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July 3, 2014 - 5:35pm
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A law took effect this week in Tennessee making it the first U.S. state to have the option of executing death row inmates with the electric chair if drugs for lethal injections are not available. Billy Ray Irick, who was convicted of murder in the death of a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting in 1985, is the next Tennessee death row inmate scheduled to be executed, on Oct. 7. Corrections officials have said they have no lethal injection drugs on hand but are...

July 3, 2014 - 5:34pm
1 week 1 day ago

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement and a widely influential figure in contemporary Jewish thought and practice, has died in his Boulder, Colorado, home. He was 89.

Schachter-Shalomi, known to his followers as Reb Zalman, died Thursday morning in his sleep after a long illness, Rivkah Walton of the Alliance for Jewish Renewal said.

Schachter-Shalomi started the renewal movement in the early...

July 3, 2014 - 5:30pm
1 week 1 day ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Competitive eaters prove that size does not always matter.

The top four contestants in the annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island weighed in Thursday with seven-time champ Joey Chestnut tilting the scales at a solid 205 pounds, 75 more than his top competitor, Matt Stonie, who finished second last year.

Chestnut hopes to demolish his competition by downing 70 hot dogs in just 10 minutes Friday....

July 3, 2014 - 5:28pm
1 week 2 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors recalled 3.4 million large cars last month after finding a 9-year-old email from an employee in its files warning of trouble, according to documents released by the government Thursday.

The 2005 email, unearthed in April during a companywide review of ignition-switch problems, is more evidence that GM knew about safety problems for years but failed to recall troubled cars until recently.

So far this year, GM has recalled...

July 3, 2014 - 5:25pm
1 week 2 days ago

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings for Nantucket Island and parts of Cape Cod in Massachusetts as Hurricane Arthur approaches.

A forecast map from the National Hurricane Center in Miami indicates that the center of the storm isn't likely to pass New England until late Friday or early Saturday.

Arthur is expected to grow to a Category 2 storm with winds of 96 mph before it passes over or near the North Carolina coast by early...

July 3, 2014 - 5:18pm
1 week 2 days ago

COMANCHE, Texas (AP) — A trailer loaded with fireworks exploded Thursday near a Texas high school, killing one person and injuring three other people who were setting up for a Fourth of July show, authorities said.

It's unclear what triggered the explosion, which occurred near a baseball field adjacent to the high school in Comanche, a town of about 4,300 people about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth, fire department spokesman Lt. Marcus Nettleton said. The trailer was...

July 3, 2014 - 5:09pm
1 week 2 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man has claimed what officials call the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee with a winning $259 million Powerball ticket.

Roy Cockrum of Knoxville appeared at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville on Thursday to claim the prize. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115 million.

The 58-year-old Cockrum bought the ticket at a Kroger store in Knoxville on June 11. Before becoming a millionaire, he worked for 20...

July 3, 2014 - 5:04pm
1 week 2 days ago

Nick Newell wants MMA fans to see him as a talented fighter, one skilled enough to fight for a championship and headline a nationally televised card.

He knows he'll be judged on so much more.

Newell has defeated every fighter he's faced inside the cage, becoming a submission specialist en route to a lightweight championship bout — and an inspiration to all who watched him topple the odds and become one of the top fighters outside of UFC....

July 3, 2014 - 4:49pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Thursday allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would violate its religious beliefs.

The justices said that Wheaton College does not have to fill out the contested form while its case is on appeal but can instead write the Department of Health and Human Services declaring that it...

July 3, 2014 - 4:48pm
1 week 2 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are not opposing a request to move former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to a jail closer to his Boston attorneys.

But they are firing back at claims from Hernandez's attorneys that the former tight end's privacy and due process rights were violated by the jail administrator.

Hernandez is in a jail in Bristol County in southern Massachusetts, where he is charged in the 2013 shooting of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd....

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