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July 16, 2014 - 2:13am
6 days 11 hours ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, locked into a competitive re-election bid, is fighting to maintain an image as a reformer who's cleaned up state government as questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election threaten to hang over his campaign for months.

On Wednesday, a bipartisan commission of lawmakers agreed to grant federal prosecutors' request to wait to call a number of former Quinn administration...

July 16, 2014 - 1:58am
6 days 4 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A screaming headline that reads "Good luck on that, I'm off to Italy." A composite photo depicting his family in a gondola in Venice. Withering criticism from a former mayor.

Despite the increasingly bad political optics, Mayor Bill de Blasio remains set to depart Friday for a lengthy Italian vacation in the face of a potential strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad.

If Long Island Rail Road workers walk off the job at 12:01...

July 16, 2014 - 1:24am
6 days 14 hours ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says it has agreed to a U.N.-brokered five-hour pause in its strikes on the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians to restock supplies.

The military said in a statement Wednesday that it would hold its fire for five hours starting at 10:00 a.m. (0900 GMT, 5 a.m. EDT.)

It warns however that it will retaliate "firmly and decisively" if Hamas or other militant groups launch attacks on Israel during that time...

July 16, 2014 - 1:18am
6 days 20 hours ago

BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor has told jurors that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was trying to protect Tsarnaev when he agreed with another friend to take altered fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room.

Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly taking fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder, Tsarnaev's laptop and other items from...

July 15, 2014 - 11:56pm
1 week 5 hours ago

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — A Curacao radio station is reporting that two people have been killed and a few others wounded in a drive-by shooting at the Dutch Caribbean island's international airport.

Dolfijn FM says the Tuesday night shooting occurred just outside the arrivals area at Curacao International Airport.

The radio station says one of the dead is a young man from the Buena Vista neighborhood of Curacao. It hasn't given any information on...

July 15, 2014 - 10:18pm
1 week 5 hours ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a gunman after one person was shot in the shoulder at a Las Vegas mall.

Lt. Mark Reddon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1t15703 ) the Tuesday evening shooting stemmed from a fight at the food court in the Fashion Show Mall, which is known for its high-end stores.

Police say the victim ran down the escalator and onto Las Vegas Boulevard, and two suspects may have fled in a blue Dodge....

July 15, 2014 - 9:50pm
1 week 5 hours ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A white TV reporter who voiced his opinions about black families and relations with police during a segment about a fatal police shooting said Tuesday he was suspended from his station and won't return.

Sean Bergin said he was suspended from News 12 New Jersey without pay on Monday and with pay on Tuesday. Bergin, a contracted employee, said the station told him that his assignments would be cut to one a week and he declined to remain in the position...

July 15, 2014 - 9:29pm
1 week 8 hours ago

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been sentenced to 194 years to life in prison for molesting boys in the 1990s.

A Contra Costa County Superior Court judge on Tuesday imposed consecutive sentences for 53-year-old Gordon Blake of Brentwood, who was convicted last month of 32 felonies.

Judge John W. Kennedy said the sexual abuse was "particularly callous and cruel," noting that some of the victims were vulnerable because they lacked...

July 15, 2014 - 9:22pm
1 week 9 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is telling Ukraine's leader that the U.S. and Europe are talking about imposing new costs on Russia for continuing to escalate the conflict in Ukraine.

Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by phone on Tuesday. The White House says they discussed how Russia is continuing to support pro-Russian separatists and how the conflict has apparently escalated in recent days.

Poroshenko also told Biden...

July 15, 2014 - 9:11pm
1 week 9 hours ago

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

1. ISRAEL: HAMAS TO PAY PRICE FOR ITS 'NO' TO TRUCE

Israel resumes bombarding Gaza after the Islamic militant group rejects an Egyptian truce plan and instead unleashes more rockets.

2. AGENCY TOUGHENS PROTECTIONS FOR PREGNANT WORKERS

New U.S. government guidelines prohibit employers from forcing...

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