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August 28, 2014 - 11:02am
6 min 49 sec ago

Mom makes Islamic appeal for life of her journalist son

MIAMI (AP) — The mother of an American journalist held hostage and threatened with death makes an Islamic appeal for his life in a video addressed to his captors.

In the video aired on the Al-Arabiya television network, Shirley Sotloff says she has "learned that Islam teaches that no individual should be held responsible for the sins of others." She said her son, 31-year-old Steven Sotloff, "...

August 28, 2014 - 10:35am
6 min 49 sec ago

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species — including widely feared Asian carp — to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper released Thursday.

Researchers with Central Michigan University and the University of Notre Dame said they tested water samples from tanks containing small fish for sale as bait at more than 500 shops across the...

August 28, 2014 - 10:32am
16 min 48 sec ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says dairy farmers can begin signing up Sept. 2 for a new program that replaces old subsidies.

The program is a kind of insurance that pays farmers when the difference between milk prices and feed prices shrink to a certain level. It replaces a program that paid farmers when milk prices sank too low.

Dairy farmers have struggled in recent years even with good milk prices. Feed costs have risen...

August 28, 2014 - 10:19am
46 min 49 sec ago

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say all four people aboard a medical flight were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces.

New Mexico State Police say the twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport and was headed to Phoenix and at low altitude before it crashed and burst into flames Wednesday evening.

State Police identified the crew members killed as 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic...

August 28, 2014 - 10:14am
46 min 49 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say a CDC staff member who worked in close proximity to someone with the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been flown by charter jet back home to Atlanta to monitor potential symptoms.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control spokesman Tom Skinner said Thursday that the staffer had low-risk contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. Skinner says the CDC worker isn't sick, isn't showing signs of illness and poses no risk to others...

August 28, 2014 - 10:14am
46 min 49 sec ago

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) — Officials say a woman was struck and killed by a bus that was carrying passengers around the Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

Event spokesman Jim Graham says the incident happened just after midnight on Thursday. The woman was pronounced dead on the scene.

Graham says no other injuries were reported. Details about the circumstances of the crash and the woman's identity weren't immediately available....

August 28, 2014 - 10:01am
6 min 49 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 3.3 percent to 105.9 last month. Still, the index remains 2.1 percent below its level a year ago.

Ian Shepherdson, chief economist...

August 28, 2014 - 10:00am
56 min 46 sec ago

Stocks opened lower on Thursday as concern over worsening tensions in Ukraine overshadowed a U.S. government report showing the nation's economy grew at a brisk pace in the April-June quarter. Major stock indexes were coming off record highs ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,994 as of 9:55 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 70 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,052. The Nasdaq...

August 28, 2014 - 10:00am
56 min 46 sec ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A firearms company affiliated with reality TV star Will Hayden is distancing itself from him after his arrest on rape charges.

In a statement on its website, Red Jacket Firearms LLC says it has legally separated from Hayden.

The Baton Rouge-based company says it will remain in business.

The Discovery Channel canceled "Sons of Guns" after Hayden's arrest on Tuesday. Discovery says it killed the show due to...

August 28, 2014 - 9:53am
6 min 49 sec ago

VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A man fatally shot himself in the head earlier this month during a game of Russian roulette that was seen by a friend during a video chat, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released this week.

Armand Cyr, 38, was at another friend's apartment in Vernon, about 13 miles east of Hartford, when he put a .38-caliber revolver to his head and pulled the trigger on the evening of July 13, according to a report based on the affidavit in Wednesday's...

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