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August 29, 2014 - 11:59am
16 hours 31 min ago

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Company is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a freshly stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products.

The candy maker on Friday announced the new design, which adds a new version of the Kisses chocolate at the end of the company's name.

It's part of what the company calls a "disciplined identity system" designed to provide more consistency.

Ron Burrage, the company's...

August 29, 2014 - 11:56am
17 hours 11 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will be interrupting a weekend trip to return to the White House. Officials say he's changed his plans and will return to Washington late this evening after fundraisers in Rhode Island and New York, where he had planned to spend the night.

Aides say the change in plans isn't related to any current events. The travel comes as Obama considers how to respond to the threat from the Islamic State group, and Russia's apparent invasion...

August 29, 2014 - 11:50am
13 hours 21 min ago

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — An American crocodile that bit two swimmers in a South Florida canal has died.

Wildlife officials say the croc named Pancho died Friday morning while fighting capture by two trappers.

Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Jorge Pino told the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1qLGnd7) the 12-foot, 300-pound crocodile died on shore after being retained. Pino says the carcass was taken to a state facility for evaluation....

August 29, 2014 - 11:46am
17 hours 21 min ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."

Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Marine Corps historians say the battalion appears to have gotten the nickname because...

August 29, 2014 - 11:18am
17 hours 41 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to cash out of stocks?

The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee.

Plenty of experts think stocks are about to drop. But many others offer compelling arguments for the rally to continue for years.

The bulls point to a...

August 29, 2014 - 11:14am
16 hours 31 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — The purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks was $4.5 million, a lawyer said Friday, a day after the deal was confirmed by the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

Howard G. Buffett declined to reveal the amount his foundation paid for the items, which have remained in storage in New York for years, but the price was listed in a court filing and disclosed by an attorney for Parks' heirs.

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August 29, 2014 - 11:02am
15 hours 51 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday sanctioned more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions.

The action is part of the Obama administration's effort to show it will enforce existing sanctions even as it works with other world powers to negotiate a deal to curtail Iran's nuclear program. Last year, they struck an interim deal that saw...

August 29, 2014 - 11:01am
15 hours 21 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Angry backers of Ohio State's fired marching band director made a splashy showing at a trustee meeting Friday, playing their horns, wearing T-shirts supporting him and urging the board to keep discussions on the matter open.

Jonathan Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month university investigation concluded he turned a blind eye to a "sexualized culture" inside what's considered one of the nation's most innovative bands, including students...

August 29, 2014 - 10:56am
17 hours 31 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups.

The University of Michigan said Friday its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from 81.8 in July. The August level is only slightly higher than it was a year ago.

Consumers have sent mixed signals in recent months. The Michigan index has...

August 29, 2014 - 10:50am
13 hours 51 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child.

Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's daughter had been working at the network since 2011, sporadically doing feature stories on people or organizations doing public-spirited work. Politico magazine reported earlier this year that NBC was paying her $600,000 a year.

"I...

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