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July 14, 2014 - 5:45pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is making an $11 billion sale of Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense weapons to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar (GUH'-tur).

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Qatari counterpart, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, met Monday at the Pentagon to sign the deal.

Qatar is a key U.S. ally and hosts a major U.S. air operations center. Qatar was instrumental in completing the deal that gained the May 31...

July 14, 2014 - 5:43pm
1 week 6 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Army National Guardsman left a suicide note in his northern Utah home before killing a college student and one other person early Monday, then fatally shooting himself at another home, authorities said.

Jared Tolman, 23, wrote that he was sorry, and that what he was about to do was selfish, said Logan Police Lt. Rod Peterson.

He is reported to have sent a series of unanswered text messages to Mackenzie Madden before he kicked...

July 14, 2014 - 5:42pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are now reviewing the military's initial assessment of Iraq's security forces and it may be some time before decisions are made about what additional assistance the U.S. should provide as the Baghdad government battles Sunni insurgents.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, has read the completed assessment. A Pentagon spokesman said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has received it but hadn't had a chance to...

July 14, 2014 - 5:35pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued a major debt collection law firm on Monday, alleging it is a "mill" that produces shoddy, mass-produced credit-card collection lawsuits.

The bureau's claim, filed in federal court in Atlanta, states that Frederick J. Hanna & Associates has filed hundreds of thousands of lawsuits on behalf of banks including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Capital One and Discover without doing even basic checks to...

July 14, 2014 - 5:33pm
1 week 6 days ago

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Meredith Vieira is looking to connect.

"Authenticity," she said, "is the key word" for what she hopes to bring to her new daytime talk show, "The Meredith Vieira Show," which premieres in syndication Sept. 8.

Speaking of the daytime audience, she said, "They want real, and they want to connect with somebody. They feel a connective tissue (with daytime personalities) that I don't think you find other times of the day....

July 14, 2014 - 5:25pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somalia has posted an ambassador to the United States for the first time in more than 20 years.

The State Department announced Monday that Somali envoy Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has arrived in Washington.

It's a step forward in a nearly two-year effort to improve relations between the U.S. and Somalia as the war-ravaged African nation struggles to regain stability against extremist attacks and a weak government....

July 14, 2014 - 5:25pm
1 week 6 days ago

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90.

Davis' death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones.

Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London with an American and Olympic record of 1.68 meters (5.51 feet), according to USA Track and Field, the American governing body of the sport. Davis was inducted to the USA Track and Field...

July 14, 2014 - 5:23pm
1 week 6 days ago

MARGATE, N.J. (AP) — The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters has died. Louis "Red" Klotz was 93.

The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1kVKk8R) reports Klotz died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Margate.

Klotz formed a working relationship with the Globetrotters in 1952, putting together the opposing teams that almost always lost. In 1971, he hit...

July 14, 2014 - 5:16pm
1 week 6 days ago

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.

Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send the waste thousands of feet underground. No one knows for certain...

July 14, 2014 - 5:14pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" swung to the top of the box office with a $72.6 million debut, one of the summer's best openings.

The "Planet of the Apes" sequel, directed by Matt Reeves, unseated another sequel, "Transformers: Age of Extinction," from the top spot after the Michael Bay action film led the box office for two straight weeks.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by...

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