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August 22, 2014 - 4:18am
6 min 30 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — An American doctor who was released from an Atlanta hospital after surviving the Ebola virus says he's glad for any attention his situation brought to African countries fighting an epidemic.

Dr. Kent Brantly spoke to reporters briefly Thursday after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. He called for more resources in the ongoing Ebola epidemic and requested prayers for the sick.

Brantly was working in...

August 22, 2014 - 3:59am
6 min 30 sec ago

A list of college football stadiums where alcohol will be sold to the general public this season:

Campus stadiums (21): Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Houston, Kent State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville, Minnesota, Nevada, North Texas, SMU, Syracuse, Toledo, Troy, Tulane, UNLV, UTEP, Western Kentucky, West Virginia.

Off-campus stadiums (11): Connecticut, Georgia State, Hawaii, Massachusetts (3 games at Gillette...

August 22, 2014 - 3:55am
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TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Mud slides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain falling on wildfire-scarred areas of north-central Washington damaged some homes, blocked portions of at least three highways and stranded motorists, officials say.

There were no reports of injuries Thursday night.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said he heard "a couple" of homes along State Highway 153 near Twisp were damaged. Deputies were trying to reach the residences....

August 22, 2014 - 3:51am
6 min 30 sec ago

Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players.

A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin beer sales to the general public this season. They're among 21 on-campus football stadiums where any fan of legal...

August 22, 2014 - 3:48am
6 min 30 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — By rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, the United States upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments have long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the tough stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists.

Foley's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group...

August 22, 2014 - 3:40am
6 min 30 sec ago

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A north-central Washington area hit hard by recent wildfires was battered by thunderstorms that caused flash flooding and mudslides, damaging roadways and homes and stranding some motorists, authorities said.

By late Thursday night, the rain was easing, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said. There were no reports of injuries.

Rogers said he heard "a couple" of homes along State Highway 153 near Twisp were damaged....

August 22, 2014 - 3:37am
6 min 30 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

The president may continue helping Iraqi forces try to reverse the group's land grabs in northern Iraq by providing more arms and American military advisers and by using U.S. warplanes to support Iraqi ground operations.

But what if the militants pull back, even partially, into Syria and regroup, as Defense Secretary Chuck...

August 22, 2014 - 3:25am
16 min 27 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's attorney general says she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

The announcement Thursday by Attorney General Kamala Harris came after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney in Los Angeles ruled last month that the state's death penalty takes too long to carry out, and that the unpredictable delays are arbitrary and unfair.

Death penalty foes have long argued that...

August 22, 2014 - 3:21am
6 min 30 sec ago

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Gov. Jay Nixon also ordered the Missouri National Guard, which arrived Monday, to begin withdrawing as flare-ups have been easing. Police have made only a handful of arrests in the protest area on the past two nights....

August 22, 2014 - 3:17am
56 min 27 sec ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has died at age 75.

Hansen died Thursday at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year, Alaska Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle said. Hansen had a "do not resuscitate" order on file with...

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