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July 29, 2016 - 5:08pm
1 day 10 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is soliciting industry proposals to build a new fleet of long-range nuclear missiles as well as replacements for its air-launched nuclear cruise missile force.

The two projects are part of a near-total rebuild of the nation's nuclear arsenal expected to cost hundreds of billions of dollars over 30 years.

The Air Force said Friday that it intends to award the first contracts for a new-generation intercontinental...

July 29, 2016 - 5:02pm
1 day 8 hours ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The late gay rights leader Harvey Milk already has schools, streets and parks named in his honor. Soon, a U.S. Navy ship will join the list.

A Navy official said Friday that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus notified Congress this month that a new fleet of replenishment oilers will be named for Milk and five other civil rights icons.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because a public announcement is expected soon....

July 29, 2016 - 5:00pm
1 day 10 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump pulled off the upset — at least in television popularity.

The Nielsen company estimated that 29.8 million people watched Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night on the commercial networks. That fell short of the 32.2 million people who watched Trump speak to the Republicans a week before.

That came despite the Democrats reaching more people than the Republicans on each...

July 29, 2016 - 4:49pm
1 day 10 hours ago

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into Curt Schilling's failed video game company finding no criminal violations (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says authorities investigating the failed deal with his video game company were sent on a "witch hunt."

WPRI-TV asked the former ballplayer on Friday for his reaction to Rhode Island authorities announcing they found "no provable...

July 29, 2016 - 4:46pm
1 day 10 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a federal appeals court overturning North Carolina's voter ID law (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

North Carolina voters who were prevented from casting ballots because of the state's voter ID law are celebrating after a federal appeals court blocked it.

The Rev. Moses Colbert said he couldn't vote in 2014 because election officials lost his paperwork. Before the 2013 law was passed, he could have...

July 29, 2016 - 4:39pm
1 day 10 hours ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

Nelson sent McConnell a letter Friday after health officials confirmed four people in South Florida likely contracted Zika from mosquito bites. It is the first local...

July 29, 2016 - 4:37pm
1 day 10 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is flatly rejecting allegations by Turkey's president that the U.S. military was somehow involved in or in any way supported the recent failed coup in that country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) lashed out at the U.S. Friday and criticized a senior military commander who had expressed concerns that the coup could have longer-term impact on U.S. relations with the Turkish military. Erdogan says the U...

July 29, 2016 - 4:33pm
1 day 10 hours ago

Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of July 31 - Aug. 6. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute.

The following economic reports will be issued in Washington (all times EDT), unless otherwise noted:

SUNDAY: No events of note.

MONDAY: Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m....

July 29, 2016 - 4:11pm
1 day 10 hours ago

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — An investigation into former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company, 38 Studios, has resulted in no criminal violations.

Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven G. O'Donnell and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the results of the yearslong investigation Friday.

They say there are "no provable criminal violations" of state law. Nearly 150 people were interviewed and thousands of documents reviewed....

July 29, 2016 - 4:09pm
1 day 10 hours ago

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The Latest on charges being dropped against the man once convicted of murder in the death of Washington intern Chandra Levy (all times local):

4 p.m.

A lawyer for former Congressman Gary Condit of California says his client is not a suspect in the death of Washington intern Chandra Levy, even though prosecutors have dropped all charges against the man who once stood convicted of the slaying.

In a statement...

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