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August 27, 2014 - 4:49pm
8 min 22 sec ago

VINALHAVEN, Maine (AP) — Maine-based pop artist Robert Indiana plans to participate in a celebration of his art in countries across the world called International HOPE Day.

The artist is best known for his "LOVE" image, in which the L and a leaning O sit atop the V and the E. His 'HOPE' image follows a similar theme. It will be a part of installations and events in Munich, Caracas, Miami, New York City and Vinalhaven, Maine, on Sept. 13, his 86th birthday....

August 27, 2014 - 4:46pm
8 min 22 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals has decided that some Guatemalan women who fled to the United States after being victims of domestic violence may now qualify for asylum.

In a nine-page decision, the board ruled Tuesday that "married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship" can be considered a particular social group in asylum cases.

Asylum law requires applicants to prove they may be persecuted in their...

August 27, 2014 - 4:41pm
8 min 22 sec ago

VERNAL, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges.

Police say Cameo Adawn Crispi, 32, repeatedly called and texted her former flame from his home in March, where she left the bacon over a lit burner.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/VR1bDA ) the man wasn't home and called police saying he wanted Crispi out of his house. Officers arrived and saw smoke...

August 27, 2014 - 4:39pm
8 min 22 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at the domestic legal justifications the U.S. has used for military action around the world:

IRAQ

Congress passed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Iraq in 2002, clearing the way for the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The authorization still is on the books but President Barack Obama has called for it to be repealed.

The White House says Obama had the power to authorize the airstrikes currently...

August 27, 2014 - 4:39pm
8 min 22 sec ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says Hayden was arrested Tuesday on a charge accusing him of raping a child. His bond was set at $250,000. He was already facing child molestation and aggravated crime against nature charges stemming from his Aug. 9 arrest.

Discovery Channel...

August 27, 2014 - 4:32pm
8 min 22 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — At the Horseshoe Casino's grand opening, showgirls adorned in gold glitter, beaded loincloths, feather headdresses and fuchsia false eyelashes stood atop pedestals in the courtyard, while VIP patrons in high heels and higher hemlines downed glass after glass of champagne.

The glitz and glamour Tuesday suggested someplace flashy like Las Vegas or Atlantic City. But the scene beyond the aerial acrobat winding her way up and down a cloth ribbon suspended...

August 27, 2014 - 4:29pm
18 min 22 sec ago

LAKE CITY, Pa. (AP) — It's no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits.

Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching — going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. In the old days, of course, people watched one episode a week. That changed with digital video recorders and Internet streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. DVDs and online services also make it possible to start shows from...

August 27, 2014 - 4:21pm
28 min 22 sec ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting alongside the Islamic State, was part of a growing number of foreign fighters recruited to fight alongside terror groups.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Wednesday that McCain was fighting for ISIL in Syria in a conflict that now includes thousands of foreign fighters from around 50 countries.

Some questions and answers about Westerners traveling...

August 27, 2014 - 4:21pm
28 min 22 sec ago

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges.

SHOULD YOUNG CHILDREN HANDLE FIREARMS LIKE UZIS?

Gun experts say what types of firearms a child can handle depends largely on the strength and experience...

August 27, 2014 - 4:12pm
28 min 22 sec ago

Stocks are drifting mostly higher as a main U.S. index sets a record for a third day in a row.

The Standard & Poor's 500 eked out a gain of one-tenth of a point, enough to set another all-time high. The index closed at 2,000.12 points, a day after its first close above 2,000.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,122. The Nasdaq composite edged down a point to 4,569.

Trading was quiet ahead of...

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