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July 12, 2014 - 6:08am
1 hour 19 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his travels beyond the capital and his visits with selected letter writers demonstrate the need for Congress to act on his stalled economic agenda.

In his weekly radio and Internet address Obama cited meetings this week with a college student and with owners of a Colorado sandwich shop franchise. Obama went to Colorado and Texas this week, continuing a practice of meeting with chosen pen pals whose letters catch the eye of...

July 12, 2014 - 5:06am
1 hour 19 min ago

DENVER (AP) — A Frontier Airlines official says one of its planes was diverted to Salt Lake City after it was hit by lightning.

Spokeswoman Tyri Squyres says that Friday night's lightning strike damaged the airplane's weather radar.

Squyres says none of the 168 passengers was injured.

She tells the Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1tyKT1T ) that the plane was traveling to Seattle when lightning hit around 6:50 p.m.

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July 12, 2014 - 3:34am
1 hour 19 min ago

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, confirmed that he died on Friday. Frey didn't have additional details. Ramone was 65.

Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone and...

July 12, 2014 - 3:33am
1 hour 19 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James returns older, more mature. He's got a little less hair, and a ton more experience.

Like anyone, he changed in four years.

The NBA's biggest star left four summers ago on poor terms, despised by fans who burned his jersey and scorned by an owner who felt betrayed. Cast as a villain, James was on a mission to win an NBA title — "not just one, not two, not three ... " — in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and he got...

July 12, 2014 - 3:18am
1 hour 19 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Welcome to Barack Obama's split-screen presidency.

On one side: a confident Obama making campaign-style stops around the country and ridiculing his political opponents to the delight of cheering supporters. On the other side: an increasingly unpopular president hobbled by gridlock on Capitol Hill and a steady stream of vexing foreign policy crises.

Obama has long sought refuge outside of Washington when his frustrations with the...

July 12, 2014 - 3:15am
1 hour 19 min ago

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wondering how to drive it like Dempsey, move it like Messi or rip it like Ronaldo?

There's an app for that.

As Argentina and Germany prepare for Sunday's World Cup final, companies that produce soccer-related merchandise are already winning.

The once-every-four-years consumer frenzy, dubbed by some as the "World Cup Effect," drives the sale of everything from the traditional jerseys and cleats to unusual...

July 12, 2014 - 2:57am
1 hour 19 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military might have been able to prevent two of the four U.S. deaths in Benghazi if commanders had known more about the intensity of the sporadic gunfire directed at the CIA installation where Americans had taken refuge and had pressed to get a rescue team there faster, according to senior military leaders.

In closed-door testimony to Congress earlier this year, top military officers said that after the first attack on the main U.S. diplomatic...

July 12, 2014 - 2:23am
1 hour 19 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Officials say the death toll from Israel's air offensive on Gaza has topped 120 and the campaign shows no sign of stopping.

Israel launched the strikes five days ago to stop relentless rocket fire on its citizens.

Hamas officials said Saturday that overnight raids targeted their homes and installations — and for the first time a pair of mosques. Israel accuses Hamas militants of stockpiling weapons beneath mosques,...

July 12, 2014 - 2:16am
2 hours 9 min ago

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires in rural California have now burned more than five square miles of ground, prompting evacuations but officials say no homes are immediately threatened.

A blaze that erupted Friday afternoon near Redding in Northern California has burned 2,500 acres of foothill brush and oak in a sparsely populated area. The fire in the community of Igo (Ee'-goh) is just 10 percent contained.

An evacuation order is in place near a...

July 12, 2014 - 1:19am
2 hours 9 min ago

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart over last month's highway crash that seriously injured him and killed a fellow comedian.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claims Wal-Mart was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan's limousine van. The complaint claims the retail giant should have known the driver had been awake for over 24 hours, and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in...

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