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Military tanks to be auctioned in California

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 03:01 PM

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — More than 80 tanks amassed by a Stanford University-trained engineer are set to go up for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is being billed as one of the largest auctions of military vehicles ever.

The auction on Friday and Saturday in Portola Valley will also include gun parts and miscellaneous military equipment, including a nearly 42 ton surface-to-surface missile, according to Auctions America, the company handling the auction.


Officials acknowledge kids are overwhelming US border

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 03:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Obama administration officials are telling senators that they've been struggling to keep up with the surge of immigrants at the nation's southern border.


Attorneys in theater shooting weigh defense

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:58 PM

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a retired Tampa police captain accused of killing a man in a movie theater said Wednesday that Florida's "stand your ground" defense might be used at trial next year.


Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:57 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday.

If the U.S. Supreme court decides to take the case, it will be the first time the top court considers gay marriage since justices last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.


Soccer player charged with murder in ref's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:56 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to the neck was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder.

The charge against Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was announced eight days after John Bieniewicz died from his injuries.

Bieniewicz, 44, of Westland, was working as a referee at a men's soccer game in Livonia on June 29 when Saad, faced with ejection, struck him with a punch, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said.


Recipe for higher sales: Add fiber, cinnamon

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:55 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.

The Minneapolis-based company is doing things like adding more cinnamon to its Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and rolling out fiber-packed "better for you" cookies to boost the performance of its brands, which include Pillsbury dough, Betty Crocker baking mixes and Progresso soups.


Officials say juvenile started California wildfire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:52 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring, officials said Wednesday.


Rift over religious exemption in anti-bias order

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:49 PM

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring.


Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.

The Nevada Democrat used Senate procedures to prevent votes on any amendments to a bipartisan measure expanding hunters' access to public lands and renewing land conservation programs. The dozens of thwarted proposals included Republican efforts to expand gun owners' rights and Democratic attempts to toughen firearms restrictions.


Rift over religious exemption in anti-bias order

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 02:42 PM

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring.

Many religious leaders and conservative groups want him to exempt religious organizations from the order. Liberal clergy and gay-rights groups adamantly oppose such an exemption.


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