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Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 02:16 PM

NOME, Alaska (AP) — A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

KNOM reports (http://is.gd/NQ1wSP) Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on July Fourth off Nome. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it mounted.

The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the center to have their photos taken with it.


Key events in latest Israeli-Palestinian fighting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 02:15 PM

Israeli troops pressed on with their ground offensive into Gaza on Friday after a 10-day military campaign aimed at destroying Hamas' weapons arsenal and rocket-firing capabilities. The fighting has seen 274 Palestinians killed in Gaza, around a fifth of them children, and two Israelis, including a soldier, according to officials from each side.

Here are the key events from the fierce fighting in the lead-up to and the start of the ground invasion:


Prosecutors say Blagojevich lawyers misread ruling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 02:03 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors responded Friday to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich's appeal, saying the imprisoned ex-governor's lawyers misrepresented a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate campaign-finance case.

The Illinois Democrat is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption — including for seeking to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat for campaign contributions or a job.


Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:50 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' campaign arm again outraised its Republican rival, the two committees said Friday.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported that it raised $7.2 million in June. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, meanwhile, said it raised $6 million.

The Democrats have now outraised Republicans in 16 of the last 18 months this election cycle. Combined, the two major committees have raised almost $167 million and have spent $117 million on ads, polling and consultants.


TSA screener: Man had 'artfully concealed knife'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:49 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A man arrested after Detroit airport security agents found a knife inside a shoe in his carry-on luggage told police he believed he wasn't breaking the law because the weapon had already passed through screening at an airport in Alabama, according to an investigative report.

The 38-year-old man's statement is contained in a Wayne County airport police report obtained by The Associated Press via a Freedom of Information Act request.


Ex-Kentucky senator Ford being treated for cancer

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford from Kentucky says he is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

The former four-term Democrat says he was recently diagnosed with a malignancy on one of his lungs.

Ford will turn 90 in September.

Ford issued a statement Friday through a former spokesman indicating that his plans to campaign for Democratic candidates this fall have been put on hold. The statement says Ford will undergo a series of chemotherapy treatments in his hometown of Owensboro.


Gay marriage legal challenges: Where things stand

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:30 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.


Driver charged in fatal submerged car accident

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:28 PM

LAWRENCE, N.J. (AP) — Charges were filed Friday against a dump truck driver who was accused of ramming into a car at a traffic light, sending both vehicles into a nearby lake and killing the car's driver.

Daniel C. Everett, 38, of Westampton, faces death by auto and other charges in the Thursday collision that killed 59-year-old James McLean, of Trenton.


Officials: Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:07 PM

BOSTON (AP) — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units he rented, authorities said Friday.

Joseph O'Donnell, 55, of Boston, was being held on $10,000 bail in a larceny case when investigators found the cremated remains Wednesday at a Somerville self-storage business. On Thursday, they found 12 sets of human remains at a similar business in Weymouth.


AP ANALYSIS: Israel and Hamas dislike status quo

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:06 PM

If Israel and Hamas can agree on one point, it seems, it's that things have to change.

That's why cease-fire efforts carried out by Egypt and backed by the West have until now failed, and it's why Israel decided to roll the dice and launch a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip with a huge potential to turn ugly.


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