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August 19, 2014 - 11:18am
21 hours 23 min ago

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Defense attorneys for three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak sought to deflect blame and poke holes in the government's case Tuesday as they grilled a co-defendant, who is a key prosecution witness.

The co-defendant, Samuel Lightsey, was a former manager of a Georgia peanut processing plant blamed in the 2008-09 outbreak. He was indicted along with his former boss, Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, and two others....

August 19, 2014 - 11:16am
1 day 23 min ago

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend.

Court documents made public Monday show Gabriel Fernandez was doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a cabinet with a sock stuffed in his mouth to muffle his screams, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1o9x6pK ).

The...

August 19, 2014 - 11:13am
23 hours 3 min ago

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The "Hands up, don't shoot" protest has made its way to the NFL.

The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward.

It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns....

August 19, 2014 - 11:08am
1 day 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has placed a Gaza-based extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it.

The departments of State and Treasury announced Tuesday they had designated the group (Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem) a "foreign terrorist organization" as well as a "specially designated global terrorist" entity.

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August 19, 2014 - 11:02am
1 day 13 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican establishment's favorite political machine is adding Colorado to the states where it will be advertising this fall, booking more than $6 million in television time and taking its post-Labor Day media budget to more than $26 million.

The Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS on Tuesday ordered TV ads in Colorado starting Sept. 23 and running through Oct. 20 to help Republican Cory Gardner, a House member looking to move his office across Capitol...

August 19, 2014 - 10:49am
17 hours 3 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River closed after a fuel oil spill reopened to river traffic on Tuesday with some restrictions as containment and cleanup continued.

River traffic in that area must get Coast Guard clearance and maintain a safe speed, agency spokeswoman Lt. Katherine Cameron said. The area was closed to all traffic, including barges carrying commercial goods, after the spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond....

August 19, 2014 - 10:29am
1 day 1 hour ago

MADISON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who served a 48-hour sentence for drunken driving wore something special for his jail booking photo: a T-shirt featuring his mug shot.

Nineteen-year-old Bobby Burt, of Pittsfield, had the mug shot from his June arrest printed on the orange shirt, along with the words, "Sponsored by Bud Light and Somerset County Sheriff."

The mug shot is making the rounds online thanks to The Smoking Gun, which posted it Monday....

August 19, 2014 - 10:26am
1 day 2 hours ago

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A New York City woman visiting her parents in Massachusetts is being hailed as a hero for rescuing two children strapped in a stroller after they had fallen into a reservoir.

The woman, who asked that only her first name, Rebecca, be used, was jogging at the Brookline Reservoir on Monday when she noticed the stroller rolling toward the water.

She says the stroller rolled down a 10-foot embankment and fell in the water with the...

August 19, 2014 - 10:20am
20 hours 13 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed within six points of its all-time high Tuesday, less than two weeks after slumping on concerns about rising tensions in Iraq and Ukraine.

Investors were encouraged by economic reports that suggested growth may be poised to pick up, while inflation remains subdued. A pair of company earnings reports also hinted that consumers are...

August 19, 2014 - 10:04am
22 hours 43 min ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights.

Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. Kluwe said he won't receive any money as part of the settlement.

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