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November 25, 2015 - 4:30pm
1 day 8 hours ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a former boxing champion has been shot to death during a robbery in Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard says 40-year-old O'Neil Bell was gunned down Wednesday morning. Pickard says Bell and another person were shot while getting off a bus before two suspects robbed them. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene in southwest Atlanta.

Bell had held four different titles during his 13-year boxing career, including the WBA...

November 25, 2015 - 4:08pm
1 day 22 hours ago

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine state report confirms that mechanical failure caused a chairlift accident that injured seven people at the Sugarloaf ski area last winter.

The accident happened in March when the lift was carrying more than 200 skiers, causing many to jump off. It was the second in five years to cause injuries at Sugarloaf.

The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation's report says the failure of a coupling that...

November 25, 2015 - 4:02pm
1 day 22 hours ago

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia Tech student is suing officials at the Atlanta university and the University System of Georgia after being expelled in April for sexual misconduct.

The student identified as "John Doe" in the suit argues that Georgia Tech's investigation was unfair and violated the school's policies.

State officials declined comment because of the pending litigation.

The lawsuit says the university's Office of...

November 25, 2015 - 3:54pm
1 day 22 hours ago

CANDIA, N.H. (AP) — The owner of a New Hampshire waterpark who chained himself to a slide tower 17 days ago to try to prevent the park's auction has ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of a financial savior.

Kevin Dumont climbed the slide at Liquid Planet on Nov. 9 in a bid to attract investors interested in saving the business.

He said Wednesday on Facebook there were no takers and that a doctor believes he is developing pneumonia...

November 25, 2015 - 3:52pm
1 day 22 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a first-of-a-kind flu vaccine that contains a booster to help protect seniors vulnerable to the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration says Fluad is the first seasonal vaccine that contains an adjuvant, a substance that boosts the body's immune response. The agency approved the vaccine late Tuesday to prevent seasonal flu in people 65 and older.

Several vaccines already include boosters,...

November 25, 2015 - 3:51pm
1 day 22 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a $607 billion defense authorization bill despite his objection to provisions that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.

As a candidate, Obama promised to close the prison immediately if he was elected. But opposition from Congress to moving detainees to the U.S. has thwarted his attempts for years.

The White House has promised to make a final push to close the prison...

November 25, 2015 - 3:47pm
1 day 18 hours ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Costco officials say testing has pointed toward a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler as the source of E. coli in the company's chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states.

Craig Wilson, Costco vice president of food safety and quality assurance, said Wednesday he was told by the Food and Drug Administration that the strain of E. coli seems to be connected to an onion and celery mix....

November 25, 2015 - 3:36pm
1 day 19 hours ago

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Phoenix say a handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out a window in a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle.

Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Adam Arlington broke out of a city police van bringing him to the Maricopa County jail in downtown Phoenix about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say the 31-year-old leaped from the van's passenger's...

November 25, 2015 - 3:35pm
1 day 23 hours ago

The November gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,070.00 an ounce -- down $3.80.

The current silver contract on the "NYMEX" closed unchanged at $14.17 an ounce.

November 25, 2015 - 3:34pm
1 day 23 hours ago

LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Giovanni R. Santini has spent decades trying to prove he's an American Indian, and folks in his bayou town no longer doubt he's a proud member of Louisiana's 17,000-strong Houma tribe.

Not so for the federal government. For decades, efforts by the Houma to become a federally recognized native American tribe have failed — much like those of dozens of other groups nationwide.

But this could change.

In June, the...

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