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Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A major national survey finds disconcerting data about teen use of performance enhancing drugs.

The survey by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids finds experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year as young people strove to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks.

Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:50 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.

With more rain in the forecast, they just hope too much moisture doesn't lead to flash floods after so much ground vegetation has been burned away.

Holmes in court for hearing on expert testimony

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:32 AM

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The man charged with the Colorado theater massacre is returning to court for the second day of hearings about what kinds of experts can testify at his trial.

The hearing resumes Wednesday on a defense motion to bar testimony from firearms experts.

On Tuesday, the judge heard testimony on whether experts on gunshot residue and metals should take the stand at the trial. The judge hasn't said when he'll rule.

Fire extinguished at ND oil supply company

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:32 AM

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A once-massive blaze at an oil supply and logistics company that housed flammable chemicals in Williston, North Dakota, has been extinguished, according to the town's fire department.

Most firefighters returned from the facility belonging to Red River Supply late Tuesday, though one truck remained early Wednesday to monitor hot spots, said fire department shift captain Steven Kerzmann.

"The fire is out, but you've got some smoldering embers that might pop up here and there," he said.

Federal judge to rule on Colorado gay marriage ban

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:27 AM

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Denver is expected to rule Wednesday whether Colorado's same-sex marriage ban should be overturned immediately, or if the issue should be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore's decision will be in response to a lawsuit by six gay couples who want an injunction declaring Colorado's ban unconstitutional.

While Moore indicated the injunction is expected to be granted, he said the question is whether to put his decision on hold.

Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:22 AM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in the conflict.

The Palestinian Red Crescent says it's trying to evacuate about 250 people from near Khan Younis, which has been under Israeli tank shelling and drones strikes since early Wednesday.

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:07 AM

BOSTON (AP) — It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a university police officer?

Answers may come soon with the arrest Tuesday of a man that people with knowledge of the investigation say supplied his friend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the weapon.

Spike Lee helps a film student face his past

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:59 AM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When a film student decided to revisit his criminal teenage past, he found a powerful ally in filmmaker Spike Lee.

Lee was among Darius Clark Monroe's professors at New York University's film school when Monroe revealed to him that he had been committed a bank robbery when he was 16 and gone to prison. Monroe wanted to examine his actions and how they affected his family and the victims.

Lee didn't lend his support lightly to the project.

AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:48 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said.

Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled across international borders, said the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss it ahead of arrests being announced and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Police custody death tests 'Broken Windows' tactic

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 01:41 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner, who died in police custody last week after he was put in an apparent chokehold, was suspected of committing the relatively minor crime of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on the street.

The encounter was an unintended consequence of the New York Police Department's embrace of the policing tactic called "Broken Windows" — the idea that going after smaller crimes such as public drinking or graffiti helps stop greater disorder such as assault and murder.

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