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July 25, 2014 - 7:36am
8 min 38 sec ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For the human stars of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," it's all about Michelangelo.

When asked by a fan during a Comic-Con panel which member of the sewer-dwelling, pizza-loving superhero team was their favorite, Megan Fox and Will Arnett both picked the nunchaku-wielding member of the Ninja Turtles. However, Fox didn't appreciate Arnett "stealing" Mikey before she had a chance to answer the question.

"I've been saying that for...

July 25, 2014 - 7:30am
8 min 38 sec ago

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has rejected a motion by lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to dismiss charges stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near the former New England Patriot player's home.

Hernandez's lawyers argued that prosecutors hadn't shown probable cause to sustain the murder charge against Hernandez in the death of Odin Lloyd and hadn't presented any evidence or motive for the slaying.

The Bristol Superior...

July 25, 2014 - 5:58am
8 min 38 sec ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. BLACK BOX FOUND AT SITE OF AIR ALGERIE CRASH

"There are, alas, no survivors," French President Francois Hollande says. "I share the pain of families living through this terrible ordeal."

2. TUNNELS ARE KEY FACET IN LATEST ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

Israeli officials say Palestinian militants have dug dozens of...

July 25, 2014 - 5:27am
18 min 36 sec ago

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps didn't mean any harm.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that someone had left the dolls wearing nightgowns and lace dresses at as many as eight homes in a San Clemente neighborhood this week.

The families were worried because they felt each doll resembled a young...

July 25, 2014 - 5:06am
38 min 33 sec ago

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Flattened trees, flipped-over RVs, scattered tents, and awnings ripped from trailers — a scene of devastation awaited the visit of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe the day after a tornado ripped through a campground on the Chesapeake Bay.

Two people were killed and dozens more injured by the twister, which on Thursday morning tore into the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort, a 300-acre playground of swimming pools, mini-golf, pier fishing,...

July 25, 2014 - 4:40am
18 min 36 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.

Then there's a bigger problem — the damage may be leaving Florida's fragile wetlands open to even more of an incursion from exotic plants threatening to choke the unique Everglades and undermine billions of dollars' worth of restoration projects.

Since first detected on the...

July 25, 2014 - 4:16am
1 hour 28 min ago

As President Barack Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of unlimited funding system that he long has railed against.

What Obama and the White House said before and after he decided to start raising money for super PACs:

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"I can't think of anything more devastating to the public interest. The last thing we need to do is hand more influence to the...

July 25, 2014 - 4:15am
1 hour 48 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections.

Now as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system, drawing charges of hypocrisy from good-governance advocates who say the public...

July 25, 2014 - 4:14am
1 hour 48 min ago

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An 80-year-old man who came home to find two burglars said he shot and killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant, but it's the woman's alleged accomplice who has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.

Police said they would present their case to prosecutors Friday but were still deciding whether to recommend charges against Tom Greer, who told a television station he shot the woman in the back as she fled from his...

July 25, 2014 - 4:11am
1 hour 28 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour.

"We developed the Battle of Atlanta mobile application in order to provide a 21st century version of the historical markers that mark sites of the Battle of Atlanta and other Civil War landmarks around the city," said Dr. Daniel Pollock, a...

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