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July 25, 2014 - 1:29pm
13 min 29 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand in Philadelphia on Friday, police said. Two children were killed, and three other people were critically injured.

The woman was carjacked about a mile away from the scene of the accident in the Tioga section of north Philadelphia, where the car jumped a curb, Homicide Capt...

July 25, 2014 - 1:22pm
2 hours 33 min ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft planned to start limited service in New York City on Friday night after reaching agreement with officials to resolve regulatory issues that prompted a lawsuit by the state.

New York's attorney general and Department of Financial Services said Lyft agreed to operate "in full compliance" with existing laws and regulations, and that it will start the new service with commercial drivers only.

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July 25, 2014 - 1:21pm
3 min 28 sec ago

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly was ordered to two years and eight months in prison, although a judge ruled he's already fulfilled his sentence.

Steven Brooks was sentenced Friday, after pleading no contest in March to evading a peace officer and resisting arrest in a pursuit last spring along Interstate 15. Prosecutors agreed to drop charges alleging he...

July 25, 2014 - 1:17pm
2 hours 3 min ago

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is being sued by one of his brothers, who says the West Virginia Democrat and another brother never repaid a $1.7 million loan intended to keep the family's carpet business afloat.

Dr. John Manchin II filed the lawsuit in Marion County against the senator and Roch Manchin.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, says Joe and Roch Manchin received a loan of more than $1.7 million from John Manchin in the late 1980s...

July 25, 2014 - 1:13pm
2 hours 33 min ago

With the president of Congo coming to Washington for a U.S.-Africa summit, hundreds of frustrated American families are hoping he can be persuaded to lift a suspension that has stalled efforts to adopt children from his troubled country for the past 10 months.

The families and their many supporters in Congress are urging President Barack Obama to personally intervene by raising the issue now with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, and then pressing for action when Kabila...

July 25, 2014 - 12:55pm
1 hour 53 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Famous artwork is about to hit America's streets and public places.

"Art Everywhere US" is billed as the world's largest outdoor art show.

Images of American artworks will appear on billboards, bus stops, digital display boards and on subway platforms.

The kickoff is Aug. 4 in New York's Times Square. The project runs through Aug. 31.

The 58 works were selected after a public online vote on...

July 25, 2014 - 12:55pm
2 hours 13 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect.

The nonbinding measure hasn't been debated in the Senate. Its language opens up several questions related to the Constitution's separation of powers between executive and legislative branches, even if Obama and his top military...

July 25, 2014 - 12:53pm
33 min 30 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A defense lawyer told a judge Friday that there is evidence that the lone suspect in a shooting spree along New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street fired his gun in self-defense and didn't fire the shot that killed a 21-year-old bystander.

Magistrate Harry Cantrell refused to move the preliminary hearing for 20-year-old Trung Le. He will remain jailed without bond at least until the Aug. 26 hearing, during which prosecutors and defense lawyers are expected...

July 25, 2014 - 12:45pm
3 hours 3 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will attend a United Nations summit on climate change in September.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state and other leaders to the Sept. 23 summit in New York. The U.N. says the goal is to spur governments, industry and civil groups to make new commitments to addressing climate change.

The summit comes one year before world leaders will gather in Paris for global climate talks aimed at...

July 25, 2014 - 12:42pm
2 hours 53 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.

The U.S. Periodic Review Board, which is reviewing the cases of dozens of detainees held at the prison, ruled July 14 that Fawzi al-Odah no longer needed to be held for national security reasons. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel still must notify Congress of the U.S. intent...

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