy in a car while shopping.

Television station WJLA-TV (http://wj.la/1mlUVcW ) reports 30-year-old Joshalin Evans of Rockville is now facing three felony counts. The station says a shopper noticed the child and dog in the car Monday at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg and called 911.

Charging documents say the child was "very sweaty" and "...

July 18, 2014 - 10:15am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health increased in June for a fifth consecutive month, supporting the view that economic growth should accelerate in the second half of this year.

The Conference Board said Friday its index of leading indicators rose 0.3 percent last month. That was slightly lower than forecast but the May increase was revised up to a 0.7 percent gain, a bit stronger than first estimated.

The economy...

July 18, 2014 - 10:14am
1 week 6 days ago

NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a Canadian tour bus carrying 56 people has rolled over in upstate New York, killing a teen girl and seriously injuring several other people.

State Police Maj. Richard Smith says the Canadian teenager was partially ejected from the bus and pinned underneath it. She had been traveling with her mother on the bus from Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

The bus was traveling to New York City for a three-day tour when it...

July 18, 2014 - 10:09am
1 week 6 days ago

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

Friday's announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure. But it dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their...

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